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holy smoke how the time goes by

It’s been years since I added substantially to this blog. The issues haven’t changed, the fed is as adamant as it was before, Obama has broken his promises not to prosecute medical marijuana patients, the prisons are still too full of non-violent drug users. The moral picture is no different than it was 10 years ago. The fed, including all the drug warriors, and much of the public, still treats users as defectives.

However, some of the pro-mj groups like NORML, Drug Policy Alliance, and Marijuana Policy Project note the rise of public sentiment against the drug war and for legalization, recognizing the fairly benign nature of marijuana as an intoxicant, and the well-researched, historically-proven effects of marijuana as a healing herb.

In the time I have been quiet on this blog, I obtained my doctorate in philosophy from Cardiff University in Wales. I studied Michel Foucault and techniques of the self. But that effort cost me something of my equilibrium. I am having a devil of a time getting back to balance. I am often grumpy and depressed, and can’t get motivated to care for myself as well as I like. I do not have a full-time job yet, though I like the things I’m doing part time. I am still married to my first wife of almost 32 years. I love her and am happy with her.

Here’s the good side, I am smarter, a better researcher and writer. I haven’t lost my friends, am connected to communities today through FB that I wasn’t before, and have a dog. Actually, I didn’t want a dog (my wife did). But they both convinced me that Daisy was part of the family.

’nuff said.

my purpose

My interest in undertaking this venture is to provide some outlet on a popular level for my research. The primary focus of this PodCast will be marijuana, its proponents and detractors, evidence for and against medical marijuana and lots of social issues surrounding use and abuse of the most popular illicit drug in the world.

why this podcast?

How is it that in a sleepy midwestern town I would think of taking up the cause of marijuana users whether they be medical or recreational? Delivering talks on ethics every semester, discussing moral problems, thinking about justice I wondered how the United States with all the promise of its founders found a way to curtail freedom and place a pall of suspicion and paranoia over us.

The history of making law in our country tells me there is no straight path from reasonable arguments to legislation. This history is fraught with tempestuous behavior, pressure from without and within, greed, arrogance, highmindedness, prejudice, fear, good reasons and bad, and plenty of good intentions. What it is not is simple.

How did we arrive at the current state of affairs where we punish people for merely enjoying pleasure. Lincoln said it best, “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”

I ask the question, “Where do we go from here?” In this podcast, I will attempt to answer this question.