A decent enough article, and i'm not against front-page Journal articles about marijuana. Most of the complaints you have gotten about MJ articles are from people who would like to deny and keep hidden the entire scene. The NC Journal has made its point that it's hip to weed in Humboldt Co., and that's fine.
But what i wonder is, was this article a very good idea. We already have nuisance levels of would-be trimmers hanging around looking for work. Every time i have taken a bus or train out of the area i meet people who say, "Ooh, can you set me up with any trimming work? I heard it's gravy. Weed, beer, food, sweet people, music... a place to stay and under-the-table money." I tell them that we have just about enough work to keep locals and guests busy, and people aren't looking for strangers.
So posting this article at this time of year, in a journal whose online readership reaches untold numbers of Humboldt fans around the country and even the globe, can only bring more hopeful unemployed people to the area... do we need that?
Why would you do this?
My comments are not very scientific... just a feeling i get... that for all the specific diseases we prevent with vaccines, we seem to have more and more problems with general hardiness and immunity. Almost as if there's a reason to get sick, as if it strengthens the immune system.
All i know is that when we were kids, mumps, measles, chicken pox, etc., were normal and to some degree even fun. Skip school, watch TV, have Mom be all nice and bring you ginger ale. Sometimes there is a case of shingles later on... in fact i had shingles. Not a very big deal, though it was painfully centered from my heel to my hip. Got to try Vicodan for the pain... didn't love it, but it did the trick, and life went on.
What is so wrong with a little down time? It's like people want to outlaw Nature. If you are an infant, infirm elderly, AIDS patient, etc., you of course want to stay away from chicken pox. And everything else right down to the common cold-- which is another thing "they" are actually trying to eliminate. Couldn't it be that there's a reason for these things, other than the unpopular but valuable function of selection for healthy breeding stock? Maybe illnesses give us a break just when we need it... maybe they make us each, individually, stronger. Maybe pain itself is valuable. I don't wish it on anyone else, but in my own life, i wouldn't disown any of the pain i've felt. Seems odd to have a goal of progress to be elimination of all pain, even temporary, relatively mild pain. Seems like we are trying to make life into something safe, pain-free, comfortable, predictable... an ancient and laudable goal, but i'm pretty sure it comes with a steep price.
Just wondering. Seems odd that a topic so worthy of open-minded speculation gets people so righteous and adamant.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
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