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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Neutral Milk Hotel

Yes, yes, I know.  I'm late to the party.  But that's besides the point.

I've just discovered the awesomeness that is Neutral Milk Hotel.  They are a great fucking band.  I'll spare you the Wikipedia copypasta, but I highly recommend you listen to some of their stuff.  Their second album, In the Aeroplane over the Sea, is particularly amazing.

Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea



Neutral Milk Hotel - The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. I

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stoner Comics

Been busy lately; have visiting guests in town.  Here are some stoner comics to keep you at bay!
(click to enlarge)



Aaaand a classic:


Friday, November 19, 2010

Dumb Cops.

Marijuana
Like the old song goes, one of these things is not like the other...

However, remind a police officer in Corpus Christi, Texas of those famed Cookie Monster lyrics and they're likely to give you an annoyed look.

That's because a recently discovered cache of plants, initially pegged by officials speaking to local news as "one of the largest marijuana plant seizures in the police department's history," turned out to be a relatively common prairie flower of little significance.

Texas officers ultimately spent hours laboring to tag and remove up to 400 plants from a city park, discovering only after a battery of tests that they had been sweating over mere Horse Mint, a member of the mint family -- effectively turning their ambitious drug bust into mere yard work.

The plants, which bear very few aesthetic similarities to cannabis, were reported by an unnamed youth who came across them while riding a bike in the park around 8 p.m. on Thursday. Upon visual inspection, police apparently agreed that the inoffensive plants had to go.

Ultimately, officers were reduced to conducting chemical tests to learn their "weed" was really just that: an actual weed.

Horsemint
"That shows exactly the caliber of police work that is done in Corpus christi, Tx," commenter Derick Sillers opined in a local NBC affiliate's comments section.

"The resident of corpus and nueces county should seriously be concerned with how their tax dollars are spent," he continued. "[This] is the same police department that serves, protects and investigates you.... does it really take that long to find out you don't have marijuana."

"Officers did not explain how their big 'drug haul' will be disposed of, now that they've spent untold hours and plenty of taxpayer money clearing weeds of the the city park," writer Steve Elliott summarized for News Junkie Post.

The tale is, at very least, a compelling argument for accurate, non-fear-based drug education in public schools, which advocacy groups say is sorely lacking.

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Dumb Cops Eats Special Brownies Made From Confiscated Weed

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How to Pass a Urine Test

Urine testing is often referred to as the gold standard of the drug-test industry, and, all bad puns aside, they're not just talking about the color of your piss. Most of the 50 million drug tests performed in this country last year were urine tests-the least expensive and most common form of testing, at once highly invasive and, by now, fully integrated into American life. 


When it comes to passing a urine test, you must put time on your side, specifically by allowing for time between your drug use and your drug test. Most banned substances pass through the body quickly (cocaine, for example, will disappear after a few days), but pesky THC abides in fat cells like a moocher crashing on your couch, remaining detectable in urine for as long as four weeks. So while a single smoke on Friday night will probably disappear by Monday, anything beyond the most casual toke needs more time. 

Fortunately, as the urine-test industry has matured, so has the urine-test-solutions industry, which now offers a variety of approaches to beating the tests. A daily detox drink will lessen the amount of THC stored in your body and thus cut the time needed to cleanse. A quick flush will greatly increase the chances of passing the test, but it's imperative that at least 48 to 72 hours pass from toxin to test. That means not smoking for several days before the big day, or the quick flush won't work. If that's not an option, then a substitution or spike is needed. A substitution is just what the name implies: clean urine substituted for its tainted counterpart. A spike, on the other hand, is a small vial of chemicals covertly added to your specimen that adulterates the results. Spikes are available from several drug-detox companies. 

Privacy is required to put a spike in play, so if someone will be hovering over the process while you pee, and you've gotten high in the last 72 hours, then your best bet is the infamous Whizzinator-a faux phallus that gives new meaning to the term "tool." It may take a steady hand and nerves of steel to whip out a prosthetic pecker as the tester observes from over your shoulder, but as Congress learned last spring, thousands have aced the Whiz Quiz with the help of this ingenious device.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Snoop Dogg's Guide to Rolling a Blunt Doggy-Style

STEP 1
First, I assemble my ingredients: a Swisher Sweet cigar and Darth Vader Hybrid/Indica Purple Kush & Afghani backcrossed on Kushmum.  I always use a Swisher Sweet.


STEP 2
Next, I split the Swisher Sweet cigar down the middle with my thumbnails.


STEP 3
Then I remove all tobacco in the cigar.


STEP 4
When the tobacco is gone, I moisten the wrap with my tongue, then flip it around and continue to moisten the same side of the wrap to ensure the blunt doesn’t crack.



STEP 5
No grinder is necessary; just break up all the buds by hand to fill the blunt.



STEP 6
Use your thumbs to hold the blunt in place and get that nice tuck.



STEP 7
Light it up, pass it and repeat.


STEP 8
Seriously, folks, smoke weed every day!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holy Smokes? Reefer religions vs. the highest court in the land.

The recent federal raid and arrest of THC Ministry founder Roger Christie in Hawaii is the cautionary tale of a questionable business model used to fund public-interest advocacy, as well as the legal jeopardy inherent in trying to game the American criminal-justice system. Christie, a self-styled “minister” from Hawaii, founded the THC Ministry in the 1990s based on the incorrect assumption that citizens organized as a church or religious organization who employ cannabis as a sacrament are exempt from criminal prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
          
From its inception, the THC Ministry’s prospects for legal legitimacy were small to minuscule. Since the 1970s, numerous religious-exemption cases have been litigated, but few have succeeded; the latter include a small sect of Native Americans who have traditionally used hallucinogenic peyote buttons in their religious ceremonies, as well as the occasional Rastafarian who could prove a long history of practicing the faith and used a modest amount of marijuana. Regrettably, appellate courts have consistently denied religious exemptions to members of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, so-called New Age faiths and other Christian-oriented religious sects.
          
To further complicate matters, Christie also drew negative attention from federal and state law enforcement – as well as drug-policy reform organizations and civil-rights groups like the ACLU – for actively marketing and selling his so-called “religious defense kits” (at $250 apiece!) to the naïve and uniformed, claiming that being ordained by the THC Ministry would protect anyone in the flock from arrest or prosecution. Sadly, several of these true believers are now in jail.
          
Should there be a religious exemption to cannabis-prohibition laws? Absolutely! However, the legal and/or political prospects of such a thing happening are practically zilch. Supreme Court rulings – most notably in 2006, in the case of Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente União do Vegetal, where the religious defendants used ayahuasca, a powerful South American herbal sacrament traditionally used by the Santo Daime church in Brazil – should make it fairly clear that while small, committed religious sects may be permitted to use an otherwise illegal drug as a sacrament, the high court only allows such religious exemptions under circumstances for which cannabis will never be able to qualify: i.e., the sect of people using the drug has to be very small and well defined; access to the drug has to be limited to that defined group; and the drug can’t already be in mass use (or abuse) in the general population.
          
NORML has always supported – and always will continue to support – the use of cannabis by adults for religious purposes. But cannabis consumers, reformers and religious adherents should concentrate their efforts on the much broader reforms that can be achieved by cannabis legalization. In the end, this is a faster, more effective means to achieve genuine religious freedoms, rather than hoping that the current legal system (and body politic) under cannabis prohibition will be rational enough – or fair enough – to respect diverse religious practices consistently.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

'Fake Marijuana' Users Showing Up in Emergency Rooms

A form of synthetic marijuana known as "K2" is sending young people to the hospital with racing heart beats, extreme anxiety and hallucinations, toxicologists warn.
In recent months, physicians and toxicologists say more young people have been showing up in emergency rooms after smoking synthetic marijuana. Despite the side effects, K2 is legal in many states, although many state legislators are rushing to pass legislation banning it.
Since the start of 2010, the American Association of Poison Control Centers has received nearly 2,000 reports of people who became ill after smoking K2, compared to about a dozen in 2009. Poison control officials described some of the symptoms as "life-threatening."
K2 is often marketed as incense and sold in packets of herbs laced with synthetic marijuana at "head shops," gas stations, convenience stores and online for about $30 to $40 per three-gram bag. The drug also goes by other names, including Spice, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, Yucatan Fire, Solar Flare, K2 Summit, Genie, PEP Spice, and Fire n Ice, according to the U.S. Drug Intelligence Center.
While people who smoke K2 think they're going to experience deep relaxation and euphoria, those who end up in the hospital report unpleasant experiences, said Dr. Anthony Scalzo, medical director of the Missouri Poison Center and chief of toxicology at St. Louis University.
"The classic symptoms are agitation, anxiety, racing heart beat, elevated blood pressure," Scalzo said. "And some kids are having very negative psychotropic experiences. One said, 'I felt like I went down to hell'."
In some cases, the drug also causes vomiting, tremors and seizures, according to federal drug abuse agencies.
In the United States, the Drug Enforcement Agency has listed K2 as a "drug or chemical of concern." But because it isn't officially "scheduled," it remains legal under federal law, according to published reports.
Alarmed by the rise in popularity, several states have rushed to outlaw K2. Earlier this year, Kansas became the first state to ban K2. Other states that have outlawed it include Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan and Illinois (where K2 remains legal until the end of the year). There are similar bills pending in many other states, including Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Louisiana.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Comics and Music Vol. 1

Humor helps ease the pain.




This song has been stuck in my head forever.  Don't revoke my hipster status please.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Lamenting the loss of Prop 19

Not yet...


It is a sad day for not just Californians, but Americans everywhere.  As you have probably heard, Prop 19, the Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Act, failed to pass.  56.7% voted against it and only 43.3% voted for it. 


Many are blaming not anti-pot smokers, but current participants of the illegal marijuana industry.  Marijuana growers, specifically in areas such as Humbolt County, probably voted No because they would have their local industries destroyed by the passing of this legislation.  Similarly gang members who make a living distributing the substance, probably also helped keep the proposition from passing.  Another group that opposed the bill, unsurprisingly, were parents.  It seems advocates of Prop 19 focused on how much tax it would bring in for the state and neglected to inform people that it would also improve public safety.


Whatever, the reasons it is an unfortunate loss.  
However, now Colorado has the chance to be the first state to legalize marijuana.


In other bad news, Republicans win the House by what some consider a landslide victory.

The only good news?  Prop 23 failed!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vote Yes On Prop 19 and No on Prop 23!

It's Election day.  While everyone is free to vote for whatever they want, here are some things you may want to take into consideration.



Click here to read a very good article in Cannabis Culture which counters all the attacks on Prop 19 and gives very reasonable arguments for voting yes.




If you don't know by now, Prop 23 is the Texas Oil Companies' scheme to repeal clean energy and air pollution standards so they can make more profits.  They claim it will create more jobs, but this is just a facade to distract you from the horrors they will be doing to the environment.  Vote No!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear!

Hello everybody.  Sorry for being out of touch.  I'm in D.C. for Jon Stewart's rally.  I'll update more when I return home.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Cute Cannabis Legalization Video + The Truth About Prop 19



The last post was about why not to vote for Prop 19, so it is only appropriate to provide some counter arguments and show why you should vote for Prop 19.



noonproposition19.com claims:
"If an employer allows employees cigarette smoking breaks and/or certain areas in which cigarette smoking is allowed, they would have to allow marijuana smoking as well." 
This is a lie to make you think your co-workers will be stoned all day. Prop19 clearly states that it's not intended to effect "any law prohibiting use of controlled substances in the workplace or by specific persons whose jobs involve public safety."  Marijuana use will be treated like alcohol when it comes to the workplace.


noonproposition19.com claims:
"The initiative expressly omits any definition of what constitutes being "under the influence" of marijuana. No driver over 21, including bus, taxi, light rail train operators, or everyday commuters can be required to be drug-free while operating a vehicle. Although the initiative says you cannot use marijuana while driving, it is completely permissible to use marijuana just prior to getting behind the wheel. 
This also opens up a tremendous liability question for employers who operate transportation companies or have company vehicles. They will no longer be able to require employees operating these vehicles be drug free."
The Prop19 initiative specifically states in the first paragraph that the proposition "Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired." It goes on to specify that it does not effect "Vehicle Code section 23152 [relating to driving while under the influence]" or "any law prohibiting use of controlled substances in the workplace or by specific persons whose jobs involve public safety."


stop19.com claims:
"Prop 19 will likely supersede prop 215, adversely affecting medical cannabis users by dictating grow size, possession amount, patient to patient sales, and location of use."
Prop 19 will not supersede Prop 215 meaning medical marijuana patients are not effected by prop19 at all. You can read more about it Here.


stop19.com claims:
"Prop 19 will lead to the walmartization of the cannabis industry. And unfortunately, this will result in lower quality and fixed prices."
Just like microbrews in the beer industry, the small growers producing quality product will thrive. Californians have access to some of the best marijuana in the world, it's unlikely that they'll drop their standards and switch to cheap, low quality marijuana.


stop19.com claims:
"Do you grow cannabis with a doctor recommendation? Prop 19 will likely be interpreted by law enforcement and judges to limit your grow space to 5'x5'".
Limiting the amount of marijuana plants a medical patient can grow has been ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court. Prop 19 does not change the constitution and does not effect prop 215 patients. Stop19.com is trying to scare prop 215 patients into voting no. Nearly everything about prop 215 patients on stop19.com is a lie. Don't be fooled, prop 19 will not effect prop 215 patients.


Many Prop19 blogs are claiming:
"There will be a $50 tax on every ounce of cannabis sold."
Under Prop 19 the tax on marijuana sales will be determined by local governments. The $50 an ounce tax is actually part of a different proposition that may be on the ballot in 2012.


Countless anti-marijuana critics have claimed:
"One joint is equal to 20 cigarettes."
Critics often exaggerate the dangers of marijuana use by misquoting a study which found that daily marijuana smokers experienced an increase in airflow resistance in the large airways similar to someone smoking 16 cigarettes per day. What the critics don't tell you is; that same study concluded that marijuana does not cause cancer.


A recent study by RAND claims:
"Legalizing the production and distribution of marijuana in California could cut the price of the drug by as much as 80 percent"
If this were true the price of an ounce will be around $50. At that price the growers would be giving it away for free.
The truth is Californians are used to middle to high grade marijuana that costs money to grow. If you factor in the costs of growing, a profit for the farmer, and a profit for the person/establishment selling it, there is no way it will go to $50 an ounce unless Californian's suddenly decide to drop their standards and switch to low grade marijuana. Nobody expects that except maybe RAND.



Anti-marijuana groups often claim:
"Marijuana has more cancer causing chemicals than tobacco"
Although marijuana does contain carcinogens there have been no known cases of marijuana use causing cancer. In 2006 there were 5 studies that all concluded that marijuana does not cause cancer. In fact some of the studies suggest that marijuana actually prevents cancer. They even suggest that tobacco smokers are less likely to get cancer if they also smoke marijuana.


The United States Government claims:
"Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance with no known medical benefits."
Marijuana has many accepted medical benefits. Fourteen states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Medical marijuana has been prescribed by doctors for a variety of different ailments including:
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Anorexia
  • AIDS
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis

Help spread the truth.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Vote No on Prop19

When discussing any topic, it is always fair to give both sides of an argument equal time.  There are many stoners who are almost rushing to get Prop19 passed, but what you may be unaware of is that there is also a group of PRO-LEGALIZATION marijuana enthusiasts who are AGAINST Prop19.

One of those people is the author of Prop215 (Dennis Peron).  For those who don't know, Proposition 215 legalized the use of medical marijuana in California.






The editing in the video isn't of the highest quality and Dennis Peron isn't as charismatic as Prop19's main architect and advocate, Richard Lee, but Peron does make some interesting points.


Top 10 Reasons to Vote No on Prop19

1. Proposition 19 isn’t really legalization. It only allows possession of up to one ounce of cannabis. Under current California law, an ounce or less of pot is a simple civil infraction — you CAN’T be arrested, you DON’T go to court, and you WON’T get a criminal record. Prop 19 doesn’t make any improvements to decriminalization or prop 215.

2. Prop 19 creates several new cannabis related crimes with extremely severe penalties. Don’t pass a joint to a 17 year old, you will be looking at a max of 7 years in state prison, seriously.

3. Prop 19 is solely designed to allow large scale cannabis production by politically connected corporations. Oakland has already started the process to license a Prop 19 Cartel mega-grow.

4. Most legal experts agree that Prop 19 is poorly written and will leave police and judges to enforce it at their discretion. For example, consuming cannabis would be illegal in the same "space" as a minor. Police and judges are free to interpret the word "space" to mean the same room, house, or entire apartment complex.

5. There is no need to rush into a law that will be difficult to change. There are better full legalization laws, including one set to be on the ballot in 2012.

6. Prop 19 will lead to the walmartization of the cannabis industry. And unfortunately, this will result in lower quality and fixed prices. Limited competition and government control will allow large scale growers to determine prices and dictate quality standards (or lack thereof).

7. Local governments will control the taxation, production, and distribution of cannabis. This is a touchy political issue; most local politicians won’t risk a backlash by allowing dispensaries in their city. This means many people will have to travel long distances or break the law to purchase cannabis.

8. Prop 19 will likely supersede prop 215, adversely affecting medical cannabis users by dictating grow size, possession amount, patient to patient sales, and location of use.

9. Unbiased cannabis activists do NOT support Prop 19. This includes the late Jack Herer and the co-author of prop 215, Dennis Peron.

10. The federal government has decided to not prosecute medical cannabis users. This will not be the case if Prop 19 passes. Many people believe that the passage of Prop 19 will bring an aggressive response from the feds, perhaps putting medical users at risk of losing access to medicine.

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What do you guys think?  Are these valid points?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Proposition 19

Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, is a California ballot proposition which will be on the November 2, 2010 California statewide ballot. It legalizes various marijuana-related activities, allows local governments to regulate these activities, permits local governments to impose and collect marijuana-related fees and taxes, and authorizes various criminal and civil penalties. In March 2010 it qualified to be on the November statewide ballot. It requires a simple majority in order to pass, and would take effect the day after the election. Yes on 19 is the official advocacy group for the initiative, and No On Proposition 19 is the official opposition group.

Proponents of Proposition 19 argue that it would help with California's budget shortfall, cut off funding to violent drug cartels, and redirect law enforcement resources to more dangerous crime, while opponents claim that its gaps and flaws will have serious unintended consequences on public safety, workplaces, and federal funding. As of October 2010, even if the proposition is passed, the sale of marijuana will remain illegal under federal law via the Controlled Substances Act.


Here's a recent The Young Turks episode where they discuss the proposition.



An older video clip talking about the losses that Mom&Pop growers 
may suffer due to the "Walmartization" of Weed.


Stay tuned for more information concerning Proposition 19 and the decriminalization of marijuana in the upcoming days.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Green Rush: A Legalization of Marijuana Documentary

In just two weeks, California will be voting in to legalize marijuana in the November general elections.  In honor of Proposition 19, I'll be making some posts that may hopefully help to sway you into voting to legalize it.


Today I have for you a documentary which I hope you will not only enjoy but perhaps learn something from as well.  


The Green Rush is an award winning documentary following several marijuana farmers over an entire outdoor grow season.

 

A compelling look at the lives of some not-so-ordinary farmers, The Green Rush is a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of a unique group of marijuana farmers in Northern California. 


Identified only by the color of the bandanas they wear to conceal their faces, Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, Mr. Yellow, and Mrs. Pink represent a growing segment of hardworking and passionate Californians.  They are quasi outlaws, plowing a delicate field between the lines of the law and the American tradition of sustenance.  The backwoods setting narrows a distinct and sharp focus on the battle between the broad and mighty federal authorities and the sympathetic state enforcers, whose mandates are unfairly inverse.


Amongst the trees, mountains and untouched splendor of Northern California's richest soil, these farmers wage a battle crafting the best yield of an unforgiving crop against the looming threat of DEA fly-bys,family and personal hardship, thieves, and the ultimate risk…prison time.   

 

Full documentary:  

 

Friday, October 15, 2010

THIS IS SPARTA! (300 Followers!)

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Thanks everyone for the support!  All the views and comments are really appreciated.  It's been a great ride and let's see if we can get another 300 followers. ;D  As is tradition, here are some presents for you lovely people.






Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why Are The Effects Of Marijuana So Unpredictable?


It’s long been known that different strains of the drug contain various amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient. When people talk about the effects of the drug – such as giddiness, the munchies and a sudden desire to watch The Big Lebowski they’re typically referring to the effects of THC. (Interestingly, the same chemical can also make us paranoid. More on that later.) But THC doesn’t work alone – marijuana also contains cannabidiol, a compound associated with calm and relaxation. The ratio of THC to cannabidiol seems to be the key variable: Skunk-type strains, for instance, contain a higher ratio of THC to cannabidiol than, say, hashish. (According to a paper in Neuropsychopharmacology, “Delta-9-THC and CBD can have opposite effects on regional brain function, which may underlie their different symptomatic and behavioural effects, and CBD’s ability to block the psychotogenic effects of delta-9-THC.”) In general, high levels of THC seem to be desired by marijuana users, which helps explain why levels of THC have increased dramatically in the last few decades.

Now for the bad news: These popular skunk-strains (high in THC, low in cannabidiol) seem to be uniquely associated with memory loss. That at least is the lesson of a recent paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

The subjects were divided into groups of high (samples containing more than 0.75% cannabidiol) and low (less than 0.14%) cannabidiol exposure, and the data were filtered so that their THC levels were constant. Analysis showed that participants who had smoked cannabis low in cannabidiol were significantly worse at recalling text than they were when not intoxicated. Those who smoked cannabis high in cannabidiol showed no such impairment.

The larger message is that it’s very difficult to generalise about the effects of most drugs. Just look at marijuana: One of the recurring mysteries of the drug is why the same compound can both relax us and make us paranoid; it sometimes causes uncontrollable laughter and sometimes leads to runaway anxiety. This suggests that the context of use – our mental state when smoking a joint, or eating a pot brownie – can profoundly influence the outcome. While it remains mostly unclear how or why this happens, there’s some interesting new research on endocannabinoids in rough-skinned newts. (Endocannabinoids are a class of neuromodulators widely expressed in the brain. Their name gives away the punchline: THC binds to endocannabinoid receptors with ease.)  The basic moral of these studies is that the endocannabinoid system is tightly interwoven with the stress system.


Read the full article on Gizmodo here.


For those too lazy to read the whole thing, here is the tl;dr version as I understand it.

-Marijuana contains more than just THC. It also has cannabidiol.
-Higher ratio of THC to cannabidiol = more preferred "mind high," but also more impaired memory.
-Lower ratio of THC to cannabidiol = more of a knock-you-out, relaxing "body high," and less/no impaired memory.
-Also, (of course), your high will be different depending on the state of your mind, where you are, etc.


Thanks to Gordon for this comment:

Sativa: mind-expanding, creative, giggly, appetite
Indica: Relaxed, pain-relieving, body stone

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blog Redesigned + News: Facebook Founders Donate $170K to Pro-Pot Initiative

ABC News is reporting that Facebook co-founders Sean Parker and Dustin Moskovitz have both donated fairly significant sums in support of California's Proposition 19 campaign, which seeks to legalize marijuana use across the state come this November's election cycle.

Moskovitz, who left Facebook in 2008 after serving as a vice president at the company, has reportedly donated $70,000 in total toward the measure. Parker—co-founder of Napster and, perhaps more importantly, depicted by pop star Justin Timberlake in the recent release of The Social Network—has kicked in $100,000 to support the measure.

"What's interesting here is that [Parker] is a member of the generation that really gets it," said Drug Policy Alliance spokesman Stephen Gutwillig in an interview with the Associated Press. "We think he's pivotal to the future of drug policy reform in the country."

Approximately $2.4 million has been raised in support of Proposition 19 thus far, reports ABC News. Though significant in that few others have given six-figure (or near-six-figure) donations toward the campaign, Moskovitz's and Parker's gifts pale in comparison to the $1.5 million in support coughed up by Richard Lee, a medical marijuana entrepreneur based out of Oakland, CA.


Read the full article here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2370523,00.asp


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You may have all noticed that I've changed the look of the blog.  I think it looks better this way but I'd like your opinions on the matter as well.   Also, I've added a new poll to the left - please vote!
Before I post this next song, I have to say, I know haters gonna hate.  However, I gotta say I like this song (It's probably the only song Linken Park has released in the past 4 years that I like).  I love the reggae feel to it.  What do you guys think?


Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Birthday John Lennon


He would have been 70 today (if you're in the UK).

 
You will be missed, but your message will live on.


 
I highly recommend that all of you watch this documentary
about Lennon's life and involvement in politics.


 
Finally, here's a song that I thought would be appropriate given the upcoming November elections in California.  It's a song Lennon wrote to support a poet and civil rights activist named John Sinclair who was arrested for giving two joints to an undercover narcotics officer.



R.I.P. John Lennon (1940-1980)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Movie, Music, and Comedian of the Day

Movie of the day:  Waking Life



Song of the Day:



Thoughtful quote/Comedian of the day:

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Variety of Songs (1 rap, 1 electronica, 1 rock)

Just some random songs I'm listening to right now while trippin.
1 rap song, 1 electronic song, 1 rock song.


MC Chris is a nerd-core rapper who raps about, you guessed it nerdy stuff...Everything from star wars to nerdy girls to Robitussin trips.




Deadmau5 is a progressive house and electro house producer who makes some baller ass electronic music.



Neon Trees is a new band that just released their first cd in 2010.  I don't know much about them, but this song is catchy.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Breaking News! California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

I know I just recently made a post but I had to post this.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Thursday signed into law a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
Under the bill signed today, SB 1449, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), pot possession will be treated like a traffic ticket. The fine will remain at $100, and there will be no arrest record.
The law goes into effect January 1. Even if Prop 19 passes in November, it leaves in place misdemeanor charges for smoking in public or in the presence of minors. Those misdemeanors would become infractions under the new law. 

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2010/oct/01/california_governor_signs_mariju




http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_1401-1450/sb_1449_bill_20100405_amended_sen_v98.html

The future is awesome.

But seriously, thoughts? Will this make Prop 19 easier or more difficult to pass?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Weed Wednesday! New Blog, Weed Etiquette, and More!

        Hello everybody! I'm truly sorry for the delay in posting.  I had to take care of a few personal matters.  The good news is, during my time away, I planned out many exciting ideas for a series of new blogs that I will be creating over the next few days/weeks.

        Before I get back to weed business, I'd like to announce that the first of these blogs is ready for unveiling!


        As you can probably tell, the content will not be related to marijuana culture, but rather 80's and 90's popular culture, etc.  Nonetheless, I hope that you will find it enjoyable!

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        With that taken care of, let's move on to some fun stuff.  I'm going to try to make up for my lack of posting in the past few days by having a longer than usual post today.

        I've realized that there may be some novice smokers in the building, so here's a short guide to Smoking Etiquette, from the book Everything About Pot That We Could Remember, which I highly recommend.



        We Marijuana-loggers feel that marijuana smokers havea bad reputation. They're usually thought of as lazy and dim-witted. Why, this couldn't be further from the tooth. There is actually a strict code of discipline that pot smokers must firmly adhere to. Here are the highlights from an actual webpage from an authority known as "Scooter 512" (or something like that - it could have been "Scooter 513" or "Bandit 300"- lets not get hung up on details, okay?)


Rule Number One: If someone rolls a nice joint, it's good to give the person a compliment on their rolling skills. Something like, "Thats some tight shit, buddy!"
Rule Number 2: Always remember to thank the person who has gotten you high. Unless it was really killer weed, in which case it is perfectly acceptable to forget to say thank you
Rule Number C: Never make your smoke out to be better than it really is. This gets everybody's hopes up just to be let down. Don't go bragging about how you got the Chronic, and then whip out the Down Town Brown on everyone's ass! People hate that. Especially us.
Rule Number 14: It is very impolite to hand someone an empty bowl without notifying that person of its potential emptyosity. A proper warning would be, Here ya go... I think it might be cashed. Go ahead give it a try, see what happens. We're all pulling for you. Good Luck."
Rule Number Seven: When rolling a joint, don't ever pack a seed. Instead, pack a lunch. It will come in very handy later. Make sure you pack enough to share.
Rule Number 8: You have to allot at least seven and three-quarters minutes of fake interest in the person supplying the weed. Say something nice about them or stuff, like, "Cool pipe," or, "Wow, that's a neat lizard."
Rule Number 9: I'm glad your cousin works in a movie theater and let you sit in the projection room once when you were visiting him in Phoenix last summer... but what you should really do is take a hit and pass the pipe already.
Rule Number 10: If you're getting high with someone and they ask for a sip of your drink, you must give them some. Dry mouth is not fucking funny. In fact, if left untreated, it can lead to the dreaded cottonmouth. Which without immediate hydration, can turn into full blown Old Man's Ass Mouth.
Rule Number Next One: It is not cool to criticize people's weed in front of them. Example, "Hey, no thanks. I'd rather smoke horse puke than your low quality shit weed. Thanks for offering though." Don't do that. it hurts.
Rule Number Yellow: Hey don't push anyone to smoke pot with you. It's cool to offer weed to your new neighbor, but if they refuse, back off. In other words don't do this. "Hey, Mr. Johnson, this is your new neighbor. You're about to smoke pot whether you want it or not. So get over here and suck on my bong!" Don't do that. It's pushers that make marijuana illegal. And politics. And Laws. Mostly laws.
Rule Number Unicorn: Pass the j clockwise, always clockwise. (That means the direction a clock goes.)  (Blogger's note: Remember, as Beyonce says, TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT).
Rule Number %: Never Bogart. But if you supply the weed you can Baccall us anytime. (If you didn't get that, ask an old person to explain it to you.)
A Rule That Rhymes: When smoking a bowl with other smokers, remember this saying: Don't be mean, leave some green.
A Rule About Roaches: Don't eat them. It doesn't get you high it just makes you look like a hobo.
A Rule That Is So Obvious It Shouldn't Even Be A Rule But Here It Is: Don't get your spit all over the pipe, bong, or joint. Remember, your bodily fluids are disgusting, so please don't force them upon others.
Rule Number 8,763: Dude, don't be a dick and spill the bong water. It smells like Cheech's Ass.
Rule Number 1.2 Million: Please do not, while getting stoned in a canoe, stand up. You may drown. Or Worse, spill the bong water into the lake.
Rule Number Chimp: The person who rolls the joing (no matter whose weed it is) gets to spark up the joint and gets first hits.
Rule Number Cider-House: If you're getting high in your house with someone, offer them some snacks if you have any. If you don't, that's cool. It's not cool that you don't have food, but its cool if you don't offer. Cause you don't have any.
Rule Number Finally: And perhaps the most important rule of them all - according to "Scooter 512" - if three guys write a somewhat padded out sincere book entirely about marijuana, maybe you should get them high if ever your paths should cross in a comedy club or a dirty back alley.
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        And now, I'd like to start a tradition that hopefully I'll carry on throughout the life of this blog.  Every Wednesday (or maybe more often), I'll be recommending various things to keep you entertained during your high. ;D


Movie Recommendation: Trainspotting

        Many of you were disappointed that I didn't put Trainspotting on my list of top 5 stoner movies of all time.  As mentioned, I have a predisposition for comedies, but even I had to admit, Trainspotting is a damned good movie.  The movie follows a group of heroin addicts in early 1990's economically-depressed Edinburgh and their passage through life.  We watch as the central character, Mark Renton goes from questioning the banalities of modern-day suburbia to accepting his fate and attempting to give up his heroin habit.  The film won an Oscar and was voted as one of the top 10 British films of all time.  It has now become a cult classic, verifying the the common person's fascination with drug and specifically, the dark and mysterious lives of heroin addicts.  If you still need more reason to see this movie...well, just watch the damn trailer!


Click here to download (torrent) movie.  (Use VLC Media Player to play).



Music Recommendation: Trainspotting Soundtrack

        Yup, a little uncreative I know, but trust me, the soundtrack to this movie is fucking great.  Filled with everything from legends like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Brian Eno to modern day music geniuses like Daman Albarn.  I've selected one of my favorite tracks of all times: Underworld by Born Slippy (doubles as both a chill song and something to dance to).  If you're interested in listening to the entire soundtrack, I've provided a download link.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thanks for 100+ Followers! Here's a Gift for my Friends

Woot! I was going to make this post when I had 100 followers but I've reached an amazing 130 with a little help from my friends.  Thanks for all the support guys!  Here's a little present to thank all you lovely people. :)  Hope you enjoy!







On a side note, I would like to point out that from now on (well technically, starting yesterday), I will do my best to respond to your comments.  This will probably be in the form of my own comment replying to yours (like in the previous post), so be sure to check back and keep in touch.

Thanks again everyone!