Today Paul heads down to work and many daily clips were done in time lapse photography. Later on after smoking some marijuana bong hits, and then over to WKRP for some Weird Load Radio fun.
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Today was not the waste that this video might make it seem. Paul takes his dog to his mom’s house, smokes bong hits of marijuana, records the Mile High Norml Show with guest Chad Nance from Skunk Magazine, and then eats Taco Bell before going home.
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Everyone around me in my professional life is always talking about marijuana. Of course in my line of work it obviously comes with the territory. For a long time I’ve realized that many of the good arguments for marijuana legalization remain the same. So much so that I’d rather not rehash lots of that stuff again now. I also have thoughts about how medical marijuana adds to the mix of the issue. Of course I support someone who it can give relief, but in the broader sense, I think marijuana should be legal for every responsible adult, period. I’ve just gone and stated the obvious which has been said one hundred fifty billion times before.
Ask my wife, I often drift away in my own imagination. Right now I am wondering what I would ask the President if I could ask any question that I want about cannabis. How would I phrase it for maximum impact? What could I preface my question with so that I get an undeniable honest answer, and moreover an answer without the frequent ridicule that often comes when the topic is about cannabis? Is there a way to ask a question that guarantees a hush in the room instead of demeaning giggles? What magic words are so powerful that they could take the humor away when someone brings up marijuana prohibition?
I know how master politicians are skillful at deflecting from topics rather than engaging them head on. It’s ironic because this sort of honesty about the topic of marijuana is common place between so many people who I know personally. I truly find politicians and their treatment of this topic to be the abnormal behavior. It’s like they’re sociopaths in the way they defend such stupid positions on this topic. This dishonesty in politics is maddening, that is why I want to ask my question to the President tactfully, yet with razor sharp intent, and preface it with something that guarantees outrage and shame upon any dismissive or insulting response that he could derive from it. While imparting my question I naturally need to maintain total respect. Where is this fine line of such a powerful question? It may be that one has to cross a line to get justly acknowledged and run the risk of being branded as irrelevant. It’s too easy for honesty to bring about an irrational or dishonest reaction in politics. But what when the policies themselves are overboard and wreak havoc on the lives of individuals and their families? Why is not the destructive authoritarian reaction to cannabis the real concern for every real freedom lover? Given the lexicon of complexity that is prohibition, moreover the great human suffering that happens as a result of it, there are many questions of equal value and importance that all deserve to have a real answer. I naturally consider these prohibitive laws to be unjust and against the natural order of fairness in my own heart.
So there I go, talking about Marijuana. I was actually into it. I wrote that last paragraph and thought I was pretty clever. Am I though? It was just a fleeting thought, but it actually does matter to me. I have deep heartache anytime I think about people who sit in federal prison for growing marijuana plants, something they should positively have the right to do. I am constantly agonizing about the state of freedom over it. It seems things take forever to change so it’s not hard to fall into despair about it sometimes. I have many doubts about the extent to which things can be changed because of the firm grip the status quo has. But what about my despair? I am so glad that I don’t have to sit in a federal prison. Who wouldn’t be? I feel great sadness for Marc Emery’s recent Facebook message which relayed that he is in despair. My despair is a superficial lot compared to what he’s going through, especially when there is a large community of people who believe that he did nothing wrong. He is one victim of so many. It’s inconceivable to me that he has to sit in prison for what he did. It’s a hypocrisy so toxic and yet I can’t fathom any antidote. How do we eradicate these freedom hating laws? In a likely fruitless endeavor, I engage in firm verbal indictment! I do so with a personal expense as it probably has some high and mighty folks in this industry rendering me as irrelevant. It sounds crazy, but it makes me feel better being outspoken as I am. At least I know that I am not willfully swallowing the freedom hating hogwash that is prohibition! I also know that I am not a politico sheepherder under any circumstances!
When I imagine marijuana plants, let’s say 100, sitting in someone’s basement, my only real concern is that there’s not a deadly fire. The plants in and of themselves really pose no immediate threat. How could they just sitting there? It is not poison to the touch, but that a child may get their hands on it or see it, or god forbid consume it, can be dangerous in a way that can wreck the whole family. Do not misunderstand me, I don’t advocate giving children marijuana in the slightest(unless it’s for a bona fide illness which is another matter). If I’m not afraid of the danger kids face in the presence of alcohol, it follows that I don’t know why I should be any more afraid if they are in the presence of marijuana in any form(the dangerous legal aspect of marijuana notwithstanding). Families are not wrecked by marijuana, but more often rather they are destroyed by the perverted policy of marijuana prohibition. Do you believe the nation state and state would wreck a loving family over marijuana? They do it every day. If we accept that marijuana is truly safer than alcohol as a fact, then the law should in theory rationally reflect this fact. The law does not reflect this notion, so I can only imagine that the policy’s indefinite sustenance comes from some kind of wicked conspiracy. I’ll probably touch more on conspiracy at some later time.
Many other marijuana media outlets want to focus on strains, growing techniques etc, but truly what is important to me is the philosophy of freedom, and that is what’s behind Marijuana Radio. Freedom is above all why I do it. Of course I smoke it and love the plant, but I swear to you, I have a much deeper love and dedication to freedom and justice than compared with marijuana itself by a long shot. I recently told a grower friend that besides the law being the number one reason that I don’t grow, I also don’t think I could do it as well as some of my talented friends, so why bother, especially with all the inherent legal risk? Why would I grow something inferior and put my life and family in such jeopardy doing so? Marijuana is but one beautiful free expression of many. I do love marijuana, but it is not everything in my life. Long gone are the days when I would wake up and smoke it immediately and all day long. This is me partly growing up. This is me admitting to you that I don’t want to be high all the time anymore. There are benefits to being sober which I really appreciate. It’s so much better when less I smoke anyway!
I know that I seem off of my rocker. People will read my blog posts and some will jump to the most stupid conclusions about me. Whatever the case may be, I’m trying to give you my honest thoughts. For those of you that appreciate it, I’m really grateful.
Here’s a brief clip during Marijuana Radio studio while talking to Kottonmouth Kings Daddy X about his new project X Pistols and a little about running business at Sub Noize Records.
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The stars aligned for tonight’s special 200th episode. The one and only legend Tommy Chong came on and was his amazingly down to earth self. Later on we talked to Daddy X from Kottonmouth Kings who was very open over a myriad of topics. There were many laughs in this one.
*Thank you to everyone, listeners, friends, musicians, and anyone who has helped to support Marijuana Radio over these years. The appreciation that people have for the show really means very much to me. Also especially thank you to Brent and McKenna for being such a special part of the show for so long. Thank you to my wife Adriana without whom we’d not have made it this far. Thank you to my baby daughter Elia for redefining for the better and reaffirming my determination and purpose in life.
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