Canberra for stoners?

By 20 January, 2009 151

One of the unofficial and oft-quoted strengths of Canberra is that it has pot, pr0n and fireworks.  I’m not sure how long this idea has been out there (since the liberation brought about by self government, perhaps?) but it seems a bit redundant in 2009. 

The internet appears to have eroded any great advantage that Canberra once had in adult entertainment, although the Fyshwick vendors of NVE and latex are still worth a visit, if just for a laugh.  And the increasingly onerous restrictions on fireworks have blown some of the fun out of the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.

But what about marijuana?  Does Canberra have the edge over any other part of Australia when it comes to partaking in the ‘erb?  That is, if you can be bothered dragging your inertia-bound lardy arse away from Guitarhero and DVDs of the Mighty Boosh and actually doing something.

Fortunately Canberra’s drug laws still maintain a degree of sensibility:

    AFP officers have the discretion to issue a Simple Cannabis Offence Notice for possession of up to 25gms of dried cannabis, or two cannabis plants (excluding all hydroponically or artificially cultivated cannabis plants) for personal use only

If you can find it and don’t have a Cypress Hill-esque tolerance, then that will be more than enough ganja to get nicely baked.

My list of things to do in Canberra that might be better when stoned include:

    •    Paddleboating on LBG (see the sights, get some exercise and a tan and no one can bug you),
    •    Wandering around the National Museum or National Gallery (staff won’t think too much about it if you walk around slowly staring at the interesting architecture and exhibits),
    •    Walk up to the top of Mount Ainslie, check out the view of the city and see how it resembles and Aboriginal dot painting, and then walk down again,
    •    Watch a cult movie at the Film and Sound Archive (comfy seats and cool flicks),
    •    Eat a schnitzel inside a tram at the Dickson Tradies,
    •    Roll down the green grass on the roof of Parliament House, and
    •    At the end of the day, grab a cold beer at the Phoenix.

Naturally, I don’t recommend doing anything illegal or dangerous, like operating heavy machinery, driving a car or donating blood.

What do you feel that Canberra has to offer the discerning weed smoker?  If you want to blaze up, then what could you do here that might be enhanced by some good ol’ THC?  Or does Canberra have nothing for stoners and they should all bugger off to Nimbin?

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151 Responses to Canberra for stoners?
#1
jimbocool8:56 am, 20 Jan 09

I’d stay away form the Tradies Schnitzels if I were you (and stoned) – they aint what they used to be…
Questacon would get my vote as a place to go while in an altered state – lots of fun things there.

#2
Thumper9:03 am, 20 Jan 09

Stare at the National Museum and wonder why…

#3
peterh9:12 am, 20 Jan 09

Thumper said :

Stare at the National Museum and wonder why…

and then giggle.

#4
Sallyjones9:14 am, 20 Jan 09

and then realise “why the hell not”.

Simple things are best. I want to go to zone 3/laserzone on some kind of uhh… party favour, one day.

#5
farnarkler9:25 am, 20 Jan 09

A slice of spacecake an hour before going in a balloon could be a heck of a trip.

#6
DJ9:26 am, 20 Jan 09

Or when stoned go to a GP that can do an on the spot vasectomies so you can remove yourself from the gene pool then call the MHCT and let them know you are going to be patient as soon as the paranoia starts and the fireworks start going off…

#7
justbands9:50 am, 20 Jan 09

Gee..you’d think you had a negative opinion on pot smokers DJ! :-)

I don’t use the stuff anymore, it doesn’t tend to assist much with triathlon training, but I’m with Bill Hicks (I often am) on this one….

“No, I don’t do drugs anymore, either. But I’ll tell you something about drugs. I used to do drugs, but I’ll tell you something honestly about drugs, honestly, and I know it’s not a very popular idea, you don’t hear it very often anymore, but it is the truth: I had a great time doing drugs. Sorry. Never murdered anyone, never robbed anyone, never raped anyone, never beat anyone, never lost a job, a car, a house, a wife or kids, laughed my ass off, and went about my day.”

#8
p19:56 am, 20 Jan 09

Most of those things are fun anyway. Although rolling down Parliament house is less fun now that there is a barrier that stops you going right from the top.

If you are like most Canberristani pot smokers though, you will let off some fireworks in the back yard, then go back inside to watch some pr0n…

#9
TheScientist9:57 am, 20 Jan 09

i didn’t think you could still roll down parliament house? thought they fenced the top and bottom to prevent terruhrists from driving on top and blowing something up..

#10
justbands9:59 am, 20 Jan 09

> i didn’t think you could still roll down parliament house? thought they fenced the top and bottom to prevent terruhrists from driving on top and blowing something up..

You can’t get quite to the top anymore, but you can still get plenty high enough to roll down if that’s your want. I run up & down there regularly….that HURTS.

#11
niftydog10:00 am, 20 Jan 09

Namadgi Nat. Park is staggeringly beautiful, peaceful, spectacular, and right on the cities doorstep. For the adventurous and experienced, a gentle abseil down a sloping granite slab will get the blood pumping!

A lazy pedal around the lake to admire the scenery jogging past…

A picnic… just about anywhere… don’t forget the chocolate frogs.

#12
jessieduck10:02 am, 20 Jan 09

I like smoking a joint and then going for a driving lesson on the highway. I drive at 80km a hour just to annoy control freaks.

#13
Pommy bastard10:03 am, 20 Jan 09

As cannabis is implicated in psychosis and schizophrenia it may enable more young people to enjoy trips to the psychiatric wards of our hospitals.

I do hope they enjoy it.

#14
p110:07 am, 20 Jan 09

Frankly, I prefer a nice beer or twelve, but I have heard that is bad for you too.

#15
Thumper10:19 am, 20 Jan 09

I don’t mind knocking off a bottle of scotch now and then in a sitting.

Apparently that’s no good for you according to Mr Rudd.

#16
justbands10:28 am, 20 Jan 09

Drinking alcohol does not automatically make you an alcoholic, although you may be one/become one. Just as smoking pot does not automatically make you a paranoid schizophrenic, although you may be one/become one. The world isn’t always black & white. Most people that drink alcohol are not alcoholics, most people that smoke pot are not paranoid schizophrenic no hoping druggos.

#17
AngryHenry11:04 am, 20 Jan 09

Pommy bastard said :

As cannabis is implicated in psychosis and schizophrenia it may enable more young people to enjoy trips to the psychiatric wards of our hospitals.

I do hope they enjoy it.

Chill mate!

#18
PBO11:22 am, 20 Jan 09

peterh said :

Thumper said :

Stare at the National Museum and wonder why…

and then giggle.

The Braille on the outer walls is spelt wrong. But laser tag and bowling at Belco are some hidden gems to do when annaebriated but not drunk. Jamison pool slide is good fun too.

#19
jakez11:33 am, 20 Jan 09

Pommy bastard said :

As cannabis is implicated in psychosis and schizophrenia it may enable more young people to enjoy trips to the psychiatric wards of our hospitals.

I do hope they enjoy it.

I do so love it when the mainstream media report on scientific articles. The end result becomes so fantastically distorted.

#20
Danman11:41 am, 20 Jan 09

A family history of mental illness used to see me stoned in my younger days, and listening to evil sounds coming from deep within the earth.

I quit pretty soo after that started happening.

#21
tylersmayhem11:54 am, 20 Jan 09

I’ve got a bit of a slant (pun intended) on the Parli House grass roll. Blaze up, procure several rolls of plastic Ag sheeting, gaffer tape, long garden hoses and several bottles of Morning Fresh. Construct kick-ass slip n’ slide and cane down the roof of Parli House.

Who’s up for it?

#22
AngryHenry11:54 am, 20 Jan 09

Danman said :

A family history of mental illness used to see me stoned in my younger days, and listening to evil sounds coming from deep within the earth.

I quit pretty soo after that started happening.

Good move! Or maybe, just maybe, HP Lovecraft knew more than we thought.

#23
Danman12:05 pm, 20 Jan 09

I could feel more than hear the sound..Low frequency vibrations and sounds like that of a foundry…..Freaked me out.

I just knew it was pure evil (Or so it seemed i my intoxicated state)

Scared me into quitting.

#24
AngryHenry12:06 pm, 20 Jan 09

Danman said :

I could feel more than hear the sound..Low frequency vibrations and sounds like that of a foundry…..Freaked me out.

I just knew it was pure evil (Or so it seemed i my intoxicated state)

Scared me into quitting.

That is full on man! Glad you sorted yourself out.

#25
Danman12:20 pm, 20 Jan 09

Yeah – started off fun in the early years – full abdminal workouts from laughing for 4 hours, hanging out in Civic downstairs happy days playing pool and what not – then it just went nuts, and turned a corner and I was a paranoid schitzophrenic whilst stoned so I decided that was my calling card to quit.

I have an aunt an uncle and a grandmother who have full blown mental issues.

With that kind of family history I even have to be acreful on teh booze as well, but a bloke has to let his hair down every now and then – and yet to see any black dogs post drinking so I’m all good :)

I just have too vivid an imagination to be dealing with hallicinogens.

#26
AngryHenry12:32 pm, 20 Jan 09

It’s a full on little drug… I think that legalisation may be a way to go than at least it can be regulated for strength and potency.

I’ve had friends who have had pretty sordid pasts try and quit and they reckon for them it was harder than booting heroin. More research need to be done into the effect of long term-use.

#27
Deadmandrinking12:32 pm, 20 Jan 09

Things to do when stoned: Argue with idiots on RiotACT.

#28
AngryHenry12:34 pm, 20 Jan 09

Deadmandrinking said :

Things to do when stoned: Argue with idiots on RiotACT.

CLASSIC!!! LMFAO!

#29
Pommy bastard12:49 pm, 20 Jan 09

jakez said :

Pommy bastard said :

As cannabis is implicated in psychosis and schizophrenia it may enable more young people to enjoy trips to the psychiatric wards of our hospitals.

I do hope they enjoy it.

I do so love it when the mainstream media report on scientific articles. The end result becomes so fantastically distorted.

Ok, where has the “mainstream media fantastically distorted” the fact that cannabis is implicated in psychosis and schizophrenia?

Pommy bastard said :

Cannabis use may increase the risk of psychotic disorders and result in a poor prognosis for those with an established vulnerability to psychosis.

American Journal of Epidemiology

Various lines of evidence suggest an association between cannabis and psychosis. Five years ago, the only significant case-control study addressing this question was the Swedish Conscript Cohort. Within the last few years, other studies have emerged, allowing the evidence for cannabis as a risk factor to be more systematically reviewed and assessed.

For psychotic symptoms, a dose-related effect of cannabis use was seen, with vulnerable groups including individuals who used cannabis during adolescence, those who had previously experienced psychotic symptoms, and those at high genetic risk of developing schizophrenia. In conclusion, the available evidence supports the hypothesis that cannabis is an independent risk factor, both for psychosis and the development of psychotic symptoms. Addressing cannabis use, particularly in vulnerable populations, is likely to have beneficial effects on psychiatric morbidity.

Journal of Psychopharmacology, Vol. 19, No. 2, 187-194 (2005)

The evidence is more consistent with the hypotheses that cannabis use may precipitate psychosis among vulnerable individuals, increase the risk of relapse among those who have already developed the disorder, and may be more likely to lead to dependence in persons with schizophrenia.

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 2502 Sydney, Australia

Cannabis use, in individuals who did not have psychotic symptoms before they began using cannabis, predicted future psychotic symptoms (hazard ratio = 2.81; 95% confidence interval = 1.79–4.43). However, psychotic symptoms in those who had never used cannabis before the onset of psychotic symptoms also predicted future cannabis use (hazard ratio = 1.70; 95% confidence interval = 1.13–2.57).

Conclusions The results imply either a common vulnerability with varying order of onset or a bi-directional causal relationship between cannabis use and psychosis.

Department of Psychiatry, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands

#30
p112:52 pm, 20 Jan 09

I have

Deadmandrinking said :

Things to do when stoned: Argue with idiots on RiotACT.

I have enough trouble understanding you weirdos at the best of times :)

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