Marijuana Prohibition Is Unscientific, Unconstitutional and Unjust

In his great Forbes magazine article, author Jacob Sullum lists the contradictions inherent in current marijuana legislation:

“The comparison of alcohol and marijuana presents an obvious challenge to anyone who thinks the government bans drugs because they are unacceptably dangerous. If anything, that rationale suggests marijuana should be legal while alcohol should be banned, rather than the reverse. Judging from this example, the distinctions drawn by our drug laws have little, if anything, to do with what science tells us about the relative hazards of different intoxicants.”

Well worth reading the entire article here.

Pink Floyd to Put Out Unreleased Tracks in Box Set

Pink Floyd will put out previously unreleased tracks as part of a giant box set that explores the experimental rock legends’ foundations, the band’s label said. Read more here.

Our Newest Product: The Cannary Pouch Combo

We’re in the final stages of production of a couple of products that we’re very excited about: The Cannary Pouch and Lid’l Pipe. Last fall when Finch and his wife were packing for a trip and wanted to take along something to smoke, they realized they had nothing to carry it in except an old paper sack. So we designed a handsome leather pouch with separate pockets for a pipe and our stash. Continue reading

Jeff Beck’s New album, “Loud Hailer” is Out Now.

And it’s a thing of beauty. Read a review here or, better yet, go get it.

This 20-Year Marijuana Study Could Blaze a Trail That Supporters Have Been Waiting For

The decision to declassify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug has been supposedly held up due to a lack of good data regarding the health implications. (Of course for years the federal government did not allow marijuana to be grown so any testing has been difficult.) But a recent 20-year study in New Zealand may give our government the data it needs: “After controlling for a number of factors, including tobacco use, childhood health, and childhood socioeconomic status, researchers’ 20-year study came to an interesting conclusion — namely, that marijuana use only had a statistically significant adverse impact on periodontal health. In other words, marijuana had no negative impact on a dozen other health factors, including lung function, systemic inflammation, BMI, or metabolic health. ” Read the whole story here.

Paul Simon to Release New Album Soon

Still incredibly creative at 74, Paul is scheduled to release Stranger to Stranger on June 3 (with a cover image apparently by artist Chuck Close). If you missed his last album, So Beautiful or So What, check it out. It is one of his best.

The NY Times has a good piece about the album here.

Radiohead Releases ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

“Radiohead give us one of their most musically and emotionally arresting albums, full of low-flying panic attacks and gorgeous orchestration.” Read the entire Rolling Stone review here.

How Getting High Made Me a Better Caregiver

Writer Tom Huth gives a beautiful, bittersweet, honest account of life as a caregiver, and how cannabis helps:

“For 20 years my wife, Anne, has struggled gallantly against the physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual depredations of Parkinson’s disease. For the first 15, I took care of her myself. Now I have lots of help. Either way, enjoying a hit or two on the pipe every couple of hours has granted me tens of thousands of sweet clemencies that keep me from burning out as a caregiver.”

Read the entire NY Times essay here.