May 24, 2010
The Marijuana Taboo
In 2008 over 800,000 people were arrested for marijuana related charges, and they only represent the fringe of those being punished by society for involving themselves with marijuana. Millions of people are managing to escape jail, but are still suffering from living under the taboo of being a stoner.
The drug war is dead, but our officials haven't seen fit to get rid of the waste just yet. Instead the dead body of the "War on Drugs" lays over America, stifling progress and spread pain like disease. While it's true that millions of people have open their eyes and are taking action, many still live in a world where weed is evil, and marijuana users are criminals or addicts.
"Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."- William F. Buckley Jr.
Groups like NORML and the MPP do their best to change public opinion through a change in policy and popular information. Many other groups and websites like CannabisCulture.com and BakedLife.com are also doing their best to get correct information on marijuana and it's culture out to the masses.
Marijuana users are living with people who have inaccurate perceptions of them. Some are struggling under the burden of friends and family who've seen so much propaganda that they think their prejudice is justified. Faced with these pressures marijuana users have to decide whether, to quit, defend themselves, or try to hide it, etc.
Fortunately, the internet has become a source of light, allowing people to see the truth behind propaganda. It's also allowed stoners to join communities of people who know what they know and enjoy talking about it.
Even though marijuana has come a long way in the mind of the public, it won't be free of taboo until it loses it's legal penalty. Even though the drug is benign the world world around it will be a criminal one until governments around the world change that. If you want to talk to BakedLife.com about your life as a stoner; contact us on twitter @Baked_Life, leave a comment here or send us an email: BakedLife@gmail.com
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