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PROOF OF WHY WE ALL NEED TO SPEAK UP AGAINST POT AND WHY IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL FOREVER, WITH VERY STIFF PENALTIES:
"You seem to not understand that marijuana has never killed anyone and never will kill anyone. Caffeine is more harmful than marijuana and is the most abused drug in the world, and yet you continue to demonize marijuana because your government as well as your shitty values seem to tell you to do so. Stop being a sheep. Marijuana has been used for over 9000 years and has only in the past 100 years or so come under scrutiny due to racially motivated schemes against the black population in the early 1900's. Think for yourself."
People (and by that I mean mostly pot smokers) send me emails or comments like this hundreds of times a week. Here are actual comments people left me, along with my replies:
you truly believe in god, then you would believe that cannabis is god's
creation. How could a product of god be bad? Do you think that it is just a
coincidence that cannabis has such medicinal value? Cannabis is here for a
reason, and it will ALWAYS be here. Its crazy people like you that hinder the
use of this amazing, natural resource.
AARGHHHH you guys still don't get it! You always tell me
that marijuana was put on the Earth by God, blah blah blah. OF COURSE IT IS
"God's creation." But that doesn't mean He wants us to light up a
joint, smoke it and get high! Can't you see that?? I am talking about RECREATIONAL
DRUG USE. We shouldn't use mind-altering drugs to get high, stoned, buzzed,
relax, have "fun", enjoy life, celebrate, socialize, etc. This is
good morals and just plain common sense! I say the same things about alcohol!
Alcohol is a drug! Just because it's legal doesn't make it right! A casual
booze drinker is no better than a casual pot smoker, except they aren't
breaking the law. They are after the same psychoactive effect. And that is not
good! A grown adult should set an example and not drink or smoke pot! What a
thing to do!
And pot is ILLEGAL! You can get into serious trouble if you get busted! Kids
need to remember this! It won't help to tell the judge that God put marijuana
on this Earth for all to enjoy! Where I live, the judge would laugh in your face
and throw you in jail for making excuses for breaking the law! Again, kids need
to realize this!
But even if pot were legal, it doesn't make it right to use it to get high and
stoned and have "fun"! What parent would ever raise their kids to
grow up and do THAT? At any age? Most parents try to raise their kids with
morals, values and common sense to know that this is immoral and just plain
immature! And I know that many parents who would NEVER smoke pot because
"drugs are bad" think nothing of using a mind-altering drug in the
form of alcohol. But they are hypocrites!
And if you guys are all so dang religious, always talking about God all the
time, then you of ALL people should know better than to use a mind-altering
drug to get high and have "fun". A religion is supposed to teach
people to AVOID using those things, not encourage them to light up a joint and
get high! Otherwise, what is a religion FOR? Heck, I wasn't even religious in
high school or college and I sure never smoked POT. You had to be a totally
different person to do such a thing! Nobody ever offered it to me or anything!
And I was a teen in the 70s! Same for my husband!
And then after college I joined the Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints). We have the Word of Wisdom which is direct revelation
from God saying that alcohol, tea, coffee, cigarettes and mind-altering drugs
like marijuana are not for the body. We are taught the moral and physical
reasons to avoid using these things. This HELPS us! It is good to understand
why we shouldn't use mind-altering drugs to have "fun". That is not
what TRUE fun is!
But you shouldn't even have to be Mormon or religious to know not to smoke pot.
It's just common sense! A grown adult should be well past the age where they'd want
to use a mind-altering drug to get high, stoned, buzzed, relax, have
"fun", celebrate, socialize, etc. What a thing to do! Again, people
need to grow up and set an example!
AND THEN YOU BRING UP MEDICAL MARIJUANA?? Oh wow, you have really done it now.
Now I have to add your comment to my huge folder filled with all the other
THOUSANDS of comments and emails from "medical" users, supporters and
growers who are just horrible. I have said over and over that I am NOT AGAINST
MEDICAL MARIJUANA! That is a totally different issue! I am a nice person and of
course would not want anybody to suffer, and if something like marijuana--or
ANYTHING--truly helps a person with a true medical condition, then of course
that would be a good thing!! I have even been trying for YEARS to write an
article on the BENEFITS of medical marijuana. But I have yet to find a single
decent person to interview to use as an example in my article! All the casual
users rave about the medical benefits in order to justify getting high, and even
the "medical" users I've talked to and seen online have been
horrible, cussing me out, threatening me with death and bodily harm, attacking
my religion, my looks, my sex life, making mean videos and websites about me,
making fun of me for collecting dolls, revealing my personal information, etc.
And of course they all use these lame excuses about how pot is safer than
alcohol and cigarettes, and they all tell me that if I haven't TRIED pot, I
can't possibly speak up against it, they all accuse me of being ignorant and
self-righteous and judgmental, they all tell me to "educate myself",
and many of them tell me to kill myself or say they hope that I did in fire.
How can I support them when they are like THAT???? I have collected THOUSANDS
of comments and emails from "medical" users, supporters and growers
who are just terrible. Even the "nice" ones don't get it, and
honestly can't see why it's wrong and immature to use drugs RECREATIONALLY.
It's so depressing. I always thought MEDICAL users and supporters would be
nice, and surely agree that we shouldn't use drugs to get high and stoned. I
don't say anything that any other parent wouldn't say!!
If you had told me nicely that you are all about MEDICAL marijuana, I would
have gladly supported you and offered to interview you for the article I've
been TRYING to write about this. But you are just like all the others. Now I
have to add your comment to my huge folder filled with all the other THOUSANDS
just like you. I plan to use these in upcoming blogs and videos to show what
people are like! The world needs to know!
It can be hard to understand why someone would get so mad
and defensive over smoking if you have never tried it.
We feel that herb is a true gift to the world. It is more than "fun",
it is an enlightening, peaceful experience that allows you appreciate and
experience things that you otherwise wouldn't have even thought about. It also
allows you to view yourself in a different light, from a different perspective.
Those of us that smoke realize that what we are doing is a healthy high, we are
not ingesting any man made chemicals, just mother nature, and we will never
feel bad from the herb, just healthy and happy.
So society continues to demonize the use of this plant, when those that smoke
it cause no harm, and the people that will tell you that herb is
"bad" are the ones that are lying to the people and brainwashing them
to suck the money out their pockets.
At the end of the day, we all do certain activities because we like the way
that it makes us feel. We do things because we get "high"; our brain
releases chemicals that makes us feel nice. It doesnt matter if its shopping,
snowboarding, or smoking, its all for the same reason. So what makes weed
The church and the government want you to believe that weed is bad so they can
have control of your brain and attention, so that they can control your actions
to their benefit. Look at you for example, the church, the government, has
altered your judgement of this issue so much that you're practically doing
their job for them. All these people claim how terrible weed is, lying to the
people, misleading them with false information so that they can continue to shove
their shitty prescription pills in our faces and keep minorities in prison.
They are paid off to say these negative things about weed, and are probably
smoking it themselves when the cameras aren't rolling.
And if there was a god, why would he be against use of this plant? It is his
creation, here to
give people a better quality of life. Doesnt cause any harm, if anything it
leads you into a more peaceful lifestyle and helps you to think for yourself
instead of believing everything you see or hear on the news.
This has been going on for centuries and it will continue to go on forever and
there is nothing you or anyone else can do to stop it. If there really was an
issue then people would not still be cultivating this plant to this day.
AARGGHHH OH I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! Yet ANOTHER Internet person
who says that if I haven't tried pot, I can't possibly speak up against it! I
am so sick of hearing this! This is one of the main reasons I now realize we
all need to speak up against pot even MORE, is because you guys honestly think
that if we haven't tried pot, we can't possibly say anything bad about it! OH
And then you ADMIT to us all that you use this "herb" to become
enlightened, blah blah blah.? THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT WRONG! That is why we are
And it's not the "herb" that is bad, it is YOU and all the others
just like you! THAT is why we are against pot! Do we really want people like
you walking around actually USING mind-altering drugs?? Heck no! Look at you!
Instead of being a nice, decent, mature guy and taking a stand AGAINST drugs,
you honestly think that by telling me that if I haven't tried the
"herb" that I can't say anything against it, and you honestly think
that if only I knew how peaceful and enlightened smoking the "herb"
makes you feel, I'd suddenly realize it's okay. YOU JUST DON'T GET IT!
And again, you must be the 200th Internet person just this week to bring up to
me about God putting marijuana on the Earth, blah blah blah. I have said over
and over that just because God put marijuana on the Earth doesn't mean He wants
us to light up a joint, smoke it and get high! Can't you see that? And if you
guys are all so dang religious, you of ALL people should know not to smoke pot
recreationally! A religion is supposed to teach people to AVOID using drugs,
not encourage them to get high! Otherwise, what is a religion FOR? I wasn't
even religious in high school or college and I never smoked POT! Nobody ever
offered it to me or anything! And I was a teen in the 70s! Same for my husband!
And then after college I joined the Mormon church, which has direct revelation
from God saying that alcohol, tea, coffee, cigarettes and mind-altering drugs
like marijuana are not for the body. We are taught the moral and physical
reasons to avoid using these things. This HELPS us. It is good to understand
why we shouldn't use drugs to get high, buzzed and have "fun". That
is not what TRUE fun is!!
But you shouldn't have to be Mormon or even religious to know this. It is just
common sense! A grown adult should be WELL PAST the age where they'd want to
use a mind-altering drug to get high, stoned, buzzed, relax, have
"fun", celebrate, socialize, etc. And I am talking about alcohol,
too! It's not just pot! Can't you see my point? You guys all think that just
because I've said we shouldn't smoke pot, that I think that marijuana is some
evil, deadly substance that ruins your life, and that I see nothing wrong with
alcohol because it's legal and "Jesus drank wine" (which is the
excuse all the booze drinkers use). But I feel the same way about alcohol!
Alcohol is a drug! Just because it's legal doesn't make it right! A casual
booze drinker is no better than a casual pot smoker except they aren't breaking
the law! People need to grow up and set an example!
And pot is ILLEGAL! If you get busted, it won't help to tell the judge how
"enlightened" and peaceful it makes you feel! Where I live, the judge
would laugh in your face and throw you in jail for making excuses for breaking
the law and getting high on drugs!! Kids need to realize this! I've seen kids
go through hell in the court room, just for having an empty pipe! Even if the
pipe wasn't theirs and they never smoked pot in their life!! But even if pot
were legal, what parent would EVER raise their kids to grow up and get high??
At any age? And I know many of these same parents who would never smoke pot
because "drugs are bad" think nothing of using a mind-altering drug
in the form of alcohol, but they are hypocrites! Again, a casual booze drinker
is no better than a casual pot smoker, except they aren't breaking the law.
They are all after the same psychoactive effect, that "buzz" one gets
from a mind-altering drug. And that is not good!
And you guys always try to compare smoking pot with
activities such as shopping, watching TV, sex, going to an amusement park, etc.
That isn't the same at ALL!!! We aren't purposely ingesting a mind-altering
drug into our system when we do activities like that!!!
Comments like yours prove my point about why we all need to speak up against
pot and why it should be illegal forever, with VERY STIFF PENALTIES. And I am
talking about RECREATIONAL USE!
lol..... i never said you cant speak against it if you
havnt tried it, I said that you arent going to understand why people are so
defensive about it and you arent going to understand why people do it if youve
never done it. And yes, herb is very enlightening, it is a real eye opener,
although I never said that you HAVE to use it to become enlightened. You have
proven yourself to be very uneducated on this subject, you truly do not
understand what I am saying and you are going to continue to twist my words
around. You say that I am bad when I am simply defending my free will. How the
hell do you expect people to respect you or your opinions when you cant even
give a simple reason why weed and the people that use it are so
"BAD". You expect me to believe that Im a bad person just because
you're joke of a religion tells you that I am a bad person? Do you really think
that you are better than everyone because you are a mormon and you have never
tried pot? Get real lady. Mormon... lol more like moron. If youre dumb enough
to believe that bullshit religion than I dont expect you to be educated enough
to understand why using cannabis is not a bad thing. It is okay though because
in a few decades you and your dumb religion wont exist anymore. Enjoy it while
it lasts, because you are the last string of opposition.
I UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE SO DEFENSIVE ABOUT IT! It is because you are all
immoral, immature pot smokers!!! You need to GROW UP!
And I am NOT UNEDUCATED ABOUT THIS SUBJECT! For the billionth time, I BELIEVE
you immoral, immature pot smokers when you tell us why you use pot and what it
does for you! And that is why I am against it! That is what makes it
And why do you guys ALWAYS accuse me of not telling you WHY "weed" is
bad?? YOU ALWAYS SAY THIS! Even though I have spent 15 years online explaining
over and over a billion times WHY it is wrong to smoke pot! I have said over
and over that it is wrong to use drugs to get high and stoned and have "fun",
because that is not what TRUE fun is! How many times do I have to SAY this???
It is so SIMPLE! I shouldn't even have to say it, you should just KNOW! What,
were you raised in a barn or something???
And it makes me FURIOUS that you guys use my religion against me! I have only
shared my religion to HELP you, to get you to see where I am coming from. And I
always think that you will want to know more about the Church, and that you
will thank me for speaking up and reaching out and helping you to understand.
But you use it AGAINST ME! It is so frustrating!!
And then you always accuse me of thinking that I am "better" than
anyone else just because I'm Mormon and don't smoke pot. Again, I do NOT think
I am better than anyone else, and I never smoked pot even BEFORE I had religious
beliefs!! Stop blaming my religion on my stance on drugs! I don't say anything
that any other parent wouldn't say! Are all the nice, decent parents out there
who say "don't use drugs" thinking that they are "better"
than anyone else? Of course not! They are just saying a common-sense thing that
any other parent says!!
And how mean and rude, to make fun of my religion. My faith means alot to me. I
studied, pondered and prayed a long time before joining this Church over 30
years ago. It was a huge decision for me. Nobody in my family was Mormon, and I
received flack from family and friends who believed weird things they had heard
and seen. But the more I learned about the Church, the more I knew I had to
join. I know there are SO many things written and said about Mormons that are
twisted and distorted and just plain false. I read all that stuff over 30 years
ago in the anti-Mormon books I found when I first tried to learn about the
It is just SOOO frustrating. I try to share my religion with you guys, thinking
you will want to learn more, and that you will thank me for speaking up and
reaching out, and you reject it and say mean, terrible things!!!
After this he said many more mean things, calling my religion bullsh*t and accusing me of lying awake at night fuming over "potheads", which is a word I never use but which pot smokers always accuse me of saying. They all think that I think that anybody who smokes pot is a "pothead" as if they are addicted and losers. At this point I gave up because I can see he is hopeless.
And then of course the very next comment I open, I have yet another Internet pot smoker saying much of the same thing, and accusing me of believing in "Reefer Madness" like they all do. Read on:
think god gave us the cannabis plant just like the other herbal plants for the
service of man, for his face to shine, and for part of the holy anointing oil.
God approves of using alcohol therapeutically saying planely that it makes the
heart glad and consoles bereavement. It's also used in worship holiday if
journey became too hard and painful. And since cannabis is safer than alcohol,
there is abundant teachings in the bible suggesting it's ok to get a buzz from
cannabis, and to use it as a medicine.
The world needs this plant to be free to help us survive as arguably the
world's most beneficial plant. And if it's so divine and good for man, maybe
using it regularly is good for us. You are coming off as overly judgmental in
an area of personal freedom and false propaganda sometimes known as
A little less hysteria please, we all know how to google and search youtube to
find out the truth before judging against people like you keep doing. Harmless
people should not be an outrage to you or anyone else.
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I just got done responding to yet ANOTHER Internet person
just like you, and every time I make a reply, I think it will be the last thing
I ever have to write, that surely you guys will understand! AND THEN YOU ALL
STILL SAY THE SAME RIDICULOUS THINGS!!!
I have said over and over how FURIOUS it makes us all when you guys accuse us
of believing in "Reefer Madness." You all think that I'm against pot
because I think it's all dangerous and addictive and kills people. NOBODY THINKS
THAT! Doesn't it even OCCUR to you guys that we are all against pot because
it's a mind-altering drug?? Pot smokers ADMIT to us all the time online that
they use it to get high, stoned, buzzed, relax, have "fun", enjoy
life, etc. We BELIEVE them when they tell us why they use it and how it affects
them! And that is why we are against it! That is what makes it wrong!!
And do research?? RESEARCH??? Research about WHAT? You guys always TELL us
this! What do we need to know about pot that we don't already know?? Again,
people ADMIT to us that they use it to get high and stoned and have
And I have said over and over that we shouldn't smoke pot OR drink alcohol!!
Just because alcohol is a drug doesn't make it right!
And I have explained over and over that in the Mormon church, we have The Word
of Wisdom which is direct revelation from God saying that alcohol, tea, coffee,
cigarettes and mind-altering drugs like marijuana are not for the body. The
Mormon church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is the
true church, restored AFTER the Bible was published!!!
I hope the world sees your ridiculous comment. It shows that we all need to
speak up against pot and that it should be illegal forever, with very stiff
penalties! It is not because of marijuana itself, but because of the people who
use and defend it! Like you! Do we really want people like you walking around
actually USING mind-altering drugs?? Heck no!
My husband and I heard "Windy" on the radio recently and I got to thinking that it was 30 years ago I interviewed Larry Ramos and Russ Giguere of The Association for a newspaper article I was writing on the group. My how time flies; it seems like just yesterday I was sitting in the same room with those guys, with my tape recorder and notepad in hand. I looked up some information about the group online and was stunned to see that Larry passed away last year. I did not know that! So I thought I would re-post my article here as a tribute.
A couple of years ago I came across a video where Larry was being interviewed about his beginnings with the group, and I was shocked to hear lots of profanity come out of his mouth. When I talked to him all those years ago, he was a perfect gentleman and did not swear. I wish I hadn't seen that video!
Anyway, here is the interview from 1985 for anyone who is interested, along with a picture of myself and Ramos, Giguere and Jules Alexander at the end:
LARRY RAMOS OF THE ASSOCIATION INTERVIEW, 1985:
"cherishes" the nostalgic mood of the 1960's probably remembers tunes
like "Windy", "Never My Love", "Along Comes
Mary", and "Time For Living."
These songs, along with
the tender love ballad "Cherish", were all recorded by The
Association, a primarily soft rock and ballad band which sold over 15 million
The group is back
together again and performed at Aurora's Paramount Arts Centre March 30th,
along with The Mamas and The Papas. Original members Larry Ramos, Russ Giguere,
and Jules Alexander were joined by Donni Geogeon on keyboards, Brian Puckett on
drums, and Jo Lamano on bass.
In an interview before
last Saturday's performance, Larry Ramos, who sang lead on "Never My
Love," said, "We're back working and this is the happiest I've been
with my group at any time in my career."
In concert, the group
sang all of their hits. The biggest collective sigh from the audience came when
they sang "Cherish", their most popular ballad. Although original
lead vocalist Terry Kirkman was not present to sing the song he wrote, the
group knows the audience demands to hear Cherish, and so they perform it with
or without Kirkman.
"People come a
long way to hear the songs they love," explained Russ Giguere, best known
for his lead vocal on "Windy". "We do a couple of things just
for fun, like 'One Too Many Mornings'. Although it was fairly obscure, it was
our first record, and we put it in the show for historical value."
The guys in the band
are getting older, yet they perform with all the youthful energy they had back
in the 1960's. Giguere bops across the stage like Mick Jagger (well, almost),
and they all seem to enjoy what they do, which is, according to Ramos, sending
out a "collective message of creativity." He says that everyone has
an input in their arrangements, and that they refine all the time.
Anyone who went to see
The Association in the late 1970's may have left the concert feeling
disappointed that the group did not sound up to par. That's because it wasn't
The Association. Ramos explained that there was a bogus group passing itself
off as The Association one night, and as other 60's groups such as the Grass
Roots or the Loving Spoonful another night. He said that they had been
"after these people for a long time because they were passing themselves
off as us. They even used my picture on some of the publicity shots," he
said. When Ramos did not appear in concert, the bogus group told the fans he
was sick. "It was misrepresentation," he said.
Finally the situation
straightened itself out, because, according to Ramos, "there is only one
real Association, and it was obvious who they were." He said they made an
attempt to get as much publicity as possible in order to raise their profile,
so that people would know they were seeing the real Association and not some
The Association usually
tours on the weekends with other 60's groups such as the Four Tops and The
Beach Boys. "It's fun," Ramos says. "This is what I've worked
for all my life, so that I only have to work on weekends."
The Association is
celebrating their 20th anniversary and plans to release an album this year
containing tunes recorded by most of the original members, with the exception
of the deceased Brian Cole. "There's a freshness to it that's really nice,
very warm," Ramos says. "I'm anxious to see it out. Everything's been
recorded and all we have to do is remix it and release it.
thinking of doing a cross-over county album. This would not necessarily be our
mainstream music, but it's a good market and we're comfortable in it, because
I'm a folk singer as well. I don't see why you have to choose. If you do
everything well, why not do it?"
A political science
major in college, Ramos became disillusioned with learning how "the ideals
of government seemed so right, and in practice it is not the same at all."
He found that he could spread more good will through his music than he
"possibly could as a representative of government spreading the supposed
good will of the U.S."
He credits his long-time
standing in the business to being a "survivor." He was a member of
the New Christy Minstrels before joining The Association in the 1960's, and ten
years before that he was at Chicago's Schubert Theatre with Yul Brenner playing
one of the kids in "The King and I". Ramos says that his broad
education in music has helped shape the sound of The Association, as has all of
the group's members.
Without the benefit of
a recording studio and the entire original group, The Association will never
recapture the distinct sound of its intricate multi-voice harmonies. Yet in
concert the Association "sound" still comes through. "We try to
spread a good feeling to everyone," Ramos says, "so that when people
go home they're in a better state of mind than when they came to see us.
They're happier, more fulfilled.
"If we've awakened
some memories for them that are good memories, then that is a lesson for remembering.
I think that entertainment is one of the few businesses that affords you the
ability to do that. I don't feel that I would be happy doing anything
Hi, I'm Cindy. This is my official site, with my weight loss story, links and other info. I'm a mom and a grandmother, and have been following the controlled-carb program Somersize since 2001 (my weight loss story and recipes are on this blog). I'm also a doll collector and like to sew, read, and decorate cakes. I am against alcohol, marijuana, and other mind-altering drugs.