With not an arresting officer in sight crowds of smiling people lit joints under Seattle’s Space Needle on early Thursday morning celebrating marijuana now legal under Washington state law. Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year´s Eve-style countdown to 12am, when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison. A few dozen people gathered on a sidewalk outside the north Seattle headquarters of the annual Hempfest celebration and did the same, offering joints to reporters and blowing smoke into television news cameras.
And how many potters will be found lying on the ground too stoned to move on home or just dead? Son tells of picking his way through A Danish city back when drugs were first legal stepping around and over bodies living and dead looking for AWOL American soldiers. If the bodies hadn´t moved by late afternoon they were scooped up and tossed into carts like garbage to huwl off
There is a time and a place for everything. That was their time. Maybe not the place. To shove it in our faces is just like the liberals. This United States is fast becoming unrecognizable to me. I would probably go along with a well regulated legal pot market nationwide, where they sell limited amounts and TAX it heavily. This, in my mind, could help with crime rates, over-populated prisons, and perhaps ease up on the drug cartel violence. That´s the libertarian in me. But this thing they did in WA and elsewhere seems like just releasing the horse´s reigns with no intent to control it. Could be wrong.
There are many angles to the cannabis legalization question, some of which merit serious thought. At the same time, the incredible importance and apparent regular use of this drug to what is clearly a large number of Americans, is unsettling. How many potheads, as opposed to occasional users are there? One cannot help wondering what accounts for the fervor of some users to make the drug more available. It is difficult to deny, of course, that legal prohibition of cannabis has proved to be an expensive and futile endeavor, serving principally to enrich suppliers and drug dealers. But that is only because of the enormous demand. Is America becoming a nation of potheads? Marijuana consumption and advocacy and Leftism seem to have some kind of innate natural connection. Perhaps weed is now the opiate of the masses, soothing and calming and mellowing them out to prepare them for the serfdom that awaits those who succumb to the Sirens´ song of collectivism. And it seems likely that smoking pot makes belief in Leftist fantasy ideology easier for some. I don´t know the answer to the legalization question, for there are arguments pro and con. It is the huge demand for this mind altering substance that concerns me.
And in Boulder, CO they are now outlawing smoking in some outdoor areas, while overwhelmingly voting to legalize smoking pot a couple weeks ago. Good thing they never have to reconcile all the contradictions.
I hate Washington state. And I live here. Creeps. King County (Seattle) screws the rest of us. Saw some teenagers walking down a path yesterday openly smoking marijuana. 1. they´re minors 2. they´re outdoors ...both of which are not allowed under the new POS "law"...but hey, u kidding, you´re gonna enforce the "fine points"...NOT! Idiots. I´m moving and taking my tax dollars with me, thanks DEMS.
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