The crazy world of cannabis is a minefield of fake news and skewed facts
Ever since the war on drugs included the most ancient medicine of all, biased facts about weed have been embedded into our News and Culture for generations. The Reefer Madness campaign probably being one of the most common, popular between the 1940’s all through to the 70’s. The film depicts teenagers getting hooked on marijuana. Then descending into madness while murdering friends, being raped and even committing suicide.
As we all know, sometimes facts are stranger than fiction. So we take a look at the craziest (but true) things about cannabis.
13. One Person Gets Arrested For Cannabis Every Minute.
There are more marijuana related arrests than all other violent crimes combined. With over 8 million people jailed since 2010 and over 620.000 in 2015. That is more than 1 per minute. With states looking to legalize cannabis there is hope, such as in Canada, where Justin Trudeau plans to pardon all Canadian marijuana offenders.
12. Eskimos Have 50 Words For Snow, Americans Have More For Marijuana.
Anthropologist Franz Boas started a debate claiming Eskimos had 100’s of words for snow. It now known they have around 50. ‘Wet Snow’, ‘Snow that’s good for sledding’, ‘just fallen snow’ and many more create a language full of words that suit their environment. A stoners vocab is similar with many words for weed that describe the kind.
11. 44% Percent of People in The U.S. Have Tried Marijuana At least One Time.
According to Gallup, who has been asking this question since 1969 when a mere 4% admitted to trying the ‘devils weed’, is astonishing and shows how the perception of cannabis has changed since then. The poll could also just show more people are willing to admit to smoking than they once were, which is also a positive thing as the stigma of marijuana being evil fades away.
10. The First Ever E-commerce Trade Online Was A Weed Deal.
In 2005, John Markoff, The Senior Editor for The Times, released a book entitled “What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry“. He claims:
In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students using Arpanet accounts at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory engaged in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Before Amazon, before eBay, the seminal act of e-commerce was a drug deal. The students used the network to quietly arrange the sale of an undetermined amount of marijuana.
Weed deals online are still prevalent today with Darknet dealers raking millions each month and people even selling openly on craigslist and facebook.
9. The Young Outlaws Smoked 2Pacs Ashes In A Blunt.
According to an interview with VladTV, the Young Outlaws smoked 2Pacs ashes in a blunt, according to his wishes, made in one of his rap songs. Despite the fact the act is most likely a form of cannibalism, 2Pacs family did not press charges.
8. The Word “Canvas” Comes From the Word Cannabis.
From the phrase “Steady cloth made from hemp” came the Anglo-French word “canevaz”. Once hemp was replaced industrially by cotton and linens the word changed its meaning to a piece of fabric stretched over a wooden frame.
7. You Could Survive On Hemp Seeds Alone.
Hemp and Cannabis seeds contain all the essential oils, nutrients, and protein required to sustain a human life. They are considered a super food. It is even rumored by some that Buddha ate only hemp seeds before achieving a state of enlightenment.
6. A Pot Smoker Would Have To Consume 1500 Pounds Of Weed In 15 Minutes To Die.
A report, in 1988 by Judge Young in the matter of marijuana rescheduling:
“In layman terms this means that in order to induce death, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.”
The report ends off stating marijuana is one of the safest plants known to man to consume!
5. Cannabis is and has Been Legal in North Korea Since Forever.
While you may not be able to take a selfie in certain places in North Korea without getting thrown in jail. Growing, smoking and dealing pot is perfectly fine. There is no law and cannabis is sold as cheaply as $0.80 per bag at the open markets. You can smoke anywhere in North Korea it seems and nobody will even take much notice.
4. Cannabis is the U.S. Largest Cash Crop.
According to a study done way back in 2006, cannabis, as a black market cash crop was already valued at $35.8 billion USD. Exceeding the combined value of corn and wheat! Not much information has been provided since but we bet it is a lot higher since then, as legal Colorado dispensaries alone have sold over a billion dollars worth of cannabis in 2016.
3. Richard Nixon Once Smuggled 3 Pounds Of Pot Into The States.
On returning from a European tour in 1958, jazz legend Louis Armstrong was carrying 3 pounds of cannabis in his bags while waiting at a customs checkpoint in New York. Luckily for him, vice president (at the time) Nixon happened to be at the airport at the same time and insisted Armstrong would not have to be checked, by even taking the bags through for him!
2. In Denver, There Are More Dispensaries Than Starbucks, Schools and Liquor Stores.
According to Denver’s public records, there has been more state licenses issued for marijuana dispensaries than public schools, Starbucks and Liquor stores. The trend is growing with 25 new applicants on average per day!
1. The U.S. Government Expert On Marijuana Testified Marijuana Turned Him Into A Bat.
Marijuana (including industrial hemp) was originally outlawed because “All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy.” Dr. James C. Munch, the US Official Expert on Marihuana from 1938 to 1962 testified in court, under oath, that marijuana had turned him into a bat. Dr. Munch also supported the testimony of one murder defendant who claimed insanity because he had been in the same room with a bag of marijuana. The defendant was acquitted by reason of marijuana-induced insanity.