Posts Tagged ‘marijuana’

News flash: Sour apple is not Mary Jane.

Legalize it. We’ve all heard it said many a time, and the controversies that follow. One of the latest issues that has been in the news is about candy shaped like marijuana. No, it doesn’t actually have any pot in it, but that hasn’t stopped concerned parents, city leaders and anti-drug activists in Buffalo, N.Y. from protesting its sale in stores.

It’s not shocking that there has been backlash against the candy, but it is kind of out of the blue considering how long it has been out. With names like “Pothead Sour Gummy Candy,” “Pothead Lollipops,” and “Pothead Ring Pots,” you would think the backlash would have happened much sooner.

The issue seems a little ridiculous to me. It’s easy to understand the concerns of promoting the use of illegal drugs in everyday grocery or candy stores. However, these candies are being sold in novelty stores by a novelty supply company. Let’s be real, if you are against your kid purchasing candy that may or may not prompt them to begin illegal drug use, you probably should be making sure they don’t go into the stores selling them in the first place. That’s between you and your child, not companies like Kalan LP who are upfront about the kind of items they sell.

Based on what I’ve read, it seems the product people are actually concerned with is the synthetic marijuana K2, not Pothead candy. If that’s the case, then lay off. The sales location is appropriate; it’s not going to convince your kid to smoke pot any more than any other products on the market.

-Erin Elzo

I hope everyone enjoyed the recent 4/20 holiday. It inspired me to do some research on marijuana (otherwise known as weed, pot, tree, hash, green, bud, ganja, sticky, cannabis, mary jane, grass, dope, herb, kush etc.) and the myths of smoking. What we hear and see in the media is influential and we are receiving a lot of diverse opinions regarding this popular drug. Cannabis is a plant containing over 400 chemical compounds, with the major one being THC. It is the most widely used illicit drug, and as we know, it provides a mood altering high. (more…)

Christina Aguilera Candy Man

The epitome of a throwback, pop music style

To celebrate Music Monday, the editors at Jerk bring you a playlist featuring a list of contemporary songs inspired by some oldie genres. These artists have given us some updates on some tunes from all over the musical history timeline, grabbing inspiration from Louis XIV all the way up to the older brothers of the emo kids that dominated the 1980s. These songs invoke not simpler, but older times and maybe your greatest great-grandfather would have listened to a version, but in his day, they probably wouldn’t have a synthesizer. (more…)

Have you noticed that lately there have been a lot more movies with drug references?

Stoner Movies, not just for stoners anymore

Stoner Movies, not just for stoners anymore

Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Grandma’s Boy are three popular, newish movies that not only reference drugs, but feature them as a major part of the plot, almost as if marijuana was its own character. (more…)


Like a fish out of bong water.

Like a fish out of bong water.

Since the buzz of the 2008 Summer Olympics wore off, I bet Michael Phelps has had plenty of free time on his hands.  The title of ‘Greatest Olympian in History’ doesn’t come with any real job description-it’s more of an honorary thing-and while he’s got his heart in the right place, a guy can only spend so many hours a day giving thumbs-up to cameras with Make-A-Wish kids.  People probably said, “Hey, Michael, you really need a hobby.”  I’d agree with them, but smoking marijuana isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m sure everyone has heard by now:  A picture of the 14-time Olympic gold medallist lighting and hitting a bong has spread all over the Internet, along with all of the web-junk accoutrements.  A favorite “ad” of mine, with Phelps as poster boy, rhetorically asks world-class athletes, “When it comes time to relax, why put your body through the proven harmful effects of alcohol?  Become a pot smoker!” (more…)

Whack-Ass Shit – Cannabis College

Posted: February 29, 2008 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Those attending Oaksterdam University, a trade school in Oakland, Calif., can study the most productive ways to cultivate some high-quality “Mary Jane.”

In just a two-day weekend course costing $200, aspiring marijuana growers can learn “how to cultivate and cook with cannabis, study which strains of pot are best for certain ailments, and are instructed in the legalities of a business that is against the law in the eyes of the federal government,” according to a Feb. 25 article published by the Associated Press.

The medicinal marijuana industry can thank the university for churning out 60 students with expertise in the field. Even more pleasing to the industry is how the course is sold out through May.

Sixty students now possess the knowledge and ability to cultivate marijuana to perfection. Richard Lee, founder and president of Oaksterdam University, told AP that if the students choose to enter the booming field, they can serve as “bud tenders” and make over $50,000 a year.

“My basic idea is to try to professionalize the industry and have it taken seriously,” Lee said to AP. “[It’s] just like beer and distilling hard liquor.”

~Daniel Bortz