I don't doubt he knows of the benefits of marijuana, but he was candid about his own use and not coming across as a victim of a big drug culture thing. Pretty big deal compared to "I didn't inhale," to Bush who preferred to bump rails of coke. Obama's really the first President we've had that's acknowledged his use and even while "wasting some time" his career in academics and politics have apparently been pretty stellar.
Also, most people with only passing knowledge of pot know that it serves to help some people in numbers of ways, or just know (as the President says) at worst if's a waste of time. He knows we know, he's simply diffusing a severely distorted view of something to individuals still living in a worldview that's it a dangerous drug.
I do wish he'd been more forceful and on the positives of it, but in a larger context, this is a pretty big deal.”
“"Drug dealers" don't make a lot of money from pot. They just don't. Currently the people that make the big money are out of country suppliers that import huge quantities. Even here in the US where medical MJ is legal(ish) in certain states, there are very few growers that make a substantial profit because of the overhead, risk of bad, pollinated, molded, or infested crops. The big money as the structure stands is typically from Mexican cartels selling low quality bricks chock full of seeds and stems that add to the weight and are of no use to anyone (like the butcher with his thumb on the scale).
As for repeat customers, it's simple... outside of the stereotypical stoner types (to which I have no real beef with as I don't find them as scary as desperate meth heads), it's a wonder plant for people who deal with stress, pain, or simply people who prefer not to sip on wine (even though alcohol comparisons are truly unfair to weed).
For those that have a liking for it, there's simply nothing wrong with getting high on pot. I used to smoke, and have always done stellar work professionally, and know too many great people that partake that have excellent work ethics and some that are truly pillars of the community.
It's not for everyone to be sure, but for many it's really OK. Better than OK, even.”
“Tipped waitstaff have had a minimum wage of $2.13 an hour for eons. Depending on where you work, it can be a fantastic job. When you're paid for the service provided, it can beat a number of other gigs as far as paying the bills is concerned. Customers that tipped got me through college, put me in one of the cars I owned.
For real though, if people are going to be self righteous non-tippers, let the server know in advance.”
“Can't believe the rate is still $2.13... I did that in high school and through college (while working the occasional side jobs). That was nearly 20 years ago.
As an aside, assuming a person received adequate to outstanding service yet they're still against tipping for personal reasons... don't go out to eat. Don't even bother leaving your house. If you can't afford a couple of bucks to your server you have no business spending money on food in a restaurant.”
“Aye, I'm a happily liberal guy and not feeling this costume-warning mess at all. More important things to worry about with these kids... mainly booze and their safety as it relates to booze (driving, assault, etc). Let the kids dress up, let other kids be offended or not. EVERYTHING WILL BE OK.”
“What does that even mean? Pretty sure if I can fly out of New Orleans in one piece I won't have a problem visiting New Jersey (again).
...yes, we have airplanes.”
carolina919 on Oct 5, 2013 at 20:05:46
“I may be wrong but I think Tom58 was attempting to slam New Jersey as crime ridden and dangerous...........and by the way, I liked your original comment too.... Booker is pretty slick, but I also think there's a lot of substance in him and "style" points are just one aspect......appreciate your posts...”
“I follow Cory on Twitter, and I don't see how it could be used against the guy in a bad way... he talks to his constituents a lot. Makes him seem accessible. He's a little too corporate for my tastes, but what do I know, I'm in Louisiana where most of our people sold their souls a long time ago. I'd take him as a representative any day.”
jbon911647 on Oct 5, 2013 at 12:13:09
“Why don't you go visit his office in Newark, I'm sure he would be happy to see you.
If you make it there in one piece.”