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Stonersloth

Via Huffington Post Weird News comes this remarkably absurd anti-marijuana campaign out of Australia.

Supposedly, it’s the work of Australia’s New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet.

And there’s a website.

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78 comments to Stonersloth

  • Tony Aroma

    Much like their American counterparts, I’d bet these ads will INCREASE mj use among kids. Or at least give them a few laughs. Nice to know our government isn’t the only one wasting taxpayers’ money on this crap.

  • kaptineo

    The problem with propagandists is that they eventually begin to believe their own propaganda.

    After watching these videos, you have to wonder at just how intellectually, uh, er…slothful…the (so-called) ‘creative talents’ who made it actually were.

    Really, that ‘amotivational syndrome’ crap was dealt with in the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report. Yet, zombie BS is still a-walkin’. Shoot it in the head and it just splatters, but keeps on going. And bigger turds grown from the little ones that splattered.

    I’ll bet the cannabists down there at BigBong’s Burger Bar (a big shout out to BigBong and all the good people of Nimbin; g’day!) have to be ROFLTFAO right now. They’ve got more creativity in one fingernail (see ‘MardiGrass’) than the whole Australian Capital Territory does.

    (Sigh) I guess it’s our fault, again. We sent them child-torturer Mel Sembler as an Ambassador, and they probably never got over the zombie BS infection.

    • Tony Aroma

      I wouldn’t blame the creative people behind the ads. I doubt they were told to make an ad that accurately portrays the effects of mj. They were probably told to make an ad that dramatically shows that mj makes you stupid and slow. They probably took the liberty of making it very literal, given the limited intellectual capacities of the people they were working for. I’d also bet the creative people behind the ads most likely made it while under the influence, and got some big laughs out of it.

      • claygooding

        They conveniently forget the PC was invented by stoners while they sit at one and call us stupid.

        • B. Snow

          And they’re so out of touch with the rest of the world – they’d respond to that with a Trump-esqe, “I’m sick and tired of Political Correctness dammit…”

          Then say that they feel like they shouldn’t be bothered with the “Weakness” of Tactful statements, or be expected to maintain any degree of Couth = Because it would betray their iffy self-projection of (vaguely phallic) “Strength”… to match their HUGE self-esteem (aka ego-cocks – there’s a theme here you see.)

          And they would then “Probably” proclaim that the 1st Amendment gives them the right to be militantly bigoted (to anyone/in any manner) Via their “Free Speech” without any sort of repercussions from polite society whatsoever,

          And lastly be free to discriminate against anyone or anything else not previously covered above = Because of their religious “Freedom” and/or “Beliefs”… as long as the religion in question is (sometimes loosely) *Judeo-Christian* – Because all of the other religions are plainly wrong/false = it’s Very Simple! “That, They can tell you…”
          /Sarcasm

    • Plant Down Babylon

      I scored 2oz’s of sum beautiful outdoor there in the late 90’s. Stunk the hell out of the combi till I could get a glass jar. Super price too. Of course, our money was worth double.

      Can’t find enough ‘safety meeting’ friends or shout out too many schooners in the pubs now, can you?!

  • Servetus

    A three-toed sloth who smokes marijuana is still a three-toed sloth. A prize-winning author who takes a few hits off a vape and sits down to continue writing their next monumental, prize-winning epic is still a working, prize-winning author.

    • Francis

      A three-toed sloth who smokes marijuana is still a three-toed sloth.

      Dude, did you even watch the video? Apparently cannabis use has produced a seismic shift in the consciousness of at least some of these gentle creatures to the point that they’ve actually managed to integrate themselves into human society — wearing our clothes, living in our homes, attending our schools. Now obviously that integration has not been without its challenges. (Something as simple as passing a salt shaker or handwriting an essay is going to be difficult when you lack opposable thumbs. And it’s hard to participate in a group shit-talking session about Jessica’s fashion choices when you don’t have human vocal cords.) But still, I’d say the whole thing is pretty remarkable. It certainly seems to provide some support for the plausibility of a “Food of the Gods”-type hypothesis regarding the importance of psychedelics in the evolutionary history of early man.

      • oh Francis… shit like that is why the couch is an indispensable site to sit. (I slit the sheet the sheet I slit upon this slitted sheet I sit – 3X fast)

  • Wow. They nailed it!
    Not sure about you guys, but that is definitely how I look, sound and behave when I’m stoned, which is 24/7, btw. That inarticulate moping sound that I always make–spot on!

    And the way that kids are always disappointed in me for being stoned. So true to life.

  • DonDig

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    How could anyone, on the face of this planet, look at those ads, and think they have something valuable to say?

    • Duncan20903

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      I find hearing that a sycophant of prohibition who has embarrassed himself (again) to have a very high value. After all, laughter is the best medicine. Does anybody remember laughter?

    • Servetus

      It’s somebody’s sequel to Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Part Duh.

    • Tony Aroma

      You mean other than the people who made them and are probably very proud of their work?

      • Freeman

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        Apparently a consulting firm that was involved in early stages of the development of the ad campaign is not so proud of how the work turned out:

        And an Australian marijuana prevention organization is pushing away from the videos after providing consulting for the NSW government in the early stages of the campaign’s creation.

        After receiving messages from the public, the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre released a statement saying it did not endorse the NSW government’s final product.

  • Duncan20903

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    Are the people who produced “Stoners in the Mist” going to sue? This is such an obvious rip off! But that’s the problem with stereotypes…very little (if any) wiggle room for originality.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDBoyK1SBUc

  • Justin Auldphart

    As a Slothic-American, I am outraged and call for a boycott of Vegemite…

    • Minging

      It’s already being blamed for a spike in domestic violence.

      http://tinyurl.com/z2fxwp9

      • Duncan20903

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        From my understanding vegemite is the Australian answer to SPAM. I’ve never heard of SPAM causing domestic violence. Well unless you count the military feeding the troops nothing but SPAM to motivate them to win WW2 faster. But wouldn’t that mean that SPAM reduced the violence in WW2?

        The grocery stores get rather busy this time of year. Lots of bodies, and a significant number of customers who have no clue about the social contract of grocery shopping. I was busy trying to ignore all the people who were doing their very damnedest to annoy me. Somehow I ended up in the canned meat aisle. I was genuinely amazed when I realized that the people at the SPAM factory are just plain out of control. Do you know how many friggin’ different flavors of SPAM there are nowadays? There’s even a SPAM free SPAM. Cue the singing Vikings…

        SPAM Classic
        SPAM Lite
        Low sodium SPAM
        Oven Roasted Turkey SPAM
        Black Pepper SPAM
        Jalapeño SPAM
        Teriyaki SPAM
        SPAM with chorizo seasoning
        Garlic SPAM
        SPAM with Portuguese sausage seasoning
        SPAM with Tocino seasoning
        Hot & Spicy SPAM
        SPAM with real Hormel® Bacon
        Hickory smoke flavor SPAM
        SPAM with cheese
        Dried SPAM bites classic
        Dried SPAM bites with bacon
        Dried SPAM bites with teriyaki
        SPAM single classic
        SPAM single lite
        SPAM spread

        Do people actually eat this stuff? I guess they must, it’s way too expensive to be intended for household pets.

        • claygooding

          Dice a can of spam up in 1″ cubes,,fry in grease until golden,,make a box of macaroni and cheese,,add Spam and 1 can of Rotell tomatoes and green chili’s,,stir well and serve
          Takes about 20 minutes to fix.
          .

        • tensity1

          Fry up some Spam in Korean gochujang (red pepper) paste, add a little sugar to taste if needed. Haven’t eaten Spam in years, but my grandmother use to make this, and I liked it! Koreans put Spam in soups, Cali rolls, and other yum yums.

        • Windy

          My mother always used Spam in her macaroni and cheese, boiled the macaroni, al dente, then layered it with sliced Spam and sliced Velveeta cheese, add some pepper to each layer of macaroni before the layer of Spam and layer of Velveeta, add milk to just below the top of the layers, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. I still make mac and cheese that way but I use Cure 81 Ham, cubed. Tasty (and yes I know Velveeta is not real cheese).

      • DdC

        Hawaii’s Spam and Kimchi
        Bizzare Foods Andrew Zimmern

        This dude eats about anything. Always grossing out the audience. Bugs, caterpillars, grub worms… escargot, goat stew made with intestines and bile, and nato (fermented soybeans) mixed with candlenuts, clams, chives, wasabi and sesame oil on a tofu foundation with salmon caviar and seaweed. Andrew takes some time to smell and eat the flowers on the slopes of the Halakalea Crater. Wild boar and tastes Na’au (boar heart, liver, spleen and intestines cooked in animal’s blood) and boar marinated for several days in a sauce made from sugar, soy and Chinese spices. Crab, roast pig, poi (made from taro plant roots), bone fish (raw fish mixed with salt and onions) and He’e (octopus mixed with taro leaves and coconut milk).

        Many Hawaiian main menu items contain one food that Andrew doesn’t like — Spam.

    • Plant Down Babylon

      #STONERSLOTHLIVESMATTER

  • CJ

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just heard the news that Scott Weiland has died of an overdose. I am distraught…. god damn this war on drugs i swear to God they will pay for this one day man. i am so upset about this right now.

  • Will

    Well this just bums me out. First, I never got to hear my brain frying and crackling like that “this is your brain on drugs” ad promised. Now you’re telling me everyone else has been growing hair all over their bodies, making strange wookie-like sounds, passing the salad when somebody asks for salt, and growing 7 inch finger nails overnight? Looks like I’ve really missed out on all the fun.

    • Nunavut Tripper

      Where can I get some of that weed ? I’d like to try a little…tired of being bald.

    • Duncan20903

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      I’m still waiting for the man teats I was promised in the 1970s.

      • and acid flashbacks… a free trip = to the quality of early ’70s LSD would be nice.

      • Frank W

        I can personally testify that moobs are real, and that they are not attractive to women.

        • DdC

          Since ECB’s balance the systems. It doesn’t “lower” testosterone, it brings it back to normal. So if estrogen seems to be rising, it is also being brought back to the body’s normal parameters. Sorry Frank, maybe you’re a woman. ☺

        • Duncan20903

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          That’s only if you wear an improperly fitted manziere. Quit being a cheapskate and shopping in the clearance bins. Because no one else is going to see your choices is not a valid reason to refuse to pay up for quality undergarments.

  • darkcycle

    You can already buy stoner sloth on a tee shirt, emblazoned with “Pass the ‘Salt”‘. The reactions to these imbicilc “PSA’s” are so predictable.
    At least the money they spend giving us a laugh isn’t being spent on guns and cages.

  • DdC

    “a-motivation [is] a cause of heavy marijuana smoking
    rather than the reverse” ~ Dr. Andrew Weil
    (Rubin & Comitas Ganja in Jamaica, 1975)

    Before I started smoking weed.jpg

    Fuck I’m High.jpg

    Sloths do weed

  • Carlyle Moulton

    Momentarily switched the TV to a commercial channel and caught another New South Wales Government anti-drug ad.

    Apparently NSW is now randomly testing for drugged driving as well as driving alcohol impaired. The police hand out a gizmo that the driver has to drug across the tongue.

    • DdC

      They have no concept of shame or being ashamed of what they do and the inevitable suffering caused to others. They aren’t embarrassed about the lies and false scenarios or fear mongering theories. No conscience to feel guilty for the waste of lives or resources. From Anslinger to Walters or Calvina, Nora and Sammy Sabet. Each and every syllable they spew or write is only a matter of time before it is discredited. Then they pick another hobgoblin from the hat to hurl on the media. Always eager for a juicy headline. Never retractions or apologies for tormenting sick people kept in fear. Trying to manage illnesses and still have to listen to charlatan doomsday hogwash. This was sooner than some but they all end up in the fiction science files.

      National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre distances itself from widely mocked NSW government ads which depict marijuana users as sloths…
      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e1/6b/58/e16b58a838e4de7068030db8cbbe9caf.jpg

    • kaptinemo

      From the article:

      “In this case, those general recommendations were things like being aware that teenagers are intelligent and have access to a lot of information, so campaign approaches should respect them and give them credit by avoiding hyperbole…” (Emphasis mine – k.)

      Wherein lies the ‘rub’ for prohibs. They regularly, insultingly discount the intelligence of all but their own kind…which seemingly – yet demonstrably – borders somewhere between room- and body-temperature IQs.

      How else can you explain their continuing lack of success at manipulating those who have been manipulated since they first walked into a schoolroom and know all too well the sight-and-stench that accompanies such efforts?

      Another hallmark of the authoritarian mind, that thinks everyone else is a mindless, programmable robot.

    • That’s great! Love the parody.

  • jean valjean

    Australia became a neo-colonialist franchise of the United States after World War 2, following Britain’s defeat by Japan in 1941. It takes its orders from Washington on who or what to wage war against (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria etc.) so not surprisingly the NSW government is fighting it out as the last bastion of America’s drug war. Sad and rather pathetic really.
    Ditto N.Z.

    • Matt

      Jean, I always try not to get personal, but this time I’ll make an exception. Please note that it is the US that is the grand architect and maintainer of this human rights abuse and they use whatever means at their disposal to bully others into compliance and complicity. The threat of losing military alliances, economic sanctions, loss of trade etc etc. Sad and pathetic on Australia’s part to be bullied by a super-power? Probably. Recently, you made an unfounded claim regarding supposed heroin related deaths. I asked you to present evidence and you went predictably silent. So this makes you a propagandist pure and simple. The term sad and pathetic comes to mind.

      • jean valjean

        Matt….as I indicated in the last comment I made about your repeated trolling of this site, I am done arguing with you about heroin overdoses, hence my silence.
        Your comment about Australia’s embrace of all that is fascistic about America’s drug war does actually confirm my point, so I will not disagree with you. If Uruguay can stand up to a superpower on drug reform I don’t see why Australia can’t.

    • DdC

      Pathetic is right Jean, Neocon fascism. Remember Aussie’s King Rupert Murdock’s Faux News propaganda rags are throughout the western world. One thing Faux has over wingnut doormats pushing it. They are informing the world of heroin deaths and the reality of those deaths. Where cannabis has never taken a life. I don’t know if the disgust can be measured on a family burying a loved one dying from heroin after hearing of aqualungs trying to convince innocents its as safe as pot. Trolls will be trolls. Even boring rude ones like bathmat.

      The New Face of Heroin
      22 people died in Pennsylvania in a single week from injecting heroin laced with fentanyl, a narcotic that can be 100 times more potent than morphine.

      How heroin kills you

      Most people die from heroin overdoses when their bodies forget to breathe.
      “Heroin makes someone calm and a little bit sleepy, but if you take too much then you can fall asleep, and when you are asleep your respiratory drive shuts down,” said Dr. Karen Drexler, director of the addiction psychiatry residency training program and an associate professor in Emory University’s psychiatry and behavioral sciences department.

      The Persistent, Dangerous Myth of Heroin Overdose Stanton Peele
      The first popular source to tell us about the myth of heroin overdose was the classic 1972 Consumer Union Report, Licit & Illicit Drugs, written by Edward M. Brecher. Brecher pointed out that, when street doses of heroin were far purer than they are today (China Cat and black-tar heroin scares notwithstanding), drug overdoses were practically unknown.

      Heroin Deaths Are Surging,
      But Deadliest Drugs Still Come In Pill Bottles

      Drug overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes and firearms.
      Prescription drugs kill more people in the U.S. than any other drug, but heroin overdose deaths have exploded, leading the Drug Enforcement Administration to declare both as the most threatening drugs.

      • primus

        You still have not separated out the effect of prohibited heroin and its adulterants as compared to clinical heroin with no adulterants. It is entirely possible that Matt is right and that pure heroin does not kill except when consumed with other drugs.

        • DdC

          Primus the 1972 Consumer Union Report, Licit & Illicit Drugs came up with that, not matt. The reality is, is that it doesn’t exist on the streets in this day and age. What people think they are buying called heroin does kill. To say it isn’t heroin, but heroin plus other ingredients, it is still sold as heroin. So he was never right, what he stole from other researchers is only right in the sense of laboratory pure heroin that does not kill people because it does not exist. So as stated many post ago. There is no pure heroin killing people as Stanton Peele claimed years ago. Matt is making a hypothetical point and then insults those who tell him in reality it does not exist.

          So prove heroin doesn’t kill Primus. Or when the adulterants are taken without heroin and don’t kill, whats up with that? The additions aren’t deadly until they are mixed with heroin? So in you and your pals world of perfect scenereo’s of maybe might unproven unsubstantiated gossip, says it won’t kill. Even Peele said practically, meaning not entirely. But the kids reading it only see heroin doesn’t kill and then die, and you know Primus I don’t think their parents give a flying fuck. Their kid is dead because Matt said it was safer than pot. You agree. Nothing more to say.

        • jean valjean

          DdC…. maybe we should ask Primus to take the Mason Tvert/ Hickenlooper challenge, but with heroin (pure or otherwise, it will still get you in the end!) instead of alcohol….

          “Tvert challenged John Hickenlooper, then Denver’s mayor and now Colorado’s governor, along with beer magnate Pete Coors, to a contest. Hickenlooper had made a fortune earlier in his career by opening a chain of brew pubs. That his wealth had been founded on beer made Tvert’s life that much easier, and more fun. The rules of the contest were simple: Tvert would take a puff on a joint for every beer that Hickenlooper and Coors drank. “We would see who would be the ones that experience harmful effects (i.e. they would vomit, pass out, or get alcohol poisoning, whereas I would have no such problems),” Tvert explained to me by email. Neither the mayor nor Coors showed, of course. But the press did. And when Hickenlooper’s office released a statement later, it ended up sounding a lot like a flattering summation of Tvert’s abilities as a campaigner: “You’ve got to hand it to Mason,” it read, “he’ll do anything to get into the news.”
          http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/the-don-draper-of-pot-mason-tvert-100609_Page2.html#.Vng1S1XhDnA

        • primus

          Why are you so mad at me? Fact is its prohibition that kills people not heroin. I have no interest in opiates. I am currently in Thailand. I have been offered opium here by very persistent sellers and turned them down. Only a fool would tangle with opiates but there are many fools in the world. Does that mean they should die?

        • DdC

          Why are you so mad at me?

          Not mad, bored. You post the exact same crap as we went through last week. No one has argued the point. It doesn’t exist in real time. As I said, nothing more to say. People are dying and this duffis writes checks his ass can’t cash. The hypothetical point of pure heroin not killing has no human witnesses I’ve seen, all theory. Moot point since it doesn’t exist on the street. I’d be for maintenance programs using pure heroin. But as soon as it hit the streets it would be cut. In the 70’s they used Italian baby laxative if memory serves. One oz pure heroin and presto chango, 2 ounces poof. So unless you had them do it in a clinical setting it would be abused. So it is a whiny assumption at best and nothing anyone can do about it. Except troll various boards to insult people for not taking his word on something that doesn’t matter anyway. So read the past post and don’t give me shit about his blurbs being correct.

          Fact is its prohibition that kills people not heroin.

          That isn’t true. It is true for Cannabis, but people do actually die from heroin and legal prescription drugs. Maybe it isn’t pure but on the streets it is called heroin. If I soup up my car, say it’s a Chevy. If I make it faster tinkering with the engine. It makes it more dangerous maybe, but it is still a Chevy. Add fentanyl to smack and it is still smack. It still kills. Prohibition makes it more dangerous and difficult to find good dope. But even in clinical settings people die. Even after exams and calculated dosages and pharmaceutical grade dope, people die. People are dying from legal Oxy so you are just generalizing with no more proof than whatsitsfuck.

          I have no interest in opiates.

          I have no interest in your interests.

          I am currently in Thailand.

          On purpose? What would posses anyone to do such a thing is beyond me.

          I have been offered opium here by very persistent sellers and turned them down.

          Ask them about the old Thai sticks with streaks of opium. That was special.

          Only a fool would tangle with opiates but there are many fools in the world.

          Apparently anyone with pain is a fool to you. Opiates are a tool, like other drugs. Invented by humans as a tool. Nothing more. It is not evil or deadly unless abused. Which most street dope in the states is. No pure heroin so insulting people for posting many different news orgs headlines claiming heroin kills is asinine. If it isn’t heroin, then write the paper or site saying it is. Not people here just posting articles. To me it is adulterated heroin killing people and doormat can call it whatever he wants but its heroin to me.

          Does that mean they should die?

          Apparently you think so. Or you take a stand that they didn’t really die or die from heroin. Goofy at best, dangerous is more like it. You are guilty of their deaths by denial. You agree with the claim that heroin is not deadly, even though it is just called heroin. The street dope kills people like I said. Because you and your bud make false claims leading kids to believe its safer than pot. Your responsibility for making such claims or passing them on as factual. Again, there is no pure heroin on the streets and the cut heroin is killing people. To make any comparison with Cannabis is silly and most likely from a troll or nark. Now once again, there is nothing more to say.

          If hazmat has proof of something bring it on. If he just wants to troll and insult people then fuck him and the horse he rode in on. Same for you or anyone else who thinks intimidation makes things true. Again, not anger, boredom. Yawn. Now go away.

        • @primus – in Thailand… I am SO jealous. Eat a bowl of monkey ball soup for me (kwit teau nam with look chin). Sawadee kup!

  • Road Rash

    Australia is an out of touch nanny state. They are like an old woman’s vagina – everyone knows it is down there, but they don’t really care.

    • Windy

      Not so certain about that “old woman’s vagina”, hubby is still pretty damn interested in mine and I’m 71.

      • young people… my guess “Road Rash” is a young male in his 20s.

        And seriously, old folk sex is pretty damn good. I mean sex is pretty damn good at any and every age if my memory serves correctly but senior sex is like good herb… “damn, I’m high.

        I must say Windy that it’s rare I get offended sitting here on the couch but that was beyond the pale. If you want to shoot him, no problem here. 😉 Crikey!

    • whoa! I dare say that’s not just rude but totally untrue. Ageism is alive and stalking the couch!

  • claygooding

    http://tinyurl.com/z632he9

    NSW Government’s Stoner Sloth campaign cops social backlash a month after launch

    A campaign by the NSW Government launched a month ago has come under fire on social media over the weekend for depicting cannabis using teenagers as cartoon-style sloths, spawning parody videos and merchandise.
    The campaign, which is understood to have been created by Saatchi & Saatchi, consists of three videos showing the effects of cannabis on young people by portraying them as sloths failing to recognise salt, flunking an exam and having an awkward social interaction at a party. It has a tagline “You’re worse on weed”.
    This morning Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre is asking the NSW Government to remove its name from the campaign. “snip”

    While a spokesperson for the government is standing by the ads telling news outlets the campaign was “designed to be shareable” it appears NSW Premier Mike Baird may not be such a fan after he tweeted: “Just saw the #StonerSloth ads. Not sure where NSW Gov’s ad guys found Chewbaccas siblings, but those videos are… Quite something.”
    Then quipped: “I’ve been assured no sloths were harmed in the making of those #StonerSloth ads.” “snip”

  • DdC

    ot… Homegrown beats the Boogieman…

    If This Marijuana Initiative Becomes the Norm,
    Big Business Could Be in Trouble

    If more states choose to adopt aggressive personal use growth laws, such as Alaska which allows 24 plants per household, there may be little to no room for big business to operate. I doubt that phases marijuana users all that much, but for investors looking to clean up on marijuana’s expansion, it could be a huge blow.

    • primus

      Most people do not have the time energy or ability to grow.good pot. Same as making your own beer. This is another red herring. Of course some will grow for themselves however most will buy from licenced outlets and pay taxes. Watch for another red herring: prohibs will say that the continuation of the black market (so far) in the legal states shows that legalization is not working. Following the end of alcohol prohibition the moonshiners did not disappear overnight so it is unrealistic to expect the underground pot market to.

      • claygooding

        As long as taxes,fees,growers and sellers keep the price of legal marijuana at black market prices the green market will continue..I call it the green market because the money will remain in our country stimulating our economy instead of buying more guns for the criminals.

        At an approximate cost of $3 per gram indoor production costs and pennies a gram outdoors no legal market in place now even challenges the green market profit margins.

    • DdC

      Many with the ability, time and energy are still banned in “legal” states due to Federal CSA. Large corporate property management bans it to 20,000 in CA. That’s just one corporation. Now HUD wants no smoking and the end result is evictions. That’s not including those on probation or parole with stipulations. But it is the Motley Fools article. Take them with a grain of salt. As long as it is going for half the price of the streets, er… street prices before the dispensaries. Now the street prices are dropping to compete. The convenience is a factor. Anonymity in spite of assurances the records are kept private. First thing narks go for is the computer files. I’ve bought from the same growers in business since arriving on the left coast. Now I have an option. Grow boxes are good for small amounts and electricity showing up on power company red flags can be minimized off grid. Solar and someday Hemp batteries.

      I’m more concerned with Big Ag adulteration and bogus regulations, than large dispensaries. The Big Cigs made out like bandits after the Congressional witch hunts scapegoating tobacco and leaving the killers and their Monsanto Petro-Chemical additions in the shadows. In the compromise of creating the new domestic Butt War for the U.S. Opened exporting with less restrictions. Tripling the market in foreign countries. So the bottom line increased as did the generic brands sold. Name shuffling with subsidiaries and sell outs camouflaging the stains. With even more chemicals. Sickening even more people, evicting more, more homes burned down and a multi billion dollar black market. With increased truck hijackings, stores robbed and street sales.

      Keep it Ganja without monopoly tricks like limits and zoning laws. As for so called Cartels. I don’t know why anyone would buy the low potency cheap Mexican dirt weed at anytime. Outside of living on the streets. Even then, especially now. Quality Mexican should be popping up again. if the laws change. Big If, but it will take the people, not just the government. Throughout Latin America impoverished people can rise up as those piss tested or prison branded out of employment are feeding their families and having a life and not just existence.

      Personal use and plants grown should be enforced by state law not corporate rules. Until Federal Law gets real. HUD should follow the cease fire as well as the Treasury Dept. letting Banks do their jobs. Justice should reel in renegades and bans on Security for Dispensaries. Obama should just remove it entirely as a controlled substance and Federally mandate all states to deal with it as the gift it is and not human inventions like manufactured booze and pharmaceuticals. Not stigmatized as harmful but embraced as a staple and nontoxic alternative to the pollutants and practices, far worse than Tobacco or Ganja. In the case of Cannabis the people are the power, the experts and the media. The reality of Ganja is reaching common sense velocity and the Moonbats can’t keep a grip, flung into the dung heap. The Neocons on both sides are not prepared for debate due to ignorance. Their rehashed propaganda backlash is breaking land speed records producing government buffoons. Just give it up. Let it Be.

  • strayan

    The NSW Premier has admitted that it was HIM inside the stonersloth costume: http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2015/12/21/mike-baird-admits-he-was-inside-stoner-sloth-costume

    • jean valjean

      “The Backburner is Australia’s most trusted news source, it is quite obviously satire and shouldn’t be taken seriously or before operating heavy machinery.”

  • claygooding

    A must have recreational vehicle named the “SAM Jumper”

    Will be sold and/or rented soon at your favorite dispensary/headshop.

    http://tinyurl.com/hpdekhr

    Capable of jumping 4 prohibitches at one time.

    Runs on hemp bio-fuel.

  • Servetus

    As Australia’s Stonersloth hilarity continues its reverberation about the globe, the sponsors of the campaign attempt to explain themselves:

    “The campaign is designed to appeal to, and be ‘shareable’ among, teenagers who are some of the most vulnerable to cannabis use.”

    The department said younger people responded to campaigns highlighting short-term consequences of their actions.

    “Studies have shown that those who use cannabis on more than 50 occasions are nearly seven times more likely to manifest schizophrenia than those who have never used cannabis, and teenagers who smoke cannabis weekly or more are twice as likely as non-users to have an anxiety disorder in their late 20s, even if they stop using,” it said.

    “This campaign aims to prevent these damaging consequences.”

    It confirmed the campaign would not be run on television.

    In NSW, if you are found guilty of possessing or using cannabis, you could get a fine of up to $2,200, and/or other penalties including community service work or a term in prison of up to two years.

    A fine of $2,200 and a prison term of up to two-years is not enough to deter marijuana consumption, so the Aussie’s last hope is Stonersloth?

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-19/stoner-sloth-campaign-nsw-government-laughable/7043192

    • kaptineo

      Ah, yeeees, those anonymous ‘studies’. Which, when their identity is revealed, usually are the ones full of weasel words, like ‘should’, ‘could’, ‘might’ cause deleterious effects. Words no scientist worth their salt would dare use in a serious study, lest they be roasted in peer-reviews.

      (Like the infamous Zhang study regarding cannabis causing ‘neck cancers’, which led to the later Tashkin study which made it plain no such correlations existed; in fact, the opposite was shown to be the case.)

      This is what I mean when I refer to policy inertia; the generation which believed the lies promulgated by government is being replaced by a generation that knows they were lied to. But the government policy of lying trundles merrily, blissfully along…on inertia.

      The authoritarians infesting most ‘anti-drug’ bureaucracies refuse to acknowledge that they were wrong, and still attempt to convince those that that know better than to trust them that they are (or were ever) trustworthy.

      In this case, policy inertia is running into the brick wall of reality. A reality where those they hope to continue to lie to know what the lies are…and know who’s doing the lying.

      And this is happening all over the world. The Internet is proving the aphorism that ‘Truth is a virus.’

  • That is some really nauseating shit! The oppressors will not stop until they are stopped, once and for all!
    robertsrevolution.net

  • Will

    There are no sloths in the video below. But the content is even more ridiculous. Leave it to Fox News…;

    Is America underestimating the risks of marijuana?

    http://tinyurl.com/gqhu2mk

    My fave quote: “[Smoked marijuana] is a gateway to hash oil. It’s a gateway to butter. It’s a gateway to shatter, to wax”.

    Now if it was a gateway to margarine, I’d be really be alarmed…

    • jean valjean

      Marijuana MAY lead to the pot of gold at the foot of the rainbow…..

    • B. Snow

      Gotta love the description/line below the video:
      “Recovering drug addict Bishop Ron Allen discusses skyrocketing heroin use…”

      “Recovering” (self-professed former Crackhead) Bishop Ron Allen discusses…” IDK, Maybe – how he’s STILL “recovering” after something like 15 or 20 years?
      How other people using cannabis is equivalent to heroin use, or relavent to his personal expertise freebassing cocaine?

      Oh, right it’s the “Powerlessness” to control his addiction/disease – without a ‘Higher-Power’ to make it possible. (That right there’s a pun that’s hard not to jump on. Whenever I hear someone say it on TV in a holier-than-thou way.)

      That dude is about as reputable a ‘Bishop’ = as ‘Bishop Don “The Magic” Juan, although in the video the host calls him a ‘recovered addict’ – and then says please explain to us the long ago disproven marihuana gateway theory.

      Beyond the old Alice in Chains – classic ‘JunkHead’ style of addict (“What’s my drug of choice? Well, what have you got …”) And the garbage, *’X Number% of people who used Whatever started with Y’* yada-yada ‘well the numbers fall in line’ yada-yada (more numbers)

      Sarcasm
      Of course we know they all started with air & water, then milk, and Kool-Aid, and sodas, then coffee or maybe iced tea, etc.

      Obviously, The real problem is at the start – we need to stop the addiction before it gets outta control = If we expect to win this war = We have to go back and stop it at air & water, we have to – we have to… there’s no other choice.
      /End Sarcasm

    • DdC

      Unpublished no name studies have shown, well actually not shown, only claimed. That regular cannabis use can be detrimental to our health. Our health? Again more generalizations from fear mongers. Time to sue the bastards!

  • Duncan20903

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    Well yes, now that you mention it we have been enjoying ourselves at the expense of those particularly inept and incompetent propagandists.


    Bizarre ‘Stoner Sloth’ anti-marijuana campaign delights the internet

    Poor decision making may be a side effect of drug use, but also seems to have plagued this anti-drug campaign

    Say, I can’t recall any component of the MSM ever ridiculing a piece of drug war propaganda previous to this. Can anyone else?

  • Servetus

    More BS propaganda. In Bloomberg-land there’s nothing like going full scapegoat and blaming marijuana for the energy crunch. Yes, according to the bloomin’ idiots at Bloomberg, marijuana grow-ops are sucking all the electricity off the grid, with electricity bills of up to $5000 per month. What crap.

    Go to any small family manufacturing business making anything, and you will often discover big power consumption due to its capital manufacturing machinery. Anything from making string to building yachts is going to have an energy footprint equal to or greater than a marijuana production. The disingenuous prohibition propaganda twits will stop at nothing to feed lies to public.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-21/as-pot-growing-expands-power-demands-tax-u-s-electricity-grids