Pot Smokers Lament the Defeat of Prop 19 in California

The folks at Yahoo News are now reporting that proposition 19, the ballot measure that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use in California, has failed. I became aware of the defeat about ten minutes ago when I heard my pot smoking next door neighbor screaming at his television set through the thin walls that separate our two apartments.

Although not a marijuana user myself, I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed. I’ve read many good arguments recently about how legalizing marijuana would help boost California’s economy, take money out of the hands of drug dealers, and relieve quite a bit of congestion in the court and prison systems. But the thing that makes me most sad is, that as an American, I believe every citizen has the right to choose whether or not to use pot.

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Many aspects of our lives are regulated by the government, and for the record, I’m not a conspiracy nut. There is no secret government conspiracy to enslave us and take away our rights. In this case, it was the voters of California who policed themselves. I was looking forward to a long week of celebratory parties and contact highs, but alas, there will be no early Christmas in Whoville this year.

Outsiders often mistake California as the most liberal places in the country, but every governor who has held office in this state since 1983 has been a republican, with the exception of Gray Davis, who was booted out of office before his term was up. California voters also chose Republican candidates in every presidential election from 1972 through 1988 went they helped elect George Bush Sr. California also had a republican representing them in the US senate in the late eighties and early nineties. Although under my radar, there must be a strong conservative voter base out here somewhere. Today, those selfish voters played the role of the angry mother who finds her son’s secret stash, and tosses it in the garbage. “Not under my roof,” she says.

Smoking Pot in Dorms: A Risky Gamble

Smoking weed in dormitory

Students and staff at the downtown Phoenix dorms at ASU say there is too much risk when engaging in and smoking marijuana at the dorms.
According to Bryan Custer, downtown residential community director of student engagement, there were typically only two times a month last semester where police had come to Taylor Place on suspicion of marijuana.

“Anytime there is a suspicious odor on the floor, the Community Assistants will call the coordinator on duty to get a conformation, and then we will call ASU or Phoenix Police and they will respond,” Custer said.

According to Custer, there are around 890 residents at Taylor Place, located at First Street and Taylor Street in downtown Phoenix.

“We don’t have time to sit around and smoke weed all day with all the homework we have,” said David Bakardjiev, 20, who is a resident at Taylor Place. “I’m sure there are a few odd ones out of the bunch who smoke here and there, but for the most part, people I know do not smoke in the dorms.”

Last year as a resident at Taylor Place, Bakardjiev witnessed a resident on his floor being escorted out by police in hand cuffs, after police was called in on suspicion of marijuana where they found an undisclosed amount of pot in the resident’s room.

According to Custer, if police find marijuana, they will confiscate it and take the student into custody for possession of marijuana.

“From that point, the student will get called in for the actual judicial process through the police and court system, and there is also a follow-up with Students Rights and Responsibilities through the university,” Custer said.

Smoking Pot in Dorms

Tracy Corenman, 21, who is a community assistant at Taylor Place, says protocol for Community Assistants had recently changed when suspicious of marijuana, due to police budget cuts in the area Taylor Place is located.

According to Corenman, community assistants last year were instructed to directly call police on any suspicion of weed. Now, they are instructed to call the coordinator on duty.

“They (the coordinator) will come up and make sure that it is a big deal, so that way we are not calling cops from a meth house problem to maybe catch a kid with pot,” Corenman said, adding that by the time a call is made to the proper authorities, the smell of marijuana is often dissipated and police can’t take any action.

Despite the new protocol for community assistants and the time it takes police to arrive on the scene for a possible marijuana bust, Custer says students are well educated of the possible consequences that vary case-by-case and each student receives the ASU Student Code of Conduct handbook upon moving into the dorms.

Possible consequences for students caught with marijuana in the dorms include community service through ASU’s Turn It Around Program and/or an online marijuana education program that students have to pay for.

Robert DeWitt, 19, a resident at Taylor Place says all students in the dorms have a clear understanding of the risks that come with smoking pot in the dorms, but being in downtown where there is not much for students to do, students are more inclined to light up in the dorms.

“You are kind of secluded and there is not much for students to do in Phoenix,” says DeWitt. “If you can do it in your room and it’s that convenient, why not?”

Since opening in August of 2008, Custer says there is a decline in marijuana reports in Taylor Place, and hopes this trend continues.

“It’s ultimately the students decision in what they want to do,” Custer said. “It’s never worth it.”

Marijuana Recipes: Pot Brownies

marijuana brownies

Nothing satisfies a potheads craving for “munchies”, like some sweets. But does your high really go away when you fulfill your craving? Well there’s no need to worry about that with this recipe, because not only will it fulfill your craving for sweets, it will get you stoned at the same time (probably give you the munchies again too). So what is it? It’s the infamous “Pot Brownies”, and here’s how to make them

Pot Brownies

 

Baking Time – 35-50 minutes (depends on thickness and the type of baking tray used)

Items Needed – Your choice of brownie mix (other ingredients may be required such as eggs), mixing bowl, mixing spoon, baking pan (use as recommended on brownie mix container), and your “THC” butter.

Pot brownies recepie

First, follow directions indicated on brownie mix box, but instead of using butter or oil, substitute with your own “THC” butter/oil, and continue as required. You can also add some extras if you wish, nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, etc. Place mixed ingredients in greased (can use “THC” Oil/Butter for stronger brownies) or non-stick baking pan, and bake for the required amount of time recommended or that suits your liking. Remove brownies and allow to cool down, then remove from baking pan, and serve or store for your future cravings. It’s that simple. Beware, you may find yourself becoming a baker and substituting “THC” Butter/Oil in all your baking recipes.

The most significant facts about marijuana stay in the body

Men and women of every age group nowadays get different problems and spend their time to finding a solution or their problems. If they wish to be aware of the total time marijuana stay in their system, then they may fail to get the most expected result almost immediately. This is because every person has a different lifestyle and health condition. You can approximately identify how long marijuana stay in your system and follow the most suggested methods to avoid the positive result in the drug test.

Many people misunderstand that abstinence is the easiest way to prevent a positive test. They have to identify and remember that abstinence leads to several health problems when they hang out with friends who smoke. This is because they get the positive result for THC-COOH when they inhale air breathes out by smokers.

Smart people nowadays cheat traditional tests by the consumption of synthetic cannabinoids. Even though they can avoid a positive result by this drug consumption, they may suffer from various negative side effects range from nausea and seizures. They can pay attention to how to get the THC completely out of their system instead of listening to how long such drugs stay in their system.

There are many methods of detoxifications used and recommended by users of marijuana worldwide. A proper hydration through the consumption of water decreases the overall chances for a positive result due to the reduction of the concentration of urine. Marijuana content gets stored in fat tissues in the body. You can enhance your exercises and increase your workout session to get the THC out of your system without any negative side effect. This is advisable to make contact with your doctor whenever you experience any side effect from any approach to avoid a positive result from the drug test.