Fixin’ Stupid: The War on Weed 2.0

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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

                                                       -Bertrand Russell

What is it about Marijuana that is worth fearing?

In the film Heaven Can Wait, a new hire working the Pearly Gates accidently grabs the wrong guy before his expiration date is due. The Warren Beatty character complains there’s been a mistake: “I’m not due to die yet; I’m supposed to be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday.” The anal retentive wonk checks his paperwork knowing he might have made an error, but will not back down due to pride and ego. Plus it was one jock’s word against the machinations of a celestial status quo complex.

Mr. Jordan, a supervising angel, is brought in to handle the dispute. The newbie loudly reminds Mr. Jordan we do not make mistakes. “I hear this ‘I’m innocent. I’m not supposed to be here’ stuff all the time.” Then he plays his power card with great emphasis: “Who are you going to believe, a representative of the Heavenly Court or this guy off the street?”

Mr. Jordan, noticing the rising hysterical nature of this unseasoned administrator, begins to look through the paperwork, finding indeed that it was a mistake. The newbie had indeed unwittingly grabbed the wrong stiff.

He explains this valuable life lesson to the high and mighty gate keeper: “The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct proportion to the intensity with which others are trying to prove him wrong.”

This is a great example of fixing stupid: confronting the arrogant dismissal of those who are slow to yield to the ebbs and flows of a changing world or those who refuse to believe in facts — or in some cases, won’t even look at them. In this case, luckily James Mason was able to undo the bureaucratic drone’s heavenly blunder with some legwork and common sense. An investigation triggered by the celestial servant’s whiny refusals led to determination that Warren Beatty wasn’t lying, The System was.

If we want legalization, we’re going to have to speak up.

Welcome to my world.

I live and breathe marijuana. I receive emails, texts, calls daily, sometimes hourly with updates, breaking news and occasionally, the inside gritty gossip of what’s really going on.

My peers, the Baby Boomers, feel that’s it is just matter of time before the whole nation will go to pot – legal pot. “The cat’s out of the bag. The genie’s out of the bottle. The train’s left the station. We’ve hit the tipping point! Look at the tax money Colorado’s making! Every state is gonna jump on it. Anyone who was against it is old or dead.”

Well, I have news for you: The War on Drugs 2.0 has just begun.

There is so much money at stake here that it behooves the back-room boys to stall and drain the coffers of the progressive marijuana reformers, until the new status quo kicks in.

ReeferMadnessFor more than a hundred years, a campaign of misinformation has been driven by the prohibitionists who profit by burying truth while disseminating lies to an already tranquilized public who doesn’t question the bullshit.

Until we have full legalization, we can anticipate a ramped-up effort by the usual gang of prohibitionists, whose fear game book is just starting.

There’ll be cries of children being poisoned by brownies, car deaths attributed to marijuana, dogs and cats stoned out of their little heads thrashing on cots in vet’s offices. Panicky foxy TV announcers will wonder aloud if our daughters will be safe when hopheads can roam freely. Objective network news people will speculate: “Even if it’s not harmful as we thought and even with all those lives we’ve destroyed with imprisonment and in the process, tearing families apart—Is this legalization and access to marijuana a good thing? I don’t know?”

If we paid attention to history, we could possibly get a glimpse into yesteryear when Misters Hearst, Mellon and Anslinger convinced the public that this most dangerous drug, cannabis, which they renamed marihuana, needs to be outlawed because of the many (fabricated) machete related deaths committed by Mexicans smoking the Devil’s weed as they waded across the Rio into the Ol’ USA.

We all know now that the conspiracy to eradicate of weed was only a ploy. The real objective was to kill the hemp industry so rich guys could make more money off their timber holdings and and railroad holdings and other industrial revenue streams.

And the public, lacking info, said, “Uh, okay.”

Are we really supposed to take this seriously?

On ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ recently, the two-minutes-away-from-a-brain-aneurism host was interviewing another journalist, Harry Smith, who had just completed an hour long special documentary, ‘Marijuana In America: Colorado Pot Rush’ for their sister station, CNBC.

Chris and Harry’s segment must have lasted a total of 9 minutes. Mr. Smith claimed his reporting was objective with the goal of presenting the most up-to-date information showing the impact and transformation that marijuana is having on the first state to have weed go mainstream.

They began with a 3-minute montage from the upcoming Marijuana in America documentary and it was all about do-re-mi.

First Scene: “We’re here in Colorado to see how the state’s cashing in with the new Green Rush.”

Second Scene: “Security firms are making out like bandits.”

Third Scene: “Everywhere we went, we found businesses scrambling to get in on this…”

Fourth Scene: “Edibles make up 40% of the marijuana market. I’m here in a kitchen unlike any other we’ve ever seen.”

Fifth Scene: “Brokers, real estate agents are selling space for marijuana cultivation. Everyone’s getting into it.”

Returning to the studio, Chris and Harry are smirking from the pressure of keeping it real, like they were forced to treat the piece as real news. The newsmen were on unscripted territory and didn’t know how to proceed. Their faces were frozen in grimaces, caught between the rock of promoting the network’s special and the hard place of their own biases.

Chris Matthews: “Money talks…but is money the way to decide whether to legalize or not? With retail marijuana, everyone can get it. Addicts, kids…”

Harry Smith: The governor, John Hickenlooper, who’s a smart guy…Warned last week at the governors’ conference, “This is a giant social experiment. My assessment is slow down. There’s no blueprint to what we’re doing in Colorado. We don’t know the negatives, yet.”

Chris Matthews

Hardbias: “Bippity boop, barpity barp, yam yam yammer.”

They ended the segment with some of the facts they knew. In the last few years, when autopsying traffic deaths in Colorado, the medical examiners have noticed a rise in amounts of THC found in cadavers. Yeah Quincy, that’s because more people are into smoking marijuana today.

Using that reasoning, I’d also conclude that there’s been a rise in fatalities that have viewed American Idol, as opposed to traffic deaths pre-2002, before it existed.

And all this shit about the kids…their minds are going to go to mush, they’ll become lazy and unmotivated, and of course, you can’t remember shit when you’re high.

Your mom and dad might not be hip to the US weed scene today, but everyone knows about the hash bars and brain-numbing coffee houses of Amsterdam. I went there first in 1973, and baby, it was swinging. The Netherlands has experienced a few changes in their drug laws recently but those canals are still smoking. It’s been legal there for kids for over forty years. Believe it or not, those kids who live next to hash bars and the like go to school just our kids do.

And oh yeah, the Dutch high school seniors rank #1 in math and #2 in science globally. Gives a whole new positive spin to, “What have you been smoking?”

Listening in the Name of Cannabis

Since the Nineties, the Department of Drug Enforcement has been amassing a database the NSA would drool over, using the name of marijuana to get deeper into your life. A secretive group that hides in the bowels of federal buildings called SOD (Special Operations Division) uses wiretaps and informants, and intercepts “intelligence documents” and huge amounts of phone records to create a digital alternative universe to spy on us from

The Feds ferret out local dealers and users via surveillance networks. Once they get a nibble, SOD contacts the local cops, alerting them to the activity in their burg. The parish police then find a reason to bust the soon-to-be almost criminal. This standard operating procedure is called “parallel construction” in the DEA’s playbook.

The local boys are then guided to conceal SOD’s involvement having to do with the case in any shape or form; investigation reports, affidavits, SOD’s contact with the prosecution—this information is kept not only away from the defense team, but the judges as well. The classic “We were never here…”

This surveillance activity isn’t being done on terrorists or Wall Streeters or multinationals that poop their waste into our bays and oceans and eventually our drinking water. This aggressive campaign is being authorized and implemented against petty criminals, primarily drug users. People are beginning to notice.

“It is one thing to create special rules for national security,” Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011, told Reuters recently. “It sounds like they are phonying up investigations.”

Former federal prosecutor Henry Hockeimer Jr. added, “These are drug crimes, not national security cases. If you don’t draw the line here, where do you draw it?”

Don’t be stupid. If you do not want the government eavesdropping in your house, whether you’re a marijuana user or not, do not let the DEA use marijuana as the gateway to your personal affairs.

Marijuana is being used as an access drug to monitor your movements. It’s time to tell our friends, peers, those folks having conversations we overhear in polite company: by keeping marijuana illegal across the boards—you’re inviting the police into our lives.

Common Sense and Driving Stoned

This is one concept that may be hard to accept for many because it’s been hiding in plain sight for years. This is like when you tell someone that the Federal Reserve Board has nothing to do with the Federal government.

We’ve been in the driver’s seat tooling around stoned on these great byways and highways, right alongside the rest of you since those early days when you had to go across town to score before driving another 300 miles to see the Dead play three songs for 4 hours.

We’ve been driving while rolling joints, passing said joints between the seats like everything’s “all cool” since there have been parents. We’ve bellied up next to you, smiled at your family and flashed you the peace sign when you noticed us. We’ve pulled you out of the snow when you most needed help.  We’ve been part of the caravanserai since the beginning.

And now all of a sudden we’re a threat? Really? Where are all the tickets from the past decades for driving stoned then?

12 % of America is stoned right now. Someone is driving to Wendy’s for a burger and a frosty at this moment. If that dude who thought how righteously good a Wendy’s would be is swerving like a Lohan set free or is doing  18 in a 60, pull that fast-food junky over. Anyone who is driving impaired shouldn’t be allowed to be on the road. But c’mon, stop making shit up or looking for excuses because you’re running out of fear tactics.

CheechChongAnd to kill two issues with one stoner, all this talk about how much stronger weed is today than it was in the Sixties is bullshit. There was really good strong marijuana back then with high THC level – Thai, Columbian, Acapulco Gold – it just didn’t make it to the mainstream. But it is true; the bulk of the stuff we see in this very competitive market is coming in at a higher rate of THC, among other compounds. The weed today is engineered to be at a higher caliber of expectations. That’s where titration comes in. Just take one hit before going forward. See what it does.

I cannot tell you how many old friends and past acquaintances that I’ve put on the floor rolling like a fresh crappy on the bottom of a boat due to them not heeding my warning, “This stuff might be stronger than you’re used to.”

“I can still smoke like the old days.”

Three puffs later: “Hey, you okay down there?”

We don’t want the government or anyone else to limit our THC levels. Let nature take her course.

The reason that drunk driving is more problematic than it needs to be here in the Land of Liberty is because unlike in Europe and most everywhere else, beer in the States is limited to 6-8% alcohol content. Across the soup, the beers are loaded with alcohol. When you’ve had a few biers in Munich, you know, no Autobahn tonight. When we go to our local tavern and have a few, then a couple of shots, and then a chaser for the road, we feel buzzed but not totally out of it.

The Puritanical thought behind putting limitations on our pleasures actually has the opposite of the intended desire effect. With drinking, because of the low alcohol content (so you have to buy more to get drunk), we think we can handle our booze.

When it comes to trying to limit the boundaries of marijuana and her derivatives, it will be like harnessing a tornado. The nature of the Goddess is she always wants to look her best. You’re not going to be able to put weed in a corner and expect it stay. It is not a trained dog.

We can’t be stupid when it comes to change. The cost of Legalization is audible. The loss of Legalization is silence.

Every day we get closer to the realization of the dreams that started with pioneers and activists that came before us. We owe it to those who gave up their lives and freedoms so that this generation and beyond could enjoy what they couldn’t.

Every day that we stand up to the lies or the fears peddled by profiteers who benefit by keeping marijuana in a prison, puts us closer to being free.

We can fix stupid. We just have to speak up.