Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Surgeon General's Warning

NORML has sent a petition with some 2300 signatures attacking Kellogg's cereal for dumping Michael Phelps as a paid sponsor. They are calling on people to boycott their products (including favorites like Corn Flakes, Cheez Its, Rice Krispies and Pop Tarts) for demonizing what millions of Americans including presidents and members of Congress have done at least once or twice.

NORML has been working to de-criminalize marijuana for years and may have found the president and the economic circumstances to finally get the necessary support to do it. It got me thinking what the Surgeon General's Warning would look like on a package of legal cannabis. Maybe something like this:

Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, And Low Birth Weight. Smoking Marijuana May Cause Drowsiness, Paranoia or Bad Taste in Music. Chronic Use of Marijuana Can Contribute To Excessive Procrastination, Decreased Levels of Motivation and a Low Sperm Count. Do Not Operate Heavy Machinery or Enter Credit Card Information Over the Internet For Any Reason While Under the Influence of Cannabis. If Driving While High, Stay in the Right Lane. Marijuana Has Been Known To Induce Feelings of Euphoria And Relaxation.

Am I crazy to think the US may actually legalize pot in the next 8 years? Maybe so, but there are so many benefits I can think of that would support doing it, why can't this be part of the CHANGE we've been promised too? And as for Phelps.. the dude won 8 Golds and he's likely not done. Is he less of a man because of this? No. Is he less of a role model? Not to hackey-sackers and ultimate frisbee players.


Randal Graves said...

This is a swimmer. This is a swimmer on weed.

I DO think you're crazy because if Murka is about anything, it's about punishing The Other in an oh so hypocritical way, but I figure we'll eventually decriminalize the stuff. Whether that's before or after Canada invades, one cannot say.

Pierre V. Ross said...

I'd love to boycott cheez-its. But I just got high.