In next Thursday’s 2014 midterm election, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. will vote on their right to light up.
To answer the Internet’s questions about what this might mean, real, live experts on marijuana legalization (no, not your drug dealer or some dudes form r/tress) hosted a Reddit AMA yesterday.
Social media can be one of the best ways to market your business. Unless, of course, your business is completely illegal.
A Las Vegas man was arrested Friday after he led police straight to his marijuana grow operation by posting weekly grow reports on YouTube.
Miley Cyrus has been quiet lately — a little too quiet. This time last year, she was twerking with a giant finger and somehow getting blamed for Robin Thicke’s aura of scuzziness. What’s she doing now? What’s on her mind?
Thankfully, an Australian TV show creatively named Sunday Night had a chance to catch up with her. And one thing she’s probably not doing is Googling herself. She reportedly told the interviewer that social media was worse for your health than marijuana.
Rise of the Drones
Getting high means a lot of things to a lot of people: taking Planet Earth more seriously than usual; insisting you can see in 3D for the first time; communicating with your dog on a spiritual level; being about 90 percent sure that you’re peeing your pants.
Now, getting high can mean a new thing: finding friends online. A new website, PuffPuffChat, purports to bring together stoners from around the world, like a ChatRoulette for people who want to discuss the flavor bouquet of a Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme.
Criminal gangs in the UK’s Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms’ owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports.
It’s a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years — using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops’ thermal cameras.
Sorry, stoners: even in states where pot is legal, you still can’t advertise for it on Facebook or Google.
Even though the sites can restrict their ads to specific locations and demographics (i.e., only Colorado and Washington), they still won’t budge on their policies regarding the promotion of recreational drugs, according to Gigaom.
Hemp Seed Round
As it turns out, recording videos of yourself discussing how to grow weed isn’t the smartest idea in the world. Yesterday Kyle Berry learned that the hard way when he plead guilty for manufacturing the illegal drug after he inadvertently revealed his identity in a YouTube video series, making it really easy for police to capture him.
It’s not easy being a computer programmer in Silicon Valley. Even with slides, buffets, and any other number of ridiculous amenities, the tech business can be a stressful and even physically painful endeavor (you try typing for twenty hours straight). But for many of America’s best coders, the remedy to stress is manifesting in a way bosses would probably rather not know about: they gettin hiiiiiiiigh, brah! San Jose, which is home to over 100 medical marijuana dispensaries, is seeing a noticeable uptick in the number of customers who work in tech, according to a report from Businessweek.