Reactions to marijuana legalization in New Jersey

NJ.com put together some reactions to weed becoming legal in the state, and they’re pretty fun to go through.
Here are a few:
Joey Diaz

Its time to celebrate……I’m about to smoke a number with Governor Murphy………..Thank you NJ!!!! pic.twitter.com/4WqbHg201s
— Joey CoCo Diaz (@madflavor) February 22, 2021

It’s a very happy #MoaMonday here in NJ as weed is now legal 👍👍 hope everyone is having a good day today pic.twitter.com/TRWtLdqkgK
— Paul A (@QuispyBacon) February 22, 2021

Kevin Smith

Jay & Silent Bob have asked meto make a statement on their behalfon this historic day:
“You took away our fuckin’ livelihood!”
Excuse them. Eventually, they’ll be thankful to you and the voters ofNew Jersey for both legalizationand decriminalization.I thank you all too! https://t.co/voVcfgaaNW
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 22, 2021

Redman

WHO ALL SMOKN TONIGHT ?? pic.twitter.com/YHsqGmYTkX
— Redman (@therealredman) February 21, 2021

Comedy Central

TFW legal weed comes to New Jersey. pic.twitter.com/VhxnQmgytP
— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) February 22, 2021

Alex Grubard

✅Tye Dye everything in my sock drawer.✅Eat 2 burritos in a row.✅Get really quiet in the middle of a conversation. https://t.co/NJaqX9EBcz
— Almost Grubard (@Alexgrubard) February 22, 2021

So New Jersey legalizes weed and we’re all just supposed to finish the workday as if nothing happened??? pic.twitter.com/mPmZC7ysZ5
— WEED IS LEGAL IN NEW JERSEY!!! (@L_DiPaolo) February 22, 2021

Why is sex better when you’re high?

In a super fascinating article over at InsideHook, we get a glimpse into why exactly sex gets that extra bump from being high.
Of course the main difference is the awareness, which is much more acute while high.
“Terpenes (the perfumey bouquet of smells that often accompanies a strain, with names like Limonene and Myrcene) are responsible for things like those energetic and uplifting feelings or that deep body buzz just after ingestion, while cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in THC, CBD, etc.) activate and communicate with specific receptors within the Endocannabinoid System,” Michelle Mendoza, a Head Buyer at Sweet Flower tells InsideHook. “Together, they produce the entourage effect that equals the sum of its parts and your very individualized experience.”
But in particular, it acts as a “vasodilator” which means that it makes sensitive parts of the body extra sensitive. Orgasms are improved and sex drive is maximized all because of increased blood flow to these parts of the body.
Because of this pretty clear link between being high and good sex, the market has opened up for products that seem almost specifically catered for heightened sexuality, be it micro-dosed drinks, chewables, weed lube, and even some edibles.
Read the story at InsideHook.

Why do we call marijuana “weed”?

It’s definitely a fun little exercise to go through the list of cannabis nicknames we’ve all accrued in our lexicon, and right at the front of that list is “weed”. The most stigmatized, loaded, meaning-drenched of the nicknames. It means something different to everyone.
Well a nice little article over at Greenstate dives into some of the titles, and where they came from. Although not the most thoroughly researched, it still has some nuggets (another one!) of interest.

“[Weed] was first listed as one of the “new words” for cannabis in the 1929 edition of “American Speech.” At the time, there were only two widely-used terms for marijuana in the U.S. – the English term, “hemp,” and the scientific word, “cannabis” – so canna-lovers were experimenting with new names to avoid being discovered.
The nickname “weed” didn’t exactly hit at first – mostly because the more exotic term “marijuana” infiltrated the American lexicon in the ‘30’s. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that it really became popular, according to Google search records. Some speculate this is because millennials needed an alternative to their parent’s hippie nicknames, like “grass” and “flower.””

Kind of an ingenious way to get the authorities to lose interest–who cares about some random weed the kids are gushing over.
Another fascinating one in the article is “Dope”. “It comes from the 19th century Dutch word ‘doop,’ meaning ‘thick dipping sauce.’ Originally a cooking term, it eventually became synonymous with a thick-headed or slow person.”
“When semi-liquid opium became popular around 1889, the word ‘doop’ was first used in reference to narcotic stupefaction – A.K.A., getting stupid high.”
Check out the article for more on the origin of “reefer,” “marijuana,” or “grass,” and feel free to act like a total smart ass next time you get high with your friends.

20 Best Weed Comedies of all time

A nice little list was put together over at YardBarker that compiles the best weed comedies ever made.
I agree with most of it, although my top 10 would probably consist of different spellings of The Big Lebowski.
Half Baked
Pineapple Express
How High
Up in Smoke
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Friday
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Knocked Up
Super Troopers
The Big Lebowski
The Stoned Age
Mallrats
The Breakfast Club (debatable)
Super High Me
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
Empire Records
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
This Is The End
Reefer Madness
Dazed and Confused

Read the full thing at Yard Barker.

Marijuana sales in Illinois are skyrocketing

2020 was the first year weed became legal in the state of Illinois, and the demand just keeps coming.
According to the Sun Times out of Chicago, a total of $670 million of recreational marijuana was sold last year. Those are fantastic numbers, but the cherry on top is that this year seems to have the potential to reach the billion dollar mark.
Last January, the amount of marijuana sold was $39 million. Decent profit, but January 2021 reached $88 million. That’s more than double, and if this growth keeps up, a year of $1.2 billion in sales isn’t out of reach.
However, some are saying this upwards trend won’t likely be replicated month to month. “I wouldn’t expect constant upward trends every single month. It will be a combination of more consumers entering the market, some products ‘premiumizing,’ some products falling in price slightly and changes in consumer frequency of use,” says Alyssa Jank, an analyst at a cannabis research firm, Brightfield Group.
Promising signs, and despite apparent headaches during the application process, more and more pot shops are opening up in the state.
Read the full story at Chicago Sun Times.

Supply problems in Arizona after marijuana legalization

The road from marijuana exclusively used as medicine to recreational is one of many potholes.
There seems to always be a few difficulties to overcome, and Arizona is now seeing this firsthand after legalizing all adult-use marijuana last days.
According to a local news station, there are concerns that supply for those in need of medicinal marijuana may run short in the state after demand has boomed.
“I waited a very short period of time at the back of the line before I thought, ‘wow, this isn’t moving very quickly,’” says Sarah Burton, a Phoenix local. “No matter where you go, you’re running into problems.”
Of course, most of this is due to the initial excitement of the plant’s new legal status. Everything will eventually normalize, but for now, some Weed Shops are having to find ways to prioritize those in medicinal need.
“We are going to offer a four-hour window just for medicinal patients from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and then from 12–10 p.m., we will blend both recreational and medicinal, but there will be two separate lines,” says Scott Pierce, owner of Herbal Wellness Center.
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