Four Good People Who Smoke Grass, Mr. Sessions
So the honorable Jeff Sessions, chief adjudicator and top lawman of the United States of America, is going after the weed-heads again. In a move true to the outdated refer madness philosophy to which he ascribes, Sessions recently rescinded the Cole Memo. In short, the Cole Memo was an Obama-era policy that prevented U.S. attorneys from prosecuting state-licensed cannabusinesses unless they violated both state and federal law.
Way to go Jeff! High five to your face!
The new legislation allows federal prosecutors to decide whether or not, and how aggressively to enforce federal drug laws in states where weed has been made legal for adults by vote of the popular majority. In laymen’s terms what this means is that whatever side of the bed these prosecutors wake up on is the side we’re going to find cannabis on.
It’s been no secret as of late that Jeff Sessions is a vehement anti-marijuana supporter. Having made many outspoken statements regarding the medicinal herb, it’s pretty clear what the guy thinks of the stuff. Good people don’t smoke it right? (This coming from a guy who thought that the KKK were a bunch of good people until he discovered that they loved getting high; it’s obvious that he is a great judge of character.)
Sessions Neanderthal view explains the dissolution of this memorandum, one that provided medical suppliers and users a certain element of safety despite the statutes of federal law.
Users beware: The United States Government is coming after all us bad folk.
I wonder though, do you think Sessions really buys into that garbage, or is he just trying to placate the archaic understanding sadly held by countless Americans nationwide that if you smoke pot you’ll probably end up axe murdering your family, or prostituting yourself to keep your addiction in supply?
Obviously, the sensible human understands that smoking pot has no bearing upon whether or not you should be thought of as a bad person.
But seeing is believing right? So I’ve compiled a super short list containing some of the most influential people of our time.
Guess what pasttime they all had in common?
1. Maya Angelou
The American Poet, author and civil rights activist who is credited with being Oprah Winfrey’s mentor, as well as having worked alongside the likes of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. used to love lighting up. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows that spanned over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees
Maya Angelou was fluent in 5 languages other than English- Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic and Fanti.
2. Bill Gates
Aside from his multi-national, multi-billion dollar a year company Microsoft, being one of the first of its kind to legally enter the Cannabis industry by engineering software for a “seed-to-sale” type tracking of marijuana production, it’s a well-known fact that the 2nd richest man on the planet voted yes to article 502 which legalized marijuana for recreational use in Washington- the state where he currently resides.
Aside from revolutionizing computer technology, and voting yes for the civil right to get high, Gates is an avid philanthropist. His charity, The Gates Foundation has given away over 40 Billion dollars in grants and funds everything from malaria prevention in Mozambique and smoking cessation in China, to college costs for kids in the U.S.
3. Carl Sagan
One of the most well-known astrophysicists on the planet, a man referred to by the Smithsonian Institute as truly irreplaceable, can also be quoted several times commenting on the usefulness of cannabis. From bolstering his sex life, to his appreciation for music, to his creativity and the way he was able to see and understand the world, there’s no doubt that pot was huge on Carl Sagan’s list.
Breaking the mold and risking his career, Sagan composed an essay for inclusion in a 1969 book written by Lester Greenspoon, “Marihuana Revisited,” which labelled him a pot hero by many.
What were his exact thoughts on the pot prohibition?
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
Ok, so you’ve heard of the first three. Maybe even more than once and in articles quite similar to this one. But what about our dear old friend Francis Crick? Ring a bell? No? Listen to this…
4. Francis Crick
Crick was a molecular biologist, biophysicist and neuroscientist. He is credited with co-discovering the structure of the double helix, in tandem with his buddy James D. Watson. This endeavor awarded him the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. A fun fact that you will not read in your history textbooks, is that this genius and credit to the human race frequently dosed with LSD to incite the creativity for which to explore great depths such as this. You will also most likely not hear about his backing for the use of marijuana as a founding member of the group Soma, which was named after the drug in Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World,’ in the late sixties. Soma was a legalize-cannabis conglomerate fighting for equal rights among the spectrum of drugs made ready and available by the United States Government. Crick even went as far as to write a letter to Times Magazine, calling for a reform in drugs laws.
You mean to tell me that a guy who was tripping balls when he made one of the most relevant discoveries of our time passes on the grass?
So there you have it. Concrete proof that good people, some of the best in fact, do smoke marijuana.
Jeff Sessions, eat your heart out.