Marijuana and Cannabis Culture
"Dozens" of people at the 4/20 rally in Hyde Park, from U.K. NORML.
It seems the British media have no issue portraying this past weekend's 4/20 rally in London's Hyde Park as a miserable, wet failure with only "dozens" of attendees when -- according to those who were actually there -- that couldn't be farther from the truth.
Desmond* has been a weed courier on and off for almost four years. He's in his mid-twenties now, but he was still in college when he heard about the opportunity through a classmate. He works three days a week, and makes, on average, 15 deliveries a day. If he makes more than 20, he gets a free bag. Usually he'll give it away or resell it -- he used to be a big stoner, but he doesn't smoke much any more; certain strains make him anxious.
The work helps him pay off his student loans and subsidizes his creative pursuits (he's in two bands and does photography on his days off). When he's working, he looks like any one of the hundreds of bike messengers who speed around New York City, clad in shorts, perched on a single-speed bike, with a bag and a couple of delivery tubes slung over one shoulder. And like any other messenger, he can be at your door in 20 minutes or less.
Hitman Glass tubes shining in the Colorado sunshine.
The 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup ran this past weekend in Denver, with tens of thousands of people showing up to get high, get happy and celebrate our favorite plant and the recent legalization of cannabis use and sales in Colorado over the last few years.
As always, the event is also the time for cannabis product makers to show off their goods. Below are our top
ten eleven pipes, bongs, vaporizers and other devices on sale over the weekend.
And that's fine, bro. But keep in mind that, while 4/20 is officially pot day, it doesn't mean that it's legal to smoke it for one day. As it stands, you can still get busted in Florida for pot on 4/20. Of course, 4/20 does open the door for discussion. And we don't mean the kind of discussion about how we might all be living in a universe that is just a speck of dirt on some enormous being's fingernail. More over at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.
No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you're into that slow burning, hazy sound or a faster heavier more intense variety, there are as many ' stoner' metal bands as there are strains of marijuana.
Backbeat writer Alex Distefano compiled a list of metal artists are best heard in a more mellow state of mind; but be warned, while some of these bands might look stoned in appearance, they all possess similar sound waves and patterns that heavy are enough to shatter your glass bong. So burn a bowl of your best stash, and turn your speakers up loud this 4/20 weekend. Bongripper? Weedeater? Bongzilla? Cannabis Corpse? Do they even make the list? Check out his list of the Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands over at BackbeatBlog.com
Denver police after last year's shooting in Civic Center Park.
There'll be a lot of pressure on Denver police officers working this weekend's annual 4/20 event at Civic Center Park. Organizers have been asked to discourage public smoking even though lighting up at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 is arguably the gathering's most sacred tradition -- and security concerns are higher than ever given a still-unsolved shooting last year that resulted in one day's worth of festivities being canceled.
New York state flag.
A U.S. map that shows where pot is legal looks a lot like recent electoral college maps, except instead of blue, the liberal states are rendered in green: the entire West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada), progressive mountain and Midwest states (Colorado, New Mexico; Michigan, Illinois), all of New England, plus New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana; in two of them, recreational weed is all good, too.
Conspicuously absent from that map: New York. The Village Voice examines why.
If you've been craving a dose of "Reefer Madness," there's still time to RSVP to Thursday's annual conference of the central Arizona anti-drug organization MATForce. The public portion of the conference runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors auditorium, 205 West Jefferson Street. The featured speaker is Kevin Sabet, the anti-cannabis activist that Rolling Stone magazine calls "Legalization Enemy No. 1."
Sabet's a drug-policy expert and marijuana prohibitionist who's served as adviser to the Office of National Drug Control Policy under two presidents. He's on a crusade to save marijuana users by forcing them either to undergo re-education and "treatment" -- or to rot in jail.
We really feel for our fellow writers at our sister paper in Houston, The Houston Press. Not only can they not legally go home and smoke marijuana, they don't get the pleasure of covering the medical marijuana industry and culture from a first-hand perspective (except for the occasional strain review of lab-make smokable drugs often called "synthetic cannabis).
But they can dream, can't they? Case and point: Angelica Leicht's Best Pot-Related Jobs in the Cannabis Industry. Read on for more.
Marijuana use, cultivation and sales of limited amounts is now legal in Uruguay, though the country is still working out the kinks on just how it will be grown. Uruguayan President José Mujica, 78, has made it clear that he's never tried marijuana and that he doesn't intend to do so, but he thinks is insane to continue arresting people for the plant.
A still from Vice's interview with José Mujica.
It's a big story: a country legalizing a plant that is illegal pretty much everywhere else around the world. So Vice Magazine sent reporter Krishna Andavolu down there to investigate and interview Mujica -- where he promptly lit up a doobie in the nation's leader's garden.