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Have you noticed a decrease, increase or unchanged amount of low-grade “brown frown” on the black market? - C. D’Standstems (via Twitter)

First of all, I live in California, so low-grade weed is hard to find out here. Hell, even in states where weed is illegal, you just don’t see that brown, compressed-because-it-was-smuggled-in-from-Mexico – or Jamaica or wherever – seedy, unflavored weed anymore. Seriously. I haven’t run into any “brick weed” since I bought a $20 ounce in Farmington, New Mexico around 1996.

This is a good thing. No one wants to smoke low-grade weed. Especially when you can buy good California weed just about anywhere in the U.S. and parts of Europe. There is no profit in importing subpar pot across international borders anymore. So, yes. I have seen a decrease in shitty low-grade weed in the traditional market, and I thank the weed gods and the paraquat scare of the ’70s for making it so that we never have to smoke terrible grass ever again.

When will an entity like the NFL or NBA change their stance on weed? - Mon E. Ball

I’m surprised the NBA hasn’t changed their stance already. I mean, weed and basketball go together like weed and basketball. Michele Roberts, executive director of the NBA Players Association, had this to say: “My own view is that there are substantial signs that support its [marijuana’s] efficacy and the value that it has for us, especially pain management.” Here’s NBA Commissioner Adam Silver last December: “[Michele Roberts] and I have a somewhat similar view on this, which is: We should follow the science.”

The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022 or 2023 (there’s an opt-out clause). If the rules haven’t changed by then, I think any new agreement would reduce cannabis testing and penalties. Go Warriors!

As to the NFL, they just agreed with the NFL Players Association to hold joint studies (yes, you heard me) looking into the efficacy of cannabis as a pain reliever. Even though many players currently in the NFL regularly use cannabis, the league pretends to be strict and still suspends players who do test positive for THC. The NFL is owned by fuddie-duddies, and I don’t expect them to let go of preconceived notions about the “devil’s lettuce” anytime soon.

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