I think Kellogg’s owe Michael Phelps an apology. He also might have a case of wrongful dismissal if they already signed contracts and agreed to payment terms. Kellogg’s has been killing Americans for decades using food packed with high-fructose corn syrup, so they can’t say Phelps isn’t in keeping with their corporate identity. They are part and parcel of many of our most pressing problems – from global warming to health care.
In fact, I think the entire United States of America owes Phelps an apology. And a bong hit.
When are we going to have an honest conversation about marijuana and drug laws? When are we going to acknowledge that both our most celebrated athlete and our new president are examples of highly capable people who have smoked or are continuing to smoke weed? I bet if Obama was able to answer honestly, he would admit that nothing would be better than a big fat bong hit of some killer Hawaiian at the end of a long, hard day of being president.
But we can’t handle that kind of truth in America. We have demanded republicans and democrats alike to locked up “those people” so we feel safer. Ruin “those people’s” families and neighborhoods so we feel safe in our hypocritical and safely medicated suburbs. Of course, never admitting that it was the suburban teens who were “those people’s” best clients.
Until voters make it clear that this injustice is over, we really have no room to require or lament a lack of accountability in anything. We are abandoning a whole section of society through a cowardly inability to demand our leaders undo many unjust laws. I don’t think we should criminalize any vice, no matter how morally repugnant. Yes, including cocaine and heroin and Oxycontin and whiskey. Wait, the last two are already legal and kill more people than all other illegal drugs combined.
This is a liberal and conservative issue – liberals for simple fairness and conservatives for telling the government to butt the hell out of our lives. It is also a common sense issue. There are way too many positives to changing our drug laws to count, including the potential revenue for killer weed as well as for hemp such as a replacement for petroleum in many products, paper, food, etc. The only thing keeping Canada and Europe from totally legalizing it is our government’s refusal to be reasonable.
Far from turning everyone into a fuzzy couch burrito or a crazed heroin addict, mary jane can be a gentle and calming mistress that still allows exceptional people to truly shine and regular people to have a nice time without a hang-over or guilt.
Explain to me again why marijuana is illegal in America?
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