Let’s weed ’em out

Coming soon to a state ballot near you: marijuana AKA cannabis.

Seems like all I hear these days is pro-legalization news. Pot was criminalized on a lie. Pot isn’t all that bad. Look what you can do with hemp. Driving while stoned isn’t as bad as being drunk. Yada yada yada.

Well, BAH FUCKING HUMBUG!

I often find myself on the wrong side of the popular vote. I guess that makes me a Lone Wolf. A renegade. A man outside the law. Meh.

How many laws are on the books that you don’t agree with? Well shit. What’s that got to do with it? Most laws in our country existed before I was even born. There was no “acceptance period” when I reached a certain age where I was ever asked which laws I agreed with and which ones I didn’t. That’s just tough noogies for me. I have to live with it. That’s life in a democracy like ours I guess.

When marijuana comes up for legalization in my neck of the woods – which is an inevitability – I will personally vote “hail no.” I find that shit utterly disgusting. I don’t like the way it smells, I don’t like the “culture” built around it, and I don’t understand the overwhelming desire to intoxicate oneself. For the record, however, I understand that some folks may have a legitimate need to ease pain and suffering in their lives. In that narrow definition I can support use. Of course, “medical marijuana” is one of the most abused concepts of all time. That makes it ever-so-tempting to shut the door on all use. The rest of this post has nothing to do with those who have a legitimate need.

I get it. Life sucks. Life is hard. Life is pain. But you can choose how you respond. You have choice. You have free will. You can decide to take on life and grapple with it. Or you can check out and go to La La Land and float on a cloud. In my ever so humble opinion the time spent on that cloud is time wasted. (Pun intended.)

I’ve been reading and hearing about the “whaaaaa!” situation in Humbolt County, California. The county is economically depressed. If it wasn’t for marijuana, proponents claim, the county would be even worse off economically than it is now. They say that marijuana is the county’s #1 cash crop. I saw a video of a self-styled Humbolt County “businessman” in a fucking suit extolling the virtues of the plant. Is it just me or did he take the easy way out by basing his livelihood on an illegal business, one that is highly profitable, and one that he now wants to legitimize and have a head start on corning the market? I could give a shit less about him. Me? I’m just a humble law-abiding citizen who’s salary is a pitiful fraction of his. Why the fuck should someone choosing to obey the law matter? Why should the criminal be rewarded?

According the Wikipedia’s cannabis page, marijuana is the #4 cash crop in the United States. Imagine the market that exists to support that? Wow. And in states like California, New York and Florida it is the #1 or #2 cash crop.

You know what that tells me? That too many damn people are spending too much damn money to intoxicate themselves and live on a cloud rather than deal with real life.

When you factor in what we spend on pot, alcohol, other illegal drugs, and abused pharmaceutical narcotics I can only imagine what a whopping number that must be. For completeness we should probably include cigarettes (perhaps the most addictive force known to humankind). Hell, throw in caffeine (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, etc.), too. It’s all drugs, right?

Stop and think about what we do as a society. The need to check out of reality is incredible. What if all the resources, time, money and energy spent on all that shit could be used for good? Can you imagine how different this world could be???

9 responses

  1. Have you ever watched any of the “This Is John Galt Speaking” videos I’ve posted on my blog? Well you’re about as likely to have the world make the changes you want as I am to have it change to what I want. The fact is that no one is going to stop smoking pot (or using other drugs for that matter) just because of the laws against it – despite the fact that the government spends money on par with what you say is being wasted in their efforts to stop it.

    So the only real choice that we have is between continuing to allow otherwise decent people to be treated (and forced to live) like criminals while the real criminals reap all the benefits, or to welcome those people back into the fold where they can get what they want from a regulated industry and have the revenues go into the mainstream where the society as a whole can benefit from them.

    If I honestly thought that supporting the system as it is would lead to a more sane society, I’d be right beside you pounding the drum. But I don’t believe that. In fact, I don’t believe that the people would recognize a rational society if they saw one. And as long as people feel doomed to life in a global asylum they will always seek some kind of solace. Personally, I think that religion is the most abused “drug” of all, and is by far the most damaging. But believing in fairy tales has somehow been allowed despite all the carnage. I guess that might must make right after all.

    Tolerance… Not! Drugs

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    1. A very well-reasoned and intelligent comment. I’m impressed. As always. 🙂

      Might always makes right. To the victors go the spoils – and the job of writing history.

      Religion as a “drug” might have some validity. Studies have shown that a belief in a higher being does have positive effects.

      I still find pot disgusting. If it does get legalized I hope that usage is limited to one’s own home. I don’t see any need to allow it in outdoor public spaces.

      I admit I don’t understand the fourth drive of the biological world to intoxicate. I’m currently reading the book “Intoxication” to freshen up my understanding of this.

      My question: If intoxication is indeed the “fourth drive” of biology, how is it so many humans are able to have the mental discipline to resist it? I can enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage without overly intoxicating myself or doing something as dumbass as operating a motor vehicle. So I don’t buy the “fourth drive” argument.

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      1. I’m so glad you took my comment in the spirit in which I wrote it. Like Ayn Rand said, “There are no conflicts between men of good will.”

        I’ve had to live with a motion sickness problem my whole life, so I’m not a big fan of anything that makes me dizzy. Oh I admit that I’ve tried just about every form of “social” drug there is trying to find a way to “fit in,” but in the end I just had to accept that they weren’t for me. Besides, pot stinks to high heaven.

        The problem I have with these laws is the same problem I have will all forms of intolerance: dividing people into separate camps robs us all of the common humanity required for us to work together on the BIG problems that really matter. Like I said at the end of the post I suggested:

        “It’s time to get real people. Just as any good minister will tell you that it’s the sinners who must be welcomed into the church, I say that a civilization that won’t embrace it’s troubled and broken citizens is not ‘civilized’ at all. And just as in the natural world the most weird and dangerous things grow where they’re isolated, we have allowed a sub-culture every bit as alien and monstrous to fester and grow right over the shoulders we find so easy to turn away. Perhaps it’s ‘love’ and not ‘war’ that’s the answer after all.”

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  2. People can become addicted to anything (shopping, chocolate, gambling, having babies) and use that addiction to numb themselves to whatever injustice they feel life has dealt them. We can’t regulate it all just because a few don’t know how to control themselves.
    One of the reasons why Prohibition was replealed was that the US needed cash in the form of good old fashioned tax revenue. I can see pot being legalized for the same reasons.

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    1. You’re right, of course. I forgot all those things and many more. But I do think that obsessions are slightly different than drugs. They might release those natural high endorphins but I don’t think they really “intoxicate.”

      Hey, you forgot blogging. Does that count? 🙂

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  3. unabridgedgirl | Reply

    My thing is, if they legalize this, what else is next? Is there no limit? It bothers me. Great post!

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    1. Orgies in the street???

      I keed, I keed.

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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  4. Can I join you, Lone Wolf? I totally agree with your post.

    I teach an English 101 class, and every semester without fail I get at least 2 research papers on why it should be legalized. It was nice to read the opposing view.

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    1. Well, I’m sure you teach your students to write about something they feel passionate about so in a way you are asking for it. 🙂

      And I’m a subscriber to your blog. Thanks for stopping by. Please be careful so my writing skills don’t taint your teachings. You have been warned. 🙂

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