Roy Exum: The Vapors Of Marijuana

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

A number of my late-afternoon friends quit smoking cigarettes towards the end of 2013, switching in a hurry to the trendy “vapor sticks,” where they push a button on what appears to be a stick about the size of a large ball-point pen and are rewarded with a nicotine-enriched cloud of vapor. Gone are the smell of cigarettes, replaced instead with wand-like containers they wear on neck lanyards.

My ongoing survey reveals they love the new e-cigs. Powered by a rechargeable battery and filled with oils from an eye-dropper, the vapor is odorless, available on demands, and comes in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. Menthols, sweet candy brands and all sorts of tobacco flavors are now the rage.

But now comes word from Colorado, where marijuana was just legalized for public consumption last week (January 1), the ganja connoisseurs are about to go giddy over the highly-concentrated marijuana oil that is becoming available. Understand, you can’t smell the vapors but news reports say the high from oil delivered through a vapor device is much more intense than puffing a joint.

After opening at $70 for an eighth-ounce, in Colorado stores marijuana is still selling for about $400 an ounce. I am told Colorado customers are limited to one ounce per day (visitors who have out-of-state drivers licenses can get one-fourth ounce each day) but casual users inform me high-grade pot, sold in the Colorado stores under various brands, last a long time due to its high quality.

Marijuana oil, on the other hand, sells for $15 for a 150-mg cartridge and $45 for a  500 mg. cartridge. One employee of a pot store said the 150-mg. cartridge lasted for weeks. And if that’s not enough, a Colorado resident can buy 188 cartridges at once while a visitor is limited to 47 of the 150-mg cartridges a day.

“Pot tourism” has taken off. Peter Johnson of Colorado Green Tours has been booking buying trips to the state’s first dispensaries and said the demand “has been like a tidal wave” in the first week. Green’s drivers meet fights, take clients to the dispensaries and then rush the customers back to the airports.

In New York one of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s last actions was to outlaw vapor pipes in places that didn’t allow cigarette smoking, but now New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will soon announce an executive action that would allow limited use of the drug by those with serious illnesses. Prponents say legalization is merely the next step.

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There was quite a story on Chattanooga’s ABC-TV affiliate, WTVC, on New Year’s Day thst claimed Alvin Frederique, who was shot in the thigh when a volley of gunshots were fired at a car wash at 2300 Wilcox Boulevard, absolutely refused to help police in the matter.

Frederique, who allegedly has an arrest record, was taken to Erlanger Hospital by a private motorist and quickly told investigators he would not cooperate in any way. Police spokesmen Tim McFarland urged anyone with information to call the police department at 423-698-2525.

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The best story out of college football’s National Championship game that was played in Pasadena last night is the way the Florida State team has absolutely adopted  Coach Jimbo Fisher’s eight-year-old son and made him much more than a team mascot.

Ethan Fisher was diagnosed at first with the “flu” but now it has been confirmed he has a serious blood disorder, Franconi anemia, and most who have the genetic disorder die before their 30th birthday. “We don’t take things for granted,” Fisher said, “We cherish a lot.”

“We accepted it in that God doesn’t put more on your plate than you can handle. Everybody has issues in their life and we know this is a very serious one … but life goes on. It’s not going to control us; We’re going to control it!”

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