Walmart apparently wants everyone of all ages to be “super lucky” for St. Patrick’s Day this year, and by super lucky they mean stoned.
Online Walmart shoppers were shocked to find a hooded sweatshirt available for purchase on the retail-giant’s website which depicted three different types of leaves, one of which belonging to the cannabis plant.
Advertised as a St. Patrick’s Day theme, the hoodie, which was available only in kids sizes, displayed the word “normal” under a three-leaf clover, the word “lucky” below a four-leaf clover, and the words “super lucky” assigned to the cannabis leaf. All three leaves are displayed in line next to one another.
In Walmart’s defense, the product seems to actually have been uploaded by a third party retailer based in Canada, where cannabis is federally legal. Also, like many online clothing retailers, it is likely that the design is photoshopped onto the youth sized sweatshirt to show potential buyers what they would receive. No children were harmed in the making of this product page.
As soon as Walmart representatives were notified about the item, it was removed from the website.
“This isn’t an item sold on Walmart.com and we will alert the IT team to remove the image and/or page immediately,” a Walmart.com supervisor said.
The url still exists on walmart.com, but the page is now empty. Super lucky for us, it was not taken down before some shoppers snagged screenshots of the item.
While Walmart pharmacies may not be distributing medical cannabis just yet, the company did make a deal with the American Cannabis Company out of Denver, CO in March of 2018 to sell a couple of their cultivation products online.
The products selected are designed specifically for cannabis cultivation and can be purchased on Walmart.com. The two ancillary cannabis-industry items sold by Walmart are SoHum Living Soils and Dr. Marijane Root Probiotic.
“ACC is excited to have the opportunity to offer our products online through these major retailers,” said American Cannabis Company CEO Terry Buffalo. “We are especially excited to be selling our proprietary SoHum Living Soils potting mix through these online channels, as we have spent years perfecting our blend, and fine-tuning the messaging around the brand itself.”
American Cannabis Company products are also available through Amazon and Home Depot.
Darlene Noble, mother of Reginald Noble, better known as hip-hop artist and actor Redman, recently found an old stash of his weed in their home, and she jokes that she is selling it on Ebay. These dime bags are decades old, and at least one is very special, according to Redman in the video he shared with his followers on Twitter.
Displaying the bags Darlene found for the video, Redman exclaims, “My moms just found this bud. This bud has to be at least 20 years old!” To which moms snaps, “Don’t put my name in it period.” After Redman reassures her that he only said moms, and no one knows who moms is, Darlene jokes, “We selling it on Ebay.” Then Redman teases her for not wanting her name in the video, but then saying she is going to sell it.
Redman gets excited about the only one of the little baggies that is shaped like a triangle with red writing on it. “This one right here, you know what that bag is right there,” he exclaims. “This bag has history. This is Biggie Smalls. This the Lox. This is Cam’ron. This is Lil Cease. This is Noreaga. Official 20 years old and the bud is still in it. And if you don’t know what that bag is, it’s from one of the East coasts riders of marijuana. Branson, baby. That’s an official Branson bag.”
For those who were not in the New York City weed scene in the 2000s, “Branson” was THE dealer to the stars in the east coast hip-hop scene. With clientele like The Notorious B.I.G, Ma$e, Cam’ron, and Redman, it’s no surprise that Branson has been immortalized in hip-hop lyrics. One example is the song Rap Phenomenon by The Notorious B.I.G., featuring Redman and Method Man, which states: “Bought ten bricks, four pounds of weed plants. From Branson, now we lampin, twelve room mansion.”
Outgoing U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) jokingly hinted he might get into marijuana after he steps down from one of the most powerful jobs in Washington early next year.
“Luckily Boehner texted me the other day and he said he found something that helps him chill out,” Ryan said during a video message for the White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday, referring to former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who this month joined a marijuana company.
“Something to do with grass,” he said. “I don’t really know.”
Boehner’s entry into the marijuana industry surprised many observers because he previously said he was “unalterably opposed” to legalization.
The devastation of losing weed is strangely difficult to overcome. A positive correlation exists between the amount of cannabis that is lost or wasted and the level of stress inflicted upon the affected party. Resentment over canoeing joints or losing the last bowl pack to a breathy blow out before ignition lingers but causes no irreversible harm to the psyche. Still, for some the sound of a flushing toilet may invoke painful memories from decades ago of an angry adult knowingly asking—WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!?!—right before flushing the contents in question down the toilet only to see it float backup reminding them the joys of child-rearing.
Lengths at which people have gone in order to conceal their contraband from detection have been idiotic, infamous, ingenious and industrious. It’s totally valid to want to keep cannabis or other party favors out of sight from prying eyes and inquisitive minds. Whether looking for protection from theft, prosecution, punishment, unintended ingestion or depreciation on the asset obscuring the whereabouts of a stash is no joking matter.
When preparing to mask the contents of a drug collection it’s best to follow a few simple tenets for best results.
The first rule of Stash Club is you do not talk about Stash Club. By forgoing the urge to tell a sibling, lover, friend or co-worker the details surrounding any deceptions that may be perpetrated, paranoia can be limited to normal levels depending on the contents of the stash. Allowing anyone in on the secret is tantamount to treason of the soul.
Next step is to mitigate the smell of any offending participants before stashing. Today’s era of terpene rich flowers and concentrates are loud, in-your-face and unapologetic in their attack of the olfactory system, while DMT has a pungent and lasting—almost stink bomb-esque nose on it. The last thing anybody hiding drugs wants to hear is what’s that smell?
Depending on domestic situation and living arrangement methods and tactics for deception can differ greatly. The particulars of proper stashing etiquette for those who find themselves temporarily living in their parents’ basement because they’ve spent their entire bankroll on tattoos and travel is in stark contrast to that of somebody on their own with few friends or visitors which varies from the needs of somebody hiding their drugs from a significant other while simultaneously raising a family.
Old standby techniques such as taping a baggie of whatever to the back of pictures hanging on the wall or jamming a pill bottle inside the guts of a couch can still get the job done in a pinch but they lack creativity and decorum. Modern methods in security and camouflage have given the intrepid a new confidence when hiding the stash.
The most reliable and relatable approach towards misguidance is to hide verboten goods in plain sight. Concealment devices come in many shapes and sizes, offering reassurance and peace of mind to those who employ them. Hidden compartment furniture can be purchased for large amounts of money and won’t look out of place among West Elm and William Sonoma pieces while smaller diversion safes have been designed to look live everyday household items regularly overlooked during a routine search.
Perhaps one day we’ll all be free from the constraints of the War on Drugs but until then let’s all be thankful for the Brief Safe which gives every man, woman and child the opportunity to stash what needs stashing in a pair of dookie-stained tighty whities sure to avoid even the most discerning investigation.
There is no hope with dope. Crack is whack. Hugs, not drugs.
Rhyme schemed proclamations have been fanning the flames of the War on Drugs since the first shots were fired. Despite the epic failure of our current drug policing strategies, the United States government is doubling down on the theory that non-FDA approved drug users are the scourge of mankind and looking to lock us all up (starting with minorities, of course).
So it seems that the United States could stand to learn a bit from our little brother to the north. In only a few months Canada has taken the reigns of North America and declared itself the fresh, cool, progressive world leader not willing to kowtow to wonky policy and unsubstantiated claims against the benefits of cannabis.
Perhaps it’s time for a new slogan in the name of harm reduction—Weed is all you need.
Those of us in the know have been extolling the virtues of marijuana based maintenance programs to eye rolls and feigned interest since Jump Street.
Damaging and dangerous activities induced by hard drinking and drugging are all but erased while enrolled in a lifestyle that incorporates cannabis use as a replacement for far more detrimental substances. Anybody still considering marijuana consumption a reprehensible endeavor is unlikely to be swayed fact, science or reason and are thusly inconsequential to the future success of the human race.
Tremendous insights into the efficacy of cannabis as a means for fall down and stand up drunks to get off the sauce and on with their lives can be found in Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol: a harm reduction approach by Tod H. Mikuriya (1933-2007).
Presented in his research are gems like,
“Nine patients reported that they had practiced total abstinence from alcohol for more than a year and attributed their success to cannabis. Their years in sobriety: 19, 18, 16, 10, 7, 6, 4 (2), and 2.”
“Three patients reported a sad irony: they had “fallen off the wagon” when they had to stop using cannabis in anticipation of drug tests. Patient S., a 27-year-old cable installer, had six alcohol-related arrests by age 21, “ . . . after not smoking herb (for probation drug test) and blacking out on alcohol, I found my drinking getting out of hand and I began getting into more trouble.” He later relapsed when denied use of cannabis at a residential treatment facility.”
In the face of these finding and other anecdotal evidence a litany of defenses is used to discourage people from experimenting with cannabis and psychedelics as wellness tools or a way to remove their dependency on harmful drugs and destructive tendencies. Preachers, teachers, and coaches have been peddling these lies to impressionable youths and foolish adults with blind faith in the hopes of not corrupting the system in place but they don’t have to.
That system is broken. It was never even operational. It’s been gumming up the works ever since it was implemented. Independent thoughts and deviations from the norm are at a premium these days and need to be encouraged and championed instead of repressed.
They wander the streets, clutching handmade cardboard signs, looking for handouts, and one Colorado town is placing the blame for the rising number of panhandlers on the legalization of marijuana in the state.
As communities continue to fight over the legalization of marijuana, in some cases long after cannabis use has been approved by voters, some Colorado residents are taking things a little too far. Some Colorado business owners claimed this week that the normally picturesque resort town has undergone an unwanted transformation, and cannabis is to blame. According to local, the once lovely town of Durango has been overrun by crazed panhandlers, courtesy of marijuana legalization.
Matthew Marinseck, speaking from his preferred spot in front of a local shop and holding a homemade cardboard sign asking for help stated
“Legalized marijuana has drawn a lot of kids here from other states and the impact has not all been good.”
A stroll through Durango does reveal some people asking for assistance cardboard sign – going so far as to draw marijuana leaves on the signs themselves. According to Marinseck, marijuana is not the largest problem faced in the city. “[The] city really started freaking out when they started seeing needles in the streets.”
Local shopkeeper Caleb Preston, however, feels that the panhandling is the biggest problem. “Just this year there has been a major influx of people between 20 to 30 who are just hanging out on the streets,” Preston said. “The problem is while many are pretty mellow, there are many more who are violent.”
Preston reported that he has begun kicking these new arrivals off his porch and yard when they appear near his business. He explained,,
“Most of the kids here are from out of state, and I would say it has a lot to do with the legalized pot.”
Preston also stated that an increase in crime, particularly shoplifting, accompanies the new arrivals. A recent meeting of the Durango Business Improvement District was focused on coming up with solutions for dealing with the panhandlers as the summer tourist season draws near.
Business owners suggested everything from more strict laws governing loitering to marketing campaigns designed to deter tourists from giving to panhandlers and directing them to local charities instead. Some businesses plan to place obstacles on the sidewalk to prevent loitering and panhandling. BID director Walsworth stated.
“We’re hoping to discourage the transient and professional panhandlers that are impacting the perceived safety and cleanliness of our downtown, as well as help those who are truly in need.”
Why blame legalization?
Local police are stretched thin, but can’t make a connection between the legalization of marijuana and the rise in crime and panhandling in the district.
While the local homeless and panhandling population has surged, the tie between the legalization of marijuana and the influx of new arrivals is tenuous. While retailers feel that the approval of recreational marijuana has invited a flood of panhandling hobos to their doorsteps, they overlook the paying customer’s legalization has provided.
What’s going on in Durango, really? Are shopkeepers right that marijuana has somehow created a flood of cannabis seeking homeless people, who exist to roam the street, clutching their cardboard signs in hope of a handout? Has legalization brought in more paying customers as well? A closer examination of the homeless problem is obviously needed in Durango, but automatically tying a problem with panhandling and crime to legal marijuana remains a stretch.