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Terence Mckenna - Legalizing Marijuana

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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2009

Hemp yes... well this is interesting. You all know the basic pitch for hemp, and I wouldn't be what I am if it weren't for cannabis. And I want to see it legalized... although I'm very, very skeptical. I don't think the people who want it legalized have fairly confronted what it really is. The argument is two-fold as I understand it for legalizing hemp. Number one, a lot of money could be made off all of these wonderful cloths and products and lubricants, medicines and so forth... And the other argument relates to it's psycho activity. And the argument made there is "it's no big deal, it's no big deal." Well, I actually think it is somewhat of a big deal, and I think the people who don't want it legalized see it that way. Cultures are shaped by the drugs that they take and that they suppress. We are a sugar, red meat, and alcohol culture primarily with tobacco to shore all that up. Think for a minute about a drug like coffee, caffeine. Every labor contract in Western civilization contains a clause which secures the worker's right to halt the assembly line twice a day, to fuel up on a drug known to cause liver damage and all kinds of problems. Well now, why isn't there a cannabis break? The reason is, that caffeine perfectly fits in to a program that would have you busily screwing widgits onto wonkets and moving them along the assembly line. In other words, it promotes capitalist values. Performing repetitious tasks in a state of sort of glazed acceptance. Cannabis, on the other hand... what is always said about it? Makes you inefficient, lazy, uninterested in earning your Mercedes and your house... So I think that if we could... I'm very interested in this cannabis thing, I think it may be the wedge through which we can push the whole psychedelic agenda. But I guarantee you if it's legalized it will be a tremendous big deal. Because cannabis promotes feminist values, anti-capitalist values, values that promote introspection rather than manic social values of the sort that you see alcohol promoting. It would make an immense change in the architecture of the culture.

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