Philosophers say that change is the only constant in life. Which is why, despite nearly 10 years of writing and editing Cannabis Culture, I am still often surprised by the changes and developments in the pot culture and the war on marijuana.
Even I was shocked to learn of the obvious connections between the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib and the mistreatment of American drug war prisoners. After reading our article on the topic, it is clear that it is the same culture of abuse and violence which is inflicted on US pot prisoners that is now being exported around the globe.
This culture of abuse is supported by a presidential administration that encourages violation of human rights and use of military force as a first resort. As reported in this issue, US President George W Bush comes from a long line of war profiteers; from world wars to the drug war, the Bush clan has benefitted from global conflict and instability for generations. This makes the coming US presidential election more significant than ever for Americans who want to see an end to the drug war. Although John Kerry is no saviour for the pot-culture, at least he seems a little more likely to allow individual states to set their own policy on issues like medical pot.
Meanwhile, in Canada, recent federal election results gave increased voice to the NDP, the only party in Canada’s Parliament that supports “real decriminalization” of marijuana. Now the many cannabis activists who joined and supported the NDP will see if leader Jack Layton lives up to his rhetoric and pushes the governing Liberals into making their proposed “pseudo-decrim” into the real thing.
While politicians continue to debate the future of pot prohibition, who would have guessed that after the thousands of years that humans have been using this plant, there remained another, untried method to extract and process cannabis resins, into a new and more potent pot product? Yet now that “budder” has come onto the market, there is a new way to consume cannabinoids and get soaringly high on a tiny bit of goo.
So with so many unexpected and exciting things happening all the time, it is difficult to make predictions about the future of the marijuana movement. All I know for sure is that positive change is inevitable, and that if we all work together we can accomplish great things. I have no doubt that one day, the war will end, marijuana will be liberated, and pot culture will be free.
Until that day comes, I hope you will join us in celebrating our culture, fighting for freedom, and enjoying the blessings of our favorite and most sacred plant.
Editor, Cannabis Culture