The Mob and Marijuana, Online Dating, and Political Correctness

Dear Brian,
Is it safe to smoke weed if I’m 18?

Nothing is ever 100% guaranteed in life. Nothing. Ever.

You’ll never find a time when you can enjoy any vice whatsoever without consequence. Eating a lollipop has consequences. Chewing gum has consequences. Petting a cat has consequences Smoking weed has consequences.

Either accept the consequences or don’t, but you can’t negotiate with nature.

Smoking anything at all is bad for your lungs. That information is listed on every pack of cigarettes and all over the internet. No it’s not safe to smoke anything at all, whatsoever.

Using cannabis can affect your brain. Here’s the search for the word “cannabis” from Google Scholar: Page on

Learn, research, and study cannabis usage and if you choose to experiment with it on yourself, that’s your choice and nobody else’s. You’re 100% responsible for the consequences (legal, physical, psychological, etc.).

Yes, if you go skydiving, a million things may go wrong and you’ll die. People jump out of planes every day anyway.

Yes, if you get on a boat, there’s a possibility it’ll be capsized and you’ll drown. People go on cruises all the time anyway.

There’s a risk of you sleeping, a risk of you breathing, and a risk of you existing. That’s how life works.

If you’re looking for a way to get high with no consequences, you’re chasing an impossible dream. Every choice in life has consequences, and whether or not you choose to smoke weed is one of a zillion choices available to you.

That being said, in states where marijuana is legal, the age limit is 18, so it’s been legally determined that at age 18, you’re capable of making your own decision.

Dear Brian,
I have e-liquid but no e-cigarette how can I use it?

You can use it as a tincture, flavor drinks with it, etc. Vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol are both food grade. VG is the base for OTC and prescription cough syrup.

Nicotine is the deadly chemical, so look up how much it takes to OD and don’t go above that. You’ll likely vomit, so a drop or two will do.

Dear Brian,
Is the mob involved in marijuana businesses?

That’s a funny question, and the short answer is yes.

Yes, gangs and criminal organizations of all types are involved in marijuana, as are legitimate companies, investors, and families of all types from all walks of life.

A bunch of pot shops and grow ops have been raided in Colorado for ties to Russian mafia and Mexican cartels: Colorado Pot Shops Raided In The Face Of Historic Marijuana Milestone

The Greek mafia is involved in cannabis: Cretan ‘Drug Lords’ Defend Fields with Land Mines, Albanian Armed Guards

La Cosa Nostra works with Mexican cartels: The Business Relationship Between Italy’s Mafia and Mexico’s Drug Cartels and on their own drug rings: Nineteen members of Italian mafia drug ring arrested in Canada

The Irish mafia is active in NYC: NYC Irish Mafia Immersed in Marijuana Trafficking Game

Dear Brian,
In simple terms, what is political correctness?

Avoid saying anything that may offend someone.

Dear Brian,
Is it legal to get a medical marijuana card if you work for the state?

That’s a hot-button issue and varies greatly. There are a variety of lawsuits in each state regarding this issue.

As it stands in Colorado’s Supreme Court, since it’s still federally illegal, any employer (even the state) can prohibit its usage on or off-hours and reserve the right to drug test at any random time.

This is a good guideline to follow until it eventually reaches the federal Supreme Court, where the ruling will probably still hold up even with rescheduling, especially for government employees.

Dear Brian,
How many people blog on the Huffington Post?

About 20 get paid to blog on it. Thousands do in each country it’s available in, and that’s probably around 20 as well. It’s a free platform that’ll accept anyone with something real to say within one of their verticals, especially politics.

Dear Brian,
Why does someone keep showing up in my tinder even though I swipe left?

You’ve likely had the app for a while and/or live in a small town. Online dating sites/apps are about a prolific as bars these days, and there are only so many single people in each city using each site/app.

I remember when Tinder first started a few years ago, I’d swipe through the entire dating pool within about 15 minutes in major metropolitan areas like Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Reno, etc.

Then they implemented a feature that limited free swipes.

Even traveling I run out of matches on Tinder very quickly, because it’s just an impulse app for me. As I represent a dating demographic, Tinder has to play the odds.

Also, there’s no way to go back on Tinder, so there’s a chance you accidentally swiped left or maybe just saw the wrong pic, there are a lot of reasons someone may show back up. If you really don’t want to see them, just block them.

Brian Penny versability whistleblower shirtless poolBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in Huffington Post, Lifehack, High Times, Hardcore Droid, and Fast Company.


Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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