What I once may have taken for granted. A father dedicated to my productive growth. Mentally, physically and wholesomely a dad committed to a humble home. As I grew into a mother myself, I began to see beyond the clouds. Not just their reasons for all my woes but rather the dreams they (mom and […]Sunday Musing — 🧝♀️Rarenwise🧝♀️
By Dylan R.N. Crabb
(I wrote this essay in college and it has been in my Google Drive since. After submitting it to two local newspapers two weeks ago, I finally just came to the conclusion, “fuck it! I’ll publish it myself!” So, here it is.)
The cannabis plant is relatively easy to grow, it can grow almost anywhere on the planet, and humans have neural receptors that respond specifically to cannabinoids (THC and its relative chemicals in the plant). Cannabis possesses multiple medicinal properties as a pain and stress reliever and it seems to be impossible to overdose on it. The fiber from the plant can also be used for multiple industrial and commercial purposes. Why would a government criminalize such a versatile plant?
In the first half of the twentieth century, three legislative acts defined American drug policy: the Harrison Narcotics Act, passed in 1914 under President Woodrow Wilson; the Marijuana Tax Act, passed in 1937 under President Franklin Roosevelt; and the Boggs Act, passed in 1951 under President Harry Truman. The Harrison Narcotics Act and the Marijuana Tax Act were designed to control movement of opium, coca leaf (cocaine), and cannabis products throughout the nation.
The flaws in these acts of legislation involved limitations on medical professionals to assist so-called “non-patients” with addiction troubles and drove a sector of the drug market underground. Medical professionals came out against these two acts of legislation in a plethora of medical journals. The federal government, recognizing an increased national issue with drug addiction, passed the Boggs Act in 1951, which set criminal penalties for drug possession. Naturally, this punitive measure did not help in reducing addiction. On the contrary, it increased drug crime by inadvertently placing more value on black market products. While the Marijuana Tax Act was eventually declared unconstitutional in 1969, it was soon replaced with the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which created categories for different drugs.
Cannabis was placed in the most restrictive category supposedly temporarily while President Richard Nixon commissioned a report on the drug’s level of danger. However; despite the Shafer Commission’s recommendations, President Nixon kept cannabis under the “Schedule 1” classification arguably to push back against the counter-culture that emerged from the 1960’s. In the decades following the Controlled Substances Act, cannabis’ “Schedule 1” classification severely limited scientific research on the plant.
Momentum for reform grew out of citizen-led movements like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws at smaller government levels. The states of Maine, Oregon, and Alaska were the first to decriminalize (not legalize) cannabis after President Nixon’s Controlled Substances Act.
The past efforts by the United States government to regulate drugs have been about controlling the crop and regulating the behavior of individuals; this does not fostering a safe environment for entrepreneurs. Drug usage is an issue that revolves around a human conditioning for instant gratification, which comes from arguably the strongest part of our brain: the limbic system, which houses our emotions. Governments are not going to rewire human emotions with punitive laws against drug use. A more pragmatic method for dealing with drug use and the issue of addiction is to place it exclusively under the jurisdiction of medical professionals rather than law enforcement agencies. Driving a product into the black market just creates more issues for our society, issues that are more dangerous than the original issue of drug addiction. As a society, we should not be pushing the weakest among us into the arms of violent criminal enterprises, we should be shining a light on the black market with a benevolent domestic policy of liberty and justice for all.
You can call it journaling, you can call it planning, you can call it anything you want. The reality is if you can take about 5-7 minutes to write down these four items before you jump into your work day, you’ll be better prepared for anything that comes your way.Writing these 4 things in the morning can drastically improve your work day — andrea drugay
It’s been awhile, I know. I’ve never been great at consistency and that is something at which I need to improve. I suppose I have been missing inspiration over the past few months.
Every election year, I become fine-tuned into news cycles as I attempt to understand the in’s and out’s of the American electorate, it’s actually a depressing hobby. I think the term “news junkie” is quite appropriate because that is exactly what we are: addicts. Being addicted to politics can be incredibly frustrating which is why it’s important to remind yourself of your limitations, focus on what you have control over while pushing aside that which you don’t. I think every person can benefit from a little self-reflection as well as a shift in perspective.
The 2020 presidential election, as with the previous presidential election, has thus far been filled with hyperbolic rhetoric. The Republicans say that their opponents want to tear down everything for which this nation stands. The Democrats say that their opponents don’t care about anything but profits and will do anything to prop up their agendas at the expense of people. These perspectives are nothing but caricatures.
If Americans really hold an interest in bridging divides and coming together with their fellow countrymen, I think there is one thing each of us should do a little more often: TURN OFF THE NEWS. A balkanized news media ecosystem may not have started this latest trend of political polarization but it is definitely exacerbating it. Confining ourselves to our respective political aisles, limiting ourselves to news outlets that cater to our ideological bents, only serves to demonize our political opponents. It is important to recognize and remember our shared humanity.
I’ve been playing a lot of Apex Legends in recent weeks with a determination to raise my rank up from the Bronze League, it’s a tough game but therein lies the fun. Gearing up, moving toward an enemy squad, coordinating with your own squad, and finally getting a kill as a plan comes together is one of the best thrills one can achieve playing a first-person shooter game. If anyone would like to join me in-game, my Origin username is “Crabb90.”
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“The world is our playground (Play, Life As We Know It).”
Writers who use the most mundane material for political hit pieces are not journalists.
Imagine having such a slow news day that you are willing to write a hit piece on a dead ex-president’s support dog Sully. I cannot tell if it is new levels of stupidity or a new low for journalism. I am going to just come right out and say this: It seems apparent that Ruth Graham doesn’t know much about dogs, or service animals judging by the article. And it is abundantly clear that they don’t have a pet because if they did, they would know that animals and humans take very little to get attached to each other, 6 months for a human is 3.5 years in a dog’s life.
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Seems the Simpsons creators caved too the moral outrage brigade and have now removed Apu from the Simpsons show. I honestly don’t understand why they are pandering to these kinds of people, the ones that don’t even watch the show. Apu isn’t just another Indian stereotype, he’s had a number of wonderful episodes build around him to build him as a part of the Simpsons cast. And the irony behind all of this? They are about to “de-diversify” a cartoon show. He is one of the only major Indian-American characters on television at the moment.
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Believe in yourself.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, and sexual misconduct claims against him, have continued to dominate this week’s news. When we left off last Thursday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, September 24, but had asked for a thorough FBI investigation prior to her hearing. Her request called…