Archive for November, 2010

NORML: Marijuana Reform in CT…What do you think?

What should CT do about marijuana?  I want to see everyone’s opinion.  So just go to the poll below and pick what you think is best for CT.  You can vote or leave a comment on your views and what you think is best for CT.  I believe decriminalization is the most important before anything else is initiated.  If you don’t think marijuana should have any reform in CT leave a comment explaining your thoughts or a simple “no reform” will do fine.  No one deserves jail time for smoking, especially like students like you and me.

GO “GREEN”

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Synthetic marijuana is growing at Central

I first saw K2 and K3 at Central in the beginning of September and then began to see it in Danbury a couple of weeks later.

New types of synthetic incense (weed) that has come to the BP gas station at Central

It is becoming very popular I’ve noticed around Central with students using it in hookahs and especially the BP gas station next to campus where it’s starting to promote it strongly.  They have four times as many products now with posters flyers promoting it.

Just at the register looks like it’s becoming a smoke shop with all of these different types of K2, K3, K4, spike intense, Black magic smoke, electric, and something called a starry night gold.  All of those were new to the shop within the last month besides K2-K4.

This sign of the prices and types of "incenses" you can choose from right in front of your face so you can't miss it

When I talked to BP clerk he tells me that some of these are actually from Amsterdam and is some of the stuff that is sold in shops overseas.  Of course it still isn’t marijuana because of no THC content which makes it legal.

The price of these things are getting ridiculous too.  In September just K3 was ten dollars a gram and now this new stuff ‘electric’ costs $26.99 a gram.  The Bp clerk said “it had him feeling good before work,” which i thought was hilarious but still 26 dollars?  That’s really not worth it.

What else is interesting they have bowls for sale ranging from ten dollars to 35 dollars.  On the glass window they sit in says, “for tobacco use only.” People don’t use those for tobacco.  They will use it for any of the synthetic incense or actual weed, definitely not tobacco.  Just all those thing in a gas station is crazy to me when there is a smoke shop down the road from central, especially since I’m not a fan of the synthetic stuff because of all the chemicals that are in them.

You can see all the new types they got in and the bowls they sell. In middle shelf are the real expensive ones.

It also shows the authorities that more of this is growing on campus that they should start to take a harder look at what it’s starting.  When I  interviewed Sergeant Erwin last week he even told me that they are trying to get a program together to teach students on the synthetic incense and the harms of it.

The laws on marijuana in CT are some of the strictest and I believe CT needs to move in the direction of decriminalization because non violent people like me who don’t have a record don’t need jail time for enjoying a plant. Less laws on marijuana and more laws on K2-K4  I say!

They even have this hanging above the cash register. When you come here to buy anything, yu look to the right, in front of you, or above you, you will see some kind of synthetic incense or flyer promoting it.

I don’t like this stuff at Central gas stations just because it can hurt you and some people around the U.S. have died from it.  There are no deaths from marijuana so I would recommend weed over this synthetic chemical mess.

NORML could even use this as a positive for marijuana reform.  Show that this stuff is actually hurting more people then weed has this year.  I don’t even think there is a known death or hospitalization from marijuana.

The stuff seems to be very popular here according to the BP clerk.  He tells me they sell out of some types every week and are always getting new stuff, new types, new flavors, and a whole ton of cigar dutches which people use to roll it up with.

I wonder by the end of the semester if there will be more promotion or new types arriving?  I wouldn’t doubt it.  This stuff is all over my home town too, so I’m sure it will continue to grow not only at Central but all over CT.  Unless this could be banned like four lokos which are starting to be banned to.

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Arizona’s Proposition 203 to approve medical marijuana passes

About fifteen minutes ago it was finalized after nearly two weeks of counting votes that proposition 203 in Arizona to allow medical marijuana is approved.  Arizona is the 15th state in the U.S. to approve the use of medical marijuana.

California was the first to approve medical marijuana in 1996 followed by 14 other states over the years which include: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  Also, Washington DC has allowed the use of medical marijuana.

The ballot barely won by 4,341 votes out of more than 1.6 million ballots counted, according to the final tallies announced Saturday.

The approval was definitely a surprise for me since prop19 failed out in California.  I thought no one wanted or was ready for any more legalization of any type of marijuana.  But that theory was proven wrong to me as people are ready for some use of marijuana in today’s society but still not quite ready for complete legalization.

At one point during election day the ballot was down nearly 7,200 votes until this past Friday where it pulled ahead in the final counting.   The final tallies of all votes was 841,346 in favor and 837,005 who opposed.

This passing of prop203 will allow patients from Arizona with HIV or AIDS hepatitis C or any other “chronic or debilitating” disease to have a guideline on growing plants and buy up to an ounce or two every two weeks.  Arizona will also allow only 124 marijuana dispensaries in the state for right now at least.

Politicians are worried that this will help lead to National legalization and people aren’t aware of the dire consequences from this.

The article from the New York Times has interviews and a little more explanation but overall the movement is still strong in our country and voters in Arizona really moved forward with prop203.

NORML is moving forward and is in better shape in it’s long long history!

Just another foundation for legalization.

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History Channels, ‘Marijuana: A Chronic History’

Below is the six part, 2 hour special on marijuana that was on the History Channel last Wednesday night.  My question is why did they broadcast this a day after the elections instead of before?  Seems like a conspiracy to make sure fewer people would vote for prop19 on election day.  This could have helped educate more people on what marijuana really is, its history, and background information on basically everything.  This is something that even educated me on the subject so please if you have the chance watch cause it is really good.  History Channel did an amazing job with this and is very informative to those who favor or are skeptical on marijuana.

Video 3: In the beginning says when marijuana first came to the state from Mexico people were afraid of this “foreign habit” and that’s how the first laws against cannabis came to be.  See Americans get scared of things that are different and change and the first thing we do is trying to ban or go against it.  Watch and judge for yourself.

The sound quality might be a little weird but overall it’s pretty good and part 1 starts from the bottom up.

Copyright: History Channel…just showing that I’m not stealing or plagiarizing their shows.  I just really appreciate what they did even if it was after the elections.

 

 






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CCSU Police Sergeant Jerry Erwin and his take on prop19 and marijuana

Earlier today I was able to get time to talk to one of Central’s beloved officers, Sergeant Erwin.

I wasn’t going to expect much of an opinion from an officer about the subject but he did give me some fair answers on what he thinks.  But it will be nice to get a view from a campus officer on what he knows and sees from his point of view.

I first asked him what his take on prop19 was and how he felt about it failing out in California.  Erwin said, “For law enforcement we’re under the letter of the law, and if it’s illegal, it’s illegal.”  So he does abide by the law and can’t say go smoke all the weed it’s not bad for you cause that’s not his job or why he took his oath.  “We just want whats safe for the students, that’s our job,” he added.

We then moved on to K2 and K3 other synthetic “marijuana” that has been sweeping the nation and Central’s campus just as fast as four lokos have.

“We are trying to do an informational program on K2 and K3 and we’re talking to the state now but they’re scared it will teach kids of how to smoke it rather than provide information on it,” Erwin said.   I find that to be complete BS to think the state thinks any program held by police officers would teach kids how to smoke the synthetic weed. It really opened my eyes to see how scared our government is or even Connecticut on drugs and how they won’t push for programs as such.

Anything different that come into our society people, especially people in politics or attached to the state, think everything is going to change and that’s a god damn shame.

Another reason officer Erwin abides by his oath is that, “Today’s society isn’t about kids just doing one drug or having one drink.  They’re always looking for that new high or a quicker high.”  When he went on to say he’s seen students on campus before smoking marijuana but adding other things into such as LSD or any other counterpart.  Which he believes marijuana can be a gateway drug but he also said the same about alcohol, with the whole four loko fascination sweeping the country.

He also mentioned students just having the, “Thrill at trying to get away with something,” which I find true.  When I first tried smoking it was for the illegal aspect of it  and getting away with it and it let me do something that’s against society and most of the kids now days really do try to go against what society believes as a “social norm.”  A story he told me was when he caught a couple of students breaking into a dorm to steal some things and he asked the kid why he did this, and simply said I wanted to try it.  Which must sound dumb to all people but people do stupid things and try stupid things just for the heck of it.

Jerry Erwin has been a police officer on Central’s campus for 12 years now and I’m in my junior year now.  I asked him if marijuana charges or possession have changed since I have been here or since he has been here over the past 12 years.  “Over the 12 years of being on campus I’d say its been pretty consistent with marijuana charges,” he said.

Marijuana is considered a Level 1 drug which is the most dangerous out of all the levels which the least dangerous is level 5, according to the Controlled Substances Act.  There is a big controversy over it being labeled as a “level 1” and as of now there is talk of removing it from the level 1 and moving it to a lower level because there is no known case of an overdose of THC.  Seriously though how is methamphetamine and cocaine a lower level than marijuana and marijuana is right next to heroin in level 1?  Really?  I’m sorry but that’s just outrageous.  Officer Erwin believes that, “There is indeed a need of revaluation of drugs and what they are capable of.”

Overall the experience of talking about this subject to an officer so openly ready to talk about it was a good change of pace and relaxing for me.  I was able to talk to him freely about whatever without him raising his voice or judging.  He said he’s really here for the kids and keeping them safe and if cracking down on marijuana or even alcohol he’ll do it.

He finished with, “I am Jerry Erwin, I’m fair and respectful…when I put  this uniform on I’m the same person.”  This is something I can respect from a police officer and something you don’t hear much.

Him and Vance RA’s are putting on a drug an alcohol program on tonight and he invited me to come and watch and gather more information on the matter at hand on:  marijuana.  I will post about the program and what I saw and learned from there later on tonight.

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California voters reject prop19

Last Tuesday, November 2, California voters voted on prop19 which would legalize marijuana in California under state law.  unfortunately it didn’t pass and for it to be voted on again it has to wait till the elections in 2012.

I am in favor of legalizing it under state law to relinquish the problems of arresting harmless citizens who mind their own business of smoking.  The money can go to way better things and maybe even drug and alcohol prevention.

An article released on November 5 by, POLITICO 44: A living diary of the Obama presidency, showed what Gil Kerlikowske, President Obama’s Drug Czar and who is the director of the Office of National Drug Policy, said he is quite happy that prop19 in California shows that Americans can not be manipulated by the “spin” from advocates of legalizing marijuana.

“I think I was very proud of the fact that the voters of California saw through the rhetoric, all the false promises that had been talked about,” said Kerlikowske to POLITICO.

The Obama administration doesn’t plan on dropping the consideration of legalizing marijuana in answer to the results in California, according to Kerlikowske.

The war on drugs is seemingly failing and the route to legalization of at least marijuana could also be an answer to help stop trafficking in the U.S.  “There’s no need to say, ‘The drug war has failed; therefore, we have to go to legalization,” he said to POLITICO.

The final results of prop19 were somewhat close but disappointing because surveys in the beginning of the year had prop19 in favor of passing.  The final results are posted in the graph below where it was in favor of NO 56% to a 44% YES, according to election ballotpedia.

For something of this caliber and being in California the voter turnout was roughly around 8 million people, which is good, but also shows that many more people need to go out and vote.  Most of them probably being young voters as we have seen this year in CT has also been a problem.

Proposition 19 (marijuana legalization
Results Votes Percentage
No(X) 4,339,838 54.00%
Yes 3,698,522 46.00%

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