Surprisingly for someone who’s nearly impossible to offend, I’ve been disgusted twice this month alone. My stomach turned the first time when the Butte County Board of Politicians passed their medical-marijuana ordinance. The board knew in advance what they were gonna do. What patients, caregivers, and growers thought didn’t mean squat, and the public meetings were for show. The members of the Butte County Board don’t give a rat’s ass about sick people and don’t mind that the entire campaign against marijuana is based on lies and gullibility, thus the Tea Party connection. It doesn’t matter that not only has nobody has ever died from marijuana, the plant is so good for a lot of ailments that California voters made it legal medicine.

Some people think that marijuana saps ambition, and they’re right. That’s an industrial way to say that cannabis seems to decrease greed, aggressiveness, and intolerance, all components of business as usual and good for the tax base. Marijuana and other entheogens can apparently show us things we didn’t know before, including that the kingdom is indeed within. Where the hell are the Christians when we need them?

There’s crime associated with marijuana only because it’s illegal and therefore costly. The Butte County Board chose to support the punishment industry with lives and money rather than allow people to determine what goes in their own bodies without authoritarian interference. Representative democracy isn’t democracy at all; it’s a scam.

My other source of disgust was a story in the Oroville Mercury-Register by Greg Welter. Gregory Wright—who was suckered into accepting a 22-year sentence for firing a pistol into a ceiling at his high school—is, incredibly, in more trouble. It seems that Wright’s mother was caught smuggling marijuana into the prison for Wright to sell. I’m glad he showed some initiative, and even ambition, to make his life better where he is. I don’t blame him, and I hope he learns something useful from this latest fuck-up.

I also think that anybody whose mother leaves methamphetamine and hydrocodone in her car while she smuggles marijuana into prison in her vagina, which is what Wright’s mom did, deserves all the breaks he can get. Instead, in the article Welter describes Wright’s case completely wrong. Even with a retraction, thousands of people now think that Wright was convicted of attempted murder, which is bound to hurt his chances for an eventual life with the rest of us. Shit. Now I’ve got to find a way to love a sloppy reporter and the Butte County Board of Ignoramuses. No more news.

Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 under cannabis, Chico, government, health, Uncategorized.


  1. Joey Weber says:

    Yes, agree fully with your article. We face insurmountable pressure on our jails and then our officials do this – http://www.chicoer.com/ci_18189474?source=rss_viewed.

    I’ll sign the local petition, but the nonsense is utterly frustrating.

    “Supreme Court Orders California to Relieve Prison Overcrowding”
    THU MAY 26, 2011…

    “Cannabis advocate sentenced to prison in pot-for-guitar case”

    …See More

    Kind Regards,


  2. I agree, these two stories you mentioned are, indeed, disgusting. I just have one thing to remind you about: We, the people—the voters in California made medical marijuana legal and NOT the government! This makes the Board of Idiocy all the more idiotic! Clearly, the majority of people want the freedom to be able to grow their own medicine on their own property. The vocal minority that showed up to the meetings to whine and complain were (for the most part) just parroting the right-wing/tea bagger (read big pharma astroturf) “truthiness” they’ve read on the internet.

    Disgust is not a strong enough word for my feelings about this.

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