Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
Marijuana is legal in a few states now, showing how popular this plant has become. With votes stacking up in favor of the weed, people are beginning to wonder what effect the pot shops will have on events such as Black Friday, the most popular shopping day of the year. Considering that Black Friday can actually be dangerous (more dangerous than marijuana, actually, with some people actually dying in order to get that $300 flat screen TV), those that work in the marijuana shops in legal states are hoping to catch some of that shopper craziness.
Especially in Denver, it will be the first holiday season that cannabis has been legal. Many shops have begun to advertise sales for the upcoming “Green Friday”, working on drawing more customers in to get nice and stoned before going off to Wal-Mart or the mall to get Christmas presents. The holidays are known for creating a deep sense of depression, unfortunately, and hopefully those that indulge in a little extra green this year will have a happier few months. At the Grass Station in Denver, owner Ryan Fox has high expectations, no pun intended. “Now we’ve got the legal means for people to give marijuana as a gift, and that’s never really been something that was feasible in the past.” Fox’s plans for Green Friday? Sell ounces of cannabis for a mere $50 to the first 16 customers through the door on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This price is five time cheaper than what the market currently sits at.
Fox, who sold medical marijuana before opening his recreational shop after the laws passed, says that he noticed that the largest amount of sales came from on Thanksgiving or close to it. As a holiday that’s mostly based around consuming food, this makes sense that stoners would like to stock up on bud for such a pigging-out holiday. Not only that but the ability to now give marijuana as a gift is sure to resonate with a good amount of people. What better to get your best friend than a big jar of weed to smoke together while you laugh at silly Christmas movies?
“Christmas sales, day after Thanksgiving sales, your family is in town and you need help dealing with that sales?” Says Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver. “None of that would surprise me now that the industry has come out in to the open. I would expect to see the industry behaving like any others to the extend that it can.” Even though the cannabis market is new, the people involved are expecting record sales this coming Friday.
Why Stoners Should Love E-Cigs
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
Vapes and e-cigarettes are the new rage. So much so that the Oxford Dictionary made “vaping” the word of the year. Almost everywhere you go, you see people holding on to these crazy looking electronic cigarettes. With thousands of flavors to choose from, these oil filled mechanisms are incredibly popular in culture today. But since most of the time, the oil contains nicotine, why should stoners be so amped on the social acceptance of electronic cigarettes?
Considering that three years ago, you would be stopped and questioned for carrying such a device, the social acceptance of these cigarettes only gives the clever stoner a better cover. Considering that there are oils available with no nicotine, one could even mix the cannabis oil with oil that smelled like chocolate or vanilla. This would give the stoner a much better cover while out and about, if that’s the kind of stoner that you are. The e-cigs are discreet, small, and can be tucked pretty much anywhere. Not only that but they can be smoked everywhere (almost). You may encounter some people that will refuse to let you smoke them inside but considering the e-digs expel vapor rather than smoke, you can be sneaky and still smoke as long as you’re careful.
Even though there are arguments saying that smoking a vape may be just as bad as smoking a cigarette, the social acceptance here is the important part. As said above, people smoking a vaporizer in public a few years ago would have certainly been grounds for police suspicion. Now, thanks to the fact that vapes are considered “mainstream”, stoners can load up pens full of pot instead of nicotine oil and enjoy the effects of THC throughout the day, with minimal risk of getting attention from people you’d rather avoid.
As more states legalize the plant, there is sure to be e-cigs made and sold that look exactly like the ones on the market now but will only contain cannabis oil. There are companies right now watching the vape market, studying the trends, and preparing themselves for the legalization of cannabis so that they can promote and sell their 420 e-cig. And seeing as how the vapes are so popular now, you can only imagine how much attention they will gain in the next few years.
Five Jobs The Cannabis Industry Creates
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
The economy is doing poorly and the people are beginning to really suffer from the effects. No matter if you go to school and get a degree or you go to school for ten years and become a doctor. Chances are, you’re having trouble finding jobs if you don’t have one or just constantly struggling to pay the bills. But with cannabis approval growing rapidly in the US and with more states legalizing the plant, it seems like benefits for medical users aren’t the only positive effect of a legal cannabis market. There are many jobs that the industry could create if allowed. Here are just five of these jobs that could be benefitting the people of the working class.
Much like the more common bartender, a bud tender is someone who gives the medicine to the patients. Different then a pharmacist in the sense that the people working to sell cannabis to patients or recreational users are genuinely concerned about the people buying pot. You don’t need a degree to be a bud tender and while you can’t accept tips like a bartender, the gratification from this job is all you need.
Someone needs to grow the plants to sell in the stores, right? Growing cannabis is a full time job. The plants need constant attention to achieve the level of perfection that’s necessary for store sold cannabis. There are constant problems that present themselves to those that choose to grow. From pests to thieves, having a garden is hard work but eventually, it does pay off. Both in monetary gain and a feeling of accomplishment that the garden will make people happy long after it’s been cut down.
Cooking with bud isn’t as easy as you think, especially if you’re getting creative. Some people can whip up the most delicious food containing weed and some people… Just can’t. Making edibles is more like a science than anything else and the patients who can’t smoke do love enjoying treats. Soon enough, I’m sure little food delivery trucks will pop up, much like Meals-On-Wheels, containing amazing medicated dinners for it’s customers.
The buds aren’t going to look so perfectly manicured by themselves! After the harvest has been cut, the buds must be trimmed carefully to be ready for sale. Trimmers don’t make a lot of money but a lot of the time, they get paid more in free weed that they’ve trimmed themselves. Again, companied with a feeling of self-accomplishment, this job would be great for someone trying to break in to the business and work their way to the top.
This profession would only be for someone who knows what they’re doing. Making concentrates can be dangerous if not done under the right conditions and it’s important that these people especially take care with their craft. Creating concentrates that are a high enough quality to be sold is tough. From BHO to ice wax to RSO, this product must be extremely high in quality. Those that tend to gravitate towards making concentrates usually have a background in engineering or chemistry, as the knowledge needed to do this is extreme.
Is it legal to fly with marijuana?
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, November, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede.
It’s relatively easy to find out that mascara does indeed count as a liquid, a cane is exempt from the personal item limit, and ice skates are allowed on carry-ons, but it can be much harder to find a straight answer about flying with marijuana.
Earlier this month citizens in Oregon and Alaska voted to join Colorado and Washington as the four states where retail marijuana is legal for adults over the age of 21. Washington, D.C. residents, meanwhile, voted for a “soft legalization” measure. (Vox has a great breakdown of the current state of marijuana legalization.) Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states as well as the District of Columbia. It’s used to treat conditions ranging from pain and nausea to Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, and a host of other conditions. Patients who successfully apply for a medical marijuana card are allowed to possess a limited amount of the substance, which varies by state.
So how does that affect air travel?
THE BAD NEWS
Under federal law marijuana is an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic deemed to have a “high potential for abuse and no medical value.” Federal law does not distinguish between medical and recreational marijuana—any form of the substance is illegal. Since airports, airspace, and airplanes all fall under federal jurisdiction, anyone found flying with medical marijuana is at risk of being detained, arrested, and prosecuted under federal law.
THE GOOD NEWS
Across the country once-strict policies are loosening and it seems the TSA is not immune to these changing attitudes. The official TSA policy states:
TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. Whether or not marijuana is considered legal under local law is not relevant to TSA screening because TSA is governed by federal law. Federal law provides no basis to treat medical marijuana any differently than non-medical marijuana. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.
In other words, TSA is mostly interested in protecting its passengers’ safety and less interested in busting those traveling with a small amount of pot. TSA agents are not specifically looking for marijuana and if they do happen to find it in a routine search, it’s largely up to the individual TSA agent to decide how to respond. Policy is to report the substance to local law enforcement. In states where medical marijuana is legal, anecdotal evidence suggests local police will often verify a passenger’s documents and allow them to fly with medicinal cannabis if everything is in order. However, according to USA Today, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has resulted in stricter policies that ban pot in the airport but don't penalize passengers for possession (they just need to return it to their cars or throw it away before they go through security).
Still, there seems to be a lot of leeway in these policies. In 2011, TSA agents at Denver International Airport found a small bag of marijuana in the checked bag of rapper Freddie Gibbs. They left the weed along with a note saying “C’mon son.” However, that casualness definitely does not extend to larger drug trafficking. When Los Angeles TSA found 100 pounds of marijuana wrapped up as a birthday gift during a bag screening they promptly turned it over to DEA and LAPD.
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Five Famous Writers That Smoked Weed
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, November, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
Even though there are studies debunking the “cannabis makes me creative” idea, stoners everywhere will say otherwise. There are a good amount of people who smoke that are some sort of creative, whether that be a tattoo artist, a graphic designer, or a social media specialist. It’s kind of like a “chicken or the egg” saying. Do creative people just like to smoke weed or does the weed enhance a person’s creativity? Cannabis is said to be a mind expanding substance, allowing people to come up with better ideas and to transfer their thoughts to paper more easily. This theory is backed by the hundreds of famous creative people that have brought us entertainment over the years. From newer names like Seth Rogan to the not-so-known tokers such as Shakespeare, it’s clear why people assume that weed and creative people just go together like peanut butter and jelly. Especially when it comes to writing, those who have a lot to write down usually have a bit of bud to help bust through that writer’s block. As a writer myself, I do find that weed makes it easier to type. While this list only contains five names, there are surely many writers out there that utilize cannabis when working.
- Since we already mentioned him, we’ll start with Shakespeare. Although the famous writer didn’t ever admit to smoking the reefer, it was reported that pieces of pipes were found near his garden. When researchers tested the pipes, they were found to contain traces of hallucinogenics as well as cocaine. Add in the fact that in Shakespeare’s time, Elizabethan England was using the cannabis plant in fabrics as well as paper. Even if Shakespeare wasn’t smoking weed, it’s thought that he was using drugs to enhance his play writing abilities. If you read some of his works, it’s fairly easy to see that the man must’ve been using a substance, as one of his plays even contains a character that makes pies out of people.
- As a horror writer, Stephen King has a lot of ridiculous thoughts floating around in his head. After his car accident, things got even weirder and his somewhat scary stories got terrifying. You ever read “It”? Ever read it stoned? King is a master writer and has admitted to smoking weed in the past. Plus, his entire book Tommyknockers was based on his fight with cocaine addiction, I believe, if I’m remembering his words from “In Writing” correctly. King has even said “I think marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful in the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.”
- Hobbits, wizards, dragons, etc. You know that JRR Tolken was smoking something when he wrote the books on Middle Earth. With such a wide range of landscapes, characters, and plots, Tolken’s imagination is something to cherish. Even now, his books are being made in to movies and creating splashes in movie theaters everywhere. If the movies are watched carefully, you’ll notice that the hobbits love to get together and smoke “pipe weed”. Even Galdalf indulges in the smoking!
- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson was a well known drug connoisseur so it’s no surprise that he’s on this list. However, his work is so respected, it would probably be offensive to not mention him. In addition to being very in depth in drug culture, Thompson was also a novelist, journalist, and occasionally, a politician. Thompson reportedly told High Times, “I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits… And millions of Americans agree with me.”
- A poet, a writer, and a painter. Jack Kerouac is a well known name in the free spirited community. He wrote the book On The Road and the novel is practically a bible for those who enjoy drug culture. Kerouac created the term “beat generation”, characterized by a generation of people with respect to native cultures, sexual revolution, negative feelings towards war, as well as the acceptance and decriminalization of marijuana.
Ten Ways You Can Use Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
Yes, it’s for smoking. That’s common knowledge, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article. But as with most things in the world, the wonderful marijuana plant can be used for many different purposes. It is medical and industrial. With the right funding and some smart people who care about the planet, cannabis could be the most used substance in the world. Not only that but it would save us land and help to produce more oxygen, plus it grows far faster as compared to it’s bark covered relative, the tree. So how can you use cannabis other than packing it in to a pipe and smoking it? Here’s ten ways that cannabis can be used in order to benefit the people of the world.
- Medicine; the most common use for the cannabis plant is medicinal. After thousands of years of societies using cannabis in order to treat headaches, broken bones, back aches, nausea, cancer, and many other illnesses, people still have trouble accepting the fact that the earth gave us a cure for most health problems known to man. It’s time to wake up, however, and take advantage of such a beautiful asset to the human race.
- Clothing; by making clothes out of hemp, we could completely eliminate the need for cotton. The hemp plant can be made in to fiber which in turn can be worn. Wearing organically made clothing would be great, plus hemp has numerous other uses and having fields of such a versatile substance could advance our society greatly.
- Fuel; surprisingly, the cannabis plant can be used for fuel. Seeing as how oil is a fossil fuel, there’s only so much time left until we run out of it. Once gas is gone, we will no longer be able to fuel our cars. We will be forced to find an alternate source of fuel if we want to stay so mobile. It would be smarter to switch to a biodegradable fuel rather than a fuel that’s putting huge holes in the ozone and creating smog clouds the size of Los Angeles.
- Fiber; in Colonial times, farmers ingested a lot of potatoes since the crop was so easy to grow. Since there was no such thing as fiber bars back then, the farmers had to ingest high amounts of fiber in order to counteract the not so great effects of constantly eating so much starch. Ingesting cannabis nutritionally helped the farmers with this problem.
- Pets; rather than putting a nylon collar on your pet, why not use hemp? With a less chance of containing harmful substances, hemp pet supplies are said to be healthier, more durable, and sustainable. While giving your pets pot to eat isn’t such a good idea, your furry companion will be happy to nap on a comfy hemp pet bed!
- Hempcrete; concrete is a huge pain and is expensive. It wears under pressure and after a long enough time, it will crack. Not to mention, the substance is extremely heavy, so while it is a great building material, it’s cumbersome. Hempcrete, on the other hand, is concrete but made from the hemp plant. It is half as heavy as concrete and will stand up to the elements longer. Hempcrete also assists with containing cool and heat, depending on the time of year, cutting down on heating and electricity bills. Additionally, hempcrete is far better for the environment, considering it’s naturally made.
- Vitamins; hemp seeds contain high amounts of amino acids, providing a great source of vitamins and nutrients to those that consume them. For those that would like healthier alternatives to taking random pills that may contain poison rather than something helpful, hemp seeds are something that should be kept around. There are even cafes in Europe that offer hemp tea, hemp coffee, and even hemp lager!
- Rope; historians have said that early man used hemp rope to fashion bamboo stalks together in order to form rafts. So you could say that people have been using hemp rope for a bit. Stronger than what we currently use today, hemp rope is something that people would benefit from using for a multitude of purposes, including maritime purposes. If you’re interested in seeing some history on hemp rope, you can join a maritime museum tour and find out all about it (get stoned first, of course).
- Food; instead of using butter or lard or even vegetable oil to cook with, using hemp oil is far healthier for you. Instead of putting anything somewhat harmful, use hemp oil instead. Sometimes, you can even medicate said oil in order to give your food a little added kick. But even if you don’t want to psychoactive aspect, cooking with hempseed oil will make your food taste better and help keep that waistline small (hempseed compared to butter is ridiculously healthy, especially “butter” if you know what I’m saying).
- Paper; reportedly, Ben Franklin owned a hemp paper mill in his day and it’s even been said that the original Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper! It’s hard to believe that this wouldn’t be true, as most farmers were required by law to grow hemp back in colonial times. Still, hemp can be made in to paper that doesn’t harm nearly as many trees while simultaneously growing faster and healthier for the planet. As to why we’re still chopping down forests when this simple plant could be used instead, is a mystery.
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