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Debunking The "Marijuana Is A Gateway Drug" Theory

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, October, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
debunking-mj-as-agateway-drugYesterday I was a presenter at the Better People Educational Forum in Downtown Portland.  This was held in the Multnomah County Public Defender’s Office and asked the question “Marijuana: Should it be Legal?”  I made my presentation for the YES side of the case which you can view on my RadicalRuss YouTube channel and which you can download , complete with script, from 420RADIO.org.
 
Speaking for the NO side of the case was Sgt. Chris Kenagy from the Portland Police Bureau.  He is in charge of the Drug & Vice Task Force.  In addition to claiming alcohol prohibition didn’t work because there were simply too many people who like to drink, but “we can stop them from getting marijuana”, Sgt. Kenagy said regarding marijuana prohibition, “I think it’s worth it,” and since only 7.3% of the population uses cannabis, “why should we care?”
 
But what I want to spend time on today is helping Sgt. Kenagy understand that his most cherished reefer madness is utter bullshit.  Sgt. Kenagy opened up his presentation by stating that the number one reason he was opposed to marijuana legalization was because cannabis is a “gateway drug”.  He even went so far as to say that “every single study has proven it is a gateway drug”.  He then went on to talk about all the heroin, cocaine, and meth addicts he ever had to work with and “100 percent of them started with pot.”  As Sgt. Kenagy explained it, “when you first start using marijuana, you get a high, but after a while you develop a tolerance, and so you begin looking for other ways to get a stronger high.”  He also explained that “using marijuana lowers your inhibitions for using other drugs.”
 
It’s easy to understand why a drug and vice cop might sincerely believe marijuana leads to hard drugs, in the same way that an emergency room doctor might believe drinking inexorably leads to auto crash trauma.  It’s because of what’s called “selection bias”, the fact that all the drug users a cop meets or drinkers an ER doc meets are there because of their victim’s problems with drugs and alcohol.  Sgt. Kenagy never interfaces with the vast majority of cannabis consumers who are neither hard drug users nor have gotten caught with pot.
 
What Sgt. Kenagy and the “gateway drug” believers are also suffering from is retroactively attributing causality where none exists.  If you ask a heroin user what’s the first drug she tried, she will probably say “marijuana”.  (Unless she’s smart enough to recall that cigarettes and alcohol are drugs, since more heroin addicts will cite those as their first substances when properly asked.)  That doesn’t mean marijuana led the woman to heroin, it just means that heroin users tend to have used marijuana.
 

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Santa Cruz Butane Explosion; Three In Severe Condition

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, October, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
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This has been happening far too often for comfort. People are making BHO inside of their houses, in unsafe and unclean conditions. Butane hash oil (dabs) are under a very closer watch these days, as incidents like this happen more and more. I just reported on one that happened last week, where there even happened to be a child involved. This time, it was three men who got blown up while trying to run BHO.
 
It happened on Sunday morning in Santa Cruz. The blast ended up causing a fire around 1:30pm. The guys were making BHO in their house when the butane fumes were ignited by a pilot light for the water heater. Unfortunate but definitely avoidable. How many times must the point be stressed that BHO should never be run inside unless you have the proper equipment. What's the proper equipment? Something that you definitely don't have in your house, you friends house, or anywhere that isn't a lab specifically geared towards making BHO.
 
The explosion took out a wall. Firefighters had trouble extinguishing the flames at first, due to the other cans of butane that the men had stored in the closet (yeah I said closet) where they were attempting to make the oil. The blast was so severe that the men were in life-threatening condition when they were transported to the hospital. The three men are still in the hospital now and in critical condition.
 
Look... Marijuana has a bad name already. This is common knowledge. Dabs present an ever-growing problem with people seeing the sense in our argument. There needs to be more people talking about making BHO the RIGHT way. If you search for "BHO FAIL" on YouTube, there are far too many videos of people trying to do this and screwing up badly. There shouldn't be so many of those videos. Please, if you DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RUN BHO, DO NOT ATTEMPT IT! Not only will you hurt the marijuana name, but you will probably blow yourself up and get hurt. While stupidity merits this unfortunate result, I don't like to see fellow stoners get hurt.

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Weed Man Mistakes

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, October, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
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Okay so those of us that aren't able to purchase our weed at the dispensary still have to buy weed from the weed guy. The "weed guy" could be your coworker, a friend's friend, or someone that you don't really remember meeting but you can remember buying weed from them... A lot of weed. But even the weed guy makes mistakes. And some of the weed guys tend to make far too many mistakes. The following list is some of the worst things done by the people you get your weed from.
 
- Weed should never be sold, stored, near, within five feet of ANY bag that has previously held a flavored cigar. This is the ultimate form of disrespect towards this plant. Doing this is such a terrible thing, that I think the next most terrible action would be pissing on a beautiful pot plant. It's not okay. It completely ruins the weed and makes it unsmokeable. As an unhappy customer, not only will you be upset that you actually spent money on this junk, but your weed man won't take it back. If this happens more than once (it should NEVER happen but sometimes, it is what it is), ditch your dealer because Acid weed is disgusting.
 
- Dear weed guy, if your phone rings, ANSWER IT! Avoiding texts and calls all day isn't going to make you any money. You'll end up with an angry mob after you or you'll just lose all your customers to the dealer who actually knows how to hit "REPLY".
 
- By asking the weed guy where he is, you can apparently insult them to the point where they say they're ten minutes away when in reality, they're smoking a blunt with their other buddies. Whatever makes them take so long, it's a bummer. When a stoner runs out of weed, it's a very sad day. A weed guy that takes forever isn't going to last long.
 
- Stating that weed is fire or dank when in reality, it tastes like lawn isn't okay. If it's mediocre, it's mediocre. Lying about the quality of weed before people smoke it sucks. I want to know what I'm smoking. I don't want unpleasant surprises in my bong when I go to smoke it.
 
- Not growing your own makes you responsible to proper transportation. Vacuum sealed bags need to be SEALED! Have you ever gotten a batch of bud that got shipped with a damaged seal? They package things around it, obviously, to keep the smell from escaping. I got a bag that had broken open once and it tasted like laundry detergent. It was horrifying. That was the only time I ever got money back for weed because my buddy felt so badly that the bag had broken.
 
Hopefully, your weed guy is a good one and you don't have any of these problems. If you do, maybe it's time to start thinking about finding a new weed man. The things listed above suck. It's always a huge bummer to get a bad bag. There are always the options of growing your own or just moving somewhere else, if you don't have any other weed friend options.

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The Instagram Series; Top Five Grower Feeds

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
top-grows-instagram-seriesI express my respect for marijuana growers more than anyone else. They work so hard and put such love in to their harvest, how can you not give them the utmost respect for the weed they produce? From germination to harvest, I've found some of the best growers that Instagram has to offer, thanks to my followers. Out of all of the growers that were mentioned, I was only able to pick five. All of you are awesome and I wish that I could specifically mention every grower because we wouldn't have weed without you guys!
 
1. @loaf408 & @mrs_loaf408
 
Talk about dank plants. If you're not following these two, you haven't been paying attention. They produce some of the best looking plants that I've ever seen, packed with crystals and big ass buds! Not only that, but every once in a while, @loaf408 gives AMAZING grow advice to novice growers and answers questions. Make sure you're paying attention because he only does this Q&A once a week!
 
2. @faderphoto
 
This is a new feed for me but WOW! Gorgeous plants and some beautiful outdoor shots, which is nice because a lot of grow ops are indoors. it's nice to see some blue sky behind those buds, am I right? @faderphoto also hosts the occasional giveaway, including dope glass that you should definitely check out!
 
3. @high_above_the_ignorance
 
Growers everywhere risk their safety to bring us quality medicine. Unfortunately for this current AZ resident, he's hung up his gloves and stopped growing for now. Laws against growing are absolutely ridiculous in some states and AZ happens to be one of those states where the risks outweigh the benefits. Stick with this feed while he's working on moving back to California, where his weed will once again bless feeds all over Instagram!
 
4. @komagrows
 
Another feed that I've never seen before but wish that I had! Full of cookies, diesel, and OG, this feed is sure to bring a daily dose of fire to your Instagram life! Gorgeous weed, roots for days, and even some macro shots of the buds that get produced in the grows. A highly recommended feed if you want to see some seriously great genetics1
 
5. @strainhunters
 
Did you guys really think that I could write about growers and NOT mention these guys? They grow all over the place, travel to grow ops in countries that most of us will never visit. @strainhunters has some of the best plants, the most formidable genetics,  and some of the coolest up-close shots of plants emerging from their seeds. One of the highest (lol) recommended grow feeds on Instagram, definitely.

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Cannabis and Violence

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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Marijuana is a drug. Whether we like it or not, it is what it is. People still tell others "marijuana brings violence" and "people die because of marijuana". Oh they do? Marijuana has a very peaceful and serene effect on those that smoke. Occasionally, there is an unfortunate person who is allergic to pot and yes, that does happen. There are plenty of people who get hives or extremely sick when they smoke. But is marijuana a violent thing? What about the plant makes people say that it's harmful?
 
Well the government says it's dangerous... Therefore, it must be, right? Wrong. It's debatable if our buddies on the higher ups realize that THEY are the cause of the violence surrounding marijuana. It's the government who blasts up grow ops with guns, shields, and Kevlar vests. A dispensary raid looks like a terrorist bomb threat when you see them recorded on YouTube. Now please, riddle me this; why in the hell do authorities need to blast in to a clinic, guns blazing, and shouting just to tell the people that they're being shut down? It is a waste of taxpayer money and makes the authorities look like complete jerks.
 
How about when the DEA sends hundreds of men in to a rural mountain area, equipped with guns, helicopters, and ATVs to hunt for pot farmers that may not even be there? While the farmers in these situations usually have weapons of some sort, one must take in to account that pot becomes a lot of people's lives. It funds the food that they give to their children, it pays for the clothes that they wear, and the electricity that keeps them warm on a cold winter night. Not only is the raid itself a waste of money but there are families because torn to shreds just because their parents were trying to put food on the table.
 
Making marijuana illegal will obviously cause violence. The more things that are taken away from the people, the more violent they get. People need their freedom. Removing a person's freedom will eventually cause problems. We are not animals and we certainly do not deserve to be treated like them. As more studies are released on the benefits of marijuana, we may begin to see more violence. While ideally, the government and potheads should be able to coexist, it's highly unlikely that we'll be able to see a nonviolent road to marijuana legalization.
 
It is my belief that there is a peaceful way to get points across that our cause is one that is for the good of the people. Marijuana helps all kinds, all over the world. We use it, our pets can use it. By breaking down doors, the government makes it harder for us to sit back and do this peacefully. It is all of our wish that marijuana will be able to be legal one day and there will be no more deaths, no more guns, and no more violence surrounding such a peaceful idea.

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Resin - Have You Smoked It?

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder

Resin – Have You Smoked It?

Everyone who considers themselves a pot head has smoked resin at some point in their smoking career.

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If you haven’t, you’re either an extremely lucky person and you always have weed or you haven’t been smoking long enough to know the extreme frustration of not having any bud. I have smoked a good amount of resin. It’s gross, tarry, and just awful. Not only that but the high isn’t great and it doesn’t last long. So what’s the point? I honestly think that merely smoking the bowl makes me feel better about being without Mary Jane. Sometimes, maybe it’s just better to wait.

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Most stoners say that resin is bad for you. And I really don’t doubt that at all. Studies have shown that marijuana does contain tar and all that junk must go somewhere so what else do you think that sticky black stuff is on the inside of your glass? Sure looks like tar to me. However, there still in THC in that tar and you can smoke it providing that you can ignore the terrible taste. Not to mention that most people light their bowls with lighters, which means that you’re probably inhaling more butane than you normally would smoking the good green stuff and that definitely can’t be good for you! :(

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Although I definitely don’t condone smoking resin and wish that I never had to do it myself, it does assist in a pinch. I strongly recommend setting aside a gram or so just in case you run in to a dry spell, you have a little bit of backup. It’s better to have something set aside than potentially subject your lungs to a ton of gross stuff from trying to smoke resin. Like I said, maybe in an emergency but it is highly recommended by the majority of stoners that you avoid puffing and just pass on resin!

Read more: http://www.stonerdays.com


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