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The Cannabis Bowl -

1:16 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

The Super Bowl is going to be between the two states with legal marijuana? http://advice-animal.tumblr.com/

- will be held in New Jersey in two weeks.

Maybe both NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will be there.

Scarlett Johansson will be featured in ads for SodaStream, an illegal Israeli company, with its main plant on stolen Palestinian land outside of Israel itself.

And both teams playing will be from the only states yet whose citizens decided to defy Federal law more effectively than any Tea Party campaign has yet accomplished.

The game is already being called the Marijuana Bowl.  Surprised I didn’t think of it back in October, when predicting the Super Bowl would be the Broncos and Seahawks.

Too bad New Yorker editor David Remnick didn’t interview Obama on citizens deciding about cannabis themselves after Sunday’s conference finals.  Obama said:

we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.” Accordingly, he said of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington that “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

Obama might have been able to add what: _______ if he’d been interviewed after the Cannabis Bowl was stoked?  Here’s my contribution:

The president struck a lighter note when he said “good Super Bowl coming up with the Broncs and Squaks. Bill Clinton (he doesn’t inhale) and I will be munching on cookies, having a Bud, and rooting for both teams. 

This football game will bring more attention to the fight against destructive Federal and lower government policies than any event yet. It wasn’t planned. We’ll see soon where the MSM takes this.

Sunday Food: What About Marijuana Food Products in Washington and Colorado

9:19 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

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I spent a lot of my early life in the Seattle area.  Before moving to Alaska in 1973, I would often get my coffee beans at a small shop across from the Pike Street Market in downtown Seattle – the quaint, original Starbucks store.  I bought my first hand-crank coffee grinder there.

My last job in Seattle was as crane operator and odd-job boy at Main Fish Company, on Pier 60.  The Market, across Alaskan Way from the dock, was slated for probable demolition.  With the Boeing SST cancelled and orders for the new 747 stymied by a slow international economy, a prominent bumper sticker in the parking lots below the Alaskan Way Viaduct (now being demolished – 40 years later) read “Will The Last Person Leaving Seattle Turn Out the Lights!”

Before leaving for Alaska, one friend tried to talk me into partnering on a couple of entrepreneurial projects:  a mobile coffee stand with espresso machine, and a very small brewery.  I passed.  He became rich.

Later, in Alaska, I did make my own beer for years, sometimes winning awards at fairs or winter celebration events.  And, over the years, I watched the Seattle area become one of the main centers of small businesses brewing, bottling and marketing an ever widening array of microbrew products.

Ms. ET an I are down from Alaska to the Seattle area, spending our first Christmas here since 1984, with my 94-year-old mom, and family.

Last Monday, near Indianola, Washington, I smoked my first legal marijuana ever, with Mike Sullivan, a longtime friend with whom I brewed beer in Whittier, Alaska, back in the 1970s and 1980s.  We talked about the growth of microbreweries we had watched from infancy.  Red Hook started in an abandoned streetcar shop in the backwater Fremont district, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and kiddy-corner from my closest friend’s Fremont Fine Arts Foundry.  Red Hook grew to be huge, and sold out to Miller.

Mike and I discussed the possibility of a day when marijuana products other than smokable herb might be successfully marketed.  Brownies easily come to mind.  I suggested dessert wine, like late harvest merlot from the Columbia River basin, infused with concentrated marijuana essence.

For sure there are other ways to adapt marijuana so that its THC can be consumed without having to fill one’s lungs with smoke.  From the look of it, neither Washington’s nor Colorado’s new laws allow for the legal marketing of my imagined wine, or other possibly innovative approaches toward making THC consumption healthier than inhalation.  How they relate to turning your bud into your cake and eating it, is less clear.

The Seattle area is representative of small businesses that started out in a garage (Microsoft), growing in size and viability.  Starbucks, Red Hook, and thousands of other too.  Hopefully, the marijuana marketing here and in the Rockies will rely almost exclusively on small businesses that will help sustainably grow green local economies.

What are your thoughts on legal non-smokable THC products in the post-prohibition states?

Do you have any recipes other than standard Alice B. Toklas?

As Obama Prepares to Do Battle Against Washington and Colorado, Here’s the Pointy End of His Spear

12:22 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

Need I say more?  No?

Well, I will anyway.

The New York Times reported Thursday that high level talks are going on within the Obama administration on how to deal with Washington and Colorado, both of whose voters helped bring Obama his second term, and both of which had more voters support legalizing recreational marijuana use than voted for the president.  Obama is the third president in a row to have used marijuana in his younger days.

The NYT article, which uses so many anonymous White House sources it reeks of “trial balloon,” notes:

One option is for federal prosecutors to bring some cases against low-level marijuana users of the sort they until now have rarely bothered with, waiting for a defendant to make a motion to dismiss the case because the drug is now legal in that state. The department could then obtain a court ruling that federal law trumps the state one.

Will those kids be well-heeled white ones, with parents willing to spend what it usually takes to get a diversion or some other tool used by the well off to keep a possession charge from ruining a young person’s career hopes?  Or will those kids be of color and not well off, as are most victims of the war on drugs when played out against random or targeted users.

The main constituents of continued prohibition are the prison industrial complex, the war on drugs industrial complex, the Mexican drug cartels and big pharma, with the alcohol industry supportive in some ways.  Apparently, the biggest supporter of a heavy crackdown in the administration isn’t the dimwitted DEA head, Michele Leonhart.  It is VP Biden:

[T]he politician who coined the term “drug czar” – Joe Biden – continues to guide the administration’s hard-line drug policy. “The vice president has a special interest in this issue,” Sabet says. “As long as he is vice president, we’re very far off from legalization being a reality.”

I’ve never written an essay here before on the question of marijuana legalization.  I’ve seldom commented on my own relationship with the drug.

I first tried it in early 1967, while serving in the US Army.  At times, when I was young, I used it a lot, probably too much.  When my kids were young, I would go for over a year sometimes without having any, only imbibing with my Washington state sculptor friends when visiting them there.  During that same time, I was working in privatized corrections in Alaska.  I saw then way too many examples of how drug enforcement is used racially in a negative way.

Obama’s administration is saddled with Gonzales v. Raich and a whole shitload of international treaties.  But if there ever was a time for a president to cut a Gordian knot, this issue seems to be the prime candidate.

Andrew Sullivan, proposing open debate rather than knot-cutting, concluded an essay on this today:

Let’s have this debate openly and honestly. Let the government prove that marijuana is as dangerous as heroin and should be treated as such. The very process will reveal the anachronism of the provision itself and the racial and cultural panic that created it. The very discussion will point to an inevitable, scientific conclusion that the current federal policy is based on nothing.

So do nothing, Mr president, with respect to these states and their legitimate decisions. Set the DEA’s priorities so that this trivial, medically useful, pleasure is not in any way a priority for law enforcement. Let the states figure this out, as they are on marriage equality.

Lead from behind. An entire generation is ahead of you.

In the spirit of  being pissed off at this administration’s weighing whether or not “to bring some cases against low-level marijuana users of the sort they until now have rarely bothered with,”  I’m going to light one up, something I haven’t done in a while.

Will you join me?