by David Downs
Are stoners ready to be a model minority?
They better be, because now that pot legalization passed in two states, any two-cent story with a weed connection has national legs. Over the weekend, it was the case of one bar owner in Washington who said he would — stop the presses — allow people to smoke pot on the premises. SHOCK! Horror!
And in Colorado this morning, we have the story of a college pot brownie "attack" — a story has been reprinted about ninety times and counting, according to Google News.
Pot has long been associated with the Orient, Satan, Mexicans, and other forms of The Other since time immemorial. And it's this kind of guttural, subconscious bigotry that we can expect to play out in the media, now that the animal spirits of legalization have been unleashed upon the masses.
Such hand-wringing has an analogue in the days of alcohol prohibition's end. Reason Magazine points us to the Toledo News-Bee, Dec. 2 1933:
"WASHINGTON — The country's dry leaders believe that repeal will usher in an era of law breaking so serious that the United States will turn back to prohibition. ... 'Racketeers and bootleggers were here before prohibition and will be here after prohibition'."
Bottom Line: When two people are made dizzy by pot brownies in a newly legal state, it's national news. But when a hundred people die every day from prescription drug overdoses — more than from all illegal drugs, combined — well, that's just business as usual in the good ole U.S. of A.