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Comment Archives: stories: Culture: Smoke Signals

Re: “Cannabis for Canada


Posted by Karim Abdou on 12/06/2018 at 8:34 PM

Re: “The Commodity that is Cannabis

Like you said in your title, cannabis is now a commodity and will be treated as such. The CEOs and investors of steel companies generally know nothing of welding, fabrication, or truly anything that has to do with steel other than buying and selling it. Why should it be different for cannabis now that it is being viewed as a commodity?

I wish it was different, as I do not feel cannabis can be thought of as a commodity the same way as steel, but we activists had our moment and it has been co-opted by business interests.

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Posted by MitchellColbert on 12/06/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Deschutes County's marijuana blues turn a darker hue

How can businesses know what to expect when rules keep changing? This seems rather foolish to keep changing things when people are trying to get their businesses up and running.

Posted by Hiker2 on 11/30/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “An Alt CBD

How does CBD drive from Evergreens in orange peels differ from that of the CBD derived from him or weed buds

Posted by Brandon Newton on 11/24/2018 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Skyrocketing Number of Cannabis Studies

Lovely with more reseach. But what kind of research. It'll be a waste of money not to focus many studies into fewer clinical trials of the 'Golden Standard' with placobo, blinded, cross over etc. and with more patients. We have enought small clinical trials, meta analyses, lab research - it dosen't help us to convince the sceptical health community .

Posted by Rikke Jakobsen on 11/23/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Deschutes County's marijuana blues turn a darker hue

Patty Adair is an idiot. But, so-called "moderate" Republicans in Deschutes County--including Knute Buehler, Cheri Helt and Tammy Baney--deserve some credit for allowing her and the Tea Party Trumpers to takeover the Deschutes County Republican Party. I defy any of them to tell us how they fought to prevent this from happening. Republican "moderates" caved to extremists in their party even as they tried to distance themselves from Trump and the extreme right. That allowed someone like Adair to successfully challenge Baney and turn the County Commission to the extreme right. Now, watch all these so-called moderates cozy up to Adair. They deserve what they get, but they have screwed everyone else in Deschutes County, too. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 11/16/2018 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Celebri-weed

I think your comments about Gene Simmons are ridiculous. As a businessman, if he sees Cannabis as a good investment...what is wrong with that? He also speaks highly about the medicinal value of Cannabis. Regarding recreational use...even if he does not smoke weed, he clearly feels that people are free to make up their own minds about what they want to do. So...your comment is simply stupid! And to reference a negative article in another publication seems irrelevant. What a joke!

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Posted by Open Minded on 09/19/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Should We Legalize All Drugs? Discuss

"selling drugs with no benefit and a high risk of death seems a poor solution". This is a flawed argument. First of all, all drugs have at least one benefit, they get you high.

Also, who told you it was a high risk of death. Actually, cocaine isn't physically addictive and opium is less dangerous than alcohol and has more medical properties, it's a pain killer. Heroin can kill you with overdose, but only if you use it irresponsibly, which you're more likely to do if you aren't told how to use it properly. In fact, morphine is still used in hospitals, I had a friend who had brain cancer who actually bragged to me that they let her have morphine.

All drugs should be made legal because the drug laws are immoral and unjust. This was never about whether or not drugs are dangerous, drugs are usually pretty safe when used correctly. Some are worse for your body than others, like donuts are worse for you than kale, but donuts taste better.

The drug laws should be repealed. I mean, not only are punishments racist, but they were racially motivated to begin with. "the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races", said Harry Anslinger. This worked to convince people to outlaw it in 1937. The laws capitalize on the supporting ideologies that blacks have a different physiology so they react to the drugs differently than whites, by raping white women and murdering people.

So keeping the laws around keeps this idea that blacks have a different physiology around. It's where they come from, it's what they do. It doesn't keep them around in the way that not everyone knows that, just people smart enough to look up some history on google and every person still in favor of these laws. The idea that there are medical reasons is unfounded not just when it comes to marijuana, although marijuana does have numerous health benefits, but unfounded for other drugs as well.

Just look at alcohol. Alcohol is a dangerous drug. Drink too much of it at one time and you can die. It has no health benefits, actually it's hard for the body to digest and makes you puke if you drink too much as well. It makes you pee a lot.

Despite all this people enjoy drinking it, and can do it relatively safely and live a long healthy life. Or they won't stop, we loved them, and they drank themselves to death that selfish bastard.

Despite this medical reasons to outlaw it and simply not allow it, don't necessarily work. This is because arresting people for hurting themselves when they're doing no harm to others, is fundamentally wrong. Also, the person could be using the drug in moderation. You could have arrested a person who is an occasional alcohol user. Arresting and killing people isn't a solution to the people who drink themselves to death.

I mean, we have enough medical reasons to outlaw guns too, and certainly arsenic, but both those things are legal. I mean, a gun was designed to kill things it doesn't do anything else using it safely is a ridiculous idea you'll just destroy something not alive how's that better. Meanwhile you may kill yourself with alcohol, or you may not, you may be a responsible adult and understand the danger involved.

All drugs, are safer than letting people walk around with guns, yet guns are perfectly legal. That's because drugs are made to get people high, to give them pleasure, not to kill them. Marijuana simply can't kill you. Yet still, people are arrested, killed, and ostracized from society for it. This is about the rights of the drug user to be a person again, who sought pleasure for pleasures sake, in an innocent enough way, by taking a strange plant cooked up by a mad scientist friend, and giving them respect, and not dehumanizing them. So quit dehumanizing me the drug user, and never arrest a drug user again.

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Posted by Mary Skolnik on 09/16/2018 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Leafly, the Book

I am suffering from insomnia, I hardly want to sleep all night but my insomnia doesn't want too.. I woke up early for work having 2hrs of sleep only because of this matter. I came across this article saying that this strain induces full-body relaxation. It helps soothe the muscles, thus relieving chronic pain and nausea.. Did someone already use this kind of treatment? Thankyou

Posted by scot on 09/12/2018 at 7:39 PM

Re: “An Alt CBD

I like your writing style. You made me laugh while educating me.

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Posted by JStars on 08/27/2018 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Drudge Report

Oh well, it looks like NOBODY read your slander of Thomas Kinkade's
"ugly" paintings at all.
Maybe get a truck driving job or waiting tables. Good luck.

Posted by Steven Austen on 08/25/2018 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Drudge Report

How dare you slander a wonderful American artist who painted over 1000 beautiful paintings without computers or abstract.
Kinkade family foundation is still helping children all around the world!
Admit that you never even researched Thom's amazing work. You just like
to spew your awful opinions into your article. Get a new job! goodbye!

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Posted by Steven Austen on 08/16/2018 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Should We Legalize All Drugs? Discuss

I find it a bit cynical to discuss legalization of drugs (and therefore ending the Drug War) in purely financial terms. They need to be discussed, but at most as an afterthought.

There is a massive incalculable human toll that the Drug War has taken. Kidnappings, gang violence, assassinations, murdering of journalists, crossfire, forced grows, paramilitary counter-violence, gun smuggling, and war have all come from the militarized policing of production of narcotics.

On the supply side, we have turf wars, more gang violence, and what is criminal and corrupt on a state level: mass incarceration. An analysis by Bryan Stevenson bluntly and pointedly puts out: Slavery never ended, it just evolved. It is no longer controversial history that Nixon and his cronies used the pretense of the drug war to criminalize black America. The results are 3 million behind bars, most are people of color.

And then there is the addiction, homelessness, and mental health crisis.

And then there is the military crackdown on poor farmers in South and Central America, forced from poverty and coercion to grow.

And then there is the problem of government sponsored drug smuggling.

And then there is the issue of so called border and airport security.

And then there is the dark web and cryptocurrency fraud.

All manor of embezzlement, money laundering, and financial crimes of the rich proliferate as bankers in $5000 suits move capital, knowingly, profiting off the suffering of the small producers and dealers trickling down from large suppliers.

Not to mention the geopolitical effects; political corruption abounds in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico as cartels bully politicians and the media, with a large death toll behind them.

This is bigger than your stupid drug habit. This is bigger than your stupid state taxes. This is about ending one of the largest failures of ostensible morality in human history.

This is about ending a penal approach to a medical crisis, and ending the slavery of millions.

This is about shifting away from forced production of narcotics and back to cash crops and susbistence farming.

This is about restoring the dignity of millions across the globe, caught in the crossfires of a pointlessly black market that causes profit marginst to be so high that they create multiple massive competing industrial level crime syndicates.

It's time to legalize all drugs, now.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 08/03/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Trump-approved STATES Act could change everything for marijuana business

Greatest president in 100 years! #MakingAmericaHempAgain #UnitedStatesCannabisCoalition #ColdStoneLegal #op420 #DabForFreedom

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Posted by Patrick Moore on 06/21/2018 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Can Cannabis Make People Sick?

The classic features of CHS are the following:

Chronic, heavy use of cannabis;
Recurrent episodes of severe nausea and intractable vomiting;
Abdominal pain;
Temporary relief of symptoms by taking a hot bath or shower; and
Resolution of the problem when cannabis use is stopped.

Is It Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

Patient Presents with Nausea & Vomiting

1) Does the signs and symptoms suggest a sever underlying medical condition?
Yes -Consider conditions other than CHS
NO - proceed to 2

2) Do symptoms improve while taking a hot shower or bath?
NO- Consider conditions other than CHS
YES- proceed to 3

3) Does the patient state he or she currently uses cannabis daily or almost daily, and has done so for at least the past year?
No- Check Urine drug screen for THC
Yes- Proceed to 4

4)Does the patient have signs & symptoms of volume depletion?
Yes - Provide hydration, cessation counseling, resources & follow-up
No - proceed to 5

5) Do the symptoms improve with hydration and cannabis cessation?
Yes- Continue counseling and follow-up
No - proceed to 6

6). Is the patient still using cannabis?
Yes- promote hydration and consider IV hydration

NO- Consider conditions other than CHS

Finally If Doctors can't help you consider Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbs & Acupuncture...

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Posted by ProbablyNotCHS on 04/26/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Fade to Black

The one take away I have from this story is not about mixing booze and cannabis - although that isn't a good idea in general - is the fact that you made super strong edibles. Edibles that are given as gifts should be in the 5-10mg range. People always say they will only eat half of a cookie, brownie, etc., but they never do. Giving the gift of low dose edibles takes away the risk of getting too high. It doesn't remove it completely but at least you are preventing a situation like your friends experienced. I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone tell me they don't want to try edibles because of a bad experience and that gives edibles a stigma it doesn't deserve. Edibles are a wonderful way to receive the benefits of cannabis without smoking. I hope the next time you make edibles, you work on your recipe to create low dose enjoyable edibles.

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Posted by Leah D'Ambrosio on 04/12/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Who Hates Weed? These peeps

The smartest approach to marijuana begins with honest, accurate, balanced information.

Nearly every claim by SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) is disputed or refuted by the scientific community. This makes every monetary claim in their anti-legalization reports groundless for the most part. In their "cost of legalization" reports they do not even attempt to include any data regarding positives of legalization other than predicted tax income. For example, money will be saved from far fewer arrests, prosecutions and incarcerations for sales/possession, yet this data is not factored into their reports. While difficult or impossible to convert into monetary terms, our core beliefs in liberty and freedom are also completely left out of the discussion.

SAM founders/leaders have strong ties to the addiction treatment industry which will greatly benefit from forced court-related treatment referrals that inevitably occur under prohibition. This is likely part of the reason why they fight legalization.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 03/22/2018 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Who Hates Weed? These peeps

About half of the U.S. population has tried cannabis, at least 15% use it regularly, over 80% of high school seniors have reported cannabis "easy to get" for decades. Those who really want to use cannabis heavily already are. Prohibition does little or nothing to prevent problematic use. In many cases prohibition makes cannabis usage problematic where it would not have been otherwise, be it light, moderate, or heavy usage. For the most part, cannabis prohibition only successfully prohibits effective regulation.

A few issues created by prohibition: there are no quality controls to reduce contaminants (harmful pesticides, molds, fungus, other drugs), there is no practical way to prevent regular underage sales, billions in tax revenue are lost which can be used for all substance abuse treatment, underground markets for all drugs are empowered as a far more popular substance is placed within them expanding their reach and increasing their profits, criminal records make pursuing many decent careers difficult, police and court resources are unnecessarily tied up by pursuing and prosecuting victimless 'crimes', public mistrust and disrespect for our legal system, police, and government is increased, which can be devastating to our country.

Prohibition is also very expensive, though, a cash cow for a number of powerful groups such as those related to law enforcement and the prison industry. These organizations have powerful lobbies and influence that perpetuate a failed drug policy through ignorance, fear, disinformation and misinformation. This ensures an endless supply of lucrative contracts and grants from the government and its taxpayers to support their salaries, tools of the trade, and other expenses. Cash, property and other assets from civil forfeiture laws also significantly fatten their coffers while often violating civil rights.

America was built on the principles of freedom and liberty. In some cases there are extreme circumstances that warrant intervention with criminal law. In the case of mind-altering drugs we have already set this precedent with alcohol. Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and especially to others. If we are to have justice, then the penalties for using, possessing and selling cannabis should be no worse than those of alcohol.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 03/22/2018 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Tokin' Women: A shout-out to women in cannabis

Thanks for checking us out here in lil ol Bend, Nola! Sweet book.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 03/08/2018 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Tokin' Women: A shout-out to women in cannabis

Nola Evangelista is correct. It's Alice Toklas and the first she ever knew about pot brownies was when she inadvertently included a recipe from her friend Brion Gysin for them in her cookbook. She was totally unprepared for the furore that broke out as a result, not apparently having any idea of the implications of including hashish as an ingredient. She certainly never would have served them up to guests at Gertrude Stein's salon (Gertrude was long dead by the time the recipe came to Alice).

Posted by AnneJenner0912 on 03/08/2018 at 4:15 PM

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