Gather tens of thousands of Americans anywhere and it seems like they can't avoid bringing their guns, preying upon one another, and leaving a trail of filth in their wake. Now, marijuana smokers have officially joined the mainstream in that regard.
An estimated 80,000 folks gathered at Denver Civic Center Saturday for a 4:20 p.m. session, only to have it marred by gunfire at 4:40 p.m. Two were shot in the legs and a third was grazed by a bullet. The suspects are still at large and police want this guy for questioning.
Watch the super-scary video, which reminds us of why we don't like large crowds of people anymore.
Fifty-one percent of Americans said they would not feel comfortable being around a person using marijuana, according to a recent Pew Research poll. Let's hope that half of America stays out of the Bay Area this week, where unabashed enthusiasm for the stoner holiday 4/20 has set in. Snoop Dogg is going to be at The Fillmore in San Francisco Saturday, but — meh. The East Bay offers its own set of 4/20 delights, collected below:
"Yes, tobacco — specifically cigarettes — kills and marijuana doesn’t. But, if you’ll forgive the ultimate political incorrectness, young people would do much better in life if they smoked tobacco rather than weed," writes Dennis Prager in The National Review.
Bay area tech workers have put the vast amount of San Jose's medical marijuana dispensaries to good use, according to a recent report from Bloomberg Businessweek.
San Jose is home to 106 marijuana clinics — four times more than San Francisco — and according to their mayor Chuck Reed, “many more than are necessary to meet the medical needs of our population.”
Local dispensary Palliative Health claims around 40 percent of their clients are tech workers. According to their assistant manager Ernie Arreola, “We’re seeing people from some semiconductors, lots of engineers, lots of programmers."
Oakland's Ed Rosenthal has dedicated his life to his passion of marijuana cultivation and advocacy. He's spent years fighting for marijuana rights and authoring numerous books on how to properly grow the plant.
Unfortunately most achievements in this field have gone largely unnoticed until Rosenthal was recently featured in "The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well," a new book by authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield that profiles several individuals who have accomplished nearly impossible feats in their respective crafts.
YouTube user Spannabis13 posted a video Saturday of a Barcelona mob rushing in and grabbing about $30,000 worth of marijuana plant nutrients at a pot party. Spain has become something of a hotbed of global cannabis production, which is why leading North American Advanced Nutrients was there giving out samples of its pot-growth aids — rather poorly might we add.
Watch around minute five as the organizers lose control of the crowd and the booth is overrun like something out of World War Z — only instead of bloodthirsty zombies, we got giveaway crazed potheads. Ya''ll need to chill out. Video after the jump.
From HarborsideHealth's YouTube channel on January 26: "The whimsical political satire, THE HAAG, was first performed as a live play at the July 23rd demonstration in front of Oakland City Hall, Calif., protesting federal actions against the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. For the last several years, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern California District, Melinda Haag, has been waging a brutal offensive against medical cannabis patients and the dispensaries in which they go for their medicine. This offensive has closed hundreds of state-legal, locally compliant dispensaries in Northern California and has threatened others like Harborside Health Center. Oaksterdam University in Oakland, Calif., was raided April 2, 2012, by DEA and IRS agents.
THE HAAG is meant to be a humorous meditation on a very serious subject. Originally conceived by activist-attorney James Anthony and inspired by Dr. Seuss, THE HAAG was written and drawn by Goose Duarte, a.k.a., "Dr. Geuss." This animated version of THE HAAG was directed by Richard Parks, narrated by Andrew DeAngelo, and produced by Steve DeAngelo and Harborside Health Center."
This is kind of a random mash-up, but whatever.
Tonight's iteration of Oakland's monthly art walk will include an appearance by the weed testers at Steep Hill Labs, who'll test your stash for free.
Maybe you need to settle a bet. Maybe you like data. Maybe you like seeing cutting-edge near-infrared spectroscopy used to assay psychotropic botanicals.
Whatever your reason, Steep Hill's staffers and their QuantaCann machine will be on Telegraph between 26th and 27th streets in the "SF Chronic Truck". Their appearance is co-sponsored by Town and Country Cooperative.
Last week, Snoop Lion went on Reddit.com and claimed he smokes 81 blunts a day, 7 days a week, which seems a bit excessive. But it got us thinking, 'How many other Americans out there smoke weed every day?'
The answer: about 5 million.
According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, "nearly 5.0 million persons used marijuana on a daily or almost daily basis over a 12-month period."
Are stoners ready to be a model minority?
They better be, because now that pot legalization passed in two states, any two-cent story with a weed connection has national legs. Over the weekend, it was the case of one bar owner in Washington who said he would — stop the presses — allow people to smoke pot on the premises. SHOCK! Horror!