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Now that Sean Hannity is making it clear that he has nothing relevant to add to the legalization conversation, how do we kick him out of it?
BUT SERIOUSLY. HOW?!?!
His special (and we mean “special”) report called “Stoned America” began last Friday night on Fox News. He began with a statement that he believes more states will legalize marijuana because “the government wants more money,” but also felt it his civic duty to let us know the many dangers of marijuana. Reefer madness, dudes. FYI, according to Mr. Hannity:
- Teenagers who partake are killing their brain cells.
- Adults who partake are ambition-less, wasting away their lives.
- Everyone who partakes is in imminent danger of becoming bored with it and moving on to more perilous drugs, like cocaine and heroine. This is because everyone who partakes is searching for something – a cure for their anxiety or boredom – and they are looking to drugs for escape.
Thanks for the great advice, dad!
First of all, the “teenagers killing their brain cells” argument is debatable, but we’ll let scientists take that on. More importantly, it’s irrelevant. Do you know anyone arguing for decriminalization of teenage recreational marijuana use, other than stoner teenagers? Probably not.
Secondly, adults who partake are ambitionless?
I believe Hannity’s exact phrasing was something like… “Anybody I’ve met in my life that smokes a lot of pot has, like, zero motivation. They’re not people that I consider bright, energetic, happy people. In my life, that’s been my experience.”
Well, Mr. Hannity, you probably haven’t ever met a gay person either, and maybe you think all gays look like the kids from Glee. Your personal experience doesn’t make you informed. It makes you biased. Congratulations. By the way, have you met Snoop Dogg? Because he’s a baller. Seriously, though. How about Rick Steves? Maya Angelou? Morgan Freeman? David Letterman? Bill Maher? Carl Sagan? FUCKING BILL GATES? Yeah, checkmate.
Finally, the gateway drug argument is one of the worst ever. If millions of Americans are bored or anxious, looking for an escape from their mundane lives, our country has a bigger problem than recreational marijuana use. Our country has a problem that goes down to our very roots – who are we, what is our purpose, and what drives us? Why are we unhappy? Perhaps anything can be a gateway drug, then. But certainly there are many, many marijuana users who don’t partake because they hate their lives, and who never move on to more dangerous substances. This argument lacks relevance, and points to bigger problems with America than drugs.
Well, everyone, we just had to put our two cents in while Hannity fucks with the minds of American citizens. What are your thoughts?
The legalization debate can be funny sometimes! If you find stupid people funny, it can actually be funny a lot. We had to share this hilarious article from Ohio’s Dayton City Post. It’s Friday, after all.
Last week, the Dayton City Post posed the question, “Is it time for Ohio to legalize marijuana?” They set up their article in debate format, with one DCP staff member arguing each side. The pro-legalization side is entitled, “Don’t believe the damning hype about marijuana,” and takes up the left side of the page.
The entire right side – where the anti-legalization argument belongs – is blank, with the exception of a small editor’s note.
“On behalf of the Dayton City Paper staff, we apologize, but we were unable to locate a debate writer who was able to submit a view opposed to legalization of marijuana in Ohio at this time.”
According to a recent Gallup poll, 87% of Ohio voters are in favor of using the drug for medicinal purposes. Dayton City Paper used their debate – or lack thereof – to show the gap between voter preference and actual legislation. Go DCP!
You can read the online debate here, with only “left” and “center” views being covered – www.daytoncitypaper.com/debate-forum-0415/.
In other news, the only thing that would make us question our own pro-legalization views is the Denver Post’s recent decision to make Whoopi Goldberg a marijuana columnist. What are THEY smoking, because we will AVOID IT. Are we just allowing anyone to represent the cause these days? Miley, Bieber, Lady Gaga, Whoopi – WHO’S NEXT?!
Anyway, there’s your humor for this lovely Friday. Enjoy it, and come see us this weekend at The Glass House!
Over the weekend, lots of folks celebrated 4/20 at the 2014 High Times Denver Cannabis Cup. This was an exciting year for Denver and for High Times – it’s the first year High Times had the opportunity to host their event in a state where recreational marijuana use is actually legal. They go balls to the wall in Amsterdam. Now they get to do it in Denver too!
We hope everyone had a great 4/20 (and a happy Easter…) yesterday! Thanks to everyone who came out for our bangin’ 4/20 party, and congratulations to our prize winners! Just because we love you and enjoyed hangin’ with you so much, we’re extending our 4/20 sales through today. So if you happened to miss out yesterday because you were busy celebrating another holiday, feel free to stop by and take advantage of the sales for one more day.
The greatest day of the year is only 2 days away! Easter! Just kidding. 420!
Many myths and rumors surround 420 – how did it get the name, after all? The Huffington Post did some digging and posted an article about it last year on April 20. You can check out the full story here, but the recap is below.
In 1971, a group of five friends known as the Waldos for always hanging out at the same wall outside the school, heard a rumor that a Coast Guard service member could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. They met outside the school at 4:20 p.m., after practice, to hunt for the plants and take some of the bud for their own. At first, they were unsuccessful. But they kept at it, meeting at 4:20 and heading to Point Reyes. They never found the patch, according the five original Waldos.
So that’s how 420 began! And we’re glad it did, because now we have the perfect excuse to give our customers amazing freebies!
Stop by the Glass House on Sunday and join the 420 party! Why?
- Music. Dj’s. Deep Ellum on Air recording their podcast. All around good, local entertainment.
- Free food from The Butcher’s Son gourmet food truck. You’re gonna have the munchies, right? So come and get your free munchies, then!
- Giveaways galore! Every $25 spent in the store = 1 raffle ticket, and we will be featuring storewide sales! We’ll have drawings at 2, 3, 5, and 6 – as well as grand prizes at 4:20 (duh).
- Goodie bags for our first 50 customers…and two very special gift bags for our first 2 customers.
- Because we’ll be there. And we’re great company!
Seriously, guys – plan to make a stop at the Glass House on Sunday. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. and sales start at 11:00 a.m. We can’t wait to see you there, and to see you win some gorgeous free glass! Check out the grand prizes pictured on our Facebook page and let us know what you’re looking forward to most about this 420!
“Student death is first linked to legal marijuana in Colorado.” Now that’s a fear-mongering headline if we’ve ever heard one. However, 19-year old Levy Thamba did die March 11 after falling from a hotel balcony, apparently after consuming marijuana cookies purchased legally by a 21-year old friend in Denver.
This is confusing, though, isn’t it? While the media has been telling us crazy things about drugs for EVER, things that have often been disproven in later years, science tells us that not only does marijuana NOT kill, it’s actually also not all that dangerous…unless you’re a healthy child with a developing brain or unless you’re, you know, operating machinery. It’s not nearly as dangerous as cigarettes or alcohol, for instance, which our friendly reporters and legislators probably enjoy daily.
A number of renowned news sites have covered Thamba’s death over the past couple of weeks, linking the marijuana cookie consumption to his out-of-character behavior and ultimate death. The coroner reported that Thamba had no history of mental problems or suicidal tendencies, and that the death was linked to “marijuana intoxication.”
Two words for you, media outlets and fear-mongers: CAUSE and EFFECT. There are a number of factors that could have – and probably did – contribute to Thamba’s death on March 11. Simply blaming it on a marijuana cookie is not helpful to anyone.
Furthermore, as the Daily Beast’s article rightly points out, “questions about dosage, manufacturing practices, contamination, and Levi’s knowledge have not been answered, or perhaps even asked.” The government refuses to allow the kinds of research necessary to gain knowledge about how different strains of cannabis impact different people based on biological makeup, health conditions, and other factors.
At the end of the day, we still have a lot of questions and a lot of old-fashioned prohibitionists pointing their fingers at marijuana, the bad guy. Let’s hope that at the end of this debate, science can overcome.
We can now count the days left till 4-20 on JUST OUR HANDS. We don’t need our toes and we hardly need a second hand… because there are only 6 days left!!!
If you live in a state where recreational marijuana use is legal, then screw you. J/K. But there are plenty of ways you can celebrate. If you live in Washington, you can go to Seattle Hempfest 420Fest. If you live in Washington or Colorado, you can party like only Snoop Dogg can – with the one and only Snoop Dogg. That’s right, he’s celebrating 4-20 this year with Wellness Retreats in Seattle and Denver. His slogan: “Inhale. Exhale. Relax.” OKAY SNOOP WE KNOW WHAT’S UP.
The March Madness championship that’s more exciting than Kentucky and the University of Connecticut? The Stoner Move Championship.
If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’ve come a long way to get here. We started with sixteen classic stoner movies and it wasn’t easy to see any of them eliminated through each round. Now, we’re down to the final two – Cheech & Chong’s UP IN SMOKE vs. the classic FRIDAY.
UP IN SMOKE (1978)
IMDB user rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 38% tomatometer, 84% audience rating
Up in Smoke features the famous duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Duh. It’s regarded as one of the most classic stoner movies EVER, probably because it’s about potheads who are looking for weed and accidentally get deported to Mexico. They have to make the trip back the US for a gig, and they accidentally pick up a van made of marijuana. A VAN. MADE OF MARIJUANA. And that, my friends, has the makings of a beautiful film.
IMDB user rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 77% tomatometer, 91% audience rating
Friday features Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, a great pairing. It’s hard to compare to Up in Smoke because it has such a different kind of stoner vibe, and while it’s pretty wonderful, we think it’s also pretty underrated. Basically, Craig and Smokey, the two main characters, are chilling on a Friday afternoon smoking and hanging out. They smoke up all a dealer’s weed and have to figure out how to get the money they owe him by that evening. You can probably imagine the rest of the movie.
This was such a close round.
And despite the snotty Tomatometer, we still have to name UP IN SMOKE as the stoner movie champion. You could really call Cheech & Chong the masters of the genre. Up in Smoke did something no movie had done before…which was basically to build an entire storyline and film around two stoners just doing what they do. As much as we love Friday, what would Friday have been without Up in Smoke?
What do you think? Who would your champion have been?
And another one bites the dust…Maryland lawmakers decided on Monday to decriminalize marijuana. Adults caught with less than 10 grams will now be issued a citation along the same lines as a traffic ticket. They will pay a $100 fine on the first offense, followed by increasing amounts on the second and third, but that’s about it – jail time will no longer be a possible outcome.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was vocal about his intention to sign the law after its approval by the Maryland Senate on Monday. Known for being tough on crime, many may not have expected such a bold move. Previously, he’s been on the opposing side, fighting against decriminalization.
What caused Gov. O’Malley’s change of heart? In a statement he issued, he said:
As a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might undermine the public will necessary to combat drug violence and improve public safety. I now think that [it] is an acknowledgement of the low priority that our courts, our prosecutors, our police and the vast majority of citizens already attach to this transgression of public order and public health.
One big concern of Maryland legislators and residents alike is the unfair prosecution and harsh sentences that African-Americans suffer when charged with marijuana possession. According to members of the Black Legislative Caucus, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), studies have shown that “African-Americans who use marijuana are twice as likely to be prosecuted for marijuana possession despite usage levels that are no different to whites.”
Although decriminalization isn’t full-on legalization and support, this is a refreshing move for Maryland. Why? Because it shows us that there are lawmakers out there who are seriously considering and questioning their views, who want to represent their constituents accurately and respectfully, who are open to making changes based on proven statistics and research, and who never say never. For that, we have to respect Governor O’Malley and the Maryland lawmakers. Congrats, guys!
And then there were 2. Which is the best stoner movie of all time: FRIDAY or UP IN SMOKE?
This round of Stoner Madness (that’s short for March Madness: Top Stoner Movie of All Time), we saw Friday defeat Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. In the stand-off between dynamic duos Cheech & Chong and Harold & Kumar, Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke took the win.
We have to admit, we weren’t too sad about seeing Fear & Loathing go, because while it is a drug classic, it just doesn’t QUITE hit stoner comedy the way Friday does. We have to wonder if it would have gotten quite so far in the tournament if it had been paired with something else from the start, something like Pineapple Express or Harold & Kumar. But what’s done is done.
The duel of duos, on the other hand, was a more painful pairing. We are really broken up about seeing Harold & Kumar kicked from the tournament, even though they put up a strong fight. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle will forever be a classic stoner film in our eyes.
STAY TUNED for the final battle between FRIDAY and CHEECH AND CHONG’S UP IN SMOKE. Which do you think is more fit for the win?
In the meantime, RIP Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.
And that’s it. Now we’re going to White Castle.
This round of March Madness (happening in April, like it does), we saw some of our favorite movies eliminated. We wish they could all be winners. But this is a tournament after all, and someone’s gotta lose.
Today, our match-ups were…
Super Troopers vs. Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
Pineapple Express vs Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
The Big Lebowski vs. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Dazed & Confused vs. Friday
It didn’t happen like this on purpose, but the first movie listed in each pairing was ELIMINATED. Why?!?!?!?!
Super Troopers and Pineapple Express are both excellent, more recent favorites. But up against pure stoner classic duos like Cheech & Chong or Harold & Kumar, they unfortunately HAD to get the boot. If our dads know who Cheech & Chong are, they are some CLASSIC stoners. Have they heard of Super Troopers? Not the ones we’re thinking of.
The Big Lebowski may be the most painful loss this round. Fear & Loathing barely pulled this one off, and only because of how amazing (BUT ILLEGAL) it is to watch while stoned. We don’t know this firsthand, only from our buddies in Colorado, of course.
We mostly love Dazed & Confused for Matthew McConaughey, but Friday is an all-around more solid, more entertaining film. And we like to laugh from our guts, which Friday makes us do. So there you have it.
Let’s recap. Now, we’re left with the FINAL FOUR of stoner movies:
1. Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, who we’ll see next round facing…
2. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. That will be a battle.
3. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, who will have to put up a good fight against…
A tough round. Who do you expect to see going into the semi-finals?
It’s officially April, and the COUNTDOWN to 420 HAS BEGUN.
Now it’s time to ask the all important question – DO YOU HAVE 420 PLANS?!
If yes, CANCEL THEM and plan to hang with us at The Glass House! Unless your plans are to attend the Cannabis Cup in Denver. In that case, you’re an idiot if you cancel them. Go and report back.
If no, COME TO THE GLASS HOUSE! You will not regret it. You wanna know why? Because:
- Food. Catered. Y’all will have the munchies and we are prepared to provide the remedy.
- Music. Dj’s. The whole nine yards. Deep Ellum on Air will be in the house (in Dallas) to record their podcast, and we’re pretty pumped to be hosting them. (P.S. If you don’t know about Deep Ellum on Air, you should. Check out this interview we did with our good pal Jedi Jantzen, Jedi Master or King of the Jedis or whatever. He’s a cool dude.)
- Two words that are actually one word: GIVEAWAYS! What would 420 be without giveaways? Here’s the deal – every $25 you spend at The Glass House will get you one raffle ticket (excluding tobacco taxed items and kratom). There are THREE grand prize giveaways as well as HOURLY giveaways from 2:00-6:00 p.m. And, you must be present to win!!
Basically, you need to put this amazing event on your calendar ASAP. We promise you won’t regret it. UNLESS you’re going to be in Denver, in which case you have GOT to bring us back photos and swag and all that good stuff so we can pretend we were there too.
See you at The Glass House on 4/20 from 2-6pm!
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