I must admit; I am suprised that nobody's responded to my post last night...could it be that you're all still sleeping and snoring up a storm? Could it be that some of you WOULD have reponded but figured that it was time to "give it a rest"?
Please remember that a picture is worth a thousand words...how would you like the world to picture you? As an ass who is so bent out of shape that he or she cannot be reasonable? Or as a responsible individual who happens to have different beliefs?
Remember that we are the members of the Cannabis Culture and we have a moral responsibility to behave like mature adults.
Blazing a joint in public isn't like dying your hair orange and getting it cut in a mohawk...it's not like wearing dreads...it's not like wearing a shitload of black leather and chrome studs or like driving a bike with open headers...
and it isn't even like Patch Adams wearing a red foam ball on the end of his nose in court...
It IS like an ordinary, average person walking into a Tim Horton's and ordering a coffee and then drinking it while they walk down the street. -It's THAT common.
Activism can take many forms...
I've personally taken seeds that Marc had given me and I planted them in the flower gardens which sit in front of the Hamilton Cop Shop on King William street...THAT's passive activism...
I've answered my front door to find bible thumpers...(chuckle chuckle)
I invite them in and I convert them.
"What's that?, you're Jehova's Witnesses?...
SURE, come on in; let's paarty!"
I show them the bible scriptures where marijuana is used, such as in Exodus...
I don't get very many bible thumpers any more...
Another example: I was THERE at the Up IN Smoke cafe when Jean Cooper was being arrested...
The very sight of a 73 year old granny being harrassed by the cops (3 of them!!!) made me wish I'd had a joint to light up in front of the screws...but unfortunately, there was none for me to light...so I called the local radio station; CHML and I got a live, on-the-air interview on the spot.
The process of getting to where I am today from where I was six years ago, has resulted in a drastic thinning of my social network, I lost my job, I lost my wife and kids, I lost the respect of the "establishment" of which I used to be a part, I lost my driver's licence ( failure to be able to prove whether it would be "appropriate" for me to smoke pot and then drive )and am not likely to get it back any time soon.
But you know what?
I do NOT regret telling my boss the truth.
It set me free. Now I have no fear of telling people the truth about cannabis or my association with it or my culture for that matter.
I have a sticker on the back of my old truck:
D.A.R.E. to learn and teach the truth about cannabis. followed by CC's website.
I had never been pulled over in that truck, even with that sticker; big as day on the back window.
I believe that we, the cannabis culture, need to educate ourselves: first, and the rest of the world: second...
What would you say to someone who genuinely believed that cannabis was evil and that it killed people left, right and centre? Would you force them to smoke a joint or would you try to educate them with facts first?
And if you see someone being harrassed by the police for their association with our culture, would you come to their aid? Would you risk arrest for doing so? And if so, would you go quietly?
Serious questions, serious consequences...SERIOUSLY, folks: what are you prepared to do to peacefully allow people to understand?
Activism takes many forms. What Chris Goodwin is doing is, basically, what most of us are doing: passively resisting the ignorance of the establishment...
All the power to you, Chris!
Same with the BC3: May God be with you as you fight for your freedom and your very lives.
Peace, people, peace is the key!
We must be untouchable in our attitudes and our behaviour.
We must show the world that we are not a danger to them.
We must behave responsibly.
Take care folks, and remember: We must lead by example.