A new online challenge has marijuana users lighting up on camera in public. The goal of the challenge is to smoke weed in at the most absurd of public locations and catch it on film, all without being nabbed by security. Whether it’s on the bus, in the airport or at the local shopping mall, smokers are starting to light up to get their few minutes of Youtube fame.
Urban dictionary site’s smokin’ loud as high grade marijuana, but this challenge has smoker’s lighting up that high grade in places like Walmart.
Similar to the ice bucket challenge, the social aspect of this challenge has the propensity to become viral among smokers who have the guts to light up in public. However, there is no underlying good to society coming from the challenge and it remains illegal even in states where marijuana is legal.
Although we must admit the video did get a chuckle from our staff, we don’t condone this behavior as it hinders the efficacy of legalization, and certainly would offend those who don’t want to be around the drug or have children in their presence.
Legalization is making a lot of people in Colorado very successful entrepreneurs in wide variety of cannabis based ventures. Cable news network MSBNC has apparently taken interest with their new show, “Pot Barons of Colorado” airing a sneak peek this past weekend and premiering Thanksgiving weekend.
The show profiles some of the Colorado marijuana industry’s most successful and eccentric people, giving viewers an inside look at what the 2014 legal marijuana industry really looks like. It’s extremely exciting to see the amount national media attention marijuana is getting that is going beyond the fluff. Reoccurring positive programming that viewers can latch onto that is delivered by highly influential broadcasting networks, is a cheap and effective way to spread the legalization message.
Below are some clips from the show’s personalities.
Supporting any controversial subject for a celebrity or public figure can be really sticky sometimes. To publicly state your stance for or against is something most are not willing to do, but is crucial for any movement to gain steam and legitimacy. As marijuana has become essentially mainstream, more and more people in positions of influence are speaking out against on the war on drugs, specifically the war on marijuana.
Tom Angell, a life long cannabis advocate and founder of Marijuana Majority has done an amazing job curating pro-legalization quotes from across the web into one easy place. Some of the supporters listed are pretty obvious (Wiz Khalifa, Snoop, etc), but there are several we were not aware of, below are our favorites.
“Even if one doesn’t smoke pot one has to see the benefits of decriminalising it!”
“I’m in favor of the legalization of marijuana.”
“We have spent a trillion dollars. It’s lasted for over 40 years. A lot of people have lost their lives for it… It’s an incredible failure”
“Yes [we should legalize marijuana]. And release prisoners who are incarcerated for pot.”
“Any politician or police chief who still supports the #DrugWar needs to be run out of town on a rail.”
“People are realizing that the war on drugs is a failure, that the amount of money spent, you could have bought all the drugs with that much money rather than create this army of people and incarcerated people.”
“It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from [medical marijuana] and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense.”
“I think it’s great [that Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana]… For me, it seemed like a no-brainer… I think between marijuana laws and same-sex marriage, the next generation will look back and be incredulous, the same way we view the civil rights movement and spraying black people with fire hoses.”
“I think pot 100 percent should be legalized.”
“It’s just the stupidest law possible… You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.”
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