Weed Tourists: Avoid the Edibles

There is a “common wisdom” among occasional cannabis users that eating the herb is better than smoking it.  While that’s probably true for heavy users, I have to say a person is less likely to have a bad experience when they smoke it.

In almost every single incident where a “marijuana tourist” lost their cool and had a really bad experience…in Colorado…it involved edibles.  Edibles are unpredictable for a number of reasons.

For one, the quality of the products vary wildly, as does the strength of cannabis used in the cookies, or brownies, or candies, or treats.

Secondly, when ingested, the timing of impact is highly unpredictable.  I’ve had some products hit me quickly, within thirty minutes, while others actually took around four hours before I started feeling it.  The average is about an hour, but it’s no guarantee.

Often what happens is that a person eats the recommended dosage–say one cookie or one candy bar–then they wait a couple of hours, don’t feel anything, then they eat two or three more cookies, thinking they’ve been gypped…and that’s where the trouble starts.

Here’s my unsolicited advice: if you take a trip to Colorado and plan to sample the wares, buy a little throw-away pipe, just a little one-hitter that you can buy anywhere for between five to ten dollars.

Then buy three grams of herb: one Sativa, one Indica, and one hybrid.  Ask your “bud-tender” for suggestions.  They’re usually pretty savvy.  It shouldn’t cost much more than $40 in all for the pipe and three grams of good herb.

When you get back to your safe place, smoke just one little hit of the herb, then wait and see what happens.  A little pot goes a long way these days.  This way, you’ll establish a baseline and then you can decide if you should smoke more or less of the herb the next time.

When it’s time to go home, throw the freaking pipe away, especially if you live in a hard-ass state like Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, or Texas.  Pot pipes stink, and if a cop’s looking for one, he’ll probably find it.  It’s just not worth it.

So that’s my two-cents on the matter.  Best of luck.

Guns, Purity, and Compromise

If progressives are ever to enact meaningful gun control, we have to do so lightly, or we’ll never win. Those are just the facts on the ground. And the same applies to all of our policies.

A “pro-life” liberal in a southern seat is preferable to a “pro-life” conservative. A “pro-gun” liberal in a rural western district is preferable to a conservative who has the same blind faith in the second amendment.

Why? Because a “pro-life” liberal in the south can still be a “pro-worker, pro-environment, and pro-universal health care” activist in a key role of lawmaking. That can’t be said of the “pro-life” conservative.

If progressives are ever to achieve our “Blue Wave” dreams of taking back congress in the next round of elections, we have to be realistic. A perfectly pure, azure liberal standard of policy-making simply cannot be applied like a cookie-cutter solution to every race. It can’t even be done district to district, or county to county, or city to town.

Our two-party political platform is like a huge, ugly, dirty old chess game where you have to sacrifice a pawn or two in order to get the queen. Incremental progress is better, and more likely, than landslide victories.

We may well achieve our “Blue Wave” dreams in 2018 and 2020, but it ain’t gonna happen if we only run liberals so perfectly blue that they shit grapes.

The liberal who takes San Francisco will never have San Antonio. The liberal who takes Boulder will never take Colorado Springs…however…there are “mostly liberal” candidates on the interstices who very well might.

It’s vital that we stop our infighting and realized that a “one size fits all” Democrat will never be the solution.

The Helplessness of Capitalism

Anybody else tired of the “what can we do?” hand-wringing about the opioid crisis?  It’s not as if these drugs are smuggled in by Colombian cartels and nothing can be done.  We know exactly who’s making them, but as always, money talks.

This is true for virtually everything in our country, everything from climate change to the gun debate to health care.  Time and time again, regardless of the issue, the big money wins.

This is not a system to brag about.  This so-called “free market” system is failing the vast majority of Americans on every front.

We live in an “Us vs. Them” system, and it’s about time that everyone realized that.  It’s “Us vs. The Rich.”  That’s it.  That’s the fundamental definition of the battle at hand.

Eat the Rich

“This elite group is worth $9.1 trillion, up 18% since last year.” – Forbes

That’s $9.1 trillion divided between about 2200 people.

Poor conservatives are too stupid to realize that they’re digging their own graves.

Most believe they’re billionaires in the making.

It’s a safe bet that when working-class Republicans die, they’ll be a few grand in debt, and the collectors will go after their children.

Capitalism works….

Booze is a Hard Drug

I saw this when I was a kid.  It said that each was basically the same, i.e. a bottle of beer was the same as a glass of wine, which is the same as a shot of booze.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

While it may be true in the literal sense, the reality is quite different in practice.

Booze is the hard stuff.  If a person ever develops a drinking problem, the odds are high that it will be related to booze.  Whether it’s delinquency, spousal abuse, or drunk driving, booze is always a much greater factor than beer.

I’ve been seeing advertisements for booze on television lately, which is alarming.  They might as well be advertising for cocaine, or methamphetamine, because the potential for addiction and destructiveness is basically the same.

Seeing booze ads on TV again is a prime example of what I hate about our world: money decides all.  Even if lives are ruined or lost, if it makes money, the money will win.

I don’t want to be a hypocrite.  I love my tequila, but a degree of responsibility is in order here.  Booze is not “just like beer” and to imply as much will place thousands of lives in very real jeopardy.

Pros & Cons, and Professional Cons

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, recently lost his security clearance.  He was only privy to those highly classified documents for over a year, so what could go wrong?  Anyway, we all know what he was up to: making business deals.

Bet your bottom dollar, Kushner was using his position to leverage new business “arrangements” for himself and his family, which of course includes Trump.

One down, two to go.

And in the “I can’t believe it’s not butter” department, a major gun seller has just decided to stop selling assault rifles.

Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

We all know what this means: it means we need to stop by Dick’s and buy ourselves something nice.

Rest assured the gun nuts will be “up in arms” about this so-called “assault” on their freedom to be insane…so we have to counter their bullshit by planting as many of our own daisies as possible.

Come on!  Let’s be a Dick about it.

The “Sheriff of Nottingham” Party

Republicans exist for one reason: to serve power.  If you do not have power, and you vote for the Republicans, you are digging your own grave.

Some…or even most rank-and-file Republicans have deluded themselves into thinking otherwise…but I’m convinced that most Republicans, especially the big dogs in the political arena, know exactly what they’re doing.

They pick on the poor, and bow to the rich…and that gets them off.

Occasionally there’s a rift in paradise where we’ll see a conflict between one business giant versus another.  In these cases, it’s easy to see which business wields more power, because that’s the business that the GOP will defend with all the pomp and circumstance at their disposal.

Recently, the lieutenant governor of Georgia tweeted this: “I will kill any tax legislation that benefits Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with the NRA,” Cagle tweeted.

Note: this is a government official telling a private business what it should do, and threatening punitive action if his orders are not followed.

What does that remind you of?

Union-Busters Suck

Many if not most Republicans are vehemently opposed to the idea of workers unions.

They say it’s because paying dues is unfair to workers, but we all know that’s a bunch of malarkey.

The truth is that unions are effective.  The truth is that Republicans only care about the upper classes, which happen to be the same people who own corporations, which happen to be the same people in control of wages.

Yes, the people who own corporations “control” the wages.  Wages are not left to the whims of the so-called “free market.”  Prices might be, but not wages.  Corporate America collectively controls the wage indexes, and they do so with a coordinated, yet unofficial, effort.

When corporate America “collectively” does something, they are in effect working as a union.  So what we have is one union, the corporations, against another, the workers.  But most workers have no union, and corporate America is dead set on keeping it that way.

A union is power.  A union is leverage.

And unfortunately, in today’s political climate, a union is a social animal well on its way to extinction.  The masses have been thoroughly brain-washed into thinking that we only deserves the crumbs of wages we’re given by the rich.

If you want to get rich as a laborer, work harder!  If you want to get rich, you must first make some one else richer.