September 18, 2017
National survey on drug use
Cannabis replacing alcohol, cigarette use
Adult use still penalized, skewing statistics
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National survey on drug use
Cannabis replacing alcohol, cigarette use
Adult use still penalized, skewing statistics
More than half of US citizens live in states with some level of marijuana legalization. Yet, amid a plethora of polls showing that cannabis legalization is more popular with Americans than ever, the Trump administration is poised to ramp up its failed Drug War.
First Trump appointed racist-prohibitionist Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and planning to name yet another failed Drug Warrior, Congressman Tom Marino (R-Pennsylvania) to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP — the drug czar’s office), according to news reports. Marino has also been a reliable vote in opposition to marijuana reform in Congress.
Conservative poll hits new high in legalization support
The percentage of Americans who “think the use of marijuana should be legal” has increased dramatically over the past ten years and now stands at a record high, according to polling data compiled by the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.
Sessions “surprised” at legalization support.
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On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said his administration would “do” medical marijuana and let the states decide about legalization for themselves. Then, on the heels of passing eight state marijuana reform initiatives in 2016, his choice for Attorney General rattled reformers.
Every Republican senator voted for Sessions as AG on February 8, while every Democrat but one voted no. Based on that narrow party-line vote, Sessions now sets the tone and priorities for federal law enforcement for the coming years. Among other tasks, the new Attorney General will oversee the DEA and federal prosecution of the Drug War.
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State legislators, medical marijuana patients, doctors and adult cannabis consumers have been stymied in many ways by the federal listing of cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance. However, cannabis is not unique in that regard.
For example, another powerful medicine plant, the iboga shrub, is likewise banned from medical use. What makes iboga a special case is that its major medical value has been as an effective treatment for addiction to alcohol and hard drugs.
Access to marijuana remains high but teen use has tapered off
Legal marijuana simply not as glamorous as outlaw use
Social benefits at least as important as economic benefit of legalization
Reliance on indoor cultivation is not a green policy
Lamp efficiency can’t compete with sunlight in energy — or water — savings
Marketing practices drive consumers to favor high-polluting production methods
Ignoring the issue has not worked to reduce the carbon footprint
Regulations should favor sunlight grown cannabis, greenhouse or outdoors
Fortunately, there are bold yet well-proven ways forward, including those that go beyond garden-variety energy efficiency improvements. A requirement for indoor cultivation should be that facilities be highly energy efficient with all power generated on-site using renewable energy sources. This “Net Zero” approach is already a goal that the federal government and many states are applying to ordinary types of facilities. Even highly energy-intensive tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google are voluntarily showing us that this is possible in hyper-scale data centers. Time-proven tools like building energy codes and product labeling, together with utility programs familiar to every other energy-using segment of the economy can help achieve this. Better yet, marijuana can be grown securely and sustainably outdoors.
A new viral YouTube video takes a classic Beatles tune and turns it into a Baby Boomer’s anthem for legalization.
About 8,800 Californians are arrested each year on felony marijuana charges. A measure on the state’s November ballot, Proposition 64, would legalize nonmedical marijuana for adults and release people currently incarcerated for marijuana offenses.
“Yes on 64” takes Paul McCartney’s 1960s hit song about growing older, from the Sgt. Pepper’s album, “When I’m 64,” and turns it into a parody version of Paul getting arrested for marijuana — as he was during the 1970s in Japan — and asks the listener, “will you please free me? Yes on 64.” (Click here or on the link below).
The video was created by a Beatles fan as a tribute to the song, to the Beatles and to the role that the band played in popularizing cannabis as an alternative to drinking. Many people believe, for example, that it was the prevalence of marijuana instead of alcohol at the original Woodstock Festival that resulted in such a peaceful gathering. Compare that with the later Woodstock reunion events where alcohol was served and cannabis was hard to find. Those later events suffered from drunkenness, fights and destruction of vendor booths and personal property.
Prop. 64 is leading in the polls and, if enacted, will legalize personal possession of an ounce of cannabis and eight grams of concentrate per adult, age 21 and up, and six plants per household in a discrete garden. It is retroactive and is estimated to have the potential to release 10,000 or more non-violent marijuana offenders. The current illicit market would be replaced with a regulated market that requires purity and potency testing of products and a state and/or local license. To keep marijuana away from children, Prop 64 has strict labeling and packaging requirements, child-proof containers and rules against sales or even promotion to minors. A violation would result in the loss of the vendor’s license and possible prosecution.
Recent data from the Center for Disease Controls show that, while use by minors has decreased with legalization victories, use by adults and especially Baby Boomer seniors is increasing, both for medical use and for relaxation. A lot of todays seniors grew up in a time when smoking cannabis was common, then backed off during the Reagan and Bush Drug War era. Many of them have rediscovered cannabis to placate the aches and pains of old age and also to recapture the enjoyment of life from their younger days. The CDC also reports that adults who consume cannabis today engage in more responsible behavior and less misuse of the herb.
With Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC having legalized, and five states including California having legalization on the ballot, change is in the air, and so is cannabis smoke or vapors from vaporizer pens. To many people who grew up listening to the Beatles, that is the smell of freedom.
The parody was made by a fan with no financial gain, in accordance with sampling and copyright laws. Check it out:
Backers of prohibition and forced rehabilitation for marijuana use are throwing big money, at least $2 million, to stop various state ballot measures that would treat cannabis more like alcohol — and they are not saying where the money is coming from.
This new injection of funds from a secret financial source comes on the heels of a wave of law enforcement groups using dues taken from their members, but many suspect that this new funding source comes from the very financial interests who stand to make massive profits from indoctrinating people who choose cannabis to instead use currently legal drugs, such as pharmaceuticals, alcohol, nicotine, sugar and coffee.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced June 27 that the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol will appear on the state ballot as Question 1. Historically, the first measure on a ballot gets more votes and has a higher chance of passage.
The final wording of the ballot question reads, “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”
Yes on 1 Campaign Manager David Boyer responded to the news with appreciation, but noted that:
“The wording of our ballot question is far more important than the order in which it will appear. It conveys to voters that the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use will be subject to regulation, taxation, and local control. We are pleased, as those themes comprise the core of our initiative and help explain the benefits of ending marijuana prohibition.
Several states have repealed marijuana prohibition over the past few years, and they are experiencing very positive results. Hundreds of millions of dollars in marijuana sales that used to take place in the underground market are now being conducted in tightly regulated businesses that are generating significant tax revenue and creating good jobs. We are confident that Question 1 will be just as successful, and we are looking forward to talking with voters about its many benefits.”
Getting the measure onto the ballot was a tricky process and only occurred after a court-ordered review of petitions in April 2016 of signatures the Maine Secretary of State’s Office had previously invalidated. The recount determined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than the 61,123 signatures it needed to qualify.
In March, the secretary of state informed the campaign that the initiative had been disqualified because only 51,543 valid signatures had been submitted. The campaign filed a lawsuit challenging the decision, and a Kennebec County Superior Court judge ruled in their favor earlier this month after learning state officials invalidated more than 5,000 petitions—which included more than 17,000 signatures from Maine voters that were validated by town clerks—without actually reviewing every petition in question. The petition was then remanded to the Secretary of State’s Office to review all of the disputed petitions and determine whether enough valid signatures were collected.
According to an April 20 poll released by the Maine People’s Resource Center, nearly 54% of likely voters would approve the initiative if the election were held today. Only about 42% said they would oppose it.
Travel writer Rick Steves has offered $50,000 to match donations in support of the Maine initiative.
legalized the use of marijuana medicinally.
It's also no secret that smoking weed is fun as hell! It relaxes you and makes everything feel like all is right with the world. It is basically nature's Xanax.
But did you know that weed can actually improve your sex life?
health benefits, but throw in a few ultra-intense orgasms and it's a god damn wonder why everyone isn't smoking weed every single day.
Weed really is a beautiful thing. It gets you high and makes you feel amazing and, yet, you never get a hangover like you do with booze.
By now you must be wondering, how can marijuana possibly make sex better?
Follow me down the winding path of pot progression and let me blow your mind with the enlightening and ever-so-tantalizing facts about weed and your sex life.
1. Weed can help you achieve orgasms.
A lot of women have trouble achieving orgasms. In fact, about 1 in 3 women find it very difficult to orgasm during sex.
Luckily, your old pal pot is here to save the day. And here's how:
As Dr. Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany told NY Mag: “That CB1 receptor seems to be involved in improved tactile sensations and general euphoria."
Meaning weed has the power to enhance your physical stimulation and give you a serious body high. If you're having trouble getting off, try taking a couple hard tokes of a joint and see if you're not hitting octaves you didn't even know you could.
2. Weed increases sexual stamina.
Who doesn't want to last longer in bed? You become the superman of sexual partners when you introduce weed into the picture. According to a study cited on About, 75% of participants reported an increase in the duration of their sexual encounters when they smoked weed beforehand.
So, if you get with the reefer, your partner will thank you for the multiple orgasms. Let weed bring you closer by bringing it into the bedroom.
3. Weed makes orgasms more intense.
You know what is more clutch than an orgasm? A really, really intense, earth shattering, life-altering orgasm.
Marijuana has the power to make your orgasmic experience unbelievably mind-blowing.
As a marijuana loving man noted to NY Mag's Maureen O'Connor, “Pot tends to make time move slowly for me. Orgasms seem to last for 30 seconds and are incredibly intense. The best orgasms I've ever had have been while stoned, whether with another person or solo."
Unlike with alcohol, which can take the wind out of your sexy sails, weed actually does the opposite. It strengthens it!
4. Weed is good for relationships.
Couples who smoke together are couples who fight the least. It would appear that marijuana might be the key ingredient to having a happy, healthy relationship with your partner.
According to The Daily Mail, the use of weed in relationships is actually linked to lower rates of domestic violence. “Findings suggest that marijuana use is predictive of lower levels of aggression towards one's partner ."
According to the Washington Post, the University of Buffalo studied over 600 couples ranging as far back as 1996 and found that couples who smoke weed really do fight less.
Marijuana brings couples closers because it chills people the f*ck out. No one wants to have an argument when they're feeling mad mellow and relaxed.
Maybe we should all listen to Snoop and “smoke weed everyday." We'd all find our soul mates if we just smoked more weed!
5. Weed is an aphrodisiac.
Weed has long been known as an aphrodisiac. It has the power to enhance sexual desire. Hence why all those horny teenagers are constantly pinned for their delinquent, pot-induced marijuana sex.
Psychiatrist, Dr. Lester Grinspoon told the High Times that weed: “greatly enhances the sexual experience for many people. There's no doubt that when people are high, they're more sensitive to their sexual feelings and urges."
So, next time instead of eating oysters to get in the mood, smoke a doobie instead. But maybe still have the oysters because we all know the munchies are a real struggle.
6. Weed relieves tension before you get down and dirty.
Everyone knows that smoking the good old reefer has the ability to relieve your aching anxieties. This can be especially useful when you're about to get naked and do the no-no cha-cha.
It can relax you and put you in the right mindset to get nasty. All the horrible sexual tension that plagued you suddenly washes away, leaving you relaxed and ready to do the deed.
According to Medical Daily, marijuana is like nature's Xanax: “It has a calming and relaxing effect that must be associated with decreased anxiety."
The effect marijuana has on the brain can be used to treat chronic anxiety problems. Weed can “exert an effect on stress levels through the endocannabinoid system, which regulates pain and appetite. THC interacts with anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter, creating a happy, relaxed feeling, as well as sleepiness."
So, after you decide to indulge in that fatty, you're going to be ready to indulge in a little more fun once that old Mary Jane kicks in. When you're high, you're relaxed and relaxed sex is good sex.