Washington state's I-502 may not be the best piece of "legalization" legislation you've ever seen; it certainly has its share of warts, including the unscientific DUI blood limits for active THC, and the continued prohibition on home cultivation. But there are definite up-sides to the passage of 502.
I have seen many claims from many groups claiming victory of one sort or another against prohibition. This group wants to claim their “evidence” convinced a government to lighten sentencing guidelines, that group thinks they are responsible for spreading the truth about the effects of THC on cancer cells. Activists often get lost in their own egos and forget a simple truth. Normalization is here, and the evidence is everywhere, and no single group or individual gets the credit. It’s just happening.
The end of prohibition is just around the corner. You know how I know that? The increasing presence of Cannabis Orthodoxies in the discussion of cannabis legalization is all the proof I need. You can’t say “marijuana”; you have to say “cannabis”. You should toke pure, never mix with tobacco, because you might not have heard tobacco is harmful. Instead of smoking you should use a vaporizer, or an e-joint, or make cannabutter cookies. You should do it this way; never do it that way. You should subscribe to the orthodoxy of the day, because what is now is what is right and deviations from such are heresy.
‘Do you have everything you need? Do you want every thing you need?’
Ambiguous, eh? Even more so when you hear it from a former drug smuggler, and I’m talking big game! That is how Howard Marks greeted us at the opening of the show in Lavery’s last Monday evening. Shame, but he did not go back to his old ways and did not offer us any high-quality Afghan hash. Nevertheless, he and his friend John Sinclair gave us a very good performance that night.
Full length film of the Global Cannabis March in Cardiff, Wales in the UK.