420 (plus 1)

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That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet – William Shakespeare

I wanted to post this yesterday, but I was afraid. Afraid because while marijuana is in the process of being legalized in Canada, I feel that there remains a needless stigma surrounding the plant and its recreational use. I do not want to come off sounding condoning or judgemental, but in my opinion, there is absolutely nothing wrong with recreational marijuana use. Okay, I’ve said it; I’m out! Maybe if more people would educate themselves on the pros and cons of any drug use (alcohol included) they would discover that in the big scheme of things, marijuana is the most benign. I don’t want to enter into a discussion of ‘gateway’(1)drugs, or point fingers at ‘bad’(2)drugs either. I simply want to discuss that legalization is happening, and that we as a country should be proud of yet another freedom afforded to us🇨🇦

I want to be blunt though (pun intended), because as seldom as I do partake, I am responsible: I do not drive, work, look after children, operate potentially dangerous machinery, wield an axe (you get the point), unless I am sober. And, I am not ‘outing’ anyone (including myself), except to say that stigmas stem from fear. I’m not sure why people are afraid: are users afraid that they’ll be negatively judged, which could result in personal consequences: do you want your boss to know that you smoke weed? Are non-users afraid that ‘stoners’ will corrupt society? The issue is complicated to say the least.

None-the-less, I am happy that discussions are happening, and I love this article that I read on Castanet News (Kelowna, BC) on the responsible and organized participants of 420 at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach yesterday:
https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-224297-3-.htm#224297
And, this article from Castanet on Friday on the origin of 420 is an interesting read as well:
https://www.castanet.net/news/World/224024/420-origins-hs-stoners

I did not use marijuana yesterday because I typically don’t smoke pot (just ask my kids), but I did listen to my favourite 420 playlist because the songs are positive, upbeat, at times ironic and satirical, and controversial, and so is this blog post. Were it not for the following artists, and the culture that their art reflects, change (and freedom) would not have been initiated.

My Personal 420 Playlist:

Bang a Gong – T Rex
Because I Got High – Afroman
Call Me the Breeze (or anything by JJ Cale)
Come As You Are – Nirvana
Custard Pie (gives me the munchies) – Led Zeppelin
Dave’s Not Here – Cheech and Chong
Drugs In My Pocket – The Monks
Exodus (the song, the album, and the entire collection of Bob Marley)
Get Off My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
Give It Away (because the RHCP cite BM)
Gold Digger – Kanye West
Good Vibrations (a masterpiece) – The Beach Boys
Hash Pipe – Weezer (an obvious choice)
Hits From The Bong – Cyprus Hill (another obvious choice)
I Am The Walrus – The Beatles
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Kickapoo – Tenacious D
Kitty (cool title) – The Presidents of the United States of America
Know Yourself – Drake
Let The Good Times Roll – The Cars
Lookin’ Out My Backdoor – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Loser – Beck
Monkey Man – The Rolling Stones
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
Santa Monica – Everclear
Stacks O’ Money – Eagles of Death Metal
Standing On The Rock (and anything by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
Stoners Anthem – Snoop Dogg
Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath (in my opinion, the original Stoners Anthem)
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
What I Got – Sublime
You Don’t Know How It Feels (and everything from Tom Petty’s Wildflowers)

Enjoy,
Kitty out☮️

Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 5.10.45 PM I am the photographer of the above image, but until legislation is official, I cannot say where I took the photo 😉

(1) Alcohol is the number one gateway drug
(2) A drug that requires a reversal (lifesaving) antidote