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I am sometimes quite oblivious of modern "culture". So I heard on the news last week about 4/20, the international day of protest against the illegal status of marijuana. Apparently, this is the day we are all supposed to light up a joint, preferably in the presence of the "pigs" (or is it the "fuzz") or other authorities, while having a like-minded mob behind you to back you up. After all, they can't arrest everyone. This was all news to me.

Shortly after this was news to me, I saw an image showing "4/21 (National Surprise Drug Testing Day)". I thought that was funny. But I had to think, shouldn't something come after that?

Many people argue that marijuana is bad. It is an illegal drug, in and of itself. It will lead to harder drugs. Society will collapse. Blah, blah, blah... These people have a point.

Many people argue that marijuana is not bad. It is a personal choice. It is not worse than cigarettes or alcohol, which are legal. Society would be more mellow and good. Blah, blah, blah... These people have a point.

As is often the case, both sides have scientific "proof" to back them up.

I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on TV. But I have observed people for most of my life. Not all people - there are way too many of them. Maybe not a relevant statistical sampling - I already said I'm not a scientist, so how would I know what a relevant statistical sampling is? Hell, the only reason I know about the concept of a relevant statistical sample is that I live with a scientist. But I digress... As I say, I have kept my eyes open. And this is what I've seen.

Habitual marijauna users are content with what is.

This is not meant as a compliment; not meant to say they that are at peace with their circumstances. This is a condemnation: Potheads are apathetic. Smoking pot is their recreation. No other recreations are needed. No cool job - just whatever gets the bills paid. No cool hobbies - that would just take time away from smoking. When a random person in a social setting finds out that another random person in that social setting also indulges in marijuana, off they go.

Potheads are dull. They are dull conversationlists. They are dull at parties. Dull, dull, dull and boring, to quote Monty Python. (And they don't even have to be accountants.)

So, while the potheads can produce scientific evidence that it's not overtly or physically harmful to the individual, I just don't see it. I don't see letting a smoking recreation take over my life in such a manner.

Now this may not be true of all habitual marijuana users. But this is what I've seen, and I just can't support it...

I'm all for decriminalization - I don't want jails full of people nailed with an ounce of pot. But I sure as hell don't want to see it legally packaged and sold at 7/11.

25 April 2012 AD
25 April 52 JHE

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