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By Akira The Don on Monday, September 29th, 2014

This would be one of the most important records of the year right here, finally getting a suitably Lynchian visual. Next year’s gonna be amazing.

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— By Akira The Don on Monday, September 29th, 2014

By Robert Core on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

weed

Cannabis has always been linked to creativity, and with reason, as artists of many sorts and from many different periods have been known to work under the influence of the plant in one form or another.

In the contemporary music industry, a number of performers have made cannabis consumption part of their identity: Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dog, Rihanna, Cypress Hill, the Wu-Tang Clan … the list is long, and could very well equal the population of a small country.

The most loquacious of them even write about it, a phenomenon which after a few decades, makes for a long list of so-called “pot songs”. These are generally considered upliftingly enthusiastic works of art which provide some sort of a cultural validation for the average, regular pot smoker. However, to the less cannabis-savvy person, they may just sound like brainless incitement to consume illicit substances, and the intended message might not come across as well as intended.

Some artists, on the other hand, are much more discreet when it comes to this topic, at least in regards to the creative aspect of their persona(lity). There is a terrible lack of representation of the high functioning, low-profile cannabis consumer. Not only do these artists represent this missing demographic, they also lead by example, rather than by media-induced positional power. Between backstage pictures and background joints, many musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones or Justin Timberlake have “accidentally” been outed as cannabis consumers, and continue to be on a regular basis, without it having anything to do with their work, be it then or now.

On the other hand, some public depictions of cannabis consumption in the music industry are not entirely positive. But this might actually explain why they seem right; these artists encounter regular “stoner problems” and don’t mind mentioning them when asked. For instance, Neil Young, who once wrote a song entitled “Roll Another Number (For the Road)”, actually decided to stop smoking cannabis (and drinking alcohol), so he could be more “alert” while writing his memoir. He stated that he wanted to try not being under the influence of anything, to “see how it would feel like”. In other words, Neil Young decided to take a pause on cannabis and get high on life – and admittedly, for creative purposes, thus sitting nowhere near the supposed struggle that distancing oneself from cannabis addiction is. Rapper Kid Cudi also stopped smoking cannabis, tired of being a “token druggie”. Lady Gaga confessed she used cannabis extensively, as in, too much for her taste, to fight surgery-induced pain. Nothing new under the sun for all those who participate in the world of cannabis.

Finally, in recent years, the invisible boundary separating recreational use and medicinal use – at least according to the media – has started fading. Personalities fervently anchored in the recreational aspect of cannabis are actively campaigning for medicinal cannabis’ sake, participating in science-oriented projects and tell-all documentaries, and much more. A few weeks ago, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa released a snippet of their next collaboration, while, essentially, promoting a cannabis-based product made of dried weed, oil and kief. Get ready, world. Soon, more random artists will be selling you treats.

Source: WeedSeedShop.com

— By Robert Core on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Kap G my favourite right now.

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

By Robert Core on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

colorado-cannabis

On November 6th 2012, the U.S. state of Colorado voted in favor of total cannabis legalization; both medicinal and recreational use are now authorized within the state’s borders, for citizens and visitors aged 18 or more. The law took effect on January 1st 2014, the date on which licensed dispensaries started selling hundreds of different cannabis strains, edibles, and more.

Outside of the cannabis community, reactions to this tremendous step forward ranged from vague concern to complete hysteria, but all predicted the same thing: legalization would surely result in an unavoidable increase in all sorts of criminal behaviors, especially in large cities in which most marijuana business would take place.

Needless to say, a few months into this new statewide situation the supposedly unavoidable disasters predicted by detractors remain to be seen. On the contrary, some of the communicated statistics actually work in favor of cannabis legalization. Back in June 2014, the authorities of the city of Denver, Colorado, released information in regards to their crime rates, and the numbers were rather impressive, compared to the same period of the previous year, 2013:

-        Homicides reduced by  53%

-        Sex crimes reduced by  13.6%

-        Robberies reduced by  4.8%

-        Assaults reduced by  3.7%

Besides, the budding business of legal cannabis is bringing a tremendous amount in tax money to the state of Colorado. This amount measured at $12 million in June 2014, and is expected to reach around $30 million by the end of the year.

But beyond these figures, the cultural impact that this legalization has had, together with the Uruguay initiative of nationwide, total legalization, is prodigious. The fact is that a U.S. state such as Colorado, cradle of a massive tourism-based economy, originally completely unrelated to cannabis, is it a perfect spot to develop local cannabis business as well as cross-cultural awareness.

Source: SensiSeeds.com

— By Robert Core on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Aztec Camera and Mick Jones – Good Morning Britain (1990) [HQ] from Luis Huby on Vimeo.

“The past is steeped in shame
But tomorrow’s fair game
For a life that’s fit for living
Good morning Britain”

Massive props to Paul Duane for reminding me of this wonderful song’s existence.

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

“Get tae fuck.”

Ay.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014