The Week in Drugs: Narc-Tech, War on Steroids, Kushgod, More
How to tell your kids you are blazed, etc.
Don't Blaze and Drive in California Because Big Brother Still Exists
Tuesday, California lawmakers proposed a bill that would have law enforcement employing technology to test drivers suspected of being impaired, on-the-spot. The bill was authored by Republican Senator Bob Huff of San Dimas, who said the narc-tech would identify traces of THC, cocaine, amphetamines, your lunch, and opiates in the saliva of lane-swerving motorists. This only feels super Big Brother-ish because it is. The Huffmeister told Los Angeles Times, “Sadly, we’ve become a nation of self-medicating, careless people. The public is naïve in understanding how dangerous our roads are made by people who are abusing opiates, meth, and cannabis.” [Los Angeles Times]
The Government Fed American Soldiers Speed and Steroids During Vietnam War
If the War on Drugs wasn't a big enough crime against humanity, imagine going to war while on drugs that have been supplied to you by your own government. According to The Atlantic, the Vietnam War "came to be known as the first 'pharmacological war,' so-called because the level of consumption of psychoactive substances by military personnel was unprecedented in American history." [The Atlantic]
This Is How Parents Talk To Their Kids About Drugs in 2016
In 2016, drugs are not only getting America's youth lit AH, substance abuse and drug policy reform is a crucial part of the national discussion. Weren't the D.A.R.E program and other criminalization and scare tactics of the past an abysmal failure on everyone's part? Perhaps open discussion is an option worth exploring, going forward. One mom told reporters, "As cannabis becomes more mainstream, I think it's even more important that kids understand the true dangers." [VICE]
Two Guys Built an App to Track What Weed Does Inside You
Washington D.C.-based Releaf creators Branden Hall and Franco Brockelman told The KIND they hope medical-cannabis patients will use the Releaf app to monitor their cannabis intake, the variance in effects from different strains, and frequency and methods of consumption to “discover, track, and analyze what works best in treating their ailments.” [The KIND]
'Kushgod' Is the Shadiest Dude In D.C., the Entire Cannabis Community
Kushgod is the physical embodiment of refusing to turn down the loud. When KG a/k/a Nicholas Paul Cunningham isn't slanging black market weed out of high-end cars that have Kushgod emblazoned in big bold letters, just days after being released from prison on weed charges, he's posting about it on social media. [Washington Post]
The DEA Is the Wrong Group of Creeps to Be Classifying Marijuana
As the Controlled Substances Act stands, marijuana is included in a class of chemicals that the U.S. government ranks among “the most dangerous drugs” and defines as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” The Drug Enforcement Administration has given itself to July to decide if that is a chill classification. [The KIND]
Here's a song about people that do coke, so they can "work harder, earn more," and, well, "do more coke." And if you've ever wanted to learn how to "dab like a boss;" but are also willing to shoot multiple takes in order to capture a random, and mediocre-at-best Instagram post, do this.