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The State of Pot: March 2018

Bad Pot Takes

It’s 2018 and There are Still Bad Pot Takes

As we’ve covered extensively, cannabis support is at an all-time high (pardon the pun) in the United States. This support increasingly transcends age, gender, and political ideology. Nonetheless, you can still find ridiculous and laughable propaganda against our loveable leaf. Just in the past few months, we’ve seen politicians, groups, and even some local media tilting at 420-friendly windmills. However, as they have little effect on your life, you can point and laugh at these freedom-disliking individuals as they clutch their pearls. That’s a good thing.

Here are our favorite bad pot takes below:

  • Cannabis is more addictive than cocaine: This month a New Jersey Ocean County legislator named Gerry Little declared that marijuana was more addictive than cocaine. He said he based this deduction on the fact that marijuana was scheduled “higher” than coke by the feds. As we’ve covered before, this scheduling had more to do with racism and nativism than the reality of the two drugs. Nonetheless, this politician used his extremely good brain to vote against marijuana legislation in a completely meaningless, empty vote. You do you Gerry Little!
  • Study concludes something dumb: So Ohio will soon have their own medical marijuana program which has caused a lot of handwringing. Ohio has been ravaged by the opioid crisis that is taking lives, yet Ohioan legislators are standing in the way of an alternative that can save people’s lives. Anyhow, Ohio State University did a study that found that *gasp* not everyone receiving medical marijuana is deathly ill. Somehow the researchers conclude that California’s medical dispensaries “operate more like bars than pharmacies.” Here’s the thing though – you can’t smoke marijuana at pharmacies. You drink alcohol at bars. Isn’t that the point of a bar? A place where you buy alcohol and don’t drink it on premises is called a store. So to be clear, a dispensary is absolutely nothing like a bar. This article and study just reek of propaganda and misinformation. Speaking of…
  • Study uses incomplete data to create clickbait: Something called a “research letter” was published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal in February. Knowing that many people celebrate April 20th (4/20) by smoking marijuana, researchers looked at 25 years of data and concluded that the risk of a fatal crash is 12% higher on April 20th than any other day. Driving while high is stupid, and you shouldn’t do it. However, this study didn’t isolate pot smokers to come to this conclusion. There could be people who are mixing alcohol or other drugs with cannabis to celebrate. As we have covered before, you are 10x more likely to cause a fatal crash under the influence of alcohol as compared to cannabis. Texting and driving are even more dangerous than drinking. All this study proved is that there is a slight increase in fatal accidents on 4/20. Guess what? There is an even larger increase in fatal accidents on other holidays, including 4th of July, New Years, the entire December Holiday Season, Saint Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, and Easter. In fact, if you look at it from that angle, it appears that 4/20 is safer than just about any other holiday. Quit with the Reefer Madness-esque attacks, folks.
  • OH NO THE TERRORS OF POT SMELL: With recreational cannabis set to be legal in Canada by July, the Financial Post farted out this article that whined about poor landlords having to deal with pot smell in their buildings. Seriously. The author literally wrote that this would “create a nightmare for the country landlords.” You know what is a nightmare for many people? Landlords. Currently, slumlord landlord lobbying groups of Canada are petitioning to prevent poor people from smoking pot to be able to limit marijuana use and cultivation in their units and properties. Of course, you should be able to have some say in the properties you own, but this whole article is pretty ridiculous. A few joints aren’t going to destroy your property, amigo. If you need some help dealing with pot smell, we can help you out.

So yeah, there is no shortage of bad takes on pot. Have you seen any recently? Share them with us on Facebook! Until next time, toke on Dreamers!

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