According to the Daily Chronic, the Marijuana Policy Project’s campaign in Texas includes three new bill proposals. The MPP hasn’t been shy about their intentions, obviously, but the Daily Chronic article posted this week indulges a little more detail about their plans. The new bill proposals cover three goals – first, the decriminalization of marijuana; next, allowing it to be used for medical purposes; and eventually, legalizing it with regulations similar to alcohol.
Step by step.
So, the details – many thanks to the Daily Chronic for posting!
First up, marijuana decriminalization. The proposed Civil Penalty Bill will reduce penalties for possession of marijuana in amounts of one ounce or less.
No arrest or jail time
No criminal record
Civil fine of up to $100
No effect on future employment prospects, housing, or educational opportunities
Next, medical marijuana. More than half of Texas voters support it!
Proper authorization from doctors will allow possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana or the option of growing in a secure location
Doctors cannot be punished for recommending medical marijuana
Dispensaries can grow and sell medical marijuana
Medical marijuana will be tested, labeled for potency and free from harmful contaminants
The big question with medical marijuana bills: what will the guidelines be? At this point, we don’t know.
And finally, the Free Market Bill, to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use.
Sale of marijuana will be taxed and regulated for those 21 and older
Texas will allow retail businesses, grow houses and testing labs
Local government will establish their own regulations
Driving under the influence will remain illegal
If Texas regulates and taxes marijuana at $50 per ounce, they could make between $150-$250 million a year, approximately.
So legalize that ish!
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), marijuana can be “addictive, harmful, and a gateway drug.”
A corresponding study was published in June, and has been a popular topic of conversation in light of legalization efforts across America. The lead author of the NIDA report is Dr. Nora Volkow, who is also the head of NIDA. In High Times’ response to the study, they deftly point out that NIDA’s staffing and budget would be severely curtailed if marijuana were legalized nationwide. This makes the study a little unreliable, doesn’t it?
The study talks about marijuana withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, and irritability, disregarding that many are using cannabis to self-medicate these very symptoms (meaning they aren’t so much withdrawal symptoms as they are regular life without marijuana).
It also defines addiction based on how others react to a person’s cannabis use – their employer, family, friends, and even their own personal level of guilt and shame. The problem with this logic is that it doesn’t take into account the (unfair) stigma around cannabis use. Many Americans are prohibitionists that just won’t get on board the legalization train yet, and they certainly won’t be condoning your use. Does this make them right?
At the end of the day, people can get addicted to just about anything they’re using to self-medicate. Only 9-10% of cannabis users ever become addicted to the drug, and in the majority of cases, the addiction tends to be driven by an attempt to self-medicate mental health problems.
One week till Halloween! Do you have your costume planned yet? Probably not. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Last year, we loved putting together the best stoner Halloween costumes we could think of. Since last year, we’ve collected some other ideas to add to the list. Check out our newest eight below, and then refresh your memory of last year’s here.
We congratulated High Times on their 40th anniversary just a little while ago, and now we’re happy to have the occasion to congratulate them again – this time, on the publication of a new coffee table book in honor of this anniversary. “High Times: A 40-Year History of the World’s Most Infamous Magazine” is, as the New York Times says, “a coffee table book for low, sticky coffee tables.” We can get behind that.
While we try to keep up with the happenings of High Times’ magazine, which exploded in the 1970s and 80s with its centerfolds featuring sexy photographs of bud, this book promises to provide a wealth of interesting stories. Even the New York Times book review contains some great little factoids – for instance, did you know that in 2004, High Times tried to nix its marijuana coverage and become a strictly literary magazine? Not really sure why they thought that would be a good idea, but it obviously wasn’t, because it didn’t work at all. After a few months, the headline was “The Buds Are Back!”
Check out the New York Times review here, and make sure to scroll through some of the highlighted photos. The book itself was published just this month and is available on Amazon for a pretty decent price.
This past weekend, Texans braved the Ebola threat (haha…too soon?) to participate in the 2014 Dallas Marijuana March at Dallas City Hall. If you missed the event, make sure you check out the Facebook page for photos, videos, and lots of positive hype! We love reading comments and posts from the folks who made it out. For instance, Tara Cowan posted tons of great photos and shared that even though she doesn’t partake, she supports everyone’s right to “choose cannabis over any man made, mainstream, controlled pharmaceutical drug.”
If you did participate in the Marijuana March this Saturday, you heard from a ton of fantastic speakers, including:
Shaun McAlister, Executive Director of DFW NORML
Alexis Bortell, the 9-year old daughter of a disabled veteran and software engineer, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013. Pharmaceuticals have failed her and she dedicates all of her free time to educating adults on the need for medical cannabis.
Max Davidson, Director of Operations for DFW NORML, popular after his appearance in Sanjay Gupta’s Weed 2, and also Managing Partner of The Daily Chronic
John Tunmire, who is running for Texas State Senate District 10
Mark Boler, who is running for the US House of Representatives in Texas District 26
We’re so glad that DFW NORML included politicians in their line-up, especially with elections right around the corner. Let us say one more time just how important it is for everyone to get out and vote!
Well, the big event is over, so now what? There is still plenty of work to be done. You can…
Educate yourself and others! We’ve posted many resources on the blog, and NORML has worked hard to make information more accessible to the public.
Attend DFW NORML meetings. They take place every Wednesday, typically at the House Sports Bar & Grill in Arlington from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. and are free, whether or not you’re a member.
Download and share the 2014 Texas NORML Voter’s Guide! And then actually vote!
That’s it! If you were at the March this weekend, share your photos and stories with us!
Here’s your WTF moment for the day:
It appears that a Siberian ice princess who was mummified 2,500 years ago had contracted breast cancer at about the age of 20 and used cannabis both to alleviate her symptoms and elevate her mind.
Did you get all that? Yeah. The Siberian Ice Maiden, also called the “Altay Princess” after the location of her burial site, was unearthed in eastern Russia in 1993. She was dressed like a princess, had beautifully intricate tattoos, and was clearly buried with respect and reverence…and with a container of cannabis.
In the Siberian Times, a scientist from the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography notes that sniffing cannabis was probably a forced necessity for this woman. “She was often in an altered state of mind,” he says. “We can suggest that through her could speak the ancestral spirits and gods. Her ecstatic visions in all likelihood allowed her to be considered as some chosen being, necessary and crucial for the benefit of society. She can be seen as the darling of spirits and cherished until her last breath.”
Her illness was likely the catalyst for her position as “shaman,” because when a woman was physically weak, she was viewed as more able to strengthen her powers of concentration and meditation. So maybe she used cannabis for that reason as well – to cultivate that ethereal state of mind.
Reconstruction of the Ice Maiden’s face
Help educate others on the truth about cannabis, and learn more in the process! Elections are around the corner, and it’s important to become educated voters and help others do the same. Our suggestion is that you share this podcast with the cannabis antagonists in your lives. Maybe it will help foster intelligent discussion and prevent you from running around in circles!
We learned a lot from this March 2010 talk given by Claudia Little at the Ashland Alternative Health Clinic in Ashland, Oregon. Claudia is a registered nurse with an advanced degree in Public Health, as well as a marijuana activist. She cites many statements, research reports and advocacy efforts that have fallen on deaf ears.
For instance, did you know:
- Cannabinoids exist in the human body as receptors, which is why smoking marijuana provides health benefits and symptom relief to humans, including:
- Appetite stimulation
- Nausea control
- Pain and inflammation relief
- Movement disorders
- Gastrointestinal problems
- CBD is the cannabinoid that we associate with pain relief, but THC has its own medical benefits.
- Cannabis is neuroprotective and helps nerves regenerate. Studies by UC-Los Angeles and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have shown that marijuana smokers (even heavy daily smokers) are LESS likely to experience lung cancer than non-smokers.
- Smoking marijuana does NOT cause schizophrenia, contrary to popular belief.
But don’t take our word for it – check it out yourself and draw your own conclusions. The podcast was featured on Psychedelic Salon and can be found here: http://www.matrixmasters.net/salon/category/claudia-little/.
Many thanks to everyone who came out for the grand opening of our third Glass House location this Saturday! (And, of course, to everyone who helped us celebrate Sean’s birthday in style!) Check out our Facebook page for photos of the shop, the winners of some AMAZING raffle prizes, and an epic glass-blowing demonstration by McFly Glass.
We’d also like to give a shout out to Blown Glassgoods, Pulse, Texas Tubes, and McFly Glass for their help in making the weekend a success!
In case you don’t already know…
Based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Blown Glassgoods is a team of talented glassblowers who create high quality water pipes and concentrate rigs. Their gorgeous pieces range from simple and elegant clear glass to personalized features, including color-changing swirl glass and themes like Adventure Time or Mario. Check out their full range of items here and stop by to see what we have in stock!
We featured Cannabis Cup winner Pulse Glass in April 2013 and continue to be impressed with their products. We love watching their growing success and hope you do too! Get your pulse racing and check them out here!
And then of course, there’s Texas Tubes, or TX Tubes. Because who doesn’t need a glass piece to represent our great state? Texas Tubes is based out of Austin, Texas, and not to be confused with the actual tubing company, they make a variety of solid glass pieces. See their sweet stuff here.
Finally, McFly Glass gave an incredible demonstration this weekend, blowing a custom glass rig for a giveaway! The work of this talented artist and friend truly speaks for itself. We suggest you follow him on Instagram and see it for yourself.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us this weekend – don’t be a stranger!
P.S. Go Cowboys!
“20 Years of Marijuana Research Summarized in New Report,” dailyrx.com headlines. Yes, this report has been featured in such prominent publications as U.S. News & World Report, so let’s find out what it says, shall we?
Researchers recently reviewed the past two decades of marijuana research, specifically in regard to its health effects. They started with data from 1993, which it’s helpful to keep in mind was mostly from animal studies and limited human trials. They took that data and compared it to “similar evidence from 2013”.
Here’s what they found:
- Marijuana can cause negative mental effects like paranoia or anxiety.
- People with family history of mental health problems may suffer from psychosis under the influence of marijuana. Regular users are twice as likely to develop symptoms of psychosis.
- Driving stoned makes you between twice as likely to get into an automobile accident.
- There is a 9% risk of developing dependence on marijuana once you use it.
Media outlets are using this report to “demolish the claim that smoking pot is harmless.” However, these aren’t particularly mind-boggling findings. In fact, aren’t these the facts researchers have been quoting for quite some time now?
We still believe in the legalization of marijuana – not because the drug is “harmless” but because for medical patients, the pros FAR outweigh the cons. Also, as far as recreational use, we still can’t see much of a difference between the recreational use of alcohol and the recreational use of cannabis.
Not to mention the actual research behind these reports. Is it reliable? Who funded it? Animal studies and limited human trials – what does that mean?
What are your thoughts? Let’s hear ‘em – find us on Facebook or use the Comment Section below!
According to the Salvation Army and various shelter directors in Colorado, homeless Texans are headed there with hopes of future employment in the cannabis industry.
“We were averaging 190 (homeless) last year. We’re now averaging 345 a night,” Murray Flagg of the Salvation Army told a Denver CBS News affiliate this week.
“People see that the marijuana business has been flourishing here,” St. Francis Center executive director Tom Luehrs added to the network. “At least 10 percent of our new out-of-state population is coming from Texas,” St. Francis Center executive director Tom Luehrs told Houston, TX’s KPRC recently. “People tell us is that they think they can get a job because marijuana is legal here.”
We just hope this doesn’t give anti-legalization advocates an excuse to point fingers at the homeless for cannabis use – i.e. “get a job and stop smoking weed.” As included in the news report, homeless people often have jobs that pay minimum wage, some working as day laborers bringing in less than $40 a day.
If you’re not homeless and you’re headed to Colorado for some recreational fun, make sure to check out some of the following resources:
- The Cannabist (www.thecannabist.co), a blog run by the Denver Post newspaper, has a map of the city’s many marijuana establishments and tons more info.
- The Westword newspaper (www.westword.com) contains info about local arts and culture.
- Club Ned (www.clubnedcafe.com) in nearby Nederland is worth checking out – America’s first legal cannabis cafe.
- So Mile High (www.somilehigh.com) offers tours of “the best marijuana dispensaries with the widest selection,” a private guided tour of a grow operation by a master grower, lunch, and even a one-hour painting-while-smoking class with an artist.
- My 420 Tours (www.my420tours.com) offers all-inclusive vacation packages, cannabis cooking courses, and can also advise on hotels which allow vaporizer use in rooms, and/or have private smoking terraces for guests to enjoy their purchases.
The grand opening of our THIRD location is about a week away! You know our original stores in Dallas (15203 Knoll Trail Drive) and in Lewisville (413 E. Round Grove) – now the Frankford & Coit area will have their own Glass House headshop to visit!
On October 11, plan to come find us at 7877 FrankFord Road #102 in Dallas. We promise to make it worth your while!
We’ll be celebrating with…
- Sales, obviously. All day, get up to 40% off your favorite products, like…
- Water Pipes
- Hand Pipes
- E-Cigs & E-Juice
- Smoking Accessories
- Incense & Candles
- Food, drinks and FREE beer (w/valid ID…don’t even try to slip past us, you youngins) beginning at 3:00 p.m.
- Prizes every 30 minutes beginning at 4:00 p.m. – many thanks to Blown Glass Goods for these!
- Live glass-blowing by McFly Glass from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. If you’ve never seen a live glass-blowing demonstration, this is an incredible opportunity!
If you can’t make it on October 11, make sure to stop by and check out the new digs anytime afterwards. We can’t wait to see you all and celebrate with you!
Pennsylvania has been all over the marijuana scene lately, but it isn’t clear yet whether or not that’s a good thing. Sure, it’s great that Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia signed a decriminalization bill. It’s not legalization, but it’s a step.
The bill in Philadelphia states…
- Anyone in possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana will be cited and fined $25.
- Anyone partaking in public will be cited and fined $100, or made to perform nine hours of community service.
- Cops will also confiscate any weed they find. (Yeah, we’ve seen Super Troopers, we know.)
- Dealing or possession of more than 30 grams is still a criminal offense.
A bill to “legalize medical marijuana” (sort of) cleared the Pennsylvania State Senate. That sounds good, but it’s actually pretty pathetic. I mean, we’ll take what we can get, but still… here are the details:
- Anyone suffering from epilepsy, seizure disorder, PTSD, MS and cancer patients will have limited access to “medicinal cannabis products.”
- Only a total of 10 conditions will be covered by the bill.
- Smoking and vaporizing are not options. The cannabis must be taken in by oils, tinctures, or edibles.
In Pennsylvania, almost 85% of voters support traditional, whole-plant, smoked medical marijuana. This makes the bill look absolutely ridiculous, and not like a true representation of the people of Pennsylvania. Again, politicians love playing scientist and God.
So, if you’re feeling sad about the turtle’s pace at which legalization is moving in Texas, just think of Pennsylvania, where they’re making a lot of changes that kind of suck.
Election season is upon us – what does that mean for legalization and Texas? Thankfully the Texas chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – we’re all on the same page here, right?) has distributed an official “Voter’s Guide” to give you the skinny on where all our candidates really stand on all green-related issues.
NORML explains that Texas (and over 20 other states, too) can’t petition to get something on the ballot for a vote that will affect state laws. In Texas, all drug laws ARE state laws. So, we have to rely on our state-elected officials (specifically State Representatives and State Senators) to be our voices for legalization. And that’s why we need to VOTE in our state election!
So, Texas NORML asked all candidates three questions and published their answers. Not all candidates responded, of course, but NORML included an addendum with previously-stated views of non-respondents.
But – YOU CAN’T VOTE WITHOUT REGISTERING! Don’t forget to register by the deadline of October 6. For specific information about how to register, check out www.vote411.org.
And remember – EARLY VOTING IS OCTOBER 20th to 31st. ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 4th, 7am to 7pm.
Let’s get cannabis friendly candidates elected!
What do you think about Charlo Greene?
This week was the first we had ever heard of Alaskan news reporter Charlo Greene, but she’s certainly making a name for herself now! After she announced “fuck it, I quit” in her recent news report about an Alaskan cannabis club, also indicating her plans to support legalization efforts in the state full-time, she’s been all over the news.
First, of course, came the questions about why she quit. She has shared some things about her home state that we didn’t realize – for instance, that Alaska has a huge drinking problem. Apparently in school, Greene found herself headed in a dangerous direction with alcohol and said she “knew that alcohol, as a vice, wasn’t going to allow [her] to become the person [she] was meant to be.” A mature realization, honestly. After that, cannabis became her vice of preference. She said, “I went from failing an entire semester, to the next semester, and every semester after that, being on the Dean’s List. I graduated cum laude…and that’s because I was smoking weed!” You go, girl.
So, we feel pretty good about all of that. Thank you, Charlo Greene, for being a responsible positive voice in favor of legalization. Thank you for proving that pot smoking can be just one activity in the grand scheme of a person’s life – a person who also happens to be a functioning member of society and positive force in the world.
But then…then come the TMZ reports that Greene got her neighbor’s 4-year old daughter sick from all of the marijuana smoke seeping into their downstairs apartment. When he approached her about this, he claims she told him to “watch his back.” This neighbor went so far as to take out a restraining order against her…that’s apparently how bad their bickering got. Greene is also under a lot of fire for how she chose to quit her job. Cursing and walking away from a job on air – is that the way to go? Or, is it worth it, especially given the negative influence of the media on not just cannabis but almost every aspect of our lives?
Let’s hear from you. What do you think of Charlo Greene and her recent antics?
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