If you’re thinking about applying for a license to own and operate a snack bar on this campus, I already beat you to it:

A public university located in one of California’s prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.

The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that one professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.

“If anyone is going to have a marijuana institute, it really should be Humboldt State,” economist Erick Eschker, the institute’s co-chair, told the newspaper. Eschker is studying the connection between marijuana production and employment in the county.

Classes will begin next Monday, starting sometime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ending whenever. Tuition includes books and a class field trip to Tommy Chong’s birth place.


58 Responses to “Higher Education Going to Pot”

  1. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 12:14 pm

    Look for more revisionist versions right out of the gate on this one. Why alcohol is worse for overall society than pot. Why the whole world would be a lot better off if we were all a little buzzed!

    Glossing over how innocent hikers that happen upon their cash crop are dealt with.

  2. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 12:44 pm

    TS, from our high as kite files:

    "Gregoire, who is working along with Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, believes any agreement will have to be part of larger negotiations to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff"

    This is her/their last, best chance to cattle prod thru an Online Retailer tax, of course, for our own good. We need to buck up for this one! Her case is that it's putting a lot of head shoppes out of biz when you can buy your bong online…

  3. backwoodsconsr on November 27th, 2012 1:13 pm

    There are two hazards involved in growing marijuana. One is the danger of having it found, which leads to getting arrested, and the other is the danger of having it found, which leads to it disappearing.

  4. backwoodsconsr on November 27th, 2012 1:27 pm

    "Higher education." The jokes just write themselves.

    Many years ago I saw a pack of rolling papers in the form of fake $100 bills. Inside the cover was the words "A free society, rolling in money, creates the highest form of government."

  5. Truesoldier__ on November 27th, 2012 1:29 pm

    You know, a co-worker of mine was telling me about a discussion that they had in their economics class at St. Martins regarding the legal ramifications of legalizing pot in WA ST.

    The professor put forth this issue:

    Under the law you can obtain a permit (via the state liquor control board) to grow and sell marijuana. If you are selling marijuana that would then become a source of income. So as a source of income you would have to file it on your taxes. By filing it on your taxes you have just told the Federal government that you are selling and distributing a controlled substance under Federal law; therefore you have incriminated yourself and your tax return could be used against you as it is a sworn statement. If you do not disclose the income from your pot sales you could end up being prosecuted for income tax evasion.

    The state has already come out and said that the state law does not protect you from the Federal law.

  6. Truesoldier__ on November 27th, 2012 1:32 pm

    It doesn't surprise me at all. Gregoire would say/do anything to push forward any kind of tax so she can avoid having to continue with furloughs or have to cut pay and bennies of union state workers.

  7. Truesoldier__ on November 27th, 2012 1:38 pm

    O/T…I was at my local Walmart last night and saw something that was really cool. The Walmart in Yelm, WA has added 4 parking spaces that are specifically for "wounded warriors" right at the front of the store. They are the first store in the area to do it and are encouraging other stores in the area to do the same thing.

  8. backwoodsconsr on November 27th, 2012 1:48 pm


  9. jeffythequick on November 27th, 2012 1:52 pm

    Ahhh… the tangled web we weave when we're all "states' rights" when it is in our own interest (pot growing), but against it when it serves our own interest (minimum wage, social security, and about 40,000 other programs/laws).

    There is a conundrum indeed here.

  10. JetHeadJoe on November 27th, 2012 1:55 pm

    Its a new STEM class….not! No STEMs, no seeds that you don't need! Humboldt State U Gold is ……tooooooooke….. bad ass weed! (with my apologies to Cheech & Chong)

  11. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 2:00 pm

    "specifically for "wounded warriors"

    Vice obese, LAZY, entitlement-driven @-holes. Let's cross-post that across the R'Blogoshpere and let all the ADA/Nanny advocates put out about 1,000 fires explaining why this isn't exactly as the law intended?

    Who knew "Not feeling like you're 18 any more" was a 'disability'?

  12. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 2:06 pm

    It's gotten so desperate on their part, the weight/use of UPS trucks delivering said merchandise is now elevated to "a strain on infrastructure" in a last flailing attempt.

    Ahem, since most of them are on dedicated routes they run everyday ( and already pay taxes on ) the only diff would be that last block and a half deviation to get it to your DOOR. If there 'is' a legit case to be made, it's certainly not the windfall Progs are envisioning.

  13. Truesoldier__ on November 27th, 2012 2:14 pm

    Exactly. My wife used to tell me stories from her time as an in home care giver. She had clients that really needed help (i.e. woman who had a brain tumor removed and had lost a good protion of her fine motor skill and use of her left eye) and others who knew how to work the system so they could have a free house keeper. She told me that it was so bad that the lazy ones even had an online network going to let each other know which doctors would write do disability write ups to help them increase thie bennies.

    She reported it to the state and was told that she was being unkind to those in need. To which she replied, they are not "those in need" they are those who feel enttitled.

  14. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 2:17 pm

    Wuuuuut ?

  15. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 2:29 pm

    On a cop show on TV, much like "Alaska State Troopers", one group of LEOs find a camp in the woods in S.CA. and capture some guys growing pot on Fed Land. Later, a CA Cop stops two guys speeding in an suv pulling a box trailer. He smells pot in the car. The driver shows him a pipe and a small bag-o-weed in the console, says he has a permit for personal use, but they haven`t smoked for a couple hours. The cop has them open the trailer where there are 50 potted pot plants.

    The guys get off with a warning about speeding, the driver wasn`t weaving or anything, and since they have a permit for the weed, nothing else is said.

    Get that permit, folks !

  16. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 2:38 pm

    Off the Big Bambu comedy album from the 70's. The cover was done up to look like a giant "rolling paper" box.

    Yeah, they were IN to it. Back when the world was sane, John Ashcroft put Tommy Chong in jail for selling bongs over state lines. 2003 seems like a lifetime ago…

    Penn Jillette sets the record straight on our supah pRezzy fiss' bump and casual ref's to drug use on the late night circuit: Not Approved for Workplace Env.

  17. Truesoldier__ on November 27th, 2012 2:56 pm

    If only. But then again, you can be a soldier with a certified DoD memo stating that the reason you are setting off the detectors at airport screening is due to the shrapnel in your body from injuries received in Iraq or Afghanistan and you will still be subject to harrasment known as "additional screening", so the lesson learned is they will only abide by the permits they want to.

  18. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 3:14 pm

    I still have that album complete w/ rolling paper.

  19. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 3:19 pm

    The reason I've gone to referring to the Popo as "Prog Enforcers". Wrist slaps for union thugs damaging private property at ports; confiscation and expropriation for here today, USELESS tomorrow biz 'permits'.

  20. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 3:22 pm

    Become a Patrol Cop and apparently you can drive as fast as you please.

    There`s a Dep. Sheriff who lives near me. Late at night he leaves town with blue lights flashing, siren screaming and just hitting the high spots ……… until he passes the city limit and makes his turn toward home.

    We`ve all seen St. Troopers running on the Interstates at 20 over the limit to catch speeders. A guy got tiered of it and ran a Trooper down and made a Citizen`s Arrest. To make it stick, he reported it to the paper, tv news station, the HP Supervisor, etc. The Trooper caught some flack, but no serious action was taken toward him, though I have noticed the practice has minimized. The Trooper harassed the civi big time until more charges were filed. It was a fascinating case.

  21. backwoodsconsr on November 27th, 2012 3:43 pm

    You still have the paper? Some pothead you are!

  22. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 3:43 pm

    CHP had a fair amount of scandal over their "11-99 Foundation" fundraiser 'special' license plates. ( 11-99 means Officer Needs Assistance ) Drivers that 'gave' to the foundation quickly noticed they were never given speeding tickets and… in time became viewed as a License To Speed, which they were!

    More selective enforcement.

  23. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 3:53 pm

    People in FL used to get sp. treatment for donating to various LEOrgs and sporting their stickers on their cars. THAT was squashed when some "entitled" so and so complained about getting a ticket.

  24. backwoodsconsr on November 27th, 2012 4:03 pm

    I had a recent encounter with the cops. I was on my way to work the other night when I saw blue lights ahead on the right side of the road and headlights from a couple of cars parked on the left side of the road. I thought there was a wreck ahead. It was only after I turned around to seek an alternate route and headlights on the left became blue lights in pursuit that I discovered it was a checkpoint, not a wreck. Oops!

    After the usual precautions (Put your hands where I can see them!) the HP officer understood my error and was pretty gracious about it.

  25. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 4:10 pm

    Heh, I witnessed someone rolling a quarter oz in one and heard of others rolling half oz and one failed attempt to roll a whole oz. I had offers to buy the paper; not the whole album, just the paper. WHAT ?

    If it comes to it, I have that to sell on Ebay.

  26. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 4:12 pm

    "Dave`s not here !"

  27. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 4:26 pm

    Phew ! It`s a good thing you didn`t run. They tend to break bad on runners. They are good about detecting BS !

  28. backwoodsconsr on November 27th, 2012 4:30 pm

    I never have tried to run from the cops, even when I had a Camaro. Trying to run from them in an extended full size cargo van would have identified me as complete idiot.

    I pulled over and stopped as soon as I saw him coming after me.

  29. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 4:38 pm

    I was in 8th grade at the time and one kid took all the pencil shavings out of the sharpeners to make a huge fake doobie. I guess most fans saw them like huge gag condoms or whatever and that's probably why so few survived.

    C&C were part of an 'evolving' about drug awareness in our country. They followed the "Reefer Madness" hysteria and we can say they cashed IN on it bigtime. After them, a more sober appraisal in the 80's when the comedy duo fell out of fashion.

    Legalization/De-criminalizing isn't part of a normal maturation process. It's being HIJACKED like everything else, gambling, booze etc. How long before Gov. is 'regulating' prostitution? Some of us have grown up, Chong wants "to do (1) last movie ( and there's a big payday in it!" ) and Cheech won't return his calls.

  30. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 4:47 pm

    Ala, a white Bronco on the LA Freeway ?

  31. backwoodsconsr on November 27th, 2012 4:55 pm

    Nah. That chase lasted a whole lot longer than my entire incident did.

    But if you're implying that O. J. is a complete idiot, I would agree. He doesn't seem to have learned how to do anything right except play football.

  32. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 5:00 pm

    Cheech is a sober, legit actor "with work" and he doesn`t want to blow it. Once you get out, ya gotta avoid it ALL to stay out ! His eyes still look blitzed even now !

  33. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 5:02 pm

    Yeah, that`s what I meant.

    Speaking of OJ, I saw recently that a guy had admitted to the killings. Haven`t heard anything since.

  34. Marshall_Will on November 27th, 2012 5:33 pm

    I can honestly say from my experiences as a teen growing up in the 70's, it was a judgement call and other than [once] we made them all correctly.

    If you have an open container and (1) six pack of tall's in the car, why risk it? Pull over, be polite and take your medicine like a man. In those days, usually they'd just pour 'em out. You'd be back at the bar within minutes.

    One time we had LOADS of illegal fireworks. Heavy stuff. We ran like H3LL. Chicago, dead of winter, we were able to unload all but a few roman candles and only faced the "why did you PUNKS run!?" rap. Then everyone pitched in for the driver's costs. I'd say overall, and I'm not proud of this but my rating was 100%. We'd get followed/chased/scoped out at least once a week.

  35. SignPainterGuy on November 27th, 2012 9:12 pm

    Bad boy ! BAD boy ! ;-)

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    The one thing many of those who try to run from the cops forget to realize is radio signals are traveling a lot faster than their vehicle.

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