Vape-Pen: The Personal Herbal Delivery System

I recently had the privilege of testing out a new vaporizer product called the Vape-Pen. Here’s how it went down: When Angela Bacca came over to my apartment last week, she pulled this smart little case out of her purse:

The Vape-Pen in its case, roughly the size of a wallet.

She pulled out what looked like an ordinary ball-point pen at first glance and inhaled from it. The tip of the pen began to glow blue, and then it blinked. She then handed it to me, and I had a chance to look at it up close:

The vapor from the Pen is very light and has a subtle, pleasant taste. It creates no smoke and leaves no smell. You can hardly tell you’ve inhaled anything at all! It’s perfect for patients who need to medicate discreetly. The weirdest part is this: You don’t load it. You don’t have to have any cannabis on you to use the Vape-Pen, because the cartridges come loaded with an herbal oil*. It’s the equivalent of 1/8th ounce of dried buds; when you run out you order another cartridge.

*Vape-Pen Creator’s note: “The stuff in the cartridges is called Liquid-Herb™ and it’s a special formula made from all natural ingredients and containing whole flower extracts.   Not exactly an oil per se but a nano-particle delivery formula that creates tiny droplets of medicine suspended in water vapor.  It took us two years to perfect this formula and many others have tried to do so and failed. We’re getting ready to distribute a DIY kit that will let anyone make a kind of liquid that can be used in a Vape-Pen.   There is also a version that lets you drip liquid into it.  Unfortunately, you can’t just put any old hash oil or honey oil in there because it will clog the atomizer.   This is why we will be selling the kit.”      -Doctor Vapor

It’s very simple to use; there are no buttons or switches, you simply inhale and a blue light will glow if you are doing it correctly. The Pen charges via USB. All you do is unscrew the cartridge (the silver part) from the atomizer/battery (the black) and screw the battery back onto the USB charger, then plug it into a USB port on your computer.

This thing is awesome in many ways. Since it uses a supercritical atomizer to create the vapor, there is no combustion, no heat and is totally safe even in high-oxygen environments like hospital rooms. It is very discreet, it only looks as if you’re chewing on the tip of a pen. Definitely can be a lifesaver for many patients who need to stay low profile. Here’s the website for more info:

Fun week in store!

I had the privilege of meeting Angela Bacca yesterday, who flew here to Columbia from the Bay to go on a little activist mission in the middle of Missouri! Angela is Ed Rosenthal’s assistant and has been tweeting about her time here through Ed’s twitter account. Her mission is to do some research on the SWAT raid last February on Jonathan Whitworth’s home and to gather statistics on other SWAT raids in the past year. Ed posted some questions he’d like to be answered on his blog. Hopefully what we learn will be helpful in determining what policy changes need to be made on a city level. For more updates just watch Ed’s twitter and the Free the Drugs twitter!

New opposition to Prop 19

Another group has stepped forward to endorse a “No on Prop 19” message: The League of California Cities. So just what is the League and what does it do?

The League was founded in 1898 and advocates for local control of California cities. They are a non-profit organization that provides education and training services to newly elected city officials. So why are they against Prop 19?

Well, according to the League’s president, Robin Lowe, “The League board voted to oppose Proposition 19 recognizing that the public safety risks far outweigh the potential for local revenue gain.” What are these safety risks? What’s so dangerous about legalized weed? Because kids for years have agreed that right now it’s way easier for them to score pot than booze. Drug dealers don’t card. Is it because of the lame old “everyone will be driving around stoned” argument? Yawn! Even if you’re too daft to realize that stoners are driving all over America as I type this, then you should check out this well-cited report that shows little to no difference in driving performance between sober drivers and drivers who are stoned as hell. Which leaves.. well which leaves nothing left to threaten public safety as far as I can tell.

Now if the League of California Cities followed their “2010 Strategic Goals,” maybe they’d be singing a different tune. They only have three goals for 2010:

  • Protect Local Control and Funding for Vital Local Services. Use statewide ballot measure and legislative and legal advocacy to achieve reforms that protect local control and abolish the power of the state to borrow, divert or impose restrictions on the use of all local revenue sources, including locally imposed or levied taxes, the local shares of all transportation tax revenues (including public transit funding), the redevelopment tax increment, and any other local revenue source used to fund vital local services.
  • Support Reform of the Structure, Governance, Management and Financing of State Government. Build on the success of the 2009 Local Government Summit on State Governance and Fiscal Reform by working collaboratively with other stakeholder groups to advance reforms to modernize the structure, governance, management and method of financing state government.
  • Promote Economic Stimulus, Infrastructure Investment, Business Development and Job Creation. Promote federal, state and local investment in transportation, water, redevelopment and other critical infrastructure projects that will support the retention and creation of new private businesses and jobs in our cities and state.

So for the first bullet point, Prop 19 is exactly what they’re looking for: a statewide ballot initiative that allows local municipalities to impose taxes on a legal and regulated system of cannabis retailers. More local funding for cities, which is one of the things this organization has aimed for over the past 100+ years. As for the second bullet point, Prop 19 of course paves the way for a state tax on cannabis and therefore helps fund the state, while at the same time reforms state spending by ending all the millions of dollars thrown away on marijuana arrests and prosecutions each year. The third bullet point is huge: job creation. If legalized, the cannabis industry would create so many jobs for Californians! Construction workers would be hired to build cannabis retail locations, electricians would be hired to wire grow rooms, growers and sellers would of course be hired, seed suppliers would start popping up, hydroponics equipment sales would rise, even glass blowers would see a rise in demand. When you add industrial hemp into the equation, the potential is ridiculous. Renewable energy jobs, environmentally friendly tree-free paper mills, textile manufacturers, not to mention all the foods you could make with hemp, a plant that contains many essential amino and fatty acids.

Basically by coming out against Prop 19, the League of California Cities is going against everything they set out to do this year. Pretty backwards if you ask me.

D.A.R.E. America and its CEO Oppose Prop 19!

And this is actually breaking news for prohibitionists. I started following the opposition on Twitter so I’d have a little more to talk about and rebut, but not a lot of exciting things are even being brought up. Their latest piece of news is that D.A.R.E. America and their CEO Charlie Parsons have announced opposition to Prop 19. No shit? D.A.R.E. America doesn’t want weed to be legal? The only surprise about this story to me is how late in the game it came. November, at least in a political sense, is right around the corner.

The greatest part about D.A.R.E.’s opposition, as SAFER is right to point out, is that D.A.R.E.’s website basically praises social drinking:

“Take a minute and think how often adults drink alcohol: a cold beer at a baseball game, a glass of Chardonnay with a piece of broiled fish, a gin and tonic on a warm day. Social drinking is an acceptable and pleasurable activity for millions of Americans. It relaxes you, curbs stress, and chases away inhibitions, but if it becomes a regular mechanism to escape troubles and to feel good, it can be an abuse, a dependency, and a severe problem for millions of Americans.” –D.A.R.E. America website

I’m sensing not only a strong movement of support behind Prop 19, but also a weak and hypocritical opposition. More and more people are beginning to see this clear double standard and question the mythical “devil’s weed” rhetoric. Things are looking good.

Volunteer for Prop 19!

If you read this blog, if you sign online petitions in support of legalization, if you are a member of NORML, SSDP, LEAP, MPP, SAFER or any of the other many legalization organizations, I have a personal and direct challenge to you: volunteer to help spread the word on Prop 19. Whether you will be blogging, calling, or even just sending emails or Facebook messages to your friends, this is the time to actually contribute to some REAL change.

Don’t live in California? Don’t kid yourself by thinking you can’t help. I’m living in the middle of Missouri and you can bet that I just signed up for volunteer work. It takes literally less than 2 minutes to sign up, and this is a proposition that will set the political stage for a national legalization push. The passage of Prop 19 in 2010 will generate unstoppable momentum for similar measures in 2012. It’s just up to We the People to make it happen. So if you took the time to read this whole post, you can definitely afford to give a little more time and volunteer. Yes on Prop 19, Yes for Freedom!

Prop 19 has big public support

Great news for the movement: A recent poll by SurveyUSA indicates that Californians favor the taxation and regulation of cannabis and would definitely vote “yes” for Proposition 19 by a margin of 50% to 40%. Of course we see the usual demographic breakdown being that a huge chunk of young voters are for it while most older folks are against it, but to be ahead by 10 points in this kind of a preliminary poll is wonderful news. These numbers help give weight and momentum to this issue not only in the public eye but in the national media as well. Show your support of Prop 19 by visiting Tax Cannabis 2010’s website and giving a small donation. Even $5 per person adds up quickly. Yes on 19!