Tuesday, April 18, 2017

P - Pot - the Kind you Smoke

Okay.  The less said the better on this topic, but it cannot be ignored in Amsterdam.  I have never used pot, but a friend invited me to a rock concert once at Pine Knob and I am told that the horrible smell was from pot.  The music was pretty horrible too, so maybe the folks were in pain and needed the pot.  Personally, I prefer the kind of pot you put flowers into.

This was the view from my hotel window:
Stupid me, I think it took me two days to realize what a 'smartshop' was.
This view next door to the "Smartshop", a misnomer if there ever was one, was a little more pleasant.
Don't tell, I really don't want to know if you inhaled, lol.

Bonus:  Daylily 'Pandora's Box' - and did I just open one???

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  1. Ha ha! Thank god, I didn't inhale and you are right that the next door view is better. Why was the smart shop called so?

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    1. That is the name they use for shops that sell pot. An oxymoron don't you think?

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  2. I live in a place where the stuff is (soon to be) legal, and there are places I've biked past...well, given I was breathing, I'd have to say I inhaled! There are worse things, though I agree that I'm not wild about second-hand smoke of any sort.
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    1. Well, I obviously inhaled when I sat through that horrible concert.

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  3. In summer, 2018, it will be legal here and I have no qualms about that. I do have a funny story...when I was looking for a home for myself and my then husband, I was looking for a duplex or something like that because I knew my mom needed help financially so she would be having her own place but with me. Anyway, we went with our real estate agent into a home and the smell was so strong that I thought I would float out of there. I. Fact, the smoke was still hovering and I could see my mom's lip and nose move in disapproval so I told her to say nothing. We left and as we were walking to our car, the real estate agent was laughing saying she was high just coming from there. I asked my mom what she thought and she said...." I don't care much for this place and the people were not very clean because they didn't even have the decency of cleaning their dirty socks!" I thought the real estate agent was going to die from laughing. When I told my mom it was pot, she said she did not see any pots in there so when I told her it was marijuana, her response was...." But that's illegal!" Bless my mom

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    1. It has been legal here for medical uses for quite some time now. My son was visiting his wife's grandmother and she had this beautiful plant on her porch that the neighbor had given her. When they pointed out that it was marijuana she got quite a kick out of it.

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  4. Denise, I think you are going to get some funny stories today - here's mine. In the late 70's we were hunting for some rural land in Arkansas for when my husband got out of the military. The real estate agent was showing us a nice plot of land. We were walking across a field and there were these plants spaced a few feet apart, maybe thigh high, each meticulously mulched and some white power (Sevin?) sprinkled on each one. Yup. Needless to say, we moved on and did not buy. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Your story reminded me of an incident that happened on my street. We live on a six acre open park that has a heavily wooded area behind the synagogue on the corner. One day a neighbor heard the water running outside and since they were all in the house they got curious. Her daughter watched one of the young kids take a container of water into the wooded area. Once he left,she went out to see where he had gone with the water. He had a fish tank in which he was growing pot. She called the police, they went and took the plants and left him a note to call if he wanted them back. Now, for the kicker: Should I be surprised when a few years later the father was sent to prison for writing prescriptions for controlled substances and selling them?

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  5. When I was in high school, in the more permissive 1970's, students were permitted to smoke cigarettes on school property, but not inside the building. Not a problem in good weather, but when it was cold or rainy they'd hang out in the hallway behind the gym, where there were a lot of doors that led out to the yard. Teachers generally avoided that hallway so they wouldn't have to tell the smokers to step outside. So of course some of the smokers didn't limit themselves to tobacco. My locker was in that hallway one year. I hated going to my locker.

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    1. I was in college in the 60's and one of my sons, after listening to Clinton, turned to me and asked if I inhaled. I told him I never smoked pot and he said that he just thought everyone did based on what the news was saying. He was about 16 at the time.

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  6. I too prefer the kind of pots into which you put plants and flowers.
    This was one funny post, Denise.

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  7. I can see where Amsterdam would have a distinctive vibe. Maine just voted to legalize marijuana during the last election. Towns are struggling with how to implement the change and a lot have put moratoriums on the sale until they can figure it out. More states seem to be moving in this direction.WeekendsInMaine

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    1. Michigan still struggles with enforcement even after allowing it by prescription. And since under Federal law it is still illegal, it creates all sorts of headaches.

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  8. I would also rather go for the type of pot you put plants into! This was a fun post Denise. I had no idea what a "Smartshop" was either. You learn something new everyday!

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    1. I had seen Rick Steves video about Amsterdam so I wasn't surprised, just out of touch.

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  9. I have an acquaintance who uses medical pot and it really is marvellous for pain relief I hear. Amsterdam is quite the open town isn't it? There use to be lots of gay bars years ago, probably still are. Love the flower.

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    1. I did not notice the gay bars, but anything goes there.

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  10. Amsterdam has always been known as a haven for Pot users. :) It's legal for medical use here and will be for recreational as well, in the near future. That's a good thing, IMO. Takes it out of the hands of criminals. Medical marijuana helps a lot of people in chronic pain and also relieves the nausea of chemotherapy. We go to a lot of concerts and you can always smell it in the crowd. Just part of the atmosphere. ☺

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    1. I don't disagree with what you say. Unfortunately, we now have an Attorney General who wants it classed along with opiates.

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  11. Well THAT was a bit of a surprise! I never got brave enough to try it, either. But I agree. It sure did stink!

    (Btw, the answer to the Haley Mills question was Peter McEnery, star of Disney's "Fighting Prince of Donegal." He was noted for having given Hayley Mills her first "grown-up" screen kiss in the 1964 film The Moon-Spinners. LOVED that movie. Have it on DVD. :D
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    1. Never would have guessed. So, I am 0 for 3 on your posts today.

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  12. I have no interest in using the stuff, but I think legalizing pot is entirely sensible.

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  13. Your comment about the music really made me laugh - I've heard some similar music at festivals. I'd love to go to Amsterdam, it's very high up on my list, for the flowers and culture, not the other things.

    Pamela @ Highlands Days of Fun

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