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Showing posts with label Marijuana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marijuana. Show all posts

Monday, April 19, 2021

AVIE POLL-Should Marijuana be legalized? What are the pros and cons?


It’s 420 somewhere! This date is synonymous with pot smokin' ever since 1971 when a group of high school students began meeting near a statue on campus to spark up with friends and discuss where they might find an abandoned pot crop based on a treasure map made by the grower. They called themselves the Waldos. Today April 20th has become an international counterculture for smoking weed.

As more states around the country are easing restrictions on marijuana use for medicinal purposes as well as recreational. There are still those who see it as a gateway drug and a bad idea to allow it to be freely used. What do you think? Should Marijuana be legalized across the board and treated just like over the counter medication or even alcohol and cigarettes which actually cause more harm. Taxing it may actually help the economy and put us in a better place. What are the pros and cons of legalizing Marijuana?

Destiny: I don't smoke regularly but I certainly have in the past.  Frankly, when I did smoke, I can't say that I realized any real benefits.  To be fair, I was young, so I had no medicinal need.  I may feel quite differently if I smoked presently.  Speaking as an American,  I don't think it hurts anything for it to be legalized.   I think that if it were government regulated and taxed like cigarettes and alcohol, we could, perhaps, help to pay off some of the multi-trillion dollar deficit our nation has accumulated.   If some experience medicinal benefit from it, that's FANTASTIC!  So, I think legalization has some real advantages but I don't think it should just be legalized for the hell of it.  And, I think that if it is legalized, it should be monitored closely to ensure that we aren't supporting the drug Cartel.  Rather, we are supporting American farmers who choose to grow Marijuana as an expansion crop.” 

Jenna:It should definitely be legalized for medicinal purposes.  I used to work with cancer patients and Marinol was so helpful with their nausea and lack of appetite.  One of my concerns though is the people who get it for "medicinal" purposes but just really get it to get it.  But overall I think they should legalize.  What bothers me are the number of people imprisoned or with a felony record for use or possession of marijuana. Will they be exonerated, expunged?I used to smoke in my younger days. But now even if it is legalized,my employer has let it be known that it is still unacceptable and they do random drug testing (rarely).”

Dev: I would say yes to the first question. In some places it already is legalized. For me the biggest con is that it costs too much to start up the process of going to a doctor, Purchasing the card, then the prices at the dispensary.  I feel very strongly that the pros of medicinal/recreational marijuana is an aid for cancer patients regarding the pain and nausea they feel, it helps the nausea go away and decreases some of the pain...another pro is it even helps children who get seizures many studies are still being done on the long-term effects. My personal experience of medicinal and recreational usage of Marijuana has been both an aid in my anxiety, PTSD, and the joints in my hips and legs it relieves a bit of the pain. It also helps me to sleep a bit deeper than I would from not using it. I think it also would help my severe depression. I've heard that the indica type of marijuana relaxes and can put you to sleep...and the sativa helps to uplift you, make you feel like doing something creative, or...productive, which is a big + when you have severe depression. I do smoke it  but mostly at night along with my night medicines. However, I would really prefer being able to get edibles, more potent that way and it doesn't mess with your lungs. like a cigarette. I started smoking  when I was a teenager, I had severe cycle pains, I mean the pain and nausea, blackouts, white outs made me wish I didn't have a uterus. I had tried everything... From ibuprofen to painkillers/muscle relaxers... nothing eased up...Someone turned me on to smoking it, another woman but in her 20's specifically to help ease my pains. And it worked!!!! Since then most of the time, when accessible, I will smoke it, when in pain and as I said previously, to aid in sleep. 

I think if the person is a supervision is a must. It is not something you give to them to 'knock them out'. And I believe that the medicinal form for them would be drops or a pill that melts under the tongue. I believe the usage of Marijuana and Hemp is becoming more and more of an ingredient in balms and lotions to be able to physically put on your pain areas. I would recommend it to anyone.

Lucius: “Hell yeah legalize it everywhere! Pros: It feels good and if taxable it could help the economy and local communities. Cons: I’m too broke to buy it all the time and I think everyone who got busted for selling pot gets their police record erased.”

Kat:I used Marijuana to lower my blood pressure especially the second value and it works very well cos as soon as I relax the second value goes down too ... usually it raises blood pressure but not in cases were stress is the factor than it lowers the value

It also works for me when I am in a depressive mood ... it can work uplifting and in any case relaxing so I would recommend it for a medical use beside recreation ... of course not for ppl below a certain age, maybe 21 or older.”



Becka:When I was in my late teens early 20’s I suffered from severe depression and anxiety. Aside from being hospitalized I was put on multiple medications that didn’t seem to work. After about a year and a half of different medications. I decided to stop and smoke weed instead. I don’t recommend it because you can get severe headaches from stopping your medication cold turkey but for me, Marijuana helped wean me off of  the harmful medication and help keep me calm enough to function daily. I was able to stop the medication all together.  Marijuana improved my well being in a safer way. It also helped me eat, sleep and manage my menstrual cramps. I definitely think it should be legalized for its many benefits. I am in my 40’s now and have never had to use antidepressant or anxiety medication again. I still use it to this day and in the process of getting my Cannabis card!”


Dave: Well yes it should be legalized. I mean it comes from mother nature doesn’t it? If it does it can’t be bad for you. Mother nature wouldn’t do that to us.

Should Marijuana be legalized? What are the pros and cons? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A 4/20 Special Report…..Sunny Love Holiday Reporting

Today is 4/20/2015. As many of you know 4/20 is the unofficial weed day that pot heads always look forward to each year. Although many celebrate this holiday, not many know how this holiday got its start. Now that marijuana has been legalized in some states, I decided to give a brief history lesson on the weed day origins and give my views on the effects legal marijuana has had on both real life and second life.

There are many myths out there about how 4/20 got started, like 420 being a code police used when they caught people smoking weed, but I was able to track down the real story. Back in 1971, outside of San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, four best friends known to everyone as The Waldos knew it was harvest time and got wind of the fact a coast guard member was unable to continue to tend to a big plot of marijuana plants. One of the mischievous teenagers decided it would be a great idea if they could go to the plot and grab some free buds.  All in agreement they made the plan to meet after school at 4:20pm to prepare for the robbery by smoking some of their best weed. They never found the plot but choose to continue to meet at 4:20pm every day to get high.

The meeting time took off and soon many were meeting to “match up”. One of The Waldos older brother was good friends with The Grateful Dead’s bassist and told the band about the cool trend. Soon after, the band allowed the group to pass out flyer to concert goers telling them to meet the next day at 4:20pm in designated areas to partake in some heavy smoking. Needless to say the rest is history.

Although the sale and consumption of marijuana is still a crime federally, 23 states have made is legal for medical proposes. 9 states are pending legislation to legalize it as well. Being that I live in a state that has legalize weed and a township that has decimalized it, I can attest to the fact that even though many people have a negative view on the medical use of weed, It really has help patients deal with pain, depression, anxiety, and other illnesses in a safer way the prescription pharmaceutical drugs.

One of my favorite success stories is about a young child that began to have severe seizures at 3 months old almost every day. After a few years of unsuccessful treatment and losing all ability to talk, walk, and eat, the family decided to try medical marijuana in the oil form. Within a year the child’s seizures lowered to about 2 or 3 times a month. She also regained her ability to talk and eat. Not only is she able to walk but she is riding bikes and enjoying her life as a kid. Now, if that doesn’t prove that weed really can be used to heal people then I don’t know what will.

I remember when I 1st started SL, before weed was legal, there were very few places you could go to buy joints or blunt. Matter of fact, my 1st sl joint was a free one a friend made due to the lack of realistic looking joints. I have notice that since the legalization and acceptance of weed, SL has a plethora of weed shops, clubs, weed themed clothing and very realistic joint, blunt, bongs, and hookahs. Some that actually gets your avie high. So if one would ask a stoner like me how do I feel about weed becoming legal, I would say that it is the best thing to ever happen in both worlds.

It’s 420! Do you Know the History and why it is associated with Pot Smoking?- Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

420 is a code for smoking marijuana and is also known as Weed Day to the cannabis culture. Some people believe 420 comes from a police code for smoking in progress but its true origin begins with a group of teenagers who called themselves the Waldos in San Rafael , California. They designated the Louis Pasteur Statue at San Rafael High School as their meeting place and 4:20pm was the time they would get together. 

 Today, April 20th is observed as a celebration of cannabis for all who like  recreational marijuana use. Today marijuana use is more accepted for recreational and medicinal purposes.


Legalization of Marijuana in some form is now in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia. Out of those 23 states, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Washington allow it for recreational use, while California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine limit it to medicinal use. There are now 100’s of dispensaries and some states have also removed legal penalty for procession of small amount of marijuana.

Top Reasons Why people smoke marijuana?
·         Medicinal qualities for pain, nausea
·         Stress relief/relaxation
·         Appetite
·         Peer pressure/role model influence
·         Social
·         Heightened sensory awareness
·         Euphoria

Short Term Effects
  • ·         Short term memory impairment
  • ·         Feelings of anxiety  and paranoia
  • ·         Appetite-“Munchies”
  • ·         Impairment operating machinery and vehicles

Long term use can lead to cardiac problems for people with heart disease and high blood pressure, memory and learning difficulty and increased susceptibility to infections. Fertility problems can occur for both men and women due to the suppression of hormones that regulate the reproductive system but will not lead to complete infertility.
The common question about Marijuana being addictive is still in debate.  Studies are finding that marijuana does have addictive properties. However, it is not as addictive as alcohol and cocaine but it can become a habit due to routine use.

Here are some warning signs to recognize if you or someone you know has a weed problem:
  • ·         Frequent use
  • ·         Needing more to feel the effects
  • ·         Spending beyond your budge to obtain it
  • ·         Procrastinating on important things in life
  • ·         Neglecting friends who do not use marijuana
  • ·         Feeling that you cannot function without it

Education about marijuana is important if you are part of the Cannabis culture. If  you are going to observe 420, have fun but smoke responsibly.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

It’s Four-Twenty! What’s the Meaning Behind This Term? – Lanai Jarrico reporting…

Let me enlighten you with a little bit of  random history on this term. The Cannabis subculture refers to this time and date as a code number referring to the consumption of Marijuana. It’s earliest reference began by a group of California teenagers that called themselves the Waldos, in the early 1970’s.  These teenagers would meet up outside of the San Rafael High School, near a statue of Louis Pastuer where they made plans to search for an abandoned cannabis crop they had heard about. They never found the crops but the 420 term stuck and continues today for pot smokers as a countercultural holiday in North America.  Many have observed this day throughout the years by meeting up in public places like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the University of Colorado’s campus and even crossed over into Canada where it has been observed at Vancouver Art Gallery and Parliament Hill. Events have also taken place in New Zealand at the University of Otago. It is an ongoing debate for states where Marijuana is illegal. In recent years legalization of Marijuana across the U.S has been a hot topic. Some are fighting for their right to smoke, while others see bigger reasons to legalize.

So why have people continued to celebrate marijuana if it is illegal in most states?