The Marijuana Problem

Is it ever! It’s been a problem for over half a century, at least from the early 1930s, in this country. Saying “Pot” is almost like swearing or hearing something obscene in many quarters. How did it get such a bad reputation? It’s a long story of course.

The reason I bring this up is that at the Norway UU church we’re allowing a couple people who don’t think Pot is the devil’s own medicine to speak on April 2nd, not in our sanctuary but in our downstairs concert hall and they have to pay for the usage just like any other organization.

One person is from the Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative, MMPI, and the other is a retired police officer from an organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, LEAP. Most of our church members were in favor of letting them speak, after all, there is a thing called free speech in this country, but one member went ballistic at the thought of it and another was very dubious. But majority rules and the meeting is being set up.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on the internet in the last several days on the marijuana problem and it’s very interesting of course. More later.

  1. NK’s avatar

    Good luck on the investigation. Are you doing any practical experimentation? [ No need to answer. ].

    I visited Holland recently…They seem to be surviving.



    BTW. I like the new, or is it the old new, nah…it’s the new old new look. Yup I got it.

  2. Mardy’s avatar

    Yes, they seem to be surviving in Holland. I’m not doing any practical experimentation.

    Yes! This is the new old new look! I like the graphics on this one, and if you click on Archives, top right, you get a nice display of all the posts.


  3. Jason Dufair’s avatar

    Good thing for the 5th UU principle. Long live the democratic process.

    Fascinating subject. I used to be pretty interested in this issue. Now, since I’m not so interested in marijuana itself, the issue has faded for me. But there’s some good discussion to be had and lessons to be learned. I’ll have to check out some of the links you’ve posted.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Hey, thanks, Jason, for your comment. Yes, long live the democratic process!

    I learned quite a bit from those links and have come to the realization that we’ve all been brain-washed to varying degrees by the anti-pot propaganda that began in the 1930s. In that Marijuana Links post of mine there’s a good one on the history. It opened my eyes quite a bit. Well, it’ll be interesting to see how the talk at our church goes on April 2nd. Hope we don’t get bombed by the loonies!

    We’ll be off to our Norway (Maine) church in a while. What church do you attend? Or maybe you’re taking a respite from church going for now?

    Thanks again for your comment,

  5. Danielle’s avatar

    That is so great! I am aware of the MPI’s good work and of course strongly support the use of hemp a cousin to marijuana but banned nonetheless.

    Civil discourse is what is needed on hot topics. You surely belong to a great church!

    As always…

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks, Danielle! Yes, the UUs try to be in the forefront of support for justice. Civil discourse and study of the facts is sure needed in this area.


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