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Driving Stoned

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
driving-while-stonedSmoking becomes a natural routine once you've been doing it for a while. I know many people (myself included) that need to smoke before doing anything. One of the most controversial subjects related to smoking and being stoned would definitely be driving. It's been in the news a bunch. How can you measure how high a driver is? Does smoking and driving really cause you to run over kids as you leave a McDonalds drive thru? 
 
I understand that police want to make sure the roads are safe. However, since there really is no on-the-spot way to tell how high a person is, a cop can't tell if you've been smoking for a day straight or if you took a small toke before getting behind the wheel. There's no machine that you can blow in to so the officer knows how much THC you have in your system. Half of the time, how are they even supposed to know that you're high when products like Visine and gum make it almost impossible to tell who's baked and who's just a happy, calm person. 
 
People in Idaho have the issued the perfect ruing in regards to driving and marijuana. They decided that, because marijuana remains in the system long after the person has ingested the substance, that they would punish those who were actually impaired. Not only that but a study released in 1999 by the folks over at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the effects of marijuana on drivers is "relatively small" compared to booze and certain prescribed medications. While the weed today is more potent than in the 90s, the tolerance of people to THC has also gone up. Either way, I must say that punishment for a driver who has used marijuana should absolutely be less than a driver who is driving drunk. 
 
If we're going to seriously punish people for driving while under the influence of something, make it alcohol. The effects of weed aren't even close to the impairing effects of alcohol. I don't want any of you to go out, get stoned, and attempt to drive. If it comes to it and you have no choice, it is what it is. But if you've been drinking, seriously call a cab. I have had numerous people get hurt or die from alcohol related accidents and plenty more for hitting other cars while swerving around the streets. At least pot doesn't actually make you see double or triple of what's in front you. This alone makes weed a better substance to drive with, not to mention the unfortunate problem of vomiting while drunk. That's a situation that not one of your friends will appreciate. 
 
Please remember to stay safe while driving. Don't act like an idiot. Be smart! :)

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Drug testing for marijuana in sports is "unconscionable and wrong,"

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
testing-sports-athletes-for-cannabis-useBoxing promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday argued that smoking marijuana should not be against the rules for professional athletes.
 
“There’s nothing wrong with smoking pot. There is nothing wrong with marijuana,” said Arum, the CEO of Top Rank promotions. Arum was talking in reference to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 27, who will fight Bryan Vera on Saturday near Los Angeles in his first bout in a year.
 
Chavez Jr., the son of the legendary Mexican boxer, lost a tight 12-round title fight to Sergio Martinez last year in Las Vegas. But after the fight, he was suspended nine months and fined $100,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for marijuana.
 
“Any suspension for an athlete smoking pot, unless it’s actually at a fight or a game, is unconscionable and wrong,” Arum said. “Let’s be real about it. There’s nothing wrong with pot. And pot can be beneficial.”
 
“I don’t think he did anything wrong by taking marijuana two weeks prior to his fight,” Arum said.
 
Arum added:
 
“The rules of the commission have changed now,” Arum said. “And there’s a doctrine that if the rules change, it applies retroactively to him. Those rules were preposterous and now they’ve changed.”
 
Broncos linebacker Von Miller is currently serving a six-game suspension leveled by the NFL in part for a failed drug test. Miller has run afoul of the NFL’s drug policy for testing positive for marijuana several times.
 

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What do you think about the D.A.R.E program?

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
dare-to-tell-the-truth-about-marijuanaMost of us remember being in the lower grades and having to take D.A.R.E. To be completely honest, I don't remember what they actually taught us. I know that it was about drugs and how they would ruin our lives if we ever tried them. I've heard that in some classes, the cops brought in actual drugs to show the kids. They didn't show us drugs in ours. I don't remember them ever mentioning individual drugs to be completely honest. I was in fifth grade when I went through the D.A.R.E. program so either I wasn't paying attention or I partied the memories away when I was in college.
 
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Their mission statement is to help kids lead substance free, violence free lives. Since we live in an unfortunately violent world, protecting us from violence when we're children only gives us the inability to combat it when we are older. Fortunately, we have substances (marijuana) that we can use to at least make certain life issues a bit more bearable. 
 
In my opinion, the D.A.R.E. program introduces kids to drugs at a younger age. Not only that, but it should be parents speaking to their kids about the dangers of the worlds. Schools these days resemble jails more so than educational institutions. At least information from the parents might be a bit more honest. I don't know what D.A.R.E. is like now. Like I said, I don't remember my specific program being very in depth. I think it was more about teaching us how to fight someone if we were ever attacked but again, growing up with two parents who are heavily in to fitness, martial arts, and law enforcement taught me that long before the police officer did by showing us a diagram on a piece of paper.
 
Teaching kids about drugs, alcohol, and violence is definitely an important part of their growing up. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it and I believe that D.A.R.E is the wrong way. While they do present some facts to the kids in the classes, I do feel that they are biased because (obviously) they're cops. It's their job to tell you that pot is bad because they have to arrest you for it anyway. Someone very close to me is a police officer and he told me that he fully supports the legalization of marijuana and would rather deal with a high person rather than a drunk person. When police officers start backing an illegal substance rather than the legal one, I'd say it's time for change. Wouldn't you?

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Reality vs. Movies

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
reality-vs-movies-getting-highStoners love their movies just as much as they love their weed. My boyfriend has the most extensive DVD collection out of everyone I've ever seen. And trust me, we've watched them all in the company of each other and a big jar of weed. Half Baked, Dazed And Confused, and High School are only a few of the great pothead classics. Movies, however, seem to really exaggerate the effects of pot on the people that smoke it. What's the real deal on getting high as compared to the movie version?
 
High School is a dope stoner flick that I suggest everyone check out! This A+ student gets stoned with a childhood friend after getting accepted in to Yale (I think?) . Unfortunately for him, a young girl at his school recently got stoned before a spelling competition and ended up getting busted. While the two buddies toke, the principal makes an announcement that they will be drug testing the whole school to expel all of the "druggies". In an attempt to save their asses, the two friends steal a jar of kief from the most f-ed up dealer in town to put in some pot brownies that they plan on giving to the entire school via the traditional school bake sale. So basically, they get the whole school high. Like... Really high. But they portray it like the kids are all zombies. They stumble, mutter, and one ends up spending the whole movie trying to find the administration office. The movie is hilarious but I can't agree with how they show the stoners. 
 
Here's how I am when I'm stoned; I smile a lot, I pay attention to things, and I don't get mad when some dude cuts me off on the highway. I don't stumble around and mutter like the kids they show on TV. I've also never felt like I'm flying or tried to feed a horse a ton of munchies. Most of the time, I sit on my couch and watch TV or end up writing a bunch of articles or possibly just smoking more weed. I can't lie though, the flying feeling would be pretty dope if it actually happened. No stoner that I've ever spoken to feels like they're legitimately flying. While you may be up in the clouds, you're not actually up there... As much as we would like to be!
 
Basically, the movies exaggerate because it's definitely funnier to see stoners act silly. At the same time though, there's the issue of people thinking that that's what stoners are actually like. Which we're not. Potheads have come a long way since just goofing around smoking pot. All stoners go on adventures and eat munchies and have good times but not all of them spend a whole night just trying to snag some burgers. I know that when I'm stoned and going to get a late night snack, I get to my destination... FAST! ;)

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Origin of the Chillum

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
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Every stoner know what a chillum is! They're the cute little pieces that you can easily hide and pack quickly for when you're on the go. Mostly made of glass, there are also metal and wood ones as well, although I definitely prefer the glass ones. So where did these dope little things come from? They weren't some crazy stoner invention, but rather have served many purposes over the course of history. They still make an impact today, all around the world. 
 
These pieces have been in use since the 18th century by Hindu monks in India. It is said that the monks are the original inventors of the pipe and traditionally made it out of baked clay. People in Africa also used the chillum and they started off smoking cannabis out of it before they even started smoking tobacco out of them. The chillums were first made out of gourds and different types of animal horns, which as you can imagine were probably crafted for ceremonies and meetings between villages. Rastafarians still use the piece in ceremonies today, usually a piece made out of cow horn or conical wood piece. While we don't really give this little piece too much credit, it's come a long way through smoking history!
 
The piece is extremely popular in America as well, especially among the younger smokers because they're so darn easy to hide from prying parents. Not only that but they're super easy to clean which means that they don't ever have to smell. Totally discreet piece that you can continue to use, rather than throwing it away like a soda can pipe or a water bottle. Chillums are sold at headshops all over the place. It is certainly a staple in the stoner community and I think that we should give it a little more credit than we do. Bongs have also been around for an extremely long time but they're already appreciated. Chillums are definitely one of the most underrated smoking devices.

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Deny Organ Transplants to Marijuana Users?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

organ-transplant-for-mmj-usersWe don't personally think anyone using Cannabis should ever be denied a life saving treatment like an Organ transplant but unfortunately it looks like many others do!

Hi. I'm Art Caplan at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, and I head the Division of Medical Ethics. Should somebody who smokes marijuana be eligible to get an organ transplant? You might think that this is a silly question, but it isn't. In fact, nearly every transplant center in the United States says that if you are abusing a drug -- alcohol, cocaine, or heroin -- you will not be considered for a transplant. For a long time, marijuana has been listed right beside the rest of those drugs as something that is both addictive and criminal to use. Clearly, we have been shifting our policy in the United States, with many states permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Some states allow recreational use without penalty. However, a number of transplant centers around the United States continue to exclude people who have shown 2 positive tests in a row over a period of months for the use of marijuana.
 
What is the medical reason? It is partly physiological and partly psychological. Marijuana has been shown to damage the liver. It causes problems for people who already have fatty livers. If you need a liver transplant, it may accelerate your need if your liver is already starting to go, and it can damage the new liver. If the livers come from older donors, which they often do, there is some evidence that marijuana use can weaken the ability of the liver to function well. In terms of psychology, there is a fear that if you smoke a lot of marijuana you won't be able to be compliant with the post-transplant regimen. You won't take your drugs properly, you won't be able to follow instructions well, and your memory itself may be impaired. I am not going to say that there is a huge amount of evidence for that particular worry, but it is a worry that transplant teams talk about, that a heavy marijuana user may be someone who isn't likely to be able to comply well post-transplant.
 
I said that the test for marijuana exclusion for transplant is 2 positive tests in a row over a couple of months. That doesn't mean that you are a heavy user. You might just be a recreational user. And even if you are a heavy user, what if you are using it with approval in a state that allows the use of medical marijuana? Should that exclude you as well?
 

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