Mainstream Media Using Political Fearmongering to Manipulate Pot Narratives

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The mainstream media has capitalized on Trump’s nomination as president to sell more ads via alarmist sensationalism, and has even co-opted the marijuana discussion with their dishonest greed.

Let me preface this by saying that I am not pro-Trump. Nor am I anti-Trump. The same is true of Hilary, Bernie, Jill, Gary and all of the rest. Although I am a big supporter of Vermin Supreme, but for entirely non-political reasons. Also, when I go to a puppet show and it sucks, I do not blame the puppets. I blame the people behind the show. So let’s move on, shall we?


Oh my!

These are the headlines that mainstream media pumps out when discussing marijuana in the face of a new president. And while they surely grab your attention, they do little else except to reinforce and validate the same kinds of political narratives that have been the foundation of prohibition. This is media creating cults of personality in order to reach more readers and sell ad space. Yet it is entirely devoid of any larger perspective while still managing to feed the false dichotomies of our political systems.

This happens every new presidency. The media sells stories of the impending dramatic changes that will take place as soon as a candidate steps into office. Chicken Little level skyfall predictions. And then after six months of the status quo continuing as it was before the change of power, the media will change their tune and say that the political opposition¬†is…
a) Preventing Dear Leader from being effective. Booooo!
b) Preventing Dear Leader from being effective. Yaayyy!

Same story every time.

In 2001, just after President Bush took office, the headshop I worked at was raided by the DEA based on policies constructed in the Clinton era. By 2003 the public had become aware of Operation Pipe Dreams as its prosecutions spread into celebrity territory with Tommy Chong. Pipe sellers became the new front in the War On Drugs. But eventually it fizzled out under the presidency of Dubya.

The point here is that government moves very slow by its own bureaucratic nature, and so any immediate threats to marijuana are those whose machinations are already in place.

But the truth is, marijuana has some great momentum. It also has enough public support that opposing it is political suicide. No puppet show wants their ratings to dip that low.

Even if we went about it the wrong way, accepting legalization over decriminalization, it seems unlikely the pot tide will turn against us in the near or distant future. Too many big money interests are involved and all that is left is for the corporate overlords to figure out how to get in on the profits and weed will be everywhere.

If the sensationalists behind these hyperbolistic headlines really cared about marijuana or your freedoms and liberties, they would be offering you encouraging suggestions on how to take advantage of the momentum or providing criticisms of the institutions that create and enforce prohibition. Instead their stories strengthen those institutions and manufacture consent by outlining the only the two acceptable opposing beliefs and then endlessly playing them off one another.

And these lies sell. Big time.

So ignore the mainstream media and its views on marijuana. Even when they seem like they are on our side, they are not. We are just marks to suck a profit from, and they will say whatever they think will get us most riled up.

Instead spend your time finding creative and innovative solutions that make the causes of our problems obsolete. Fighting, and fighting words, only empower the cycles of oppression. We do not need to learn how to hit back, we need to figure out how to make the punches of the oppressors ineffective.

Revolutions lead to more revolutions.

Evolution leads to more evolution.

Do not let manipulative messages of fear drag you down.


“I must not fear.Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”¬†Frank Herbert from Dune

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