A Gallup poll published last year found that political liberals are somewhere around six times more likely to get high than conservatives.
Trouble is brewing. The recent attacks on the U.S. Capitol has America trembling, and the scent of Civil War is in the air. There’s a whole mess of Trump supporters who, much like Trump himself, aren’t willing to accept that “their president” isn’t the man the voters elected. So they have set out on a rampage, one that, according to the FBI, may not be over yet.
The word on the street is that more armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. And that’s not going to end well.
Last week, this mob mentality left five people dead and countless others injured in the nation’s capital. In the end, they only achieved bad news, and several rioters have been arrested and charged with everything from entering a restricted building to assault. But dumb dies hard in America.
Even though President Trump has asked for protestors to vacate their political deer stands in peace, more of these violent shenanigans are expected to erupt again in a matter of days. They might even be more raucous and deadly. The FBI bulletin says an “uprising” is being planned if specific actions are taken against Trump before the inauguration.
Either way, the hell-raisers are coming.
While it certainly shouldn’t be above the American people to riot in the streets over injustices and a loss of freedom, to riot like lunatics because of a loyalty to one man is hardly motivation for change. The events of last week and the prospect of more violence to come, of course, has us asking all sorts of questions about the mindset of the people riding this wave of ultra-hostility and felonious behavior. The biggest one being: Haven’t any of these angry fools heard of marijuana?
It might be naïve to suggest that marijuana can be a great peacekeeper among an uncivil society. Not too many people would buy into the idea that partaking in a plant could calm down the masses, allow them to see the truth, and perhaps inspire them to raid their fridges instead of Capitol buildings. But, as simple as it might sound, there is something to this concept for caging the unruly.
Marijuana users are typically more relaxed than those who try to navigate this life without it. Even science says so. Researchers from Washington State University published a study in 2017 showing that nonusers were more stressed out than regular marijuana users.
The thing is a lot of Trump’s people — far-right radicals with Karenistic tendencies — aren’t too keen on pot. A Gallup poll published last year found that political liberals are somewhere around six times more likely to get stoned than conservatives. The survey shows 25% of liberals smoke weed compared to only 4% of conservatives.
Some analysts believe the low numbers have less to do with political conservatives being against marijuana and more about it not being legal in a lot of places. After all, marijuana prohibition is still alive and well in around half the nation. And the patriots don’t want to break any laws that don’t involve them wearing camouflage and arming themselves with pitchforks.
Perhaps if Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell would have worked together over the past four years to legalize the leaf at the federal level, we may have never witnessed imbecilic riots — or be waiting for new ones to pop off. Legal marijuana might have even gotten Trump re-elected.
The federal government is always talking about how marijuana prohibition is in the interest of public health and safety. Yet, it is abundantly clear that a bitter population would be more mentally sound if they could smoke a joint before absorbing their daily dose of Fox News. Heck, it’s not a bad argument in favor of legal weed. Congress should get to work this year on establishing a taxed and regulated market that allows cannabis products to be sold nationwide like beer. The country needs THC to ease outraged minds and get them to abandon intimidation and violence.
It’s a crapshoot, but hey, what isn’t? All we know is that after dealing with COVID, the 2020 election, and now an insurgence of unpredictable hillbillies out there swinging at supposed socialism, America needs a smoke break.
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