This post is in response to a request from- theadRIOTblog

A plant (Cannabis sativa, family Cannabaceae) used to produce hemp fiber and as a mildly psychotropic drug.
A dried preparation of the flowering tops or other parts of this plant, or a resinous extract of it (cannabis resin).
hemp – hashish

That’s the definition of cannabis I got off the Internet.

To break down the definition into parts-

It’s a plant

It’s used to produce the hemp fiber

It’s a mildly psychotropic drug

Lets take a look at the first part.

It being a plant must mean that it was placed on the planet for some reason.

Those are all plants too. I don’t see us trying to smoke them….but they are plants none the less.

Part 2-hemp fiber

As stated from Wikipedia-

Hemp is used for a wide variety of purposes including the manufacture of cordage of varying tensile strength, durable clothing and nutritional products. The bast fibers can be used in 100% hemp products, but are commonly blended with other organic fibers such as flax, cotton or silk, for apparel and furnishings, most commonly at a 55%/45% hemp/cotton blend. The inner two fibers of hemp are more woody and are more often used in non-woven items and other industrial applications, such as mulch, animal bedding and litter. The oil from the fruits (“seeds”) oxidizes (commonly, though inaccurately, called “drying”) to become solid on exposure to air, similar to linseed oil, and is sometimes used in the manufacture of oil-based paints, in creams as a moisturizing agent, for cooking, and in plastics. Hemp seeds have been used in bird seed mix as well.[17] A survey in 2003 showed that more than 95% of hemp seed sold in the EU was used in animal and bird feed.[8] Hempseed is also used as a fishing bait.[18]

In modern times hemp is used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction (as with Hempcrete and insulation), body products, health food and bio-fuel.
Hmmm….smoking it is not even passively mentioned.

Part 3-mildly psychotropic drug

Now we are getting somewhere….

WebMD says-

Marijuana, which comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, is the most frequently used illegal drug in the U.S. About 4% of American adults smoke pot at least once a year. Roughly 1% of adults abuse pot, and one in 300 have a pot addiction.

Most people smoke the plant’s dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. But marijuana also can be mixed into food or brewed as a tea. Marijuana goes by many street names, including pot, weed, and herb. Hash, a concentrated form of the drug, is short for hashish.

The rates of marijuana smoking in adults have remained stable since the 1990s. However, the rates of addiction to pot have risen significantly over that same period. And, according to recent government studies, as many as 30% of today’s teenagers are smoking marijuana.

Occasional marijuana use is rarely seriously harmful, but smoking pot has important medical effects.

All of that Internet stuff to get to my opinion…..

These is a huge hoo de do here in America about the legalization of marijuana.

It’s not about the productive uses of the plant which I mentioned above.

It’s about smoking it.

I used to smoke it…..

I grew up on the border of Mexico and the US. It was as easy to get as a loaf of bread.

But it was illegal.

An illegal drug.

It gets you HIGH.

I got high.

Then I got lazy….and the munchies.

There is a reason it is illegal. It is because it alters the mind to a non normal state.

It makes you forget about the worries of life and just numbs you. Being numb is no way to live.

I know, I know alcohol does the same thing…..and it’s legal.

But what happened when it was made illegal?

People still got it when they wanted it.

Making pot legal will not lessen its effect on society. It didn’t with alcohol.

Will legalizing it have ANY positive effects in society? I don’t know. Most places of employment drug test their employees. Marijuana stays in the system 30 days. How will the work force sustain?

Probably the same way it does now. Just another form of don’t ask don’t tell

How about negative effects?

Once weed is legal….and it will be. Where do we stop.

Cocaine is made from a plant too. And it has various uses. And it is a psychotropic drug.

And it doesn’t make you lazy.

Anyone else see a pattern developing?

I am not anti cannabis. I am not anti alcohol.

My personal experience tells me that some can use recreationally and some can’t.

I am one of the cant’s.

Maybe you are one of the can’s.

My belief is that you can’t fight the war on drugs by picking and choosing which ones to fight and which ones to cave in on.

The nation caved in on alcohol a long time ago.

Has the epidemic lessened?


The 400

I write not thinking that anyone will read what I wrote.

I think wrong.

As of today, I have 400 followers.

#400 is theadRIOTblog. She has been blogging since the beginning of this year and is new to this blogworld. I encourage anyone who follows or views my blog to please visit her blog. Her “about” page is amazing. But I will let you all figure that out for yourselves.

Once I realized I had hit the 400 mark, one of my voices had a great idea and ran with it.

I posted a comment on theadRIOTblog and requested that she give me a topic for a post and I would create it in honor of being #400.

That particular voice has never heard-

Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.

She replied to my comment with-

I would like to hear your opinions/findings on cannabis, it’s prohibition and possible negative/positive application and effects.


I will be posting my dissertation on the subject.

I have a bit of personal experience with the substance…..


Ok…so it is more than a bit of experience.

But I will do some research also.

Bet your bottom dollar I won’t inhale.

Still good2begone

(Clean and) Sober since 10-13-06.

Be on the look out for the post titled-


Mind Your Own Business

There is a quarterback in this years Super Bowl whose name I can’t pronounce much less spell…so I will call him K-nick for short. He plays for the San Francisco 49ers. Apparently, he was adopted when he was an infant.

Nothing shocking there.

What is shocking (to me) is that a certain sportswriter by the name of Rick Reilly has taken it upon himself to voice his concerns over the fact that K-nick wants nothing to do with his birth mother.

It seems that Mr. Reilly adopted a child years ago. That child wanted to know her biological history and connect with her natural parents. He made efforts to do so and it worked out very well for his family and his adopted child’s biological family.

Kudos for that.


That does not make him a minister of goodwill for ALL adopted children.

K-nick has publicly stated that he wants nothing to do with his biological mother….the couple that adopted him and RAISED him to become the man he is today are his Mother and Father.

This is a college photo of K-nick and his parents.

They are the only parents he needs.

Kudos to him for that.

You may wonder…..why do I even care?

I personally was not adopted.


I have 3 siblings that were adopted into our family. When we are seen together, we look no more alike than random strangers from other countries, but we are family none the less.

2 of my siblings are much like K-nick. They don’t care to know anything about their biological parents. They were given up…that is all they need to know. My parents are their parents…period. I support them in their decision.

My sister, on the other hand, is actively searching for her birth mother…..and I support her in her quest.

Personal choice and independence. Our parents instilled that in all of us.

People love a good dramatic story. It sells papers. It makes headlines.

If K-nick wasn’t a quarterback on a team playing in the Super Bowl this weekend….then there wouldn’t be a story.

Just let the man enjoy the biggest game of his life. Let his parents enjoy watching the son they raised play in that game.

Mr. Reilly….just report on whether his team wins or loses….

Other than that…

Mind your own business.

Encouraged to apply?

Fm radio does not have the listeners it used to. In the age of satellite, XM and Sirius, Pandora, iPods, and Internet music choices, they have become the minority of the business. I have always been a radio guy. I like local Radio DJ’s and local coverage and the like.
Where I live the variety of stations is limited.

Talk radio

Bubblegum pop



Classic rock

That’s about it.

As I headed to work the other day I was listening to the classic rock station and a commercial came on. When a commercial is on one station they are on all stations so I left it. It was an ad asking for applicants to apply for jobs in marketing and sales for radio and web advertising. It gave standard requirements like


Goal oriented

Sales driven

Blah blah blah

As I was about to change the station. One sentence was uttered that blew my mind.

Minorities and women are “encouraged to apply”.



I may live in Nowheresville, USA, but last time I was allowed out of my bubble I was under the impression that we as a country were past all of that.

I very much dislike the term minority when talking about people. I am not a fan of separating women from men in terms of abilities. In the context of that ad this is what I heard.

We will only hire white males for these positions. Legally we have to have the jobs open to all. So…..please ladies come down and apply. Be sure to leave your apron at home and put on your prettiest bonnet “business dress” and heels and go through the motions. Additionally any “person of color” may come down but please do not bring your doo rags, sombreros, chopsticks, turbans, or any other stereotypical type clothing or attitudes with you. We are a reputable business and we will not stand for it. We state this because we have to but we won’t hire you, but please you are “encouraged to apply”.

Here comes the sarcasm.

A couple of weeks ago I voted. Imagine my surprise when while I was there that women AND minorities were there voting all around me.

Last time I was in a large city I used the transit system and visited various restaurants, I was shocked to be surrounded by both genders and people of all colors and points if origin.

I can’t be for certain, but….there might be women and minorities who actually own their own businesses AND are successful at them…..IN AMERICA!!!
Wow, who knew?

Sarcasm over.

Any other job ad I have heard on the radio uses a simple statement. Equal Opportunity Employer. I’m ok with that. On the context of that, I hear this-

If you meet the qualifications of the job posting. Apply.


Earned vs. Given

“Everyone has a plan…..until they get punched in the face.”-Mike Tyson

Respect for a person is not something I personally I throw around like a beach ball. It takes time to earn it. The best example I can think of is the case of Mike Tyson. I do not know the man, nor have I ever met him. I grew up watching him destroy numerous men in the boxing ring in less time than it takes to reheat leftovers in the microwave. My father would buy his bouts on pay per view, get all worked up by the build up to the main event and then be furious when it would be over in 30 seconds.
He earned an unheard of rise to the top of Boxing that will probably never be seen again.
Coincidentally his fall from the top was just as epic. The details of both rise and fall are chronicled just about everywhere. Google his name and be amazed and sickened at the same time.
Neither his epic rise or horrendous fall earned his respect from me.
His ability to get back up and transform his life to what makes HIM happy did that. From a $50,000,000 a fight thug, rapist, drug using, biting human ears off billionaire soon to be broke loser to a recovering, calm, at ease with life, family man who raises pigeons.
He started in a one man show on Vegas where he talked about his life, honestly and no holds barred. Not to impress ( in my opinion) but for
1- he needs the money
2- clear the conscience

He is clearly a man who had a plan at one time in his life. He got punched in the face….repeatedly by his bad decisions. He changed…. For his family and himself… Not for me or anyone else. That earned my respect.