I came across this wonderful article about the flourishing medicinal marijuana industry that has taken root in California. What struck me was that as they allow affluent West Coasters the freedom to explore an alternative lifestyle within the legal confines of the law I couldn’t help but remember that in New York alone arrests for marijuana possession shot up by unprecedented numbers since Bloomberg and Guiliani initiated their calculated tag-team on the inner city population on the Big Apple. And who was the prime target? You guessed it, the often targeted “black” and “brown” people of this lovely city. If that ain’t the tale of two Americas then what is? Peep the reporter’s account:
I recently spent six months, off and on, with Blue—at his apartment, in private homes, on farms, in pot grow rooms, and in other places where “medical marijuana” is produced, traded, sold, and consumed in California. During that time, I saw thousands of Tibetan prayer flags. The flags identify their owners with serenity and the conscious path, rather than with the sinister world of urban dope dealers, who flaunt muscles and guns, and charge exorbitant prices for mediocre product. For Blue and tens of thousands of like-minded individuals, Proposition 215 presented an opportunity to participate in a legally sanctioned experiment in altered living. The people I met in the high-end ganja business had an affinity for higher modes of thinking and being, including vegetarianism and eating organic food, practicing yoga, avoiding prescription drugs in favor of holistic healing methods, travelling to Indonesia and Thailand, fasting, and experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs. Many were also financially savvy, working long hours and making six-figure incomes.
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