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  1. Nov 2018
    1. Meanwhile, environmentalists of the professional class will continue growing fruitless tomato plants in yogurt containers (they call it “permaculture”) while weed workers actually succeed at growing shit in locally appropriate ways every day, and can build and rewire structures in twenty-four hours. Clearly, any effective social movement would find one pot grower more useful than all “anarchoprimitivists” combined.

      The author basically says the weed workers are more useful than some of today's workers. The way they think and act are smarter than others

    2. In conclusion, we must destroy their privileges, their desire, and their neoliberal marijuana as well. We must not lose sight of so much hypocrisy in a fog of corporate-sweetened weed smoke.

      I relate to the text because I very much agree. I believe we should destroy white privilege and to all be treated equal.

    3. The fact is that people grow, traffic, and sell pot outside of the economic mainstream for a reason—the pot sector actually grants living wages whereas legal employment options do not. Everyone who currently makes a living off pot will still be poor and needing to make a living tomorrow when Monsanto buys the DNA sequence for Skunk. For this reason, there will continue to be an underground pot trade, and there is every reason to think that pre-existing pot workers will be persecuted even more heavily than before.

      The author speaks about how people sell weed illegally for a reason. If weed became legal, they still wouldn't be able to sell it or they would have to sell it for a low price.

    4. inevitably

      certain to happen.

    5. Consider further the plight of our typical legal-pot patient, Mary Jane. One reason she originally wanted her marijuana prescription was to avoid buying the typical purchase of a “quarter” (seven grams) from delivery, so she doesn’t smoke more than she needs. But the Licensed Producer was worse: she was told she had to buy her entire thirty-day prescription in one massive load, because the website commands that the next order be thirty days after the last purchase (rather than within a given thirty-day time period). Such a system serves no practical purpose except to mobilize patients’ anxiety disorders—which they are supposedly trying to heal—so that they buy more overpriced product than necessary at any given time.

      the author speaks about how the system works doesn't actually help people at all, just makes things worse.

    6. State-sponsored marijuana corporations say “Vape-Friendly!” when they mean “Shitty Weed That’s Actually Dangerous to Smoke!” and hope the public is stupid enough to feel empowered because they are invited to fill out a sleekly designed web survey.

      how is this weed different from weed you would smoke on a joint?

    7. caricature

      a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

    8. That these workers have provided us healing marijuana despite such conditions should be regarded as nothing less than heroic. Instead, authorities dub them “violent” and even some who would call themselves anarchists indeavour to sett the rich people to plunder the poore by selling their Soules to the great Leviathan of Legall Marijuana .

      I relate to the text because I understand what it's like to be doing something that honestly isn't even bad, but everyone takes it the bad way and makes you the bad guy.

    9. hewing

      chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with an axe, pick, or other tool.

    10. Do they really not see that the Motley Crew has continued to exist in the shadows all along?

      What is the Motley Crew?

    11. Traditional marijuana workers also constitute the last remaining examples north of Mexico of self-organized small-scale agriculture and autonomous workers collectives, ones that organize group insurance schemes, like the “rider funds” that bike delivery guys often maintain in case anyone gets injured or has to deal with legal fees.

      Were Mexico the first ones to start these examples?

    12. protocols

      the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions.

    13. Throughout the underground pot trade “producers” and “consumers” still often look each other in the face, and know each other as people, wherein one’s relevant “credit” relates to one’s true character and reputation.

      The author is speaking about how somebody's credit or record doesn't actually define who they truly are. The author says how the buyers actually get to know the seller and the type of person they really are.

    14. It is also pot workers, not the State, who consistently provide interest-free loans (the “fronting” of an ounce, say) to those with no credit at banks, whose only other recourse is the treachery of payday lenders. It is the pot-peddlers, not the State, who provide daily home-check-ups for unemployed youths suffering mental health challenges, and who run errands for seniors when the streets get icy. (Not all pot delivery guys pick up prescriptions for their elderly clients, but most will at least pass by the corner store as they make their rounds.)

      The author talks about how pot workers benefit us and how they help other people.

    15. Anyone who considers it appropriate to dub these people “violent criminals” surely has a heart two sizes too small.

      I don't agree that it makes them heartless, I just believe they are close minded and have not been informed right.

    16. No doubt most members of the working class have at least one laid-off friend or acquaintance who has been intermittently sustained by pot work.

      I relate to the text because it is true. I do have a friend who can't get a job because of his drug charges.

    17. It is the State that requires, say, a dyslexic laid-off worker to fill out a seventeen-page webform in her second language to receive access to food. It is the State that asks the poor to continually re-live, narrate, and fetishize in proper form the traumatic violence they have experienced in order to convince food-bearing-authorities that their lives might actually have value. It is certainly not underground pot workers who demand such dehumanizing performances of the “deserving poor” in order to acquire a job or a loan. It is the State that offers a cruel minimum wage, demands student interns work for free, and offers welfare checks so small they should come in an envelope saying “Please die as soon as possible.”

      The author explains how it is the government who makes us go through these tough situations, just to obtain food, or a job. to get money, work experience, and other things we need to live in the country.

    18. Viewed in the light of their actual historical functions, the Canadian and American governments are themselves murderous cartels that rely, in turn, on Mexican cartels to protect their murderous colonial mines.

      I disagree because I really do believe that the Mexican cartels wouldn't want to help the United States at all.

    19. Of course it becomes hard to sustain such an argument with respect to murderous “cartels,” which is why their stereotypically evil images are constantly waved in our faces.

      I relate to this text because this is how many people in Chicago feel about the gangs, we're too scared to say or do anything that could be something against them in fear of our own lives.

    20. reciprocity

      the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another.

    21. Marijuana Commons.

      what are the Marijuana Commons?

    22. Young black men can easily be thrown in jail for some other hackjob charge like “disturbing the peace,” while Mexicans will still live in fear of getting shot.

      I relate to the text because this really effects many people. including people very close to me.

    23. During the same period, the Drug Enforcement Agency attempted to criminalize Kratom—a plant that thousands of Americans have been ordering from Thailand in their efforts to kick government-approved pharmaceutical opiates.

      Why did the government try to criminalize Kratom?

    24. hydroponic

      Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.

    25. The Mexican “drug cartels” we always hear about do profit nicely from moving weed around. But they are making the vast majority of their money from smuggling migrants over the border, selling women and children into sex slavery, moving cocaine from Colombia that used to arrive by air, cooking meth, and “taxing” Canadian and American mining companies.

      The author explains that the cartels doesn't just make by weed, they make money by doing all these other illegal things.

    26. Criminalizing Mexicans then became a priority instead. It was also in the 1930s that at least one state government (Georgia) whipped up a death penalty for selling weed to minors, while other states specifically targeted Mexicans as marijuana vendors.

      I relate to the text because I am Hispanic and I understand the struggles we and other people have, as all being labeled criminals.

    27. Cocaine was invented by American and German pharmaceutical companies, and when it was later made “illegal,” this simply meant that every coca grower in Peru should be conscripted into sweated labor for those companies.

      If it was only illegal in America and Germany, why did it effect people in Peru?

    28. It should be no surprise, for example, to hear that the Central Intelligence Agency would have cocaine flown into into the United States while supposedly fighting the “War on Drugs” in Colombia.

      The author is trying to say that we shouldn't be surprised by some of the government actions because they are hypocrites.

    29. The great love affair between imperial conquest and trade in intoxicating substances goes back at least as far as the sixteenth century

      what intoxicating substances were more popular back then?

    30. bourgeois

      belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.

    31. maneuver

      a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care.

    32. If a corporation happens to rename a Pink Kush strain “Tranquillamen,” this does not make it that company’s invention.

      The author talks about taking credit for things. Some people take other people's ideas or work, give it another name and call it their own but that's not how it works.

    33. cohort

      a group of people with a shared characteristic.

    34. intellectual

      An intellectual is someone who makes a living out of the production and distribution of ideas.

  2. Oct 2018
    1. So they said, "We haven't given up. We look at it every single day."


    2. and the biggest of the empires on this planet. ["The British Empire"]
    3. They made another machine to produce those people: