Marihuana and the Pistol

When you saw “Red” as a character what did you think?  I said by the way Jess there is blood in this story, she said oh well I figured there would be by the name “Red”….Well, the only thing I thought when I saw the name “Red” was Eric’s dad from That 70’s Show. (His name is Red.) Who is calls his son a dumb-ass every episode in all however many seasons. Nothing else really occurred to me. Except red is a color- (obviously). I made no other associations with the word.

Read through the page and a half story 4 times. Pretty set on the idea that it is real and not a perception. Although I’ve never heard any occurrences of marihuana driving someone to kill someone. The guy did just lose his girl friend. Excuse, 1, and 2- that wasn’t the motive…thing was there was no motive. The guy just- really liked the feel of this .38 pistol and decided to take a walk. He had had a brief thought before about sticking up a bank- (this building name I cannot remember.) -but the thought was lost, was brief and after he laughed it off I thought, this guy just smoked some mj, his thought don’t hold any real significance- but I have no evidence to prove that.

The thought occurred to him because of his desire for money- he gets money- het gets his girl back. (She left him when he ran out of shit to buy her.) The thought was fleeting, the next second he was caressing the velvety lightbulb. He just giggles…with no real intention, or any hard emotion. Then next thing he does is pocket the .38 and goes on a walk.

He is annoyed at how light his feet feel.

He sees a candy store. Now the thought with the bank plays over in his head but instead he sticks up a candy store. Well, he went inside the candy store.  This guy, “Red” is standing there so lost in thought and on the brink of an emotion he just can’t reach that when the clerk asks what he wants Red pulls out the gun and shoots him 5 times. Just like that. Just like- oh shit I didn’t think I’d actually go and fucking do that. The thought that he killed someone did not even register. Red saw the gun on the floor and he giggled, because there was a gun on a store floor- not that it was his, not that it was just used- not nothing- just a gun on a store floor, and that was funny. I don’t know what to believe about his guy, initially, he’s not a bad guy- he just lost his girl friend and smoked up some weed. Now there’s a dead guy in a candy shop and his blue pearl .38 is lying on the floor telling the truth of a no motive murder.

Red didnt even take the fucking cash.

He ate 4 peppermint candy sticks, and when he went to vomit he saw the man- dead, and lying in a pool of his own blood. He was running when the police caught him- and Red had no idea what the fuck he was running from- So was it real or perception or fantasy or what- that was the question. Also something about how is marihuana different now- or something about marihuana…I don’t know, whatever it is, I’m not sure I can answer it. I remember her saying how much stronger marihuana is today than it was when her generation was in college, in every strain- and how her colleagues discuss how difficult it must be for students these days, and how do they get through it.

*****Marhiuana Potency Changes*****

[Editor’s Note: The University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project (UMPMC) tested seized marijuana from all 50 states to determine the percentage of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The average potency of all marijuana in the US, according to the UMPMC’s Dec. 2008 – Mar. 2009 quarterly report, was 8.52% (5.62% domestic and 9.57% nondomestic).

The highest tested sample had 22.04% THC (domestic) and 27.30% THC (nondomestic). The highest tested sample ever tested between 1975 and 2009 had 33.12% THC (domestic) and 37.20% THC (nondomestic).

For comparison, the national average of marijuana’s THC content in 1978 was 1.37%, in 1988 it was 3.59%, in 1998 4.43%, and in 2008 8.49%.

Although average potencies have increased, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported in the June 4, 2002 Washington Post article “The Real Dope: Tried the ‘Today’s Pot Is Stronger’ Claim With Your Kids? Your Cover Is Blown” that “joint sizes have dropped over the years from half a gram to about a quarter of a gram.” In addition, pipes, water pipes, and vaporizers typically require less marijuana per use than joints and these items have become increasingly popular over the last 30 years. Some medical marijuana advocates contend that more potent marijuana means less marijuana is needed to achieve the desired medical benefit. compiled a table of marijuana potency from 1975-2003. The data was tabulated from the Annual Reports of Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Marijuana Project at the National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi. See NIDA’s chart in PDF format.]


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