I’m not right here to scold you or to disgrace you. However we have to speak—stoner to stoner.

Conspiracy theories have lengthy been an integral a part of hashish tradition, for the superb purpose that hashish itself has been the goal of one of many largest and most damaging conspiracies in trendy historical past.

Social media is concentrating on stoners like us as probably QAnon conspiracy believers. Don’t fall for it.

How else to elucidate the way in which a plant with unimaginable medicinal advantages, no deadly dose, and complete good vibes was labeled all the pieces from “The Murderer of Youth” to “The Satan’s Lettuce” after which used to justify a racist, abusive, corrupt, and overtly merciless conflict on peaceable individuals?

For greater than a century, the federal government, the medical institution, and the media have all conspired collectively to prop up this terribly oppressive system, which has led to thousands and thousands of arrests, torn households aside, and left most cancers sufferers to puke their means by means of chemo when only a puff or two of weed may have modified all the pieces.

Thankfully, the hashish neighborhood—by means of tireless grass roots political motion and advocacy—has pushed again towards this large conspiracy to the purpose the place 11 states (plus Washington D.C.) have now totally legalized hashish, 35 states have legalized medicinally, and this November 5 extra states will vote to affix their ranks.

In 1969, solely 12% of Americans supported ending the Conflict on Marijuana. Legalization was a fringe perception. That quantity now stands at over 60%.

We ought to be extremely happy with this progress, as a result of we are those who noticed by means of all of the lies. We had the braveness and conviction to inform the reality—typically at nice private price.

However alas, my associates, not all conspiracies are created equally.


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Your folks need you again

I’m guessing that somebody out of your smoking circle despatched you this text. They care about you, they usually’re apprehensive this complete QAnon factor is sending you down a nasty highway.

However, sooner or later in your life, you’ve probably had a liked one categorical their concern merely since you love hashish. They could have informed you something from weed offers you lung most cancers (it doesn’t), to weed results in tougher medication (it doesn’t), weed will make you violent (it doesn’t), unmotivated (it doesn’t) or schizophrenic (it doesn’t).

Heck, individuals used to actually consider that hippies eat infants once they get the munchies.

Hashish lies debunked by precise research

Over the past century, the federal government’s lies about hashish have been completely debunked—repeatedly. In 1944, on the behest of the mayor of New York Metropolis, a blue ribbon panel of eminent physicians studied the problem for 5 years and definitively determined the next:

  • The follow of smoking marijuana doesn’t result in habit within the medical sense of the phrase.
  • The usage of marijuana doesn’t result in heroin or cocaine habit.
  • Marijuana will not be the figuring out issue within the fee of main crimes.
  • Fears over the catastrophic results of marijuana smoking in New York Metropolis are unfounded.

In 1971, a Harvard Medical College professor wrote a book known as Marihuana Reconsidered that referenced probably the most unimpeachable science accessible to make an irrefutable argument for legalization. Two years later a blue-ribbon fee, established by no much less a drug warrior than Richard Nixon, reached the very same conclusion

And but, in 2020, the Conflict on Marijuana marches on.

Greater than 650,000 People will probably be arrested for hashish this yr, the overwhelming majority for easy possession. In the meantime, neither candidate for President helps legalization.

Who’re you serving to, dude? On this 2018 photograph, a QAnon believer helps members of Patriot Prayer and different right-wing teams at a protest in Seattle. (AP Picture/Ted S. Warren, file)

You uncovered the reality about hashish

Regardless of all of this official anti-pot propaganda, you someway managed to uncover the hidden reality about hashish. That course of probably concerned a mix of private expertise, impartial analysis, and the invention of a like-minded, supportive neighborhood offering mutual assist.

A minimum of, that’s been my expertise with weed and weed tradition.

And maybe you now really feel the identical means about Q.


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Q is objectively not true

With so many individuals remoted and afraid proper now, discovering on-line message boards and discussion groups that welcome you in and clarify the way to struggle again towards a large evil conspiracy have to be comforting and provoking.

Ask your self: Who advantages from these unfaithful accusations and theories?

I’ll admit that’s not a tradition I’ve any expertise with straight, however I’m prepared to consider that many individuals concerned in actively spreading QAnon have good intentions and consider they’re doing the fitting factor.

Sadly, they’re not doing the fitting factor.

I say that solely after taking the time to check Q sufficiently to achieve the next conclusion: What QAnon says is objectively not true.

The Q crowd will naturally inform you that if I deny the conspiracy, I have to be in on it. That’s what’s known as circular reasoning. That means that it doesn’t matter what new proof is launched, you may solely attain the identical previous conclusion.

Which, when you concentrate on it, is the other of considering for your self.

Skepticism is my full-time job

As an creator and a journalist, I’ve spent the previous 20 years reporting on hashish, together with refuting an endless number of lies about this plant and those that devour it. So I do know to not take official sources at face worth. However I additionally know a bullshit sandwich after I’m handed one. 

And QAnon is a bullshit sandwich.

If you wish to observe the information and logic by which I reached that conclusion, please permit me to advocate this fact-based impartial debunking from Snopes.

Learn it with an open thoughts and see what you suppose. For your self.

Weed persons are being focused with Q bullshit

Like I stated up prime, I’m not right here to scold or to disgrace—or to argue.

So please let me clarify why I made a decision to write down this text.

Extra so than any spiritual, ethnic or nationwide identification, I contemplate weed individuals to be my individuals. As a chronicler of this tradition over the previous 20 years, I’ve had the profound honor and pleasure of talking and seshing with actually 1000’s of growers, sellers, healers, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs who love and honor this plant, from throughout the nation and all all over the world.

And so it makes me offended to see our fantastic, vibrant, revolutionary weed neighborhood focused with harmful disinformation. Which is precisely what’s occurring, largely as a result of the algorithms of main social media networks irresponsibly join QAnon with hashish through broad classes like different well being, yoga, and wellness.

Right here’s the way it works

One minute you’re studying a Fb publish about important oils, and two clicks later you’re watching a YouTube video making unfounded, vile claims about an harmless individual based mostly upon proof that on shut inspection reveals itself to be a bunch of bullshit slapped between two items of bread.

And this identical disinformation is now seeping into actual life.

I’ve already heard from a statistically vital variety of associates that somebody they used to smoke weed with at Grateful Useless reveals now believes that Tom Hanks eats infants on the behest of Devil.

Sure, that’s actually what QAnon needs you to consider, amongst many different issues.

Which isn’t solely unhappy, it’s scary.

Civil wars and genocides have began with the widespread adoption of such fever desires.

Who advantages from these lies?

If I nonetheless haven’t satisfied you to rethink Q, and if the debunking resources offered haven’t satisfied you, please contemplate one final query earlier than we half methods.

Is it potential that as an alternative of exposing an unlimited conspiracy, QAnon itself is the conspiracy?

The primary query any investigator asks when making an attempt to find out who dedicated against the law is “Who advantages?” 

Assume for your self. Demand proof. Look into the analysis. Inhale the great shit, exhale the bullshit.

With regards to the conspiracy towards hashish, that features everybody from Huge Pharma to the prison-industrial-complex.

Now please ask your self “Who advantages?” the following time you see a QAnon publish casting your pals, household, and neighbors as complicit in some huge evil plot of unimaginable intricacy.        

Then ask your self who’s harm by Q.

Make sure you depend your self among the many victims, as a result of in the event you maintain happening this darkish highway you’re ultimately going to lose the individuals you care about, and who care about you.

Learn this heartbreaking VICE article the place common residents describe dropping their spouses, dad and mom, youngsters, or grandparents to the cult of QAnon. After which get in contact together with your stoner buddy who despatched you this text. Invite them to affix you for a sesh and a heartfelt chat.

Inhale the great shit.

And exhale the bullshit.

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David Bienenstock

Veteran hashish journalist David Bienenstock is the creator of ” Smoke Pot (Correctly): A Intellectual Information to Getting Excessive” (2016 – Penguin/Random Home), and the co-host and co-creator of the podcast “Nice Moments in Weed Historical past with Abdullah and Bean.” Comply with him on Twitter @pot_handbook.

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