Tag Archives: pot

Hickenlooper ’74 on Weed Legalization: “Don’t Break Out the Cheetos or Goldfish Too Quickly”

In case you missed it, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana usage this past Tuesday on Election Day, two examples among many progressive reforms that were approved by voters across the country. However, while many were celebrating in the streets, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ’74 warned Coloradans from indulging in their new rights too quickly. As Fox News reported the governor saying:

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” Hickenlooper said in a statement Tuesday night. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.”

In return, some supporters responded to the governor’s warning by sending him packs of the above-mentioned munchies snacks. 

P-Safe: “Pictures Are a Way of Identifying People”

This past Friday, we posted coverage of P-Safe officers displaying a newfound interest in photography as an—ahem—relaxed crowd of students spent 4/20 on Foss. The post garnered a number of speculative comments. P-Safe can’t actually use the footage, assured a few hasty replies:

From my WSA days, I learned PSAFE uses the cameras as a deterrent. They CANNOT use the footage in SJB hearings as evidence against you. They do it to freak you out but it has no judicial weight.

Not so, suggests a brief story on the front page of today’s Argus. Glance at the fine print below Andy Ribner ’14’s fantastic photo and recoil: there’s a rather explicit heads-up from your friendly neighborhood P-Safe director Dave Meyer:

Director of PSafe Dave Meyer said that PSafe will use the footage to identify students engaging in drug use and send them to the Student Judicial Board.

Princeton Review Rankings 2011

Because they are the standards by which everyone should choose their college, here is how we ranked in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review Best Colleges:

Wesleyan 2011 Princeton Review Rankings
Now, here are our rankings from last year:

2010 Princeton Review WesleyanWe essentially did worse in every category we were ranked in last year.  The only improvement comes in “Best College Theater,” where we squeezed in this year after not being ranked at all among the top 20 last year.

To be honest, the Princeton Review is insulting us.  They’re calling us mainstream.  

Middletown Wants to Stop You from Getting Medical Marijuana Before It’s Even Legal

Wesleyan’s passion for pot has been noted tons of times already, but how important of an issue is it?  Apparently too important for the Middletown City Planners to ignore. They’re considering an amendment to restrict places where pot can be sold, even medical marijuana, to buildings that are an “over 50-bed hospital, a pharmacy, or a medical clinic with more than five practitioners.”  Plus, whatever such place will have to be at least 100 feet from residential areas unless an exception is made.

But wait…not even medical marijuana is legal in Connecticut.  The Deputy City Planning Director says they want to prevent pot abuse preemptively because:

the planning department staff believes that Middletown could be ripe for such dispensaries, citing Wesleyan University’s ranking as 18th in the “Reefer Madness” category of the Princeton Review’s 2009 college guide and Middletown landing in the 39th spot of the Daily Beast’s list of the nation’s 40 most pot-loving communities.

Still, they already voted against banning any marijuana, including medical.  Ah, the priorities of Middletown.

[Source: The Middletown Press]

UC Boulder Outsmokes Everyone Else

The University of Colorado at Boulder blazes past all other crunchy liberal arts schools to be what must be the weediest campus in America. Some of this sounds a little familiar:

Although it’s become an annual and renowned event at CU, this year’s 4/20 celebration was different in some ways than in many previous years: The crowd was so large it migrated from the long-traditional site of Farrand Field to the larger Norlin Quad; festivities kicked off earlier than normal with daytime concerts; and CU police handed out zero citations…

Officers in the past have gone to great lengths to catch people in the illegal act of smoking pot on 4/20. In 2006, CU police dispatched undercover photographers to snap pictures of smokers. Photos of 150 alleged offenders then were posted on the department’s Web site, and witnesses were offered $50 to positively identify the suspects — who then were ticketed. Another year, smokers on Farrand were doused with sprinklers.

Full article at the Daily Camera, thanks to anonymous Shoutboxer 1:46 am for the tip.

A cop who thinks drugs are pretty dope

Henry Kiely ’11 writes:

Who’s ever seen a cop wearing a shirt that says “legalize it”? These guys do. A representative of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition of drugs) will be giving a lecture on ending the costly and pointless War on Drugs. The speaker, Richard Van Wickler, has spent the last 15 years as superintendent for the Cheshire County (NH) Department of Corrections, and is still an active member of LEAP. NORML will be hosting the event.

If the question “Why isn’t pot legal?” has ever crossed your mind halfway through a bong rip, this is the lecture to go to.

Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: PAC 002

Scientific Bonger

You always knew scientists could build sick bongs. After all what else are you gonna do in MB&B/Chem 420? But dude! How are we gonna smoke up in the MRI machine? I mean those THC pills don’t really get me high anyway! Leave it to Harvard to build a research bong (Wesleyan… where are you at? c’mon! Does no prof here want undergrad help designing scientific bongs?):

It’s not often one gets one’s bong in the scientific literature, let alone one designed to allow you to smoke weed inside an MRI scanner. A team from Harvard Medical School are interested in how smoked marijuana affects the brain, but have come to the inevitable conclusion that it’s actually quite hard smoking a joint when you’re lying on your back being brain scanned.

So the research team put their heads together (!), and realised they needed to design a bong – a water pipe for smoking marijuana – safe to use in an MRI scanner… The researchers tested their creation with a simple brain scan, declared the project a success and published their MRI-safe bong design in the medical journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.
Link (Mind Hacks).

I wonder if they had to include in their discussion section something like, “That bong ripped like a charm, I was blazed as hell in that MRI cabinet!”.

Fire Safety on the Prowl!

Last night I was heading back to ‘da butts’ around 8 or so and apparently fire safety was fire drillin’ us. Recently fire safety has been going into student’s rooms while they’re huddled in the chilly weather outside. The bad news is this has led to two arrests of students (at least one of which was for the good ol’ green contraband). Last night the fire safety lady told everyone that she found some “really interesting stuff” in our rooms and to watch out since “the middletown police are not joking around anymore.”

Now I find this whole thing a little backwards since fire safety is supposedly there to protect us, not send wesleyan’s beloved counterculture iconoclastic student body to prison! They are already forcing a gross invasion of privacy upon us to find dangerous items like candles… you’d think the last thing they’d want to do is get us in trouble with the law. Also, I don’t really understand why the “middletown police getting serious” has anything to do with fire safety inspections and or arrests since it’s essentially fire safety that calls the cops on you. The whole thing really irks me out.

A word to the wise: keep all of your illicit things in your drawers and out of site. The good news is that they can only look through your room. They are not allowed to open your drawers. Be safe and don’t get your ass arrested (or fined)!
Also for those under 21 years of age: If you have bottles of liquor/beer that is left out and still full they will also call the cops on you and your ass will be really sorry. Empty bottles, however, are absolutely legal! Go figure…

Reefer Madness 2.0

A new documentary coming out, The Purple Brain, is hoping to scare the shit out of viewers about the potential brain damage caused by marijuana use. And of course, it’s littered with more factual errors and unfounded claims than an episode of Bill O’Reilly:

The plot is as follows: Sure, the pot you and your 40-something peers once enjoyed may have been innocuous, but that’s only because it bears no resemblance to the super-potent weed of today– strains with such foreboding names as “Train wreck,” “AK-47,” and “The Purple.” As proclaimed by Drug Czar John Walters recently, “[W]e are no longer talking about the drug of the 1960s and 1970s — this is [in computer parlance] Pot 2.0.”

But…well…it’s wrong. And he’s wrong:

Growers in the business of selling marijuana have always attached pet names to selected strains of pot. In the 1970s, popular varieties included “Acapulco Gold” and “Maui Wowie.” Today, as in the past, most of these labels are little more than clever marketing gimmicks devised by producers and sellers to distinguish their particular product in a highly competitive marketplace.

While a handful of potent strains may be available in limited quantities today, these varieties compose only a minute percentage of the overall marketplace — at a price tag that is cost-prohibitive to anyone but the most wealthy of aficionados. For others, marijuana remains essentially the same plant it has always been, with its relatively mild rise in average potency akin to the difference between beer and wine.

Unlike alcohol — or even aspirin, — today’s marijuana still poses no risk of fatal overdose, regardless of the strength of its primary psychoactive ingredient, THC. Moreover, cannabis consumers readily distinguish between low and high potency marijuana and moderate their use accordingly.

Finally, despite claims that marijuana alters the brain, it is important to note that THC — regardless of its potency — is surprisingly non-toxic to the adult as well as the teenage brain. Recently scientists at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research reported that they could find “no … evidence of cerebral atrophy or loss of white matter integrity” attributable to cannabis use in the brains of frequent adolescent marijuana users (compared to non-using controls) after performing MRI scans and other advanced imaging technology. Separate studies assessing the cognitive skills of long-term marijuana smokers have also reported no demonstrable deficits.

Also hilarious, in my opinion, is that for all this complaining about “brain damage,” actual scientists have been studying THC for years arguing that it might be able to prevent Alzheimer’s and has shown potential for shrinking brain tumors in mice.

Marketing Medicinal Marijuana

A Typical Stoner? This ad placed in the San Francisco Bay Guardian tries to sell the herb to the middle-class white American. As bigger pharma try to jump on board this new bandwagon, will we finally see national decriminalization?