Anti-pot Group Made Paranoid By Protestors
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, September, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Classic stereotype; weed makes stoners super paranoid. While this fact may be true for some smokers, it doesn't happen to everyone. And I thought it was supposed to only be those smoking who got paranoid? Apparently not because the anti-pot heads are the ones scrambling for their lives it seems. Monday the 23rd was supposed to mark the meeting of the first (and hopefully last) Marijuana Policy Conference. Basically a fancy name for a bunch of people who have never smoked pot and don't really know why they're against it, other than the fact that they "know it's bad for people".
The group is supposed to be meeting in two days but can't seem to hold down a venue for the meeting anymore. Their logic for changing it last minute is due to a group of marijuana activists. The potheads are so intimidating that the anti-druggies won't release their new meeting spot. An email was sent out to the supporters of the conference saying that they were moving due to "hostile, radical drug legalization groups". I'm pretty sure that I've never heard of a violent marijuana protest and I'm sure that this group doesn't plan on displaying any type of violence and really just want to disband the meeting, which is something I don't disagree with.
Surprisingly, this issue started when some of the pro-marijuana people bought tickets to the conference but then suddenly had their money back and their tickets cancelled. Seems a bit extreme am I right? Anyone should be allowed to attend a public meeting that they paid to see. There is no reason for this blatant show of disrespect. The issue with the tickets is what made Lanny Swerdlow - head of the pro-pot brigade - organize the protest of the meeting. Let's be honest, if you got blacklisted from an event for no reason, I'm sure you'd be pretty livid too.
The article that I read on this topic included the email from the head of the anti-pot group (Paul Chabot). It states that there would be a crowd of hostile pot people surrounding the place where the meeting was to be held. The email also stated that "it has been brought to our attention that one of the key protest organizers has been investigated for child pornography... In Oregon in 1998... The drug legalization crowd is well known for being hostile and at times, outright dangerous. The many videos found on YouTube by pot groups, including the shooting at a Denver pot event earlier this year is yet more proof of the radicalization of thee anti-social individuals who lack common sense, patience, and restraint".
Hey now! None of what was said in that email was very nice. To be completely honest, I think I have more common sense in my right foot than the person who wrote that lovely bit of literature. Unfortunately for the author, the people backing the marijuana movement have been fighting this battle for a lot longer than people give us credit for and I'd say that gives us patience. Restraint? People smoke in secret, fearing that people will discover that they depend on a plant for help dealing with the nonsense that the world throws our way. If you ask me, that demonstrates a large amount of restraint. And common sense? The people I know who smoke are some of the most intelligent people I've ever met. Taking low blows at one side or the other doesn't do anything but cause more issues.
Marijuana legalization is an adult issue and should be handled as one, not as a "he said, she said" battle back and forth. After finishing the article on the protest, I discovered that not only did Chabot bullshit the cancellation of the convention, he did it to make sure that protestors would be confused and unable to attend due to not knowing the location. Are anti-marijuana people genuinely that afraid of those of us that smoke? And mentioning the unfortunate shooting incident in Denver, like public shootings are only possible while at a pot convention. It's extremely difficult for people to argue against pot when their argument isn't that strong in the first place. A defense tactic like the one Chabot chose to use rather than dealing with the protestors in a mature and productive matter doesn't show much for their cause either.
Smoking becomes a natural routine once you've been doing it for a while. I know many people (myself included) that need to smoke before doing anything. One of the most controversial subjects related to smoking and being stoned would definitely be driving. It's been in the news a bunch. How can you measure how high a driver is? Does smoking and driving really cause you to run over kids as you leave a McDonalds drive thru?
I understand that police want to make sure the roads are safe. However, since there really is no on-the-spot way to tell how high a person is, a cop can't tell if you've been smoking for a day straight or if you took a small toke before getting behind the wheel. There's no machine that you can blow in to so the officer knows how much THC you have in your system. Half of the time, how are they even supposed to know that you're high when products like Visine and gum make it almost impossible to tell who's baked and who's just a happy, calm person.
People in Idaho have the issued the perfect ruing in regards to driving and marijuana. They decided that, because marijuana remains in the system long after the person has ingested the substance, that they would punish those who were actually impaired. Not only that but a study released in 1999 by the folks over at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the effects of marijuana on drivers is "relatively small" compared to booze and certain prescribed medications. While the weed today is more potent than in the 90s, the tolerance of people to THC has also gone up. Either way, I must say that punishment for a driver who has used marijuana should absolutely be less than a driver who is driving drunk.
If we're going to seriously punish people for driving while under the influence of something, make it alcohol. The effects of weed aren't even close to the impairing effects of alcohol. I don't want any of you to go out, get stoned, and attempt to drive. If it comes to it and you have no choice, it is what it is. But if you've been drinking, seriously call a cab. I have had numerous people get hurt or die from alcohol related accidents and plenty more for hitting other cars while swerving around the streets. At least pot doesn't actually make you see double or triple of what's in front you. This alone makes weed a better substance to drive with, not to mention the unfortunate problem of vomiting while drunk. That's a situation that not one of your friends will appreciate.
Please remember to stay safe while driving. Don't act like an idiot. Be smart! :)
Drug testing for marijuana in sports is "unconscionable and wrong,"
Boxing promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday argued that smoking marijuana should not be against the rules for professional athletes.
“There’s nothing wrong with smoking pot. There is nothing wrong with marijuana,” said Arum, the CEO of Top Rank promotions. Arum was talking in reference to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 27, who will fight Bryan Vera on Saturday near Los Angeles in his first bout in a year.
Chavez Jr., the son of the legendary Mexican boxer, lost a tight 12-round title fight to Sergio Martinez last year in Las Vegas. But after the fight, he was suspended nine months and fined $100,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for marijuana.
“Any suspension for an athlete smoking pot, unless it’s actually at a fight or a game, is unconscionable and wrong,” Arum said. “Let’s be real about it. There’s nothing wrong with pot. And pot can be beneficial.”
“I don’t think he did anything wrong by taking marijuana two weeks prior to his fight,” Arum said.
“The rules of the commission have changed now,” Arum said. “And there’s a doctrine that if the rules change, it applies retroactively to him. Those rules were preposterous and now they’ve changed.”
Broncos linebacker Von Miller is currently serving a six-game suspension leveled by the NFL in part for a failed drug test. Miller has run afoul of the NFL’s drug policy for testing positive for marijuana several times.
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What do you think about the D.A.R.E program?
Most of us remember being in the lower grades and having to take D.A.R.E. To be completely honest, I don't remember what they actually taught us. I know that it was about drugs and how they would ruin our lives if we ever tried them. I've heard that in some classes, the cops brought in actual drugs to show the kids. They didn't show us drugs in ours. I don't remember them ever mentioning individual drugs to be completely honest. I was in fifth grade when I went through the D.A.R.E. program so either I wasn't paying attention or I partied the memories away when I was in college.
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Their mission statement is to help kids lead substance free, violence free lives. Since we live in an unfortunately violent world, protecting us from violence when we're children only gives us the inability to combat it when we are older. Fortunately, we have substances (marijuana) that we can use to at least make certain life issues a bit more bearable.
In my opinion, the D.A.R.E. program introduces kids to drugs at a younger age. Not only that, but it should be parents speaking to their kids about the dangers of the worlds. Schools these days resemble jails more so than educational institutions. At least information from the parents might be a bit more honest. I don't know what D.A.R.E. is like now. Like I said, I don't remember my specific program being very in depth. I think it was more about teaching us how to fight someone if we were ever attacked but again, growing up with two parents who are heavily in to fitness, martial arts, and law enforcement taught me that long before the police officer did by showing us a diagram on a piece of paper.
Teaching kids about drugs, alcohol, and violence is definitely an important part of their growing up. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it and I believe that D.A.R.E is the wrong way. While they do present some facts to the kids in the classes, I do feel that they are biased because (obviously) they're cops. It's their job to tell you that pot is bad because they have to arrest you for it anyway. Someone very close to me is a police officer and he told me that he fully supports the legalization of marijuana and would rather deal with a high person rather than a drunk person. When police officers start backing an illegal substance rather than the legal one, I'd say it's time for change. Wouldn't you?
Reality vs. Movies
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Stoners love their movies just as much as they love their weed. My boyfriend has the most extensive DVD collection out of everyone I've ever seen. And trust me, we've watched them all in the company of each other and a big jar of weed. Half Baked, Dazed And Confused, and High School are only a few of the great pothead classics. Movies, however, seem to really exaggerate the effects of pot on the people that smoke it. What's the real deal on getting high as compared to the movie version?
High School is a dope stoner flick that I suggest everyone check out! This A+ student gets stoned with a childhood friend after getting accepted in to Yale (I think?) . Unfortunately for him, a young girl at his school recently got stoned before a spelling competition and ended up getting busted. While the two buddies toke, the principal makes an announcement that they will be drug testing the whole school to expel all of the "druggies". In an attempt to save their asses, the two friends steal a jar of kief from the most f-ed up dealer in town to put in some pot brownies that they plan on giving to the entire school via the traditional school bake sale. So basically, they get the whole school high. Like... Really high. But they portray it like the kids are all zombies. They stumble, mutter, and one ends up spending the whole movie trying to find the administration office. The movie is hilarious but I can't agree with how they show the stoners.
Here's how I am when I'm stoned; I smile a lot, I pay attention to things, and I don't get mad when some dude cuts me off on the highway. I don't stumble around and mutter like the kids they show on TV. I've also never felt like I'm flying or tried to feed a horse a ton of munchies. Most of the time, I sit on my couch and watch TV or end up writing a bunch of articles or possibly just smoking more weed. I can't lie though, the flying feeling would be pretty dope if it actually happened. No stoner that I've ever spoken to feels like they're legitimately flying. While you may be up in the clouds, you're not actually up there... As much as we would like to be!
Basically, the movies exaggerate because it's definitely funnier to see stoners act silly. At the same time though, there's the issue of people thinking that that's what stoners are actually like. Which we're not. Potheads have come a long way since just goofing around smoking pot. All stoners go on adventures and eat munchies and have good times but not all of them spend a whole night just trying to snag some burgers. I know that when I'm stoned and going to get a late night snack, I get to my destination... FAST! ;)
Origin of the Chillum
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Every stoner know what a chillum is! They're the cute little pieces that you can easily hide and pack quickly for when you're on the go. Mostly made of glass, there are also metal and wood ones as well, although I definitely prefer the glass ones. So where did these dope little things come from? They weren't some crazy stoner invention, but rather have served many purposes over the course of history. They still make an impact today, all around the world.
These pieces have been in use since the 18th century by Hindu monks in India. It is said that the monks are the original inventors of the pipe and traditionally made it out of baked clay. People in Africa also used the chillum and they started off smoking cannabis out of it before they even started smoking tobacco out of them. The chillums were first made out of gourds and different types of animal horns, which as you can imagine were probably crafted for ceremonies and meetings between villages. Rastafarians still use the piece in ceremonies today, usually a piece made out of cow horn or conical wood piece. While we don't really give this little piece too much credit, it's come a long way through smoking history!
The piece is extremely popular in America as well, especially among the younger smokers because they're so darn easy to hide from prying parents. Not only that but they're super easy to clean which means that they don't ever have to smell. Totally discreet piece that you can continue to use, rather than throwing it away like a soda can pipe or a water bottle. Chillums are sold at headshops all over the place. It is certainly a staple in the stoner community and I think that we should give it a little more credit than we do. Bongs have also been around for an extremely long time but they're already appreciated. Chillums are definitely one of the most underrated smoking devices.
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