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Vol. 78, Issue 12 |

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Letter from the editors

Vol. 78, Issue 12 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 News Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 City Laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Marijuana in Dorms . . . . . . . . . . 6 Medicinal Science . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Marijuana on a Budget . . . . . . . 7

Treating Anxiety . . . . . . . . . 16 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Sports NCAA Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Athletes and Marijuana . . . . . . 24 Wildcat of the Week . . . . . . . . 25

Arts 7 Shades of Marijuana . . . . . . . . 8 Films for Smoking . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Films to Avoid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Blazin’ J’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Albums of the Week . . . . . . . . . 11 Playlist of the Week . . . . . . . . . . 11 Artist Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Opinion Piece of Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 The O Face . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Marijuana and School . . . . . . . 27 Holiday Special Brownies . . . . 28 Medical Marijuana Card . . . . . 29 Marijuana Myths . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Horoscopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Nebula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31


This 420 special edition of The Orion is a collaborative effort to inform our readers of the changing legal landscape of marijuana in California. Last November, 57 percent of California residents voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, making it the eighth state to do so. Marijuana legislation has gained ground in recent years. States such as

seek to legalize marijuana in other states and at the federal level. This special edition delves into how the Chico State community is contributing to this debate and dispelling stereotypes of “reefer madness.” It is important for us to explore and demonstrate the role marijuana plays in college culture and our community. Our intention is to educate our readers

Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Massachussetts, Maine and Alaska have all voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. Additionally, 18 states have legalized medicinal use. This issue is only growing in importance. As the most populous state in the United States, California’s vote represents a significant shift in the culture and adds momentum to the efforts that

on marijuana use so we can add to the discussion on this controversial topic. This 420 edition in no way advocates for the use of marijuana, but serves as a means to illustrate the widespread use of marijuana among students, artists, athletes and community members. The Orion letter from the editors is a collaborative effort of the entire editorial board.

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the total votes at the Associated Student’s website. A majority of students also voted yes to oppose the transportation of crude oil by rail in Chico.

Phillips police shooting ruled justified by DA

Jacquline Morales can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.

George Johnston Staff Writer

There was “no criminal liability” for the two officers involved with the police shooting and death of Desmond Phillips, Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey said Thursday. Phillips was shot several times by Chico Police after many attempts by them to subdue him. Phillips had a history of mental illness and was living with his father at the Knoll apartments on West 4th Avenue in Chico. Ramsey held a press conference where he played the 9-1-1 tapes and walked everyone through the police shooting from March 17. “The officers weren’t shooting recklessly,” Ramsey said. “They were shooting to stop a deadly threat to them and the others.” Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien says the two officers will return to active duty. George Johnston can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.

Dylan Gray elected as A.S. President Jacqueline Morales Staff Writer

Associated Student Election results are posted for 2017 to 2018. These last few years, there has been a voter turnout of around 5,182 out of 17,224 voters, based on enrollment.

Chico State alumni win Pulitzer Prize George Johnston Staff Writer


Workers clean up the debris left after lightning striked a tree outside of the Bidwell Mansion.

Lightning splits Bidwell Mansion tree George Johnston Staff Writer

While most Chico State students sought shelter from the hailstorm hitting campus, a bolt of lightning struck a tree by Bidwell Mansion, splitting it in half. Jewel Keahilhau was sitting in her car at the Bidwell Mansion parking lot, recording the hail when the tree split and fell on her vehicle. Keahilhau says she saw the tree falling down and braced herself for the

Student Dylan Gray was elected the Associated Student president with a total of 2,228 votes. “I’m looking forward to meeting some new people in the

impact. “I was very scared,” Keahilhau said “When I heard all the noise and looked out ‘I thought ‘oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.’ I knew I couldn’t go anywhere.” Keahilhau does not have an optimistic view on how her car will run after this incident. “She’s a mustang,” Keahilhau said. “The back window is out, but I do not know if she will survive this. Not body, but it didn’t hit the engine. I do not know.”

administration, going out and representing the student body. I’m also looking forward to helping out the students. Hopefully, at the end of my term we’ll see

Chico State student Mark Olman and his friends were studying the architecture of Bidwell Mansion when they saw the exact moment when the lightning hit the tree. Olman said he felt the ground shake when the tree was struck. “What are the odds that a lightning bolt would hit a tree,” said Olman. “It’s frightening. You never think you’ll see it in your life, but I saw it.” George Johnston can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.

an increase in student involvement and student achievement,” Gray said. Final results of next semester’s student board were posted with

Three Chico State alumni won the Pulitzer Prize April 10. Malaika Fraley, Rick Hurd and Katrina Cameron, along with the East Bay Times, won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Oakland Warehouse Fire. The Oakland Warehouse Fire, also known as the “Ghost Ship Fire,” occurred on Dec. 2. The fire ignited due to an electrical problem and killed 36 people. The warehouse fire happened early on a Saturday. Fraley, Hurd and Cameron said everyone from the East Bay Times stepped up and sacrificed their weekend to make sure updates about the fire were consistent. “When something of this magnitude happens, I think everyone not only feels obligated but honored to help cover it,” Cameron said. All three of the alumni, who also worked at The Orion, said they were shocked when they found out The East Bay Times won the Pulitzer. “I felt like I was vibrating, there was nothing like it,” Fraley said. George Johnston can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.



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CITY LIMITS RECREATIONAL POT USE The state legalizes marijuana, but cities vote to limit recreational use and growth

Nicole Henson Staff Writer


ities are cracking down to limit access to marijuana even though it is now legalized for recreational use in California. The extent of regulation is determined by city councils and can vary from city to city, and county to county. However, possession of marijuana on Chico State’s campus will still result in arrest. Proposition 64 passed in November with 57 percent of the vote, and it permits people 21 and over to grow marijuana in their home and possess less than one ounce on their person, even in public. However, acquisition of pot is still strictly regulated. Under state law, someone can receive less than one ounce of marijuana from a friend or someone they know with a medical marijuana card. But buying from someone, with or without a card is still illegal. Basically, the stuff is only OK to obtain if it is purchased or gifted by someone

with a card. “The delivery dispensary has to check to make sure that the card is valid, and then if everything checks out, we make them sign an agreement form saying whatever they are purchasing is for themselves and they are forbidden by law to resell the stuff,” said Devhan Johnson, a local dispensary delivery driver. This means that without a card there is no way someone is walking into a dispensary and buying marijuana products. This rule isn’t likely to change in Chico anytime soon, according to Chico City Council member Randall Stone. On March 7, the Chico City Council voted to regulate commercial marijuana use within city limits. The motion passed 4-3 with Republican Council Members ruling in favor of banning the selling of marijuana to non-medical patients by dispensaries. This issue is expected to be revisited by the City Council early May.

Mayor Sean Morgan declined to comment on his vote and the expected disucussion of the issue in May. Vice Mayor Reanette Filmer could not be reached for comment.

City, state and federal marijuana laws While marijuana is now legalized in eight states, it remains illegal at the federal level. The laws change again at the county and city level. Each determines how to regulate the use and production of marijuana. The city follows the laws that the state has in place and they can choose to be less or more lenient within its restrictions, Council Member Stone said. “Regarding Proposition 64, local municipalities have the right to designate their own police power, which is actually a reference to zoning laws, to regulate where and when type of questions for legal marijuana sales and growth,” Stone said. “Chico does not permit

marijuana sales to take place within the city limits. I don’t believe the County of Butte does either,” Stone said. “Grows can be limited but only within the confines of the rights prescribed in the state law under Proposition 64.”

Regulation of marijuana in the City of Chico - Companies can still fire employees for failing a marijuana drug test, even if they weren’t high on the job. - Renters of property can only smoke or grow in the residence if the landlord gives the tenant permission. (Yes, this applies to Chico rental companies.) - Medical marijuana owners forfeit their second amendment right to own a gun. - A maximum of five marijuana plants can be grown in a homeowner’s residence, but only indoors.

Although some landlords may be laissez-faire with tenants smoking on their rented property, Chico State campus and residence halls remain a strictly non-smoking area. “It is probably worth mentioning that the CSU system is a state function and even has its own police force,” Stone said. “So we have a small state island surrounded by the charter City of Chico which is also surrounded by the County of Butte which is of course surrounded by the State of California.” Chief of University Police John Feeney said a students caught smoking in residence halls will still result in eviction from University Housing. “Nothing has changed on campus since marijuana was legalized,” he said. “Smoking on campus is still a crime and a Student Judicial Affairs referral and violation.” Nicole Henson can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.


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Nothing has changed on campus since marijuana was legalized,” – Chief John Feeney FRANKY RODRIGUES – THE ORION



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Despite prohibition, students blaze up Karen Limones Staff Writer


esidents living in campus dorms have devised tech-

niques to smoke marijuana and avoid detection. Some methods include using household items as described by first year student Alexandra Constantinou. “I know residents use the method of rolling up a towel and putting it under the door, turning on fans, opening the window (and) using air fresheners,” Constantinou said. “If some people don’t know how to do things correctly the whole hall smells like weed.” She also said that the floors have been smelling more like marijuana due to the lack of resident advisers. We don’t have an RA on my floor anymore, so there’s no one there to do anything. I’m guessing it hasn’t become much of an issue for students to get caught,” Constantinou said. In University Village, students said getting away with smoking in dorm rooms is easy. They use different methods such as vape pens, pipes, edibles, air fresheners or opening the balcony door and windows to mask the smell of marijuana. Joints can be rolled for students to smoke outdoors, and a “sploof ” is a popular method to use indoors. “I use a sploof. You get a toilet paper roll and stuff hella dryer sheets into it. When you smoke, you blow straight into the toilet paper roll and then Febreeze the

sh*t out of the room,” said a University Village resident who asked not to be identified because of the negative effect it could have on his housing agreement . Medical marijuana was legalized in California following Proposition 64 in 2016. However, this law does not apply to Chico State’s housing or campus property. Under Chico State’s policy, “Any sale or use of illegal drugs is not tolerated on university property. If drugs are seen or detected, residents are subject to lawful personal or room searches and disciplinary action.” First-time drug policy violators will be assigned a disciplinary sanction and be required to attend a drug education course which they will also pay for. Any following violations can result in suspension or expulsion from the university. Students in University Housing who violate the drug policy will be evicted from the residence halls and are responsible for their housing payment for the remainder of the semester. Students living in campus housing are required to attend meetings to revise rules and regulations on the use of drugs in campus properties. These rules are not only enforced in dorms but in other student living areas such as Craig Hall. Brandon Jenson resident adviser at Craig Hall, said when the substance is detected throughout the halls, RAs must do an inspection by looking under doors or


When marijuana smoke is blown into the vents, the vapor can distribute into multiple rooms causing confusion when trying to determine which room is the source. smelling the cracks in the doors. “A lot of the things students do is they put a towel under their door, they use old paper towel rolls and put dryer sheets inside of them. A lot of them realize they can’t smoke on property so they go across the street, which is not a big issue since it’s not on property,” Jenson said. “But sometimes when they intake, they blow it through the vents so they try to shoot for the end of the hall and it also hits three rooms in a row, so we can’t tell which room it’s coming from.” Karen Limones can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.


A sploof is a smoking device made of a toilet paper roll and dryer sheets. Students use it when smoking to mask the smell.


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Marijuana may have negative side effects

College students budget for recreational pot use

Nicholas Feeley Staff Writer


rom tripping to munchies,

recreational and medicinal marijuana users alike may experience the same reactions. Here are five common side-effects and the science behind them. 1. Brain drain. Marijuana directly affects the brain and can alter shortterm memory and problem solving skills. THC binds to cannabinoid receptors widely distributed throughout the nervous system and other parts of the body. In the brain, these receptors are found in high concentrations in areas that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception and movement coordination. 2. Tripping out. Paranoia and anxiety are another result of using marijuana. Extreme irrational fears can plague some users. Increased susceptibility to longterm mental illness is another effect some users experience. 3. Addiction. Marijuana may have psychologically addictive aspects. According to Patrick Johnson, Ph.D., in psychology at Chico State with a focus in behavioral psychology. “Psychologically any drug can have psychological dependence associated with it,” Johnson said. “Now, that is not to say the addiction as it manifests behaviorally is at the same level or to the same degree as opioid or cocaine addiction.”

4. Munchies. Increased pleasure from eating food and an insatiable hunger can result from consuming marijuana. Mitchell Kret, a second-year at Chico State, habitually uses marijuana almost daily, and his munchies have changed over time. “I used to get the munchies really bad. Now its like whatever. It doesn’t affect my appetite,” he said. But Kret still occasionally has run-ins with bags of potato chips. 5. Heart and lung health. Heart health may be affected by THC can raise blood pressure which is problematic if there is an existing heart condition. Cigarette and marijuana smoke can have similar effects on the lungs. Vaping may have reduced effects on the lungs, but it is not clear yet if there is no risk. Kret, who has been using marijuana for over four years, notices the negative effects marijuana has on his mind and body. “If I am sick and I smoke weed it feels like it takes a lot longer to get better,” Kret said. “Sometimes it’s like a cough, and if I smoke early in the day its hard to do anything productive later in the day.” There are limitations of studying marijuana’s effects Johnson said. “ There is still ambiguity and more that has yet to be discovered about marijuana’s effects.” Nicholas Feeley can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.

Yajaira Tejeda Staff Writer


etween food, utilities and rent, students make room in their budgets

for pot. For some, leaving a bit of extra money for weed becomes a necessity to factor in. Roy Castellanos, a first-year Art major spends about 500 to 600 dollars on marijuana per month. He regularly purchases a medium mason jar with 3 ounces of Sativa marijuana to make him feel active and motivated to draw. But the medium mason jar does not last Castellanos’ two friends and himself more than a week. “We think about weed as an internet bill. It’s in my budget,” Castellanos said. Marvin Garcia, a first-year finance major, also prefers purchasing Sativa marijuana because it makes him more active. Marijuana sales in Los Angeles are way more expensive compared to Chico, Garcia said. “Ten dollars per gram, 80 or 70 dollars a quarter, full ounce 280 dollars (in Los Angeles). Here (in Chico) an ounce instead of 280 dollars, you get it around 140 dollars,” Garcia said. Castellanos and Garcia both prefer buying their weed back in Los Angeles. Although it may be pricier, they said the quality and texture to it is better rather than


Residents also possess weedkits. All the supplies they need to get lit are secured in a box. Outwardly, the kit looks like any ordinary tin box, making it difficult to suspect any potential illegal activity. what’s sold in Chico. Meanwhile, some students obtain a medical marijuana card and purchase from dispensaries. Syanne Park, a second-year student exercise physiology major, has a medical card and purchases her weed from a dispensary. It is much cleaner and comes with a description of what was purchased inside and a warning of the effects. For Park, getting a medical card was easy. “The process was very easy. Within a matter of 30 minutes, I had my card,” Park said. “The questions they ask you are point blank like do you have a medical condition. If I had ADD

or ADHD, he was just kind of throwing it out there.” Because really anyone can claim to have an attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For some students, smoking marijuana has become a daily thing and for others, it is their preferred recreational activity. “I buy with the money I make when working on breaks and in summer. I would rather buy weed than go to a fair and spend a lot of money, I live happier,” said one student who prefers to remain anonymous. Yajaira Tejeda can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.



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Different strains of cannabis each have their own look. Here are a few examples of different strains, what type of cannabis they are and their effect after smoking. NATASHA DORON, STAFF WRITER











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Stoner cinema


A list of the 5 greatest and greenest movies for smoking Adrianna McCain Staff Writer


hether you smoke it or not, marijuana has a big impact on our pop culture. Here are five movies that someone must have been a little high to make.

Reefer Madness: This 1936 film was initially created to warn the youth of America of the dangers of smoking the devil’s lettuce, but found a new purpose in the 1970s. “Reefer Madness” has become an unintentional satirical take on the cultural attitude toward cannabis and a cult classic.

Up In Smoke: Before Snoop Dogg was the poster boy for weed, there was Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. This 1978 movie was Cheech and Chong’s first feature-length film and is one of the forefathers of modern stoner cinema.

The Big Lebowski: The 1998 Coen Brothers’ classic is the most critically acclaimed of the list. With its intense dream sequences and bizarre but hilarious dialogue, you can watch this one with your folks without raising suspicion. But that’s just like, my opinion, dude?

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: Two friends’ quest to get snacks after lighting up takes a wacky turn in the 2004 comedy confirming what everyone already knew—you have to be very high to want to eat White Castle burgers.

Pineapple Express: One of the first of many Seth Rogen and James Franco collaborations, “Pineapple Express” pairs fast paced action with a big reverence for cannabis, making it a fun and modern classic to watch with friends. Adrianna McCain can be reached at or @theorion_arts on Twitter.

Puff, puff pass on these films Adrianna McCain Staf Writer


ven if being high doesn’t cause paranoia, these are a few movies that might put a damper on the fun. Avoid a bad trip and don’t watch these movies:

Donnie Darko A movie about the end of the world might cause the feeling of - well - the world is ending. With the scary images and that freaky bunny mask, this is definitely a movie to avoid when smoking.

Black Mirror While technically not a movie, this Netflix series is one that should be watched sober, unless to be convinced of an iPhone being out for murder.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas This critically acclaimed film’s drug-fueled fantastical sequences are hard to keep up with when being sober - let alone stoned. Another movie to avoid plot confusion.

Requiem for a Dream As this is another movie about drugs, avoid this one for

the sake of being too scared of ever doing something to alter the state of mind. Skip this one anyway, even in a sober state.

A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick’s filmography should be passed when being high, but “A Clockwork Orange” takes the cake. If drinking milk or listening to Beethoven leads to intense flashbacks of pure fear, don’t watch this without being in the right state of mind. Adrianna McCain can be reached at or @theorion_arts on Twitter.


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Blaze N’ J’s is ready to roll Staff Writer


ating burgers, listening to live music, playing games and smoking marijuana are a few of the festivities to take part in April 20. Blaze N’ J’s is throwing a two-day festival called “Hazy Dayz” dedicated to April 20 and will cater to all weed needs. The first day will be at Blaze N’ J’s, the second is at The Senator Theatre. Blaze N’ J’s is a smoke shop in Chico that opened in 1998. About 80 percent of their glass is made in Chico according to Blaze, the owner. The shop includes e-liquids, affordable and high-end glass pipes, hookah, clothing, glass repair and everything a smoker could possibly need. They do custom orders and the shop is a source for hard-to-find items. This year, the festival will include a barbecue, live glassblowing, fire dancers, a dunk tank, DJ and other games. Prizes equalling $4,200 will be handed out at the festival. Every $5 spent at

Wiz Khalifa • Mezmorized

Rock With Us

Yung Pinch • 714ever

Some Way

NAV, The Weeknd • Some Way

the store equals one raffle ticket. The tickets will be entered into a raffle with a chance to win a $1,000 “Blaze1” heady tube. “There were about 400 people last year with ‘DMAC’ and ‘Blaze1’ and it was super cool,” Blaze said. “It was the vibes and getting to hang out with customers and fans is cool, and I get to kick back with people and Chico.” The show will take place at the Senator April 21. The participating acts in the show are “Show Banga,” “Blaze1,” “Yung Pinch,” “1Ton” and “Grow Boy Music.” Each act will be in town to meet their fans the day before the show and there will be a party after the show the time is to be announced. Blaze said that cannabis is one of the most amazing products that has over 10,000 uses. He calls it “the greatest medicine and most resourceful plant on the planet.” Presale tickets are $13 and $15 at the door. Julia Maldonado can be reached at or @theorion_arts on Twitter.

albums of the week Listen to one of these killer albums during your next smoke sesh. If you’re looking for something mellow that will have you feeling like you’re floating through space, queue up Pink Floyd’s trippy “Meddle.” If you’re looking for something to headbang to, listen to Wavves.


Anna Porretta Arts Editor

because i got high playlist

Julia Maldonado


Meddle (1971) Pink Floyd Progressive Rock




Travis Scott • Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

Tunnel Vision

Kodak Black • Tunnel Vision


Travis Scott, Future, 2 Chainz • Rodeo (Deluxe)

Through the late night

Travis Scott • Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

Smoke Two Joints

Sublime • Sublime Greatest Hits

Bake Sale (feat. Travis Scott)

Wiz Khalifa, Travis Scott • Bake Sale (feat. Travis Scott)

Fa$hionably Late

Dave Steezy • Fashionably Late


Future • FUTURE

Sky Is the Limit

Rebelution • Peace of Mind (Deluxe)

Young, Wild & Free

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars • Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars)

Day ‘N’ Nite (nightmare) - Original

Kid Cudi • Man On The Moon: The End Of Day

King of the Beach (2010) Wavves Surf Punk



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Segovia and Mary Jane: A dynamic duo Anisha Brady Staff Writer


reative defiance and aesthetic pleasure are central in Marisa Segovia’s artwork. Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s marijuana. “Smoking weed is a catalyst for me,” Segovia said. “I’ll bring vape pens and edibles to get high before class. It helps me relax and zone in.” Segovia’s love affair with lighting up and creating has enabled her to produce without constraint. She strays from traditional printmaking methods by incorporating an amalgam of mediums to satiate her hunger to innovate. “Life is beautiful. I am inspired by everything and I am different in the way that I am experimental. People are not always going to like your work but that’s okay,” Segovia said. Like every artist, Segovia has to take criticism from her community, but luckily, her desire to create uncommon works breaks the shackles of conformity. She experiments with not only printmaking, but with photography, glass-blowing, ceramics and sculpture. No matter the medium, cannabis almost always serves as Segovia’s artistic catalyst, launching her into a care-free and harmonious state. “I usually go for a sativa, since it’s stimulating. It’s easier for me to go with the flow especially with all the imperfections that happen. Something happened for a reason, so you just

need to go with it,” she said. In the recent past, four of Segovia’s screen prints went haywire and blew out, leaving her with nothing before a pressed due date. Instead of accepting defeat, she used her frustration to her advantage. “I drew a self-portrait with cacti poking out of me, and I wrote on it: ‘grow with it.’ You can’t sulk, you have to embrace it, go forward with it,” Segovia said. Segovia’s sense of liberation is refreshing in a culture that is quick to label. Just like her work suggests, she infuses a variety of mediums not only to make her art visually striking but to also encourage unity between different art forms. “I don’t want to be stuck to one medium. A lot of people think that they have to because they like to put labels on things, even in the art department,” Segovia said. “The new age artists are trying to break this idea that you have to be one thing or another. Interior architects feel like they’re separate from us, but we try to embrace them. Everyone is an artist.” As Marisa Segovia kicks back and enjoys the simple pleasures of a fat blunt, she also happens to be revolutionizing the nature of contemporary art. Follow her on Instagram @ganjamj to see her work and on Tumblr @ganjamj for a behind-the-scenes look. Anisha Brady can be reached at or @theorion_arts on Twitter.

life is beautiful. I am inspired by everything and i am different in the way that i am experimental.”


Segovia in a studio at Ayres Hall

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Anisha Brady —The Orion ORION






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SOCIAL MEDIA @theorion_news @theorion_arts

Call Type: Suspicious Subject Sunday, 4:45 p.m., Ayres Hall A man was seen loitering in a room and officers don’t believe he had clearance to be inside. When he tried to enter the room again he was blocked by police. Call Type: Vandalism Monday, 1:03 p.m., Meriam Library A student damaged a pro-life sign by kicking it. Call Type: Suspicious Circumstance Tuesday, 2:04 p.m., Butte Hall A suspicious man claiming to be Professor Bennett tried to get someone’s number and was persistent. Call Type: Medical Aid Wednesday, 2:08 p.m., Butte Hall Medics arrived near room 201 for a possible heart attack involving Professor John Blachley. He was evaluated and it was concluded that it might have been a panic attack. Call Type: Vandalism Friday, 7:07 p.m., Parking Structure 2 on Normal Avenue A Chico resident walked into the University Police Department lobby and said that a handicap sign and pole were laying on the ground.

Chico Police

University Police

The police blotter is a selection of information cited directly from the Chico Police Department and the University Police Department. Call Type: Disturbing Subject Sunday, 3:59 p.m., 1128 W. 3rd St. A man riding on a skateboard was waving a sword and possibly aiming it at cars. When bystanders saw him near Craig Hall, he was carrying sticks instead. Call Type: Shoplift Monday, 7:00 p.m., 1950 E. 20th St. Two men went into Footlocker and stole a new pair of shoes by wearing them out of the store and putting their old shoes inside the boxes. Call Type: Threats Tuesday, 9:14 a.m., 620 W. 3rd St. A woman’s daughter was receiving threats from a man who they adopted a dog from. The suspect threatened physical harm if the daughter didn’t surrender the dog. Call Type: Shoplift Tuesday, 7:06 p.m., 2023 Forest Ave. Three people at Old Navy stole clothing and all of them escaped with their vehicles. There were two women who stole shirts and jeans while one man stole shorts. Call Type: Suspicious Subject Thursday, 10:03 a.m., 936 Mangrove Ave. A former employee who was recently fired returns to the business and blows kisses at the women while going through trash.

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Thumbs up to the former Orionite’s Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the Ghost Ship fire. Pulitzers start at The Orion, guys.



Extended Q&A with medicinal pot smoker

Thumbs down to the KCSC Radio office being temporaily shut down. We know the feeling.

Thumbs up to exactly one month of school left in the semester. It’s time to hit the WREC and get your beach body ready.

Thumbs down to the cars that were damaged due to the lightning strike near Bidwell Mansion. Better call that insurance. JORDAN RODRIGUES—THE ORION

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Medical marijuana helps woman treat anxiety Student uses pot to counteract prescription drug side effects A bong is typically

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Marijuana Q and A with Tiffany steinberg, 23, Customer Service How did marijuana play a role while you were in school? Did it help or did it become a curse? It definitely helped me stay focused on projects and presentations. Marijuana has yet to have any negative affects on my school life, work life, social life, etc. If anything, it’s more of a blessing than anything.

Why do you smoke? I for sure smoke for anxiety­— depression even. In high school they put me on ADHD medicine and I could not handle it. I dropped all this weight, and I was so manic all the time. I never slept, and so I was like ‘I can’t take that anymore.’ Then I just started smoking to replace it.

Why did you decide to replace your ADHD medication with marijuana? Mhm! I remember the exact day when I decided I wasn’t taking it anymore. I was actually giving a presentation my sophomore year at Chico State for a communications class. I was prepared for it, like everyone gets nervous, but I am not scared to present things to people. My heart was pounding so hard I got so much anxiety from it. It sounded like I was going to cry, but it was just the side effects of the medication. So I went home and was like ‘I am not taking that ever again.’ I told my doctor not to prescribe it to me anymore. Yeah, (marijuana) is totally natural medication with no side effects. I feel like the side effects of the prescription drugs were worse than the symptoms they were trying to treat. Jordan Rodrigues can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.

In Upper Bidwell Park, Steinberg talks about her medical marijuana use with her friend, Sage.



Marijuana has yet to have any negative affects on my school life, work life, social life, etc.�

the smoking method Tiffany uses the most when smoking medicinally.

Steinberg smoke marijuana to treat her anxiety and ADHD.




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April 19 - april 25 Major Events


• money management 101

April 20


April 22


April 23 This week’s Adulting 101 workshop will be focusing on managing money, information on loans and more.


April 25

Wed 19 Comedy Rising Iraq war veteran Michael Cella will headlining this comedy show featuring Becky Lynn, Trey Ellis, Jaclyn Weiand and more with host Rachel Myles. This event is 21 and over. Where: The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave. When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. Price: $8

Voice of the Veteran Lecture Series Sponsored by the Peace Institute at Chico State, almunus and former military financial specialist Robert Snoberger will giving his impressions of life in the military. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Where: Performing Arts Center 134 When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Price: Free

Thu 20 Money Management 101 This workshop, part of the Adulting 101 series, is an informative session on loans, savings and saving for retirement. Dinner is included. If two or more members of a recognized student organization attend, the club can earn $25 S.O.L.E. credit. Where: BMU, room 203 When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Price: Free

• Wildflower Music Festival • Chico Bread Festival

• “Just for the Health of It” Spring Health Fair

2nd Annual “Disrupting the Silence” Art Collective The art collective will be featuring visual and performance art and music aiming to provide a voice to anger. Using anger as a form of art is meant to bring awareness and elevate the voices of those feeling silenced. Submission forms can be found at Where: Sylvester’s Cafe When: 7 to 9 p.m. Price: Free


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Fri 21

Sat 22

Sun 23

Mon 24

Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Week

Roller Derby

Chico Bread Festival

Nor Cal Roller Girls play their second home game of the season against Jefferson State. Familyfriendly event. $12 at the door or $10 in advance.

This bread-focused festival of local bakers will provide handson demonstrations about bread making. Topics range from milling to sprouting to homebaking and how to utilize local ingredients. While admission is free, there is a $10 fee for demonstrations. The event will continue until 3 p.m. April 24.

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition: Guest Juror Talk

This event is aimed toward educating, celebrating and unifying the campus community through experiencing several aspects, such as food, dance, performances and engagement. Where: Meriam Library 172. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Price: Free

Quesadillas in the Courtyard There will be free cheese quesadillas, smoothies and music in the Sutter Courtyard. Where: Sutter Courtyard When: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price: Free

WREC Ride 50 Remixed A WREC instructor team and a live DJ will be hosting a threehour long spin event. Whether it is done with a relay team or individually, participants who complete the full event will receive food, prizes and a T-shirt. For more information, contact Brooke McCall at bamccall@ Where: WREC, Basketball Court No. 1 When: 3 to 6 p.m. Price: Free with Wildcat ID

Where: Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Price: $12

Wildflower Music Festival This fundraising event features The Mother Hips and others. This family friendly event includes food vendors for lunch, snacks, dinner and dessert. Sierra Nevada beer will also be available. Where: The Butcher Shop, 2500 Estes Road When: Noon to 8 p.m. Price: $35

18th Kruschke Piano Competition California pianists will vie for the Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke $2000 prize in the 18th Kruschke Piano Competition. This event is dedicated to the memory of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. For more information contact Natalya Shkoda, PhD., at (530) 898-4043 Where: Performing Arts Center 134 When: Noon to 2 p.m. Price: Free

Where: Tin Roof Bakery & Cafe, 627 Broadway St, Ste 170 When: 11 a.m. Price: $10

MONCA Grand Opening Museum of Northern California Art will be opening to the general public for the first time. They will also prepare to seal the MONCA time capsule in the building for opening in 2067.

Where: Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade When: 1 to 5 p.m. Price: Free

World Explorations Did Toaspern, a retired teacher, will share her most recent Sierra Club adventure to Nepal — a service trip that included a week of postearthquake restoration work and a seven day trek.

This three-month long exhibition features works submitted by Chico State art students and selected by a guest juror. The exhibition presents a range of approaches, concepts and media, including ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and digital media. Exhibition continues until May 13.

Where: Arts and Humanities Building 121 When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price: Free

Tue 25 “Just for the Health of It” Spring Health Fair The Health Education Action Team and other campus and community organizations are partnering together to provide information on available healthy resources. For more information, contact Where: Trinity Commons When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Price: Free

Where: Chico Women’s Club, 592 Pine St. When: 4 to 5 p.m. Price: Free



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NCAA hits a high level but still misses mark are required to comply with the NCAA drug testing policy,” according to the Chico State Student-Athlete Handbook. “Any student- athlete who tests

Patrick Pace Sports Editor


he long list of banned substances put in place

by the NCAA comes with serious consequences. Regardless whether it is a performance-enhancing or recreational drug, use of any banned substance will result in sanctions. The fallout ranges from fair to excessive, eventually ruining the career of student-athletes. These policies are implemented so that no athlete has an unfair advantage over another. According to the NCAA, banned substances include: steroids, estrogen blockers and a variety of supplements including banned recreational drugs such as marijuana, Adderall and Ritalin. Student-athletes are responsible for making sure everything that they take is accepted by both their school and the NCAA. According to the NCAA, marijuana’s main ingredient THC “is linked to anxiety and panic reactions, respiratory damage, short-term memory impairment and a decreased focus on goals and personal achievement.” It is banned by the NCAA and use of it can result in loss of eligibility. Now that several professional athletes with solid careers have BASEBALL 4/14 HOME



openly admitted to smoking marijuana, and legalization legislation has passed, the NCAA has relaxed its prohibition somewhat. Previously, if a student-athlete was caught with marijuana in their system they would be sus-


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NCAA headquarters in Indianopolis, Indiana.

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pended for an entire year. In 2014, the policies changed. Now if they are caught, they only have to sit out for one semester. Each college determines the punishment for its student-athletes. Some schools, such as BASEBALL

The Chico State baseball team completed it’s seventh series sweep of the season last weekend.



Brigham Young University for example, still implement the older, stricter NCAA policies. But others have become more lenient in their enforcement. Chico State, for example, follows the NCAA policies by the book. “All student athletes TOP PERFORMERS

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positive for a banned substance set forth in NCAA... will be withheld from regular season and postseason competition for a duration mandated by the NCAA,” the handbook states. The Wildcats do not implement additional policies. They stick to what the NCAA requires. Athletes are subject to testing at any time during their career at Chico State. If they are caught using a banned substance, they will face the consequences. Club sports, as opposed to varsity sports, are not subject to NCAA rules. Thus, student-athletes use marijuana more openly without fear of repercussions. Brook Oneto, center forward for the club inline hockey team, uses pot regularly without reprimand from the university. “I don’t feel sluggish or tired in any way,” Oneto said. “I feel exactly the same as I did when I was in high school before I smoked.” The NCAA does not intend to relax its policies any further in the near future. Patrick Pace can be reached at or @patpacesports on Twitter.




Josh Falco is third in the NCAA in batting with an average of .391.



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Eagles and Redskins game lands player on the field with an injury.

Should athletes be able to spark it up? genuinely treating an injury. While marijuana is known to have chemicals to help deal with pain, it becomes a problem when an athlete uses it recreationally. But in reality, it should be treated and handled like alcohol. Alcohol kills more people per year than marijuana, yet it is still for sale for consumption. There are commercials advertising alcoholic drinks nonstop. ESPN alone advertises alcoholic

Carlos Islas Staff Writer


edical marijuana has become less taboo and more of an alternative medicine; even though it’s only legal in 28 states. While there are benefits, there is still a fuss when it comes to an athlete using it to treat injuries. Athletes should be allowed to use medical cannabis if they are SOFTBALL 4/14 HOME



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beverages every time there is a commercial break, as many of its shows are sponsored by an alcohol company. In addition, there is an opioid epidemic occuring as doctors now turn to medical marijuana for opioid and heroin addiction. In the last three years, more and more athletes have shown support for medical marijuana as a form of medication. In 2016, former NBA player Jay SOFTBALL

The Chico State softball team is currently in fifth place in the CCAAA after dropping two games to UCSD.




Williams said at least 80 percent of the league is already self-medicating with medical cannabis. Former NFL player Jake Plummer has said using medical cannabis has improved the way he feels. Not to mention all of the other NFL stars such as Brett Favre who have spent time in rehab treating an addiction of prescription medication. Athletes should be allowed to use medical marijuana as a form of TOP PERFORMERS

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medication. If the athlete feels like that is what is best for them, then who are we to say he or she cannot use medical marijuana? If everything is done by the book, then there should be no problem. It is far better to have athletes use medicinal marijuana than have them turn to alcohol or an opioid addiction. Carlos Islas can be reached at or @theorion_sports on Twitter.



SOFTBALL Sophomore Ari Marsh is third in the CCAA in triples with three on the season.



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How pot affects the human body Marijuana use among athletes has had varying effects. However, the World Health Organization discourages its use citing its negative effects on physical perfomance. Christopher Hendrickson Staff Writer

Cognitive development is stunted More frequent use can beat down and harm is done to the brain’s associative process, making memory loss a common symptom.

the immune system and make the body more vulnerable to illness.

Chronic bronchitis, frequent

tention and slows down reaction time

coughing, phlegm build-up, and wheezing have been reported, having negative affects on cardiovascular health.

Impedes motor skills, divides atIt Lowers sperm count, lowers viability, and disrupts the ovulatory cycle.



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Wildcat of the week Brook Oneto Center forward

Brook Oneto is a senior center forward for the Chico State club inline hockey team. After taking a few years off from hockey after high school, he was happy to join the club team in his fourth year of college. He also enjoys smoking cannabis from time-to-time.

Why did you decide to join the club inline hockey team?

I missed being on a competitive team so I decided to join the Chico State one. I’ve been playing hockey for about 15 years and about eight-tonine years competitively. However, I’ve been on skates since I was 4, so it’s a big part of my life.

How did your team do this season? We were ranked No. 1 in the nation going into nationals. We won 16 games and only lost one. It was the best record we had ever had. Sadly, we lost in the quarterfinals of nationals in Fort Myers, Florida.

What’s the environment around the team about smoking?

We’re all adults, so it’s our choice if we want to take part in it. I think that freedom of choice is key. Not everyone does it, but there are other members of the team that do smoke.




Wednesday April 19, 2017



A little marijuana can go a long way in bed

Students consider weed legalization

Reports show smoking pot in moderation can increase libido


hen combining the prevalent sex culture of college with drug and alcohol use, it might be safe to assume there is a causal relationship between the students and the drugs. RACHEL According to REYES UCSB, the use of marijuana can elevate mood and arousal for many people, as well as stimulate sexual activity. A study shown from USA Today shows college students smoke pot at a higher rate than at any time in the past 35 years, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time since 2014. The feelings of getting high may include a calming sensation and relaxation, increased joy and is associated with a higher level of intimacy, according to ATTN Health. People have been using marijuana as an aphrodisiac, but researchers have indicated that marijuana only affects certain sexual organs in a way that boosts sex drive in some but doesn’t act as an aphrodisiac completely. The New York Times conducted a study from the University of Texas. Three researchers worked

with mice by testing their testosterone levels while intaking THC, a prime ingredient when smoking marijuana. The study found that the testosterone level in all the mice jumped almost immediately to about six times its normal amount. This actually had an inhibiting effect on libido. “Over two-thirds reported increased sexual pleasure and satisfaction with marijuana,” stated one of the authors of the study. According to Leafly, a 2009 study shows that women who reported frequent cannabis consumption were most likely to report more than two sexual partners in the previous years. On the other hand, men who also consumed cannabis had double the likelihood of reporting two or more partners. California’s Prop 64 measure that was recently voted yes, allows adults who are over 21 possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Prior to this, many people would smoke in private, intimate settings because of the strong odor and fear of legal sanctions. Others will take this setting and utilize it to enhance their sexual encounters without even knowing it. How often do you find, within a hookup culture, couples using a “smoke sesh” to discreetly

The Orion asked people if they thought pot should be legal. KYRA STEMPLINGER “I think it’s good that weed is legal. People won’t get arrested for it. It’s better for you than alcohol, there are less deaths from it. It’s a better alternative. The legalization also opens it up to be medically researched. Personally, I like it for the medicinal use. It can help a lot of people that are sick.” ­— Luke Hazen


initiate a one night stand or just another night of hooking up? It happens often, so much so that the Bold Italic wrote about a dating site for those who are single, ready to not only smoke a bowl or two but also hook-up. Apparently, when signing up users will be asked questions such as how often they smoke their prefered strain. It also includes a place to blog about things that are weed-related, from edible recipes to medical marijuana research. It is almost like Tinder, where users may “wink” at members who they want to flirt or smoke with. It is 2017, and people are really taking the use of marijuana as an aphrodisiac to the next level. Rachel Reyes can be reached at or @rachhreyes on Twitter.

“The legalization of weed doesn’t directly affect me but I think it’s been a long time coming. I don’t care about the recreational use of weed. I don’t smoke every day, I don’t need it to have fun, I can have fun without it.” ­— Derek Martino

“The legalization of weed helps the economy but government involvement makes it overpriced. It’s good on occasion but excessive use of it causes problems. Excessively using anything causes problems. Moderation is key. Even in chasing highs.” ­— Daniel Henrickson


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Not dazed and confused at Chico State T hanks to Jeff Spicoli’s burnt out character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the stereotype that students who use marijuana don’t care about their schooling has

been around for decades. In reality, just because NICOLE HENSON someone may be looking forward to getting high after class doesn’t mean they aren’t focusing on the lecture. Kids who thought their days of hiding eye drops from their parents were over once they moved to college were in for a rude awakening. Now they have to worry about being labeled as lazy, even compared to their peers who drink in excess six nights a week. “I mean, when I hear the word stoner I think 'that loser kid who doesn’t do anything' which is basically the stereotype,” said fourth-year communication studies major, McKenna Armstrong. “It sucks that the word stoner has such a negative connotation because me and a bunch of my friends would be considered stoners and most of us have about average GPAs.” It is worth mentioning that alcohol impairs a person’s abilities for longer and is much more damaging to the body than marijuana. Still, alcohol is a more accepted form of escape for college students. A study done by Yale said students who indulge in heavy alcohol and marijuana use get worse grades than those who only use the two moderately. This is the equivalent of saying that eating In-n-Out every day doesn’t promote


weight loss. Indulging in drugs and alcohol every night will most likely have a negative impact on a student’s grades. However, the students who can easily balance good grades and getting casually stoned shouldn’t hold any negative stigmas. There is a concern that weed users may hold about their reputation with current professors or future employers. This is not a stereotype that will be solved overnight but there are new approaches to the issue.

No one who hopes to have a career some day would flaunt their drinking abilities on a social media account that can be seen by a potential employer. A solid rule of thumb would be to only discuss smoking habits to the extent of one’s drinking habits. “Just don’t be stupid,” said Jase Fasiano, fourth-year marketing student. “If you want to take a bong rip that’s chill, just get your school stuff done first. Or else you deserve the stoner stereotype.”

Considering the drug is now legal in California, the number of students who get stoned will grow. Eventually, students will get to stop acting like they have never heard of the stuff when it is brought up in class. Doing anything in excess is bad. No one should be constantly high, just like no one should be constantly drunk. The difference between them is how socially acceptable it is for someone to drink frequently, while smoking once in a while

automatically makes someone a “stoner.” Hanging up the tired tradition of demonizing marijuana is a necessity for students. It’s not because everyone does it or because it’s healthy. Marijuana should be acceptable for students because not every student that smokes focuses solely on getting high while choosing to ignore their grades. Nicole Henson can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.



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holiday brownies Brownies are a great way to celebrate holidays whether it is nationally recognized or not. The next time you want a sweet treat to eat while watching Workaholics, try this recipe.


• ½ cup butter (any kind) • 1 cup white sugar • 2 eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • ¹⁄³ cup unsweetened cocoa powder • ½ cup all-purpose flour • ¼ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon baking powder • Any other extra special ingredients*


Instructions 1. Heat oven to 350° F*.

2. Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan. 3. In a large saucepan, melt butter. 4. Remove from heat. 5. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. 6. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. 7. Spread batter into prepared pan. 8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. *special ingredients will need to be de-carbed and then cooked at a temperature between 270°and 290° F The Opinion staff can be reached at or @theorion_news on Twitter.


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Medical marijuana card process too simple


etting a medical card is so unbelievably easy that it might become harmful for some people. People can easily google ways to get a medical card

The American Psychological Association website wrote an article on the effects marijuana has on the developing brain, specifically people under 25. It stated that overusing marijuana while the brain is still

within seconds and receive a step-by-step process of getting one. RACHEL For example, REYES is a website that provides such lists as well as other marijuana-related forums. Medical cards are used to purchase marijuana legally for medical purposes so a person first has to diagnose themselves with a medical issue that causes pain, discomfort or anxiety. Unfortunately, many users will fake a condition just to receive one and those providing the cards will believe it without much proof or concern. Will Wooton, a teen drug and alcohol counselor, told Fox5 that “most of the kids think it’s a joke. In fact, they openly say it’s a get-out-of-jailfree card.” These cards are used for the purposes of just getting high, with no means of relieving any physical conditions. Grant Glidewell, another fellow counselor, went into a clinic with the excuse of needing a medical card because he could not sleep well and felt anxious. It worked, and an hour later Glidewell walked out with a medical card. Glidewell stated, “The doctor believed me and had absolutely no clinical insight about my history at all and no collateral information, nothing.”

developing can cause problems with “attention, memory, learning and decision-making.” A team from Duke University wrote that the persistent marijuana use was linked to a decline in IQ after researchers controlled educational differences. So, sure medical cards are easy to obtain but are they really worth having when thinking of it in the long run? According to Inquisitor, the stigma of smoking marijuana runs high, as many people such as congress and state officials believe that those who smoke pot are criminals and bad people. This becomes an issue for those retrieving a medical card because they fall into that stigma of “faking it to get high.” Norml, a website that works to reform marijuana laws, wrote that studies indicate that marijuana does provide symptomatic relief for a number of medical conditions. Because the use of medical marijuana does help those who absolutely need it, the process of getting a medical card should be changed so that people don’t abuse it. Vetting people who apply for a card should be more strict and require proof of medical conditions from a physician or doctor, who isn’t marijuana related. No one should be able to call a doctor over skype or fake being pain and receive a card.


According to Daily Beast, staff at a clinic said that medical records are not necessary. The doctor who a reporter saw performed a physical examination with a “filthy stethoscope.” This is a ridiculous case of taking advantage of a poorly thought out system. Some people don’t even need to go to a clinic to receive one. High Times wrote that there are online

medical marijuana evaluations. The signup process takes about five minutes, and personal information stays entirely confidential. A video chat with a Medical Board licensed doctor can get people a medical card. There is no longer a need for person to person contact to get marijuana for “medical reasons.” It is way easier than receiving a

driver’s license or a permit. Cannahacker is a website that provides five steps to receive a medical card and tips to receiving one. According to the Daily Caller, 700,000 college students are smoking pot daily. While many of college students are finding it is easy to get a medical card, it may be affecting their health and development in many ways.

Rachel Reyes can be reached at or @rachhreyes on Twitter.



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5 marijuana myths debunked Society does not view stoners as the smartest group of people. Book smart or not, there are several marijuana myths that can only be proven or denied by stoners themselves.







The more you cough, the higher you get.

The purpler the weed, the better the high.

No one can overdose on weed.

Marijuana isn't addictive.



Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry pills helps THC leave the body faster.



According to the Marijuana Mythbusters, this myth is true. Coughing expands the lungs, exposing them to smoke that wouldn't have otherwise reached those areas. Though coughing after one simple hit isn't going to bring on a significantly more intense high, coughing does make you higher.

The purple color sometimes seen in weed strains is because of the environment in which it is grown in. The actual color has very little to do with the quality of the weed. As told by Stuff Stoners Like, good or "dank" marijuana is identifiable by a high quantity of crystals and by the intensity of the smell.

An overdose doesn't necessarily have to be fatal. Greatist produced a marijuana myths list and busted the no overdose myth. Anxiety, dizziness and loss of balance are actually signs of a THC overdose. To die from smoking weed, a person would have to smoke 15,000 pounds of marijuana in 15 minutes, making fatal overdoses almost impossible.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is addictive. Though the symptoms of withdrawal are milder when compared to symptoms from harder drugs, Heavy marijuana users often have a hard time stopping, especially when the drug is used as a coping mechanism. This is known as Marijuana Use Disorder.

FALSE The 420 Times reports that cranberries are a natural diuretic or antioxidant and that THC can be flushed out of the body, However, it won't be a fast detox. Even using the cranberry method, THC will leave the body after an extended period of time.



Editor’s note: The horoscopes are compiled in a collaborative effort from The Orion’s opinion staff and have no actual bearing on current astrology.

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You think you’re funny and sometimes you are, but not this week. Trying to get your friend’s dog high isn’t cool. You should take a look inward and ask yourself why you feel the need to share weed with a pet. Your friends think you are changing and don’t want to chill with you as much because of these stupid tendencies. Apologize to your

If your team lost in the NBA Playoffs, don’t fret. You can go back to being a regular student. Kick back and relax this week without feeling guilty for zoning out on the couch watching TV. Now is the time to reconnect with your friends since you alienated them while you were yelling at the TV. Get back to basics and talk to real

This week is no different than any other week for you. Who cares that it’s 4/20; you don’t need a day to celebrate. You are not a conformist. But that thinking doesn’t make you better than anyone so let go of your judgments and join in the circle. Your friends appreciate your long political rants during smoke sessions, as long as

friend’s pet first and then go to your friend to explain yourself.

people. There is always a silver lining, even in losing.

they’re too high to pay attention.



Midterms are over and it’s time to make life about you for a bit. Screw everyone else, call into work sick and go shopping. You need some “me-time” after being with your family all Easter.

You woke up with chocolate smeared in the creases of your neck and armpit again this weekend after falling asleep from a hard study session. Just make sure to stay away from brownies today, and probably for the rest of the week, to be safe. Your roommates cooked a batch but you shouldn’t trust what’s in them. You have a hard time controlling yourself and if you eat too many you might fall asleep before you even start studying.

Stock up on snacks before you get home today. You may not feel hungry now, but the night you have planned calls for munchies. You know more than anyone how much it sucks wanting snacks with nothing in the house. And leaving the house is barely an option. It’s a regret not worth living with because without popcorn and ice cream your night will be ruined.

Gemini Your memory is usually on point but you will have a hard time remembering what movie you watched or where you put your keys after 4/20. Write yourself little notes all over the house to help you keep track of your thoughts. You probably shouldn’t venture out in public, but you are very spontaneous and make decisions on the fly. It’s a great spirit to have, but if you lose your wallet again your parents are going to know something is up and might cut you off.

Leo All you have been doing this past week is daydreaming about the hot person you met over Easter. You might not have acted on those feelings, but that hasn’t stopped your brain from being distracted. Just remember you have a significant other who doesn’t want to be toyed around with. You have that certain quality that makes it easy to fall in love with, but you can be a tool sometimes.



Turn on The Beatles and let the energy and grooviness sweep over you. Relaxing with your favorite playlist is going to be important this week since you’ve been strung out with studying for tests. Midterms are over so you have nothing to worry about.

A lot of people forgot about you this week and you weren’t invited out. This is because you’ve been locking yourself away in your room recently. Ruining everyone’s high by whining about how you’d rather be at home doesn’t make people want to invite you out. Try attending a social gathering with your friends this week instead of closing yourself off to the world.



You are the epitome of awesome this week. Nothing can stand in your way. Not even that parking ticket, even though you clearly had to park there because all the spots were full. Take this positive energy and put it back into the universe. Earth Day is this week so pick up some trash and recycle some cans. You are the difference the world needs this week.

It may feel like it’s the end of the world with assignments and tests coming up, but just breathe. Take a yoga class this week or go for a run in Bidwell Park. Don’t bother inviting your friends, they will all be too stoned to even pick up their phones. Instead of letting this annoy you, try taking some time to destress and focus on getting ready for a hectic week.


The Orion Vol. 78 Issue 12  

This is the electronic issue of the print edition released April 19, 2017.

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