A Prespective on the Marijuana Movment

    The greatest detriment to the Marijuana legalization movement is not the plant itself, and not even so much the stigma and falsehoods perpetuated against the plant. It is none other than the smokers themselves that ruin the cause.

;     Think back to when Michael Phelps got busted in a picture smoking a bong, what was the first thing he said after-wards? How smoking it was a mistake. No, it wasn’t a mistake that you smoked it, your mistake was getting caught and you wanted to protect your endorsements…and yet, no one cared you toked up, because people’s perceptions of weed itself is changing.

    If we can photograph celebrities smoking a cigar or having a few cocktails and not care, why can’t we also do the same for a bong hit?

    We need more Bill Maher, and Michael Phelps types to come out and say they smoked Marijuana and that they enjoyed it, and it should be legal. Instead, we get stuck with people like Tommy Chong, who, to his credit is a great comedian, but no one takes him seriously.

    If a Nobel prize winner,scientist or billionaire came out and said “I smoke dope” people would look at smokers in a whole new light; that those of us who enjoy marijuana are not smelly hippies with nasty dreadlocks, reciting Bob Marley lyrics ad nausem , who have an I.Q. below that of wet paint.

    If you were dressed in a suit and tie and worked for a fortune 500 company and said told someone you smoke Marijuana, they probably be stunned. Mainly, because some peple have this notion that all pot smokers are stupid, dirty hippies and they are not. They now have to re-assess what they think they know about Marijuana and its smokers. Getting people to think is a positive thing in the Marijuana legalization movement.

    Joe Rogan, comedian and former host of Fear Factor, gave his story about Marijuana and his first time with it. He used to abstain from smoking it, because all his “stupid” friends smoked it, then he met a top flight martial artist and saw that it wasn’t morons and losers who toke up, productive people could, too!

    Weed doesn’t create losers and morons, it just exacerbates the symptoms all ready present. If you are a loser without dope, you’ll most likely be one with it. Same goes for the likes of other drugs, like alcohol as well. Of course, you get your wild cards, were, ironically, the person is actually more productive when they are not sober, but those are few and far between, I believe.

    I deplore the idea of sacrifice for a cause, but some of us, mainly celebrities, have a podium an average guy like me doesn’t have. Admitting to smoking dope doesn’t get an actor fired; it gets him on the cover of Time magazine. All press is good press when you are famous. Look at Brittney Spears, who goes insane and is now on a comeback role.

    If you are someone who can break the stereotype of the stupid stoner and perpetuate a new image, one of a smart, productive member of society, then you should do so, so long as it will not bring grief to your normal life.

   The Marijuana movement, I think, would be better off with 500 productive members of society, like Michael Phelps, then 5,000 well intentioned hippies protesting for the repeal of Marijuana prohibition.

    The continued debate cannot continue to be all about how marijuana is a safer alternative to a substance like alcohol. We know that now and we continue to tell people the truth, from the lies that have surged through the Marijuana movement. Now it is time to change the way people perceive us, as a collective of individuals, not a culture of wastrels looking to Turn on, tune in and drop out, but rather a group of eclectic individuals who prefer the alternative.

Sources:

Joe Rogan interview:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMLSyOMiYd4

Micheal Phelps interview:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cilWSl6T2s

Lets Talk About Rape.

1
: an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force
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: unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent — compare sexual assault, statutory rape

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: an outrageous violation

     This article is about rape. You didn’t ask for it and you don’t want it, but I’m forcing it upon you anyways. Besides, you know you want it. Those eyes scream yes, even if your mouth says no

     Why would I rape the unsuspected reader? Because I get off on the power of knowing that I can get away with it. I mean, after all, what did you do to protect yourself from me? You put yourself in this situation and besides, look at what you’re wearing. What did you expect to happen? I was provoked and had no other options.

     Shhhh! It’s ok, it will all be over soon…for me, anyways. Your story is just beginning and this is merely a catalyst for a life time of learning to trust and live with yourself. You’ll be transported to the hospital and given all sorts of test. They’ll want to make sure you were legitimately raped and then they’ll check you for sexually transmitted diseases and infection. A pregnancy test will be needed, just in case. Next, it will go viral and everyone will know you were raped. So begins the public scrutiny. Did he or didn’t he? Was she drinking? How come she didn’t do more to protect herself? Nude pictures from your phone will surface, only whores do those types of things. Common sense dictates that if you want that to be private, you shouldn’t take those types of chances. Your friends will shun you, because I couldn’t possibly do that kind of thing. He’s too nice and caring, they’ll say. You’re not even attractive enough to be raped, anyways. Only good looking people are raped. The worse part? You won’t even remember the assault, because I drugged you. After all, real victims remember, don’t they?

     Finally, when all is said and done, I’ll be exonerated and you’ll have to live knowing that I’m still out there. It was all you. If only you had been smarter. Why are you so fuckin’ stupid and pathetic? Psychologically beat yourself up, you know you deserved it anyways. Maybe you can escape the pain by killing yourself. Who would miss a fuckin’ whore, anyways?

     Feeling violated, yet? I’m not even kidding when I write the above. I write a lot of things, one of which is humor, but the words above shouldn’t be taken in jest. You were just raped. Sure, virtual rape doesn’t seem like “legitimate” rape, but read the definition again and know that it is, indeed, rape. I violated you with my words.

     I’ve violated you and now you can be sympathetic or empathic to those who have gone through rape. Why did I choose to start off a serious, but legitimate article by raping the reader? Good question. Why does rape happen to begin with? As I stated, I did it because I could, it’s a power trip. While rape is usually about power, it isn’t always done by a stranger. In fact, most rapes occur by trusting individuals.

     The old adage, if you don’t want to get raped, don’t be alone, doesn’t apply when you trusted the person for ages. Sure, if you’re out alone, it helps to have some protection handy, but that won’t protect you from your friend, counselor, doctor or other trusted individual from taking liberties with you. Besides, who was in the room as you clicked the link? How did that protect you from me?

      Did your looks matter? Didn’t prevent me from doing what I did. Even your gender didn’t help. Yes, even men can be raped. All different sexualities, even.

     Look at what you are wearing now. Did that conservative get up prevent me from the above?

      What was the point of all this? To create an awareness of rape, allow people to read the typical bullshit that is thrown at the victim and to understand in a way few can.

     So if you know anyone who has been raped, or you yourself have been a victim of sexual violence, then you need to seek help. Never be afraid to speak up for yourself or someone else. You could be the difference in preventing sexual violence. Don’t let anyone silence you.

     For more information on rape, visit these links:

     https://rainn.org/