I love Graham Hancock. He's a brave and brilliant visionary and explorer. My experience with cannabis was not like his. And yet not completely unlike his. I quit after a few short years (that I can not even remember) of use in the early 80'd to go on to grow and change without the drug. I used Transcendental Meditation to mitigate stress and Kyria Yoga to quell anxiety and depression instead of alcohol and pot. My family was deeply damaged by alcohol cigarettes and the lies perpetrated by the industries behind them. The sudden legalization of cannabis raised the specter of profiteering and governments desperate for tax revenue while ignoring the possible damage legalization might do. CERTAINLY this is wrong.
But not entirely. I suppose all things have a dark and light side to them. Cannabis is no exception. Graham openly admits it was an addiction and that it negatively effected his relationships. I've seen this in umpteen friends who destroyed their careers and relationships with this potent drug. Why Graham Hancock continues to pursue the good aspects of cannabis is understandable. I think that's great and I apologize if my lop-sided zeal and improper attitude. Still I think what triggered my annoying post was a belief that American society is not ready for this. That we are an easily addicted culture. The dark side of legalization is huge while the light side holds great promise for medicine and more. I agree with Graham, government should keep their mitts off the individuals right to consciousness expanding exploration. Recently I was informed that the strain of cannabis "sativa" was more likely to render an experience of consciousness expansion than other strains. I don't know if this is true. It could be true. But I'm cautious. What I see is a massive build up of excuses to use cannabis recreationally to the profit of questionable people with highly questionable motives. Money turns American businessmen and agents of government into cannibalistic evil bastards who would sell their mother down the river for the deal. So I think I'll abstain for now. I believe we are already toxic enough with the 60,000 chemicals floating in our blood-stream that should not be there. Still any move toward freedom is a good move. Colorado being the proving ground for now. I suppose it's a wait and see game. I guess it's up to each of us to decide how much we want to utilize this freedom. And to trust that we have good judgment regarding it. Sorry if I offended the sensibilities of Mr. Hancock or anyone here.