Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hey dude: When things go to pot

Here's my WND column for this weekend, entitled "Hey dude: When things go to pot."

Ahem -- it seems to have struck a chord.


  1. There are a lot of arguments such as it is not any worse than alcohol,the only reason that criminals are involved is because it is illegal, or even that are prisons are full of non violent citizens that harmed nobody but possibly themselves etc etc.

    But it really comes down to one thing and one thing only.

    Do you want the Govt making laws that rule over adults and forcing them to act in a way the Govt thinks is the best way?

    By most of your writings on your blog I would say you do not think that the Govt should be taking the adults of this country and turning them into children and making those decisions for them.

    However with pot and I assume other drugs you are saying that yes the Govt should be making those laws because you think pot and other drugs are bad for people to use.

    You can not have it both ways. It does not matter if pot is a bad as the most ardent anti-pot people think it is or is as harmless as its most ardent supporters. You either believe that adults in this country should be free to make their own decisions on what to do with their lives or you think that Govt should have the right to tell people how to live because it knows best.

    Personally while I did try both pot and alcohol when I was younger I have not touched either in over 20 years. I came to the conclusion that making yourself stupid on purpose was well... Stupid.

    However any and all laws that try and protect adults from their own actions when those actions are not harming other people are a bad thing. All it does is give the Govt more reasons to grow and invade our lives which is not something we need.

    The Govt is either going to run our personal lives like we are children or we are going to be free to do so and make our own mistakes. There really is no middle ground or exceptions for the things we do not like.

  2. I am NOT a user of cannabis. I do not particularly approve of recreational use of it, or alcohol, nor any mind altering drug. Altering your mind for the sake of recreation just seems a stupid thing to me.

    That said, I'm amazed and thankful for some of the applications they've found for medical marijuana. They're using it to cure children suffering from completely debilitating seizures among other uses.

    I'm in Colorado. I see on the news Law enforcements efforts to keep illegal growers and cartels out of it. It seems the state levies such high taxes on legal pot, thereby making it so expensive that illegal stuff still has a big patronage.

    But I've not seen, nor heard of legal growers being mean, bullying, harassing of their neighbors, or any other kind of bad guys. They are very much the targets of thieves. Because they rarely actually grow in the same place they sell the growing facilities are most often hidden and hard to distinguish.

    But I'm entirely behind your opinion of the number of people I'm finding in public who seem to be lotus eaters. Stupid drivers, sluggish people who can't seem to stand in a line, sloppy inattentive parents. It's a toss up whether this behavior is caused by the pot or the I-phones.

  3. Robert Lewis (WND) cleverly uses words such as “sense of fear has descended on the tree-shaded streets of most of the small cities and the storied rural roads of sleepy southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. Give me a break. It’s the 4th largest metropolitan area in Oregon! I-5 runs right through Medford. He chose to use Judy Smith as an example because she is a classic dependent city dweller. Smith is quoted, “We’re stuck here. This has ruined our lives.” I’m not buying the victim card. Surely thousands watched over decades as the valley went to pot (unfortunate choice of words) and like Patrice they rented a big yellow truck and moved! It’s called liberty. Exercise it or stop whining! We don’t need more laws, we need more liberty.
    Montana Guy

  4. I see things from a different angel than the comments above. I agree with everything they have said, especially the I phones and the government involvement in our lives. I am a senior citizen, on Social Security that has M.S. I have considerable pain at times, and at the present time , just deal with it without the benefit of any drug . I am not able to take most pain medications and most HMO doctors are not handing out RX's for chronic pain .I live in a state that allows Medical Marijuana . I first have to find a medical doctor that will write a script, pay for the visit out of my own pocket ( approx $100 ), than have to pay $200 dollars for the card that will give me access to the purchase of said drug. When I receive the card I have just given up my right to bear arms if the Federal Government chooses to match my name with legal use .I am a responsible adult, I am not going to use the drug away from my home or in any manner that would cause harm to others .If Cannabis was legalized in my state for recreational use , there would be no Dr's fee and no requirement of a card to purchase it . This means that there would be no way for the government to take away my second amendment rights . This may seem like a poor reason for legalizing recreational use, but to me , it comes down to the choice of being pain free or giving up my constitutional right to bear arms.
    Dee in the South West

  5. Living in the central mountains of Colorado, I have seen the same impact form pot that your friend describes in OR. Young people moving to the state have few if any job skills and the only reason they do show up for work is to have the money to buy more pot. The beautiful town of Durango has been flooded with people living on the streets begging for handouts so they can run to buy another joint. The Denver metro ares has had such a huge immigration rental rates for housing have skyrocketed. Some argue that it adds jobs and money to the state economy. I do not see it as a positive, but can't see it going away.

  6. I have a middle school aged son, and I am not happy about Alaska legalizing recreational pot, especially since I lost my oldest son to a drug overdose in 2016. I don't care what anyone says, it is a gateway drug and not harmless as some people proclaim.

    I have a chronic disease, and in he future i might be interested in medical marijuana, but, like most drugs, I believe it should be regulated.

    My spouse works for the Alaska State Troopers, and they are in a legal conundrum about what constitutes the legal amount a person can have in their system to label them impaired. The legal basis for arresting for driving under the influence was not put in place before the drug was legalized. And yes, people are crashing their cars under the influence of pot.

    Yes, we will be sorry that it has been legalized. Like all drugs, it can be harmful and it brings crime into our communities. And it makes people act stupidly. I'm a child of the 60's, and I know.

  7. For those who truly have a medical need to use marijuana, why isn't it a controlled substance issued by a pharmacy? This seems to be the only drug that has its own dispensary. Let the pharmacists dole it out (with a legitimate prescription) and that should eliminate the "recreational" use and hopefully, the dumbing down of a generation. Or is this a plot to have a dumb generation for the one-world government?

    1. That's a very good question.The only reason I can come up with is that having it governed by the pharmacist's would not generate enough income for the state . Having it dispensed by the Pharmacy with an Rx would sure solve my catch 22 problem. Dee in the South West

  8. In Oregon we are in the "law of unintended consequences" phase.

    Pot businesses can't get a bank or insurance as those obey the federal law.

    The "edibles" market needs work... children taking a brownie and it's a pot brownie.

    The DUI problem is HUGE.

    The "infused beverages" market... well that is like the "edibles"... educating the public.

    The growers... indoor in some parts of Oregon that have a short growing season... need water, electricity, security (theft), waste water going into ground water and wells? then there are the outdoor grows in other parts of the state with other ramifications.

    These types of things are still being figured out.

    My personal story. I was driving from OR to SD to pick up my sister-in-law in February with my two teens. We are Christian homeschoolers and were listening to Christian history CDs in the car. My older teen and newly licensed driver was driving and going 4 miles over the speed limit as we crossed into SD. We were 6 miles from our destination and stopped. They said they smelled marijuana. (They did not.) They questioned all of us.I showed them our Christian history audio CDs, but they continued. They saw sleeping bags in the car, which apparently are characteristic of drug runners (and also characteristic of people travelling in the winter who want to be warm if they break down). They called out the drug dog, which also signaled MJ (not possible folks). So they searched my car and found...nothing. Apparently they had a tip that a car from Oregon would be coming thru. While they stopped me the real drug runners went on by. It was 35 degrees, windy and sunset. This was after the vote to "legalize" in Oregon, but before it was actually legal. Apparently the drug runners are using that route into Bell Fourche, SD to get up to the Bakken oil fields in ND. So non-MJ states are profiling vehicles from MJ states too. It was a waste of my time and an inconvenience, but possibly a great lesson to my 2 teens who are now into their early twenties. DWLee333

  9. We're ALREADY a nation of lotus-eaters. Have been for a long time.

    I'm not the world's biggest fan of marijuana. I grew up around it and smoked myself for several years (turns out I was self-medicating an anxiety disorder and autism). I quit when I got pregnant with our first kid and didn't pick it back up again because I LIKED not feeling like my head was full of wet cotton enough to fight my demons without chemical assistance.

    That said-- the apathy I experienced smoking dope wasn't half as bad as the apathy I've dealt with taking allegedly very small doses of SSRIs. Legal, socially-sanctioned psych meds took me to Zombie Town in a way cannabis never did. I wouldn't smoke again long-term, but I've certainly tried more detrimental ways to get a handle on the out-of-control fears and self-hate (the latter inculcated by the mental health industry) screaming through my brain.

    Ideally, I suppose I would be able to talk with someone and work it out with empathy, compassion, and common sense, but... That's not "happy" and doesn't make people "feel good," and I find it is frowned upon as vociferously as stripping naked, painting myself purple, and running down the street.

    Realistically speaking, our society is sick to the core. Our "leadership" wants a populace of docile consumers by hook or by crook. They're going to stop at nothing to get it; nothing short of collapse is going to stop them (nor, apparently, teach our society of lotus eaters to care about their own well-being, never mind that of their neighbors).

    If we're going down this road to Hell anyway (from which God might save us, if we listen, but government certainly will not), I think I'd rather go with my hands free.