Difference Between Smoking and Eating Marijuana 

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  Difference Between Smoking and Eating Marijuana 

Posted by CN Staff on September 17, 2014 at 12:57:00 PT
By David Pierson 
Source: Los Angeles Times 

Washington, D.C. -- There’s a difference between downing a beer and a round of tequila shots. And the Marijuana Policy Project wants you to know there’s also a difference between smoking a joint and eating a cannabis chocolate bar..The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group launched an ad campaign Wednesday aimed at educating people how to consume marijuana responsibly -- especially pot tourists headed for Colorado.
The blitz includes a billboard in downtown Denver that depicts a distraught woman in a hotel room. It reads: “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow.”The plea is a not-so-subtle dig at New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who unwittingly became the poster child for pot-eating rookie mistakes. Thinking her marijuana candy bar wasn’t working, she decided to eat more and more inside a Denver hotel room, resulting in lines such as: “I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours” and “I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing.”It wasn’t her fault, said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports wider access to legal pot. Americans are still new to edibles and haven’t been told how to handle it, he said.“People just aren’t informed,” Tvert said. “And it’s because marijuana has been illegal and kept in the shadows for so long.”The group says its campaign will cost at least $75,000 and is largely centered in Colorado with the billboard, pamphlets and magazine ads. They expect it to expand wherever marijuana is legal. The campaign also includes a website called: where it explains marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington state and describes how much more potent eating marijuana is than smoking it.The group is encouraging consumers not to consume marijuana and drive. It’s also urging users to lock up their stash of weed to keep it from children.The campaign comes as states are increasingly looking at how to regulate and gauge marijuana-impaired driving and critics are warning of the growing risk of children gaining access to the drug.Tvert said his group took the campaign on because government agencies have failed to create credible education programs. He cited the Colorado Department of Transportation’s string of commercials urging smokers not to drive by showing stoners doing things like dropping TVs and futilely trying to light a grill.“If your targets are users, having your campaign centered on calling them idiots is not going to be very effective,” Tvert said.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: David PiersonPublished: September 17, 2014Copyright: 2014 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis  Archives 

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Comment #3 posted by Oleg the Tumor on September 22, 2014 at 09:07:53 PT
Only one thing I can add to this story:
I'll have what she's having.Slow down. Let it come to you.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on September 17, 2014 at 19:04:16 PT

Thank you for sharing since most people have no idea about edibles.
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Comment #1 posted by RELFVING on September 17, 2014 at 17:26:42 PT:

Cannabis Edibles
I did not know that when you eat cannabis edibles it taKes about two hours or
a bit less to get stoned. When I first had a cannabis loaded cupcake I noticed
that I did not get high. So I next tried a candy piece. I still was not getting high.
So I tried another cannabis candy. I had to drive about 20 miles home south 
from San Francisco. Half way home I noticed I was really getting high. It got 
so bad I decided to put on my high definition night time glasses that eliminate 
oncoming car headlight glare. This helped me greatly to see clearly and to 
better control the car. I tried to get the car centered next to the white line
dashes. When my wife saw me at the front door she became very upset noticing
how stoned I was. I should not have been driving being that stoned. Now I 
have learned a big lesson and will only eat edibles at home and limit myself to
how much I partake. 
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