Arthur Salm at San Diego News Network has the creative juices flowing
All of the complications, headaches and frustration weâ€™re grappling with right now spring from nearly a century of American societyâ€™s ground-level, fundamental bungling . Cannabis was demonized for a goulash of reasons we wonâ€™t rehash here, but not one of them passes the Martian test: Could you explain this to a Martian and not sound like an idiot?
That’s a good test. And no, there’s no way that you could truthfully explain marijuana prohibition to a Martian without sounding like an idiot.
Salm’s closing is poetry. Evocative, powerful, and absurdly beautiful…
Somewhere, another dog has bitten another man. The sun has risen so far in the east that itâ€™s now practically in the west. And, so long as men shoot elephants from helicopters, and have their hearts broken by women and vice versa and any combination therein, and loved ones and pets die, and the rent is due, and life is just too damn complex and weird, folks are just naturally going to want to get high.
Sometimes they do it just for the merry hell of it. And when we donâ€™t want to face this hard fact, when we delude ourselves into thinking thereâ€™s something inherently evil about it, we end up spending time and money appointing task forces to look into the matter.
Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it. And while youâ€™re at it, stop shooting elephants from helicopters.