For the last few
weeks, the Twitter account @Homer_Marijuana
has been publishing a bizarre piece of long-form fan fiction about The Simpsons
, family, America's wars in the Middle East, and marijuana, vast amounts of all sorts of marijuana. Now, 5,015 tweets later, Marijuana Simpson has concluded
, and is available to read on an easier-to-follow Scribd document
The Believer takes a longform look at Humboldt County's marijuana cultivation culture. Since the early ’70s, when growing began to replace a foundering timber industry in Humboldt, reliance on the marijuana economy has only increased. By 2012, it was thought that marijuana accounted for one billion of the county’s four-billion-dollar economy. During my stay, I don’t remember seeing a clothing store, bookstore, supermarket, bar, restaurant, supply shop, gas station, repair shop, pharmacy, or burrito shack that wasn’t patronized by someone with direct ties to a pot farm. You could smell the skunk, see the twenties. In parkivng lots, souped-up grower trucks growled by—mostly Toyotas, a status symbol in Humboldt. Somewhere along the way, that back-to-the-land exodus begun in San Francisco some forty years ago, when poor hippies left the city and went north, into the woods, in search of a simpler, cheaper life, their own piece of Arcadia on which food and intoxicants alike could be grown, to offer a thumbnail history—somewhere along the way, that movement morphed into a thriving industry.
After a hiatus, the smart, sweet, sharp, and often surprising webseries High Maintenance
returned in past months with three new episodes. [more inside]
"Debate has surrounded the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes for decades.
Some have argued medical marijuana legalization (MML) poses a threat to public health and safety, perhaps also affecting crime rates ... we analyzed the association between state MML and state crime rates ... Results did not indicate a crime exacerbating effect of MML on any of the Part I offenses. Alternatively, state MML may
be correlated with a reduction in homicide and assault rates, net of other covariates." (Press Release
) [more inside]
The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.
In California, indoor marijuana grows account for about 9 percent of household electricity use. An indoor grow module accommodating four plants sucks as much electricity as 29 refrigerators. For every pound of pot grown 4,600 pounds of CO2 goes into the atmosphere. The energy needed to produce a single joint is enough to produce 18 pints of beer and creates emissions comparable to burning a 100-watt lightbulb for 25 hours. The production and distribution of pot in America emits as much carbon as 3 million cars. And other fun facts.
"Building burn as rioters loot the local businesses, lighting their joints on the structure fires they set." First hand account
of the disaster unfolding
. [more inside]
Are your "friends" pushing illegal marijuana cigarettes? Don't let drugs get in the way of your dream car! Keep sober with these snappy comebacks to narcotics. [SLYT Australian PSA]
"Anything else you want to add? Don't do drugs kids?" "Yeah That's a good one."
In a highly (un)scientific experiment, BuzzFeed video producer Andrew Gauthier spent one night drunk and one night stoned while performing identical tasks. He filmed the results for our
A look at the phenomenon of "dabbing" and concentrated cannabis
(butane hash oil, or BHO) - its potency, legality, and its exclusion from the 2013 Emerald Cup - from a Humboldt County perspective, courtesy of the Lost Coast Outpost.
In pot-friendly towns like Arcata, it's got the streets on fire.
Some evil bastard has stuffed a bag of dope into a hole behind my house
and turned my life into the backdrop of a James Ellroy noir.
In the spring of 1977, a Lockheed Lodestar crashed into a lake in Yosemite National Park carrying six tons of Mexican marijuana. The US government recovered most of it. Camp Four got the rest.
A true stoner fable by Kief Hillsbery. [more inside]
, and initially
Reddit, have refused to run an ad campaign for the marijuana-legalizing Prop 19 in CA, to much controversy
. However, Reddit has decided to run the ads for free
, since their owner Conde Naste has gone on the record saying they oppose profiting from "this issue" (while they have run ads opposed to prop-19
, and controversial organizations like this one for an anti-gay right wing organization
). Facebook has said they will consider running an ad which does not include a hemp leaf
This November, California citizens will decide whether or not to legalize the possession, buying and selling of, and recreational use of marijuana
. Early polls concerning proposition 19, also known as the "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010"
, reveal a slight majority for legalization, as well as an interesting case of status quo bias
. (Previously) [more inside]
While it should not come as a surprise that some chefs get high, it’s less often noted that drug use in the kitchen can change the experience in the dining room
Let me introduce you to The Union
. While the title refers to the illegal marijuana trade in
British Columbia, the movie
is more about presenting what the filmmakers see as facts about marijuana and comparing marijuana to legal but more deadly substances, like alcohol
. It is an argument for the legalization and decriminalization
of marijuana and also the adoption of medical
Caution: Film contains Joe Rogan
. [more inside]
Here's one for the 4:20 crowd: "The Random Weed Name Generator
is a free public service, providing the cannabis community with more than 45,000 unique hemp handles."
In his effort to shed light on medical marijuana
use, comedian Doug Benson
documents not smoking pot for 30 days and then smoking pot for 30 days in a row
in Super High Me.
It's not often one gets one's bong
in the scientific literature, let alone one designed to allow you to smoke weed inside an MRI scanner... [more inside]
Many people want to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana and other drugs, however, few know that many U.S. states are content simply to tax
. In fact, even the federal government wants a share (middle of p. 89 of the PDF)
, and used tax stamps
in early prohibition
, but only the states have recently issued issued
cool stamps (be sure to click "exhibit")
. The point, of course, is not to actually tax the drugs, but to penalize the drug dealers for tax evasion
as well as drug sales. They have brought in some money, though
. A few interesting state government pages: Conecticut
, North Carolina
and their tax return form
, and Kansas
Nearly Half of Americans want to let states legally regulate and tax marijuana the way they do liquor and gambling. Zogby International
will pimp there services to just about anyone these days, including NORML
for a poll on American's attitudes towards pot. According to the poll 65% of 18-29 year olds and 50% of 50-64 year-olds are cool with weed being legal and controlled like booze. The former slackers of Generation X
, 30-49 year-olds, oppose it by 58% and the geezers over 65 oppose it by only 52%.
The pool shows some interesting generational attitudes. Is the 30-49 age group still following Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No
" mantra or is this the attitude of parents worried about their kids? I thought these folks were supposed to be the slacker generation, and now they're the strongest opponents to legalization.
Happy 420 day!
Although many have (wrongly
) believed that 420 had something to do with police code relating to marijuana offenses or 4/20 being the dates that Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrisson, and John Belushi died; this infamous number really was simply the time that several San Rafael high school students would meet after school to get baked.
NORML Releases "Most Comprehensive Analysis Of US Marijuana Arrest Data To Date"
Among the reports' findings:
* The enforcement of state and local marijuana laws annually costs US taxpayers an estimated $7.6 billion, approximately $10,400 per arrest.
* While adult African Americans account for only 8.8% of the US population and 11.9% of annual marijuana users, they comprise 23% of all marijuana possession arrests in the United States.
Marijuana meets Socialism.
Health Canada's government-approved marijuana is apparently not up to snuff, acording to it's first 'patients'.
Large-scale marijuana cultivation in National Parks and forests.
"[Growers] are killing wildlife, diverting streams, introducing nonnative plants, creating fire and pollution hazards, and bringing the specter of violence. For the moment, we are failing both parts of our mission, and that is tragic."
This is not a new problem
. "The reasons are obvious: the land is fertile, remote and free. There's no risk of forfeiture, plantations are difficult to trace, and growers have land agents outmanned, outspent and outgunned."
Can the current prohibition really be blamed on one guy? First he tells Congress that "marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind
" and then World War 2 comes and farmers are encouraged to grow it
. After the War, he turns around and tells Congress that it could be used by the Russians to make our men lazy and pacifistic. If he had kept his original argument, our men would be insane killers against the Russian army. What would the country be like if there never was a HARRY J. ANSLINGER
City officials to give away weed.
A Santa Cruz councilman wants to show solidarity with those arrested in a recent federal raid
on a medicinal growing operation. Apparently "the whole community is up in arms about this." This, being the raid, not the medicinal use of marijuana. Is the general public's attitude finally starting to sway?
Once-Secret "Nixon Tapes" Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot
Ok, I'll admit that I was amused by the fact that 420,000 people were arrested in that first year....
Marijuana's effects on the brain are reversible
"It appears that cognitive impairment from marijuana use is temporary and related to the amount of marijuana that has been recently smoked rather than permanent and related to an entire lifetime consumption."
Hmm, I suppose it's good to know I can go back to being smart after being stupid for a little while.
Mark your calendars for next Saturday's (May 5th.) Million Marijuana March
, being organized in 120 cities around the world