It would be interesting to know if the history/civics class, welcoming such a distinguished liberal columnist tried to find a local conservative leader to provide some balance. Anyone want to bet a beer that the teacher didn't lift a finger to get an alternative view. (By the way, Tom, what does the focus on television have to do with history or civics? How did you tie your interesting story - which I really like - into history/civics? Bet the columns the kids had to read were, shall we say, typically one-sided.
PS. If the teacher needs a hint of a superb balancing figure from the conservative side, I would recommend John McElroy, Emil Franzi, Carolyn Cox, John Munger, or any other of a whole bunch of folks.
I absolutely agree with you, Bob Regan! The ratio of marijuana-related DUIs is extremely minimal versus alcohol-related DUIs. Alcohol is a MUCH bigger problem in our society for a variety of reasons (i.e. car accidents, domestic violence, anger issues, death, rape, and numerous medical issues (including, but certainly not limited to Cirrhosis), etc.
There's nothing about pot that says, 'I want to get behind the wheel and drive;' on the contrary, pot makes you laugh, is a relaxant, helps with insomnia, makes you more philosophical, combats nausea, and has countless other positive effects. Most people who smoke are aware that they'll most likely get 'the munchies,' so they plan ahead and have food and snacks on-hand; in addition, they don't want to drive impaired. In actuality, pot smokers don't want to do much physical exertion at all because they want to enjoy their high, be artistic and creative, and simply veg. There are a multitude of successful people who smoke pot on a daily basis, so it's far from a 'Hippie' issue these days. I know many people who are doctors, attorneys, professors, executives, and so on, who smoke pot. I'm actually shocked myself at times because I catch myself thinking, 'Wow, I'm shocked that he/she smokes pot because they don't look like someone who would!' Well, my friends and I don't look like we would either, but we do, and it's great that society is finally realizing the many benefits of marijuana. I, nor any of my friends, have or would ever smoke pot before or during our work day; there's a time and a place for it.
Regardless of your vice (i.e. alcohol, pot, food, etc.), if it's gotten out of your control, you need to address the issue and seek help from friends, family, and/or professionals. As with everything else in life, it's all about balance and making responsible choices.
Marijuana may be "legal" in Arizona, and certainly the ability to have acess to it is better than not, however, it is way too expensive and the "legality" is only partial at best. Other states (including California) have many more choices of the way this product can be used. In AZ it is "flowers" or "candy" of one sort or another, but there are many more choices that should be incorporated into this "legalization". When one can purchase a marijuana product without interference (as in Colo./Wash., etc.) then, and only then, will we be able to say the product is legal in the state of Arizona. I sincerely hope this matter can be voted on and settled in the November elections. Don't let the label of "mid-term elections" keep you from voting on this very inportant subject.
I am quite "debilitated" at times. I often cannot walk more than around the inside of my house, if I'm lucky. The pain is mind numbing at times. However, I get my healthcare from the VA. If the weed showed up in my blood, I'd be out on the street as far as healthcare goes.
Nice piece Tom, I do take issue with one thng, TV was not the greatest invention of the 20th century - that credit should probably go to the transistor - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transistor which arguably has brought us the computer revolution and the internet. In fact the transistor is in some many places you probably have 4 or 5 on your person as I type.
Great article, but I think you missed the most important part of the story...
..where Sarnoff sold his soul (or what little there was of it) to Comcast!
So lie (yes misrepresenting yourself is lying) to your doctor to get a Medical Marijuana card in order to show your support for legalization? I don't mind people smoking pot if they want. I do mind people who lie.
I was visiting my daughter in LA a few weeks ago, before the recent rains came. While walking her dog in her South Pasadena neighborhood, I marveled at all the lush green lawns, tropical plants, neighbors washing their driveways off with garden hoses, and washing their luxury cars. Excess irrigation water ran down the hills into the storm sewers. On the expressways there are notices on signs announcing the drought and recommending conserving water. On the recently irrigated driveways, the Sunday LA Times headlines almost 2 inches high read DROUGHT!. No one seems to notice. The air was thick, gray and acrid. I walked miles and miles over a weeks time, looked at many different neighborhoods, and witnessed only 2 xeriscaped yards. I saw no rain harvesting equipment or gray water being recycled. Similar to when you hike in the desert, work out, exercise, or work in a hot and arid environment, if you wait until you feel thirsty, it may just be too late.
Any kid who watched the Syfy series "Warehouse 13" should have realized that Farnsworth was the inventor of TV. After all, the agents carried around portable TV communicators called "Farnsworths!"
Great article and since I grew up in the vacuum tube days before color TV, it brought back memories of many of the stories I read about inventors.
Most folks don't remember that A. G. Bell was working on something to help deaf people. They also don't remember that Elias Gray actually invented the telephone and Bell beat him to the patent office by a few hours. He later let Gray manufacture equipment for him and two companies came out of that, Western Electric and Graybar Electric. Yes, the same Graybar that exists today selling to contractors.
Let's add the social costs of alcohol to the price you pay for your cabernet and see if you still feel the same way. By the time we add all the costs of drunk drivers, domestic violence, medical costs, etc associated with alcohol, you'll wind up paying the same 400 for your bottle of wine that I do for an ounce of MMJ.
How about that JM?
Wow, a well written interesting article, keep up the great work Tom
I voted to make medical marijuana use legal, but I won't go as far as making it legal for recreational use. Why not make all prescription drugs recreational? Why not make harder drugs recreational? There needs to be some line, and medical marijuana is where I personally pick it.
I do support decriminalizing possession and making it more like a civil infraction if caught with it in your car. Where we do not put people in jail for simple possession of it.
I guess I am a little bias on this issue. I feel if you are over 30 and still feel like you need to be under the influence of marijuana, I personally think you look like a loser. You probably have children and a family and should be using your money to take care of them and give them a better life. I feel the same way if you are getting drunk every day with children. However, if you are single and nobody is dependent on you, I guess it is your personal choice to waste your money on a plant....
It seems like I am on the wrong side of the momentum of this issue in this country. It they make it legal in United States, I will not lose any sleep over it. I think state and our country have WAY bigger issues than legalizing marijuana. Plus, I just do not like the direction our society is taking with glamorizing drug use.
Don't need no stinking $250 card every year plus paying for a semi-bogus medical evaluation before buying a $3+ bottle of wine at Trader Joe's. That's a big difference, and why we need full legalization. Then no special permission or fees for anyone to deal with, and prices will drop dramatically as many more stores open and the market expands.
There IS a movement afoot in Arizona to put personal (not necessarily medical) use of marijuana on the November 2014 ballot. For more information, check out:
The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.
Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.
The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?
Marijuana is much safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?
Let's end this hypocrisy now!
The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.
Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!
Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!
I discovered something the other day. The light rail project in the absolutely most backward town I ever lived in is one of the "best" systems in the country. It takes people where they want to go and it makes money.
What the hell, Tucson?
Regarding Common Core, I wish there was more discussion on the corporate tests that claim to measure the standards. As a parent, I support the teachers who know what works in the classroom to help students achieve in developing critical learning skills. However, I question the assessments tied to the standards that must be given on computers that many school districts can ill-afford due to underfunding by the state. Why are we going down the path when tests will lead to sharp drops in scores and proficiency rates? This corporate reform is not true reform. http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assess…
One guy's terrible parking job doesn't mean the streetcar is a failure...the fact it will deplete Tucson's general fund means the streetcar is a failure.
It's nice to hear the media (Tucson Weekly) point out the obvious. Televised news folks are more interested in exaggeration than common sense and facts. Their mantra, "Never let facts get in the way of a news story."
Why can't they coexist? Hundreds of cars park downtown in those very same spots without going 12 inches over the line (or a "few" although my definition of "few" is very different from Bog Mann's)
How about if one can't park his manhood-compensating gas-guzzling behemoth within the lines, he should find another place to park?
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