The Cannabis Thread Part I

I suppose it is appropriate to have the first thread be about cannabis, Mary Jane, weed, pot, or marijuana given that Humboldt is in the title of this blog.  As someone who has partaken, and might again in the future, but is not a regular, I always have a difficult time knowing what is the best way to refer to the plant and it’s product.

For the record, I don’t like this topic at all.  I’d rather not talk about it, let it become legal or not.  Whatever.  Unfortunately, I am discovering, with the help of fellow commenters like Cookie that this little innocent plant has made it’s way to the most influential positions of power in our County’s political and governing infrastructure.  Therefore we ignore this plant at the peril of not understanding what drives our politics.

Check out Michael Pollan’s documentary on this.  Humboldt’s power structure, unofficial and increasingly official can be best understood by including this perspective – IMHO.  “Marijuana, by gratifying our desire to change conciousness, has gotten people to risk their lives, their freedom, in order to grow more of it and plant more of it.”  Woah, heavy.  And true. (imo)

4 thoughts on “The Cannabis Thread Part I

  1. Gary Graham Hughes had an interesting segment on the KMUD environment show he hosted this week. It can be found here*. Interesting reactions to criticism from fellow environmentalists (like me) at 9 minutes and 42 minutes. Check it out when/if you have time and are interested in this. More later on this specific conversation. I think it is important. (The Environment Show, August 27th – I don’t know how to link to specific shows in the KMUD archive.)

    Host: Gary Graham Hughes.
    Guests: Will Parish and Ellen Drell


    1. Thanks Martin. Again, very apt. Cannabis first thread, cannabis first reblog. This is going to be a long divisive conversation I’m afraid. It is going to be very interesting to find out where the political fault lines lay. Humboldt among other places is going to be a crucible for this political experiment before it goes up the food chain to the national scene.

  2. This is a) a test to see if I can link to disqus comments and b) a really interesting comment that I’d like to respond to when I have time. The commenter’s tag is HiNorml (NORML of course for those not aware stands for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)

    The link does work (thanks for commenter beel for the help). It’s still a little difficult to navigate – but look for the yellow vertical line that highlights the comment I’m linking too.

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