With everyone searching for the secret to success in print media one publication has shown a possible path to prosperity: Hang around for forty years until the legal prohibitions against the subject of your magazine start to fade away and voilà,"Business is booming." Maybe now would be a good time to start Journal of the American Heroin User or Crackforum or The Meth Aficionado.
"Current marijuana users had significantly smaller waist circumference than participants who had never used marijuana, even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels. They also had higher levels of HDL ('good cholesterol'). The most significant differences between those who smoked marijuana and those who never or no longer did was that current smokers' insulin levels were reduced by 16 percent and their insulin resistance (a condition in which the body has trouble absorbing glucose from the bloodstream) was reduced by 17 percent."
Good news from the current "former marijuana smoker" in the White House: Barack Obama has finally (and vaguely) said that his administration will not make it a "priority" to prosecute people who legally use marijuana in the western states of Colorado and Washington. Voters there approved recreational weed in the November election, and since then the U.S. Justice Department has continued its weird, threatening rumblings. (States with legal medicinal pot have seen increased prosecution of legal growers and dispensaries during Obama's first term.)
"It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said [...]
"Marijuana is cheapest in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, the Four Corners region and a swath of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana and Northern Kentucky, and South Florida. Weed prices are highest in the northeast, much of the Old Confederacy, and especially in Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan and Illinois."
New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg explains his current thinking regarding drugs and society, on his most recent radio show. (He was answering a question about medical marijuana; interesting that he immediately transitioned into legalization.) Here's a transcript of his thoughts! "The argument is that the only ways you're ever going to end the drug trades is legalize drugs and take away the profit motive and that to legalize—the corruption funds enormous dislocation of society. Mexico, you know, thousands and tens of thousands of people have been killed in the wars of the government trying to clamp down on the drug dealers. There's no easy answer to any [...]
The animated Taiwanese take on the prospects for pot legalization in California is pretty much a guaranteed post-it ends with a frigging bear pulling hits off a bong-but I also enjoy the attention to detail our friends at Next Media Animation put into the whole thing: Note the clock on the wall when the kids exit school. It's that kind of meticulousness that has made these guys the leader in CGI versions of news stories.