Monday, October 25, 2010

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this public service announcement

I think we need to boycott marijuana. No, this is not a joke.

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?

15 comments:

  1. "Pot from Mexico has blood on it. How can we ignore this?"

    Truth.

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  2. Amen!!

    Admitting that our desire for a product is what leads to its being produced is truly addressing the root of the issue.

    Same could be said of heroin and the devastation that caused in Afghanistan.

    Thank you for addressing this head on and for pointing out how serving the public in other countries can be literally a sacrifice.

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  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I agree completely -- unless you are growing your own, you are likely participating in the wholesale slaughter that's taking place in Mexico. Every dollar spent on illegal drugs finances the mayhem that threatens to engulf Mexico.

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  4. I want to vote for you for President.

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  5. I think in light of the economy, the prison situation, but especially the plague of violence in Mexico - that decriminalization and allowing those that want to grow there own is a resonable course. Maybe you can work on that as you advance up the political ladder.

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  6. You thought my post had truth. Yours has much more. I've been following the border wars, and they are frightening. These people are as brave as those with blue fingers in Iraq that first election.

    I never smoked pot either. As I told my children, physically it is supposed to hurt your lungs far more than cigarettes and that is saying something. I wonder if teens realize how much blood is on their marijuana cigarette and who wants to make the drug cartels more money. They already almost own the country.

    Interesting thoughts my friend.~~Dee

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  7. Susan--More people need to speak out.

    Deborah--Truth.

    Lisa--I think we've been turing a blind eye to our complicity in this. Time to wake up.

    Elizabeth--Exactly. Unless you are growing your own, you don't know where it is coming from.

    James--I hope you mean neighborhood pres, because I'm not running for the other one! Thanks for your vote of confidence, though. ;-)

    Les--Legalization would solve a lot of problems. We need to face up to what is happening now, though, and then let our consciences be our guides.

    Oh, and I hope never to run for office higher than neighborhood association pres. I wouldn't even be doing that except they couldn't find anyone else willing to take the job.

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  8. Dee--It is indeed frightening. And how can we look the other way when our neighbors, the ordinary people in villages, have to put up with this? It is inhumane to have to live in that kind of fear.

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  9. 1. This is all true.
    2. I've never smoked pot either, partly because I was a "good girl" (aka someone who couldn't imagine breaking the rules) growing up and partly because I have asthma. Smoking in general would've been stupid.
    3. Mexico is in a tragic state--a beautiful place with a rich culture being taken over by thugs.
    4. I think we ought to legalize the stuff. If we did that, farmers in this country would get the profits and the gangs in Mexico would have to find another product to kill each other over. Unfortunately, it would probably be meth, which it is to an extent already.
    5. Read "Methland."

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  10. Susan--I was "good girl" too, so I know what you mean. And you're probably right that they would find something else to fill the void. It doesn't change the fact that if people are smoking pot that they did not grow themselves, they are supporting this violence.

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  11. Susan - I am in agreement with you as I too have not smoked pot but then I also do not drink alchol. I also have been watching the events in Mexico that has led to journalist from Mexico seeking political asylum in the US.
    Too me the only way to dry up this illegal trade is to legalize and licences pot farmers and sellers here in the US. This in turn would not give reason for inportation of this weed with blood on it.

    I should also tell you I use a Marjuana alchol rub that a young friend grows and provides for folks like me. This rub is often the differenc for me of being able too sleep as I am trying to avoid harder more harmful drugs. The rub acts quickly and last for about 4 to 6 hours. It is made from what is refredded to as a quarter bag of weed and a pint of 90% alchol put in a air tight container together and allowed to ferment for two weeks then decanted straining out the weed. I then use a cotton ball to apply the tinture.

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  12. Excellently said Susan~Now if only we can get law makers to act rationally. But, they haven't so far. gail

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  13. I totally agree with you, Susan. The border violence is a horror.

    Young people today are devoted environmentalists and concerned about justice and human rights. If they can be helped to see the connection between that joint at a party and the bloodshed in Mexico, they might think twice about partaking.

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  14. David and Gail--legalization might help the situation in Mexico, and it might not. However, it remains that people here are buying a product sponsored by violence.

    Pam--truth.

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