Wednesday, April 20, 2011


A year ago today, it was a very different world.

Pain isn’t the only thing that’s hard to remember once it’s gone. So is joy.

You can remember that it was there, but it’s hard to call up as an image, a tangible reality you need only describe.

What I had last year was a sense of long-awaited freedom. I felt that I had finally embarked upon a greatly anticipated journey. I was, at long last, engaged in the true pursuit of happiness.

It wasn’t just that I was legal.

It wasn’t just that I had stepped out of the shadows and into the mainstream of society as a medical marijuana patient, having come out of the cabinet to my neighbors down the block, as well as to the world at large, through the internet.

It wasn’t just that I suddenly had an astonishing array of marijuana strains to choose from, although, let’s face it, that was a huge part of it.

It wasn’t just that I was infused with a heady sense of possibility.

It was all these things, of course.

But back then, peace was at hand.

Today, we are at war. It’s that simple.

Last year, it felt like the bus was coming ‘round again and the so-called Love Generation was going to have a last blast. One last Merry go-round. We were happening again.

This year, battle lines are being drawn. The bus is still coming ‘round. Make no mistake about that. But this year we’re riding tanks and the flower children are wearing war paint.

This is what they have done. The Feds. The DA. The local cops.

Over and over.

I see it everywhere, all across the country:

Peaceful people forced to fight for their loved ones, their land, and their rights.

They have re-ignited the very fight this country is all about.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the preservation of a Free State, the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.

But let’s not kid ourselves about what that means. It’s not about guns. It's about preserving a Free State. Perhaps we should spend more time defining what that is, and less time talking about guns.

It's also about fighting tyranny with whatever we've got. And We the People have no chance against an oppressive government, using guns. Besides, we are not about guns and violence. That's the whole point.

We have something better. We the have internet. Hippies with computers. They will rue the day.

And now I'm off to celebrate this cool and cloudy 4/20 where I celebrated it a year ago today: At The Green Goddess Collective in Venice, California. Then I'm going to reconnoiter in Hollywood with my fellow warriors.

I love the smell of OG in the morning. It’s the smell of victory.


Blogger Cynthia Johnston said...

Imagine my surprise when I found out Dr. Kush got raided yesterday. Here is the link to the first story I found. More later...,0,867400.story

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