First, my disclaimers: I have never smoked pot. Yes, you read that correctly. Not once, not ever in my life. This is not because I have any moral qualms about it. In fact, the opposite might be true. I think marijuana is probably no more harmful than alcohol, and in fact, it has proven medicinal benefits. I think it is stupid and political that it is illegal.
The reason I've never smoked it is for the same reason I've never smoked a cigarette, which is that just the mere thought of inhaling a foreign substance is enough to trigger a little gag reflex in me. I'm kind of grateful that this has always been the case since, given my complete lack of will power in other areas of my life, had I ever started smoking, I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to stop. Old man RJ Reynolds would have owned me, lock, stock, and reduced cardio capacity.
I just wish I could find a way to trigger that same gag reflex for salty fried fats.
Anyway, about the pot thing. There is a war going on in some of the border towns in Mexico. In case you've been sleeping under a rock, here are some news reports to fill you in:
Listen, I'm getting ready to run for neighborhood association president, and it worries me a little because I know that if elected, sooner or later someone is probably going to write me a nasty email complaining about the noise in the park.
In Mexico, however, the leaders of the country, the same people that you and I depend upon in our own country to help keep anarchy at bay--mayors, police, journalists, members of the army--are being assassinated, in some cases, almost as soon as they take their posts. But in spite of this, there are people among them who posses the bravery it takes to serve their communities.
You think I am over-hyping the bravery? Take a look at this.
I am not sure I would ever have that kind of courage. Brothers and sisters, it fills me with awe.
And it shames me, because unless you know for a fact that it was not grown in, processed by, or traveled through Mexico, pot has the blood of these brave people on it. The fact is that the drug cartels are in business because we who live across the border are their market. It is that simple.
I don't care how you rationalize it. I know that boycotting pot probably won't change a thing. I know that the violent drug cartels are responsible for their own actions. I know that all of this is very complicated and has to do with governments and politics and world economies and legalization versus illegalization and blah, blah, I can't be blamed blah.
Pot from Mexico has blood on it. How can we ignore this?