It began at 4:20. How original. I barely made it on time and ran from Market and Broad to join in.
Instantly I was hit with a cloud of smoke. “This is illegal,” I thought, “So why are they doing it?”
“SMOKE MORE POT,” “SMOKE EVERYDAY,” “SMOKING IS GOOD FOR YOU,” were some of the most popular shouts for attendees.
How about, “Don’t tell me what I can do with my own body!” or “SELF OWNERSHIP!” or even, “PROPERTY RIGHTS!”
I was a bit disappointed. The crowd was filled with stoner stereotypes who did not represent the recreational users one bit. While NORML itself is a great organization for information on the liberty-minded reasons for marijuana’s legalization, those at the march were not the best for promotion and acceptance by the majority of the American people.
The drug war is a problem. People being shot for possession of small amounts of marijuana is a problem. The amount of money spend on jails is a problem. Being considered “dangerous” for smoking marijuana is a problem!
The DEA. Let’s break down your door, shoot your dogs, possibly shoot you, terrorize your family . . . all for growing a marijuana plant. Just one example.
So . . . “Let’s smoke everyday!” as the marchers would say rather than protesting the core problem. Right.