Uber changed the lives of stoners. As marijuana becomes more accepted as a lifestyle drug, so does driving stoned. The precedent for the driving stoned experiment was set in 1978 by Car and Driver . They staged the Great Carry Nation Memorial Drunk Off, which was an attempt to test objectively the effects of alcohol on driving ability. That test broke new journalistic ground. Real live people familiar to millions of readers, drank real booze, had their blood-alcohol levels checked on a breath tester, and then performed a simple slalom test. The results were dramatic. Not unexpected, but very dramatic, and the original drunk-off story has been one of the most frequently requested articles from the archives of Car and Driver. First forays into the world of scientific research on the subject of driving stoned quickly revealed some problems. The biggest problem would be quantifying the high. In other words, how high is high, and when is a driver there? With booze, a blow into a breath meter and the degree of drunkenness, as determined by law, flashes on an app you can purchase online. The amount of alcohol in the blood is instantly determined. Not so with marijuana. The amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the stuff in pot that makes you high, can only be determined by sophisticated blood tests, and even then there is no legal determination of what constitutes a “legally drunk” toker.
Peyote, known botanically as Lophophora Williamaii, is the great American high. For the past almost 5,500 years, Native American tribes of the Plains such as the Navajo, Comanche, Sioux and Kiowa, have used the spineless, tufted, blue-green, button-shaped cactus as the centerpiece of enhancing their religious rituals. It is known for its psychoactive properties when ingested.
Stropharia cubensis can be found in appropriate habitats throughout the Southern US, all through the coastal regions of Mexico, and throughout coastal and equatorial regions of South America. In the US, it has been reported from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia. Its distribution would probably be even greater were it not for the fact that its environmental requirements limit it to regions of mild temperatures and high humidity.
Juan Emiliano Ortiz-Guerrero classed himself a thoughtful man. But that was mainly image. What Ortiz meant was, he spent much of his slow-paced days ruminating, fantasying, fancying, wondering, remembering, daydreaming.
Cairo, the violent sun can broil the brains of a field worker or tourist, but there is soothing relief in the secret shadows of Cairo's famous hash cafes. The workers who pick produce in the relentless heat, the cab drivers, the engineers, the rootless young men, the slow-moving old men, all who have the half dollar for the cup of strong tea and a pipeful of rich Lebanese hash, men of all ages come to relax in the forbidden comfort of camaraderie and cannabis in the comfort of the hash cafes of Cairo.
2016 is brewing up to be one of the most vital years for marijuana reform to date. While many states avidly tried to collect enough signatures to make it to the November 2016 ballot, the following states are the only ones confirmed to vote on marijuana reform this up-coming election. Whether it be for medicinal or recreational use, these stoner states will do whatever it takes to move forward with marijuana reform and will pave the way for America’s future.