In the midst of the government busting the High Times annual Cannabis Cup and other noteworthy behavior it can become easy to forget that America is only one extreme example of how a society may choose to handle marijuana access.
Sure, it’s obvious that limited access to a product causes that product to become in demand and that increased demand creates a black market where people can get what they want and/or need. This black market creates its own set of rules by creating an additional layer of wants and needs.
The people in the middle, citizens like you and I, are caught having to deal with crooked lying thieves on both ends.
Our country chooses to deal with our ‘problem’ by taxing every citizen for revenue which is then used to toll users as we purchase our freedom through courts and attorneys. We then get the pleasure of having a tarnished name and a reduction in privileges and rights because we smoked a plant.
Forgive me for being stoked at Switzerland’s decision to allow personal use cannabis plants in several towns. This move will increase citizen access and reduce citizen dependence on criminal means to obtain the innocent herb. This will also force other countries to have to answer their citizens when we ask why we don’t have similar laws in place.
Cannabis smokers in Switzerland will soon be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants each at home to stop them buying drugs on the black market.
In a bizarre twist to the new law, four people sharing a house can grow up to 16 plants – but only if each person tends to their own crop.
If we had the good sense and balls to implement a law like this in the United States could you imagine what type of lively entertainment could be found at a frat house AND at nursing homes?
You may even be able to get the college age grandkids to actually HAND OUT with old Grandpa now. They could tend to their garden and smoke. Old people know how to grow things, young people have no equipment for growing things.
Do you see it..Nirvana…almost.
Now that I think about it, the entire situation sounds like a WIN/WIN since part of the law is that you HAVE to grow your own plants. Not only is gardening great exercise, but it is good for the environment, and it promotes community participation.
That’s a great thing.
If that were to happen here than we could talk to other people, get exercise and raise the quality bud that we all deserve while the criminals that are willing to give us chemically modified shit leaves will perish behind bars or the good drug pushers can retire just like in those old westerns.
At the very least, we see that a compromising situation is possible. Switzerland’s decision to work in favor of the people’s rights while also allowing for an opportunity to reduce public harm is a great example of sovereignty and political bad assed-ness.