Tag: Legalized Marijuana

Is America going to pot? Probably. In response to recreational marijuana recently being made legal in Canada and Michigan, and record numbers of Americans supporting legalization, the Young Americans debate whether we should celebrate these trends or be more skeptical of them. Call it a “pot-cast.”

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A story in the news this morning highlighted new challenges that law enforcement now face in states with legalized pot. They said the uptick in vehicle accidents due to drivers high on pot should come as no surprise. Stores selling marijuana in all forms have lines round the corner, and this is before they received […]

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Does anyone remember that game? It was played with marbles, something we’re losing nowadays, marbles that is. So can I get this off my chest? The national news headlines this evening showed yet another terrorist attack in Paris claimed by ISIS, meant to send a pre-election message as the French prepare to go to the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Did Decriminalizing Pot Cause the Heroin Crisis?

 

ap070120018687Let me say at the outset that I’m dubious. But Don Winslow makes an interesting case in El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis:

If you wonder why America is in the grips of a heroin epidemic that kills two hundred people a week, take a hard look at the legalization of pot, which destroyed the profits of the Mexican cartels. How did they respond to a major loss in revenue? Like any company, they created an irresistible new product and flooded the market. The scariest part: this might not have happened with El Chapo in charge.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Backstage Perspective on Legalized Drugs

 

After reading about Chris CricochetPot1hristie’s aggressive stance against the legalization of marijuana in Thursday’s edition of The Daily Shot, I thought I’d share my experience with both illegal and legal drugs from the “backstage at the rock concert” perspective, based on two recent experiences. Mind you, I don’t take drugs, so my experience as an observer will have to do.

In February and March of this year, The Vandals were on a big tour in Australia with some of the biggest bands in the business. I’m not going to mention any names because I plan on incriminating some. Some, of course, are sober after abusing their privileges to various degrees, but some are definitely not. It was sad but interesting for me to watch them (i.e., artists and/or the crew) hit the bars after their set, then eventually begin “fiending” for illegal drugs. The drug portion of their evening doesn’t really get underway until the illicit retailer shows up at the hotel room after the bars close at 2 AM. That leaves them up all night with very risky people up to very risky business — and unable to do a good job the next day.

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