Here is another social commentary piece that I wrote during my time with John Hawkins’s grumpysloth.com. It was just published a few days ago on the website.
It is a very important piece on why marijuana should remain illegal at the national level and regardless of what the states of Colorado and California have done in decriminalizing it. I will only support medical marijuana, but too many pot advocates want the recreation part to be legal as well. They want to get high on the grass and not just on nature (apparently the later is what John Denver was referring to in his hit song back in the 1970’s “Rocky Mountain High”). But certain pleasures in life do lead to life-changing consequences and not always for the better.
I give seven good reasons on why Marijuana should stay illegal. The biggest one is right out of the gate and it was a news piece that was done by KCNC (CBS4) in Denver, Colorado. In that report, it showed one 18-year-old kid that wanted to get high and realized he made a very big mistake. It was too late for him however as the pot messed up his mind and eventually, he committed suicide. I highlight another victim of pot usage and my second reason is also tied into the CBS Denver report.
Another death in Colorado has been listed as having “marijuana intoxication” as a factor, according to a CBS4 investigation, and several other families are now saying they believed the deaths of their loved ones can be traced to recreational marijuana use.
Daniel Juarez, an 18-year-old from Brighton, died Sept. 26, 2012 after stabbing himself 20 times. In an autopsy report that had never been made public before, but was obtained by CBS4, his THC level — the active ingredient in marijuana — was measured at 38.2 nanograms. In Colorado, anything over 5 nanograms is considered impaired for driving.
Even my former boss wrote a list of his own.
Marijuana is terrible for your physical health: How bad is marijuana for you? It’s even more toxic than cigarette smoke. Regular users are hit with devastating lung problems as much as 20 years earlier than smokers. Even small amounts of marijuana can cause temporary sterility and it has a terrible impact on the babies of women who smoke including “birth defects, mental abnormalities and increased risk of leukemia in children.” If your standard is, “Well, it’s better for you than Meth or Crack,” that’s true, but you’re deluding yourself if you think pot is anything other than absolutely horrible for your health.
It is not about denying people their personal pleasures or telling them not to feel good. It is more important as a people to love thy neighbor and protect them from harm than seeking and getting that “high.”
Now here is the link to my list of seven reasons for keeping marijuana illegal.
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
We don’t get Google checks. We don’t have Facebook or Twitter buttons on our stories. We don’t have a YouTube Channel (banned), an Instagram profile (never made one), or a TikTok (no thanks, CCP). We’re not perfect, but we’re doing everything we can to not owe anything to anyone… other than our readers. We owe YOU the truth. We owe YOU the facts that others won’t reveal about topics that others won’t tackle. And we owe America, this great land that allows us to take hold of these opportunities.
Like I said, I don’t hold other conservative sites under too much scrutiny over their choices. It’s easy for people to point fingers when we’re not the ones paying their bills or supporting their families. I just wish there were more who would make the bold move. Today, only a handful of other major conservative news outlets have broken free from the Big Tech teat. Of course, we need help.
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