Some People’s Perceptions of Pot Smokers Are Still Completely Fucked
A Deeper Look at Where The Very Misconstrued Ideas Certain People Still Have About Pot Stem From
I’d apologize for dropping an F bomb in the title of this story, if I was actually sorry. There are times, certain words are necessary to get your point across. There’s just not another word that would suffice for conveying how wrong, an astoundingly large number of people still are about Marijuana.
Also, for the most part, I’ll be replacing the word Marijuana with pot or weed for the remainder of this piece, mainly for convenience’s sake but also because this isn’t fourth grade health class and we’re all adults here.
I started smoking pot at the painfully young age of 12. I say painfully because, although I see or find nothing wrong, harmful or negative with weed — twelve year old kids don’t need to be smoking it and I’m by no stretch of the imagination condoning or promoting such an idea. They should be out doing kid stuff, or inside doing kid stuff, considering kids hardly leave their houses these days.
I mention that, only in an effort to convey the fact I have almost twenty years experience with pot. I can tell you, in full confidence, the biggest negative effect it has had on my life during those two decades — is how other people perceived it or how they’ve treated those who smoked it. This is included but certainly not limited to, the hypocritical laws certain states have against it, as well as The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (mis-)classification of it
Reefer Madness and Anti-Pot Political Agendas
This very disillusioned idea some people still have about pot, dates back to the early 1930's — and the release of an anti-Marijuana propaganda film called Reefer Madness. The film was originally financed by a church group and was intended to “teach” people about the “dangers” of using Marijuana.
It has since been called, one of the worst movies ever made, by pretty much anyone with a functioning brain in their head, who has suffered through the film. It’s ironic that a movie intended to educate, led to the miseducation of the general public about Marijuana. Not a single alleged danger the movie presents about Marijuana is true. In fact — it’s absurdly untrue, from start to finish — to a point that’s almost laughable, especially today.
The unfunny thing about it, is how it helped successfully stigmatize cannabis use. It’s insane to me, that a movie with such a clear agenda that was made almost a hundred years ago, still technically effects how certain people view Marijuana. I mean we’re talking about a film that suggests, weed may cause you to inadvertently run over a pedestrian with your vehicle and decide to just keep going — or my personal favorite — cause you to rape someone.
While I’ll acknowledge, a hit and run while your high could definitely happen, the reason for it would be because the driver was a shitty person, not because they had smoked some pot. The hit, maybe. Could happen to anyone. The run — no. That’d be the result of being a terrible person who makes bad decisions.
Both are things that actually occur and are blamed on pot, in the bullshit fest that is Reefer Madness.
President Richard Nixon, infamously declared a “war on drugs” during a press conference on June 17th, 1971. John Ehrlichman, a former top aide of Nixon’s, has since come out and revealed the President back then, had two true enemies — “the anti-war left and black people”.
For a further look, into just how grossly misled this nation was by Nixon’s efforts against Marijuana and drugs as a whole, as well as where his true agenda lied, allow me to share this passage from a CNN article with you all.
“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” — John Ehrlichman, former aide of President Nixon’s (www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/politics/john-ehrlichman-richard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/index.html)
As much as I hate to say this, many people’s distorted and uneducated viewpoint of Marijuana, is rooted in the nonsensical and ignorant grounds I’ve pointed to above. From the church group who first funded the production of Reefer Madness, to Nixon’s half racially charged, political anti-drug campaign— in which he used Marijuana as a way to target those who opposed the war in Vietnam — those who have vilified Marijuana throughout the course of history, have often had an underlying motive for doing so. And that’s unfortunately still true today.
Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You Smoking Pot — And Big Pharma Controls The Politicians, Who Control Policy
It’s no secret, how big, rich or powerful drug companies have become in this country, as well as worldwide. Especially the ones who produce narcotic pain medication or really any legally controlled substance. This is because, they are the ones with the most to lose, to pot being legalized on a medical and recreational basis, federally here in The United States.
So they therefore, are some of the most active, in doing all they can in ensuring this doesn’t happen, through contributing to the campaigns of those who draw up and enforce legislation and policies.
While 30 states have passed laws declaring Marijuana legal for medical use and it’s legal on a recreational basis in 8 of them — it’s still against federal law.
While actual doctors, who practice medicine and save lives for a living have declared Marijuana medically beneficial in treating those those suffering from everything from chronic pain, seizures, anxiety, depression, cancer (and the horrific side effects of the chemo used to treat it), as well as countless other conditions — The Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies Marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no medicinal use or value. To put that in perspective, the other drugs in the schedule 1 class are as follows: Heroin, Ecstasy, LSD, Methaqualone (Quaaludes) and Peyote.
It could be argued that at least two thirds of the class 1 scheduled drugs have medical or therapeutic value but that’s another story entirely.
But how ass backwards is it that a pot farmer in California could be raided and taken into the custody by The DEA like he or she were the next coming of Walter White, even though what they are doing is perfectly legal according to state law?
As President, Barack Obama led an initiative to stop Federal law enforcement agencies from enforcing laws against growing and selling marijuana, in states where it had been legalized — an initiative reversed by President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in the very beginning of this year.
Pure Ignorance and An Unfair Portrayal of Pot Smokers In Media, Movies and Television
Though Reefer Madness may have started the spread of, at least a large majority of the media’s very misguided perceptions about and portrayal of pot and those who smoke it, it by no means ended there.
Throughout the history of film and television, the pot smoker has mainly been portrayed as the lazy stoner, who doesn’t work and lives in his Mom’s basement. Listen, I get it. It’s often funny, or at least was at one time — before being comically beat into the ground by every movie or show that included a pot smoking main character. It’s not that I was offended by it as one who enjoys Marijuana, it just got old and I think even Hollywood came to see that.
While it may have been funny, it was never at all accurate — as plenty throughout history have gone on to show us — from artists, to athletes, to just everyday people. Marijuana and success have nothing to do with one another. If you go on to spend your life in your Mother’s basement, pot is not the reason why, you are.
While the general public’s perception of Marijuana as a whole is no doubt evolving, as we learn more and more about the very real medical benefits of it in treating a wide variety of different diseases, disorders and conditions — there is also still many people who have no personal experience with it, or at least haven’t as a responsible adult and those who are simply not educated enough on the subject, who view it as those who made Reefer Madness did.
There are people so closed minded, they truly believe one can not smoke pot and live completely normal and successful lives — despite the fact millions have and do. From soccer Moms to school teachers, to billionaires and bosses.
Pure ignorance and believing what they see on TV, much of which is just meant to make people laugh might I add, has completely formed some people’s perceptions of pot and I find that incredibly ridiculous in this age of information we live in. But I guess if the judgmental weren’t judging, they’d be doing nothing at all.