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Teen Marijuana Use Declines As More States Legalize Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
teen-marijuana-use-downThe federal government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse released its annual Monitoring the Future survey today. Monitoring the Future is now in its 40th year and is considered the ‘gold standard’ of teen drug use surveys. It surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade in schools nationwide about their use of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and cigarettes.
 
Marijuana use in the past year by students in all three grades declined slightly, from 26% in 2013 to 24% in 2014. The survey also found that students in 8th and 10th grades reported that marijuana is less available than it once was. Also, daily marijuana use among 12th graders is down, from 6.5% in 2013 to 5.8% in 2014.
 
These declines in marijuana use among teens follow the implementation of the nation’s first marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington. Those laws were adopted in 2012, and retail sales of marijuana in those states began earlier this year. Each of the marijuana legalization laws clearly specify that legalization applies to adults 21 and over, and contain built-in safeguards that restrict sales to minors. Last month, voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. also decisively passed initiatives to legalize marijuana in those jurisdictions.
 
“The results from the Monitoring the Future survey showing a decline in teen marijuana use – even as legalization initiatives have passed – is very encouraging, though not surprising,” said Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Now that the national conversation about marijuana is ‘above ground,’ parents and teachers are able have honest conversations with teens based on sound science, health, and safety. The declines in use revealed in MTF may well indicate that teens are listening, and choosing to make wise decisions.”
 
Rosenbaum is the author of the influential publication Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs. Earlier this month, DPA released a revised edition ofSafety First with new sections addressing marijuana legalization and adolescent brain development.
 
Over half of teens (56%) say they would not try marijuana, even it were legal for adults. Some opponents of marijuana legalization have speculated that use will increase with the expansion of legally regulated marijuana. Rather, the findings from Monitoring the Future echo the results of other studies on marijuana laws and underage use.
 
Numerous researchers have looked at the extent of teen marijuana use in states where medical marijuana is legal. Their findings, published in prestigious journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Adolescent Health, generally show no association between changes in marijuana laws and rates of teenage marijuana use. A 2012 study published in the Annals of Epidemiology found that medical marijuana laws actually “decreased past-month use among adolescents…and had no discernible effect on the perceived riskiness of monthly use.” Preliminary data from the 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in August of 2014, found that high school marijuana use in the past month slightly decreased from 22 percent in 2011to 20 percent in 2013.
 

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What To Do If Confronted By Police

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
what-to-do-if-confronted-by-policeSay that you’re hanging out somewhere, like a hiking trail or in your car, and you happen to have weed on you. Not necessarily smoking it but you definitely have enough on you that you could get in trouble for it. With marijuana arrests accounting for half of all drug arrested (with 88% being simple possession), it’s super important to know what to do when you’re confronted with a police officer and you happen to have bud on you. There are four common ways that the police can trick you in to incriminating yourself when it comes to marijuana possession. 
 
 
Something that’s really important to remember is how you appear as well. Even though the police are supposed to treat all citizens the same, there are clear statistics that prove otherwise. Mostly, police will treat people differently on race. According to a study done at ACLU, African Americans are almost four times as likely as white to be arrested for marijuana possession. Other reports have found that law enforcement officers kill at least one African American every 28 hours. Additionally, police look down upon people who have body modifications, car modifications, or seem to have a sour attitude when confronted.
 
 
Never give an officer reasonable suspicion by talking too much. If you start to ramble, the police will tend to take more interest in you. Rambling is a sign of lying. If you begin to stutter and stumble over your words in the middle of a rant about where you’re going, who you’re going to see, and where you’re coming from, the police can decide to search you, find your weed, and arrest you. The best way to avoid such a situation? If you are stopped by an officer, simply ask “Officer, are you detaining me or am I free to go?” Most of the time, if you have done nothing worthy of arrest, the officer will let you go. If they continue to badger you, simply repeat the question in an even tone of voice until the officer lets up. On the chance that the officer says you’re under arrest, tell them that you are going to remain silent and that you would like to see your lawyer. Never run from the police or trash talk a cop. They will absolutely use that against you.
 
 
Don’t give the cops consent to search your person. You can say no to a search. “The most powerful trick police use to make marijuana arrests on the street is to ask citizens to empty their pockets. Of course, this ‘ask’ generally sounds like a command when the police shout, ‘What’s in your pockets? What you got?’”, Says Flex Your Rights, a company dedicated to letting people know their rights. Most people will automatically comply to this demand regardless of what they have on them, simply because they’re intimidated or confused. “Unless police feel a hard item during a pat down, they are not legally allowed to reach in to your pockets.” The right to refuse a search is in the Fourth Amendment, guarding against unreasonable searches and seizures by the state. “If the police say that they have a search warrant, ask to see it. If they don’t, say ‘I do not consent to this search’,” advises New York City Civil Liberties Union website. There is a chance that an officer may still search you illegally and you can protect that right if you go to court.
 
 
Same goes for your car. The police cannot search your vehicle without your consent or a warrant. They can order you to get out of the car, which you should do so. But they cannot search the vehicle. Police may make false threats about what might happen if you don’t let them search but don’t believe them. “Beware that police can legally lie to you, so never let false threats or promises trick you in to waving your rights,” says Judge William Murphy, a civil liberties advocate. If the cop has no reasonable suspicion and no warrant, ask them if you are free to go. If the officer gets violent in this situation, be sure to keep calm and assert that you are lawfully guaranteed the right to refuse an unlawful search.
 
 
Without a warrant, you don’t even have to open your door to talk to the police. No matter how many times they knock, you can just leave them out there. Just tell them no. Seeing as how you wouldn’t let a stranger in to your home, you shouldn’t let the cops in. You don’t know them. It’s your right. The most common way cops can get you to allow a search is say that they smell marijuana. In this case, you can only say one thing. “Officer, I have nothing to hide but I do not consent to any searches.” If the cops continue to search and find something, you’re definitely going to need a lawyer. In this case, it’s your word against theirs when it comes to the smell of cannabis and the best thing that you can do is to stay calm. 

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Stoner Christmas Bags

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
stoner-xmax-bagsIf you happen to be an extremely creative person, making personal Christmas gifts for the people you love is going to be something that you spend a lot of time doing over the next couple of weeks. But we all know that people can be hard to buy for. While stocking stuffers are a pretty easy way to buy a bunch of little things for everyone, there are some people in your life that probably deserve something a little better. With that being said, this awesome idea for a stoner Christmas bag is something you’ll want to consider when putting together your gifts this year.
 
 
Getting a bag of bud for someone is definitely a good idea but weed disappears pretty fast, especially around the holidays when spending time with families is important. And maybe you just don’t want to risk buying a bunch of weed that you’re not going to smoke yourself. Or maybe you need a family friendly gift that isn’t weed but weed related. All you need to get is a little cardboard box and two brown paper bags, plus a Sharpie to write in. Label one of the bags “Indica” and one of them “Sativa”. 
 
 
Take the Sativa bag and place a caffeinated drink in it. This can be an energy drinks, a coffee drink, soda, or maybe a tea of some sort. Also put in something like Vizine, a bit of candy, a bottle of some fancy water, and maybe a $20 bill. Since Sativa strains are more of a “get up and get things done” high, this little baggie will be an “on the go” pack that your friend can take where ever their adventures take them.
 
 
For the Indica bag, put in a less-caffinated drink. With a couch lock effect on most, the Indica high shouldn’t be ruined by a highly caffeinated beverage. Along with the drink, place in a salty, cheesy snack like Goldfish or Cheeze-Its. Include another bottle of water and either some hand warmers or an Icy-Hot muscle patch for those super chilly nights. You can include other cute things in this bag, like a super soft pair of sock or mittens. Whatever you think your couch locked friend will need.

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Five Golden Rules For Cannabis In Illegal States

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
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1) Try to avoid selling cannabis. While it may seem like a good idea to get extra money, there’s a lot of serious consequences that can come from selling bud. If you do choose to sell it, at least make sure that you’re being careful. Only sell to people that you know and avoid taking new customers that aren’t someone you’ve dealt with personally before. In the age of technology, it can be tempting to sell weed via social media. Terrible idea. You never have any idea of who’s sitting behind the other screen.
 
2) Don’t share bud with minors. Giving minors cannabis has serious penalties and shouldn’t be done. An adult giving cannabis to a minor is a serious offense. Plus, you don’t want to be held responsible if something else happens to the minor. Children do not handle cannabis the same way that adults do. Be sure that you’re only giving cannabis to those that are over the age of 18.
 
3) Avoid crossing borders with cannabis in your possession. Having bud with you in the car is risky enough but carrying it across state lines adds another charge on to your sentence if you get caught. Especially the international borders… Be sure that the car is clean!
 
4) If you happen to be driving, do not smoke in the car. If you get pulled over, the first thing the cops will smell is cannabis and in most places, that will give them reason to search your car. While some cops will let you go with a simple “No I don’t have marijuana on me”, some will push the matter. It’s best to avoid smoking in the car and be sure that you’re not leaving empty bowls and roaches laying around either.
 
5) Growing cannabis has very serious consequences. If you get caught with a grow, you can go to jail for a long time. Only states that legally allow for the growing of marijuana should be grown in. If you live in an illegal state, at least be sure to take serious precautions when setting up your grow room.

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Stoner Christmas Songs

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 11th 2014 by THCFinder

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Christmas carols are some of the worst songs ever. Mostly because they’ve all be overplayed in pharmacies and corner stores since before most of us can remember. Yes, celebrities release new songs for Christmas every year but they’re usually remakes and they all sound the same. Not a huge deal but as stoners, we should get our own Christmas songs, am I right?

 

  • “Vaporizer For Christmas”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KkfT2pGsWg

 

Super obnoxious, somewhat trippy, this video will definitely make you laugh. Not only that but they actually explain the benefits of vaping your weed in the video. It’s pretty funny, a bit educational, and better than 75% of the Christmas songs playing today.

 

  • “Carol Of The Buds”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuUy6tuyBw0

I actually laughed out loud while watching this one. The costumes are on point, the song sounds good, the lyrics are funny. These guys put a lot of time and effort in to making this video and it definitely deserves some recognition.

 

  • “Oh Chronic Tree”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA9Hm3zcH5k

It’s by Afroman. So there’s your first clue as to why this song is awesome. If you need more convincing, the song is done in the classic Afroman style. Lots of coughing, laughing, and ridiculous lyrics. 

 

  • “12 Days Of Ganja Christmas”

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFbeg6DxpuQ

Based off of the 12 Days Of Christmas song, this catchy jingle caters to what a pothead might want for Christmas. Blunts, bags, and calls from the weed man? Yeah it sounds pretty accurate. Watch the video and you’ll find yourself saying “Oh damn, I want that”.

 

  • “Jingle Bell Rock (Marijuana Paradoy Christmas Song)

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laY67grUmNU

Even though the video claims that no marijuana was used in the making of the video, that’s kind of hard to believe. These two chicks execute this song perfectly, with clever lyrics and pretty decent singing. They even wore costumes to record the video and stood in front of a Christmas tree.


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A-Z Of Drug Testing

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
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Drug tests are something that constantly plagues the cannabis community. Just because we smoke doesn’t mean that we’re awful employees. We just like to indulge in a green substance once in a while. But some jobs get really up in your business when it comes to smoking pot. If you happen to get an interview at one of these places, there are a few things that you should be aware of.
 
Adulterant
This refers to a substance introduced to the sample such as bleach or Visine. Substances like that will produce a false negative. Nitrates will also produce a false negative. Most drug testing clinics now screen for extra additives that aren’t supposed to be there.
 
Blood Testing
Blood tests detect the presence of illicit drugs rather than inactive drug metabolites. THC only remains detectable in the blood for up to about 24 hours, which means that blood testing is only used in the instance of workplace incidents that require a drug test to determine workman’s comp.
 
Creatinine
As a normal byproduct of muscle metabolism, it is present in urine at specific levels. This substance is one of the “benchmarks”, along with pH, specific gravity, and color, that urinalysis examiners use to weed out the diluted samples. Those that try to thwart urine tests have tried several ways to replicate creatinine levels, including consuming Vitamin B, riboflavin, and creatine supplements.
 
Diuretic
Caffeine, cranberry juice, or herbal detox teas are all considered diuretics. These liquids make you have to go to the bathroom a LOT. These drinks dilute the concentration of drug metabolites in the sample, pushing it below the level of detection. A diuretic won’t completely flush your system of cannabis traces and your urine will return to normal after a short while.
 
EMIT
EMIT stands for enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique. This is the cheapest and most common drug screening process that is used in workplace drug testing. This test is prone to incorrect results and typically, EMIT tests are used for preliminary screenings.
 
False Positives
When a legal prescription drug or other substance (such as the notorious poppy seeds) causes a drug test to come up positive, it is called a FP. Although marijuana’s metabolite is pretty different then other drugs, Protonix will still throw a false positive for marijuana use. Over the counter cold remedies might even trigger a false positive for amphetamines. Employees that test positive on a test should insist that there be a follow up, especially if the person in question hasn’t been using drugs and has just been suffering from a cold.
 
GCMS
An acronym for gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, this is basically the confirmation test. EMIT tests must be confirmed by the GCMS in order to prove that there actually is a positive. Since cannabis positives have such a low cut off (15ng/ml), those who smoke weed constantly can potentially fail this test for up to three weeks (or longer) after they’ve stopped smoking.
 
Hair Follicle Testing
At the base of a strand of hair, there’s a plethora of information. Although it is argued that this test is biased to race. Grey hair takes up fewer metabolites than non-grey hair and darker hair may throw a false positive because it takes more metabolites. Studies have also shown that marijuana metabolites don’t bind sufficiently to hair as compared with other drugs such as cocaine. High humidity will also break down the metabolites, causing a higher chance at a negative result.
 
Iodine
Putting iodine in your urine won’t help you to pass a drug test on short notice. The chances that you’ll get a negative are slim but scientific studies have demonstrated that iodine can destroy certain drug metabolites like morphine but is less effective on marijuana.
 
Junk Science
The National Academy of Sciences states, “The preventative effects of drug testing have never been demonstrated. There is as of yet no conclusive scientific evidence from properly controlled studies that employment drug testing programs widely discourage drug use or encourage drug rehabilitation.” In short? Workplace drug testing may be a waste of time and money, not to mention keeping people out of work that are perfectly capable.
 
Klear
Klear was used for years as an adulterant and was extremely popular. The substance is made of potassium nitrate additives, which led urinalysis researchers to look for potassium additives in samples. Most drug testers treat a positive test result for nitrates the same as if someone tests positive for illicit drugs.
 
Lasix
This is a prescription diuretic and can be harmful if taken for a long period of time. But for a long time, Lasix has been very common for those trying to pass a drug test on short notice.
 
Metabolite
These are compounds that are produced from chemical changes of a psychoactive substance in the body but aren’t technically psychoactive themselves. If drug metabolites are found in a sample, it is the primary indicator that the subject is using illicit substances.
 
Nanogram
Those who test for drugs measure blood, urine, and saliva test the samples in nanograms, which is one billionth of a gram.
 
Papain
The Journal of Forensic Toxicology reported that adding papain to urine reduces the percentage of marijuana metabolites and goes undetected in labs. Papain is an enzyme that is found in papaya fruits.
 
Quest Diagnostics
Quest is one of the largest drug testing companies in the world. They preform 8 million or more drug tests annually.
 
Ronald Reaan
This man was the 40th president in the US and is responsible for Executive Order 12564 in 1986. This order mandated federal employees to be “drug free” on and off the job and was the cause for all employee drug testing today.
 
Saliva Testing
Saliva tests detect the presence of parent drugs, not the inactive metabolites. THC is extremely difficult to identify in oral fluids. A saliva test will only detect marijuana use within one or two hours of the drug being ingested, sometimes not at all.
 
THC-COOH
The primary marijuana metabolite that is screened in the workplace is THC-COOH. It is fat soluble and exits the body very slowly. If you smoke regularly, THC-COOH is detectable for weeks after use.
 
Urinalysis
There are 55 million drug tests preformed annually in the United States. 90% of them are urine tests. Urine tests do not detect the presence of illicit drugs, including cannabis, and only identify the presence of non-psychoactive drug metabolites. This only indicates that a substance was used at some point in the person’s past. There is no time frame for urinalysis and the results of a test can be skewered by constant, heavy use earlier in life.
 
Von Rabb
Suspicion-less drug testing went to trial at the Supreme Court in 1989. The case was ruled 5-4 on the case, saying that testing employees without cause doesn’t violate the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches, which many consider drug testing to be. Since then, the Supreme Court has also ruled that the random testing of student athletes is also okay, as well as students who are participating in bands or even chess club.
 
Water
Large amounts of water before a drug test can sometimes help you to pass it. But it’s not that reliable and can sometimes mess up the color of your urine sample. However, since they do tell you to drink water so that you’ll have to pee, you can always just say that you drank too much.
 
Unknown
Throwing a positive on a urine test doesn’t mean that your impaired, nor does it show when the substance was consumed. The US Department of Justice said that a positive drug test for metabolites “does not indicate recency, frequency, or amount of use.”
 
Yellow
As said under “Water”, the color of your urine can throw you under the bus if you’re trying to pass a urine test. If you fear that you’ve drank too much water, Vitamin B can help to turn your urine back to a normal yellow color.
 
Zinc
Zinc sulfate is believed to bond with THC metabolites, making them hard to pass through the kidneys. When trying to throw off a drug test, people hope that the larger metabolites will pass through the feces rather than the urine, getting them a negative. This is not a tried and true method and the results are mixed.

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