Submitted on 2014/01/16 at 5:00 pm


Some historical information that was posted on my facebook. Thanks, D.
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 9:15 pm | In reply to franklin.

Just thinking about it all, Franklin. Making observations as a journalist, “square” mother, cop’s wife. You make good points, it is common place.
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 8:26 pm

Would it have been more appropriate if he got a whiskey bottle for Christmas?

It feels unfair that these families’ holiday events (in spite of their legality) are being posted on a blog without their consent–just to back up your hesitation with the herb becoming more commonplace.

I think your anecdotes do quite the opposite.

Since there are multiple instances of this, people must be warming up to marijuana. Yes, the times are changing with or without you.
Sean Moriarty
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 7:07 pm | In reply to eifrigjen.

I am not sure if it is the war on drugs that “ruined lives” or the decision to engage in a known illegal activity with the consequences that come along with it.
Those who chose to flaunt the laws at hand (if it were legal I would not have an issue with it) do so at there own risk. Just because someone does not think an activity should be illegal does not give them the right to do it. Therefor by partaking in the activity, be it drugs or any other illegal thing, they ruin their own lives when apprehended.
Perhaps this is indicative of a larger problem in our society, we are never to blame for our own actions or problems. It is always the fault of someone else. The police ruined my life because I got caught, I failed in school because the teacher/ professor has it out for me, I did not get a promotion because someone was sucking up and the litany goes on.
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 6:42 pm

I guess I’m largely content to let adults make their own choices, as long as they aren’t on the roads or the waters or otherwise endangering people by impaired operation of cars and equipment. I can say for sure that the “war on drugs” has done nothing to stop the flow of controlled substances, and has done a lot to ruin lives and cost millions of taxpayer dollars imprisoning people.
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 6:27 pm | In reply to Martin.

Thank you, Martin! Keep the conversation going.
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 5:55 pm

Reblogged this on 4:20 Smokers Blog.
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 5:53 pm | In reply to somersaultfarm.

It seems to be a losing battle, M. I have heard the arguments, pro and con. As a society we seem to need to snow ourselves out to deal with one another…that legal glass of wine, whiskey, prescribed (properly or improperly used) pills, or illegal drugs, etc..it is sad. Each can have ill effects on society.

I am concerned about what might be in unregulated marijuana that could really do damage to people who don’t know where their stash is coming from.
From a recent article Marijuanaaddiction.com. 3 Dangerous Chemicals Marijuana Actually Contains
“…Heather Miller Coyle is a botanist and associate professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. For half a decade, Miller Coyle’s research has been funded by grants from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s program. Her team has developed a bar-coding system to identity the genetic foundation of various forms of marijuana. This system detects contaminants that may be found in the drug. It turns out that marijuana might have byproducts such as fungi, mildew, and bacterial contaminants (like e-coli and salmonella). In the production of marijuana, various other things can be found in the drug, like insects, pesticides, and mold. Coyle’s team discovered that many of the items can be seen with a naked eye if one would just observe. With this new information, Coyle turned to public health. Her request was simple: for those states who choose to allow use of marijuana, control and test the products to ensure their safety. In an interview with ABCnews.com, Coyle spoke about how marijuana compares with other drugs administered for medicinal purposes.

“Every other medicine out there is controlled and monitored for quality and not administered in a smokable format,” she said. “There’s a lot of concern about the way these forms of medical marijuana are grown. A lot of the time, they are grown in a noncertified fashion…”
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 4:58 pm

All this in the name of taxes?

Mental impairment is a choice drug-users make. Will the State now pay for physical impairment of victims of drug-users? Doubt it.

You might as well make prostitution legal and merely tax it. It maybe is already.


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Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 4:45 pm

I’m all for leagalizing, regulating and taxing but the behavior you describe does seem odd. We’re not passing the whiskey bottle around when we open presents so why pass a blunt?