Kevin Sabet has been eerily silent over the past few years – and it’s never a good thing when a prohibitionist isn’t throwing a public tantrum.
It means that they are plotting!
Finally, after what seemed like years of a “silent Sabet” he broke out on 4/20 with his new book entitled “SmokeScreen: Some generic bullshit that follows”.
I don’t know the entire title of his book but I’m almost certain it’s just some “generic bullshit” hype term to help sell books.
Sabet released his book on 4/20 because according to him, “He’s taking 4/20 back!”
Back from who? It was never “special” until stoners were like, “Brah – like 420 or sumpthin” and the rest is history!
But I’m losing track here, we’re talking about the last “Drug Warrior” on the block, the Sabet himself who has served under many presidents at restricting adults from their inalienable right to consume whatever-the-fuck they want.
Because of REASONS! Which he outlines in his book and is available in a dumpster fire near you!
It’s all about Money!
Sabet would like you to believe that cannabis legalization is all about the money.
“It’s all part of the commercialization of marijuana — a way for people to cash in on this,” Sabet says.
But it’s not though is it? Sure, there are commercialization happening and on some of the issues I’m even inclined to agree with Sabet on the nature of the industry – especially with those monster corps that are getting hedge fund money.
However, cannabis is not just about money when it comes to those who consume it to manage their chronic pain. Nor is it about the money to the countless children that are living seizure free.
It’s not about the “Money” to the black man sitting in federal prison for 22-years on a Marijuana only offense, nor the working mother who simply wants to unwind at the end of the day without ingesting alcohol or anything of the sorts.
It’s not about money when you remove the corporations from the equation – and that’s something that Sabet is not going to do. His beef is with the Cannabis “Industry” and his beliefs state that, “You the adult should not have a right to choose what you wish to consume”.
Under Sabet’s rhetoric, you are too stupid to make educated decisions about cannabis because corporations are so smart that you are powerless to do anything to resist their marketing tactics.
It sounds fucking retarded now doesn’t it!
Now I’m not referring to the mentally handicapped when using the word “retarded” but rather a person of sound judgment & intelligence yet is executing at the performance capabilities of the mentally handicapped.
You see – I fixed the word “Retarded” contextually…you’re welcome!
Marijuanas will make you want to kill yourself
What is a prohibitionist rhetoric without a few martyrs to put on a mantel?
Within Sabet’s book entitled, “You’re a dumb shit & other reasons why the government should own you!” or something along those lines – he focuses on the suicide of a 29-year-old allegedly who committed suicide because of…you guessed it…MARIJIUANA!
Of course, this is only the personal account of one such a person who – I can almost guarantee – had suicidal thoughts prior to smoking cannabis. Perhaps the individual had underlying psychological issues, we wouldn’t know – because it’s only a story meant to humanize Sabet’s cause.
You must be 1000-years-old to smoke weed because “Brains!”
It seems that even Sabet is coming to the realization that fighting cannabis legalization is a lost cause.
If marijuana has to be legalized, Sabet said delaying the legalization age to 25 or even 30 “is certainly better than what we have now. We know the brain isn’t fully developed until 25 and some scientists say 30 is more accurate. The older age (for legalization) the better. It’s estimated that raising the alcohol age from 18 to 21 saves 50,000 lives a year. It doesn’t mean 18 year olds don’t get alcohol, but fewer do, I think.”
Did you see that? 30 is more accurate!
Under that rhetoric, we should then also move the legal drinking age to 30 don’t you think? I mean, developing brains and all that, and knowing that alcohol causes brain damage – hell, it could cause dementia!
Now, he isn’t wrong either. The brain does take about 25-solid-years to develop. For “some people” it may take 30 years, but then again, for others it may take 20 years.
The 25-year-brain-development metric is an “average” time when the brain is fully developed. But if this was Sabet’s concern, he should be outraged by the sugar industry – that shit acts almost identical to cocaine on a neurological level.
What about all the ADHD drugs being pushed down kids throats? Surely, meth has some negative effects on the developing brain?
Or is it solely cannabis that needs to be placed under this level of scrutiny?
420 is a corporate invention!
According to Sabet – just like valentine’s day is a corporate money grab – so too 420 is nothing more than cannabis commercialization posing as “part of the crew!”
4/20 holiday “is another way for corporations to cash in and ride the marijuana wave,” Sabet said. “They use every opportunity they can. It’s not just a holiday for people to smoke a little bit of weed. It’s for corporations to advertise and make money. Ironically, I don’t think the counter-culture wanted to do that.”
Except, 420 was “cool” before the corporations thought that cannabis was cool. It may also be true that corporations are trying to capitalize on this – but then again, so do beer companies on “St. Patty’s Day” and we don’t see Sabet bitching about that!
Not your grandma’s pot!
Sabet warns that the pot of today is not what people think it is.
Big Tobacco, Big Alcohol and Wall Street all benefit from marijuana legalization, Sabet said, lamenting contemporary marijuana’s THC potency “with all these cookies and candies and edibles, sodas, oils and ‘dabs.’ We don’t know what’s in it. A lot of Americans who favor legalization have no clue that what they’re in favor of is not their vision of what marijuana was 30 years ago.”
I counter that with – “whatever food you buy from a store…do you really know what’s in it?”
What is FDA approved but is actually a toxic mess being sold commercially on Walmart shelves? I’m sure on your next trip you can count more than 10-products that fits this criteria.
But here’s another counter-point: “Nobody wants the shit weed my Grandma – didn’t smoke!”
It wasn’t until hippies went to the Emerald Triangle that the craft of cannabis production became a “thing”. Prior to that, most people smoked ditch-weed which had a THC count anywhere between 4%-8% if you were lucky.
Then came the hippies of Humboldt and suddenly seeds from the Hindu Kush mountains made their way to Californian soil and – well, how many strains are there available today?
The point I’m trying to make here is that the reason we’re not smoking ditch weed is because – ditch weed is shit, and someone who smokes cannabis could easily tell you that.
That’s the problem with non-tokers trying to assess a cannabis habit.
Sabet may have been silent for a while but truth be told – his latest book entitled, “Same Shit Different Day: The Story of a Broken Record” or something along those lines – is just the same rehashed arguments with updated data morphed to fit his twisted view of the world.
Interestingly, Sabet could win over more cannabis consumers if he would argue for the legalization of home cultivation and zero penalties for adults…hell, I’ll even give him the 25-year-age limit!
If he’s working against “the man” – then he can be an ally of the cannabis consumer. He just needs to argue in favor of the “craft industry” which would be comprised of citizens who grow and sell to each other.
But we know that Sabet won’t do that. He needs to save the world from the evils of marijuana because without that – how else would he sell books?
I mean – his entire career exists simply because marijuana exists – and well, he kind of owes us – the faithful consumers of thus said cannabis – some credit for his success.
Because without stoners to use as his personal Satan – who is Kevin Sabet really except the uncool kid that never got invited to the parties but had rich parents – so he vowed to become a professional political sphincter-kisser to kill the joy of people who just want to kick back and smoke a doobie.