Have you ever noticed that marijuana legalization debates among the general public typically involve very little research and a lot of rhetoric taken from media reports? And, have you ever noticed that in general, in life, the media doesn’t feel the need to be on the same page as science? BECAUSE SCIENCE IS LIES. That’s why evolution’s not real, obviously. Silly scientists.
Education is SO important when it comes to talking about legalization, especially because the stigma surrounding marijuana gets in the way of the truth. And the truth is that people are suffering in the world who don’t have to be – they are suffering because the drug that can ease their pain, soothe their anxiety and fight their illness isn’t legal. And the uglier truth is that it’s illegal for a whole lot of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad reasons.
So, for instance, today we learned about a study by a team from St. George’s University of London that shows marijuana can both destroy some cancer cells and reduce the growth of other cancer cells. This isn’t really a new finding! But you don’t see these findings widely published amongst the news media.
According to the Huffington Post, the team of researchers “outlined the ‘dramatic reductions’ they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group.” Wow.
If you’re interested in digging further into studies like this, check out the resources on the NORML website. NORML’s site features medical marijuana reports, health reports, crop reports, economic reports…all you need to do your own research. Follow this link: http://norml.org/library. And share your findings with the unbelievers!!
P.S. Did you see this video that’s been floating around Facebook of the grandmas smoking a bowl for the first time, then playing Cards Against Humanity? There’s something so satisfying about seeing old people hit a bowl and giggle.
Another thing on Netflix you need to watch?…okay, but seriously. When it comes to America’s War on Drugs, Netflix doesn’t disappoint. Every time it cycles through another round of new films, look for new documentaries aimed at educating audiences about what’s going on in the cannabis industry politically, economically and culturally.
This time, we discovered Neurons to Nirvana, a 2013 documentary funded by Kickstarter that looks at the current body of research surrounding psychedelic drugs. Similar to cannabis, psychedelics like LSD and magic mushrooms get a bad rap – and who really knows why?
Apparently, though, when you peel away the layers of bullshit and propaganda surrounding psychedelics as well as marijuana, what emerges is actually a powerful alternative to pharmaceuticals. If you’re looking for a film to convince someone that legalization is not only a good idea but an important one, this could be it.
Visit the film’s Kickstarter page for MUCH more information about the key researchers behind the project. We love that it was Kickstarter funded, because it gives us that much more confidence in the facts the film reports.
We assume most of our customers don’t actually watch Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, so we thought we better share this little tidbit with ya. In a special American Horror Story episode of the show, Cohen asked Kathy Bates who the bigger pothead is – Matthew McConaughey or Susan Sarandon.
(Sidenote: If we had to guess, we’d put our money on Susan Sarandon. Sarandon has told Cohen in past episodes that she attends pretty much every awards show stoned, except the Oscars. McConaughey hasn’t smoked since he got arrested in the late 90’s! Okay, we don’t really know that, but still.)
Bates put her money on Sarandon, too. She said, “I actually shared some dope with [her] last June. It was with Melissa McCarthy, we were shooting Tammy and I was staying at Susan’s house…she had some good shit!”
Andy Cohen must have some aversion to the ganja. He loves asking costars and celebrities about their weed smoking habits. Back in March, he and Seth Rogen discussed the many celebrities Rogen has lit up with, including Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman, Snoop Dogg and Paul Rudd. Rogen also confirmed that James Franco doesn’t smoke – at all. That’s kind of a surprise, but alright!
So, happy Friday! We hope you all have as great a weekend as Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon!
Recently New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that beginning November 19th, possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana will no longer be an arrestable offense. Low-level marijuana possession has been a huge problem for the NYPD, and has tons of racist undertones as well – about 80% of these arrests have been black or Latino. Not cool. Now, with the new policy, anyone caught with a small amount of cannabis will be issued a summons and a ticket for $100. However, anyone caught actually smoking/burning it will still be subject to arrest.
This sounds great, right? Right. But the NYPD isn’t super excited about the policy change. In fact, they’re now planning a “work slowdown” to protest it. High Times notes that in the past, they’ve asked New York City police officers about the numerous drug arrests made, and they always answer that they’re only enforcing the law. Their duty is to enforce the law, so if you want different actions, change the laws.
Well, NYPD, the laws have changed. And now you’re going rogue. As High Times so aptly says, “The NYPD has turned into a rogue force that’s willing to sacrifice the safety of New York City taxpayers, in order to send the mindboggling message that more pot arrests will somehow keep city residents safer.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
This Veterans’ Day, a Portland dispensary called Nectar Cannabis will be honoring US war veterans by offering their first 160 cardholding veteran visitors an ounce of free cannabis. They’re also partnering with industry supporters to sponsor a free veteran-only raffle. The prizes will be a year’s worth of medical marijuana, and the second prize will be 6 months worth.
This time of year reminds us legalization advocates of the true beneficiaries of the medical marijuana movement – veterans being one huge population. Numerous studies have shown that cannabis can significantly alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), making it life-changing for veterans.
PTSD is characterized by three symptoms due to the changes in brain chemistry that occur at the time of the traumatic experience: Three classes of symptoms characterize PTSD: flashbacks to the traumatic event, social isolation and avoidance, and hyper-arousal (resulting in insomnia).
Personal accounts from veterans using pot instead of pills illustrate a stark contrast between the two, with narcotics often related to unpredictable moods and addiction. Cannabis helps alleviate PTSD symptoms, though, especially the anxiety surrounding them. To read more about the science behind pot and PTSD, check out this informative article on Leafly.
From the Glass House, THANK YOU to all of you who have served our country. You’ll always find support from us!
Another first Tuesday in November has come and gone, and the marijuana industry looks a little different this morning post-election. Oregon and Alaska become the third and fourth states to legalize recreational marijuana! On top of that, the District of Columbia has legalized it, but because it’s a district rather than a state, Congress could potentially overrule it.
Here are the details.
Oregon – Measure 91
- Adults can have up to 8 oz. of marijuana at home
- Adults can have up to 1 oz. of marijuana in public
- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will regulate and monitor the marijuana industry
- Taxes from marijuana sales will fund schools, law enforcement, and drug prevention and education programs
Alaska – Measure 2
- Adults can have up to 1 oz. of marijuana
- Adults can grow up to 6 marijuana plants, with no more than 3 being mature, for personal use
- Marijuana will be regulated like alcohol by legitimate, tax-paying businesses that test their products and require proof of age
Washington, D.C. – Initiative 71
- Adults can have up to 2 oz. of marijuana
- Adults can grow up to 3 marijuana plants at home
- The D.C. Council will decide how marijuana sales will work, and we likely won’t see sales until early 2016
What great successes for marijuana this election! Who knows what the next will bring?
You’re not going to believe this is real, but let us assure you, it is. Coming January 2015: The Knockout.
The Knockout is a water pipe for people who want to get reallllly fucked up. Not at all surprisingly, it was developed by two engineers and a pilot fresh out of school – probably not ready to give up their days of partying in school. They built a prototype, hired a product design team out of Ottawa, and finally they’re taking pre-orders at knockyourselfout.ca.
So what is it, exactly? It’s exactly what it sounds like – a knockout. It allows you to chug a beer and then hit the greens. Or chug a beer while you’re hitting the greens. Or hit the greens, then chug a beer. Whatever, however.
The 4 ways to use it:
- Beer Shotgun
- Waterfall (Gravity Pipe)
- Buckets (Gravity Pipe)
Some product reviews that you will enjoy reading:
a dude from nashville:
“Imagine an erection harder than diamond. Now imagine that huge erection slashing through a pair of denim jeans. That. Just. Happened. This product is a game changer.”
“I’m a HUGE party animal and I hate always having to construct complicated bongs, water bongs and beer bongs. With this handy little number, I can get crunked (is that still a thing?) in no time.”
Check out the product and the demonstrations here! But first, watch the promo video below. If you’re placing an order, let us know so we can check back with you after January!
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/.
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