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The Anger Vein: Or The REAL Reason Why Marijuana Is Winning


marijuana prohibitionBy Claire Kaufmann, MBA

It’s been a big week for marijuana. First this article from the LA Times, then the most recent Gallup poll saying that now more than 58% of Americans support cannabis legalization – a whole 10% more than last year. The cherry on the pot sundae: Washington DC mayor Vincent Gray announced the city is likely to approve marijuana decriminalization  early next year.

If Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s public apology wasn’t enough, this week’s news certainly sealed the deal. Its official – cannabis has tipped.

To understand why people are amazed at the speed that prohibition is crumbling, some useful context: The only other issue that has gained public support as quickly and nationally as cannabis legalization? Marriage equality.

With all the hype and all the press, there has been little explanation as to why. Why pot now? Even lawmakers, like California’s own progressive Lieutenant Governor – and presumed gubernatorial candidate — Gavin Newsom is stunned: “It’s amazing, really surprising, how quickly we seem to be evolving on this.”

Really? Is it really that “amazing?” The fact that cannabis and gay marriage share the same political velocity is not only unsurprising, it’s intuitive.

For much of the last decade, we’ve all been so beat down by the Great Recession that we were just trying to survive. It is only now, in late 2013, that we are able to stop the bleeding enough to survey the damage – and it is ugly. Sandy ugly. Katrina ugly. Fukushima ugly. We learned the hard way you can’t actually have it all. The American Dream was just that, a dream, a joint venture between Wall Street and K Street.

Americans, as a whole, have transitioned from being shell-shocked and defeated over the Recession to angry as hell. Supporting cannabis policy reform is a way to stick your finger straight up at “the man.” Weed is ultimate anti-brand- it always has been.

We see the same pattern of rebellion and social revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. Fueled by deep anger at the mismanagement of the Vietnam War, social progressives harnessed the same “anger vein” to propel civil rights to the national spotlight. Times of crisis fuel anger and that anger brews social revolution.

In case you live on the moon and missed Russell Brand’s most recent rant, here it is. It got 1.6 million views in less than 24 hours. He speaks directly to this truth. The system is rigged. Awareness is irreversible. Revolution is inevitable.

Anger is almost palpable in America right now. So is it really surprising that cannabis has such a strong momentum? Only to those who haven’t been watching. The more politicians act surprised, the more out of touch with real America they must be. Cannabis isn’t tipping as an issue only because it’s sexy, or only because it is an issue whose time has come. Cannabis is in the right place at the right time.  It has struck a chord with Americans who feel betrayed and angry.  And just as in the 1960s and 70s cannabis was part and parcel of a larger revolution, this is only the beginning – things are about to get messy. Thinking otherwise would just be naive.

Source: NewAgeMama.Net


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  1. You’re right, America’s government is a bully. But… I don’t work for the government, so can I have my medicine?

  2. The only part of Russell’s rant I disagree with is that you HAVE TO VOTE ! If you’re not registered you can’t sign the petition to put CCHI2014 on the California ballot. If the students here at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California aren’t registered, they can’t run for City Council and vote the old farts out of office. It’s the old status quo politicians who are banning medical dispensaries in all the small towns where state laws allow medpot. Register, vote… if you don’t see a candidate saying what you believe, run for office yourself ! YOU CAN change the system, one office at a time… Think globally, act locally.

  3. americans should get nothing until they stop military-americans from slaughtering, torturing, droning and imprisoning people in other nations for their land and resources. shit on you self-centered fuckers

  4. Compare prohibition to slavery
    It took a war to end .
    Now cannabis has to be fought at a state level.
    Fodder ! The drug police profit at the cost of taxpayers.
    The tipping point is when all politic parties realise what a waste of time and resources
    It has been with no positive results.

  5. Where’s my link to the song, man? I guess I’ll have to put my joint down, use my mouse again, click all the way over to duckduckgo… wait, I can’t remember if Jefferson Airplane was any good or not, oh, this is way too much trouble. (Thanks for the post.)

  6. The secret to Russell Brand’s humor is that we cannot seamlessly tell when he’s being funny and when he’s trying to make a serious political point. The bigger secret, is that Russell Brand can’t tell either.

    He calls people “darling” far too much to tell the difference.

  7. Look what’s happening out in the streets

    Got a revolution got to revolution

    Hey I’m dancing down the streets

    Got a revolution got to revolution

    Ain’t it amazing all the people I meet

    Got a revolution got to revolution

    One generation got old

    One generation got soul

    This generation got no destination to hold

    Pick up the cry

    Hey now it’s time for you and me

    Got a revolution got to revolution

    Come on now we’re marching to the sea

    got a revolution got to revolution

    Who will take it from you

    We will and who are we

    We are volunteers of America

    Jefferson Airplane, 1969

  8. What to think of Russell Brand? It appears the response has been mostly positive. However, I tried to read his first article, and I was unable to get through it. This could be because I don’t always understand British humor, or because he’s not as funny as he thinks he is, I’m not sure which one. :)

  9. firetheliberals on

    In others words, we are all getting screwed so why not get high, have some fun and not worry about it.

    I agree.

  10. Colin B. Sterling on

    #12 of 20 points why marijuana should be legalized:

    12.) All those people with a “life partner” and do believe in marrying whoever you want to marry, and gay marriage, transgender marriage, etc. – all those people – men and women, should automatically be voting for the legalization of marijuana since we also have the right to choose too. They also need to understand – that they can vote in favor of the legalization of marijuana, but that doesn’t mean that we have to vote for their right to marry whoever they want. The legalization of marijuana is an herb that God created for us. In the Bible – it clearly says that “A man shall not lie with mankind as he does with womankind” (Leviticus18:22).

  11. need to be legalized in every state. no point of wasting time and money over a plant that hurts no one,

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