Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Study Finds No Link between Marijuana and Lung Cancer

A marijuana cigarette also deposits four times as much of that tar as an equivalent tobacco one. Scientists were therefore surprised to learn that a study of more than 2,000 people found no increase in the risk of developing lung cancer for marijuana smokers.

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Just Released: Insider Information on NSA Wiretaps

\" ...the N.S.A. began to eavesdrop on callers...or to investigate them using traditional police methods. A government consultant told me that tens of thousands of Americans had had their calls monitored in one way or the other. [...] the Administration, by not approaching the FISA court early on, had made it much harder to go to the court later.\"\r\n\r\nEveryone should be aware of this by now. Makes me sicker eveytime I think about it.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

It's even safer than email!!!

Ok, this story is a bit old I know, but give me a break, it's Sunday! According to a study conducted by hewlett-packard, Email is more damaging to our IQ's than smoking marijuana. You can read more about this at cnn here.
It's strange how pot smokers are always portrayed as the burnouts, like we are always on a little vacation in the head. In reality it seems obvious to me that the mix of television, alcohol, menial jobs, omnipresent aggressive advertising (but google ads on blogs are ok ;-) ), and now apparantly email that are turning our brains into delicious milkshakes. Yum.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Interview! Meet Mikey!!

This rather relaxed looking fellow is Mikey. Mikey is 27 years old and is a "disaster prevention specialist", and is considered a top performer in his job. I had a chance to speak with Mikey about life, love, and the zen of weed.

Ganja Papers: So, Mikey, when and how did you start smoking marijuana?

Mikey: The very first time I smoked I was 12, I was at a party for a kid in the neighborhood, he was turning 16, I always hung out with older kids, and they had a roach. I and one kid smoked it ourselves. After That I didn’t smoke again for one year, then when I was 13, I was hanging out with a friend of mine, we picked up a few dimes, and went back to a graveyard behind the apartments that she lived in and smoked like 4 joints. I got blazed. That’s when I decided this was something I want to do regularly.

GP: Besides work and weed, What are your interests?

M: I enjoy golfing, deep sea fishing, scuba, snorkel, spear fishing, motorcycles, shooting pool, and boating. I sold my motorcycle last summer and waiting to back to Florida to buy a new one

GP: So, lets fast-forward to now. You told me you work as "Disaster prevention specialist", tell me more about that.

M: I locate underground gas and electric, I have to look up underground blue prints on my laptop, read and understand them. I use a radio detection machine to find them. Peoples lives depend on the job I do, if someone was digging and hit the gas and electric line with a shovel or a machine, it could cause I very nasty situation. I’m considered the most valuable employees by many, I do more jobs a day than anyone. I’ve been selected employee of the month 2 months in a row. I’m close with all the higher ups in the company, they treat me as their equal which is very rare in our company.

GP: Would you say you are happy with your current job?

M: I was a chef for 10 years before I started this, its a huge welcomed change. I love the job; I’m by myself all day, driving around from town to town, spray painting in yards, kind of like legal vandalism!

GP: Wow! Those are both very hands on and precision jobs. Do you feel like marijuana has gotten in the way of your job?

M: Not in the least bit. I’m on the phone with an average of 25 contractors every day, all talking about different jobs; I don’t have any problems keeping up with all that stuff.

GP: So let’s switch gears and get a little more in depth. Have you ever had any legal troubles because of marijuana?

M: Yes. When I had just turned 18, I had been married for about 2 months at the time, I was working as a roofer at the time with a buddy of mine, it was raining all day so we didn’t work, we went and picked my wife up and smoked 2 joints, we got to a stop sign and there was a cop at the stop sign. As we turned, he pulled us over. Apparently the inspection sticker on the car was out of date. I had 2 bags of weed on me, total about 1/4 and a 1/8, he had a couple bags on him, and they arrested us.

GP: What was your sentence?

M: It was under an ounce, so it was a misdemeanor. I had to go to court and pay a large fine, I had seen the same judge on previous charge as a teenager. He was tired of seeing me, he told me he was going to give me 11 months in county and a 500 dollar fine for the disorderly conduct. I told him I had been trying to move out of state and that if I hadn’t been paying fines I could have left already. He asked if I didn’t have any fines to be paying, how soon I could be gone. I told him I could be gone within 3 weeks. He made me a deal that if I was gone by then, and sent him a letter postmarked from Arizona when I got there, that he would drop all my fines, and he told me he NEVER wanted to see me again.

GP: Sounds Harrowing, being run out of town for smoking a little reefer. Before we finish, Is there anything else you would like to say?

M: Yes. Weed is not a gateway drug, it can be a wonderful thing as long as you can handle it, it’s not for everybody and its not to be done just to be cool or fit in. Be Careful and keep smoking up!


Mikey can be found on his myspace here.
Check back soon for more interviews!

Marijuana Laws waste of money

While I am still preparing interviews I thought I would share some information with everyone. According to Harvard University economist Dr. Jeffrey A. Miron, The United States government spent a whopping 3.67 BILLION dollars on marijuana law enforcement and prevention in 2004. That is no typo. 3.67 BILLION FREAKING DOLLARS. Do you know of any causes in the United States that could use that extra 3.67 bfd's? (billion freaking dollars)? How about all of the Katrina families? AIDS research, education, feeding the hungry, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE? What's even worse is according to this report, the supply and demand of marijuana continue to grow. If marijuana were legalized, not only would we have that 3.67 bfd, but tons of revenue from the taxation of the 14 million users in the US. (according to http://www.nida.nih.gov/)
But no, the big wigs and fat cats see it fit to put innocent, otherwise law-abiding citizens in prison, while the rest of the country is trying to cope with real problems. This all gives me a terrible case of heartburn. Till next time :-) .......

Read Dr. Miron's report here

Friday, May 19, 2006

Marijuana. What does that word mean to you?

Does it conjure up images of kids accidentally shooting each other? Maybe you think of Cheech and Chong , Or maybe you think of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed. All of these images hold some part of the truth (well, maybe not the rediculous ads), but not the whole picture. They create a stereotype....and we all know what those little bastards can do.
The purpose of this page is break these stereotypes and show Marijuana smokers for what they are. And what's that you ask? Well that is really up to the people that I interview. They are you and I, black or white, activists, artists, business moguls, doctors, lawyers...the list goes on.
These people are not all lazy couch-dwellers, but hard working people who live meaningful and fruitful lives.


Check back here in the next few days for updates and Interviews!

Coming Soon!

What the title says ;-)