My Latest Podcast Listen: Pinconning Paralyzer
Thanks to @steevc and @ericvancewalton, I have started to have a more open mind about podcasts. I have listened to them in the past, and it isn't that I don't enjoy them, but for the most part I'd rather listen to music than someone talk. That's just how I am wired.
When this true crime podcast from our local media outlet came across my feed, it immediately piqued my interest for a variety of reasons. Yes, it's about weed, but I assure you that isn't the reason.
Even if you aren't interested in the pot world, if you live in Michigan, you more than likely have heard of Pinconning Paralyzer. It is (or was) a fairly potent strain of weed attributed to a town on the shores of Lake Huron on the East side of Michigan.
Although marijuana is now fully legal in the state of Michigan, it has been years since I have been a "regular" partaker. Even then, the stuff that we were able to score was horrible quality at a ridiculous price due to the general prohibition of it.
Quite the contrast from now where Pinconning has several major grow and production facilities. There are dispensaries on just about every corner in some areas around me, and non federally insured credit unions offer their banking services on billboards to weed based businesses.
In fact, if I wanted to, by state law I am allowed to grow up to 12 plants of my own for my personal use with zero repercussions from the local and state government.
This is a stark contrast to the picture that is painted in this podcast back when local agencies were cracking down with little discretion on grow operations throughout the area.
Although I don't live in Pinconning, I have been working in the town for close to 20 years, so it has somewhat become a second home to me. Based on that fact, my knowledge of the area, and having heard the name Pinconning Paralyzer uttered in passing, I knew this was a podcast I had to check out.
Basically, the podcast covers what we know of the history of Pinconning Paralyzer, its rise to fame (even being mentioned in High Times magazine), and the eventual resurrection of the strain thanks to some seeds an autoworker kept hidden in a toolbox after a party in 1979.
My wife an I listened to the podcast with much amusement and at only 4 episodes, each being about 30 minutes a piece, it is a quick listen. Since it is a local podcast, the quality reflects that. If you are looking for something on the level of Joe Rogan, you are likely going to want to look elsewhere.
It is entertaining and it does weave a really vivid story of what the culture was like back in the 80's and 90's during the heyday of Pinconning Paralyzer.
My wife and I had to chuckle a couple of times when they mentioned names that we are quite familiar with. There is a portion in the middle where they talk to the man who owns the local newspaper. I have had several conversations with him myself in he past, so having that personal connection was kind of cool.
The lawyer they mention is about as slimy as they come. He may sound like the hero to the growers in the podcast, but I assure there are many sides to him. A short time ago he was actually disbarred, so when they mentioned he still has an office, my wife and I had to question what he does there since he should be prohibited from practicing law. It is possible his license was reinstated and we just missed it. Who knows.
As I mentioned above, it is really interesting to remember how different things were back then. Many of the things that they talk about people being harassed and busted for on a weekly if not daily basis are fully legal now. Still not federally, but I think that is going to happen sooner rather than later.
Although I don't partake, I have acquaintances who do (probably more than I realize), and I fully believe in the medicinal benefits of marijuana and hemp products.
There is a portion of the podcast where they go into some of the growing science and techniques that they use today. It is fascinating just how much science is involved in this stuff. They can do some really amazing things.
It's also interesting to note that back in the day Pinconning Paralyzer was considered some premium weed. These days, it would be mid-level at best given the advancements they have made in growing, breeding, and cross-breeding.
Even if you have zero interest in the world of weed, I highly recommend this podcast. If you do have an interest, or in your travels you have had the privilege of smoking some Paralyzer, I also highly recommend you listen to the podcast. I also encourage you to leave a comment. It would be cool to hear from someone with first hand experience.