USA states to legalize marijuana

 

For the marijuana industry, 2014 was a milestone year. It saw the United States, softening their stance on pot, with Colorado becoming the first ever state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Since that monumental ruling, there has been a huge spike, not only in acceptance, but in sales as well.

 

The 2014 midterms saw legalization sweep over more areas of the country, including Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. For now, it looks as if the west coast is epicentre of the movement, but that may change in 2016.

 

Numerous individuals are as yet battling with the idea of authorized cannabis. For a considerable length of time and eras, Americans became acclimated to knowing cannabis as an effective and risky medication — one that could prompt passings and criminal conduct on the off chance that it was permitted in their group. The previous decade has truly opened up quite a few people’s eyes to the realities, which entirely eases those stresses. The therapeutic cannabis groups in a few states have additionally demonstrated the tremendous advantages cannabis can have for the sick, which is one of numerous variables that have prompted a seismic move in general supposition in regards to pot sanctioning. In no time, we sit on the slope of more states planning for impending marijuana sanctioning activities, either got from state officials or from subjects themselves through the polls. Colorado and Washington commenced the entire thing, and have following been joined by a couple of others. That doesn't imply that a large number of different states aren't on the cusp. In any case, here are 5 states that are next in line to legalize marijuana:

 

Massachusetts - One of those states that is preparing for a 2016 ticket activity is the New England liberal fortification of Massachusetts. Occupants of Massachusetts aren't hesitant to be trailblazers, as they have introduced clearing social insurance changes under then-senator Mitt Romney, and were the first state in the country to sanction same-sex marriage. Presently, cannabis sanctioning supporters are preparing for the following huge open battle: finishing cannabis forbiddance.

Maine - The Pine Tree State had local measures on the ballot in the 2014 midterm election in Lewiston and South Portland that would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age or older. The vote was 55% to 45% against in Lewiston, but 52% to 48% in favor in South Portland. The measures also indicated support for regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol at the state level.

Nevada - Occupants of Nevada obviously don't crave getting left behind as the whole west drift sets itself up for authorization, so a few inhabitants are preparing for a potential 2016 poll activity that will go with the same pattern. The procedure began not long ago, with individuals from the state assembly alongside occupant supporters beginning to accumulate marks in arrangement for a wound at the 2016 election cycle.

Arizona - So far, legalization has taken root in Western liberal coastal states and libertarian mountain states. Conservative voters, which outnumber liberals in Arizona, are less likely to support recreational pot. But they are moving in that direction. A new poll from progressive firms SKDKnickerbocker and Benenson Strategy Group found that 61% of Americans support legalization nationwide, including 71% of Democrats and 48% of Republicans. In 2014, Gallup found that 51% of Americans support legalization, down from 58% the year before. “The federalism argument is starting to see traction,” says the Drug Policy Alliance’s Malik Burnett. Young Republicans are driving the charge, with 6 in 10 of them siding with those who want to make weed legit. And young voters are more likely to turn out in a presidential election year like 2016. “That only bodes positive for the initiative,” Burnett says.

Florida - In early May, the Florida House overwhelmingly voted in support of a bill to exempt patients with cancer and other severe conditions from criminal laws pertaining to the use of medicinal marijuana. The bill will allow limited access to cannabinol, or CBD, for treatment of such illness. Governor Rick Scott signed the bill on June 16. The Florida ballot in the 2014 midterm election included an amendment on the legalization of medical marijuana thanks to a public petition campaign. The measure required 60% of the vote to pass, but voters struck it down 58% to 42%.

Misconceptions about pot smokers

1. Daily pot users are lazy.

There is no scientific proof that smoking weed makes you lazy or unmotivated. Yes, smoking pot may make people relaxed and makes people want to chill out. The way I see it, people are either motivated or lazy and what they choose to smoke has very little to do with that. Coming from someone who does smoke weed every day, I can honestly say that I have smoked weed and written papers, cleaned a house, ran errands, gone to work, etc. It all depends on what type of person you are. If you're the type who smokes and melts into the couch for hours, maybe it's a good idea to take car of your tasks first, then smoke up.

 

2. Daily pot smokers are unmotivated

This is another one that I'd have to disagree with wholeheartedly from a personal stance. As a three time college graduate, full time employee, and full time parent, I can honestly say that I am a motivated person with or without smoking weed. If I have a goal in sight, that goal is on the forefront of my mind. Smoking weed doesn't inhibit me from attaining that goal. It doesn't push me to the goal either. I will say, that when I feel like my plate is too full, and I have too much going on, smoking bud calms my mind and makes me feel relaxed. Definitely not unmotivated.

 

3. Daily pot smokers kill an enormous amount of brain cells

The research about this topic are very shady. Many people have heard this ‘fact’ because it’s based on research that was done during the first reefer madness movement. Scientists did a poorly performed study on monkeys where they pumped them full of so much smoke from marijuana that they suffocated them. What’s one of the first signs of suffocation? That’s right, brain damage. This study was used in the anti-marijuana propaganda so prohibitionists could keep marijuana illegal. It's crazy the lengths that the man will go through to try to keep marijuana illegal. The best way to combat that is to stay informed.

No study has even been done that has scientifically proven that marijuana kills brain cells.

 

​2. Daily users are addicted to marijuana 

Yes, it’s pretty easy to get into the habit of smoking pot on a daily basis, but it’s not physically addictive. Marijuana does not produce any withdrawal symptoms, no matter how heavy someone uses it.  When I was pregnant, I quit smoking pot for a year and had no problems doing so. No cold sweats, no chills, no puking, or gross bowel movements. I was a little cranky but not 'sick' by any means. However, everyone is different so quitting may be harder for some than others, but there is no universal withdrawal for every user.

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​1. Daily users will eventually move on to heavier drugs.

This is one of the most ridiculous misconceptions of daily drug users. Smoking weed everyday does not mean that you'll start smoking crack or shoot heroin. ​ Pot was one of the first drugs I used, and I did experiment with ‘harder’ drugs later in life, but I can personally say that pot didn’t lead me to those drugs. I would have tried them no matter what. I also know a lot of pot smokers who’ve never done any other drug in their entire life, as well as a coke head who’s never smoked pot a day in his life. It truly depends on the individual, their personality and the type of people that they associate with. Plus, the effects ‘harder’ drugs are much different from the effects of pot. If you’re into smoking pot and sitting in front of the tube for the night then I highly doubt that you’re going to be into snorting a line of coke. Two completely different highs. Two completely different feelings.

Top 5 Famous Stoners

February 01, 2015

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Weed smokers come in all shapes and sizes from all walks of life. From the Joe Shmo's on the street to those who are in the spotlight, here's a list of the five most famous stoners (in my opinion)...

5. George Washington

There are a number of credible sources that claim that the First POTUS not only smoked but cultivated hemp on his own , in the nations capital. It's been rumored that our founding father actually separated male and female plants and scaled their THC potency in detailed diaries that he kept. He totally would've had my vote.

4. The cast of Half Baked; Thurgood Jenkins, Brian, Scarface, and Kenny

This baked foursome was by far one of the most memorable stoner cast in one of the best stoner movies ever made.  From the hilarious one liners to the ridiculous story plot, this is definitely a movie made by stoners for stoners. Side note: Half Baked is best enjoyed when fully baked-- just sayin...

3. Scooby and Shaggy

This is one of the most debated stoner topics of all time; we're Scooby and Shaggy stoners? Even though they never blazed up on film, all of the signs point to Y-E-S. They were constantly eating or talking about food. And let's not forget about Shaggy's stoner look and lingo. If I had to guess, I'd say there were lots of toke sessions in the Mystery Van.

2. The Dude- The Big Lebowski

The Dude truly depicts the long term effects of a habitual pot smoker. This character gives us a glimpse into what happens when you spend years and years getting high: you develop a zen-like attitude toward everything, really appreciate bowling, and have a bitchin’ rug that ties the room together. The Dude teaches us that eventually, after a lot of smoking, you reach a state of enlightenment. And that anyone can rock a pink robe during any time of day. I can dig it, man.

1. Cheech and Chong

I think that the number one spot goes to Cheech and Chong. Pretty much every movie that they've ever been in has been made for stoners with the two ultimate pot heads. Even though they're currently not in the Hollywood spotlight, they remain the masters of stoner comedy.

The Fog Chamber at Super Slo Mo

December 02, 2013

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