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(The Dutch) have bred some excellent strains which have become popular, the best example is Kali Mist, only
to be ruined by back-crossing to an Afghani (presumably to increase yield). Something similar happened to
That's my personal "pet peeve" of the Dutch strains. Once a strain is established and made commercially
available, it should remain the same. Or, if the breeders change the genetics, it MUST be advertised as such or
else it's fraud. Serious Seeds has never (to my knowledge) admitted that the Kali Mist seeds they're selling
now are NOT the original genetics...but many of us here know that today's Kali Mist is 50% Afghani.” – MrSoul
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a is not damaging at all, it would be necessary to produce evidence that all cases
of marijuana use did not result in damage—all individuals at all times—an obvious
impossibility. Whereas to show that it is damaging in any degree, only a few scattered
cases need be produced. (Even assuming that the "damage" can be traced to the marijuana,
a question which is, itself, problematic.) Consequently, there is no conceivable evidence
which can be presented to someone with a strong antimarijuana position which he will
accept as a demonstration of the drug's comparative harmlessness.
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Strategies of Discreditation
Labeling has political implications. By devising a linguistic category with specific
connotations, one is designing armaments for a battle; by having it accepted and used, one
has scored a major victory. For instance, the term "psychedelic" has a clear prodrug bias:
it says that the mind works best when under the influence of this type of drug. (Moreover,
one of the psychedelic drug proselytizers, in search of a term which would describe the
impact of these drugs, rejected "psychodelic" as having negative overtones of psychosis.)
The term "hallucinogen" is equally biased since an hallucination is, in our civilization at
least, unreal, illusory, and therefore undesirable; the same holds for the term
"psychotomimetic," capable of producing a madness-like state. The semantics and
linguistics of the drug issue form an essential component of the ideological skirmishes.
17 As an example of how labeling influences one's posture toward a phenomenon, note
that the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has jurisdiction over "addicting" drugs,
which supposedly includes marijuana, while the Food and Drug Administration handles
"habit-forming" drugs. Because of this jurisdictional division, the Bureau is forced into the
absurd position of having to classify marijuana as an addicting drug, and to support this
contention, it supplies drug categorizations that follow jurisdictional lines,18 as if they
had some sort of correspondence in the real world. However, the Bureau seems not to take
its own classifications seriously, since whenever the issue is discussed by its members, it
is emphasized that marijuana is not addicting in the classical sense, but it produces a
"Drug abuse" is such a linguistic device. It is often used by physicians and by those in
medically related fields. Encountering the use of the term, one has the impression that
something quite measurable is being referred to, something very much like a disease, an
undesirable condition which is in need of remedy. The term, thus, simultaneously serves
two functions: it claims clinical objectivity and it discredits the action that it categorizes.
In fact, there is no such objectivity in the term; its use is baldly political. Drug abuse is the
use of a drug that influe
both initiate and initiator regard the turnon
as a highly significant event in the novice's roster of life experiences. It is a kind of
milestone, a rite de passage; it is often seen as a part of "growing up" for many
adolescents.5 Even when others are not in the know, the subject is nervous and excited
at the prospect. Its importance in one's life is overshadowed only by (and is similar to)
losing one's virginity. Although the following account is atypical because it is so extreme,
it captures much of the flavor of the ritual-like nature of the characteristic turnon; I present
the verbatim transcript of a portion of the interview of a twenty-three-year-old dramatics
graduate student. (I am asking the questions.)
Q: Do you remember how you got it for the first time?
A: It was given to me. I smoked it with a friend of mine, and a friend of
his, and another amiable person.
Q: Do you remember what the occasion was?
A: There was no occasion; the occasion was the turning on.
Q: You got together for the purpose of turning on?
Q: All the others present—did they know you were smoking for the first
A: Yes. And if the party was the celebration of anything, it was the
celebration of a new person coming to turn on, and that was a big deal. And
everyone was very nice, you know, and brought all sorts of great things to
eat. And taste, and wild things, and put on a whole show, you know, it was a
great, marvelous experience: just absolutely marvelous.
Q: Did you get high?
A: Yes, I got very, very high. Had an enormously good time. The first
time I got high, I think we were listening to jazz, and the notes became
visual, and turned different colors, and became propellers. And jazz became
kind of formalized in a great color and motion thing that I created from my
own imagination—wonderful things like this happened. And the room was
tilted slightly up, you know, turned on its side; it was like a rocket ship
taking off for somewhere, you know, way out in the vastness of outer space.
A significant element in the marijuana subculture's tribal lore is the technique involved
in smoking the weed. For those who do not smoke tobacco cigarettes, the whole procedure
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might seem particularly strange. But even for those who do smoke, much of the tobacco
cigarette agendum is inapplicable to smoking marijuana cigarettes; if pot is smoked
exactly like an ordinary cigarette, the novice probably cannot become high—it is difficult
enough in the beginning when done correctly—although it is possible with practice. The
initiate, to become high, must inhale the marijuana smoke deeply into his lungs; take some
air in with the smoke; hold it there for a few seconds; and let it out slowly.6 These
procedures require observation and instruction. They are part of the technology of
marijuana use that must be mastered. Although they do not compare in complexity with
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