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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The "Herb-Garden State"


Every morning ......and throughout the day......I check in on the news of the day. In the last Trump-dominated year, that has been a daily trial of patience and near-constant affront to my senses and sanity. This morning however, a tidbit on my non-commercial Classical music station marked the first time in a long time that I heard something on the news that actually made me smile: NJ is just a short time away from legalizing marijuana, probably before the end of this year, according to the report.

Finally! Legislation I can appreciate!

"Hey, Jeff Sessions!"

Now to put this in perspective, let me say that while I agree with this move politically for a LOT of reasons, I am no heavy-duty stoner. I am also not averse to the occasional indulgence.....and I have plenty of opportunity to engage more than I do. It's just a "mood thing" with me. 

Having grown up prior to the "Just say no" generation, when the sentiment was......


.......I have little aversion or concern over legalization. It will be a good source of state income, decriminalize something that never should have been illegal, take an unnecessary burden off of law enforcement, and restore a bit more personal freedom allowing individuals to decide these things for themselves. (I am also willing to hear opposing views.....especially any citing the "gateway" argument, because I'm in such a good mood, I would welcome more reasons to snicker.)

Another of those 'tough choices' life presents: which do you want to take a hit off first?

Still, despite growing up around it, it WAS (and technically still is) illegal. Given that fact, I am not sure how legalization is going to affect me. Odds are I'll probably react the same way I did when NJ legalized some forms of fireworks that had been previously banned: I'll buy some and enjoy the novelty until I settle into a more "what works for me" pattern. I mean, to be honest? I like the stuff, but it can't compete with a smokey single malt Scotch. LOL

But, speaking of alcohol, I DO know what I want to do with my first legal joint when the time comes. As with booze, I want to raise it up in a toast:

"To all the folks who made this illegal for so long, to all the self-righteous hypocrites who scorned users and turned us into 'criminals' while chugging cheap, shitty American beer, to all who still want to tell me what I can and can't do with things that don't hurt anyone else, to all of you I say.....FUCK YOU!"

Now, put that in your pipe and smoke it! 






9 comments:

  1. I hope this doesn't mean there won't be any more spanking scenarios where naughty boys and girls get caught with weed and get spanked soundly and sent to bed (with their parents then hypocritically smoking their stash of course!)

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    1. Hey, parents make their own rules regardless of what may be legal or illegal in the state. I mean a kid could legally have the right to drive but if they disobeyed their parents and took the car without permission they'd still get in trouble, right? Same with weed. "Now, honey, I've told you before, no smoking weed out of one of those electronic vape-things... ........................ You need to smoke it rolled like god intended or not at all!"

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  2. My views are similar to yours. I am glad that legalization is happening, though I don't think it will have much personal impact on me. While I smoked plenty of it when I was younger, at heart I have always been an alcohol guy, regardless of which was legal. In fact, to me the strongest argument against those who oppose legalization is that one reason I smoked in high school and part of college was because it was simply easier at times to score a joint than to find someone to buy me a six-pack. Left to my own devices and with the ability to procure both, I always would have chosen the alcohol over the weed. It's just not the same buzz, and I know which I prefer.

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    1. Yeah, it really comes down to choosing one's own poison.....and being free to do so.

      I will say some of the newfangled gizmos out there now are something else! I have tried several and there's this battery operated vape-box thing that is just so fucking cool! All the high with none of the burn. Oddly though, when asked about edibles, I have zero interest. And I mean ZERO. Weird huh?

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    2. Yeah, I don't quite get the attraction to edibles either. Face it, inebriation comes with certain rituals attached, regardless of your choice of poison.

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    3. Agreed. And since I've given up religion, I need whatever other kinds of rituals there are to make up for it. ;-)

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  3. Having used (legal prescribed) edibles when recovering from my accident, I will say that it was a relief to have it available.

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    1. I remember our conversation on that and was even thinking about it when I wrote this. Medicinal marijuana is a separate issue though, and one that I REALLY can't understand. If something helps.......use it. That there are people looking to deny this option to people who would benefit from it is infuriating.

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