I learned to play the guitar in the late 60s, the days of marijuana, hippies, the Beatles, the Doors, the Rolling Stones, the birth of the counterculture. “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” said the LSD marinated Harvard Professor Timothy Leary, and many took his advice.
Particularly in rock musician’s circles, marijuana was common. Those that used it thought it made them soooo much more insightful and creative. In actuality it made them lazy, completely unreliable, and utterly destroyed their sense of meter and tempo. They couldn’t play in time to save their lives. I wasn’t impressed, nor were non-stoned audiences. For awhile, it become relatively difficult to find rock musicians that weren’t more interested in pot culture than music. It’s hard enough to perform music of any kind properly when you’re not trained, experienced, and utterly and completely focused on the music. when your brain is in a chemically induced fog that makes you clumsy, disoriented and stupid, well… Those weren’t exactly the good old days.
That’s why when Colorado legalized pot—I was surprised it took the Rocky Mountain stoners so long—I knew precisely what the consequences would be. Such as:
When workers at his Colorado business went to pot, Mark Brawner said it was enough for him to roll out of the Rockies and head for South Carolina.
Brawner, who ran Little Spider Creations out of an old Denver warehouse for years until this month, told KUSA-TV Thursday he moved because pot was hurting his company. He said employees started to come to work stoned after the state legalized the drug for recreational use in 2012.
‘The main reason we pulled out was because of marijuana,’ Brawner said. ‘Marijuana got into our industry. Half the sculptors will come in high. As soon as we’d catch it, they’d be let go. We went through 25 sculptors. Only five of (our sculptors) either were quality or would show up unimpaired.
It seems that Mr. Brawner found himself the target of a stoner backlash:
But Brawner told FoxNews.com Friday his comments got ‘twisted out of proportion,’ although he did not deny relocating to the Myrtle Beach area, where smoking pot is still illegal.
By all means, take the link and read the rest of article if you’re interested.
I’ve recently heard a number of radio reports on the overall results of the noble Colorado doper experiment. It seems that every rosy promise made about pot funding education, and all manner of similar sunshine and lollipops has not come to pass. In fact, younger kids are getting heavily involved in pot, and that is not leading to dedication, responsibility, and bright futures. There are substantially increased rates of driving while stoned, accidents of all kinds directly attributable to pot intoxication, and the usual mayhem one can expect when people blunt and degrade their consciousness with drugs.
During my police days, kids often asked me if I favored legalizing marijuana. I always replied:
if the negative effects of legal pot on society are only half as bad as legal alcohol, we’d be idiots to legalize it.
In Colorado, at least, it seems that verdict is becoming self-evident. Really, what did they expect? Like, wow, man!
PS: By all means, check out this earlier article.