Welcome to week's round up of pot news: the wins, the fails and the WTFs.
This week the American public spoke through a Gallup poll, as it often does, signaling that the general social attitude toward marijuana has finally passed from “tsk, tsk” to “mm hmm!” According to the report, 58% of Americans think weed should be legalized, up from 48% just last November. A ten percent jump over 11 months is pretty incredible. However, it goes to reason that a lot of those people likely changed there minds within days of last poll, when weed became legal in two states. Social attitudes are contagious, and the event of marijuana acceptance passing the halfway mark tells us we’re almost there… socially, anyhow.
But somewhere in the reported 39% of respondents that opposed it, among mobs of senior citizens, religious zealots, and some currently successful marijuana dealers, you’ll find the Houston, Texans. This week, the NFL team cut three players from their staff for alleged marijuana use. Sam Montgomery, Willie Jefferson and Cierre Wood (who are also in a funk/jazz trio together) were busted smoking a “cigar” at a Kansas City hotel. Commenting on their termination, teammate Brooks Reed said, “They had the opportunity of their lives and they just kind of threw it away… We're just going to find more guys that are more dedicated to the cause." Though it does sound like Reed is harshly stereotyping these players’ entire ethic based on one instance of recreational marijuana use, one has to consider the context he’s speaking from. Like any career, being a football player comes with certain restrictions, and one of those is on smoking weed. Reed may well feel like he and all other professional players were given an opportunity, and that breaking any rule that can ruin it for you is just a shitty move. Nevertheless, the fact that football culture places a plant in the same category as processed narcotics and HGH is a big, fat fail for everyone.
On the other hand, in our nation’s two early-adopter states, and the center of America’s weed renaissance, seem to be dealing with abundance. A thrift store in Seattle received 2.5 pounds of weed in their donation box. Naturally, they called the cops, who took it away to have it terminated. Wait… No! Ahhh, they did it already. Despite being a huge waste, it tells us non-Washingtonians that, in the weed-rich state, even thrift shop workers have the luxury of casting away opulent gifts. It truly is a wonderland, and I am on my way right now.
It’s no secret that, as technology continues to advance and benefit our lives, it also serves to screw us in manifold ways. That’s what humanity gets for inventing a life form that’s more efficient than we are, and can be used for evil. Authorities in Oregon caught an illegal grow operation by looking at images on Google Earth, confirming their accuracy with a flyover. While this may seem a bit terrifying at first for anyone with a secret little plant buddy in their yard, turns out this guy had a pretty serious farm going. He didn’t have a permit to grow medical, which is legal in Oregon, and he was going around telling everyone that he was hot shit. Someone found the braggadocio annoying and tipped off the cops, who were basically like, “Dude, you completely did this to yourself.” Despite that, this is a lose because it reminds us that you can in fact still get in some form trouble for growing weed, which is a plant, and that’s still stupid.
But overall… WE’RE WINNING