Last Thursday, two jailed inmates in Georgia used their DEAD GRANDMOTHER’S CASKET to smuggle marijuana back into jail. No, this isn’t a Tracy Morgan comedy. It’s real life. The prisoners were allowed a private viewing of their grandmother, and when they returned to the jail, guards found a bag of weed on them, as well as some other contraband.
The Sherriff of the country was quoted saying, “To use the body of a deceased grandmother to hide drugs and other contraband is wicked.”
It is pretty frickin’ creepy. But of course when we read stories like this, we have to get deep in the bowels of the internet to find other weird drug smuggling examples. Here are our top five:
1. In Mexico, some drug smugglers built a cannon from PVC piping attached to an air compressor and driven by a car engine. They used it to chuck bags of pot across a border fence into California. Those are some RESOURCEFUL drug hurlers right there.
2. Another popular method of hurling drugs across the border – T-shirt cannons. Then you don’t have to make your own.
3. Airport police once arrested a woman for carrying almost three pounds of cocaine in her breast implants. SICK NASTY. Also, that’s a lot of pain to go through to carry some cocaine.
4. A 19-year old at the United States/Mexico border pretended to be disabled…failing at sneaking weed inside his wheelchair.
5. Airport customs caught a woman who needed to declare framed pictures of Jesus Christ. Maybe it was also Jesus who hid the 30 pounds of pot in the frames? You never can tell…
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With legal recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington, legal medical marijuana use in 23 states, and November elections around the corner, states have started to think about how to handle “high driving” as well as drunk driving.
We all have that friend who says they drive better when they’re stoned, right? Because they’re more focused and careful. At the end of the day, though, studies have shown high driving to be less dangerous than drunk driving, but still more dangerous than driving sober. Why is that? Primarily because drunk drivers overestimate their skills and stoned drivers do the opposite. The biggest danger of high driving is not being able to react quickly enough to unexpected situations.
The Oregonian recently published a piece revealing how their state authorities are being trained to deal with stoned drivers. Here are the basics:
1. Drug Recognition Experts, or DRE officers, are officers specifically selected and trained to catch drunk and high drivers. Almost every state has them, and they train for three weeks to learn about the human body from toxicologists, doctors, and program alumni. According to the article, it’s one of the hardest classes these cops have ever taken. (Is anyone surprised by that?)
2. When an officer arrests someone for failing the field sobriety test, the DRE officer uses a 12-step test at the station which includes questioning and physical tests. The most telling test is apparently the pupil test – if the person sits in a dark room and the lights are turned on, their pupils should shrink.
3. If tests make it appear the person is high, the officers question them until they crack. Or until they just give up. At that point, they get to decide whether they’ll keep the person in custody. If they do, it’s forwarded to the prosecutor’s office, which decides whether they’ll press charges.
The best part of the entire article is…drum roll, please…the comment section! Oregonian commenters are pretty smart. Check out the entire article and don’t forget to read the comments! Also, as always, we want to know what you guys think. Find us on Facebook or share in our comment section below.
See what we did there? HIGHlights? Yeah…
For those of you who don’t eagerly watch every award show that airs, let us give you a small recap of the pot jokes from the Emmys Sunday night. We’ll be honest, we didn’t watch the Emmys, but we read Fox News coverage of it. You know, because if marijuana is mentioned they will be ALL OVER IT.
We get the impression Sarah Silverman stole the pot show, with her vaporizer pen (“this is my liquid pot!”) and spazzy acceptance speech (although come on, she’s a comedienne, what did you expect?). She ended with, “We’re all molecules, and we’re hurling through space right now.” We love it, and so does Neil DeGrasse Tyson, we’re pretty sure. She also insisted to TMZ, in response to, “Some people think you were high at the Emmys,” that she is a GROWN WOMAN and would be waiting until afterwards to partake.
Whatever, Sarah, we aren’t judging you.
In addition to Sarah’s antics, the subject of marijuana came up so often during the show that a viewer tweeted, “Let’s give it up for the real winner tonight – I’m talking of course, about pot.” According to Fox News, in the official Oscars 2015 gift bag, the hand-held Haze Vaporizer by Haze Technologies will be included.
Maybe high IS the new drunk!
Glassblowing is art. We believe in this and support it 100% – it’s why we do what we do, and we feel pretty lucky to be surrounded by these beautiful pieces and talented artists every day. That’s why we love Degenerate Art, a documentary about the history and culture of glass pipe-making and was featured at the 2012 SXSW film festival. Degenerate Art is currently streaming on Netflix instant – watch it, suckas!
You guys, skip the synthetic marijuana (or spice, or K2, or whatever you want to call it). Seriously. You might remember that back in May, Texas saw a rash of overdoses from K2, a form of synthetic marijuana that may have been mixed with a little PCP. Just last week, New Hampshire actually issued a public health emergency due to a string of overdoses on a different brand of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked!” Exclamation point included.
So what’s the difference between the media’s definition of a “pot overdose” and “spice overdose”? To start, no one has actually died of a marijuana overdose. The pot overdoses we’ve heard about in the news typically describe the intense high that comes from taking in more than the suggested dose of an edible – it doesn’t hurt anyone, it just feels uncomfortable. We can’t say the same for spice. The biggest problem with synthetics is that you really don’t know what you’re getting. They are sprayed with lab-synthesized chemicals, contain a high level of toxicity, and have caused complications like reduced blood supply to the heart, seizures, and, in extreme cases, death.
At the end of the day, you’re always better off au natural. That’s what she said?
This photo, provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, shows synthetic marijuana. New Hampshire has declared an emergency in light of its usage in the state. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Human Services)
Now that we’ve gotten our Public Service Announcement out of the way, let us remind you to stop by The Glass House this weekend! At all of our locations, we’re featuring AMAZING back-to-school sales!
- Up to 15% off headys
- Up to 50% off (!!!!!) water pipes, hand pipes, and apparel
- Up to 30% off hookahs, oil rigs, and other accessories
See you this weekend!
Now that “legalization” has transformed from a buzzword into growing reality, America is starting to think about the kids. Oh, crap. The kids.
Well, that’s not entirely true. “Think of the children!” is still a popular argument against marijuana legalization. Legalizing the drug will in turn make it more accessible, to a degree. But we’ve dealt with the same issue in regards to alcohol, so it’s easily rebuffed.
So, America HAS thought of the kids. Maybe what they forgot, more specifically, is that kids don’t like being lied to, and we’ve been telling them about the danger of marijuana use for a very, very long time. It’s probably confusing for them now that we’ve changed our minds.
Well…now what? Drug educators see the problem, and are changing the conversation.
Let’s have a quiz. Of the two examples, which is a more ethical and effective way to educate children about marijuana?
1. In Colorado, the Department of Health and Environment has launched an anti-cannabis ad targeted at teenagers ages 12 through 15. The premise is “Don’t Be a Lab Rat,” informing teens that using marijuana makes them “unwitting lab rats” due to a lack of understanding how it affects developing brains. The campaign is complete with human-sized rat cages staged at schools and in popular hangouts.
Human-sized rat cage sits outside the Denver Public Library
2. Drug educators, directed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, have been telling teenagers the facts, backed up by research. What are they?
- Your brain isn’t fully developed until you reach your early 20’s.
- If you abuse alcohol or any drugs in your teens, you’re more vulnerable to long-term substance abuse.
- Marijuana use in the early teens can result in loss of IQ points.
- Smoking marijuana regularly before the age of 16 has been shown to affect cognitive function tests much more significantly than those who started smoking in their later teenage years.
Studies have shown these bullets to be true, and this generation’s teenagers want (in general) good brains to help them get into good schools.
We want to hear your opinions on these two efforts. Do you think teenagers are really lab rats if they use cannabis? Do you think one of these efforts is more or less effective, or more or less true? Find us on Facebook or in the Comment section below!
It seems like just yesterday that we were chanting “School’s out for summer!” with Alice Cooper, but “no more teachers, no more books” can’t last forever. Here we are, approaching the end of August once again.
Whether you’re a parent itching to get your bored kids back out of the house, a college student getting ready to spend all of your money on books, or someone who literally has no ties to academia anymore, we have back-to-school sales JUST for you!
This coming weekend – Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24 – we’re giving you some sweet deals to help you excel in HIGHER education. And, since you’ll be out and about back-to-school shopping for your academic needs anyway, don’t forget about the importance of your extracurricular activities! Better yet, come by before your back-to-school shopping for a more relaxed experience…
At all three locations (Knoll Trail in Dallas, Frankford Road in Dallas, and Round Grove in Lewisville), we’ll be offering the following deals:
- Up to 15% off headys
- Up to 50% off (!!!!!) water pipes, hand pipes, and apparel
- Up to 30% off hookahs, oil rigs, and other accessories
We’re betting you probably need a break (or soon will) from a) your kids, b) studying, or c) life. If you agree, come by The Glass House this weekend and we’ll see you then!
Texans have been all over the news recently with marijuana busts…just last night, a car hit a state trooper and bailed towards Rio Grande. Later, the car was found abandoned with more than 300 pounds of cannabis worth about $100,000. The trooper is okay – has been treated and released from a hospital – but the driver hasn’t been found yet.
Yet another bust took place in Central Texas this week, near Navasota. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office found almost 3,500 plants ranging from two to eight feet tall on a 50-acre property. The discovery was made after a neighbor reported the operation to authorities. Again, like similar operations recently found in Chambers County and in Polk County, it’s believed that the growers were living either on the property or nearby in the woods. Goodbye, $1.7 million worth of marijuana.
And of course we’ll have to wait until the beginning of September to hear whether 19-year old Jacob Lavoro will really be charged with a felony for making pot brownies in his apartment a few months ago.
An interesting layer to the recent drug busts? Apparently, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, fewer than 3% of Texas adults have partaken in the ganja in the past month, whereas 52% have had a beer or other alcoholic beverage in the past month. Nathan Jones of the Baker Institute at Rice University attributes these habits to Texas culture, which “is very accepting of drinking and even of binge drinking, which is in many ways a type of drug abuse.” He believes the current culture encourages reckless behavior, but didn’t make any statements about marijuana legalization.
What are your thoughts on the culture of alcohol and drug use in Texas? What have you observed?
Marijuana has been a part of the creation, production and enjoyment of music since at least the early 20th century. Years ago, Cannabis Culture published a four-part history of marijuana and music in the 20th century written by Russell Cronin. This is our “part two” of a highlights reel for you, but you should definitely check out the full series at www.cannabisculture.com. You can start with part one of the series here.
During the 1970’s, as marijuana was a huge element of the reggae movement, disco was also emerging. Like we mentioned in regards to progressive rock, harder drugs took over the disco scene as well, and cocaine emerged as the disco drug of choice. The artists still used pot for inspiration (case in point: Rick James), but the club scene wasn’t really interested.
When punk emerged in the 1980’s, musicians wanted to separate themselves from the hippie dippie pot smoking culture. It wasn’t that they didn’t enjoy marijuana…it’s just that cannabis was for hippies, and punks didn’t want to be hippies – obviously. According to Cronin, though, they just waited until no one was looking to light up a spliff.
In the late 1980’s, marijuana’s presence in clubs was for a very specific purpose. Cocaine was old news, and the newest drug on the market was ecstasy. It had everyone hooked. Partying at raves would end with marijuana in “chill rooms,” which would make the comedown smoother.
The 1990’s saw a return of ganja love, mostly thanks to hip-hop. Cronin says that “the entire hip-hop nation seemed to be living under a pall of pot smoke” and any selection of 1990’s rap will probably prove that point. In the rock and pop world, pot also made a comeback, with representatives like Oasis and the Beastie Boys.
Now, after we’ve experience fourteen years of 21st century music, it’s safe to say that the music we hear every day has been inspired by the use of cannabis – often it even references the drug. We love what Cronin says – “Decades of anti-pot propaganda, claiming that cannabis is a dangerous drug, is contradicted by the lyrics to innumerable pop songs that have lodged themselves into the consciousness of even the most casual listeners.”
Marijuana has been a part of music history for as long as anyone can remember. It opens up the mind in new ways, allows us to listen differently, and gives musicians the opportunity to go beyond theory and technique into what’s almost a new dimension of creativity. Years ago, Cannabis Culture published a four-part history of marijuana and music in the 20th century. We stumbled upon it recently and thought it was so fascinating, you might like a highlights reel.
Writer Russell Cronin starts with the jazz era, which took place in the early 1900’s. The most highly-regarded jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, had improvised under the influence for 40 or 50 years. That’s what made them jazz musicians, according to a pharmacologist at the time – “they could jazz things up, liven them up.” Before he was known as the politician and activist, Malcolm X sold reefer to these guys.
After the jazz era, artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan used cannabis to influence their music, and encouraged listeners to partake in order to better understand the message. John Lennon said that by the mid-1960’s, “The Beatles had gone beyond comprehension. We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. We were well into marijuana and nobody could communicate with us, because we were just glazed eyes, giggling all the time.”
Of course we know about the hippie era, rastafarianism, reggae, and progressive rock along the lines of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. We know about Janis Joplin and Bob Marley, and about Neil Young and the Grateful Dead. Eventually, progressive rock saw the boom of cocaine, and marijuana took a backseat to harder drugs in greater amounts.
Stay tuned for what’s next, and in the meantime, check out parts one and two of the Cannabis Culture series!
Welcome to Texas, where possession of pot brownies can land you life in prison. Okay, okay, not really…at least, not yet, anyway. But thanks to the news media, all of America has heard of Jacob Lavoro now, the 19-year old in Georgetown, Texas who faces 10 years to life in prison because he was making hash brownies in his apartment.
The basics – a pregnant neighbor called because the smell of smoke next door was making her sick. (Tip #1: If your neighbor is preggers, maybe try to keep the smell from wafting over.) The cops came into the apartment, allegedly without a search warrant, and arrested Lavoro after finding 2.5 grams of THC in the brownies as well as other paraphernalia and an apparent client list. (Tip #2: Don’t let them in without a search warrant and don’t get arrested. Bada bing, bada boom.)
In two weeks, Lavoro will be presented in front of a grand jury on charges of the possession of nearly one and half pounds of drugs with the intent to sell, a first-degree felony with a punishment of 10 years to life.
But don’t worry – thankfully, it’s likely that Lavoro’s charges will be reduced, “not because of public outcry, but because of legal procedures” – you know, the legal procedures of freaking the fuck out and calming down later. Because of the unlawful entry, and also because 2.5 grams of THC isn’t all THAT much, Lavoro has a good chance of a much better outcome than even ten years in prison.
He’ll be tried on September 4th, so until then…
(Photo: Ashley Goudeau, KVUE News)
The New York Times editorial board is incredibly supportive of marijuana legalization – so much so that they recently published a series calling for an end to prohibition of the drug. They talk about the politics behind prohibition, including racisim and xenophobia. They highlight the injustice behind many marijuana arrests. They look to science for answers about the drug, and discuss the many ways in which the marijuana market can and will be successful.
The New York Times makes an impenetrable case for the legalization of marijuana, recreational and medical. As a little added bonus, when they posted the series, the editorial board asked readers to comment and state their preferences – against legalization, for it, or uncertain. According to a summary article the Times published yesterday, NYT readers “overwhelmingly believe that prohibition is pointless.”
The article references a few of the most interesting and thoughtful comments they received, even those that were anti-legalization. There are some folks out there who are calling for prohibition of alcohol and tobacco as well, and to those people, we say…thank you for your consistency, at least?
But the New York Times gave us an idea. We know where most of you stand on the issue – but we’d like to hear it from you. Are you for legalization, against it, or unsure? And why? Share on our Facebook page, or use the Comment section below.
This Sunday, New York Times readers saw the first-ever full-page marijuana-related advertisement…on page 17 in the paper’s A section, to be specific.
The ad features Leafly, an app and website that we’ve talked about before. Leafly is sort of a “Yelp” for cannabis, and one of the best resources out there. Leafly provides information and user ratings for a variety of strains, as well as the symptoms each strain is most effective in treating.
You can imagine, then, that Leafly’s advertisement is less of a drug promo and more of an information promo. It depicts a woman running past a New York brownstone, reflecting on the sativa that helped her fight cancer. A man is also shown entering the same brownstone thinking of the indica that helped relieve his multiple sclerosis symptoms. We’re pretty obsessed with the tagline – JUST SAY KNOW.
Just say know.
Here in Texas, thousands of marijuana plants are being destroyed after two busts this month. Is the State of Texas saying “know”? No.
In Colorado, politicians and anti-legalization activists are bitching about the strength of edibles, using the public’s lack of knowledge as a reason for prohibition rather than education. You know how this problem could be solved? Just say know.
All over the United States and throughout the globe, patients are suffering from chronic pain, seizures, nausea from cancer treatments, and more symptoms that could be relieved by medical marijuana. Just say know.
We’re not afraid of what the science will say. We look forward to seeing more cannabis research in the future. Just say know!
The $2 million marijuana farm bust in Chambers County earlier this month was just the beginning. Earlier this week, 29 fields of marijuana plants were discovered by a deer hunter in Goodrich, Texas in Polk County. It’s already being called a record-breaking operation, with over 100,000 plants with a street value of $175 million.
Some interesting facts about the investigation…
- How many law enforcement officers does it take to bust a pot farm? In this case, seventy-two! They represent twelve different state and federal agencies. That’s a lot of manpower. If you’re planning any other sorts of crimes in the area, do it now while all the officers are busy!
- The good people of Goodrich can’t BELIEVE there’s a secret world of pot farming happening right beneath their noses. “You figure you could smell it cuz it has its own smell,” says resident Lance Sarver. It sure does, Lance. It sure does.
- Similar to the Chambers County operation, these growers had a camp set up with personal property and food, as well as elaborate equipment like trenches, pumps, and irrigation systems.
- Officers think there were six people involved in the operation, and one suspect is in custody. Cell phones were found out in the fields that may help law enforcement track down those responsible.
- The total number of plants found in this one operation is just a little bit smaller than the entire amount of marijuana plants confiscated in all of Texas throughout all of last year. Whoa.
We’d like to hear your thoughts on the bust. Any opinions on the utilization of seventy-two law enforcement officers to clear fields and resolve issues relating to the bust? Any thoughts about whether the State of Texas will choose to use the plants for research purposes, or just destroy them as they did in this month’s earlier bust? What would you do if you were in charge? Let’s hear it – find us on Facebook or use the Comment section below!
E-cigarettes this, e-cigarettes that…over the past few years, the trend has exploded, and now we see them everywhere from bars to cars. People use e-cigarettes for a variety of reasons – to quit smoking, or just as a safer alternative, to smoke indoors or in crowded venues where the smoke could bother others, or to prevent their children from inhaling secondhand smoke.
Scientists and health professionals have been warning us that not enough research has been done, and the devices simply haven’t been around long enough, to know whether e-cigarettes are truly a healthy alternative to cigarettes. We’re fans of the devices (although prefer Advanced Personal Vaporizers for more serious vapers), and we know you guys are too, so we thought we’d do a little research and let you know what we find.
And, what we found is that “no cigarette is a safe cigarette” is a pretty safe rule to live by. E-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco leaves combined with a ton of additives, at least 69 of which are carcinogenic, so that’s definitely positive! Voltages of e-cigarettes below 3.2V emit 800 times less formaldehyde than a cigarette. Higher voltages produce more carcinogens, and so it’s important for e-cig users concerned about safety to keep their voltage low, which is usually possible as many allow you to manually adjust.
At the end of the day, you’re still inhaling something into your lungs other than the air. So in that respect, “no cigarette is a safe cigarette.” But e-cigarettes, especially at low voltages, do still seem safer.
The following Daily Beast article is a great introduction to both e-cigarettes and vaporizers, and does a really great job of educating readers on E-Cigs 101. Check it out at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/this-is-your-e-cigarette-on-drugs.html. And remember that we carry everything from the simplest e-cigarettes and juices to some pretty fancy schmancy portable vaporizers…if that’s something you want to check out.
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