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Finally. I’ve been waiting a long time for you to say this.
 

Someone other than me asked the question, and you answered like I hoped and knew you would.

Q:
Mike,

Do you support the decriminalization of Marijuana in our society? Do you think that could have positive effects on our Economy?

Thanks.

A:

Yes. Our drug laws are hypocritical (our most abused drugs are the legal ones: alcohol and prescriptions) and often racist. These laws have locked up an obscene number of people and this must end. And marijuana laws are the dumbest. Although I've never tried, I hope to some day, when I get around to it.

 
 
One thing does puzzle me a bit, though. You’ve never tried it? Really?
 
 

I know it’s probably the safest thing to say, or maybe it's snark, but in the event that it’s actually true, here’s what I would like you to do (actually, I think you should do it either way):

 

  1. Plan a weekend with a few friends who have used cannabis before, and who are responsible people.

 

  1. Go someplace nice and peaceful, where you will not be disturbed, and where the scenery is aesthetically pleasing.

 

  1. Bring some food and candy that you like, but don’t bring too much.  (You will likely eat it all.) Also bring what you need in order to be comfortable for the weekend.

 

  1. Do not bring or consume any alcohol.

 

  1. Do not bring or consume tobacco, unless you’re a smoker and need a regular fix.

 

  1. Bring some groovy music, and even better, have your friends bring some that you haven’t heard before.

 

  1. When the time is right, have your friends prepare a carefully measured dose of reefer. If you smoke it,  do not use tobacco.  Alternatively, you may want to use a vaporizer.

 

  1. Sit back, relax, put on some music if you like. Take a moment to contemplate that the World is full of strange and beautiful things. Feeling good? Excellent. The name of the game is to feel real good. You'll probably notice that you really want your friends to feel comfortable as well. Isn't it odd how empathy increases, while certain things and people that normally seem very important, suddenly appear rather ridiculous?  

 

  1. Should you suddenly realize that you have taken one toke too much, and your mind is running through all your hopes and fears and making you dizzy -- don’t worry. You’ll be fine. It’s an illusion, you know. A drama. Chances are you will have learnt something about yourself today.  

 

  1. Now clear your head and pick up a pen and a piece of paper. Start writing on a documentary about the War on Drugs.

 

  1. When you do this, I can almost guarantee that the absurdity, hypocrisy  and immorality of the War on Certain Drugs will become even more clear.  

 

  1. Now put that last cracker back in the box. Yes, they are delightful, but excessive munching will likely interfere with your creativity. One of the golden rules of pot is: Less is more.

 

I’m confident that you will make this documentary eventually.  You know it needs to be done, and that you’re the one to do it.

 
 

Thank you in advance.
 

Regards from Norway.

 
 
 

(I don't really want to post a tip jar, but I don't know how to delete it.)

Originally posted to LodinLepp on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 04:41 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  So, I lit a fire (4+ / 0-)

    Isn't it good, Norwegian wood?

    Too much mythology about pot to see it legalized in this country, the biggest hurdle being "it makes me lazy", which is the ultimate taboo in the land of "I work, therefore I am".

    and I wait for them to interrupt my drinking from this broken cup

    by le sequoit on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 05:00:50 AM PST

  •  You'd be surprised how many people haven't tried (5+ / 0-)

    pot.  I belong to a generation where drinking was the big thing, along with smoking cigarettes.  We thought it was a big deal if we slipped a little rum into our Coca-Cola.  I didn't go to college, so missed out on the whole pot experience in the early 1960s.

    I got rid of alcohol in 1980 and tobacco in 1983.  Even if pot were legal (which I deeply believe it should be), I can't bear the thought of smoking anything.

    Yes, I'm het, but I'm NOT a Mad Hetter!

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 05:49:48 AM PST

    •  That's understandable. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      yoduuuh do or do not

      I don't really like to smoke myself, although it sometimes is the more practical way to use pot. I prefer a vaporizer, though, both for the taste and quality of the effect, as vapor leaves me more clear-headed than smoke does. (So if you ever were to consider trying it, I would recommend the vapo, rather than smoking it.)

      I should also modify my statement in the diary somewhat: I wouldn't normally recommend any drug to anyone, and even pot will be different things to different people, but Michael Moore does strike me as a person who would probably handle it well and could benefit from the new perspectives that it offers -- and put it to use in his brilliant films. And I think he could really make a difference. My guess is prop 19 would have succeeded if Fahrenheit 420 had been released a few months prior.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Here comes sunshine.

      by LodinLepp on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 06:28:04 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, !!!... (3+ / 0-)

    It will be a masterpiece!

    Just a calm portrayal of the realities would be enough to tip the balance in favor of legalization.

    • Social Costs compared to Alcohol

    • Law Enforcement/Judicial System Savings

    • Potential Tax Revenues

    • Job Creation

    • Curbed Access to Youth

    • The Gateway Myth

    • ...

    I could go on and on!

    If you are reading Mr. Moore, I would be more than happy to help in any way you require.

    "You try to tell me you love Life; Then find another way to kill Life..." -- David Draiman

    by darkrogue on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 06:14:14 AM PST

    •  Recreation of the glorious san francisco (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      LodinLepp

      summer of love.  The Magnolia Thunder Pussy decorated in layers of parachute with highly imaginative color sprays.  A restaurant totally dedicated to deserts and exotica snacks for those who had a "high" munchy need.

      Also Henry Africa's with tons of plants and mist.....

      I am glad I can still close my eyes and go there....great ballad music too with lyrical expressive singing.

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