by Chris Bodenner We almost missed this AP item today: Oakland residents overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to approve a first-of-its kind tax on medical marijuana sold at the city's four cannabis dispensaries. Preliminary election results showed the measure passing with 80 percent of the vote, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. The Dish recently … Continue reading Reefer Progress
A reader writes:
Sure, there are people who get away with smoking pot. But given that the possible legal consequences – exile, imprisonment, and job loss – are pretty much the most serious imaginable, it seems that anybody who feels 100% safe is just fooling themselves. I bet you could get just emails from people who regularly drive drunk and have had nothing happen to them.
Today on the Dish we delved into the dark and disturbing past surrounding McChrystal – Obama's man in Afghanistan – just as civilian casualties have spiked in that country. Jon Stewart, for his part, delved into the insanity of DADT, while Shep continued to be the lone journalist among his colleagues on torture. In other … Continue reading The Daily Wrap
Today was another big day for marriage; the honorable people of Maine brought the country one state closer to full equality, while Marion Barry threatened a "civil war" in the District and Heather Mac Donald argued that gay husbands will cause black dads to flee. In other news, the incoming stress tests caused rumblings, the … Continue reading The Daily Wrap
Today on the Dish we got a glimpse at what real heroism during the interrogations looked like. A glimpse at the swine flu, however, looked bad. An assortment of quotes on torture came back to haunt George Bush, John McCain, and Newt Gingrich, while other apologists began to plan a legal defense. I took a look at Obama's 100 … Continue reading The Daily Wrap
For those catching up, Friday on the Dish we discovered that torture photos are forthcoming, Bush interrogators used religion as a weapon, and the US once executed soldiers for committing the same crimes advanced by Cheney. The media elite will not rock the boat, lest they implicate their pals in government or disrupt their false "balance" on the torture … Continue reading The Friday Wrap
Today I continued to grapple with the torture fallout. Fox News and the Cheney right (sadly joined by moderates Buckley and Peggy) continued to diminish it, but McCain at least used the T-word. We got a glimpse at Mormon porn, Philips TV put out a blockbuster ad, Conor proposed some great budget cuts as Glenn Reynolds postured, we celebrated … Continue reading The Daily Wrap
A reader writes:
I wanted to correct a minor but persistent notion about cannabis, one perpetuated by your reader who says it "induces passivity." Many think that there's just one type of psychoactive cannabis. In reality there are two – Sativa and Indica – and hundreds if not thousands of hybrids between the two.
Indica-dominants increase appetite, create a pleasant body buzz, induce sleep/couch-lock, ease pain, etc. Sativa-dominants produce few or none of these effects – instead, they are stimulating, neither increase nor decrease appetite, and produce a creative head high. Most "weed" in the United States is Indica-dominant and it'll probably stay that way (if for no other reason than that Indicas grow faster).
A reader writes: As someone who believes that being a homosexual is not a choice, I'm surprised that you would compare the use of cannabis being a homosexual. True both of these things can have a negative impact on a person's life if they are revealed, but whatever your opinion about sexuality, smoking weed is … Continue reading Dissent Of The Day