FUCKING LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, YOU DICKS/CANTO #47

FUCKING LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, YOU DICKS/CANTO #47

In case it hasn’t been clear to you guys, we here at The Ghost Generation LOVE weed. It’s wonderful for stress, fantastic for sex, maybe not SO great for the waistline, but besides those darn munchies its benefits form a list that could wrap around the Earth a few dozen times at LEAST. It’s been a part of my life in some way or another since I was a wee teenager and it probably will be until I’m too fuckin’ old to hold a bowl.

And yeah, I’m also a parent, and a writer, and a decent human being who takes care of his responsibilities and his family. Same for FemaleGG. So, those inclined to argue AGAINST the merits of marijuana can go ahead and shove THAT argument up their super-tight little assholes.

Know how many times I’ve beaten the shit out of someone while stoned? Zero. Zero times.

Let’s do the list super quick, shit that’s legal and WAY worse for you than weed:

  1. Alcohol- I could cite more examples than I can count on both hands RIGHT NOW of lives I’ve seen destroyed by alcoholism- seriously. Right fucking now. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fucking stuff, but I’m not an alcoholic. I can drink and not do dangerous shit, but millions of other people aren’t so lucky. Families get destroyed, lives are lost, and all because of something that’s perfectly legal.
  2. Cigarettes/tobacco- Do I even need to EXPLAIN these fucking things? I’m proud to say we just quit smoking for the last fucking time a little over a month ago, but it’s been a lifelong struggle. Much worse for me than FemaleGG but still- the shit is hard to quit. Lung cancer is awful, painful, and fatal. Ditto for mouth cancer, emphysema, and the myriad of other shit smoking/chewing/dipping can cause. Also, it’s fuckin’ gross, and expensive, and think about it like this- since tobacco is taxed and regulated by the government, every time you buy a pack of cigarettes right now you are essentially PAYING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO FUCKING KILL YOU. Paragraph over.
  3. Guns- Yeah, fucking guns. Legal, lethal, and terrible when placed in the wrong hands. I’m in a weird place with guns- I own one, which I never thought would happen but some shit went down that changed my mind on that front for the foreseeable future. I’m not one of those 2nd Amendment motherfuckers though, in fact if guns were abolished forever I’d be a happy guy, and I don’t carry the fucking thing out in the world with me (and I won’t until shit goes full-Walking Dead). I own a gun to protect my family, but I’d VASTLY prefer a world in which it didn’t feel so necessary. Regardless, guns kill a staggering amount of people every single god-forsaken day and as long as you’re not a convicted felon it’s pretty fucking easy to get one. Hell, it’s probably even easier if you are, you just gotta “know a guy”.

Sooooo it’s super-legal to kill yourself with alcohol, cigarettes, or guns in America? Cool, cool.

Here we are in 2020, the benefits of marijuana are widely known and accepted by people, the medical community, basically most logical, free-standing humans with brains. You can even fucking buy it legally in some states, to varying degrees, which is HUGE progress for sure. No doubt about that.

In true American fashion though, it’s still not legal on a nationwide, federal level. Not for medical use, not for recreational use, not for shit- most places in the USA it is still a crime to use/possess marijuana and you can most definitely go to fucking jail for it if you’re caught. It’s a fucking joke, a travesty, and it’s something that will ruin lives until we fucking change it.

I can guarantee you she did NOT immediately go kill 27 people after this photo was taken.

I don’t have the answers, not by a long shot. I’ve never really been the guy on the forefront of marijuana activism or anything like that so I don’t know the ins and outs of what’s being done to make it happen. I’ve just always had my ways to get it, I’ve been careful, and that’s about it. Maybe I should have been doing more for the cause but whatever, I suck. Either way, I’m realizing more and more every day that maybe we ALL need to be a little more involved in the fight to make marijuana legal so I’m learning.

Nobody should be in jail for a plant that makes you giggle and eat Doritos.

Why the newfound passion for the cause? Simple-I live in a state where marijuana is still super-duper illegal. There are a few cities (Atlanta included) where it has been decriminalized, but it’s definitely NOT a majority. We generally like to keep about a half OZ around which lasts us a few weeks to a month since we only smoke after the kids are in bed 99% of the time, but I still have to venture out to fucking buy it when the time comes.

If I want to keep us stocked up with the good shit, that means I have to drive over an hour away to score, and an hour back. It’s purely circumstantial, it’s a lot harder in your 30’s to find sources for this shit and I know a guy. He just happens to live an hour away. I used to have a dude super closely but we lost touch and he was a little on the sketchy side anyway. So this is what we have to deal with. About once a month I make the enjoyable drive up with my windows down and music cranked, to then immediately make the paranoid and stressed out journey BACK home down cop-heavy highways through areas that don’t look as kindly on marijuana as those lucky few decriminalized areas do.

If I got pulled over and searched I would be arrested, hopefully bailed out by my loving and down-for-the-cause wife fairly swiftly, and I’d have to go to court for marijuana possession which could land me with hefty fines or fucking jail time. I got busted once in my whole life, it was when I was 19 and I got pulled over not too far from where we live right now. I had less weed on me then you could probably even roll a joint with and sure enough- they arrested the shit out of me. It ended up OK, I had to go to DUI classes cause it happened in a car, and I had to pay a fine. It was supposedly erased from my record since it was my first and only offense, but I bet if I got caught again they’d dig that shit up somehow.

The South is somehow OK with THIS shit, but a little weed? Not so much.

I’m a good person. I’m a loving father, a devoted husband, and an ally to all humans. Do I deserve to be locked up for weed? Does ANYONE? No, the answer is the loudest NO you’ve ever heard. Marijuana grows from the Earth, and I’m pretty sure if these fucking God-fearing politicians believe that God created everything then that MUST include weed, right? So then what is it? God is OK with us drinking ourselves into oblivion but not getting a little fucking high on the plant he provided for us? There’s more holes in that argument than in a pack of fucking Swiss cheese.

I bet Swiss cheese is getting sick of being used to metaphorically describe shit with holes in it.

Screw ME, there are hundreds of thousands of people sitting in jail cells right now, having their lives ruined because of marijuana laws, mandatory minimum sentences, and archaic laws that don’t really fucking protect ANYONE. Marijuana is less harmful and destructive than ANY other drug besides ‘shrooms (which should fucking be legal too, BTW) but we treat it almost exactly like heroin, cocaine, and meth.

I’m not gonna argue on the point of whether or not we should make ALL drugs legal, my honest opinion is that removing the criminal element of shit people WILL DO REGARDLESS OF THE LAWS would at least make shit safer, but I very strongly believe that making marijuana legal is NOTHING but a good idea. The world is catching up to that idea, but since we live here in the American South I’d be willing to bet the house on the fact that Georgia will be one of the LAST places to make it fucking legal.

Go figure.

Anywho, I’m not here to discuss the nuances of marijuana law reform, cause I’m no fucking expert. I’m not here to soapbox about the merits of smoking weed, if you’re against it I’m not gonna convince you otherwise and if you’re a smoker like me then you don’t need someone to tell you why it’s awesome. I guess I’m just here to fucking vent a little, and also to let you guys know that I DO think we can get there.

I think it’s only a matter of time before marijuana is legal in all 50 US states. When will that be? Fuck if I know, and it’ll probably be a while since if we’re lucky enough to get Trump the fuck out of office this November it’ll be Joe “Fence-Sitter” Biden stepping into the Oval Office sooooo yeah- I wouldn’t hold my breath for that one anytime SUPER soon. We can change that though, and now that I’m getting more serious about finding out what I can do to help so can you.

How does a person NOT like this?!?!?!

I figure a good place for all of us to start is NORML. They’ve been around for ages and their website is essentially a “one-stop shop” for everything related to marijuana law reform. I plan to start doing my research into what I can do to help things along, and I’d love for you to do the same. We have a metric ton and a half of social issues to fix right now, but this is most definitely one of those. Not one more person should spend time in jail over this shit, and if that’s a reality you’d like to see then maybe it’s time to step up a little more and be more than just a smoker. if we can all just do a LITTLE more I bet you’d be surprised by the amount of progress we could make.

So smoke ’em if you got ’em, go enjoy your Friday wherever you are, and stay safe out there. Thanks for playing along, Ghosties.

AFH

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