This week in weed, Canada may have a stoned driving problem, Indiana may have solution for them, California churches worship the stoner sacrament, and more! Read on.
In a new survey conducted by our neighbor to the north: 39 percent of Canadian cannabis users admitted to getting behind the wheel within two hours of toking up. While this may seem like no big deal—and clearly it's
better than getting tanked and going for a drive—it's technically very illegal to drive under the influence, and in Washington state, can net the exact same penalties as driving drunk, including losing your license and even jail time. So, stoners, just because a significant portion of Canadian stoners smoke and drive, doesn't mean you should too. So next time you're smoking and get the urge to leave the house, maybe phone a friend, catch the bus, or, even better, take another bong rip and sink right back into your couch. You can always get delivery instead.
Speaking of driving under the influence: A Chicago suburb called, oddly, Carol Stream, will become the first township in the state of Illinois to institute roadside drug testing in the form of a mouth swab, which tests for opioids, cocaine, amphetamines, and, of course, weed. Proponents say it will make the roads safer; opponents say, "Duuuude. Not cool." The problem with testing for weed, as any good stoner or civil liberties lawyer will tell you, is that chemical traces of cannabis stays in the system for far longer than the salubrious effects, so if you smoke on Monday and get pulled on Friday, you could still get in trouble with the law. Cannabis proponents are already lining up to fight the new policy: “They might just as well hand somebody a bag of nachos and see if he eats it,” defense attorney Don Ramsell told the Chicago Tribune. “That’s just as valid.” Yum. Nachos.
On the eve of California's recreational market opening for business, one church takes the sinsemilla sacrament quite literally. USA Today reports that at the Coachella Valley Church, services may begin and end with the Lord's prayer, but the middle is all about weed. The church leaders claim they are entitled to distribute and imbibe cannabis with parishioners thanks to religious freedom laws, but authorities have other (less fun) ideas about that, and have threatened to target cannabis church services across the state. Now, Seattle isn't exactly what you'd call a religious city, but whose god do we have to fuck to get one of these cannabis churches up here? Can I get an AMEN?
Also in California, Jack in the Box gears up for legalization with the Merry Munchie Meal. CNBC reports that the fast food chain is partnering with weed news site Merry Jane (a Snoop Dog affiliate) to mark the opening of California's recreational market with a limited edition carb lovers paradise. The Merry Munchie Meal includes curly fries, onion rings, tacos, mini churros, crispy chicken strips, and a drink for the low low price of—you guessed it—$4.20, and while this special snack will only be offered at three California locations (including Long Beach, Snoop Dog's hometown), Jack in the Box offers an array of late-night Munchie Meals at locations across the U.S. Go forth, young potster.
Weed ain't just for 'mericans, y'all. This week, India held it's first ever march in support of cannabis legalization. Unlike the U.S., which effectively banned cannabis in 1937, weed was actually legal and regulated in India until 1985, when they (sadly) succumbed to pressure from that big old bully in the west (us). Less than a week after the march, Ratan Tata, one of the nation's wealthiest business tycoons, put his millions into the country's first ever medical marijuana research organization, the Bombay Hemp Company, and he's also working on a form of renewable energy powered by hemp. Hope it works out—lord knows we need it.
And in Mexico: The national health regulator announced plans to allow the sale of weed-based foods, drinks, medicines, and makeups. While recreational use of flower remains a big ol' legal no-no, Mexico legalized medical cannabis last June, and legalizing "marijuana-based products" will open the market to imports in the coming months, though not likely from the U.S., where weed still ain't allowed to cross state lines. Total legalization in Mexico faces strong opposition from the (very popular) Catholic church, which is apparently okay with priests diddling minors but is very against smoking a little weed. Priorities!
And finally, Christmas is just days away. Still don't have anything for the stoners' on your gift list? We've got you covered.