From the heart of Europe, sitting in a small comfortable café looking out at the passing Prague people, I can only dream of the Colorado pot scene. We don’t have dispensaries over here in the Czech Republic. We are not Amsterdam, even if we are not too far off. This is a city full of pot smokers. Unlike in the western world, where Uncle Sam was playing the same hypnotic anti pot propaganda over and over, the Czechs skipped that bit, and when freedom came, it came with the scent of cannabis.
The first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel was a writer and intellectual. I have never heard that Havel smoked pot, even though I’m sure there were at least people around him that did. He was interested in freedom. During communism he had been put in jail because the authorities didn’t like the way he thought nor the things that interested him. He suffered ill-health as a result of his incarceration, but he never got bitter. Havel knew he was on the right side of the argument, and even though that meant he had to wait for society to catch up, he did not waiver from his truth.
Legalizing marijuana is not the same thing as the fall of a communist dictatorship but they are linked. Under communism, regardless of the facts the authorities told you what to do and think. With the current cannabis debate we have the same type of officials disregarding common sense and facts, as they draw their own conclusions based on their version of reality.
In a practical way what does that mean to Prague marijuana? In America, they have their dispensaries and strain choice after making an impressive U-turn on the issue. Over here we must make do with what we can find. Sativa or indica is not a choice we normally get to make unless you know a grower. As America begins to perfect the new green business, we in Europe must await our leaders pontifications on the matter. The science is pointing to the ignorance of making pot illegal but we will see how long it actually takes our dear leaders to drop the charade that marijuana is a dangerous substance. The day will come when we have Czech marijuana dispensaries, selling Czech grown pot. To celebrate I will wear my favorite short legged trousers ( big president Havel was famous for wearing short legged pants) and toast the memory of the giant that was president Havel and his love of freedom.