Who Is Chris Christie And Why Marijuana Lovers Need To Know
You may know him as the man who had no answer for the father asking him to please not let his daughter die (referring to the Wilson viral video that showed how ignorant and disrespectful Christie is when confronted with the idea of giving cannabis to children suffering from epilepsy). Or as the man who bantered on and on about "gateway drugs" when asked about the plant on a radio show. Or possibly, you just know him as the governor of New Jersey. This man is trying to take on the anti-marijuana movement singlehandedly against the grain of the thousands of supporters that the plant gains every single day. So if people support weed so much and Christie is just rude politician, what's the issue?
The issue is that Christie may end up running for president of the US. And that's pretty bad for the people in America who are pro-pot. The state of New Jersey currently allows medical marijuana to be sold and bought by patients with a doctor's recommendation. Christie, however, only allowed one dispensary to open in the state and that one shop doesn't sell the concentrates that some patients (like Vivian Wilson, the little girl suffering from epilepsy in that viral video) need in order to feel better. Even after confronted during a press conference by the girl's father, Christie barely let an edible rule pass, saying that the single medical shop could sell edibles. Unfortunately, a low demand for high CBD edibles causes the shop to not carry the medicine. So basically, not much help to the child in need.
Christie doesn't seem to have accepted the facts. Every single poll released recently has shown increasing support in favor of telling the Feds to butt out of state cannabis business. Colorado and Washington are raking in the big bucks due to the legal marijuana sales and even though states don't want to seem eager, you know all the politicians are hungering for the $15+ million a week in revenue from bud sales. Christie doesn't see the money as a good thing. In the radio interview, a listener explained the incredible financial benefits of legalization and Christie couldn't even let the listener finish. Cutting her off with "Let me stop you right there. You know when it may come down the road? When I'm gone. Because it won't happen while I'm here." He then proceeds to quote a study that basically says marijuana consumers aren't as smart as those that don't use marijuana... Going all the way back to "stoners are stupid". His ending argument, of course, was to say that marijuana is a gateway drug and it should not be allowed.
He may sound silly and very, very wrong. But if this man happens to worm his way in to the Oval Office, the cannabis movement is in trouble. Even the progress of Colorado and Washington could be halted by such an abrasive, uninformed person. Stoners need to know about opponents like this so we know what we're up against... Although with Christie, I'm unsure as to how valid and solid his arguments actually are. Considering the gateway drug theory has been disproven time and time again, we will hopefully be safe from cannabis predators like this.
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Marijuana Vending Machine Ships Out
While some people claim that the fingerprint taking, camera wielding vending machines in California are pretty awesome, others see it differently. These machines just add another layer of security to buying your meds, which really doesn't seem necessary. The point of these machines is supposed to be discreetness and you're not being discreet if you're required to put in a membership card, a fingerprint scan, and your face is being zoomed in on and macroed by a camera. Thankfully, new machines have been in production for a while and are finally being sent out all over the country to dispensaries everywhere.
The ZaZZZ was released in Colorado earlier this year. These machines are far more easier to deal with and really do what they're supposed to; put the patient at ease. With some people being extremely secretive about their choice of medicine, the machines will eliminate the need for the patient to interact with staff. It will also allow marijuana shops to increase their revenue, meaning that the more experienced customers that know what they want can just grab it from the machine while the staff of the store helps new patients or ones that aren't getting the correct medicine.
Once the machines are set up, they will operate quite simply. The customer/patient inserts their proper identification in to the machine. The card is scanned and the computer uses real time verification to make sure that the person who is using the ID actually is that person. When the positive ID is made and that the person is who they say they are, the machine will allow them to purchase their products with cash, Bitcoin, and hopefully soon, credit and debit cards. If the ID is not accepted, the customer will be directed to speak with a staff member to ensure that the issue is resolved. In addition, the machines are climate controlled in order to give the customer the best product possible.
Dispensaries in Denver are going to be the first places that get these machines, with other shops getting them soon after. The machines are being looked at as a real asset to the marijuana community. Making more sales and creating a safer environment for patients, these machines are sure to be a hit not only in Denver but all over the nation as they start to appear in the shops. Hopefully, this awesome idea gets even better in the coming years, establishing an awesome way for everyone to make a little extra money!
Australian Senator Says Denying Medical Marijuana Is "Cruel"
Australia isn't exactly the head of the marijuana community... But we can't forget about our pothead friends down under! This somewhat isolated continent is working just as hard on their marijuana reform as the rest of the world. And they're definitely making progress, now that their politicians are beginning to see that marijuana isn't a problem... But maybe denying people the right to smoke it is. Patients especially need the healing powers of this plant and those in positions of political influence need to know about it the most!
The Senator, Richard di Natale, is a doctor as well. He says that the evidence is more then clear that cannabis can be extremely effective against fighting specific illnesses. He stated in an interview with Nine Network that he "just thinks it's cruel to deny people the option just because there's some stigma associated with it." The negative stigma associated with marijuana doesn't even really have ground to stand on anymore, considering that the arguments against it were that it made women promiscuous and caused insanity. Both of those have been disproven. Not to mention the false bottomed argument that marijuana is a gateway drug, a theory that got booted out of the door years ago.
Senator Natale went on in the interview to say, "We're going to push to try and get people on all sides of politics to back this reform. The science and the evidence is very, very clear." In addition, the co-convener of the recently re-instated Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy and Law Reform Sharman Stone gave an amazing quote, saying "As a compassionate society, we must join other nations in allowing the regulated use of medical cannabis". The moves that Australia is making are so positive and patient-orientated, I can't help but give them a virtual round of applause.
Denying patients a natural, non habit forming medicine is absolutely cruel. Humans are designed to help others of their species, not watch them decay and die, while simultaneously suffering through something like cancer and chemotherapy. The medicines that are given to patients that are suffering are sometimes worse then the affliction itself. Marijuana has no side effects, is relatively cheap (compared to chemo therapy, RSO is basically free when you really think about the medical costs of the aforementioned procedure), and can be produced far faster then man made garbage. Marijuana is not a problem, it is a cure.
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Multi-Tasking; More Dangerous Than Marijuana
Our world is extremely fast paced. Communication, obtaining information, visiting other places. All of this can be done with the touch of a screen, the click of a button. With people expecting everything so fast, humans can't help but multitask in the worst way. Even as I sit here writing this, I've got Adventure Time playing, and I'm currently checking Instagram. The fact that I'm doing this is actually worse for my brain then the bong that I'm about to hit... Crazy right?
Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London conducted a study on 1,100 company workers in Britain. When the workers did their tasks while listening to electronic media, there was a greater decrease in IQ then compared to those who smoke weed or those who skip a night's sleep. I'm not joking. Your phone is actually more dangerous than your weed, a fact that is greatly over looked by today's insanely instant society. Our brains are focusing on too many things at once, causing somewhat of an overload. This makes us less efficient and far less productive, showing that multitasking is extremely bad for us as humans and it's probably a good plan to learn to slow things down and do one task at a time.
Additional studies that contributed to this research include one done by the Energy Product Audit. At least 69% of workers have extreme trouble focusing on the task at hand and are very easily distracted by simply checking email. The study went on to say that 28% of the average work weed is spent doing just that... Checking email. That means that up to 14 hours a week, workers are sitting at their computers, hitting the refresh button on their email... Or their Instagram!
The next time someone tells you that smoking weed will make you stupid, you'll know the real issue and you can kindly explain that by listening to music while working on a computer is actually more detrimental to the function of that mushy mass in our skulls. Our brains are extremely complex but it makes sense that focusing on multiple things at once could possibly cause damage. Much like the REM cycle of sleep that repeats every 90 minutes while you're asleep at night, our bodies experience similar changes during the day. If you work in smaller amounts, while not focusing on anything else (turn off your phone, music, TV, and all other distractions and just focus on the current task), say twenty minute increments, and then took short breaks in between, your brain would operate more efficiently, therefore making you more productive.
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