There’s no Mexican food without cilantro — well, in theory. But some people just hate hate hate the taste of this herb. PBS explains.
(PNS reporting from DENVER) Chipotle Mexican Grill is planning to introduce cannabis-based comida in California, Colorado and Oregon later this year, PNS has learned. The decision follows recreational marijuana’s legalization in the Golden State, which now joins its two neighbors on America’s High Frontier.
The new vegan/vegetarian product — dubbed Mota Al Pastor — will replace the reviled Sofrita tofu-based mock meat mezcla that has insulted palates since the chain’s opening. Mota al Pastor will be served in burritos, in tacos, and as a topping for nachos.
Mexico’s fastest mouse, our hero Speedy Gonzalez, is a friend to everybody’s seester. But Speedy, unlike POCHO’s La Cucaracha, needs his “marihuana por fumar.” Speedy Gonzales (yes, that’s the name of the cartoon and our leading man) won an Academy Award in 1955.
“Before Ronald Reagan’s crusade against crack, and Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, there was the ‘reefer madness’ campaign,” writes Sarah Hayley Barrett:
In the early 1900’s, cannabis was well-known as a plant with curative properties. It was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia as medicine for over 100 illnesses.
But in 1930, Harry J. Anslinger was appointed commissioner of an entirely new department: the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and he made it his job to take down the plant.
They’ve got some big problemas down in Texas — Senator Ted Cruz (R-PENDEJO), killer floods, and the reappearance of loser Governor Rick Perry as a presidential nominee wanabee. Thank God for national treasure Willie Nelson, seen here enjoying a serenade by Toby Keith and Scott Emerik. It’s a mournful lament called I’ll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again.
When high school students get addicted to weed, bad stuff happens. Reefer Madness depicts the horrific consequences — a hit and run, manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, hallucinations, and a descent into madness. [NSFW probably. It’s complicated.]
Antonio Vazquez Alba, popularly known as the the Grand Warlock of Mexico, is working his magic on the World Cup, cursing opposing teams and clearing the way for a victory by Mexico. El Brujo Mayor’s track record in influencing and predicting world events is unsurpassed; he famously predicted President Obama would not be reelected to a second term.
Former stoner Barack Obama doesn’t think marijuana “is more dangerous than alcohol,” according to The New Yorker:
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” the president said.
But if mota is not more dangerous than alcohol, what is? Here are the top eight contenders:
Marijuana has been legalized in Uruguay. Let the stoner hidden camera video hijinks begin!
PREVIOUSLY ON MARIJUANA:
A Dallas dude has discovered the dastardly truth about Mexicans: They are dope:
When a student at a Dallas community college searched “Mexican” on the popular online reference website Thesaurus.com for help with an essay, he found that 23 slang terms for marijuana come up.
The animated bong-burning homeboys (plus friends like animated Willie Nelson and animated Whoopie Goldberg) blaze a blunt for freedom in the Cheech and Chong Anthem (Weed Are the World).
The godfathers of weed humor Cheech and Chong are reuniting on the big screen in their first feature-length animated movie, which hits the theaters on April 18. The DVD release is 4/23. Whoever missed the opportunity to release this joint on 4/20 has probably already been fired. Take a hit of the trailer for Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie! and spark a blunt for freedom.
- POCHO’s Subcommandante de la Cultura Victor Payan reviewed the movie’s soundtrack for the San Antonio Current.
In Garden Grove, a nice city in Orange County, qualified patients of the ABC Marijuana Cooperative can get free mota tamales on Fridays, according to Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano. The traditional delicacies come in chicken, cheese and pork varieties, and the pineapple tamales pack the extra miracle ingredient of cannabis.
North of Rancho Pocho, up in Oxnard, Ventura County, the Earthquake Institute shines the spotlight on the forces opposing pot legalization and suggests alternatives in Take A Hit. (NSFW.)
The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal goes to Florida to clear the smoke away from the plot to hook our Senior Citizens on the Devil’s Weed. Here is his report for Jon Stewart.
[Disclosure: Al Madrigal is also POCHO’s Migrant Editor]
Cilantro is a key ingredient in Mexican cooking. The herb flavors Thai and Indian and Middle Eastern food too. But some people just can’t stand it and insist it smells/tastes like soap and looks “green as old vomit.”
You people — it’s OK. You can come out of the comida closet now. You were born this way.
A genetic survey of nearly 30,000 people posted to the preprint server arXiv.org this week has identified two genetic variants linked to perception of coriander, the most common of which is in a gene involved in sensing smells. Two unpublished studies also link several other variants in genes involved in taste and smell to the preference.
(PNS reporting from the NUTMEG STATE) Connecticut became the 17th state to approve Medical Menudo yesterday when the state’s Senate gave overwhelming approval to a bill passed earlier by the Assembly.
“This is a new dawn for all Connecticutitians,” Sen. Juan Gopher (D-Bridgeport) told supporters. “The days of twitching, throbbing and sobbing alcohol victims waiting on sketchy corners for their menudo are over.”
The legislation, which awaits the expected approval of Gov. Nancy Wyman, allows non-profit collectives to dispense Medical Menudo (MM) to patients with a mariachi’s recommendation.
Prospective MM patient Rocio Balboa appeared excited by the news. “Gaaaaaaaah! My head. Ooook. It’s so bright. And stop shouting!” she told PNS.
But the policy does not enjoy universal support.