Police; The Moral Divide
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
People are always saying that the cops are the problem and that we should hate them and what not. It is true that they are the ones who arrest us for smoking a plant. But what if the cop arresting you is suffering an extreme mental battle about whether or not to actually cuff you. Some people don't believe that there are any good cops any more but I promise you, there are.
Take for example, the awesome cops in Seattle that handed out bags of Doritos at Hempfest this year. This was a huge deal and the bags of Doritos are being sold on eBay for ridiculous amounts of money. These police officers have accepted that leaflets and the like are not the way to a stoner's head... Food is. The police in Seattle made sure to add a little bit of good advice on the bags, which were printed with slogans saying "Don't drive high". Much respect to the force in Seattle. Thank you for the Doritos!
As a police officer, they're required to enforce the law. Can you imagine if your job was to arrest stoners when you secretly wanted to be one? It's a terrible predicament and I don't envy those that suffer from it. I understand that it's their choice because they choose that career but maybe that had a different reason for joining the force. Military members, people who have lost family on the police force, or just every day kids end up being police. It's hard to imagine how awful some cops must feel when they arrest some eighteen year old punk because he had a gram. A lot of times, however, if you respect the police when dealing with them, chances are they're going to be a little nicer to you, even if they're not a secret stoner cop.
In my personal life, all of my immediate family is involved in either law or the military. I may be a bit of a black sheep. After spending two or three years trying to convince my law enforcing parents of the benefits of cannabis, they're finally starting to see my point. When talking to my dad, he says that he would rather deal with a pothead before a drunk and that he is definitely not against the legalization of pot. Even my mom, who can be pretty stubborn, has begun to acknowledge that the plant isn't doing any harm and that perhaps law enforcement should lay off the weed for a while.
It's sad to see people rip on police. They're doing their job, just like the growers are doing theirs. I realize that there are cops that are total jerks and would love nothing more than to stick you in handcuffs and throw you in the paddy wagon. But before you trash talk cops, you have to recognize that there are police who support us. I've dealt with not only a police officer father, but I have been in some extremely scary situations where there was a lot of weed in plain sight of police in my apartment. I've had run ins with getting pulled over by state troopers and they've blatantly stated that my car smelled like pot and not only did I manage to avoid getting searched, but the officer let me go without a ticket. Next time, before you say "F*ck the police", think of the good cops. They exist.
Worst States To Get Busted In
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, October, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
While there are some states that have made marijuana legal, there are still some that haven't. Not even that but there are still states that are really against the idea of legalization and enforce the penalties rigorously. This definitely sucks for the stoners who happen to live within these states. This list tells the penalties for the worst states to get caught with weed in and what they deem a suitable punishment for the "crime" of possessing marijuana.
Don't you dare get caught with bud in this state. While most other states are pushing to be green, Oklahoma is handing out life sentences for anyone in contact with a marijuana plant, including growing, selling, and possession. Keep your stoner lifestyle on the quiet side if you ever decide to visit this harsh state. And for those of you that live there, I hope you've perfected the art of being sneaky.
Marijuana possession accounts for half of the arrests made in this state annually. That's a lot of people going to jail just for having a plant. Unfortunately for Texas residents, there is a very low tolerance for potheads. A first time offender will face 180 days in jail, plus at least $2,000 in fines. Seems a bit extreme, especially because that punishment is allowed even for the possession of less than a gram.
I've never heard good things about Florida and weed, although I have seen some pretty awesome dank come from this sunny state. Props to the person who's growing it, since the cultivation of just one plant is a felony that can land a person up to five years in jail. This also goes for anyone caught possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana on them. For those carrying less than 20 grams, don't worry. If you get caught, you can go to jail for a year, not to mention the additional fines.
I've had friends that have visited this state and even the natives call their weed "the Brown Frown". I don't know if that's true for the whole state but that's how I was told it is in this southern state. Well, it gets worse. A man was just sent to jail in this state for possessing half of an ounce. He received twenty years. That seems highly extreme, doesn't it? This is the maximum amount of time that someone in Louisiana can get for a repeat marijuana offense. Even first time offenders are told that they're about to get a seriously long stay in prison. Mardi Gras doesn't seem that fun if you can't smoke and enjoy it, am I right?
I've been to this state and I give the residents credit just for being able to deal with the insane heat. Stoners here have it pretty rough as well. For a first time offender, marijuana related crime is a felony. The sentence can be up to 18 months in jail, plus some seriously hefty fines. Arizona is the state that has the most severe punishment for a first time offender.
I know a few stoners from these states and I salute you. While my state is still kind of unsure of where it stands, you guys face serious danger just to get high. We respect you and hope that your weed is good enough to make getting busted worth it. Be smart, don't get caught!
Debunking The "Marijuana Is A Gateway Drug" Theory
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, October, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Yesterday 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.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Santa Cruz Butane Explosion; Three In Severe Condition
Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, October, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
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.
Weed Man Mistakes
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, October, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
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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