So, cannabis has been legalized in two states, and all of the sudden the United States is a top contender for coolest places in the world again. You gotta remember, weed is a gateway drug, so that means once we get these gateways open things are gonna come out through them. We can obviously look forward to a greener society at large, but what else does it mean? Well in the immediate present you can fly between Colorado, and Washington with cannabis. Pretty cool. And then if you have a card in California or elsewhere you can fly to and from those states with cannabis.
Now, of course we are all vulnerable to federal authorities. Always will be, and there’s nothing that we can do about that. However, you have to keep in mind the very simple and human mechanics of how these laws are enforced. You should also consider the fact that the war on drugs currently suffers from diminished funding. There simply is not a federal agency that is populated and funded sufficiently to enforce the prohibition of cannabis without the help of state police forces. And, given that Colorado and Washington have now made it impossible for any of their state-employed law enforcement officers to detain those who possess cannabis (the specifics of the laws that go into place may still permit for certain criminal penalties to be enforced against certain aspects of cultivation, or distribution, but I cannot say right now for sure), these states are now chinks in the longstanding armor of the DEA. Unlike medical states, anyone can possess and use cannabis in these states. Can you say weed tourism?
From here we can expect to see the prohibition of cannabis deteriorate relatively rapidly given the long history that has led to this moment. The prohibition was instituted by Harry Anslinger based on falsified information, fear mongering, and racism. Cannabis’ schedule 1 drug classification states that it has a high potential for abuse, and has no medical value. Both of these statements are wholly untrue, however it’s schedule 1 status long forbade scientific (especially medical) testing, which meant that even though we knew it was safe, we couldn’t prove it. As well, the felonious trappings of the schedule 1 status also meant that it’s use was not accepted, or discussed openly. Thus the millions of users who partook of cannabis regularly, and suffered no harmful effects, could not form the basis for an immediate example that cannabis is safer than alcohol.
It is time my stoney friends, for this once great nation to become great again. It is time for us to recognize that we have fallen victim to a crooked marketing oligarchy that preferred to see us drown our sorrows in a sea of booze rather than burn them down in a pipe and be liberated. It’s time to recognize that this great nation’s drug of choice is not alcohol, but weed. There’s a lot of money to be freed up, there’s a lot of good people to be freed from prison, and there’s a fucking ton of weed to smoke. And grow. And breed. And…I was high when I wrote this.