No More Marijuana Arrests in New Orleans

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    Mar 20, 2016 1:33 AM GMT
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    http://wgno.com/2016/03/17/city-council-approves-the-decriminalization-of-marijuana-in-new-orleans/
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    Mar 20, 2016 1:49 AM GMT
    This is fantastic news! And another win for people that smoke dope.
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    Mar 20, 2016 2:50 AM GMT
    Import saidThis is fantastic news! And another win for people that smoke dope.



    Yeah, and the vote was 7-0 which really says a lot. And even if you get caught a dozen times, the most you'll ever have to pay is 100 bucks. Hell, that's like getting a parking ticket.

    People already smoke openly in public here anyway. It's rare to walk down the sidewalk and not smell weed at some point.

    I really don't smoke but on very rare occasions but it's just stupid that it's illegal at all. Maybe cops will focus on real crimes now.

    Funny story: A few years ago at Mardi Gras, I was on the balcony of a bar, smoking with a friend of mine. I was taking a hit when suddenly someone suddenly removes the joint from my mouth. I look over and it was two uniformed police officers. The one who took it from me looked at me with a very stern face (as me and my friend shit our pants), and told me not to ever let him catch me doing that again. Then he took a bighit from the joint and tossed it over the balcony. They both laughed and wished us a happy Mardi Gras. icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 20, 2016 12:54 PM GMT
    I think its much safer than the alternatives when not mixed. For example, MJ smokers are much safer on the road than any alternative. And there's studies showing they're actually the safest drivers.

    http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2012/04/09/study-weed-smokers-are-slower-safer-drivers

    I also believe it to be a safer alternative (not encouraging, just comparing) for the body as well. Much healthier than cigarettes. Much healthier than alcohol. Doesn't have some of the addiction issues that alcohol can have imo.



    I smoked to help deal with my depression and anxiety for a period and it helped to motivate me. Would depend on the strain, but got me through a tough period without missing a beat professionally. I also believe it can treat cancer, pain, and some other ailments.


    There's a stigma to it, but there's a stigma to everything. Hell, us being gay, we have a stigma (think about it).


    To each his own. Would never get into anything heavy, never had the desire. But I think 420 is safer than alcohol and an alternative with some benefits if used properly.
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    Mar 20, 2016 3:29 PM GMT
    there is a reason they call it Dope



    Muscjock286 said... Much healthier than alcohol. Doesn't have some of the addiction issues that alcohol can have imo.
    i would agree with that statement



    Muscjock286 said... smokers are much safer on the road than any alternative. And there's studies showing they're actually the safest drivers.
    NO; not good to operate heavy equipment unless totally sober. Than again give it a few years and some third party blood sucking tech company will develop a device that will allow the do good'ers extract money and fines from the general population.




    Muscjock286 said...I also believe it can treat cancer, pain, and some other ailments...
    NO




    Muscjock286 said... Much healthier than cigarettes...
    NO; than again you dont have to smoke it.
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    Mar 20, 2016 7:02 PM GMT
    For pain management, nausea control and appetite stimulation weed works wonders for many folks. I'd suggest a vaporizer to avoid the particulates inhaling smoke involves as in a joint or pipe.

    I have several friends who are exceptional people and are health nuts and athletes who went through chemo and other disease treatments. Even one very dear young bud who was dying of liver disease and had a very successful transplant. They claim they owe their survival to weed stimulating their appetite, controlling the nausea from treatment and pain from surgery. None of them continued to smoke once they were though treatment for their issues.

    I can't really smoke as I get way too baked. Back in college there was really only ditch weed available and you had to smoke a shoebox of it to get high and it was tough on the lungs. Not anymore. Weed now is super potent comparably and apparently folks build a tolerance to so they can smoke out and function (?).

    If you ever get sick or have a terminal illness you'll want to live where there is a permissive attitude to weed (or it's legal at the state level) and have Dr. assisted suicide as an option (my opinion).
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    Mar 20, 2016 7:09 PM GMT
    pellaz saidthere is a reason they call it Dope



    Muscjock286 said... Much healthier than alcohol. Doesn't have some of the addiction issues that alcohol can have imo.
    i would agree with that statement



    Muscjock286 said... smokers are much safer on the road than any alternative. And there's studies showing they're actually the safest drivers.
    NO; not good to operate heavy equipment unless totally sober. Than again give it a few years and some third party blood sucking tech company will develop a device that will allow the do good'ers extract money and fines from the general population.




    Muscjock286 said...I also believe it can treat cancer, pain, and some other ailments...
    NO




    Muscjock286 said... Much healthier than cigarettes...
    NO; than again you dont have to smoke it.



    You can say "NO" all you want but that doesn't make it factual just because you put it in ALL CAPS. Pharmacies dispense prescriptions for people to legally smoke marijuana for a reason.
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    Mar 21, 2016 12:19 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI don't have anything against marijuana use but I can't stand smoke in any form. I wish they would make all pharmaceutical grade marijuana as edible options only. Not to mention, pot smells like a nasty skunk's cooch on the rag. It's such a disgusting odor.


    +1, I agree with this as well, I am not apposed to it if you use it, but the smell makes me nauseous and gives me migraines. I was once at a concert and just could not take the smell of it.
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    Mar 21, 2016 2:00 AM GMT
    Muscjock286 saidI also believe it can treat cancer, pain, and some other ailments.

    It gets even better if you combine it with water fasting.   icon_wink.gif

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    Mar 21, 2016 10:04 AM GMT
    I was once at a concert and just could not take the smell of it


    I remember that, Cypress Hill was really disappointed in you.

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    Mar 21, 2016 2:36 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said... I can't stand smoke in any form. I wish they would make all pharmaceutical grade marijuana as edible options only. Not to mention, pot smells like a nasty skunk's cooch on the rag. It's such a disgusting odor.
    most of Denver (its legal here) would agree. For personal use there is a 6 plant limit but this is waved for patients or caregivers. The city has enacted new zoning limiting commercial grow house odors.

    smoke free options:
    I have limited knowledge on this, dont use it my self: cannabis oil can be put into capsules so its just like any other medication. Or combined with glycerine or alcohol and have the added benefit of quick delivery and taken under the tongue. Cannabis butter or oil can be substituted for plain butter or oil in any food wine etc, which disguises the flavor and makes it more palatable.


    I am grateful:
    the pot industry here has drove the cost of Denver warehouse space way up. Once these new tenants are installed they tend to want longer term leases. Since they want to convert out of a cash sit you can offer other services to the tenant. All legal and regulated by the state.

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    Mar 21, 2016 3:28 PM GMT
    They should also legalize or decriminalize the growing of limited quantities of pot to get the suppliers out of town. Or did they?
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    Mar 22, 2016 12:12 AM GMT
    Nothing against pot... but pot breath is the worst and doesn't just go away when you brush your teeth. The more you smoke, the more that rot smell sits in your stomach. Whenever I'm making out with a guy I can tell if he's a chronic smoker because that yack smell just floats right on up out of the gut into our kiss.
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    Mar 22, 2016 10:27 AM GMT
    I've never taken pot, but I'm curious to try since it's legal to use in my state. A few questions, though:
    1. How much do you use to get a "high"?
    2. How long does it take to feel the effects? (I suppose it depends on how much you use and for how long.)
    3. Would eating it as a candy bar be just as effective? (I don't smoke and never have, so the thought of smoking it doesn't appeal to me. I remember New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's article about eating as a candy bar in Denver, and it made her sick. She took one bite, and nothing happened, and took several more while she waited to see what would happen and got a higher "high" than she expected or wanted.)
    Someone who was taking chemotherapy was taking it, and I heard he felt much better after using marijuana. After finishing chemo, he didn't take it again. And there are the epileptics for whom it is said that it controls their seizures. I wonder how it's administered to children. I think of marijuana as medicine, and if it enhances your well-being, I see nothing wrong with it. I don't see that it's any different from antidepressants and tranquilizers. By the way, I have passed several marijuana dispensaries, and I didn't find the odor offensive at all.
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    Mar 22, 2016 2:05 PM GMT
    Cutlass saidI've never taken pot, but I'm curious to try since it's legal to use in my state. A few questions, though:
    1. How much do you use to get a "high"?
    2. How long does it take to feel the effects? (I suppose it depends on how much you use and for how long.)
    3. Would eating it as a candy bar be just as effective? (I don't smoke and never have, so the thought of smoking it doesn't appeal to me. I remember New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's article about eating as a candy bar in Denver, and it made her sick. She took one bite, and nothing happened, and took several more while she waited to see what would happen and got a higher "high" than she expected or wanted.)
    Someone who was taking chemotherapy was taking it, and I heard he felt much better after using marijuana. After finishing chemo, he didn't take it again. And there are the epileptics for whom it is said that it controls their seizures. I wonder how it's administered to children. I think of marijuana as medicine, and if it enhances your well-being, I see nothing wrong with it. I don't see that it's any different from antidepressants and tranquilizers. By the way, I have passed several marijuana dispensaries, and I didn't find the odor offensive at all.



    1. Well, that's the main reason I don't smoke it more often. It varies GREATLY depending upon the species, it's freshness, the ratio between stems and buds, how it's ingested and the user.

    2. Normally just a few minutes, although sometimes it can act very slowly and you take another hit only to realize the hit you had already taken is kicking in. Then you've ingested too much.

    3. Yes, but the effects are very different. Eating it comes on very gradually, but the high is way more intense to me. It also lasts much longer.....like for several hours. Eating it makes it extremely difficult to know if you've taken enough. You can eat a brownie and still not feel a thing after half an hour. That's when most people eat more only to feel this intense, unstoppable tidal wave coming over them. For people with anxiety or panic attacks this can be a very unpleasant experience.

    Although you didn't ask this question, I think it's important to know the type of high you get with pot varies to ridiculous degrees too. You might smoke one type that will make you very reflective and insightful, then smoke another type and it will make you so paranoid you close all the blinds and hide in your closet! Yet another reason I don't smoke it often.

    FYI: I actually love the way it smells.
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    Mar 24, 2016 5:11 AM GMT
    I think some of the stereotypes are funny. Comical actually. Especially seeing how some are probably alcohol drinkers or use synthetic drugs for muscle building. To each his own. I'm not one to judge.



    I don't know anybody who smokes enough to have "smokers" breath. It's not a cigarette. Side effects are milder than alcohol. Won't go into details or debate until needed but not really a comparison.


    Anything you do should be done in moderation. You should always research before trying something new. To each his own.





    Come have some insightful intellectual conversation with a non-stereotypical partaker on occasion.
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    Mar 24, 2016 6:30 AM GMT

    Depends on what this specific law defines as a "small amount" icon_lol.gif

    Pot today is nothing like it was back in my 20's (mid 80's), a 'small amount' back then would be considered a "a one finger bag", rolled correctly, the one finger bag (at the time $10.00) could net up to 5 joints.

    I suppose a small amount today, with pot's enormous potency, would be considered 1 joint, half the size of a cigarette icon_question.gif


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    Mar 24, 2016 6:35 AM GMT
    People who smoke marijuana on a regular basis for years and those who are dependent on it are significantly more likely to have economic and social problems at midlife than those who use it only occasionally or not at all, new research shows. And the longer that people regularly smoke, the greater their chances of having these troubles.

    And thus they become Bernie voters.

    http://www.newsweek.com/regular-marijuana-use-linked-economic-and-social-problems-440107

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    Mar 24, 2016 3:04 PM GMT
    desertmuscl saidPeople who smoke marijuana on a regular basis for years and those who are dependent on it are significantly more likely to have economic and social problems at midlife than those who use it only occasionally or not at all, new research shows. And the longer that people regularly smoke, the greater their chances of having these troubles.

    And thus they become Bernie voters.

    http://www.newsweek.com/regular-marijuana-use-linked-economic-and-social-problems-440107





    I won't bite at the Bernie Sanders comment but even without reading the article I can tell you the rest of what you wrote is true. Smoking weed on a regular basis seems to leave people with the I-don't-give-a-shit attitude. But I'd rather see that than what daily alcohol use does to people. Alcohol abuse makes people destroy other's lives, where pot abuse makes them destroy their own lives (generally speaking of course.) But just like drinking, I don't see much harm in the occasional use. We can walk down the street drinking tequila straight from the bottle so I don't see why we can't burn a joint.
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    Mar 24, 2016 3:38 PM GMT
    Radd said... Smoking weed on a regular basis seems to leave people with the I-don't-give-a-shit attitude...
    got to loose your stereo types like all gays like show tunes.
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    Mar 24, 2016 9:41 PM GMT
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    Radd said... Smoking weed on a regular basis seems to leave people with the I-don't-give-a-shit attitude...
    got to loose your stereo types like all gays like show tunes.



    Huh? Are you okay?
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    Mar 24, 2016 9:54 PM GMT
    woodfordr saidNothing against pot... but pot breath is the worst and doesn't just go away when you brush your teeth. The more you smoke, the more that rot smell sits in your stomach. Whenever I'm making out with a guy I can tell if he's a chronic smoker because that yack smell just floats right on up out of the gut into our kiss.

    Sounds like they're swallowing the smoke instead of inhaling it? That's an interesting trick. Especially the burp when they kiss you.
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    Mar 25, 2016 2:44 AM GMT
    Import saidThis is fantastic news! And another win for people that smoke dope.


    And now if they were just a bit more progressive like NYC and allowed pissing in the street it would be the perfect city. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 25, 2016 1:11 PM GMT
    desertmuscl saidPeople who smoke marijuana on a regular basis for years and those who are dependent on it are significantly more likely to have economic and social problems at midlife than those who use it only occasionally or not at all, new research shows. And the longer that people regularly smoke, the greater their chances of having these troubles.

    And thus they become Bernie voters.

    http://www.newsweek.com/regular-marijuana-use-linked-economic-and-social-problems-440107



    There could be a lot of factors at play. Outside of the effects of the MJ on that person's quality of life, decision making, etc.


    For example. A MJ charge could impact your economic situation which would affect you socially. If the laws were different that wouldn't be an issue so the statistics could change.


    It's like equating being gay with be more promiscuous or more prone to drug use. There's lots of factors that cause the LGBT community to have higher addiction rates.




    To each his own. I try my best not to be judgemental.
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    Mar 29, 2016 1:57 AM GMT
    I've already seen many more people smoking in public. It's nice to see people have a bit more freedom back.