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Some Cannabis Users Want to Make Weed Illegal Again

Some Cannabis Users Want to Make Weed Illegal Again
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Some Cannabis Users Want to Make Weed Illegal Again

Legal cannabis is making some people nostalgic for the ways of the past.

There was a time not so long ago when being a part of the cannabis community was more of a red-eyed cult than the mainstream bore it has become today. There were no discussions 30 years ago, or even 20, about pot stocks, and you’d darn well better believe that nobody cared what CBD was all about.

Even diehard stoners, those who treated every issue of High Times as though it had been written by God himself, didn’t give a second thought to the possibility of weed having any other function than making food, music, and sex —  every aspect of life really — just a little better.

This was when it was not uncommon to get locked into hours of controversial debates, full of government conspiracies and other lunatic rants intended to rationalize, if at all possible, Uncle Sam’s hellbent mission to keep the cannabis plant buried in the underground. “Legalize it” was a familiar war cry back then. It was written on rally signs, branded on t-shirts and even used to punctuate those less than desirable social situations when weed induced a strange or comical reaction (like vomiting up a lung from excessive coughing) that killed everyone around us with laughter.

Ahem-ahem-ahem-ahem… BLARGH! Legalize it!

But maybe, just maybe, if some of the plant’s more loyal followers had been shown a vision of how the legal system was going to shake out eventually, they may have had a very different opinion on the matter.

Although marijuana is only legal in a handful of states for recreational use, it is plain to see that the business of growing and selling weed in America is on a dead-eyed path to becoming the same kind of hole-in-the-sheet commerce that alcohol has achieved since being unleashed from the shackles of federal prohibition. It is a new day for the doobie (wait, do people even use those anymore), one where consumption is done through the use of concentrates, vapes, THC-infused beverages, and even suppositories.

But this is cannabis 2.0. It’s a weird scene, tightly regulated, and, depending on who you ask, as dull as the new Motley Crue biopic “The Dirt.” So much that teens aren’t even using it anymore as part of their rebellion repertoire. And Republicans, the anti-drug ’til death mongrels stinking up Capitol Hill, are now part of the movement to end pot prohibition once and for all. Some call it progress, while others say the culture was far better before pro-pot warriors swooped in and made an absolute mess of it. Here are just a few reasons why some cannabis users want to Make Weed Illegal Again.

Too Much THC In Legal Weed

Everyone can appreciate good weed — the kind that comes with a nice buzz but doesn’t turn us into blathering cartoon characters — but the problem is there really isn’t any lousy pot being produced in the U.S. All of the marijuana being sold in legal states is a much higher quality than the Mexican stuff that everyone used to get their hands on. Even the homegrown raised back in the day by the rednecks of the Midwest didn’t kick with such intensity. Some have referred to this new level cultivation hocus-pocus as “Herojuana,” because it is indeed potent enough to turn even the most experienced user into a catatonic mess. Just take a couple of dab hits and try to go about your daily routine without losing your shit. Chances are you’ll end up screwing the pooch before it is all over. Some members of the cannabis community say legalization destroyed the ability for regular users to just casually consume throughout the day without getting totally obliterated and acting weird. Now, everyone has to microdose or run the risk of being too stoned.

Legal Weed Cuts Into Profits of Longtime Black Market Dealers

Cannabis advocates often argue that establishing a taxed and regulated system eliminates black market dealings — whittling away at the overall crime rates associated with the distribution of illegal drugs. Considering that legal marijuana states are raking in millions of dollars every month, there is no doubt that plenty of people have bid farewell to their neighborhood dope man and started making their pot purchases through legitimate channels. This has given some small to mid-level drug dealers a hard way to go because they can longer support their families by slinging dime bags out the back door. Although some customers still frequent the underground to escape high taxes, it’s just not enough to keep every street hustler running in the black. Unfortunately, drug dealers do not qualify for unemployment, nor do they get social security benefits or healthcare. These folks are the ones who really wish we could make weed illegal again.

Nobody Shares Their Weed Anymore, Man

One of the most highly revered aspects of the cannabis culture was that getting high once came with a social component that some argue is missing today. Back when marijuana possession could still result in a jail sentence, people often scored a fat sack of grass and spent the next few evenings passing joints around with friends. But the communal smoke circle just doesn’t seem to hold any weight these days, especially in spots where weed stores are as prevalent as Starbucks. Now, it’s mostly a BYOW (bring your own weed) type of situation, and stingy stoners are everywhere. So, while it might now be difficult to find someone to share a joint with in a prohibition state, don’t expect this high hospitality in places like Colorado. They simply aren’t having it.

We Just Miss The Old Days… the Thrill of Living That Outlaw Life

While the convenience of just walking into a pot shop for more weed is a concept that hasn’t taken long for most to embrace, others say they miss the thrill of the hunt. These sickos were much happier when it was necessary to assume some level of risk in order to get their hands on weed. Of course, it goes without saying that this rare breed of cannabis consumer may be some of the most morbid of the movement, yet it is not to be discounted that many appreciated the scene more when there was an element of danger associated with it. This group wants to see pot go back to a time when everyone was on the same level and not something bound for Walmart

Nothing… Nothing At All

There are plenty of gripes about legal weed, that’s for sure, but most members of the cannabis community say they wouldn’t change a thing. Well, certainly lower taxes would be appreciated. But very few cannabis consumers miss the time when putting in a call to a weed dealer meant sometimes waiting around for days to catch a buzz. Most don’t miss having to spend time with questionable characters just to get it either. And having the luxury of buying pot just like a beer has undoubtedly taken the pressure off users since they no longer have to give their vehicles a complete inspection before hitting the road. In the old days, failure to make sure that turn signals and brakes lights were functioning properly could result in shakedowns, arrests and prison time.

But not in today’s legal climate.

Still, there are some who argue that cannabis is still problematic for those who fail to follow the rules to the letter. Grow more than the allotted two to four plants or whatever the law permits and you’ll still go to jail; get caught carrying four ounces instead of the allowed 1.5 and here come the savage repercussions. Many believe a better scheme would be just to decriminalize it, and put the kibosh on all of this industry noise. But that’s never going to happen. This is America, after all, where greed rhymes with green for a reason. The good old days have done come and gone.

Now, it’s just business. 

TELL US, what do you miss about the old days?

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    October 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I miss how civil life was before legalization. Now that it’s legal in my “home” state, its become a utopia for the scumbags of America and the drug addicts and criminals. There’s a reason there are so many shootings here. There’s a reason traffic is so terrible here, there’s a reason crime has increased dramatically. Thank you Colorado for legalizing drugs

  2. Jeff

    May 13, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Other than the changing nothing option at the end that article is just dumb in every way.

  3. Lee hyett

    May 11, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Greed does not rhyme with green

  4. Joe

    April 3, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I miss buying a joint for a dollar.

  5. Maxcatski

    March 31, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I miss nothing about the bad old days. What’s to like about getting a bunch of cash so you can drive across town and be nice to some guy so you can give him all that money for some sketchy weed?

    Today we have named strains, tested and certified cannabis and more and better pot than ever before! And I am legally allowed to produce as much as I like under the laws here in Canada. Cannabis has never been better!

  6. Joe

    March 30, 2019 at 12:22 am

    UnderRated and Garthcultivator did a song called Black Markets Matter. It’s about the corruption and bullshit behind the ” legal ” movement. Check it out on YouTube.

  7. YearofAction

    March 29, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    This article is a good discussion of the problems with legal weed.

    Rather than legalizing weed, consider carefully descheduling weed. The precedent for this is the 21st Amendment’s nuanced repeal of the 18th Amendment. Let’s use the Constitution to restore and protect the rights of people to again exclusively grow cannabis.

    Background:

    The plant Cannabis sativa L. was widely grown and used by people at the time that the Constitution was ratified in 1787.

    The right of the people to continue to grow and use the plant Cannabis sativa L. was enabled by the original intent of the 9th and 10th Amendments in 1791 (Big Corporations are not people in this context):

    “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,” (such as the right to bear arms) “shall not be construed to deny or disparage others” (such as the right to grow and use cannabis plants) “retained by the people.”

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States,” (such as the power to control the uses of cannabis plants) “are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    Citizens were furthermore empowered to continue to grow and use the plant Cannabis sativa L. by Section 1 of the 14th Amendment in 1868 (Big Corporations are not citizens in this context):

    “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States” (to grow and use cannabis plants) “;”

    Those Amendments granted no rights, privileges, or immunities to Big Corporations to grow the plant Cannabis sativa L.

    Yet these rights, privileges, and immunities were surreptitiously revoked from citizens in 1937 by the original malformed federal definition of “marihuana” that was purposely crafted to exclude reference to THC and obscure the central meaning of the term “marihuana” within its abstruse, circumlocutory, and equivocal format.

    A definition with an obscure meaning is an oxymoron, therefore it cannot be a Necessary and Proper law. It must be reformed to be clear in its meaning.

    That format abetted the furtive, strategic, and licit misconstruction which aggrandized its first clause to enable the shameful prohibition of the plant Cannabis sativa L. from citizens, and which also aided in the use of “fear itself” to maliciously propagandize misconceptions about “marihuana” that were wittingly supported and assisted by Big Corporations.

    (1937): MARIHUANA: (b) The term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds, or resin- but shall not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

    The reforms enacted by the 2018 Farm Bill further malformed the definition of “marihuana” that continued to exclude reference to THC and obscure the central meaning of the term, but enabled Big Corporations to grow varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa L. that do contain THC (in arbitrarily small amounts), by misidentifying such varieties as “hemp”.

    (2018): MARIHUANA: (16)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin.
    (B) The term “marihuana” does not include (i) hemp, as defined in section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946; or (ii) the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

    Sec. 297A. (1) HEMP. The term “hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

    It is an unnecessary and improper federal intrusion of States’ rights and citizens’ civil rights in favor of Big Corporations, for the federal government to segment the plant Cannabis sativa L. into prohibited-by-misconstruction “marihuana” plants and legal-by-exemption “hemp” plants.

    Reform:

    The Necessary and Proper reform will specifically restore and protect the rights, privileges, and immunities of citizens to again exclusively grow, carefully use, and lawfully conduct commerce with the versatile and valuable plant Cannabis sativa L. while continuing to prohibit the grant of any rights, privileges, or immunities to Big Corporations to grow the plant Cannabis sativa L.,

    by including reference to THC and clearly describing the central meaning of the term,

    and replacing the racist term “marihuana” with its familiar, anglicized and equivalent form “marijuana”, and erasing the federal term “hemp”,

    and explicitly preserving the existing prohibitions that are important to citizens for controlling the undesired proliferation of smoking “marijuana” while implicitly retaining the Schedule 1 status of “marijuana” itself for separate consideration of the adulterated medical value that smoking “marijuana” derives from the plant Cannabis sativa L.,

    and specifically retaining the prohibition against smoking “marijuana” by qualified classes of people, and including the existing quantified limit of THC as an intake limit for those same classes of people, to protect children and reinforce the Well Regulated Militia Clause of the 2nd Amendment.

    Altogether, when these changes are enacted into law, they will carefully deschedule the plant Cannabis sativa L., and reform the definition itself to clearly uphold our Constitution:

    The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L. which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is the intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

    With regard to the constitutional rights of citizens to grow and access the benefits of the versatile and valuable plant Cannabis sativa L., this reform will help to prevent misconstruction or abuse of the Constitution’s powers, extend the ground of public confidence in the Government, and best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution, as well as establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, by adhering to the self-evident truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Action:

    Let’s contact our members of Congress about invoking Section 5 of the 14th Amendment to enact this reformed definition as the Necessary and Proper way to rectify the existing malformed federal definition of Schedule 1 “marihuana”.

    Weed grown by citizens will then be legal for people, local businesses, States, and Big Corporations to use according to the controls of federal law and each state’s regulations, as originally intended.

  8. Bob cole

    March 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Sad new world.
    Living in Massachusetts you’re allowed six or 12 for two people.As long as that stays the same, People still tend to share when it’s not a business.
    Long live home grown
    Great article for us old people.

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