As if there isn’t already enough Devil’s Spawn out there that you can’t touch lest you face judgment and damnation, add marijuana to the list, courtesy of the most notable Shiite Paleo Doctrinal Authority.
I participated on various athletic teams that required regular aerobic workouts, almost year round. Consequently, smoking anything (tobacco or dope) was completely out of the question for me. very summer from my early 20s until I was 42, I worked as the Head Lifeguard on a major beach at Lake Tahoe, so my former aerobic workout ethic continued with me throughout my later life.
In my blog and scientific writings, I can honestly say that I have never deliberately ventured into political or social commentary – and sorry – you won’t get that perspective here either.
Yea, and that’s why you’re writing an alarmist post about it on the heals of now 21 states having approved it for medical use, and two now, for recreational use as well.
So let’s just go ahead, keep the stuff illegal, keep the War on Drugs going that destroys thousands of family and has resulted in the “Land of the Free” having more people in prison in absolute terms than any other nation in earth history, and currently the highest per capita prison population.
You go, girl.
Fortunately, cat’s out of the bag and old ninnies like Cordain are going the way of the dinosaur.
- As of 2013, 99,426 were serving time for drug offenses, about 10% associated with violence. Call it 90K non violent. Interestingly, for all 50 states, “only” 55k are in for possession, while 167K are associated with violence. Since state law typically deals with the adjudication of violent acts, this makes sense. On the other hand, how much of the violence is associated with the presence of laws that make no rational sense to people? “Where there are laws, there will be crime.” – Solzhenitsyn
- As of 2013, 985,000 people were on probation for federal drug offenses.
- As of 2013, 280,000 people were on parole for federal drug offenses.
- As of 2013, approximately 500,000 people are in federal and state prison over drug offenses, violent and non-violent combined.
Growing up in blue collar Circle Pines, Minnesota, in the 1950s, raised by parents from the “Greatest Generation,” I dreamed only of becoming a civil rights lawyer. My passion for justice was hard-wired into my DNA. Never could I have imagined that by the end of my 50s, after nineteen years as one of 678 federal district court judges in the nation, I would have sent 1,092 of my fellow citizens to federal prison for mandatory minimum sentences ranging from sixty months to life without the possibility of release. The majority of these women, men and young adults are nonviolent drug addicts. Methamphetamine is their drug of choice. Crack cocaine is a distant second. Drug kingpins? Oh yes, I’ve sentenced them, too. But I can count them on one hand. While I’m extremely proud of my father’s service in World War II, I am greatly conflicted about my role in the “war on drugs.” […]
Crack defendants are almost always poor African-Americans. Meth defendants are generally lower-income whites. More than 80 percent of the 4,546 meth defendants sentenced in federal courts in 2010 received a mandatory minimum sentence. These small-time addicts are apprehended not through high-tech wiretaps or sophisticated undercover stings but by common traffic stops for things like nonfunctioning taillights. Or they’re caught in a search of the logs at a local Walmart to see who is buying unusually large amounts of nonprescription cold medicine. They are the low-hanging fruit of the drug war. Other than their crippling meth addiction, they are very much like the folks I grew up with. Virtually all are charged with federal drug trafficking conspiracies—which sounds ominous but is based on something as simple as two people agreeing to purchase pseudoephedrine and cook it into meth. They don’t even have to succeed.
So just in case you’re wondering, no, this is not about me. Here’s my history of dope smoking.
- Had my first experience in 1982 at OSU. Some frat house. Months later, my roommate got loads of Thai stick and local Oregon grown (wish I had the pic of all the sticks and buds laid out on the table). Spent spring term, junior year, stoned 24/7. Literally. Went to class stoned, studied stoned, and took tests stoned. We didn’t do coffee in the morning, unless it was being used as bong water. 3.8 GPS (1 ‘B’, all the rest ‘A’). Best GPA of my college experience.
- Spent the summer working, no dope. Came back for fall term, senior year, smoked a few times and decided I didn’t much like being stoned. It became a very intermittent, recreational/social thing from then on.
- Once I graduated and was commissioned a Navy officer, it was simply out of the question, as random piss tests were all the rage, zero tolerance, etc. Accordingly, I didn’t smoke a whiff from ’84-’89. Then I went on exchange to the French Navy.
- Not being subject to piss tests, and having a French GF, I indulged often with hashish, which was pretty much all that was available in France, always purchased from north Africans.
- Separated from the navy in ’92, came back home, dived into entrepreneurial endeavors, and never even thought about it.
- At one point, after my business was established, I got a client that became a friend, he used it, so I had some months of pretty substantial use. He moved away, that ended.
- Took up hang gliding in ’96 and the place I’ve flow for 15 years every August was presided over by my late friend Page (Part II: The Memorial) who grew his own. For many years, I got stoned a few evenings per year after the landing.
- In 2006 I decided to set up a 50 gallon marine reef aquarium. Years earlier, I’d had a 180-gal salt water tank with large tropical marine fish. The bioload is way too high to have invertebrates, so you only have to keep track of ammonia and nitrites. A reef tank requires that those be cool, but also nitrates (don’t bother fish much), which require anaerobic bacteria to process into nitrogen gas that just bubbles out of the tank. Anyway, I found it very stimulating to get high and dive into all of the water chemistry, every night, for a while. Here’s the result, in video. Watch as little or long as you like.
- Since then, it has become very intermittent for me. Perhaps once per month, always in social situations with particular friends, and most typically, when playing cards (Spades). Otherwise, I kinda hate it. Unless I smoke it frequently enough to build up some sort of acclamation, tolerance, or resistance, it makes me rather unmotivated to do anything. Since I don’t want to smoke it frequently for any number of reasons, I reserve it for happy times now & then. Make sense?
Most of all, I hate that when I do indulge, others are sitting in prison for what I’m doing, and that person’s family has been laid to ruin because of your senselessness fear and alarm…an alarm that Dr. Loren Cordain seems oh so willing to promote, because he did aerobic exercise and was a life guard.