I just teamed up with women’s lib writer Barbara Walker and Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School to publish on Kindle Pot Stories and Atheist Essays.
One piece, “Pot Story,” offers a very persuasive polemic for legalization and at the same time shows some of the misery and suffering that unwise laws have caused over the decades. One section describes Harry Anslinger, the founder and first commissioner of the Prohibition Movement, as a conspicuous bigot and inarguable moron.
Ms. Walker, in her inimitable style, writes of the abuses of religion over the centuries and the mistreatment of women, mostly due to original sin.
Also included is a podcast of Dr. Grinspoon where he categorically states there is no physical damage to the body at all. He tells the story of how he first turned on, exhorted by none other than Carl Sagan on a cruise to a conference in Europe.
If you’re interested in marijuana, either medically or recreationally, this is a must read so you’ll know what you’re doing or talking about. Lot’s to discuss, n’est-ce pas?
The previous was just a rant from all the frustration. But I hope you'll admit that the system is screwed up. Over two million lost souls in jail. What the heck is going on?
There is no incentive to legalize but some to decriminalize. As you know, crack and plain coke were regarded as separate things for federal minimum sentencing. They corrected that. Unless I am mistaken, in Texas it is discretionary for the police to issue a citation rather than hall one off to the hoozgow in possession cases where the person is nabbed with a minimal amount. But the vested interests are powerful. Private prisons, halfway houses, treatment facilities, doctors, hospitals, prisons, jails, the liquor industry, the beer industry, Big Pharma, and any and everyone else likely to be hurt, economically, by legalization. When enough states legalize, then the federal government might throw in the towel and say, Hey, just don't smoke and drive on government property. They might leave the medical clinics alone, leave the upstate Washington growers alone, leave the joy banger who has joints instead of tequila weekends. Yes, things are fucked up. But time is going to change things.
Oh yeah, the link between pot and atheism. I admit it's very subjective but it's the way I look at life. Pot helps de-condition users whereby they look at life from more human eyes, instead of pre-programmed contented consumers. We begin to realize humans are just another animal and we methodically analyze religious concepts like Christ-died-for-our-sins nonsense.
This isn't the case for everybody. As I said it's subjective. We all look at the world in different ways; at least grass helps us break away from the socialization and conditioning.
Thanks for the comment Booklover. Remember Dr. Grinspoon and I strongly advocate responsible use.
As far as atheism and weed go, there’re several essays in our book that deals with it. It’s a long story. Essentially, grass makes us feel more human and we begin to realize that we’re just another animal that evolved from the stuff of the Earth. We feel closer to it and less like a mindless consumer that corporate society has turned us into.
Grass deconditions people. That’s one of the reasons it’s illegal.
It's too bad that not being materialistic lost you friends!
I've always been averse to spending and shopping, except when I was very unhappy at a job and bought books sometimes to give myself a temporary lift.
I've actually had a weight-budget of my stuff - I would weigh stuff I got rid of and stuff I acquired and keep track of the balance.
Quite so, Booklover. It's wonderful that you have your doctor to help you with such a new and controversial treatment. Good luck to your daughter, I'm sure things will work out.
About your comment, this is one of the main reasons mj is illegal. It’s bad for business. In the ‘60s hippies didn’t care what designer clothes or expensive jewelry you were wearing. It was your humanity that counted. As MLK said, it's your character and can you be trusted as a friend.
Part of the reason for making drugs illegal may be the dislike of religious people for non-religious ways to altered ways of consciousness. The drugs that might give people transcendent experiences are illegal.
I have no bad feelings about legalizing pot. It was legal in earlier days at the turn of the century, and came into bad favor again with our "war on drugs" campaign. Smoking it would effect your lungs the way cigarettes do, except that you would smoke less pot. It could be regulated in use the same way cigarettes and alcohol are regulated today. This would put it under governmental control which would knock down the high prices and also keep the marijuana free of other additives, making it more safe for use.
Legalizing pot might take a bite out of crime also, but I see 2 reasons this is not happening:
1. Some drug dealers would lose a lot of money and they might come from high places.
2. Fundies would have a total fit because Jebus doesn't like it.
Right on, Dennis. To add to your reasons consider that billions are spent and wasted on drug law enforcement. These people contribute nothing to society except fight a never-ending war that's impossible to win.
Also, billions are spent and wasted in a penal system that persecutes perpetrators of victimless crimes. It costs something like 50 thousand a year to incarcerate someone, many convicted because of the paranoia and disinformation surrounding grass.
On the other hand, the government could bring in billions of dollar over the years in taxes. This money could be used to tangibly improve the infrastructure, help the impoverished inner cities or help the homeless.
I agree with doing away with the victimless crimes in general. As I said in a blog post, legalized prostitution bothers me as a woman, but I think it's a good idea anyway, because it's better for the prostitutes.
It's terribly silly to spend government resources on trying to force people not to make what some consider bad personal choices.
I have 2 friends, who are free of cancer, because of the cbd in the plant.
If you’re interested in marijuana, either medically or recreationally, this is a must read so you’ll know what you’re doing or talking about.
Um, I can tell for myself. Marijuana is an experience after all.