After the smoke clears: read at your own risk
Te Collegian does not take a position on the use of marijuana. Tis section and the actions or events that occur or that took place on April 20 is
being covered to inform readers about the marijuana subculture. Pot culture has gotten higher in popularity in the past years as a result of the possibilities of legalization. Many users have taken pride in the illegal
drug by finding different ways to fight for the abolition of the marijuana prohibition by joining groups similar to LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Prideful smokers also tend to find events like the Global Marijuana March (that will take place on May 5, 2012 and assemble at 11 a.m. at Freedom Park in Little Five Points). With the rapid spread of new reefer burners many organizations want the smoke to clear. Organizations like CALM (Citizens Against Legalizing
Marijuana) or S.O.S (Save Our Society from Drugs) stop at nothing to get there message across stating that drugs are bad. For this spread you will be educated on the history, the influences and the different functions of marijuana. Enjoy this feature at your own risk.
What does 420 mean? The history behind pot smokers favorite holiday
Collegian Staff By David Schick
“Hey man, it’s 4:20!” Chances are that you’ve heard this expression
at some point in your life if you’ve been on a college campus, or at a Grateful Dead concert. 420 is a term used in the pot-smoking
subculture that refers to smoking weed. It’s also a references the time to smoke, 4:20 p.m., and the date, April 20. But where did this saying come from? “I think it was like the police code for
marijuana,” said Antoine Johnson, a GPC philiosophy major. While this along with the number
of active chemicals in weed or because it’s Hitler’s birthday (April 20) are widely
accepted all incorrect.
A couple of years ago, a reporter from Te Huffington Post tracked down the real origin of the pot culture’s most widely used slogan. A It was a group of friends from San Rafael
High School, known as the “Waldos” (because of their chosen to spot to smoke at a wall outside the school), who were the first to coin
explanations, they are
this term. When the Waldos learned of an abandoned
cannabis crop, they plotted to meet at 4:20 p.m. to search for it. Although they never found the crop, 420 became a codeword for the group of teenagers to communicate their interest to buy, smoke, or even sell weed. According to Te Huffinton Post, the term
got worldwide circulation through the Grateful Dead counter culture when the band moved a few blocks from San Rafael High School. When High Times magazine got wind of it, they helped make it a global phenomenon.
APRIL 25, 2012
Excuse me while I kiss the sky Mary jane makes the hearts of GPC musicians sing
Collegian Staff By Kevin A. Jackson
Te bubbles roll in the water pipes as the
transparent glass closure clouds with white smoke. In an instant, the pipe clears and is passed to the next person. Tis is one of many images that might come to mind when the topic of marijuana is brought up. Smoking weed is usually associated with three things: food, sleep and music. For years, legendary bands like Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, the Beatles, and Te Grateful Dead
have cashed in on stoners of every age rolling blunts and hitting pipes while listening to music. “Weed and music is the best!” laughs the
Pizza Guy when asked about his opinion on marijuana and music. “It’s like bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly.” Mr. Green works at a Metro Atlanta pizza
parlor and attends classes on the Clarkston campus. Green says he smokes before, during, and sometimes after he plays. It goes with the natural high that comes with being a musician and feeling the vibrations throbbing through the body.
Not every musician smokes marijuana and plays music. Mocha Smoka,
anonymous smoker and GPC student, is a violinist and cellist but doesn’t smoke when she practices. Instead, she prefers to listen to different kinds of music while high. Different types of music help produce different feelings. According to Mocha, the best music to listen to while under the influence is Japanese pop and mellow American alternative bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. While softer, slower and more upbeat music encourages pleasant thoughts, louder and more aggressive music can have the opposite effect.
Drugs are bad ... Mmmmm’kay?
Collegian Staff By David Schick
It wasn't too long ago that I used to be a habitual marijuana smoker, but now the fog has lifted and I can finally remember where I put my keys.
Imagine that. It's been over six months since I quit using
marijuana and I can't tell you how much things have changed. Now, I know this is suppose to be the anti-pot story, but truth be told, I'm not against you using weed, I'm just saying that it's just not for me. Since the jury is still out because of the
multiple conflicting studies on marijuana usage, I thought I would take the approach of giving you some empirical data that I've collected after having been a pot-head for several years. First, there's a theory out there that claims
marijuana is a "gateway drug," which can open you up to using other more hardcore substances. For me, this was true. I won't say that marijuana made me want to do other drugs, because even after all the drugs I've done I still preferred marijuana over the rest, but being a smoker did put me in unique situations to try things out of the ordinary. In my experience, these opportunities come hand- in-hand with being a part of the pot subculture. Another theory claims that marijuana can
slow your thinking, impair coordination, and can increase rates of anxiety or depression. Once again, for me, this was true. My motivation was nonexistent when I was
a smoker. All I cared about was the next time I was going to smoke. I would sometimes even "pause for the cause" in the middle of a shift at work or between classes at school. My grades and work performance turned out negative results.
Lastly, I just want to put this bug into you I'm a college student and I have money.
How many students do you know that can say that?
Once again, I'm not saying that you should
quit smoking weed, but perhaps it's time to sit down and write out a pro's and con's list for yourself.
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