TodayApril 15, 2022

Drive High Get a DUI ~ Happy New Year

It is a sign of the times, the sign on the Highway that used to say Don’t Drink and Drive has been replaced with the sign that says Drive High, get a DUI.

Pot smokers in California are counting down to the “toke of midnight.”

Step aside April, 20, (420), Monday, January 1, 2018, is the new day to celebrate lighting up. Californians over 21 can carry up to an ounce of marijuana, in the State of California. The Federal laws still prohibit carrying pot across State lines, but weed is legal in California for recreational use. Smoking pot or driving under the influence of marijuana are not permitted. Be careful how much weed you put in your brownies as well; in Colorado and other States children have been taken to the hospital after eating “candy.”

Don’t bogart that joint, my friend.

The Golden State will become the eighth (along with Washington, D.C.) State to light up legally with recreational marijuana under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 64, which was passed on November 8, 2016. The law allows adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of weed.

Cheech & Padilla

California is serious about the regulations, requiring that home cultivation be done in a “fully enclosed and secure” manner. Part of this regulation comes from concerns about enticing robbers if people are “flaunting that they have a valuable product. Think about it; California is known for wine, but people who drink wine don’t steal grapes because there is a process that has to happen to make grapes into alcohol. There isn’t a process for weed, you just grow it and smoke it. No matter how many people are in one household the number of pot plants is limited to six plants at one time.

Celeb-Stoner comic “Cheech” Marin, part of the comedy duo, Cheech & Chong, and California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla teamed up in a new youtube spot on how to start a cannabis business in the Golden State. To find out more go to

Tip your driver

While recreational use in California allows you to smoke pot, it will have many of the same restrictions as alcohol and some of the same limits as smoking. Don’t drink or smoke, and drive. And if you’re going to the airport don’t take your pot with you. It is still a Federal offense.

For all you Potheads with the Munchies – Snoop Dog and Jack-in-the-box

I’m not saying that the Marketing group at Jack-in-the-box has ever smoked pot, but they certainly know how to advertise to the marijuana market. According to Adage, for $4.20 you can partake in the “Merry Munchie Meal,” which will be available at three Long Beach, California locations for a week in January. The Merry Munchie Meal features onion rings, two tacos, french fries, five mini churros, three chicken strips and a small drink.

Maybe they should have a Jane-in-the box, and she can advertise as Merry Jane (MaryJane) and Happy New Year.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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