Having read and listened to all the brouhaha concerning marijuana (pot, cannabis, reefer) I am compelled to put in my two cents.
First off, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I don’t actually understand why there’s a dogfight. I support pot legalization, the voters have spoken and that’s it. It’s how our democracy works. We don’t just vote repeatedly over and over to get another result prior to action, OK?
That being said, I am really fed up with this idea that the “cannabis culture” is some sort of oppressed minority. Baloney. If your ethnicity or religion has been historically persecuted you can claim being an “oppressed minority.” If you’re an average American who at some point in your life decided you liked smoking pot, for whatever reason, be it health, recreation or a religious sacrament you are NOT an “oppressed minority,” you’re a pot smoker.
It used to be illegal. It’s not anymore. Suck it up, buttercup, and inhale away. Just quit trying to claim the mantle of being “culturally oppressed.” You haven’t got the right.