Friday, April 21, 2017
Marijuana, Good or Bad?
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with almost no knowledge on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome…they are welcome, but wrong. As always, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
It’s April 20 as I write this, apparently it is some sort of a marijuana special day. I don’t know why, but it is a good excuse for an opinion piece this Saturday for “Crank Opinion Saturday.”
Unlike former President Clinton, I have inhaled marijuana. I have inhaled it several times. In the very early 70’s I had a puff or two so as to not look like a dork when a joint was being passed around at a party. I got a bigger high from a Marlboro than from that 1970 cannabis. Still if I was caught with a joint in my hands in those days I might have done some serious jail time.
Years later, while stuck with several co-workers in a hotel during a major NYC snow storm, I took another hit off a joint. This one knocked me for a loop. I think, on further reflection, it was laced with something. It made me very paranoid and I did not like it.
Fast forward a few more years, and I imbibed with a friend whose wife used it to combat the effects of chemotherapy for her brain cancer. It made me silly, but I quite enjoyed it. That is my total experience with marijuana.
That is the problem with pot. One batch does nothing, one batch plays with your head in a very negative way, and one batch is enjoyable. You do not know what you are getting.
Based on my limited experience, I am not a big fan of pot. I find it to be antisocial and I prefer alcohol as my drug of choice.
Should it be legal?
How do you seriously keep it illegal?
Hell, the stuff grows like a weed, because, well…it is a weed. Throw a few seeds anywhere, and it will grow. How do you regulate something that grows anywhere? We had enough trouble with prohibition in the 20’s, and you couldn’t throw a vodka seed in the garden and grow a fifth.
Pot is not going away. Like it or hate it, and there are many negative things to say about it, it is not going away. If it is legal, at least it can be regulated for potency and some taxes can be collected to offset some of the negative social issues that go along with the drug.
Pot is not good. Gambling is not good. Alcohol is not good. Tobacco is not good. Prostitution is not good. Pornography is not good. TV is not good. Soda is not good. Sugar is not good. Any current music is not good. We allow, we enjoy lots of stuff that is not good. Where do we as a society draw the line? What do we allow?
If it can kill you or others, I say it has to be illegal. If it makes you stupid but harms no one else, it should be discouraged. If it is unproductive, perhaps it should be regulated. Pot does not seem to kill others, it sometimes does make you stupid, it is not productive, so I say let it be legal and let it be regulated.
The world has lots of problems, I am in favor of eliminating one of them…make pot legal and regulated. Have a drink, eat a bag of chips, bet your week’s salary on the horses, chug down that caramel colored sugar water, enjoy a good cigar, watch some crappy reality TV. If it only hurts yourself, it is your life, your choice, have at it.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management, Mrs. Cranky.