Getting The Cannabis Closet For Christmas, Ctd

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Also a great gift for your virtual friends. A reader writes:

I'm taking part in the Reddit Secret Santa exchange for the first time. You basically stalk the redditor you've been matched with for a while by reading his/her comments on Reddit and then send a gift you think they would like.  I ended up being matched with a redditor whose comments are mostly about pot. While I'm a big supporter of legalization, I don't have any experience/knowledge of it and had to google most of the terms he uses (MFLB, kief, ZOB…). I also read that he's an atheist, so my gift was centered on that aspect (of which I know more).

Then, a couple of days ago, I ended up on your website, which I hadn't checked in a while. And there it was: "The Cannabis Closet". The perfect gift! Thank you! He hasn't gotten it yet, but I'm pretty sure he'll love it! Can't wait for his reaction!

To get the book by Christmas Eve (it takes about a week for Blurb to print it), use the promo-code LASTCHANCE for 50% off shipping Next Day Air. To get the book after Christmas, use DISH for a $3 discount on any form of shipping.  More details after the jump:

LAST CHANCE: 50% off of Next Day Air shipping
Valid: Now through December 18th, midnight PST
Details: Offer covers 50% of the Next Day Air costs in one order, shipped to one address. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders. This offer can be combined with applicable volume order discounts.

Coupon Code: DISH
Promotion: Daily Dish shipping discount
Valid: Now through 3/31/2011
Details: Discount of $2.99 applies to shipping costs in one order and shipped to one address. This offer cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders. However, this offer can be combined with volume order discounts.

Cut-off dates by ship method in order to receive by Christmas Eve:
Ground: Sunday 12/12 midnight PST
Second Day Air: Wednesday 12/15 midnight PST
Next Day Air: Sunday 12/19 midnight PST

Getting The Cannabis Closet For Christmas

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They've been selling like fresh brownies off the cookie-tray. Once you actually read the little book, you'll see why. There's still time to order the book and receive it by December 24th.  And you can get 50% off Next Day Air shipping if you use the promo-code LAST CHANCE. Fine print after the jump:

LAST CHANCE: 50% off of Next Day Air shipping
Valid: Now through December 18th, midnight PST
Details: Offer covers 50% of the Next Day Air costs in one order, shipped to one address. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders. This offer can be combined with applicable volume order discounts.

Cut-off dates by ship method in order to receive by Christmas Eve:
Ground: Sunday 12/12 midnight PST
Second Day Air: Wednesday 12/15 midnight PST
Next Day Air: Sunday 12/19 midnight PST

The Cannabis Closet: Five Hours Left For Free Shipping!

[Re-posted from earlier today]

Longtime Dishheads will remember that rather extraordinary reader email thread that had to do with secret middle-class, mainstream marijuana use – for medical and non-medical reasons. The thread "The Cannabis Closet" began with one reader email in March 2009 and became one of the most talked-about cultural discussions on the question of marijuana legalization. Dishheads will also remember we promised, by popular demand, to compile them all into a book. We are massively over-stretched, but we have finally come through, thanks to Chris Bodenner's meticulous and back-breaking work. Drum roll please …

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The book is a compilation of first-person pot use testimonials, from top executives to responsible parents, from entrepreneurs to A-students, from unwinding suburbanites to the very sick. In more than 120 personal stories, it demolishes every hoary "stoner" stereotype of the regular pot-user. It doesn't glide over the downsides of pot-use, but it does explain more graphically and powerfully how marijuana-use has become as American as, er, brownies and milk. It shows how responsible pot-use is already compatible with middle-class life and its obligations. Browse and buy it here.

Reading it as a whole is a totally different experience than reading it one email at a time. When I got Chris's first draft, I couldn't stop reading it, and couldn't help but be strangely moved by it all over again, even though I had read every single word of it before. There's something about the cumulative impact of so many heart-felt testimonials that does more to change the mind than any abstract argument, and Chris has shaped it into a compelling narrative – from shame and doubt to a form of liberation and success – that packs a real punch. It's a truly powerful way to persuade anyone of the rightness and sanity of this cause – created by the anonymity and free expression of new media, now re-purposed into the classic staple of old media: a simple, short, easily pocketed paperback.

We've also produced this book the way we did "The View From Your Window" – bypassing the publishing industry and created this book through the wonderful Blurb.com. You can buy it directly here.

More to the point: if you buy it before midnight tonight PST, shipping from Blurb is free (coupon code: FESTIVE). After tonight, we got a special shipping discount of $2.99 (DISH). Now for the even better news: this 120 page, top-quality paperback is yours for … $5.95. I repeat: $5.95. We've been able to get the price so low precisely because we have gone around the publishing industry, and because the content (from you) is free. So if you buy it today, it's under $6. If you buy it from tomorrow on, the price with shipping is under $10. If those T shirts were too expensive for you, this is an extremely affordable self-gift or gift to a friend or family member. It's just testimonies of real people, with a foreword by yours truly.

A special thanks to everyone at Blurb who assisted the project along the way, namely Leigh Haber, Brent Baker, and CEO Eileen Gittins. And I'd also like to thank personally the greatest book designer of our time, my old friend, Chip Kidd, who created the cover. This is a wonderful blend of old media and new media in the dissemination of stories and truths that were rarely covered before. And I hope it can play a role in ending Prohibition in this country and around the world.

Buy it now.

Special discount details and holiday shipping deadlines after the jump:

Coupon Code: FESTIVE
Promotion: Free Shipping for Ground orders
Valid: Now through midnight Dec 10th PST
Details: Offer covers Ground shipping costs up to US $6.99 for up to three books in one order, shipped to one address. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders. This offer can, however, be combined with volume order discounts.

Coupon Code: DISH
Promotion: Daily Dish shipping discount
Valid: Now through 3/31/2011
Details: Discount of $2.99 applies to shipping costs in one order and shipped to one address. This offer cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders. However, this offer can be combined with volume order discounts.

Cut-off dates by ship method in order to receive by Christmas Eve
Ground: Sunday 12/12 midnight PST
Second Day Air: Wednesday 12/15 midnight PST
Next Day Air: Sunday 12/19 midnight PST

The Cannabis Closet: Reader Reactions

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The books are flying from their virtual shelves. A reader writes:

I've been not-so-patiently awaiting the release of "The Cannabis Closet" for a while now, so I would have been a buyer no matter what. But when I found out it was selling for about the cost of a half gram of weed? Oh hell yeah. Seriously though, I love the series and I can't wait to check out my just-ordered book. Many thanks to you, Chris, Blurb, and the readers who shared their stories!

Remember: if you order before midnight tonight PST, shipping is free! You can browse the book here. (Use the coupon code FESTIVE for free shipping today; after that Dishheads get a $2.99 shipping discount, with the promo-code DISH. So the maximum anyone can pay is under $10. Buy yours here. I just bought ten for family and friends.) Another writes:

Just picked up a copy for a late Chanukah gift for my father. He's a charter member of the Cannabis Closet and a successful business owner. He loves the naj, so this will be the perfect gift. Thanks for making this so affordable, it was a no brainer.

Another:

Done and done! The VFYW book was great (it still resides on my coffee table) and at $5.95 I'll happily support the Dish.

Another:

Yay!!!! Since the T-shirts were a little expensive for us, I was happy to see that the book was so much more affordable! Thanks! I followed that thread religiously, so I'm sure that reading it as a whole will be a treat. Thanks again, and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Aaron, your lovely dogs and all the editors at the Dish.

Once again, the book is here. And the View From Your Window book is here. (Why not make a double-gift of both for your favorite Dishhead friend or family member?)

Introducing “The Cannabis Closet”

Longtime Dishheads will remember that rather extraordinary reader email thread that had to do with secret middle-class, mainstream marijuana use – for medical and non-medical reasons. The thread "The Cannabis Closet" began with one reader email in March 2009 and became one of the most talked-about cultural discussions on the question of marijuana legalization. Dishheads will also remember we promised, by popular demand, to compile them all into a book. We are massively over-stretched, but we have finally come through, thanks to Chris Bodenner's meticulous and back-breaking work. Drum roll please …

Cannabis-cover

The book is a compilation of first-person pot use testimonials, from top executives to responsible parents, from entrepreneurs to A-students, from unwinding suburbanites to the very sick. In more than 120 personal stories, it demolishes every hoary "stoner" stereotype of the regular pot-user. It doesn't glide over the downsides of pot-use, but it does explain more graphically and powerfully how marijuana-use has become as American as, er, brownies and milk. It shows how responsible pot-use is already compatible with middle-class life and its obligations. Browse and buy it here.

Reading it as a whole is a totally different experience than reading it one email at a time. When I got Chris's first draft, I couldn't stop reading it, and couldn't help but be strangely moved by it all over again, even though I had read every single word of it before. There's something about the cumulative impact of so many heart-felt testimonials that does more to change the mind than any abstract argument, and Chris has shaped it into a compelling narrative – from shame and doubt to a form of liberation and success – that packs a real punch. It's a truly powerful way to persuade anyone of the rightness and sanity of this cause – created by the anonymity and free expression of new media, now re-purposed into the classic staple of old media: a simple, short, easily pocketed paperback.

We've also produced this book the way we did "The View From Your Window" – bypassing the publishing industry and created this book through the wonderful Blurb.com. You can buy it directly here.

More to the point: if you buy it before midnight tonight PST, shipping from Blurb is free (coupon code: FESTIVE). After tonight, we got a special shipping discount of $2.99 (DISH). Now for the even better news: this 120 page, top-quality paperback is yours for … $5.95. I repeat: $5.95. We've been able to get the price so low precisely because we have gone around the publishing industry, and because the content (from you) is free. So if you buy it today, it's under $6. If you buy it from tomorrow on, the price with shipping is under $10. If those T shirts were too expensive for you, this is an extremely affordable self-gift or gift to a friend or family member. It's just testimonies of real people, with a foreword by yours truly.

A special thanks to everyone at Blurb who assisted the project along the way, namely Leigh Haber, Brent Baker, and CEO Eileen Gittins. And I'd also like to thank personally the greatest book designer of our time, my old friend, Chip Kidd, who created the cover. This is a wonderful blend of old media and new media in the dissemination of stories and truths that were rarely covered before. And I hope it can play a role in ending Prohibition in this country and around the world.

Buy it now.

Special discount details and holiday shipping deadlines after the jump:

Coupon Code: FESTIVE
Promotion: Free Shipping for Ground orders
Valid: Now through midnight Dec 10th PST
Details: Offer covers Ground shipping costs up to US $6.99 for up to three books in one order, shipped to one address. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders. This offer can, however, be combined with volume order discounts.

Coupon Code: DISH
Promotion: Daily Dish shipping discount
Valid: Now through 3/31/2011
Details: Discount of $2.99 applies to shipping costs in one order and shipped to one address. This offer cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders. However, this offer can be combined with volume order discounts.

Cut-off dates by ship method in order to receive by Christmas Eve
Ground: Sunday 12/12 midnight PST
Second Day Air: Wednesday 12/15 midnight PST
Next Day Air: Sunday 12/19 midnight PST

The Cannabis Closet: The Secret Gardener

A reader writes:

I am a high school teacher and married with two children in Massachusetts. I grow a small amount of marijuana (6 plants average). During harvest, the basement is a bustle with trimming. My four-year-old daughter, who loves gardening and always asks to help, is allowed to cut large leaves from the plants. She asks questions about trimming and the flowers, about the seeds, why we hang it upside down when we dry it, etc. The mantra in my head is, "I am not a criminal" (I've never even had a speeding ticket), so I answer honestly.

Essentially, in our home we are out of the closet and don't hide growing, harvesting, or "partaking" from our kids.

I have been easing my daughter into the "some people believe it is harmful, so they don't want me to have it" conversation, which she listens to without judgment. But we never name it. It's always "the plants" or "medicine." Any other terminology is like profanity for my kids; if they know the word, they may utter it in an inappropriate place.

It is with great satisfaction that I can come out of the closet on the Dish. My high school students, who are "from the hood", are completely out of the closet about it – a cultural phenomenon I believe contributes to the disparity between white and minority marijuana arrests. Despite the fact that I am outspoken about legalization – and that I too smoked some weed in college – they have no idea of my current relationship with the drug.

How I wish I could maintain a school marijuana garden to create the same interest, curiosity and patience in my troubled students that my daughter experiences in our year-round basement garden.

The Cannabis Closet: Mom’s Rules

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A reader writes:

The trouble may be in the fact that those of us who smoke herb illegally have already negotiated all of the pitfalls only now being considered by those who don't. Yes, it stinks. That's why we eat it. (THC is fat-soluble, so melting it into butter or oil makes all kinds of yummies!) Yes, it causes second-hand smoke. That's why those of us with kids already keep our activities far away from them. In our house, for instance, pot is only smoked in the garage, which the kid has been informed is too dangerous for him to go into, what with the sharp tools and all (he's six, so this is working so far).

Yes, it impairs driving and working (duh, kinda the point), so we don't drive or work under the influence. As an actor, the idea of working stoned is absurd. In fact, my rule has always been exactly what your rheumatoid arthritis sufferer came up with – only when responsibilities are done and I'm in for the night (and now, that the wee one is asleep). I made up that rule when I was 23, when I first started smoking. Which is why I really do think one should wait until one is 21. One must figure out responsibilities first.

The only time I broke these rules and was caught by police (I was smoking in my apt – pre-kids – with the windows open, stupid), the cops gave me and my two friends a big lecture about how to keep it under the radar. (Rule 1, shut your windows.) Then they stole my pot. Of course, that was a happy outcome and I was grateful.

I think perhaps everyone else just needs to catch up to what we have already learned: how to keep it reasonable and under the radar.  It makes me think of the Cannabis Closet feature. If we somehow show the non-tokers that we have it all sorted, will it make them feel better?

(Photo by Flickrite Stephen Train)

The Cannabis Closet: Christmas Dinner

A reader writes:

I was raised in a pot smoking family, and my parents looked at pot the same way they did other adult "vices"; they taught me to be careful, responsible, and respectful of other peoples' boundaries.  I went to college, got a BA and two advanced degrees, and now I'm successful in my career (although as an educator, my career would be destroyed by an arrest for possession).  My biggest struggles with substance abuse are with wine. 

My parents are retired from long careers in public service and, yes, they still smoke pot.  At Christmas this year, I will make a lovely dinner, my mother will open a few bottles of Burgundy, and my Dad will fill up a couple of balloons from the vaporiser.  We will laugh and talk and eat.  I look forward to the day when  my son will be able to keep up with the conversation, take a hit, and make a toast and join in the family celebration as an adult.

The Cannabis Closet: Pain Or Unemployment?

A reader writes:

I live in Northern California, and I voted Yes on Proposition 19. I smoked a little cannabis when I was in my late teens and early 20s, back in the late '70s. It didn’t make me want to try other, more potentially dangerous illegal drugs. In fact, because I was a student and broke most of the time, I rarely could afford to buy it (and frankly, I was too naive to know easily how to get it). For me, it was like having an occasional glass of very nice wine, usually during a party when a joint was being passed around. I enjoyed the experience and left it at that.

I’m in my early 50s now. I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for more than 20 years, and while some treatments for the disease are effective, their efficacy varies from person to person, and they often only work for a while.

It’s a very painful and often disabling and even disfiguring disease; I've taken many, many different medications in an attempt to control it and relieve the pain. The latest "cocktail" of drugs I take for RA is, my doctor tells me, controlling the disease. Unfortunately, the joint pain remains.

About six months ago I finally got brave enough to take my medical records to a “pot doctor,” and got the “card” (it’s actually a letter) that makes it legal for me to use cannabis to treat my pain. I went to a dispensary and bought some.

It helps with the pain, but I discovered (this wasn’t a big surprise) that while I was under the influence, I shouldn’t try to do anything very productive, and certainly shouldn’t attempt to drive. Of course, it's the same with alcohol, and it's the same with opiate-based prescription analgesics as well. I drink very little, and I hate taking opiate painkillers for fear of becoming tolerant, dependent and addicted. Cannabis is a wonderful alternative, used responsibly and with care.

So while being able to use pot for pain has been nice, I've only used it in the evenings or on weekends when I know I’m going to be home and prepared to be unproductive while I'm in less pain.

But now I find myself in a conundrum. I’ve been unemployed for a couple of years. I continue to search for work, but so far have been unable to find a job. Here's the thing: If I do find a decent job and get an interview, what happens if they require a drug test? If I’m using cannabis, I’ll fail it. Goodbye, job.

So even though I have my weed tucked away in my cupboard, ready to use when I hurt badly, I haven’t used it for quite some time, just in case. When it comes to pain relief versus full-time employment, I have to be realistic and pragmatic and go for the latter. Prop 19 might not have changed this situation much (certainly it would have taken some time for the overall social culture to change), but it was something to look forward to. Now I guess that change will just have to wait. And as long as I'm unemployed, so will I.