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Is weed a gateway drug?

April 21, 2014

As more states legalize medical marijuana and debate recreational use, the scientific community is investigating the plant’s effects on the body and brain. One of the more contentious debates is whether weed is a gateway to hard drugs—a theory that could be negated by expanding marijuana legalization.While there is no conclusive proof that marijuana use predicts hard drug use, there is a correlation: 61.8 percent of hard dr...

NFL should consider drug’s benefits

By Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2014

The non-football buzz around Super Bowl XLVIII was not so much about the halftime show as it was about coming up with the funniest weed-inspired name for the matchup featuring teams from states that have legalized recreational marijuana, but the game spurred more than just jokes—a growing number of voices are now calling for the NFL to lift its weed ban.Under the current NFL collective bargaining agreement, players are p...

Audiofile: Bringing real rap back with Smoke DZA

By Brandon Howard

April 21, 2014

Although his name implies otherwise, Smoke DZA likes weed—a lot. Though his first full-length album Rolling Stoned, released in 2011 with collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and Big K.R.I.T., was named High Times’ Album Of The Year, Smoke is more than just a rapper to listen to while hitting the bong. A Harlem native, Smoke DZA grew up listening to The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Nas, religiously studying their lyrics ...

High on threads

High on threads

By Assistant Metro Editor

April 21, 2014

As I sat down in my first class of the spring semester, I noticed a pair of gray socks with yellow marijuana leaves printed all over them sprouting from a pair of gray Vans across the room. With an eye...

Life on the edge

Life on the edge

April 21, 2014

Many college students sneak alcohol past residence hall security guards and cover the vents in their dorm rooms to contain the smell of weed on the weekend, but within that haze is a group of students ...

Road to retail marijuana not always green

By Copy Editor

April 21, 2014

Twenty-four states have adopted marijuana law reforms, legalizing the substance for medical and—in some cases—recreational use. Still, many entrepreneurs bolting for the “Green Rush” are having difficulty getting their reefer-related businesses off the ground.Even in Washington and Colorado, where the ganja is legal for recreational use, marijuana business owners face state regulations, community animosity, bank re...

Society must be blunt about weed effects

By Campus Editor

April 21, 2014

As you read this, many teens and young adults are tumbling down from their 4/20 highs. However, most adolescents are blissfully unaware of the impact of puffing pot. Contrary to the stereotype that only stoners skip class to puff and pass, it is common for high school officials to find athletic and high-achieving students smoking, according to an April 11 article in the Contra Costa Times. As more teens and young adults develop a re...

What’s in a name? Inconsistencies in the weed industry could mean inaccurate strain classification and bad bud

What’s in a name? Inconsistencies in the weed industry could mean inaccurate strain classification and bad bud

By Assistant Campus Editor

April 21, 2014

OG Kush, PurpleHaze, Grand-daddy Purp, Sour Diesel—these are the unconventional names of some of your local dispensary’s most popular weed strains, each promising its own unique experience. But accordi...

Featured Artist: Charles Matz

Featured Artist: Charles Matz

April 21, 2014

Sophomore photography major Charles Matz works out of his parents’ garage to create glass marbles, pendants and pipes to grow his blossoming glassblowing company, Matz Glass.Drawing inspiration from as...

Getting off[line] with webcam girls

Getting off[line] with webcam girls

February 10, 2014

  If you’ve watched porn on the Internet, you’ve seen her. She sneaks into your peripheral vision, begging for attention. She interrupts your focus on the queued video, whimpering for you to click on the p...

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