by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the
government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be
enforced." — Albert Einstein
premiering THURS, DECEMBER 1ST, 10PM (via blowinonmedicinal)
WEED WARS follows Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medicinal cannabis dispensary serving over 94,000 patients. The man behind Harborside is founder and executive director Steve Deangelo whose mission is to provide the best possible product to his diverse client base of patients while using his business to educate the rest of the country about the full regulation and taxation of medicinal cannabis. +
Illustrator Ricardo Cortés (who you may recall from projects like this) is back with a new, very different project about an issue near and dear to him: America’s war on drugs. Inspired by a Time article by the creators of The Wire, Cortes has released Jury Independence Illustrated, a booklet explaining (in an easy to understand fashion) how jurors can use their power of nullification to fight the problems of “skyrocketing" nonviolent drug convictions. +
"Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck dick for coke. Now that’s an addiction, man.” (via nutopiancitizen)
More of your tax dollars at work, providing flashy interactive content full of drug war lies and distortions meant to encourage kids to avoid cannabis. Uh, guys, with 83.9% of 12th graders saying pot is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get and 41.8% of them trying pot sometime in their life, it seems your efforts are for naught. +
A young woman smokes marijuana at the Rainbow Family of Light gathering at Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, Michigan, on Tuesday, July 2, 2002 - photo by Elizabeth Flores (source)
Geneva, Switzerland (source)
Artist Jason Mecier has used candy, food, pills and the actual garbage of actual celebrities to construct celebrity portraits. This new Snoop Dogg portrait is made of marijuana joints, marijuana leaves and stems, and what looks to be hashish. The artist information says it’s valued at $1,500. (via Boing Boing)
RICK CUSICK, the associate publisher of the marijuana magazine High Times, remembers the first time he saw a vaporizer. It was in 2000, at a tobacco trade show in Las Vegas. “I was having a party in my room at the Sahara,” Mr. Cusick said, “when two men walked in carrying a 50-pound drill press attached to a plywood board.” The drill press had been set up with copper tubing to heat cannabis just enough so that its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, was released not as smoke but as a less scorching vapor.
“Stoners are a very creative lot,” Mr. Cusick added.
They are also resourceful. As medical marijuana has gained public support (it is now legal in 16 states and Washington) the increasingly popular vaporizer may soon emerge as a cultural alternative to the bong or hand-blown glass pipe. +
In the basement of a Cape Cod on a suburban street in northern New Jersey, a teenage boy turns to a friend and asks impatiently, “What did you get? I’ll give you some of this”—indicating a bottle of Ritalin stuffed into the front pocket of his backpack—“for some of that painkiller.” As a rap song plays just loud enough not to disturb the neighbors, his friend eyes the bottle suspiciously. “Is this generic, or is it the good stuff?” he asks. Upstairs, several teens are sitting at the kitchen table listening to a girl who looks to be about 15 tell how she got the narcotic Oxycontin from the medicine cabinet at home. “It was left over,” she says, “from my sister’s wisdom-teeth surgery.”
This isn’t an ordinary party—it’s a pharming party, a get-together arranged while parents are out so the kids can barter for their favorite prescription drugs. Pharming parties—or just “pharming” (from pharmaceuticals)—represent a growing trend among teenage drug abusers. While use of illegal substances like speed, heroin and pot has declined over the past decade, according to a report issued three weeks ago by Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), abuse of prescription drugs has increased sharply. CASA says about 2.3 million kids ages 12 to 17 took legal medications illegally in 2003, the latest year for which figures are available. That’s three times the number in 1992, or about 1 out of every 10 teens. “It’s a hidden epidemic,” says Dr. Nicholas Pace, an internist at New York University Medical Center. “Parents don’t want to admit there’s a problem out there.” +
Perhaps it’s because I’m from a different generation, but it’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the alleged popularity of pharming parties.
Are they for real? Or just media hype?