It can certainly be argued that attacks against Governor Schweitzer are warranted. His action, or more appropriately his inaction; is despicable and self-serving. His political future is on his mind, rather than the Montana cannabis population who has deservedly never been considered a serious voting contingency. It remains to be seen if we can mobilize our voters enough to be taken seriously. Politicians, with very few exceptions; make decisions that protect themselves first- this shouldn’t shock any of us. A legislator (one of the few that I like) said recently that Schweitzer is easy to work with if you keep his priorities in mind.
1. Brian Schweitzer 2. Screwing over the Republican Party 3. The Democrats 4. Montana
For a quarter of a century, cannabis proponents in our nation have struggled to overcome stereotypes unfairly associated with cannabis. Montana’s recent regression via the legislature is reminiscent of 1937 or so, progress-wise. However, we most effectively seek legitimacy and positive recognition by setting good examples, following proper channels, and acting in a civil manner. I empathize with those who are gravely disappointed. Some of us will soon be devastated by the actions of the legislature, physically and financially and as a result, emotions are running high. Some in our group have chosen to ignore all reason in favor of acting
like many liberals upon their emotions. By no means am I trying to tamper our first amendment protections nor am I suggesting we silently allow our rights to be revoked by tyrants, but some of us would be better serving our movement by shutting the hell up.
I’m not a big fan of Governor Schweitzer, although we could certainly have a worse governor. I won’t defend him but I will grant him a level-albeit very minimal- of respect simply because he is the Governor of our state. Placing profanity or otherwise crude or offensive language on his Facebook wall, calling him names, or otherwise unsavory behavior doesn’t make much sense. First of all, he most likely doesn’t care about what you think- if he ever noticed at all. Second of all, thousands of people read his wall, thus witnessing your activity. You may believe you are representing only your own opinion, but stereotypes aren’t logical so anyone speaking out is easily lumped in with the industry and movement. This is why I’m peeved.
I don’t like being associated with Jason Christ and most of you don’t either. Unfortunately, however; many Montanans associate Jason Christ with us. He most likely didn’t initially intend to damage the industry so extensively, but it happened. As angry as we are at our elected hacks chastising us and providing “marijuana is like arsenic” analogies, the initial blame shouldn’t fall on them- Our legislators obviously had an agenda- one based on false ideas- but if self-appointed representatives of our industry weren’t publicly boasting about their profits while participating in shady activities, the old stereotypes would have been just that, old stereotypes. There are unscrupulous people in every industry. Those in ours simply provided a vehicle for our legislature’s obsession.
We can all agree that there is no shortage of passion associated with either side of the cannabis issue. Although the opponents currently hold the legislative power, WE HOLD THE TRUTH. We are bullied by the opposition because they have no other tools. Knowing this, can we not contrast them simply by being courteous? I am not directing this lecture at anyone in particular, but I’ve worryingly watched our unity and decorum deteriorate in past weeks. Egos are out of control. So is anger. Fear. Perhaps each of us should take a deep breath and actually think about our words before verbalizing, typing or posting them. Ask yourself a few questions, here are a few ideas:
- Will these words hurt others?
- Will these words be taken out of context or used to hurt me or my industry and movement?
- Are you setting a good example?
- Am I legitimizing the prohibitionist’s arguments?
- Are my words part of a solution or the problem?
- What are my true motives?
- Would Jason Christ post something like this?