Free Marijuana To Be Given Out For Flood Relief In Colorado

There's going to be some smoke on the water in Boulder, CO.
After devastating floods shut down the state and claimed the lives of ten people, residents in this college mountain town are trying to get back to business as usual, which includes smoking some ganja.

Organizers are set to hand out free joints today on Boulder's bustling Pearl Street Mall, the Daily Camera reported.
While much of the city is focused on rebuilding, the giveaway is an effort to help “stressed out recreational users” who may have lost their stashes to flooding. It's also supposed to serve as a protest a marijuana sales tax ballot that will ask voters in November to approve a 15-percent excise tax.
“Boulder has been victimized by floods,” said Rob Corry, who helped organize the event and hopes to defeat the tax ballot. “We want to bring some flood relief to folks.”
The idea first started two weeks ago, when Corry and other organizers against the ballot handed out free joints in Denver. Despite long lines and a police presence, there were no arrests, The Denver Post reported.
"I wish I could have gotten a bigger one because there were blunts in there," said recreational user Janet Osborn, 27, at the Denver event. "I got probably the smallest one. But it's OK. It's free."
Monday's event is expected to see smaller numbers than the Denver event saw, where more than 600 joints were passed out.
“I’m sure there won’t be too much public consumption [at the Boulder event],” Corry said.
Flood relief donations also will be accepted at the event.

Study Shows That Marijuana Is Not A Safe Drug

By Daniel M Manson
While most people know that street drugs like cocaine, heroin and meth can kill you, many also think that marijuana is a "safe drug" and it really isn't a big deal if you use it. For years, the greatest threat from marijuana was perceived to be its tendency to be a "gateway drug." According to, gateway drugs change your mood and bring about a high, but they don't cause physical dependence. Recent studies have shown that, while marijuana may not cause a physical dependence, it can harmfully affect your body.

Studies on Marijuana Safety
For example, studies by the British Lung Foundation show that smoking cannabis brings four times more tar into your
lungs than smoking regular tobacco cigarettes does. Smoking a single joint every day for a year is approximately equal to smoking twenty cigarettes every day for the same length of time. To simplify this, you are twenty times more likely to get lung cancer from smoking marijuana than you are to get it from smoking cigarettes.
Furthermore, marijuana can be harmful to our youth. The brain does not stop developing when you hit puberty or graduate high school. It continues to grow and develop well into your twenties, according to BBC News in a study on cannabis health risks. The lack of physical dependence does not reflect on the mental dependence upon the drug. Researchers studied over 120 people and how cannabis affects their brains. The results: the drug can develop a tendency for addictive behavior later in life.
How Marijuana Works in the Brain
Here's how it works: marijuana, like any drug, interacts with the brain. The specific receptors in the brain that marijuana interacts with are designed to help you learn, manage things, control your body, etc. Your brain mimics your body in that it grows a lot during your adolescence. It is developing the patterns and functionality that you will have for life. When drugs interact with your brain, they alter the natural design of brain development. Marijuana is no exception. When you abuse a substance, it makes an observable difference in how your brain develops, in this case increasing addictive tendencies.
Can Marijuana Still Be a Gateway
Of course, all of this proof of the physical problems cannabis causes does not negate the fact that it is still a gateway drug. The downside of using marijuana is not so rapidly or visibly apparent as heroin or cocaine, which will leave you looking older, bags under your eyes, spots on your skin, teeth often falling apart or rotting in your mouth. So people still consider it to be "safe" for them to use. Once they realize that this drug, which the government and so many other people are so clearly against, isn't really that harmful, they may be tempted to try other drugs. After all, a drug is a drug, and an addiction is an addiction. The craving wants to be satisfied, it doesn't care what it takes.
Before taking any substance into your body, you should do the research to find out how it will truly affect you. Do the research. Know what your body will have to go through as a result of what you take into your system.
If you have already started to use any drug, don't listen to people that try to tell you that it's safe. The facts are that almost all of these drugs can harm you-if not now, they will eventually.
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Rodney Watkins, Ohio Man, Allegedly Smokes Crack In Police Custody

An Ohio man taken into police custody after a traffic stop made a bad situation worse when he allegedly smoked crack at the police station.
Police in Golf Manor, Ohio, brought Rodney Watkins to the station to check if he had any outstanding warrants after he allegedly presented them with false identification during the stop.
Police said Watkins smoked crack out of a pipe after he was left alone in an interview room, according to
WCPO. An officer monitoring the room on surveillance cameras caught him, and Watkins was promptly arrested on charges including drug abuse and possession of paraphernalia.
Watkins is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $39,750 bond.
In July, a Florida man with a large, tribal face tattoo was arrested after police caught him allegedly smoking crack in his car. Police found assorted drugs and paraphernalia in the man's car.