Females Still Missing From The Cannabis Community
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
It's not a secret that there seems to be a strange absence of females in the marijuana community. There have been a few articles that have appeared, regarding why females distance themselves from cannabis. When looking through the social media pages, one might stumble upon one or two ladies that can roll up a crazy tarantula blunt, while there may be five guys who do the same thing. For every one female cannabis grower, there's at least ten male growers. Is it the image of the female in the community or do girls just not like pot?
The image of females in the cannabis community is one that most people know I'm not fond of. While being able to understand that sex does sell in the media today, I stand by the fact that we cannot market marijuana as a medicine if it is presented by mostly naked females. Pharmaceuticals may not be truthful and the pills may not work but they understand that medicine is not sexy. Since most females involved in the cannabis community use their bodies and looks to gain popularity, it's the ones that avoid those actions that get pushed to the side. When no one pays attention to the women who are actually attempting to make a difference, those women tend to lose their momentum and slowly fade in to the background, rather than the spot where they belong, at the front of the cannabis movement.
Marijuana was also said to effect women in a severely negative way when smoked, back when the word "marijuana" still contained an "h". Perhaps that it is this negative scare tactic that makes women uneasy to admit that they smoke cannabis. Or perhaps women are just too afraid to attempt to establish themselves in the community, since marijuana is a cause that is primarily dominated by males. The stereotype has been around for so long that it may be permanently ingrained in people's memories, much like the negative marijuana stereotypes in general. Unfortunately, even when looking at other industries such as alcohol and tobacco, the women involved always seem to take a backseat. Perhaps it is just the absurd media, dictating gender roles.
Everyone who loves marijuana should be able to be involved equally. Female growers deserve recognition just like male growers. Females need to get involved and be proud of the intellectual contributions that they can bring to the legalization of cannabis. There are some girls who, as said above, will use themselves to promote... Well... Themselves and there are others who will try to promote cannabis to the best of their abilities, in the most positive way possible. Come on, ladies!
Government Workers And Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
With legal marijuana becoming more and more apparent in the near future, there are a lot of things to work out. Laws, rules, and regulations are constantly being in place to try to harness the immense power of cannabis but as we all know, trying to control nature is impossible. A big issue that definitely needs to be addressed by law makers is the allowance of cannabis use by government employees, including officers of the law.
If you ask a lot of police officers, they will tell you that they would rather deal with a stoned person as compared to a drunk person. Not only that but there's always the joke that cops only take weed so that they can smoke it themselves, claiming that it's located in the "evidence locker". You have to wonder how many officers would love to be smoking a joint once they've gotten off the clock. I'm sure the number is higher than a lot of people think. It's only fair that if marijuana is legal, cops can smoke too. If cannabis becomes legal, all jobs that test for THC and turn away potential employees because of it will have to stop testing for THC. It would make no sense if jobs continued to be "THC-free" if the plant was being legally used.
Other government workers, including court officials, judges, etc should also be able to use cannabis as they see fit. They obviously should avoid smoking before going to work, as their jobs are incredibly important to society. However, if they're allowed to drink alcohol outside of work, they should be able to smoke. It wouldn't be a crime in the plant was legal, therefore there really wouldn't be an issue... Right?
Of course, jobs are always allowed a way around the law. By adding "policies", jobs can pretty much turn away whoever they deem "unfit" to work at that place of employment. So while marijuana may be on the brink of becoming widely accepted and legal, not everyone will be able to get the benefits, even if they are a patient. Problems like this are what awaits the cannabis community once the votes are counted and the laws are official. Working matters like this out is the next step and we're on our way there!
Can Animals Sense When You're Stoned?
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
As most people are aware, an animal has far better senses than their human companions. Some people are left wondering if their animals know when they've been smoking. After doing a bunch of reading on the topic, there really isn't scientific information on the subject but there does seem to be an abundance of people who report odd happenings when they've been smoking around their animals.
A lot of stoners with dogs seem to experience their best friend acting funny around them when stoned. The dogs will bark or possibly even growl at their owners when they're smoking! Cats seem to stare down their owners much more than normal, sometimes meowing when they hear the lighter light. Some people argue that the animals are just reacting to the overpowering smell of the smoke, since their sense of smell is much more intense than ours. It is also possible that the animals can smell the marijuana odor in our sweat or on our bodies in general.
Animals might also want to be around when you're stoned because you're definitely more apt to give them people snacks from the plate of munchies you have in front of you. Even if you're not giving them food knowingly, you can trust that they're circling under you, waiting for the stray crumbs to fall in to their waiting mouths. I can imagine that animals find humans interesting when stoned, wondering what makes their master sit on the couch and watch cartoons all day.
It's not a sure thing if animals know when you're stoned or not. There's no official research on this subject, saying if our furry friends know for sure or not. The individual stoner reports, however, do seem to point in the direction that our pets know when we're smoking weed. From dogs who sniff stoners and slowly back away or cats that feel compelled to cuddle only when you're stoned as hell. Whatever the case be, it's always important to love your animals!
The Boston Bust
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, December, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
The east coast is never really known for doing anything related to cannabis, good or bad. However, with Portland, ME legalizing marijuana, the east coast is finally getting put on the map. Too bad this event went the other way. On November 22, when a fire started in a three story house. When firefighters fought out the blaze, they discovered $1 million worth of cannabis plants in the basement of the home.
The basement of the house contained roughly 176 flowering plants, some over 4 feet high. That's a lot of plants, especially on this side of the states. There are very rarely large busts in this chilly area so when one that does happen, it's a really big deal. Lt. Robert Merner, the head of the drug unit, said that this is the biggest marijuana find he's ever seen in Boston and he's been on the force for 28 years.
Apparently, these weren't just ordinary plants. Specially bred to never produce seeds, these plants are thought to be an extremely high end strain of cannabis. Lt. Merner stated that this particular grow could be worth up to $500 due to it's breeding and potency. There were supposed to be two residents in the home but there haven't been any arrests as of yet.
Who's The Better Driver
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, December, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Driving while under the influence of marijuana is a big deal right now. But if driving while stoned is so dangerous, why is driving drunk promoted by establishments like bars and clubs? Even if you don't think that that's promoting drunk driving, there are far more people who do it then there should be. Driving while drunk is absolutely nothing like driving stoned.
Alcohol greatly effects the motor skills, as well as the way your brain process information. Some drunks see double, as well as slur their speech and stumble around their own feet. Getting behind the wheel of a car in this state is deadly. The individual has a slow reaction time and is unable to process the quickly changing surroundings. There really is no benefit to driving while drunk. It is extremely dangerous to yourself and the people around you. The alcohol greatly inhibits the decision making part of the brain as well, so that even if you do get in to an accident, there is a chance that your drunk self will tell you to bail, rather than staying behind to deal with the consequences. Seriously, read up on some of the drunk driving accidents that have happened. You will be shocked.
The drivers that are under the influence of marijuana aren't going to swerve suddenly and take out an oncoming car. Driving stoned can help some people to deal with the crazy drivers that seem to overtake the road. It decreases some peoples' anxious feelings about driving and can be a good way to tone down stress on trips. However, it is highly recommended that you take driving stoned very seriously. Learning to drive high is like learning how to drive all over again. There have been studies released saying that driving while under the influence of cannabis is comparable to driving while taking allergy medicine. While some say that cannabis is a mind altering substance, the only altering I feel that is does is alter road rage out of the driver's mind. No one has time to be mad when they're high.
It's safe to say that driving while stoned is far safer. There has never been an accident proven to have solely been caused by marijuana. Drunk driving kills hundreds of people a year, both those that are driving and the innocent bystanders that suffer from it. It's always best to drive sober but if you must pick one, I would have to say that driving stoned is a better option than driving while drunk. In general, I suggest picking up a blunt and putting down the bottle.
Canadian Officer Has Uniform Taken Due To Cannabis Use
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
Smoking cannabis should not get you fired from a job. It's not smart to smoke cannabis while on the job when at specific careers, such as police officers and such. But being stripped of your job and title because you lit up a joint might be taking it a little too far. Cannabis is still illegal but more people are accepting it's use for medical purposes and let's face it, cops need to smoke just as much as any of us.
For Cpl Ronald Francis, in New Brunswick, had his uniform taken by fellow officers at his home. The man's cousin shot a video of the other officers taking anything that had to do with Francis' service in the RCMP. They took shirts, pants, jackets, gloves, and other items from the home. The red serge uniform that Francis owned was not seized, as it was at his girlfriend's house but he was ordered to turn it in. However, Francis refused to return his 20 years of exemplary service medal, which he rightfully deserves.
Francis spent 20 years working in the service for his country. To take away this from him is completely unfair, especially since most people are beginning to accept marijuana use. The cause of the uniform seizure was when a photo surfaced of Francis smoking a joint in his red serge uniform, something he was told to refrain from doing. While he probably should have listened to the warning, taking away such an honorable title is sure to have a severe emotional toll on the man.
Being punished for smoking a joint is like being punished for drinking a beer. While in uniform, it's probably not a good idea to be lighting up a joint. But as said above, the emotional toll of something like this is sure to have a negative effect on the poor man. He still possess his police badge but has been on medical leave. He doesn't feel mentally stable enough to return to work. I do believe that after being warned about smoking in uniform, a punishment should be issued but possibly a suspension. But not something as intense and as severe as this.
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