May 9, 2014 — I have found myself wondering recently how the timeshare community (developers, etc.) will be handling what seems to be the inevitable legalization — nationwide — of the dreaded ‘POT’ (aka: marihuana, weed, reefer, ganja, maryjane…) that is now authorized for recreational use in Colorado, soon in Washington State and with medical marijuana use currently permitted in about 21 U.S. States?
So Here’s The Scoop: Who knows how the ‘biz’ will address this issue, but assuredly it will have an effect on Timeshare Owners who vacation at TS resorts in specific areas who partake (medically or otherwise) as well as current and future TS employees who are forced to take those unnecessary & (IMO) unconstitutional drug tests, etc.
Well I’m not going to attempt to answer any of that today, but for all you anti-cannabis teetotaling prescription drug taking folks — including the whisky drinking, beer guzzling, Martini sipping and Jack Daniel enthusiast as well as the Tequila aficionados, the Gin and Tonic lovers and Bloody Mary Poppers, etc. (you know who you are) — then for a wake-up call you should watch (online) the scurrilous 1936 film “Reefer Madness”. (It’s free to do so.)
The flick, also known as “Tell Your Children” (among other titles), was produced during the beginning era of the now decades-long, enormously failed “War on drugs” that has cost American taxpayers TRILLIONS of dollars and the arrest and/or imprisonment of MILLIONS of mostly good hard working taxpaying decent U.S. Citizens who had a ‘bud’ now and then.
And if you won’t take the time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54xWo7ITFbg) to watch this pathetic but hilarious melodrama, at least read the following which is how the black and white movie begins. Right after the credits – and on the screened prologue – the movie suggests it is “fictional” (followed by a disclaimer) and then goes on to declare (I’ve highlighted some words) the following (word for word):
The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers.
Marihuana is that drug – a violent narcotic – an unspeakable scourge – The Real Public Enemy Number One!
Its first effect is sudden violent uncontrollable laughter; then dangerous hallucinations – space expands – time slows down, almost stands still… fixed ideas comes next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances – followed by emotional disturbances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions (aka: sex)… leading finally to acts of shocking violence… ending often in incurable insanity.
In picturing its soul-destroying effects no attempt was made to equivocate (aka: to deceive)!
The scenes and incidents, while fictionalized for the purposes of this story, are based upon actual research into the results of Marihuana addiction. If their stark reality will make you think, will make you aware that something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace, then the picture will not have failed in its purpose…
Because the dread of Marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter… or yours… or YOURS!
Originally shown in theaters across the USA the movie is actually quite funny. It is an exploitation film depicting fictional & tragic events of high school students; ‘narcotic pushers’, a hit and run car accident, attempts at rape, orgies, manslaughter, insanity, police raids, alcohol abuse, suicide and MORE!
It has been alleged that the film was originally produced back then by an agenda driven ‘special interest’ group that might have been financed (funded) by a church faction and after its initial ‘run’ the film was reportedly purchased by Dwain Espier (October 7, 1892—October 18, 1982).
Dwain was apparently a Director and Producer of ‘exploitation’ movies of the era, and with his efforts the motion picture (‘documentary’) continued to be shown in theaters across the nation (and internationally) from the late 1930’s – 1960’s, and then came back on the scene as a cult movie with a following starting in the early 1970’s.
On a personal note, while walking down the street one mid-afternoon at the tender age of 14 — with my earned allowance in my pocket and minding my own business — I came across a theater showing Reefer Madness and with nothing else to do I paid, went in, bought my popcorn, took my seat, watched – and came out stunned, shocked and absolutely horrified!
Of course over time ‘things’ in my life changed as did my understanding of the world and some 12 years later (a long time ago) – and with some practical application – I learned, as I did about so many other ‘issues’ (then and now) – the movie was unadulterated BS.
But the picture had accomplished its objective, scaring the Bejeezus out of MILLIONS of young and old around the world, including political leaders, bureaucrats and other decider types who went on to set ‘drug’ policies including – in the USA – making the ‘herb’ a Schedule 1 (worst of the worst) NARCOTIC – right up there with Heroin, LSD (Acid) and Meth, etc.
And here we are TODAY, some 78 years later, and as of this writing (according to the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency website) a ‘Doobee’ (cannabis) is still listed as one of “the most dangerous drugs” in the FRICKIN’ WORLD!
And if anyone believes that to be true then next week we’ll chat about how safe it is driving the car with the kids in tow and texting at the same time!
Good Luck Out There!
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