reefer sanity in Idaho: “I smoked weed and nobody died “

WE’RE NOT TV-WATCHERS in my house, so unless something outrageously happens, we are not up on what’s happening with contemporary commercials. That means that I occasionally see a spot from the Super Bowl because of the extraordinary attention those commercials get in the making and in the viewing. But your normal everyday ad spot never crosses my screen.

So it is that I haven’t kept up with the nonsense that passes for “fact” on the various anti-drug commercials that have run on television. Apparently, I may be missing out on some good entertainment if David Sirota’s article titled “Reefer Sanity Takes Hold in Colorado” for Buzzflash (January 13, 2014) is an indication:

“Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an advertisement that is now worth revisiting.

‘I smoked weed and nobody died,’ intoned the teenage narrator. ‘I didn’t get into a car accident. I didn’t OD on heroin the next day. Nothing happened.’

The television spot from the White House drug czar was intended to discourage marijuana use by depicting it as boring. But in the process, the government suggested that smoking a little pot is literally, in the words of the narrator, ‘the safest thing in the world.’

Why is this spot worth revisiting? Because in light of what’s happening here in Colorado, the ad looks less like a scary warning than a reassuringly accurate prophecy.”

This is your brain on marijuana

I do recall reading about a spot that ran during Reagan’s Reign of Error: the screen showed an EEG with a normal brain-wave accompanied by a voice-over that told you that this was your brain being “normal.” It was followed by the same EEG showing a flat line, but this time you were told that this was your brain on marijuana.

A flat-line on an EEG or an means that the patient’s brain shows zero activity—that is, the brain is dead.

And therefore, the patient is dead.

So, the War on Drugs spot lied.

In fact, after a couple of hits of pot, most people’s brain waves resemble a sine-wave. This wave normally indicates a brain that is both relaxed and focused—it is a brain at its optimum.

Sine-wave on an EEG are often found in brains that are meditating. In other words, it is the opposite of a flat-line and makes the government’s lie even more egregious. I could could go on but instead we’re back to David Sirota:

“Of course, this portrait of tranquility, normalcy and pragmatism is often downplayed by the sensationalist national media in faraway Washington, DC. There, amid wild speculation about absurdly apocalyptic hypotheticals, the fist-shaking fogies are negatively caricaturing legalization in a fit of reefer madness.

For instance, there’s been tripe like Ruth Marcus’s Washington Post screed that at once warns of the supposed ‘perils of legalized pot’ and absolves herself for previously using the drug.

There was also the lament from the New York Times’ David Brooks, in which he first fondly reminisced about his erstwhile pot smoking and then claimed that legalizing marijuana harms America’s ‘moral ecology.’ You also have to wonder how many of them chatted up the ‘perils of pot’ this month while enjoying a post-workday cocktail.”

In states where marijuana is legal, one can no longer assume that a couple of co-workers openly exhorting others to join them for a few buds after work are inviting them for a few cold ones at the pub on the corner.

The burden of bullshit enforcement

The article is followed by several comments from readers. Probably the vast percentage of reader’s comments are worthless, but I have selected the first such comment (from Tibetan Cowboy) for a point it brings up:

“Various numbers have been published regarding taxes and retail sales. Credible numbers are $70,000,000 in pot taxes and $600,000,000 in pot sales this year alone. Those numbers will be [three to four times] higher next year most likely.

Reason enough to legalize a relatively harmless natural product, not to mention the overwhelming cost savings from incarcerations, law enforcement of bullshit laws, violence of illegal distribution and sales of pot, etc.

Some states are now granting amnesty and probation to their prisoners who are in prison only for pot infractions. I believe NY state is one of them.

And this is removing the burden of bullshit enforcement of laws against a trivial substance allowing peace officers to spend time on real criminals and crimes. The overall benefits of legal pot are astounding and difficult to measure they are so far reaching, on many levels both deep and wide.”

Actually, the price of legal weed in idaho should be dramatically lower than the former illegal weed. This should lower the amount of spendable cash in those communities or families that cultivated and sold it. Of course, the taxes will be an enormous boon to the state and, hopefully, most of those people. Taxes should reach nine figures rather quickly, not something to laugh at in a sparsely populated state.

Also, there should be a boom in tourism throughout the state. This will put even more money in circulation and more taxes paid! For this reason, the state should see that even the smallest town in Idaho has its own corner pot shoppe.