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Kudos to Human Race: Potheads Getting a Legal Fix

Updated on September 4, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Seemingly Social Freedoms Are Less and Less Limited
Seemingly Social Freedoms Are Less and Less Limited

Don't Mind My Being Curious

Let me make something clear right at the start---I am entertained by the theme, not critically minded, even though I may sound exactly like that. To me it's more like giving a review to a comedy after a good laugh while having to use all that wording of a critic.

So, don't you puffers get pissed at me, you got my blessing based on understanding that you obviously can't function normally without it; or you just use it as a chemical crutch to make the misery of living feel more like a winning game.

To each their own---period.

On the other hand, don't mind my innocent questioning the rationale behind legalizing a drug. You see, it would be different if marijuana could be placed in same category with coffee, tobacco, and alcohol---also psychoactive substances.

But it can't, or else we might ask that uncomfortable question: why have so many people been prosecuted and jailed for using it, while those other three could be found everywhere, including cops' and judges' homes?

Really, I still have to find that medical study responsible for proclaiming that a joint is just as safe as a cigarette, a cup of coffee, a shot of brandy. What's going on? Have legislators in some countries, including Canada gone dopey, or they are protecting their dopey kids from jail time?

Let Us Celebrate a New Era of a Dopey-Go-Happy Mankind!
Let Us Celebrate a New Era of a Dopey-Go-Happy Mankind!

If Booze Is Legal, Why Not Weed!

So far I have been lucky for not meeting heads-on an alcoholic on the road, and now I am wondering if my luck will extend to those drivers wasted by an overdose of weed.

Thinking of all other perils possibly created by a legal drug of that chemical effect, I can't help wondering how a law like that gets to pass. My guess would be that someone in power just shrugs and says: "What the hell, if booze is socially acceptable, why not weed?"

And it even sounds a kind of O.K., doesn't it? For, as long as we advise users not to overdo it, what's the harm? Maybe those tobacco growers won't be all that happy with the sudden competition, even more so because weed is easier to grow and should be cheaper.

It's even called "weed" which says that it can grow at some less probable places. Once I was waiting for the bus at the outskirts of Los Angeles, and right there at the bus stop I saw a healthy looking plant of marijuana, most likely sprouted out from a tossed unfinished joint.

Now, bear with my curiosity for another moment, as I am still trying to figure out why we need a bigger legal variety of opiates on the streets, instead of trying to reduce them.

One of the excuses being mentioned is that crime related to illegal trafficking should drop or even disappear. I just don't see it happen, because with more potheads around there will be more of those desperados unable to afford their fix, so they will have to steal and mug.

Another even stronger argument is that health officials will have a "control over the purity" of joints. Does it really hold water, because it will forever stay just another article on the black market, now only cheaper than the stuff you'll be able to buy in your milk store.

Not to forget that the word "legal" in itself carries an inspiration for creative growers everywhere.

In These Pampering and Best Times Ever ---We Still Need a Chemical Stimulation
In These Pampering and Best Times Ever ---We Still Need a Chemical Stimulation

Never Easy Enough

Again, I don't mind seeing more happy faces around, even if they happen to be chemically motivated to sheepishly smile. Talking about sheep, some political and social issues may take milder forms, because it's so much easier to manipulate a dopey nation than a sober one.

Imagine the popularity of the political daddy who suddenly allows everyone to enjoy their favorite poison. I hate sounding prophetic---we already have too many of those smart asses around---but I can see down the road another, stronger dope getting legalized.

And yet, as a romantic lover of the mankind and a humanist, I can't help this sad feeling about the world resorting to drugs at times that are more pampering than any other in the history.

Is it only me, or anyone else sees it as, well...not really normal?

Now, talking about normal, I get reminded of a person half my age who recently said to me: "There is no such thing as normal". Wow! How low we fall. For it's one thing not to be able to tell the difference between normal and abnormal, but entirely something else categorically "debunking the theory of normalcy altogether".

O.K., O.K...I heard you---"Welcome to the human race"---you say in the chorus with all those who have reminded me of human imperfections so far, as if I have spent the last 73 years on the Planet of the Apes oblivious to humans as they are at times falling below the level of a basic I.Q..

"Let There Be Light!"
"Let There Be Light!"

Will It Be Cash or Charge, Please?

The other day, while doing something else I was a passive listener to the TV news, when I heard the announcement about the state of Hawaii where marijuana will soon be available "without cash".

Maybe the arrangement will look altogether different, but I just got a spontaneous vision of a drug dealer carrying around one of those card-swiping devices like a pizza delivery dude would have.

Now, I used to be a chain-smoker, I mean cigarettes, which doesn't give me right to question those potheads about what pleasure they get from inhaling those fumes. I must assume the motivation to start is probably stronger, as the effects must be felt from the very first joint.

It was different with my first cigarette, and according to so many other cigarette smokers, the first ones almost made them puke, which I could relate to. But we started at times when it was a part of the movie image of something "manly"---with one hanging from between the lips Humphrey Bogart style.

Nevertheless, I am curious---what does it do for you? Calms you down? Helps you to suddenly like your mother-in-law? I got this neighbor on my floor, an obvious pothead, and merely passing by his door you get a whiff of his sweet poison coming from underneath.

I saw the dude a few times waiting for elevator, and he almost looked, well, O.K., except that blank expression in those absent eyes. Maybe I look somewhat similar immediately after my meditation, but the smell of that guy definitely ruled him out as a meditator.

On the way down not even once would he look up at the display of descending count of floors---as everybody does, even meditators. I guess, he just couldn't care less how soon he would be free from my company.

Indeed, a calm dude he is; I just tried to get rid of an imposing scenario in my head about him driving towards me on the road. What if he is so wasted that he doesn't care for his life? And what if my old Honda looks like a perfect object to hit to get out of his misery that he sometimes calls life?

O.K., I only appear so paranoid in some of my articles---in real life I love all my neighbors, potheads or not.

Time Will Tell if We Are Blessed or Doomed by Our Chemical Mood Enhancers
Time Will Tell if We Are Blessed or Doomed by Our Chemical Mood Enhancers

Dopey=Less Stressed Out=Healthier???

For my final words, let me speculate a little about some possibly positive outcomes of legalization of marijuana. Without any credentials that would add a convincing note to my thoughts, I am simply a firm believer that most, if not all ills of the mankind are a direct or indirect effects of stress.

After reading a book about telomeres and their relating to our lifespan, I got deeply impressed with scientific findings about stress shortening those indicators of our biological age. Using a less fancy language, every time we get pissed off we get older. And sicker.

Even though I am not exactly following my own beliefs when it comes to my healthy choices of eating---I believe that a happy junk-eater may outlive a miserable health-nut eating by the book. Without my saying it you probably guessed that I am trying to combine both---a happy emotional climate and good foods.

All right, so not everybody is a meditator, a qigong practitioner, an alpha-training freak insisting on his bright disposition, and user of his homemade herbal elixirs---so why not suppose that a moderate use of weed might reduce personal and collective levels of stress.

I will never become just another user of chemical crutches because I make myself happy with my mind---but maybe the benefits of lowering stress---if that's what marijuana potentially could do---outweigh all potential risks of making it another legal "happy" item beside booze, coffee and tobacco.

Maybe from time to time---if not quite often---the mankind is facing a choice reduced to two evils, and then all the wisdom is about picking the lesser one. My own sense of a homo sapiens dignity may not be relevant one bit---because I see every drug as an insult to human intelligence.

But that's me, and like it is with every romantic lover of the evolution of consciousness, I may have to lower my standards and take more seriously that invitation saying "welcome to the human race".

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    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 

      14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OH my goodness.....I was Daddy's little "ANGEL." He was easy to fool! LOL.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Paula---"Sarah Heartburn" you say? I never got a heartburn and I am glad this is the only way I got to know one. I never got a headache either, and so far it's not likely that anybody or anything on HP is going to give me one.

      But you certainly are a lot of fun, my friend, "heartburn" or not. Besides, without reading your mind, I know that your Dad had another nick name for you that was sweet---not sour. Am I right?

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      Paula 

      14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      HA!! If you think that was a Drama Queen episode, you ain't seen nothin yet!! LOL I guess there was an actress many years ago named "Sarah Bernhardt." My Dad called me "Sarah Heartburn!!".........LOL

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Paula---O.K., O.K., you'll live through it, don't worry, just take a deep breath...you, drama-princess (another line or two of that addiction agony would have qualified you for a queen)LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL...etc.

      Of course we are friends. Good ones, too, as good as they get in these cyber circumstances, when it's impossible to have a nice chat over a cup of freshly ground aromatic coffee.

      Hugs acknowledged, enjoyed, and returned. ---Always your friend Val

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      Paula 

      14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val......OH God!! I wanted to leave a nice long comment to you......BUT.....I'm shaking, have shivers, my head is aching and my hands are shaking!!! I'M IN COFFEE WITHDRAWAL!!! I NEED MY FIX!! I HOPE I LIVE THROUGH THIS!! COFFEE! PLEASE COFFEE......I'LL DO ANYTHING FOR A CUP OF COFFEE. VAL! HELP ME!

      LMAO!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! OK, we are good friends. I guess we understand each other, no matter what!

      Have a wonderful day my friend. Hugs to you and Hail to Canada!.....Be good..........Paula

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      14 months ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---I have some friends for over four decades, and we are all different personalities, meaning that we disagree now and then---but it never means "ruffling each others' feathers."

      So yes, we are still friends. Are you planning to be around for another four decades by any chance?

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      14 months ago from Beautiful South

      Val, hey, I'm not trying to ruffle your feathers, we are still friends here, I hope.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Paula---Let's clarify: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana---all are addictive, which automatically places them in category of opiates. You can use any sweet words about your coffee, but it's an addictive substance. Try to be without it and you get withdrawal symptoms---not because I say so but because the science of medicine says so.

      "Needing a fix"--you are attaching it too seriously to hard staff, whereas it simply means that when you are addicted and you want that stuff, it will "fix your mood" the moment after you get it. Isn't it so with coffee? Don't tell me, I used to be a heavy coffee drinker, I know.

      About "overdose"---research more and you'll find out that overdose is possible with your dear coffee as well. Have too many apples and nothing happens to you. Have too much caffeine and you may end up at emergency ward.

      And yes, you can overdose on marijuana, and if you REALLY read my article carefully, you remember that I talked about a driver overdosing on it---now please tell me what happens when a driver just wants to "sleep and sleep" as you are defining that overdose.

      Something more about overdosing. Every addictive substance---including coffee---starts with small doses, and then the user's nervous system develops the tolerating point and they have to increase it. O.K., some folks are happy with a cup or two a day, but many go crazy coffee-drinkers. Likewise, many go crazy weed users when a joint a day is not enough to produce the effect they want.

      I don't know why I suddenly don't feel such an ignorant about these things after all. Of course, nobody wants to argue here, we are great friends, but friends also disagree, and I am very much inclined to disagree with your interpretation of my article.

      The central idea of it was my position about humans needing ANY chemical crutches at these times in history when we have it so good, as comparing to the past centuries and millennia.

      I didn't go "too critical" about anything by stating how it's not normal for people without a health issue to use psychoactive drugs. AGAIN, caffeine is technically a drug, not a food, because you can't get addicted to an apple, but you can get addicted to coffee. Try to be without it and you'll get a headache, go irritable, etc.

      My bottom line is what I so nicely expressed, and which doesn't look one bit as "being critical" : I don't really give a rat's ass what gives people a "high", and they have my blessing to use it abuse it, overdose it, whatever. But that doesn't prevent me from expressing my position about people being somehow unable to manage their emotions and achieve an equilibrium, a harmony, a peace, without chemicals. I don't criticize them, I am not telling them "they shouldn't"---just wondering over that phenomenon.

      And by the way, that also means that it's none of my business if you want to enjoy your coffee, go ahead, by all means. If you were smoking pot I would say the say thing---and think the same thing about "why a smart person can't be smart enough to be without it?"

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      Paula 

      14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val.....You may be just a tad too critical on some things. I certainly respect your beliefs and opinions and find no need to argue. BUT, I must inform you at least, that your "ideas" (the majority of them) about Marajuana, are not factual. One can hardly use the terms "needing a fix" in terms of marajuana....nor the term "overdose." Someone who might use too large an amount of pot, just sleeps.....and sleeps....they haven't literally overdosed, as that term is reserved for the hard drugs that are lethal in large quantities & surely can kill.

      It probably would not be easy for me to prove any of this to you, since you've never studied and researched marajuana and/or other mind-altering substances. I had no choice but to learn from A-Z since it was a large part of the curriculum in my past studies.

      Coffee??? Really, Val...now I know damned well you aren't a Mormon. Other than people who just don't like coffee, I don't know any individuals who seriously label coffee a "drug." Caffeine is a mild stimulant, in the form of coffee. It is my number one beverage! I love the fragrance, the taste and the whole ceremonial routine of sharing "coffee with conversation and friends." Oh well, to each their own.

      I need to add one more thing...I certainly HOPE that no intelligent human being would say "marajuana is just as safe as a cigarette or a shot of brandy!!!" There is nothing safe about cigarettes and BOOZE!

      For the record...I don't use pot and I do not touch even a drop of alcohol. Only because I find no pleasure nor peace in either....

      I do understand you are speaking of "recreational use" of potent drugs that are to be prescribed for only illness and disorders. That, my friend, I'm afraid will never be eliminated. It's far, far too rampant and out of control. and yes, it is a tragic situation. The hard core fact of reality is that there is nothing recreational about tempting death.

      We're not on the exact same page with everything here...but close.! Have a good Monday morning start to the week! Paula

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      Vladimir Karas 

      14 months ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---It's O.K., so you got this impression about my attitude fortified by your family members refusing to take pills---and I can do nothing about it.

      So where do we go from here? Would it help if I said AGAIN that I don't fuss about medicinal weed users? I guess not. You already made up your mind, and it's fine with me.

      But I will certainly stick to my attitude about recreational abuse, whether it's ALCOHOL, or weed, or any other, yes, including pills NOT PRESCRIBED.

      Now it's your turn to tell me AGAIN something about my attitude. Or, shall we skip this new round of saying same things to each other? Let's say, like two good friends who have other nice things to talk about.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      14 months ago from Beautiful South

      I read your article and don't need to reread it. That, my friend, and I picked up some smugness in your attitude toward users. Maybe it's because one of my sons carried this same attitude in that he used to say, "I have more respect for my body than to put that stuff in it." However, he was in an accident when he was young, and not being willing to put that stuff in his body, he turned to alcohol because he feared prescription drugs and NSAIDS and today he is an alcoholic. My dad was an alcoholic because he wouldn't take "damn pills" and rarely took an aspirin for a headache, but he resorted to alcohol to kill his aches and pains. I know that you have a "live and let live policy," which I admire, but sometimes I think it comes across as a wee bit of pontificating.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      14 months ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---If you cared to read my article again, you might notice that I was not saying anything against the medicinal use of weed.

      Likewise, I have nothing to say about use of painkillers, but those who get hooked on them without having a health issue are a different story, right?

      Right at the start of my article I said how I even had nothing against those who are using weed for recreational purposes. And by the end I talked about possible benefits of weed as it might lower the level of stress in people. So I don't know which part of my article you "disagree" with.

      Did it bother you that I made a little joke of humans resorting to psychoactive substances at this time of history when we got it better than ever before? Because that was the central idea of the article.

      I certainly sympathize about your mishap with that accident, and I understand why you want to help all those sufferers by voting for legalization of marijuana.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      14 months ago from Beautiful South

      OK, Val, this is one time I'm going to flat out disagree with you. My very red conservative Trump-thumping state just legalized medical marijuana, and I'm proud to say that I helped them put that one on the books, both by voting for it and by being one of the editors who helped smooth out the kinks to get it there. I have a personal reason why I say I did it proudly, in spite of the fact that I'm allergic to herbs. Technically cannabis in an herb, and I wish I could use it to ease physical pain caused by a bus accident. Instead I was put on Lyrica, a Schedule I drug, which has caused major side effects. But you will tell me that's another issue; that you were talking about recreational use of the "drug".

      One of the concerns of the "family council," that's another term for the people who wish to dictate their religious views on society, is that the legalization of medical cannabis will lead to recreational use. Well...at least it will be licensed and under state control. Agreed, alcohol is too, but I lost two of my good friends from childhood in head-on collisions with drunken drivers who crossed the centerlines on rural roads. The drunks were coming back from the nearest town that sold alcohol because our county was dominated by the dry Baptists and Pentecostals.

      Remember that Prohibition of the 1920s not only did not work, but it laid the base for organized crime. Racism played a big role in enacting anti-drug laws and the anti-drug movement.

      https://www.attn.com/stories/1503/war-on-drugs-rea...

      Let me add one more thing. I'm not in perpetual pain because of a drunk driver. I was the victim of a damn college girl busy yakking on her cell phone who ran a stop sign, smashed into a city bus, and rolled it over onto its top. I'm lucky to be alive, but she walked away uninjured. I've elected to forego the Lyrica and just be in pain. What I wouldn't give to be able to smoke a joint sometimes.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Angel---Whatever works for you is fine with me. We are all different people, and what makes me different from you is my ability to feel happy at will, without any chemical crutches---including sugar and coffee.

      But, enjoy your joint by all means.

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      Angel Guzman 

      14 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I'm anticipating Canada to legalize marijuana soon. In the United States not with this administration. Marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco. It's a good plant :) you should try it sometime ;) lol

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