In defense of schwag weed

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This week is huge in the history of weed, with Colorado becoming the first state in the nation to have legal recreational marijuana. All across the Centennial State, fluffy buds twinkling with crystals are being loaded into swirled glass pipes and sparked in celebration. There is no pretense of medicine. People are getting stoned, as they have for years, but now it's legal under state law.

Coloradans and the rest of Marijuana America are smoking some of the best nugs in the history of ever. This is pot that's been lab-tested, groomed, pruned and doled out in a sterile room. This is the kindest bud. This week is a high point for weed. But it's a damn shame no one smokes schwag anymore.

I'm talking about dirt weed, the dried-out marijuana that's flattened and trucked in large bricks. I'm talking about the weed a lot of people over 30 grew up with. This is the bud of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35." This is Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf," Neil Young's "Roll Another Number (For the Road)." This is the Doobie Brothers, dude.

Is the quality as good as the weed being peddled by New York bike messengers and California dispensaries? Hell no. Not even close. But schwag gets a bad rap because everyone focuses on the potency instead of the process.

The high is only part of the appeal of doing drugs. Just look at any movie about heroin. The baggie, the spoon, the lighter, the needle, the rubber hose--the ritual is integral. Cokeheads love playing with their little piles of powder, making lines, sliding the particles back together, making lines again. Smoking weed is the same.



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15 comments
Teri Polzin
Teri Polzin

I'd rather not have to watch the intake because of the investment. ;)

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

The first time I realized 12x35=420 mind blown

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

Pass the dutchie to the left hand side

Jake Clark
Jake Clark

I grew up smoking schwag. It was all we could get in our little hick town. $25 per 1/8th, when it was available. Nothing wrong with it, you could smoke a few bong loads and still go to the park, socialize, skateboard, whatever. The ritual of it was the best part. Puff puff pass. And then we would go and do stuff, instead of just melting into the couch.

Rick McLean
Rick McLean

Good weed is like good beer. Cheap weed is like cheap beer. Sure a micro-brewed IPA or an imported Märzen are the bee's knees, but sometimes a 30-rack of Hamm's is all you need.

Will Webster
Will Webster

Nothing like some ditch weed to get the headache really going! Much love for CO though, as they watch the tax dollars roll in, states will be in a rush to pass similar legislation.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

Equating smoking weed to doing coke or H is lame, bro. How about equating it to something that isn't addictive and won't kill you? Or something else that almost as many medicinal properties than any other plant on earth?  Stop the cycle of misinformation for f_ck's sake.

jezebeljones
jezebeljones

I started out this post screaming "NOOOOOO!"(in my head) but you make some excellent points. Nicely written.

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