On this 420, I wanted to lay out the Screaming Candle’s view on marijuana legalization. If anyone is reading The Strange, it should be no shock at all that I believe that pot should be legal, taxed, and regulated. The prohibition on pot has been used for decades as an excuse for the police to harass citizens, especially minorities and poor people. The suspicion and the surveillance that accompanies this prohibition is demoralizing to the population and breeds mistrust between the citizens and the police, making the situation progressively worse.
Really, it is this opening of an adversarial relationship with the cops that is at the very heart of the problem with the current prohibition. There are other arguments as well. With the drug illegal, food purity and sanitary standards that we apply to everything else we put into and onto our bodies are completely out the window. Your pot could be 20% dog poop or infested with e. coli and it would still be sellable. Nothing else in this country is like that. The money that goes to drugs goes to people who thoroughly suck and are terrorizing Mexico, making a proud democracy into a shithole. Pot is not a gateway drug, BUT it is a drug that is sold alongside the truly dangerous drugs like coke and H at the criminal drug dealer. AND that guy makes most of his money from the ganja. Take away those sales and there wouldn’t be nearly as many outlets for the other stuff. Want to keep pot away from kids? Put it behind the store counter with the porn or in a special shop like a booze store. The current system has a criminal being the only gatekeeper between kids and pot and that criminal knows that the school kids – all kids all the same age all talking and networking with one another – is a prime word of mouth marketing opportunity. All of these arguments wrap up into one unassailable truth, the prohibition on pot is unjust and unjustified, especially if one thinks of it in terms of public safety.
The fact is that as I sit here right now, I want a fucking bong hit. I’m an adult, a father, a home owner, a tax payer. I don’t smoke pot because I don’t want to break the law or hand my money over to criminals. Colorado and other states have already figured out how I could possibly have that bong hit without breaking the law and without handing my money over to criminals. LETS FUCKING DO THAT!
Oh and last but not least, let’s think of the kids. I look at my little candle, Captain Q, and I see a potential future pot smoker. He’s a weird ass who loves humor, spazing out, and cookies – not too far a leap to think he’d enjoy a joint when he gets older. Thing is, we live in the city. He gets popped for doing that in high school it’s into the criminal justice system for him. And he’s so lily white, he practically glows in the dark, but still, we live in DC – stuff happens here. The thing is, I don’t think it’s as big a deal as getting caught with a beer. I’d rather have him intoxicated than incarcerated. He’d get over being stoned and being a stoner WAY before his criminal record was expunged.
So, if we want to “think of the children” let’s do the sensible thing and legalize, regulate and put an age limit on who can have pot. It is the ONLY thing that makes any sense.