So, you wanna be right or you wanna be food? [Cartoon Brew]
The RAND corporation recently presented its findings on what would happen to the marijuana market if, say tomorrow, legislators collectively pulled their heads from their asses and decriminalized weed on the national level. The basic gist is just what you'd expect: consumer-end prices would plummet, increasing the relative costs of illegal production and trafficking—essentially pricing the cartels out of the market and diminishing their power. Of course that price drop is also going to weed out all the half-baked basement grow operations, but in the end, that too should benefit consumers with a supply of better quality, less expensive herb. It's a win-win. [420 Times]
See? Public broadcasting, in San Francisco at least, wasn't always just Perry Mason and Prairie Home Companion reruns. Sometimes Pink Floyd would drop by the studio and lay down an hour of awesome for the good of the viewing public. [@Snackfight]
Hi(gh) kids, are you a sucker for marketing gimmicks? Does slapping the word "cannabis" on a can of RedBull make you more likely to buy it? Then good news!
Where to even start. First off, the Cannabis Energy Drink from Geek Alerts doesn't actually include any cannabis. It includes hemp seed extract, which as any regular reader of the SC knows, has no psychotropic effects. None. The product page even says that it has "Hemp seed extract used in the production has values lower than 0.02 mg/L of THC" which means you'll need to chug cases and cases of this stuff to get any sort of THC buzz—the equivalent of smoking a hemp joint the size of a telephone pole needed to produce an effect. Of course by that point your heart will have burst screaming from your chest from all the shitloads of caffeine, Tuarine, B vitamins present—the normal concoction of quick energy substances found in other energy drinks. But hey, the can says Cannabis, so that totally makes it worth $2 a 250mL shot. [Geekalerts]
The Oscar-winning actor and director sat down with the Huffington Post recently. The topic of marijuana legalization, one which Freeman has been an outspoken advocate of for many years, came up. He did not mince words:
Marijuana. Heavens, oh yeah. It's just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don't stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You're just making criminals out of people who aren't engaged in criminal activity. And we're spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can't win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It's stupid.
[HuffPo - Image: The AP]