Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m 64?
I find it interesting that Paul McCartney wrote the music for this when he was about 15, and used to play it when The Beatles were still known as The Quarrymen. He put lyrics to it later in honor of his father’s 64th birthday.
Numbers are funny that way… My son, Harry is 15 years old right now. Same age as Paul McCartney when he wrote that song. Same age I started smoking pot for years on a daily, recreational, “non-addicted” basis.
And as for the number 64, today those digits have come to be known as code for Colorado’s proposed ammendment that would legalize marijuana in ways my stoner buddies and I could only have dreamed about…
Amendment 64 would:
* Make Colorado the first state to try to profit from the legalization of marijuana at the expense of its children.
* Make Colorado the only state where it is legal to grow, transport and sell marijuana for recreational use. NOTHING MEDICAL ABOUT IT.
* Make it legal for anyone twenty-one years or older to possess and consume up to one ounce of marijuana (the equivalent of 60 joints or eight pans of pot brownies).
* Permit opening marijuana retail stores, growing facilities, manufacturing facilities and testing facilities in your community.
Problem is that we know too much these days as a society – and that takes all the fun out of Amendment 64. For instance, we know that it’s unsafe for infants to ride in an automobile without an infant seat, even though there was no such device when Paul McCartney or I were 15 years old…
We have outlawed secondhand smoke in airplanes and office buildings because today we know it’s bad for people to inhale it – especially children who have no choice in the matter. Kids today wear seat belts in cars, and helmets to ski and bike and skateboard. Today, we live in a world where we make common sense health and safety decisions based on information we didn’t have a generation or two ago.
So, what do we really know today about Amendment 64 and its impact on our kids?
Marijuana is an addictive drug. Sorry… As a drug addict and the owner of a rehab, I get to know this for a fact. For teens and young adults, smoking marijuana permanently affects brain development, impairs learning ability and contributes to depression. Adolescents are more likely than adults to develop problems with marijuana abuse and addiction. Marijuana abuse accounts for 67 percent of the adolescents in substance-abuse treatment programs in the United States.
Legalizing weed promotes smoking weed. The more available a drug is, the more likely young people are to use the drug. Marijuana use among students already is on the rise. Suspensions for drug violations at Colorado’s public schools increased 45 percent over the past four years, expulsions for drug violations increased 35 percent, and referrals to police increased 17 percent. Among the most vulnerable group, ages 12 to 25, it is projected that the number of regular marijuana users will double.
And finally, there’s this: The “harder drugs” argument. Say what you will about pot being a gateway to harder stuff… The pro-pot lobby loves to debate this one – but I don’t have the time or nearly enough Doritos to get into it with those guys. What I can tell you is this about the link between marijuana and crack and heroin and all that nasty stuff: Not everyone who smokes pot at a young age will wind up at a place like Jaywalker Lodge. But everyone at Jaywalker Lodge for damn sure smoked them some pot at a young age… Okay?
But there is an answer. Learn the facts. Use the same common sense that has our kids strapped to infant seats and has outlawed secondhand smoke. Vote no on Amendment 64.
And when you receive that phone call from the well-monied pro marijuana lobby (doesn’t THAT strike you as an odd notion?) just tell those guys what we tell them here at Jaywalker Lodge:
“Dave’s not here, man…”