It’s true, he’s for it. In Gov. Malloy’s 2011 Budget Address last week, he alluded to decriminalization as a means of saving money — which was a smart approach. There are many good reasons to decriminalize, but the one that will be most universally accepted is the one that affects the state’s wallet.
“Despite the reforms of the past decade, we are still spending money we don’t need to spend imprisoning people who, if given access to the treatment they need, would pose no threat to any of us,” he said. “There are simply too many people who’ve been arrested or jailed for minor, non-violent or drug offenses who, if given access to alternative forms of punishment would take advantage of that additional chance to choose a different and better path.”
Right on, brother.
That’s how you raise a potentially controversial subject without ruffling too many conservative feathers. With tact like this, we’ll have medical marijuana in no time, too.
I can’t smoke because I get paranoid every time I try. What am I doing wrong?
We’ve touched on the whole paranoia thing in previous columns, but let’s dig a little deeper. Last time we talked about maybe trying a different strain. You don’t drink a Natty Light and then declare that beer doesn’t treat you well. Mix it up and try some other varieties.
But I’d say the main issue here, as with any mind drug, is providing the appropriate set and setting. If you were holed up with Tim Leary doing LSD in the ‘60s, that’s what he would’ve told you, and it still holds true today.
The “set” refers to your mood and expectations. If you think you’re going to be paranoid, then you’re going to get paranoid. If you are uneasy or unsure or unhappy, then that’s going to carry over into your stoned state. The drug alters your consciousness, but you’re still the one steering the ship. Don’t expect the drug to work miracles … you’ve got to do some of the work too.
“It’s all in the mind,” as George Harrison said in “Yellow Submarine.”
Train yourself to take control of your own brain. Will yourself to have a good time. You have that power. Be confident.
The “setting” is the environment, both physical and social. If it’s not a safe, comfortable place, and your company sucks, then yeah, you might get paranoid. If you’re in a happy, warm place surrounded by good friends, then you’re going to have a better experience.
What is proper joint-passing etiquette in Connecticut?
There’s no real answer to this.
Predominately, I find that most Connecticut smokers take a single hit and then pass it along to the next person in the circle. But this is just what I’ve experienced personally, with the people I’ve smoked with.
Other times, it can be OK to take a couple of hits before handing it over — puff, puff, pass.
Everyone’s got their own rituals, and when smoking with a new crowd it’s always best to observe what they do and follow suit. And it never hurts to ask if you feel you’re not sure what to do. Different parts of the world, and parts of the country, and even parts of your own neighborhood can all have their own customs and flavor.
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