Asking Permission to Get High
The impending financial meltdown, catastrophic eventiromental collapse, the disintegration of our civil liberties and the birth of a police state…
This upcoming election season will give American culture the chance to redefine itself in the eyes of history. A chance for us to show this moment in time as the moment where we turned it all around, where we finally sought repentance for the sins of our fathers. A chance to stand up together, arm and arm and let our voices ring out in glorious union, crying out for the law of the land to finally reflect will of the people. Ladies and Gentlemen these next 18 months may be the the most important 18 months in the entirety of American history, where we as a nation decide once and for all…
Should pot be legal?
Not decriminalized, not sanctioned for medicinal use. I’m talking 100% bought from civilian business owners, taxed by the government legal…
Honestly? I gotta say No.
Two points I want to try and make here before you start calling me a square and pelting me with tomatoes.
I think there’s a fundamental flaw in the logic of people that lambast the government for wanting too much control over our private lives but then willing let them regulate and tax the drug trade. That’s just being shortsighted. The black market is all we got left! I’m all for the decriminalization of certain drugs but can’t we have one without the other? Sadly the answer is probably no, because at the end of the day it’s not in their best interests.
It baffles me when I talk to counter-culture types that push for this without seemingly taking the time to think it’s through to it’s logical conclusion. Once we establish that a system is corrupt and operates without our best interest in mind we need to stop seeking their approval on things and start being leery of the things they do approve. Think long term, because they are. Stop playing checkers and start playing chess.
And medical marijuana? I think if it’s a viable form of treatment it should be considered but when did we all start trusting the pharmaceutical companies now? I must have missed that memo.
As it stands now weed is a crop organically grown in mass by hardworking, independent farmers all across this great land of ours. No GMOs or involvement from Monsanto. All of that stands to change. I can’t help but think to make the comparison between the marijuana we smoke now versus the government sanctioned marijuana we can expect after legalization, and a pure crop of organic tobacco versus the shit we buy in cigarette form. People talk about the tax revenue legalization could generate (like cigarettes) but where exactly do you think that money will go? The schools? Ha!
And my second point is…are we really sure our society needs marijuana more readily available in the first place?
Now first off let me make it perfectly clear that I am (at times) a recreational drug user. I won’t rattle off my laundry list of accomplishments but safe to say if I haven’t done it, I’ve sat there and watched someone else do it and then passed on it because it didn’t look fun.
I’m not going to start listing a bunch of numbers and statistics to prove my next point because, well for one I’m too lazy to look that shit up, but also because if there’s one thing The Wire has taught me is that it’s possible to juke the stats to say whatever the hell you want them to say. Instead I’d rather focus on what I KNOW. What I’ve seen. What I can say with absolute certainty.
I have seen young men and women let days upon weeks upon months upon years of their lives slip by under the seductive lull of a thick smokey haze.
I have seen people lose careers and opportunity for advancement because of their inability to stop smoking pot long enough to pass a fucking drug test that goes back a 30 days.
I have witness marijuana lead to other drugs, and those other drugs cost people their sanity and livelihood.
And I have seen all this down living in a state where marijuana is illegal, and not made readily available to its populace. Being a reasonable man of average intelligence I cannot in good conscience support anything that makes this drug easier to obtain. We’re all so concerned with what they’re putting in our water and what the chem-trails are dumping in the air but what about what we are willingly putting in our bodies? They don’t need some covert program to sedate the populace into compliance, we’re all too willing to do it ourselves.
Drugs can be educational. Drugs can be tools. But they can also be distractions. They can also be crutches. Finding that balance is up to the individual. I just don’t see anything that encourages wide spread consumption being part of the solution. We had our party, and it was a blast, but things have changed, and what the world needs now is for us be stronger and faster and more focused than we’ve ever been before. This is big show kids, game time. The world needs us, and it needs us at our best.
– Pat O