Tag: Marijuana (Page 1 of 2)

More Canadians Getting High; Peacocks Attacking Cars; Cross Country on a Unicycle; Japan is Shrinking; Meditation Saves a Life

Iceland is a gun-loving country with no shooting murders since 2007 – NBC News

A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electriciansWashington Post

Monique Richard, the first woman to summit Mount Logan in Yukon’s Kluane National Park, Canada’s highest mountain, solo, says her biggest fear came when she fell into a dangerously deep crevice. – Canadian Press

51 year old swimmer Benoit Lecomte sets off from Japan in a record Pacific crossing attempt. His planned destination is the U.S. west coast. It should take him about 6 months to complete. – BBC

  • If you are doubtful this is impossible, Lecomte previously swam the frigid Atlantic Ocean in 73 daysThe Independent // But that was 20 years ago, and that trip was some 2,400 kilometres shorter.

New report finds no evidence that having sex with robots is healthy – WSJ (paywall) // Did someone, anyone, really believe it was?

The death toll from Guatemala‘s volcano has climbed to 69 people as new explosion hampers rescue efforts – ABC News, CBC

A 23 year old Alberta student is attempting to cross Canada on a unicycle, and has so far made it over the Rockies. – CBC

Canadians are expected to be smoking, eating and vaping up to 35% more marijuana once cannabis is legalized – CBC // Will that make us even nicer?

Unintended benefit? Unlike alcohol, cannabis has no caloriesCBC

Apple copied Google Android, again, and unveiled new features in iOS 12 to reduce distractions, including Screen Time, Do Not Disturb at Bedtime, grouped notifications, and new parental controls – Apple // Or you could exercise a bit of self discipline, take back control of your life, and simply power it off at bedtime and when you don’t want to be disturbed.

The CEO of Aetna, an American health insurance company, was considering suicide before he found meditationQuartz

Japan’s shrinking population: A record low 946,000 children were born in 2017. Meanwhile deaths hit a post-war high of 1,340,433, resulting in a natural decrease of 394,373 people. – Japan Times

Feral peacocks are attacking vehicles in British Columbia, causing thousands of dollars in damages – CTV News

Pesticides in food; Pointless jobs; The price of weed plummets; Working LEGO pinball machine, Deep Blue defeats Gary Kasparov; Seaweed reduces methane in cows

The founder of Mother’s Day strongly disagreed with the commercialization of a day meant for children to honour their mothers. – Quartz

A simple way to improve a billion lives: EyeglassesThe New York Times

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere ReserveAdventure Trend

Consumer Reports ranks best sunscreensWTOP

Volunteers, nonprofits reviving some California state parksSan Francisco Chronicle

The Sistine Chapel of Comic-Strip Art – It’s a NYC sports bar – The New York Times 

Genetic analysis suggests squirrels helped the global spread leprosyGizmodo

Only in select Canadian cities: Timbits Bouquet for Mother’s Day

FDA chemists have been finding pesticides in food – and keeping it quiet – Modern Farmer

The oversupply of marijuana in Oregon has caused the price of weed to plummetThe Guardian

Why do so many people feel their work is completely pointless? – The Guardian

Watch: Working LEGO pinball machine built from 15,000 bricks – Brothers Brick

Seaweed in cow feed reduces methane emissions almost entirely – Foodtank

Work-Life Balance: Young Chinese are sick of working long hoursBBC

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe cannot count on U.S. anymore – Bloomberg

  • US faces European backlash against Iran sanctions – The Guardian

US lawmakers release 3,519 Facebook ads from Russia-linked accounts showing a coordinated effort to sow distrust in US politics – Bloomberg


May 11

868: The oldest printed and dated book, The Diamond Sutra. It now resides at the British Museum in London.

1812: British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated as he walked through the lobby of the House of Commons.

1904: Spanish painter Salvador Dali was born in Figueras, Spain.

1910: Glacier National Park in Montana was designated a national park.

1997: IBM’s Deep Blue defeats Russian grand master Gary Kasparov in the deciding game of their six-game series in New York City. This is their second meeting and the first time a machine beats a reigning world chess champion in a classical match.

Lots of pot; Tenzing Norgay; Circus spiders

Scientists have trained a spider to jump on command – Sky News

Canadians are expected to spend $6.5 billion a year on pot by 2020. That’s more than hard liquor ($5b), junk food ($5b), but not as much as beer ($9b). – CBC (I think there are big opportunity selling Girl Guide Cookies and opening a chain of brownie bakeries.)

  • It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks – NY Times

My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed.

  • Depression And Anxiety From Storm Disruptions Drive Some Puerto Ricans To Suicide – NPR

Chrome OS is getting Linux – Venture Beat, TechCrunch


May 9

1960: The U.S. legalizes the birth control pill.

1986: Sherpa Tenzing Norgay dies. He and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand were the first climbers to ascend Mount Everest, in 1953.

1994: South Africa’s new parliament chooses Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president.

4/20: Oregon has more pot than it can smoke

Pot dispensaries are selling marijuana at reduced prices as the Oregon sits on a million-pound glut of unsold weed.

Lily Raff McCaulou, The Guardian:

Flooded with supply, prices are dropping so much that some dispensaries in the Portland area are selling the drug for $4 a gram. That’s less than half the cost of a bargain-basement batch in other US cities where marijuana is legal, like Denver and Seattle.

When the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), the agency in charge of cannabis regulation, issued the first licenses to businesses in 2016, projections were for 800 to 1,200 businesses to obtain cannabis licenses in the first couple of years, according to Mark Pettinger, a spokesman for the OLCC.

But 1,824 marijuana-related business licenses have already been issued, including 981 production operations. Another 967 production licenses are in various stages of approval by the state and could come online later this year.

It’s 4 / 20. Digg has a brief history of stoner movies

Mathew Olson:

Stoner movies have at least helped a little towards normalizing the drug in the US. There’s still a long, long way to go towards sensible weed legislation, and the continuing pop-culture battle for that progress is more likely to be fought on small screens than in theaters now. Still, what better day to look back at the trailblazers of stoner movie history than today?

Canada’s Second Cup plans to convert some of its coffee shops into pot dispensaries

Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press:

Second Cup wants to serve up a different kind of buzz by converting some of its coffee shops into cannabis dispensaries and, when legal, pot lounges.

Shares in the Canadian restaurant operator rose as much as 31 per cent to $3.62 apiece in early afternoon trading on Thursday after it announced that it has signed an agreement with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis to develop and operate a network of recreational pot stores. However, neither currently has a licence to sell marijuana, so the deal is contingent on approval from the governments, as well as from franchisees and landlords.

If and when regulations allow, the two companies also want to open coffee shops for cannabis consumption, said Second Cup’s board chairman Michael Bregman.

Las Vegas airport has a marijuana amnesty program

Mick Akers, Las Vegas Sun:

The possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and 1/8 ounce of the THC equivalent of concentrates and edibles was made legal in January, with legal sale and purchase of the drug going live on July 1.

From Jan. 1 to late September, if a person had weed on his person on Department of Aviation grounds and it was discovered by a TSA agent, Metro Police would be called and they would assess the amount.

If they deemed it to be under the allowed amount, the person would be given back their product and were free to go. If it was over the allowed amount they would be arrested for felony possession, Crews said.

Philadelphia District Attorney dismisses all marijuana possession cases

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced that his office has dropped criminal marijuana possession charges against 51 people, and that his office will drop all possession charges that are not coupled with intent to deliver or sell.

NBC Philadelphia:

The new policy will be straight-forward, according to District Attorney Larry Krasner.

“We are going to tell them, yes, drop any cases that are simply marijuana possession,” Krasner said at a press conference prior to the staff meeting. He stressed that the policy only applies to simple possession, not charges like possession with intent to deliver or selling it.

His approach builds on 4-year-old rules implemented by Mayor Michael Nutter and the previous District Attorney, Seth Williams. Initially introduced by current Mayor Jim Kenney when he was a city councilman, they gave Philadelphia police the power to issue citations for marijuana possession. That essentially made pot possession punishable by a fine.

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