420

Last year I did a post on a counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana, occurring every year on April 20th. The “holiday” might get more attention this year due to the current push to legalize marijuana for “medical” purposes in many states. It’s worth noting that a recent Pew Research Center poll reveals that, “three-quarters of Americans (73%) say they favor their state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes if it is prescribed by a doctor, while 23% are opposed.” Momentum appears to be on the side of those who support marijuana for “medical” purposes. Let’s face it folks. There is no way that some who obtain marijuana for “medical” purposes actually need it for “medical” purposes. In fact, I would venture a guess that as many as 30-40% don’t have some sort of a medical reason to have it. Here’s a funny observation from that same Pew poll. According to the report, “45% say they would be very or somewhat concerned if a store that sold medical marijuana opened near other stores in their area.” So, some are OK with legalizing marijuana for “medical” purposes, but just don’t sell it in their backyard. Let’s remember the dangers of marijuana use (link):
  • Impaired perception
  • Diminished short-term memory
  • Loss of concentration and coordination
  • Impaired judgment
  • Increased risk of accidents
  • Loss of motivation
  • Diminished inhibitions
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Damage to the respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Psychological dependency
For my friends who will be celebrating 4/20, let me remind you that Earth Day is just two days away, yet another day to celebrate the wacky weed. That is, if you can remember it. ———- Here are some questions to consider. How soon do you think Obamacare will be covering prescriptions for “medical” marijuana? How soon do you think Obamacare will run over a state’s wishes to deny legalizing marijuana’s “medical” use?

4 thoughts on “420”

  1. Elbert you crack me up. Yes the druggies do consider this a national holiday. Some students even skip school today. (Ask any high school teacher)

    Savvy teachers schedule major tests today with no make up, unless the absence is excused, in order to work to stamp this out. (There are good teachers out there)

  2. Tenn, you know I never thought to ask some of my high school teacher friends about this. Dang, that would have made this a better post.

    I didn’t think about this topic until my mind was on Earth Day, which triggered the memory. The way my mind works some days, you’d think I was using the stuff.

  3. “Tenn, you know I never thought to ask some of my high school teacher friends about this. Dang, that would have made this a better post.”

    Still time to do it my friend. Don’t ask the folks who teach the AP kids. Ask the others. Sadly, you should also ask Middle School Teachers. The info is out there. The really good public school teachers know a bunch of stuff they don’t publish. It is shared in house and with trusted confidants.

  4. From the time of our Founders and for over 100 years thereafter, drugs were ‘legal,’ in that there is nothing in the Constitution to prohibit their use.

    Legal, or not, there has always been and there will always be a component of society that is dependent, to some degree, on mind-altering substances..alcohol, coke, speed or whatever. Most will outgrow the habit, some will remain recreational users and a small component will become relatively dysfunctional. I don’t believe that decriminalization will significantly increase either group.

    Stop the madness and mayhem; decriminalize drug use.

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