“Have you ever heard of a pothead breaking into a house and stealing to buy weed?” That was a question posed to me by a coworker in a warehouse.
“No, but I’ve known quite a few who would steal for food, because they spent all their money on weed.” I responded.
He was a very honest guy and conceded he knew that too, but never put it together in that way. It is an important point too, one that is glossed over way too much. The mellow pothead myth is a distractor from the point that people should be free to consume whatever they like, but they should not be free to steal from others to do whatever they like.
In my personal experience, I don’t think I have ever met one, well maybe just one, habitual pot user who could be considered “mellow,” as in that Hollywood version of the mellow hippie. Quite a few of them were on the violent side, especially of they did not get their way.
That is why, when I was researching the Weathermen for a current project, I was not surprised in the slightest that most, if not all, were pot users. No, I am not saying that toking up makes you want to plant ten sticks of dynamite in a bathroom. But I am saying it sure as hell does not prevent that want or action either.
In his biography, Underground by Mark Rudd of the Weathermen, he recalls as early as page 14 that a joint or a beer was his favorite accompaniment to absorb Communist doctrine. He mentions being stoned or high throughout the book. Eventually he stopped his bomb throwing ways, and now campaigns against that behavior. It wasn’t an intoxicant that did this, it was growing up.
Did any of his terrorist friends abstain from pot? I am sure there is one in there somewhere, but I’ve not come across them yet. However, I doubt the Weathermen will take up the example of Diggers’ Peter Coyote and actually advocate that using drugs should be fine, while stealing to get them should rightly be illegal.
When the debate comes to you, throw a rock through the Overton Window and just say plainly, “No, it should not be illegal to use, possess, and sell all the weed you like. But if you run over my dog, stoned or not, you are going to pay through the nose.”
Steve is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Finance. He is a 30 year veteran Aviation Officer of the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and former Defense Contractor in Resource Management. He has always had a libertarian streak, no matter which major Party flag he flew. Today he is a Minarchist leaning to Anarcho-Capitalism. He and his wife reside in a secret, undisclosed, subterranean lair with the clan motto of “Leave us alone and nobody gets hurt.” The Anarchist’s Soufflé Book is Steve’s current work in progress, along with Time Bomber: The Forgotten Yippie, coming soon any year now. Steve has been published by the Reason Foundation, and the Foundation for Economic Education. Follow Steve @AustrianAnarchy and view his Austrian Anarchy blog.