I need to start by saying I do not promote, sell, condone, smoke, grow, smoke or smoke, wait-where was I? I’m not trying to get all political here but why is it taking, what feels like, an eternity for people to come around on this? Even Canada gets it!
I’m sure I’m not the first nor will I be the last to write about this and by the time some of you read this it will be recreationally legal nation wide. Everyone has done it (I haven’t), does do it (except for me) and will do it (I will not).
Marijuana has been the star of many loved movies like Half Baked, Pineapple Express and the numerous Chechen and Chong movies from the 80’s. It has been the co-star of many movies like Friday, Next Friday and Friday After Next. Not to mention all those features in music videos! Obviously it’s loved and adored by many for multiple reasons but is still condemned by some.
Mary Jane has been been around for a long time (since around 500 BC). And it’s only been illegal since the 1930’s. Apparently a man named Harry Aslinger needed to create a purpose for his position so he aimed his weapon at marijuana. If you’d like to read more about Aslinger I’ve added a link Here.
When I was a kid I knew that my father smoked pot even though he tried to hide it. I can remember being out in front of the apartment building where we lived in Brooklyn and seeing the cops “questioning” him and one of his brothers. That didn’t end well.
We’ve all heard about the many potential health benefits of medical marijuana, from relieving pain to preventing the spread of cancer and about the few recreational benefits as well (not many-mostly causes laughter-which has been known to be like a medicine, so) but most of my sources were from friends that seemed a little too zealous or shady posts on social media that had the same feel. I decided to look for myself and This is what I found. A lot of the potential benefits were exactly that-potential. Because the drug is still illegal in most states there isn’t much funding for research.
One researcher found that people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis had no lung damage. Can’t say that about smoking cigarettes.
Alcohol is legal-it kills. Tobacco is legal-it kills. Painkillers are legal-they kill. Sugar is legal (yes, sugar)-it kills. Marijuana is illegal-it doesn’t kill. Not only does it not kill but no one has ever overdosed-ever!
In a hundred years this won’t matter but what will the future human think about this part of our history if they learn about it? Will they laugh themselves to death the way we did when we first learned it was illegal to own a pinball machine in El Monte, California (true story)?
I’m sure by then it will not only be legal in Canada and a few select states in the US but also all over the world. Maybe then the world will be a better place.
So, with all the research showing the potential health benefits And all the curing possibilities through laughter I’d like to think that more people would keep an open mind towards marijuana.
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