Posts Tagged: Marijuana

New York Politicians Nervously Try Weed

In January, Governor Cuomo proposed a legal weed baby step. The plan was to limit dispensing to a small group of hospitals: Marijuana would be legal for medicinal use but difficult to acquire, available for severe conditions and only at the discretion of a "board of doctors." The boldest thing about this legislation was that it contained the word "marijuana" (legally: "MARIHUANA"); activists worried it was so cumbersome that nobody would bother to take advantage of it. Above all it was presented as safe: for patients, for The Children, and for politicians who might be interested in supporting it. But apparently not safe enough!

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You Need To Be High To Hear All These Pot Puns

Let's play a game: How many bad marijuana puns can you find in this local news report about Weed Row in Snohomish County, WA? Hahaha, just kidding, they're ALL BAD.


Smoke Up Your Dog

"Polls show the majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, but should dogs have it too?"


Smoke Your PTSD Away

If you're trying to cure PTSD, go with pot, says Science. But for everything else there's booze, says Balk.


Marijuana and Your Brain

Good news, potheads: marijuana makes you happy (and hungry), but not stupid: "So here’s the very un-D.A.R.E. takeaway: heavy marijuana use doesn’t seem to cause any sort of lasting brain damage. All the negative side-effects are relatively temporary. (But those side-effects are real, so don’t try to study, drive or play chess while high. You really will perform much worse on most tasks.) Furthermore, the sort of anxiolytic giddiness triggered by THC comes with its own unexpected benefits, which is probably why humans have been self-medicating with cannabis for thousands of years."


Bronx DA Throws Out 10-15 Pot Cases Every Day

Here's part two of the look at illegal street searches in New York that we discussed yesterday. It's pretty bad, really! In addition to having as many as 15 misdemeanor marijuana possession citations being straight-up thrown out in the Bronx alone because the NYPD officer has actually written up that what the person is charged with is not in fact what happened! And, well: "Marijuana possession is now by far the most common misdemeanor charge in the city. Defense lawyers say if everyone with a marijuana charge actually fought his or her case to the fullest, the already overextended court system would grind to a halt." And? [...]


It Is Still Probably Not A Good Idea To Smoke Pot Around Grizzly Bears

"When it comes to attacking humans, grizzlies are equal opportunity maulers; attacking without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, or marijuana usage. Hopkins' use of marijuana to kick off a day of working around grizzly bears was illadvised to say the least and mind-bogglingly stupid to say the most. However, I have been presented with no evidence by which I can conclude that Hopkins' marijuana use was the major contributing cause of the grizzly bear attack."


Future Top Search Result For Marijuana Revealed

"Marijuana — also known as pot, weed, or cannabis — is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug, meaning it's a chemical substance that affects behavior and mood."


Everyone Around You May Be High On Marijuana

"'I have used it in Brooklyn Bowl, the Gutter, Yankee Stadium, many streets, bars, parks, people’s homes,' one 29-year-old educator, who lives in Crown Heights and teaches classes at a popular city attraction, says of his Iolite, a handheld vaporizer that looks like a walkie-talkie," is just one of the many remarkable sentences in this article about how "yuppies" are "secretly" getting stoned in public.


White House Petitions For Death Stars Now Require 100,000 Signatures

If you're thinking of starting a We The People online petition to force the White House to respond to some nonsense like "building a Death Star" or "declaring the Sasquatch a threatened species" or "bringing our barbarian gun laws maybe halfway up to the basic standards of 21st Century civilization," you will need more online friends to share your dream. As of now, White House petitions require 100,000 electronic signatures, which is a fourfold increase from the 25,000 required to make the Obama Administration do a cute response to the Death Star thing, even as the Obama Administration rains death from imperial robots upon the rebels (and [...]


The Coming Bloomberg-Cuomo War Over Dimebags

Almost 15% of all arrests in New York City are for small amounts of marijuana. That's 50,684 of them in 2011. So now Andrew Cuomo is going to go to war with Mike Bloomberg over reducing the charge for "possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana in public view to a violation." Mayor Mike has a broken windows-adjacent theory here (broken lungs? Someone work on that coinage please) that if you clean up the people with a loose joint, then you basically get the murderers too. This line of thinking is one of those weird things about Bloomberg that just doesn't make sense with the rest of his [...]


The Heat Is Ruining Your Illegal Drugs

Um, who calls marijuana "hash"? Anyway, this heat wave is much worse than we had previously suspected.


Marijuana Will Make Your Dick Stop Working

Bad news, potheads: Your drug of choice is making your wang as lazy and useless as the hippies who extol the virtues of different strains of bud. "[A] new review of research on marijuana and sexual health suggests that male smokers could be courting sexual dysfunction… recent research – including the finding that the penis contains receptors for marijuana's active ingredient – suggests that young men may want to think about long-term effects before rolling a joint, [study researcher Rany] Shamloul told LiveScience. 'It's a strong message to our younger generations and younger men.'" There is also the suggestion that men who claimed marijuana helped them to do sex [...]


If There Is Still A California In November It Will Vote On Legalizing Pot

I can't wait to see the commercials the Mormons fund against this one: "State election officials announced Wednesday that an initiative to legalize marijuana will be on the November ballot, triggering what will likely be an expensive, divisive and much-watched campaign to decide whether California will again lead the nation in softening drug laws."


Times High

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.


Smoke Pot Yourself Thin

"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."


Obama Might Allow People To Smoke Marijuana In States Where It's Now Legal

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 [...]


Where Pot Is Cheap

"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."


Bloomberg: Legalizing Drugs May Destroy Society

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 [...]


Marijuana Legalization Explained

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.