Be aware of drug testing. Consider if you're willing to be drug tested for a job, or for your future career. If you are not prepared to let anyone judge you by your urine rather than the quality of your work and content of your character, the National Workrights Institute can help at

Places to shop
The Hempest (two Boston-area locations at Harvard Square in the Garage, and at 207 Newbury Street) has an amazing selection of hemp clothing products — fashionable stuff that isn't too burlap-ey. They also carry a selection of other things hemp, including accessories, oils, and even shoes.

Buried Treasures (two Boston-area locations at 28 Haviland Street, Back Bay, and 377 Cambridge Street, Allston) has a select offering of quality counter-culture attire, knick-knacks, and accessories. They also have an array of functional glass art and for-tobacco-use-only products.

Lucy Parsons Center (549 Columbus Avenue, Boston) carries eye-opening, mind-expanding books, newspapers, and magazines you won't find at Barnes & Noble or the Coop. They also sell T-shirts, pins, posters, and bumper stickers. And they host events — including music, movies, readings, and discussions. Oh, and they're a volunteer-run collective, so their prices are cheap and no one will yell at you for hanging out all day.

Things to do
Check out the MassCann Awards, Friday, September 17, at the Middle East Downstairs, sponsored by High Times magazine, NORML, and Stingray Body Art. Featuring Onyx and Prospect Hill. Must be 18-plus, and buying tickets in advance is recommended. Sure, the party's all about pot, but don't smoke in the club! Do your thing before you go in or duck out to a place where you won't disturb the neighbors.

Every cannabis enthusiast must attend the largest pot fest on the East Coast — the 21st annual Boston Freedom Rally, held on Boston Common at high noon on September 18. Roll your joint in advance, leave your pipes at home, and be aware that you can be given a ticket for possession of an ounce or less — so keep only a small amount (one bag) on you.

Volunteer with the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition. Their mission is the "advancement of effective, just, and humane criminal-justice policy in Massachusetts" — that includes drug policies. Good.

Join your school's chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. This is the largest student organization in the world devoted to drug-policy reform. If there's not a chapter on your campus, start one!


Sober up
You think you might have a "problem." You've been snorting a lot of Adderall, prepping for the MCATs while taking 21 credits. You haven't slept in four days and the Ambien has stopped working. Or maybe you live a block away from a hipster-laden bar, and somehow your hangovers have taken precedence over your 8 am molecular-biology class.

If you're alleviating the stress of being a student with recreational drug use, or using high amounts of pharmaceutical drugs to expand your brain power and get your work done, and that use is interfering with your health and school work — it might be time to get some help.

There are 12-step programs located throughout the city, and even if you don't think you have a problem, it might be beneficial to check out a meeting.

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