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What's Wrong With $1.00 A Gram

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
selling-for-1-dollar-a-gramUruguay is on the path to being the first country to legalize cannabis fully and regulate as most believe it should be. The country is implementing it's new plan and is expected to be fully functional halfway through 2014. The best part of the part of the Uruguay marijuana plan? The pot will be sold for $1.00 a gram! Even at that low price, the street cost of a gram from a street dealer in Uruguay is $1.40. But cheaper is cheaper right! $.40 adds up after a while. So what could possibly be bad about this plan?
 
Of course there's the argument that when lowering the price of pot, there will be an explosive increase in those who use it. However, what happened when alcohol came off prohibition? Not every person alive ran out and started getting hammered. There's no reason to believe that marijuana use would increase. If anything, it may decrease due to the fact that a lot of recreational users smoke because - let's face it - the forbidden is always more appealing because you're not supposed to do it. Also, the usage of marijuana by minors is easily prevented by parents taking a stand and actually talking to their kids about the plant, rather than trusting what's taught in school health classes (We all went through D.A.R.E. We're still smoking).
 
The quality of the marijuana being produced is also in question. If the pot only costs $1.00, is it going to be filled with stems and seeds? There is no guaranteed quality when weed costs this little. In the US, there is marijuana that is sold for ridiculously low prices, around $3.00 a gram. Bud like this is basically trash and what they were smoking back in the 70s. Seed filled and mostly stem, you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to bud. Paying $1.00 a gram for bud that doesn't get you high, doesn't look good, and doesn't taste good isn't even really worth it. Especially if you spend more time picking the seeds out rather than smoking it.
 
If keeping the prices low will help people get quality medicine, then I'm all for it. However, if the price will reflect the quality of the bud, patients might have no choice other than to stick to black market dealers. If the low price bud is poor quality, people are going to continue to use street dealers to get quality medicine. People will pay for quality when the only other alternative is schwag.

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Five Reasons Why More Women Don't Smoke Weed

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
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1.) Judgement
 
Women often feel that if they smoke weed or open up about weed they will be judged or not as highly regarded. Generally speaking, when men smoke weed or open up about it people usually remain indifferent. There is a double standard at work that devalues women’s experience with weed that men are often free from. Women need to own their experiences and not give a rat’s ass about what other people think.
 
2.) Family
 
Because women were blessed/cursed with the ability to make babies, the conversation around marijuana gets complicated. Childless women can experience shame or guilt when opening up about marijuana, but the backlash mothers endure is often much worse. I blame essentialism and the oppressive consequences it can have on mothers who use marijuana due to gender roles. People don’t bat an eye if mommy needs a glass of wine after a long day, but it hits the fan if they smoke weed. There have been countless stories about families being ripped apart by the Child and Family Services Agency because of marijuana, and it is heart wrenching to watch happen.
 
3.) Lonely stoner-chick problems
 
As a female habitual smoker of weed, I had a hard time ï¬�nding other women who also smoked. Most of the time I would smoke with my male friends and male dealers and the only women I came into contact with were their wives or girlfriends. I did not know of any female dealers and hardly any of my female friends smoked, so I always felt like the lonely stoner chick. As a woman I felt isolated because hardly any woman I knew smoked, and who likes smoking alone all the time (unless I’m chilling with dudes). It wasn’t until I got picked up and started working at medical marijuana dispensary (Brightside) when I ï¬�nally started meeting other women who smoked. Basically, it sucks feeling like you have no other women to connect to within the cannabis industry except 420 nurses who function under the male gaze. Which brings me to my next point.
 
4.) For-pro�t sexual objecti�cation of women
 
Walking into a dispensary and seeing a young twenty-something women in a 420 nurse outï¬�t isn’t my idea of a great ï¬�rst impression. No slut-shaming intended because I think women should be able to dress however they want, but the overt sexual objectiï¬�cation of women in the cannabis industry is a big turn-off to a lot of women. When dispensaries shamelessly use women’s bodies to attract business, what kind of message is that sending to potential female smokers and female smokers in general? It’s sad that there are so many great female activists in the marijuana movement that women can relate to, but all we are shown are sexualized women. It makes it seem as if the cannabis industry doesn’t take women and the role we play in society seriously, which doesn’t turn women on to smoking or wanting to open up about it.
 
5.) It’s Illegal
 
I probably could have summed up the entire post with this, but where’s the fun in that? If marijuana was legal in the ï¬�rst place, none of this black market garbage would continue to persist. Women wouldn’t feel sketched out about getting in trouble, losing their kids, or losing their freedoms. This isn’t to say that all of our problems will be solved with legalization, but it’s a helluva start. The cannabis industry needs to reevaluate it’s relationship with women and understand the pivotal role women play in the legalization of marijuana.
 

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Appeal Of The Spliff

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
the-spliffJoints and blunts are quite popular among the stoners these days but there's one more roll that doesn't get a lot of attention. But since there are stoners smoking them, then they should be written about. A spliff is a paper filled with not only bud, but with tobacco for those of you who aren't familiar with them. Since the user can decide on what tobacco they want to use in the spliff, they may not be quite as harmful as cigarettes and some smokers believe that the mix has tranquil effects on the user, strengthening the high.
 
Some stoners think that even by smoking a cigarette while a bowl or joint is in rotation. Their stand on a spliff would be obvious; the added tobacco is an insult to the marijuana. Because cigarettes themselves have an awful name, these particular potheads don't see any benefit to mixing the two plants. It is also said that some people experience a queasy feeling when mixing tobacco and marijuana together.
 
Those that do enjoy spliffs have nothing but good things to say about this particular roll. In addition to using less weed than a full joint of marijuana, the tobacco causes a slower burn. Your joints will last a bit longer when mixed with tobacco (They also burn slower if they're covered in kief ;) ). Smokers say that by mixing the two, you can conserve your bud. There's also the idea that tobacco enhances the marijuana high, as said above.
 
Spliffs, while occasionally popular in America, are primarily a European smoking style, although the actual title of the roll is somewhat debated. On one hand, there are people who claim that a "spliff" is just a large joint, purely made of marijuana. On the other, a spliff is the mixture of tobacco and marijuana. The desirable effect of the spliff is up to the person smoking it

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Why Kief Pucks Are Worth The Wait

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
why-kief-pucks-are-worth-the-waitIt's that golden powder that falls to the bottom of your grinder after you shred a dank nugget. The stuff that every stoner covets and probably has a jar of somewhere in their collection of pot products. It's kief and it's awesome. It's the crystals off of the cannabis buds and it gets you seriously baked! Whether you're putting it in food or smoking it or turning it in to hash, kief is an all time favorite.
 
Recently, there has been a small explosion of popularity with kief pucks. These are large amounts of kief compressed in to little hockey pucks. Made by putting pressure on the cannabis crystals by adding the golden powder to a pollen press, getting stoned off of these is a great way to get high and stay that way all day. It's best to keep them under pressure for as long as two days. The longer the puck stays in the pollen press, the better it will stick together when it is removed.
 
It seems that the most common and efficient way to smoke these pucks is to either break them up and place them on top of packed bowls or just place the whole thing on top of the bowl. There are quite a few different ways that are recommended however. These methods include hot knifing, adding the puck in to a joint, vaporizing, and just smoking the puck how it is by placing it in a piece. Putting the pucks on top of green seems to be the best way, however. Be careful when smoking kief, as it is extremely strong.
 
This product of cannabis is excellent for those in a lot of pain, as the effects of kief are incredibly stronger than just bud. Collecting kief for some people can be a long process and kind of a pain, especially if you constantly run of out weed and smoke all of your bud. Smoking kief is sure to help keep you stoned until you can get your hands on some weed. Even if you're not out of flowers, a kief puck will put you to sleep or keep you on cloud nine for hours. It may take a while to get a lot of kief together to make a puck big enough to enjoy, it's a process that's worth the wait.

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Unfortunate Stoner Accidents

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, October, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
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Potheads are known for being slightly clumsy. We tend to not really pay attention to the finer details as we go about our day to day activities. So when it comes to smoking, there are some really unfortunate things that could (and do) happen when we're smoking. Whether you're a novice smoker or an expert, all of these things can happen when you're getting high.
 
- Spilling the bong can happen to any one, at any time. Sometimes, there's a clumsy stoner in the group and occasionally, the bong just ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. This accident is really a buzzkill but easily avoidable. Don't put the bong on the floor or unsteady tables. Also, be sure to keep your bong water clean. If the piece happens to fall over, at least the water won't smell as bad if you're keeping it clean.
 
- When you ash a blunt or a joint out of the window of a moving car, you better have an iron grip on it. A sunroof seems like a great idea when you're stoned. It's an easy way to ash the blunt. Always remember that there is this thing called wind and it's pretty strong at about 35 mph. It can and will rip the blunt or joint right out of your hand. Depending on where you are, there might not be a chance to go look for it and even if there is, there's not a large chance that you'll find it. It's better to ash in a water bottle or can rather than out of the window while moving.
 
- Smoking a bowl every so often is a good change but when you volcano the bowl? Forget it. Especially if the hit you're taking is one of the first. Expelling chunks of charred bud (and smokeable bud), as well as hot coals, isn't just a waste of weed, it's embarrassing! Coughing is fine but please pull the bowl away from your mouth before you start choking!
 
- If you're planning on packing a bong, placing the slide somewhere stable is a good idea. Sometimes, the glass seems to take on a mind of it's own if it's not sturdy enough. By trying to pack a bowl on an unstable surface, you're putting yourself at high risk of spilling the contents of the bowl everywhere. Hopefully, if this does happen to you, it's on a glass table. This will make it much easier to collect the spilled treasure.
 
- Close the grinder... Always. These little monsters seem to be attracted to the ground if they're carelessly left open on a table or tray. Closing the grinder ensures that when it does fall, you won't have to spend hours picking ground up bud out of your carpet. Nobody likes to smoke weed lint from your carpet. It's best to keep the grinder closed that this doesn't happen. They haven't invented a weed magnet yet!

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The Shut Down Of Silk Road

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, October, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
the-shutdown-of-silk-roadThe biggest taboo about buying weed would have to be buying it online. Even the idea of buying bud over the Internet is looked down upon. Most Instagram pages make it very clear; their photos are for educational purposes. Nothing is for sale. Asking about weed for sale earns ridicule and nasty comments on the web. However, one person pioneered drugs on the world wide web and now, is facing some serious trouble.
 
Silk Road was an Internet market place where you could buy whatever you really felt like buying in regards to drugs. Whether you were looking for marijuana or MDMA, Silk Road could provide discreet delivery of your drug of choice to your home. However, there were other items for sale as well, including books, art, and apparel. The site brought in around $92,000 a month as the "Amazon of illegal drugs". With almost 1,000,000 users registered when the site was seized and shut down by the DEA and FBI, Silk Road serviced users all over the world.
 
Using a form of money called Bitcoin, Silk Road was able to evade law enforcement for an extended period of time. It was in February of 2011 and was seized on October 2 of 2013. It's incredible that the site managed to stay up for that long. The site was so large that it had it's own personal army of dealers, growers, and manufacturers. Unfortunately for users and the owner of the site, an Australian MDMA/cocaine dealer was busted when his shipment to the site was intercepted and it all went downhill from there. In May 2013, the site crashed due to an outside attack and was officially shut down in October.
 
While the sale of drugs such as heroin and cocaine aren't exactly the best, marijuana was included in this site and from what users claim, it was some seriously good bud. Being able to get quality bud online via Silk Road was probably an outlet for a lot of patients in illegal states. Whether or not there were patients depending on Silk Road, it is debatable if the arrests of the people involved are because of the illegal substances being sold or in an attempt to complete annihilate any privacy on the Internet.
 
The alleged creator of the site, Ross Ulbricht is currently in jail but said in an interview earlier this week that he's "not concerned with the future" according the The Guardian . The 29-year-old didn't comment on whether he was guilty or not but this arrest is his first. His charges include drug trafficking, money laundering, soliciting murder, and computer hacking. Other than this one interview with the Guardian, Ulbricht has not been talking to the press on the advice of his lawyer.
 
Issues like this stem from so many rules and law being implemented on people. If the governments would back off and regulate things for the good of the people, things would be much different. In Switzerland, the government regulates the distribution of heroin in clinics. With this system, the country has reported that not only have HIV and crimes rates drastically decreased but the society overall has become incredibly socially productive. By regulating the amount of heroin that people use, plus being able to get medical grade heroin rather than the black market tar, the users of heroin in Switzerland can lead a better life. While heroin is an extremely dangerous narcotic, the majority of inmates in prison are charged with nonviolent marijuana crimes. If cannabis was legalized and regulated, there would be a severe decrease in "crime", as well as a more productive society.

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