April 8, 2016 — Love it, hate it, for it or against it one thing seems to be perfectly clear and that is scores of millions of ordinary hard-working U.S. citizens from all classes have and continue to enjoy marijuana. There is no doubt about it folks the POT, Mary-Jane, Reefer, Herb, Bud etc. industry is rocking and rolling. There are now about 23 U.S. States where medicinal marijuana is legal, about 4 States that include recreational use and some of the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates are calling for the dreaded weed to be taken off the schedule 1 list of drugs (aka: hard-narcotics) which will open up the door to more research, etc.
So Here’s The Scoop: Yes, finally after nearly 100 years of propaganda like the wicked 1930’s movie *“Reefer Madness” depicting murder, rape and insanity from smoking weed the days of the ‘Gov’ totally running lives by throwing people in prison for decades simply for enjoying the occasional toke with friends and co-workers etc. may soon come to an end.
For example, in one of the newest U.S. States to allow medicinal marijuana (MM) Nevada now has (according to Elevate Nevada Magazine) nearly 16,000 patients who have been issued those ‘cards’ that allows them to buy MM for their various ailments. And in Nevada alone there are about 22 dispensaries and close to 500 licensed Physicians who will, if called for, write a prescription for MM.
On top of that there are now publicly traded companies in the game, there are many trade magazines dedicated solely to the pot industry, there are conventions, there are associations, there are weed APPS to help people find local doctors or dispensaries to buy their MM and/or or retail locations where consumers, if allowed by State law, can purchase and pay taxes on recreational weed, too.
There are also law firms specializing in the industry to help anyone wanting to cash in on the phenomenon and be compliant; and there are main-stream corporations advertising in some industry print and/or online magazines (websites) including insurance firms and automobile companies like Land Rover.
It also seems that in some regions in the nation, with the upcoming 2016 election, several more U.S. States have initiatives on the ballot to either make medicinal and/or recreational use lawful and by all appearances the cannabis revolution is in full swing.
Which brings me to the Land of Time and how developers will handle the phenomenon; will they embrace it or will they ignore it and continue to treat ‘users’ as if they are unworthy and harden criminals? And by users, I am talking about timeshare owners, timeshare members including exchangers and of course, all their employees from the top of the food chain and down the ladder.
I suspect most developers will continue to embrace their old ways even though in this era, according to the “Marijuana Policy Website” well known politicians such as Presidents, Governors, Senators etc. have at least tried pot once or twice as well as athletes, TV and/or movie stars (including talk-show radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh), singers, artists and your next door tax-paying neighbors.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that one of America’s best known and most trusted doctors, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who is also the chief medical correspondent and contributor for CNN had tried the ‘stuff’ once; and aired a multiple part “Weed” documentary on CNN.
That is a TV mini-series that was based on facts, as opposed to the nonsense that most of the nation has been exposed to over the decades from the miserable and utterly failed ‘war on drugs’ that cost U.S. citizen tax payers untold billions of dollars each year and that, to this day, still arrests and/or incarcerates, according the FBI, over 1 million U.S. citizens each year for simple pot use.
In closing, and before I have a ‘cold-one’ with a tequila back and light up the old bong, allow me to bring to your attention another juicy morsel: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) “Prescription drugs account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Opiate overdoses, once almost always due to heroin use, are now increasingly due to abuse of prescription painkillers.”
Oh, and another source reports that about 50% of all hospital emergency room admissions that are drug related are from mainstream Americans who abuse their prescription drugs; which, for the most part, are ‘manufactured drugs’.
Yet pot is not a man-made drug, it’s an “herb” and in the KJV version of the Bible we are taught in Genesis 1:29 that: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
And so I leave you all today with the opening words that first scroll on the screen in the cult movie classic “Reefer Madness” (a must watch) for your consideration, pleasure and to hopefully understand how the conspiracy, back in the ‘day, started to scare the crap out of Americans: This, in part, is how it all started.
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 come dangerous hallucinations – space expands – time slows down, almost stands still…fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances – followed by emotional disturbances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions… leading finally to acts of shocking violence… ending often in incurable insanity!
In picturing its soul – destroying effects no attempt was made to equivocate. The scenes and incidents, while fictionalized for the purpose of this story, are based on 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 this picture will not have failed in its purpose…
Marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter – or yours – or Yours!”
Now don’t bogart that joint my friend; and for a good laugh get together with others and while eating some pizza, cookies and whatnot watch “Reefer Madness” in its entirety.
Good Luck Out There
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