This Fourth of July 2015 is indeed a ‘Fourth’ that
celebrates freedom in Oregon. Why? Last
November “Oregon voters…overwhelmingly
marijuana.” The details of this new freedom are
in the previous link to oregonlive.com.
Marijuana became illegal in the U.S. in the first
part of the 20th century as detailed in the
Wikipedia entry here. Ironically it was
characterized by lawmakers as a poison. Today
it is recognized as a valuable medicinal asset as
the video explains as well as being a much
appreciated recreational intoxicant.
Like many public initiatives the road to
criminalizing the marijuana user and the plant
itself was accomplished with falsehood and
deceit. Using the time honored social means of
"racism, fear, protection of corporate profits,
yellow journalism, ignorant, incompetent, and/or
corrupt legislators, personal career
advancement and greed" as Drug WarRant.com reports.
Like so many policies and laws enacted during
that time period marijuana laws had their feet
planted firmly in good old American racist
Harry J. Anslinger is the poster child for the
criminalization of marijuana and its users. He is
credited with approaching the American people
1. “There are 100,000 total marijuana
smokers in the US, and most are Negroes
Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their
Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from
marijuana use. This marijuana causes white
women to seek sexual relations with Negroes,
entertainers, and any others.” 2.“Reefer makes
darkies think they’re as good as white men.” 3.
“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist
brainwashing” 4. “You smoke a joint and you’re
likely to kill your brother.” 5. “Marijuana is the
most violence-causing drug in the history of
To help fan the anti-marijuana hysteria into a full
blown inferno the film “Reefer Madness” was
produced in 1938. Today in the second decade
of the 21st century the film is viewed as a joke
and often people will get together for a party
while getting stoned and watching the film.
Today the film is seen for what it is, government
sanctioned lies and social propaganda. As such
it is more like a Marx Brothers comedy than a
film with seriously needed information.
Oregon is famous for its high quality marijuana according to the THEWEEDBLOG. But it has rivals or superiors, some say, in Colorado, Washington and California. Today the liberty to grow has produced a new generation of avid horticulturists and entrepreneurs who are continually breeding better and varied strains of marijuana. Along with the beautiful plant itself and the pure joy of savoring its ability to turn the mood soft and happy there are a variety of edible marijuana products and some relatively new ones like ‘dabs’. Dabs are easy to fall in love with but they do make you cough lol. The dab consists of the concentrated essence of the plant and is sometimes close to 100%THC. A little dab will do you for the entire day. Two will make you sit down and fall into a daydream and more may become unpleasant as the following article in Leafly warns.
What all this means is that the Fourth of July in
Oregon this year will offer some expanded
areas of personal choice to anyone over the age of 21 within its borders. People from outside the state are welcome to enjoy the herb and its associated products as long as they are within the borders of the state and of legal age.
Perhaps this will open up a new tourism industry where people can come for the scenery and the herb. It seems like a perfect match.
Be here for the Fourth.