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The Culture of Legalizing Stupidity and Weakness

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The Culture of Legalizing Stupidity and Weakness

by Jennifer Lawson Zepeda

I hate potheads, I won’t lie.

I’ve been involved with a few of them trying to be as liberal and accepting as I could be.  It never worked.  Their addiction always destroyed the relationships.

Most of you know me as a raving liberal leftist.  But the one thing I’m VERY conservative about is substance abuse…of ANY kind!  And potheads are simply drug addicts in denial, in my opinion!

I don’t give a damn about their denial, forgetfulness, paranoia, or any of the other symptoms suffered as the result of prolonged daily substance abuse, any more than I do a meth head.  Addiction is addiction!

But there is another reason I’m anti-marijuana, where so many politically correct types are pro legalizing the skunk smelling crap.  My life was destroyed because of people’s needs to medicate their brain and forget their problems.

A Little History Behind That

In 2006, I was forced to flee my home and everything I had in Mexico and come to the border due to the violence down there and the violence that was about to happen to my family.  That day, we realized one friend and another man we had dealt with had been murdered by a local cartel lieutenant’s enforcers.  And the murderers of those men were coming to look for us that day; not realizing that we had already escaped after we realized the two people in question were dead.  The primary drug that had financed these people’s power was pot.

Legalizing Pot and Organized Crime

Now, some people believe that in legalizing pot we will remove the prohibition and the crime attached with prohibition.  But one look at history shows that simply doesn’t follow the model of what happened after prohibition was revoked!

In fact, organized crime became much more sophisticated once prohibition was over, with crime bosses moving their operations from booze to racketeering to gambling to unions and even into politics (which explains some of our current choices).

“Moreover, the size and density of urban networks allowed criminal forms of organization to become diversified and encouraged the growth of essential support services (such as those offered by corrupt politicians or police).”

(Source:Organized Crime – History – Criminal, Control, Organization, and Prohibition – JRank Articles http://law.jrank.org/pages/1624/Organized-Crime-History.html#ixzz1iEFSp3tH)

The initial money that brought these people into operations was selling booze; but once people could buy booze legally, the masterminds of organized crime didn’t go away…they simply changed their business models and became internationally dangerous.

“The relationships between criminal organizations and the political machines that held sway in many cities were stabilized during Prohibition, and the intricate connections between these sectors of the urban social fabric were maintained for decades to come.”

The same will happen with the legalization of pot.

“After Prohibition ended in 1933, major criminal organizations diversified and became increasingly powerful in the process. Gambling, loan-sharking, and the growth industry of narcotics distribution became important sources of criminal revenue as repeal threatened the proceeds from the illegal sale of alcohol.”

That doesn’t remove the fact that booze initially began these people’s murderous careers!  And still, even today, booze is causing more deaths, more failed lives, more mayhem in people’s destinies than many illegal substances.

Substance Abuse Treatment 

We are filled with treatment centers for alcoholics.  Teen age alcoholism is at an all time high!  Across America people are still destroying their lives with alcohol addiction.

Cigarettes as a Model of Intolerance

The same can be said with cigarettes, although society has adopted a less favorable attitude against smoking and statistics prove that the ratio of smokers has dropped due to the unacceptable views of smoking.  People who were lifelong smokers are now living their lives smoke free because of society now looks down on smokers.  We have made it as uncomfortable as we can to be a smoker; and this has had a strong effect on urging people to quit.  I believe without public endorsement the same could happen with marijuana.  But legalizing this crap will not send that message!

Ron Paul has come out with a political platform that includes legalizing marijuana, among his other silly ideas.  He claims this is a Libertarian view and it is.  The consensus among the Libertarian mindset is that by legalizing marijuana we will have less people arrested for it and less organized crime. Hogwash!

There will still be other illegal drugs and since marijuana is a gateway drug, users will still be treated for addictions with barbituates, oxycodine, meth, heroin and all of the other addictions people suffer from once they discover medicating their brains.  And organized crime will still have their greedy hands in there, selling these products to people whose lives will spiral into a horror.

What is a Pothead Like?

Prolonged daily potheads are delusional and selfish, like any other drug addicts.  They center their existence around feeling high rather than feeling proud.  Get involved with one and you will experience a person who can and will lie to you and stare you directly in the face, if you don’t approve of their substance.  They will need a sudden hair cut and dash off, returning with glassy eyes.  They will demonstrate an irrational personality where their existence is the only one that matters.  If they want this or that, by God, they are entitled to it and piss on anything you might want.  Simply, they can’t see beyond their own needs.  The pot does this to them.  And when left smoking this crap they demonstrate bouts of anger over irrational things.  A simple question sets them off.  A simple statement.  The older addicts are even more precarious to deal with because they present with a lifetime of failures…lost jobs from testin positive to drug use, an overall apathy towards anything responsible, a willingness to accept way less than average for themselves, and a deep self hate for not fixing the problem long ago.

Weed addiction symptoms

Besides the obvious symptoms of this drug, to the behaviors, people who want pot legalized never look at the toll it takes on the family when people don’t amount to their potential.

Are there functional addicts?  Of course! My father worked every day for years and drank himself into a stupor each night after work.  He was functional, nobody could argue that.  But was he a good father?  In many ways, no.  I grew up with a father irrationally screaming at me, a father more consumed with getting his buzz on, a man who paid his bills and bought his house; but who did very little to contribute to its upkeep and maintenance because he was too busy idling away in a chair pondering his drunken state.  And this mirrors the behavior of most potheads.

These are the people who suddenly see themselves as deeply philosophical.  They become artistic, creative, perfomers.  What they do not do is pay much attention to details in their lives.  They miss the precious moments when the toddler needs nurturing.  They are too busy staring at the boob tube, enjoying the vacuity in their skulls and contemplating life to acknowledge reality.

Politically Correct

I know its fashionable to forgive the addiction these days and show compassion.  But I’m sorry, I hate potheads!  They are deceitful, disgusting and weak!  They put their drug needs in front of the needs of others.to simply exist in third world countries.  How can I respect people like that?  How can I respect people who stink up my world with their nasty drug, making hallways of apartments and street corners smell like some nasty skunk just released his warning?  How can I respect any person who doesn’t value the sanctity of life in other countries; or lives in denial about how his drug is robbing people of safety?  To me, it is not politically correct to approve of addicts.  It is preposterous!

Classifying the Drug 

“Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug by the DEA, meaning it’s dangerous and has no medical use. Medical marijuana advocates, including the states that have petitioned the agency, say it should be listed under Schedule II, comparing it to other prescription painkillers that have a high potential for abuse.”
(Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/01/us/medical-marijuana/)

Treatment for Disorders

Look…it has uses, no one is denying that.  Certainly, it is a valid drug in treating glaucoma, or relieving the nausea suffered by cancer patients in chemotherapy, and even relieving symptoms of degenerative nerve diseases.  And for these types of disorders there is a valid discussion on using it as a medical treatment.

But that hasn’t been what medical marijuana has been used for when applicants apply for a medical marijuana card in a high percentage of cases.

The medical marijuana approval process is a joke.  Anyone with a symptom (of which many are coached by Marijuana Doctors) can get what is actually called a “recommendation letter.”  The patient takes the letter to a marijuana dispensary, which can be located anywhere from Venice Beach to a downtown back street, and procure a menu’s worth of various marijuana products to numb their existence and motivation.  But it doesn’t work like an actual prescription, so how is it that advocates insist it is medicinal?

“For instance, it’s not an actual prescription where a patient is directed to take 500 mg of a particular medication 3 times a day for a month, in fact, it isn’t remotely close to an actual prescription model considering the fact that the “medication” in question isn’t directed and the patient can use whatever they want whenever they want depending upon their own taste.”

(Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/01/us/medical-marijuana/)

Dialogue and Rhetoric in Discussions

The cliched dialogue behind pot, minimizing its effects is sickening to me.  It is filled with lies and attempts to drive the conversation away from the truth that a human body is ALWAYS better when not infected with substances.

It assumes that using comparison arguments such as, Alcohol has killed X amount more people than marijuana has… justifies drug abuse and addiction. It doesn’t.

A person who doesn’t use substances will almost ALWAYS be in better mental health, physical health, and emotional health than one who uses any substance.  Certainly, they don’t experience the same problems of irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving that a pothead does.

So why aren’t we striving for the best of people instead of mediocrity in society?

Reasons Marijuana is Promoted

Because in selling drugs and alcohol and keeping people stupid instead of motivated, the elite policy makers can get over and convince the masses to do what they want.  And that means profits to the oligarchial policy makers…plain and simple!  That includes funding drug wars south of the border through HUGE profits in arms sales.

How the Addiction Works

“The thing about marijuana is it is very subtle. You can use it daily, for extended periods of time and think nothing of it. Yet the person has become completely dependent and doesn’t even realize it.” 

(Source: http://www.addict-help.com/marijuana.asp)

People prone to chemical dependency become addicted to marijuana.  This doesn’t mean everyone.  It means a high number though as is evidenced by the limited bed space in treatment centers.  The withdrawal symptoms which begin within 1 day following abstinence, peaks at 2-3 days.  It takes around two weeks to get over these symptoms once the addict has stopped using.

Here are some facts on marijuana addiction.

“THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabis receptors, kicking off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the “high” that users experience when they smoke marijuana. 

Not surprisingly, marijuana can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. 

Research has shown that marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a sub optimal intellectual level all of the time.

Beyond that, scientists have found that children who use marijuana may suffer from a lack of certain types of childhood development at the age they become addicted.  This causes many of these kids to grow up and act in some ways at about the age they stopped mental and social development.  For instance, a childhood tantrum stage may be expressed more often in these adults due to a lack of development than is seen in normal childhood development.  And this explains the stunted behaviors of many offenders who act out the way teen aged children do.  Marijuana can increase a person’s chances of getting into situations where he or she might be at risk or where he or she might put others at risk; because of poor judgment and decision making.

“Chronic marijuana use, especially in a very young person, may also be a marker of risk for mental illnesses, including addiction, stemming from genetic or environmental vulnerabilities, such as early exposure to stress or violence.”

(Source: http://www.addict-help.com/marijuana.asp)

Regardless of what marijuana does or may do, any responsible parent would not expose their children to marijuana use.  To do so is to invite a wirlwind of future problems.  A

Here are some facts that demonstrate why:

Fact: More than 40 percent of teens try marijuana before they graduate from high school.

Fact: Among youth receiving substance abuse treatment, marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of admissions:


63 percent among those 12–14, and 69 percent among those 15–17.


(Source: PARENTS Marijuana brochure)

Among the last areas to develop are those that govern impulse control and planning. So what might that mean for teens?  On one hand, they may be more adventurous than adults, willing to take chances…on the other, this could involve risky behaviors, including drug use.

The trick is to find ways to encourage your kids to be the unique individuals they are, without exposing themselves to the dangers of experimenting with drugs—including marijuana.

 —Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director

In this New Year, lets clean up our lives and remove substances.  Let’s help those around us do the same.  It is time to change our thinking.  Legalizing a substance that causes so much harm isn’t good policy.  It’s flirting with disaster in later years.

As far as medical marijuana goes, I believe this:

“it’s not an actual prescription where a patient is directed to take 500 mg of a particular medication 3 times a day for a month, in fact, it isn’t remotely close to an actual prescription model considering the fact that the “medication” in question isn’t directed and the patient can use whatever they want whenever they want depending upon their own taste. Therefore, using the word “prescription” is not only inaccurate, but is also downright misleading.” (Source: http://www.addict-help.com/marijuana.asp)

“Medical Marijuana continues to make a mockery of just about everyone in the field of medicine.” I would add that it also now makes a mockery of many political arenas as well. It’s no wonder Americans act like they have an IQ of about 80 these days. We have dumbed them down with drugs to keep them enslaved by corporations.

 

 

OBLIGATORY REBUTTAL BY POT DEFENDER

“I generally do agree that pot can be mentally addictive. And much of what you say is true. Pot can certainly destroy a person’s life. What I observe though, is that some people are capable of using recreational drugs on their own free time, and stopping their use whenever duty calls. Some are not. In order to live in a “free society” people must be given the choice to screw up their own lives or be forced to live a lifestyle as chosen by the state.

I don’t totally discount your theory that government wants to control people through drugs…but I believe the only reason that pot is illegal is because the government knows it cannot make any money off of it, unlike alcohol, which is huge profit for them. I also think most prescription drugs, which make even more money than alcohol, are much deadlier than pot and yet allowed because of their profitability. (The prescription drug industry is extremely corrupt) At this point, the government makes more money off of busting stupid pot heads (and taking their property) than legalizing it.

I don’t believe pot is any more addictive than alcohol and studies suggest that alcohol is more damaging to the body, when abused. In fact, since most of pot research was done in the mid 20th century and down into the Nixon administration, I think much of that research has been tainted.

For this reason, I say that I cannot in good conscience demonize pot while allowing alcohol and prescription drug abuse to run rampant in Western society.

I do think it’s sad that people throw their lives away on pot, liquor, cigarettes and prescription drugs (which doctors way over-prescribe). We can’t expect to have a perfect society…there are always going to be stupid people abusing their bodies and making life miserable for the rest of us. (i.e. second hand smoke, drunk driving, Prozac-fueled psychopaths, etc.)

I just seriously doubt the US government cares about people…I think they just hate pot because it’s a free and natural “high” that they can’t profit from.”

 

REPLY:

 

I disagree with the idea that marijuana wouldn’t be a profitable drug for the government. It is making medical marijuana store owners very wealthy. So wealthy that one was about to be kidnapped in Tijuana when I left in 2006…when our two friends were murdered. Not sure if they did it, because I fled.

The rest of what you say goes back to comparing apples with oranges; and I’m not doing that. Pills, booze, pot…all not necessary for the human body unless there is a disorder like glaucoma. THAT is where I’ll make a concession. What I’m saying is that the apples are rotten and we shouldn’t eat them. The oranges most likely are as well.

Until we clear our heads and approach this country seriously, I’m afraid the elite 1% will continue to pull the noose more tightly around our necks. I don’t see this happening when we have kids buying “kush” at medical marijuana stores instead of picking up “stress” on the streets and doing this frequently enough to develop an addiction that leads them to an unmotivated and unrealized future. I’ve seen these kids overnighting it in winter shelters because they are more into partying than going after what they deserve. I don’t see us removing bad policies when parents of these kids are potheads themselves and failing to mentor their offspring in a way that offers them sobriety. I saw too many 50 year old fuck ups in shelters who had gone down that road and now were praying the government would give them Section 8 Housing and a pitiful $800 a month salary to get by. I’ve seen the haggardly mothers too, more concerned with getting high than raising their kids. None of these people had anything wrong with them that would require medicating. They weren’t bad people. They had simply given up on life as the result of their addiction. It’s under achievement to the gazzilionth degree. That’s what corporations want.

I’m smelling someone’s stinky pot smoking as I write this. Why should I have to endure that? It comes into my apartment all of the time. Can’t WAIT to move!

 

Jennifer Lawson Zepeda focuses her abstract art and writing around cross-border relations, and sociopolitical stories of Hispanics. Her art, books, articles, essays and poetry are a reflection, mirroring societal attitudes dealing with Hispanic issues. 

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Posted on January 6, 2012

72 Comments

  1. O. B. Server says:

    And thus, they have the blood on their hands, as much as they hope to deny it.

    This must be referring to the gun-happy prohibitionists. Before prohibitionists started jailing people for pot, people didn’t fight over pot any more than they fight now over Molson or Michelob.

    It is the jail- and gun- crazed prohibitionists and their cheerleaders (like Jennifer here) that have the blood on their hands – not some harmless “potheads” (who Jennifer “hates” so deeply).

    Violence follows prohibition. Just exactly like it did with alcohol. It is easy to see who is “in denial”.

    Why the love affair with police and totalitarianism? How’s it working out? Lemme guess – just a few more cops, just few more laws, just a few more lost rights – and those wicked potheads will all go away?

    Taking away the right to smoke pot, and tossing in lots of laws and police and guns — hows that going for the prohibitionists? Almost won? Got folks to agree that smoking pot isn’t like having a beer or a cigarette, but instead smoking pot is “just like murder”? Winning hearts and minds?

    Are you getting them to forget about jailing each other over a plant, and instead making them concentrate on the wickedness of those potheads?

  2. Geez, why are pro-pot people here so angry? I thought the whole irritability thing was a myth? :P

  3. sh says:

    People who smoke pot are idiots. People who don’t smoke pot are also idiots. I just don’t see any difference.

    -f

  4. Grainne says:

    @Mitch, I know right? I thought pot smokers were chill and groovy. Damn!

  5. Sparky says:

    @ Mitch

    I have to disagree with you here. Yes, I will agree with the spirit of Jennifer’s article but I feel that she still wants to treat the symptoms and not the disease. The real disease is this idea of absolute control over an individual, even in the sanctity of their home. A person can posses enough of a substance for personal consumption, and if caught, only receive a misdemeanor type charge. For a person to grow their own, even just enough for personal consumption, a person could get a lofty felony. The laws that are written to attempt to control the individual create a demand that thugs and other bad people are ready and willing to offer a supply.

    Attempting to change the human nature and inclination of an entire population is much more difficult than attempting to find a reasonable compromise. Creating a series of laws that punish a person for wanting to get high in their own house is like swatting a fly on a glass table with a sledgehammer. You may or may NOT get the fly but there will be some resulting damage. Let people do what they want to do in their own homes and this will help break up the foundation on which these bad people create their bloody business.

    People have a natural desire for distraction and recreation. Mind altering substances may not be the most attractive, moral, ethical, or even logical answer but trying to eliminate them as an option is a very slippery slope at best. Consider this: Cheetos are not necessary for sustenance but some people like them. Some people eat Cheetos responsibly while others abuse Cheetos to the point of developing health problems like high blood pressure, malnutrition, and obesity. At some point, laws are made in an attempt to stop the consumption of Cheetos. This creates a proverbial blood diamond since the desire to eat Cheetos exceeds the desire to comply with the whims of the tyrannical oppressor. The battle rages on and on because one group attempts to squelch the Cheeto black market with stiffer laws and penalties. This only drives up the value and price of Cheetos as a commodity. A second group starts a campaign to stigmatize the act of eating Cheetos by calling Cheeto users scum and bastards. This only causes Cheeto aficionados to create an antisocial subculture where they can associate with people with similar interests that generally revolve around Cheeto use. In the end, no solution is ever found and all of these consequences began when someone attempted to control a persons desire and ability to make their own choices. (The proof is in the pudding… they try to censor free speech and that begot Subversify.com *smiles*)

  6. Sparky, I’m actually for legalizing all drugs, and pretty much everything else that exists, provided it can be done in the privacy of one’s home.

    This discussion is actually debating two issues. Whether pot is harmful to people (which is highly debatable), and if buying pot contributes to corruption south of us. I think it’s much easier to prove the point that buying pot contributes to international crime and thus should be avoided than to simply suggest pot is bad for you.

    I’m not taking a side on this issue. I just think it’s ironic that most pot supporters here probably wouldn’t buy a “blood diamond”, but don’t really care about the war they are contributing to just because they want pot.

    Personally, I think legalizing all drugs (and prostitution for that matter) would lead to less death and suffering overall. But I can’t prove this theory. I’m sure there are idiots somewhere who would figure out a way to ruin a peaceable and free society.

  7. malcolm kyle says:

    Prohibition has triggered the worst crime wave in history.

    * It has helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can’t find employment due to their felony status.

    * It has created a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

    * It has made these substances widely available even in schools and prisons.

    * It has escalated gang warfare beyond what was experienced in the days of alcohol bootlegging.

    * It has create a prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

    * It has helped remove many important civil liberties from the very citizens it falsely claims to represent.

    * It has put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

    * It has grossly escalated Murder, Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

    * It has diverted scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

    * It has overcrowded the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others.

    * It has evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources.

    Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That’s what our misguided drug policy looks like. Isn’t it time we all should up and told the government we’re tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits?

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  8. Henry Scarsdale says:

    An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high – no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, at least half of them would soon become dealers themselves. Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

    Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud & free nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  9. Today, we had a discussion about safe and unsafe self-nurturing. For those who don’t know, safe self-nurturing are thing like: taking walks, socializing with safe friends, hobbies, learning a new skill, sports, exercise. Unsafe self-nurturing involves things like: drugs, alcohol, food, promiscuity — anything that leads to dangerous behavior.

    And in that unsafe category, some of those things are not problematic at all for some people and extremely problematic for others. For instance, alcoholic beverages can be a source of celebration for one person who drinks a glass of wine and stops. For another, it can be an activity that leads to other unsafe behavior: fights, unsafe sex, drinking and driving…etc.

    The handout we got today says it best…”Substance abuse and other addictions are cheap thrills that work in the short run but cause tragedy in the long run.”

    That so many people are in denial about this, when it comes to pot smoking is sad. It’s such a poor form of denial about a substance that attempts to give the smoker pleasure; but which also prevents the smoker from finding more positive ways to feel good. Something that can lead to good health. Something that might add a new skill and add earnings. Anything that offers a life experience that could bring good things later.

    addiction, breathing problems, memory loss, stunted mental growth, anger issues, struggles to quit — these types of things are not positive gains in life. They are, however, the adverse effects of prolonged daily pot smoking. But the list above, by Malcolm Kyle, for prohibition misleading. Why? Because if pot were not a substance at all, those issues would not happen to a number of people who use pot or sell it. So prohibition has really NOTHING to do with those issues. The ROOT cause is the drug of marijuana and the people who use it. No marijuana use = no prohibition problems.

  10. Kevin says:

    I, too, believe the legalization of all drugs would profoundly change our country for the better; it is insanity to think we could stop people from using drugs. Once the stigma is removed, all’s we’ll have is addicts, lined-up at clinics like chemo-patients, making addiction appear as it truly is, a disease. Easier to see the underlying pathology and addictive processes if all the romance and glorification is stripped away. Once the idea that “drugs are for sick people” becomes the default attitude towards drug use in our culture, we’re that much closer to recovering as a culture; for the first step in recovery is to admit the truth to ourselves, that this is an illness and it needs to be treated, both on the individual and societal levels.
    As far as this whole “I hate potheads” essay – I thought it was cute, though it seemed more motivated by some repressed desire to get high, just like the homophobes that seem to have more of an emotionally-charged aversion to homosexuality due to his fear of someone (himself) finding out about his deeply repressed feelings of desire for the very thing he protests. Yes, this essay is definitely pathos-laden, despite some of the “facts” and quasi-logic presented.
    Its true, a lot of the potheads we see are burn-out slackers, but for every 1 of them that are obviously stoned and unashamed or even proud, there are 10 that smoke regularly that appear to be normal, healthy people, because they are. When I smoked pot daily, I maintained a 4.0, got my black belt, and was quite the prolific painter.

  11. ChillOutJennifer says:

    This is an angry post! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been guilty of the same thing!

    I too dislike “potheads”, but Kevin is right – the burned out potheads don’t represent every marijuana user.

    Even the OP suggests it’s okay to have a glass of alcohol to celebrate. Why is marijuana different?

    I don’t drink. Because, like Jennifer, I have alcoholics in my family. I’ve never been drunk. Sometimes I like to get high. Happily, Jennifer doesn’t have the right to stop me.

    I used to smoke marijuana frequently. I learned a 2nd language and placed in a major writing contest and gained representation at that time. I personally know many people in executive positions, people who are small business owners, people who are published, people who have earned Phd’s, and people who have wikipedia bios for their social activism and people who have run multiple times for office who are all marijuana smokers.

    It’s okay to have a glass of alcohol to celebrate with your friends. It’s also okay to get high.

    This post confuses chronic loser potheads with “all marijuana users”, perhaps because the writer got a little lost in her anger.

    I found this site after googling “i hate weed culture”, looking for some writings that could help me express my own frustrations with potheads. This post did nothing to help me in that regard… :-(

  12. ChillOutJennifer says:

    And believe me, I *DO* have frustrations with potheads (why else would I be googling “i hate weed culture”?).

    The idea that marijuana smokers have “the blood of Jennifer’s friends and family on their hands” is sort of far-fetched.

    A lot of women with diamond engagement rings could be said to have blood on their hands.

    But, not really.

    Most of them are totally, tragically ignorant of the violence behind diamonds, and the vast majority would, obviously, choose an innocent life being saved over a knock-out ring, if the choice was put before them.

    Most marijuana smokers would prefer to grow their own instead of buying from a dealer. But because of people like Jennifer, they can’t throw one in their garden.

    And just like the diamond wearers, most of them are totally unaware of any violence behind their joint, and the vast majority would choose to save an innocent’s life over their bong.

    I think that’s the most offensive thing Jennifer writes here, that smoking marijuana makes one culpable for violence which she has witnessed or felt. It’s not emotionally offensive or anything, just intellectually offensive for its dishonesty.

    Personally, I can say that smokers are usually disappointed in my marijuana because it’s “such s***”, ie. it’s too weak. However I like it that way and wouldn’t really want anything stronger. I’ll be getting some more next month or the next month after that, from a friend in the country. He grows his own and is giving me some (I let him crash at my place downtown when he needs to visit his publisher). It will probably last me a year, I bet. Maybe a year and a half.

    So, my iPod probably puts more “blood on my hands” than smoking a bowl with some friends now and then.

  13. smumpy says:

    you’re a fucking moron

  14. No. Just. No. I don’t have time to read everything that’s been said, but I have read a few great rebuttals to this horrid article that covered most of my thoughts. I’ll just present the thought currently at the forefront of my mind.

    Jennifer, shut the fuck up and think for one second. Your main goal seems to be to end the use of marijuana. Neither you, nor anyone else, will ever succeed in this. Ever. The problem of crime surrounding marijuana use can be solved in two ways: Legalization, or the end of usage. As I said before, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me, you cannot end the use of drugs. So the only option left is legalization. Simple as that.

    If you think that the cons surrounding legalization outweigh the pros, then that’s fine. But to be so deluded and think that drug use could ever end is fucking laughable. And to call this article anything other than a hate-fueled rant with opinions confused by anger is equally as laughable.

    /Rant

  15. Frank says:

    This “blog” reeks of self-importance and bias. Please jump from a tall building.

  16. Brad says:

    The fact that you said weed is bad for you, just shows how little time you took researching your cause, and just decided to get on your computer and type. Weed is scientifically proven to be safer than any form of alcohol or cigarette. The fact that you also says in one of your comments that it makes you depressed and doesn’t let you make new discoveries is plain fucking stupid. For hating stoners so much you have the completely wrong views of what they do, obviously. Look at many famous bands; led zeppelin, pink Floyd, rolling stones, Aerosmith, etc. I’m pretty sure their pot smoking made them have a lot more money than you! Everyone knows it serves as musical “inspiration” and if you’ve ever been around a stoner (which of you’re going to judge then you should probably have some first hand experience with them, not just what Hollywood says) they think of something funny and they laugh about it for way longer than normal. And another thing, pissing off the Mexican drug cartel is not a good idea, I think you just assumed it was weed because if a lieutenant sent someone to kill you guys, it was obviously more than pot. Your friends probably stole a hefty block of cocaine or heroin.

  17. Brad says:

    Everyone here that posted agrees that you are retarted. And look at the tags to even find this article. Your stupidity and lack of facts rather than personal opinions just makes you look illiterate compared to a bunch of pot smokin stoners. Stoners post fact you post opinion, I guess we know now what types of people that need to leave for forever to make America not so stupid anymore. The title of this article should be over a report on you. Dumb ass, I agree with frank. Jump biotch

  18. Jonathan says:

    Hey potheads she saying its bad for you because of the laziness and dependency it causes. But because of the benefits. Don’t “nit pick” at everything you don’t like about it. She brought up some good things to about pot but in the end shes right. Potheads tend to be dependent on the drug and never admit it.

    My mother was a pot head and got so high one day that she forgot to pick me and my sister up from school during a snow storm. That said she did bake the best cookies when high, lol. When my parents were getting divorced she decided not to fight for me since there was no way she was going to pass the drug test.

    My point as well as the author was that there are good and bad in pot but the fact that’s its making people lazy and entitled is what the writer dislikes the most.

  19. Peter Peter Cannabis Eater says:

    OMG you were left at school during a snowstorm? And you survived this ordeal?? You must have been so traumatized. You have to write a book.

  20. jeff says:

    the fall of america has begun the morons have taken over.

  21. jeff says:

    everyone wants to be a dumbass.

  22. clearmind says:

    “Prolonged daily potheads are delusional and selfish, like any other drug addicts. They center their existence around feeling high rather than feeling proud. Get involved with one and you will experience a person who can and will lie to you and stare you directly in the face, if you don’t approve of their substance. They will need a sudden hair cut and dash off, returning with glassy eyes. They will demonstrate an irrational personality where their existence is the only one that matters. If they want this or that, by God, they are entitled to it and piss on anything you might want. Simply, they can’t see beyond their own needs. The pot does this to them. And when left smoking this crap they demonstrate bouts of anger over irrational things. A simple question sets them off. A simple statement. The older addicts are even more precarious to deal with because they present with a lifetime of failures…lost jobs from testin positive to drug use, an overall apathy towards anything responsible, a willingness to accept way less than average for themselves, and a deep self hate for not fixing the problem long ago.”

    You nailed it! I can’t stand them either. I have known plenty of potheads and just like clones, they are all the same. Sure they have jobs and families. But they are some of the moodiest, paranoid, lack of common sense, selfish and victim mentality people I know. They lack reasoning skills. Talking to a pothead is like talking to a wall. The thing about potheads is they think they know so much, yet know so little. How can you put so much shit in your brain and tell me with a straight face you are thinking clearly. It’s even worse when a pothead is a drinker. I have come to the conclusion that most issues in poor communities stem from POT period. It has become socially okay to smoke a “blunt”. While the pot smokers drone on about legalizing this crap (so they feel better about themselves and so that they can come out of the shadows) poor communities/children will continue to suffer!

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