We shall not take good fortune for granted! The slow liberalization of pot is a good thing. A very good thing. People who use pot as medicine can now use an organic substance that is in sync with their bodies rather than handfuls of pills manufactured by giant, profit seeking pharmaceutical companies. For stoners, they get to chill with their chosen intoxicant without having the police foaming at the mouth. But the question remains, why is pot being slowly decriminalized?
I believe for the first time in history, governments are coming up against a public who, at the very least are collectively just as well informed as they are. People can freely and easily find scientific data on cannabis. We know that cannabis can affect your short term memory. We also know that it can make you feel pleasantly high, giddy, social, paranoid, happy, focused on the now, and a whole host of other health benefits. From personal experience, a heavy night’s smoking doesn’t come with a hangover the next day which goes a long way to suggest it is not a toxic substance to our bodies. The government line that it is unhealthy and evil doesn’t ring true. And for the first time in this generation’s history, we are calling bullshit on our respective governments. Oh what a beautiful thing! Finally standing up as a people!
Governments throughout history hide behind their claimed special knowledge, now wikileaks and other sites unveil our leaders and their crooked ways. If you take it that people in American have been smoking pot since the hippy 60s and yet it has only been in the last five to ten years that we have really taken steps to push our governments to legalize pot, then you would have to be blind not to see the real power the internet has given us! We are in the midst of a gentle world wide web social evolution.
There is still a lot of work to be done. Governments are not used to being told what to do, so we will have hiccups along the way but eventually, our generation should be able to run itself through organized, genuine, social pressure. What a wonderfully enlightened state. Hopefully that means we can start living with the planet rather than being like a cancer plague on it. We have a collective voice that we are starting to use. If that isn’t a reason to pack a peace pipe and toast humanity, then I don’t know what is!!!