This morning I'll be taking some pot shots - quite literally. I am refering to America's mind-numblingly stupid laws with regard to the possession of marijuana....
BUT FIRST A DISCLAIMER:
I don't smoke pot. Nor do I advocate its usage - unless for medicinal purposes of course. I haven't touched the stuff since my nineteenth birthday - August 16, 1977 - which, coincidentally, was the day that Elvis Presley died. I always tell people that Elvis and I quit drugs at the very same moment, the only difference being that I did so voluntarily.
Having said that, let me say this:
Three-quarters-of-a-century after it was made illegal; a half-a-century after it was proven to be practically harmless - why is it still a crime to possess and smoke marijuana?
I have something for you to ponder: Here is a list of ten famous people - heavy smokers all - who died too soon of lung cancer or other diseases related to their addictions to nicotine:
Edward R. Murrow
Nat King Cole
Here is another list. Ten famous people who died from alcoholism:
Now I'm going to ask you to name for me one celebrity who has died from too much grass.
Go on, I'm waiting.....
You couldn't do it, could you? Don't feel bad, neither could I. Not only have I never heard of any famous person dying in that matter, I am not aware of it happening in all recorded human history! I never knew anybody who died from an "overdose" of marijuana. I have personally known at least three-hundred people who died from an excess of ciggies or booze - or both. And don't let anyone bring up the late Bob Marley as an example of a victim of the excesses of weed. I have heard this done more times than I care to remember. Here's the myth:
BOB MARLEY DIED OF BRAIN CANCER BECAUSE HE SMOKED POT!
Here are the facts:
Bob Marley died from the exact same thing that my father died of - malignant melanoma that spread to his brain. Myth shattered.
The first time I ever got high was one night in February of 1974. I was in Stowe, Vermont on vacation. The two guys who first turned me on are today airline pilots. Isn't that a hoot? How do you think those friendly skies got so damned friendly anyway? On this particular evening the film, "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" starring Cicily Tyson, made its debut on American television. That famous scene where the 110-year-old Miss Jane defiantly takes a sip from the "Whites Only" fountain had the entire nation deeply moved....Well, almost the entire nation. My brothers and sisters couldn't figure out what I found so funny about so touching a moment.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently proposed legislation that would greatly reduce the penalty for possession of an ounce of pot to a minimal fine. Finally a politician with guts. That's a good enough start. The same has been suggested by various state representatives in New Jersey. Chris Christie has said that he will veto the measure should it ever make it to his desk. Coward.
Marijuana should have never been made illegal in the first place. Why in 2012 are we still having this same, idiotic conversation? Is it a "gateway drug" as they never tire of reminding us? Quite possibly an argument can be made there. But if it is a gateway drug, so is Miller High Life - the Champagne of Bottled Beer. Let's get a grip here.
"The Beatles" (Also known as "The White Album")
Always a fun record to listen to after you've had a toke or two. Just a thought.
"Good night everybody, Everybody, everywhere. Good night."
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