just how does lsd affect your consciousness?

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JUST HOW DOES LSD af­fect human con­scious­ness? This ques­tion has puz­zled users and in­ves­ti­ga­tors for more than sev­enty years. Per­son­ally, I have been more amazed and filled with joy wonder awe at the Universe/Void/God than puz­zled by the how of these things. And that seems to be a defining dif­fer­ence be­tween the ex­pe­ri­enced and the non-experienced in the world of LSD and any and all things psy­che­delic. READ MORE

on being toked and stoked

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EARLIER THIS YEAR, I re­sponded to a posting on my Face­book page—it was an in­quiry con­cerning my re­puted stoked­ness now that I am legally a se­nior citizen—and in a some­what de­ri­sive tone passed the whole thing off: “I was stoked once, but I forget when.” Alas, that is an in­cor­rect state­ment.

Oh Hell’s Belles, it’s a damn lie—although not quite in the league of a (shudder) sta­tistic. READ MORE

reefer sanity in Idaho: “I smoked weed and nobody died ”

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WE’RE NOT TV-WATCHERS in my house, so un­less some­thing out­ra­geously hap­pens, we are not up on what’s hap­pening with con­tem­po­rary com­mer­cials. That means that I oc­ca­sion­ally see a spot from the Super Bowl be­cause of the ex­tra­or­di­nary at­ten­tion those com­mer­cials get in the making and in the viewing. But your normal everyday ad spot never crosses my screen. READ MORE

home-grown is the way it should be (amen!)

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THE TEASER USED TO LURE READERS to William Rivers Pitt’s thoughtful ed­i­to­rial on le­gal­ized and home-grown pot ti­tled “Home­grown” is a pair of questions:“What is more caustic to this so­ciety: mar­i­juana or thou­sands upon thou­sands of people con­signed to the tender mer­cies of the penal system? Mar­i­juana or thou­sands of people suf­fering and dying in need­less and pre­ventable pain?”  READ MORE

hundreds of deaths due due to pot smoking in colorado!??!

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ON JANUARY 1, 2104, Col­orado cel­e­brated the first day of legal mar­i­juana sales. The en­tire day was cov­ered by var­ious media out­lets, large and small, re­porting on the lines of ju­bi­lant cus­tomers. Alas, the next day, The Rocky Moun­tain News car­ried the head­line “Mar­i­juana Over­doses Kill 37 in Col­orado On First Day of Le­gal­iza­tion.”

The news­paper re­ported that deaths were due to mar­i­juana over­doses and re­lated is­sues and were statewide! Dr. READ MORE

new york to allow medical marijuana?

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ACCORDING TO THE FOLKS over there at CB­SNews, “New York would be­come the 21st state to allow med­ical use of mar­i­juana under an ini­tia­tive Gov. An­drew Cuomo will un­veil this week. Cuomo plans to use ad­min­is­tra­tive powers rather than leg­isla­tive ac­tion to allow a lim­ited number of hos­pi­tals to dis­pense mar­i­juana for cer­tain ail­ments. He will for­mally an­nounce his plans in his state of the state speech Wednesday.” READ MORE

david brooks conservatives marijuana (“been there done that”)

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DAVID BROOKS’ latest ed­i­to­rial (Jan­uary 2, 2014) fea­tures the rather inane title of “Weed: Been There. Done That.” At least that’s how it ap­pears on The New York Times web­site, the orig­inal pub­lisher of Mr. Brooks’ columns. In our local Seattle Times it was al­tered to “Mar­i­juana: been there, done that.” 

Why? There is nothing ob­jec­tion­able or un­print­able about the orig­inal title, nor is it gram­mat­i­cally in­cor­rect as an ed­i­to­rial page title! READ MORE