Pope Salmon the Lesser Mungojelly (mungojelly) wrote,
Pope Salmon the Lesser Mungojelly

email exchange re offensive marijuana reporting

It's typical of articles about marijuana that they take the subject so lightly that it becomes crass. This article by Rosie DiManno is no exception. After admitting to having smoked marijuana, she describes a bust which disrupted a community and likely ruined several lives, and then jokes that marijuana activists would respond only by watching Simpsons reruns and eating "Cheezies". As a marijuana activist myself, I felt called to respond to her assertion somewhat more forcefully.

There are consequences to your words, so you should measure them carefully. Prohibition is a terribly destructive force in society, not a joke. Millions of people are in jail. Millions die in needless wars. Innocents are ensnared. Governments are corrupted. You shouldn't care because I'm offended, of course, You should care because of the reasons why I am offended. You should care because you have spit in the face of the oppressed, the imprisoned, the dying and the dead.

On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 4:27 PM, DiManno, Rosie <rdimanno@thestar.ca> wrote:

Who gives a crap whether you were offended or not?
Grow up.

-----Original Message-----
From: Brett Williams <mungojelly@gmail.com>
To: DiManno, Rosie
Sent: Thu Nov 27 16:01:11 2008
Subject: your article about marijuana

As a marijuana smoker and activist, I was very offended by your article on the subject (which I saw linked on Reddit). This is a serious struggle, in which many real lives are destroyed by persecution every day. If you can't bring yourself to speak seriously about the subject, you should stay quiet. We are real, we are fighting, and we have a lot of weight to lift already without the added burden of your thoughtless scorn.


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