Here's Boing Boing pal by Paul Krassner's take on the recent Supreme Court ruling that limits free speech.
Bong Hits 4 Repression
The Supreme Court sucks so badly it turned itself inside out. An utterly outrageous 5-4 ruling has made it acceptable to suspend a high school student for an off-campus act like holding a 14-foot banner saying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus." That simple joke became a federal case ending with a dangerous precedent for suppressing free speech.
Chief Justice Roberts agreed with the school principal that "the banner would be interpreted by those viewing it as promoting illegal drug use, and that interpretation is plainly a reasonable one"–what a ton of bullshit!–and Justices Alito and Kennedy stated that their decision doesn't address "political or social issues such as the wisdom of the war on drugs or of legalized marijuana for medical use."
So this is really about the war on pleasure. I once asked the late Peter McWilliams–leading activist in the medical marijuana movement who suffered from cancer and AIDS–"Would you agree with Dennis Peron, the co-author of Proposition 215 [California's medical marijuana referendum], who says–not as a joke–that all use of marijuana is medical?"
"In the general sense that everything we do for our health–both curative and preventative–is medical, I'd agree," he replied. "Even a perfectly healthy person who smokes pot once a month purely for its euphoric effects could be said to be doing so to prevent becoming ill, in the sense that people take vitamin C every day to prevent becoming ill, for I believe that euphoria is both healing and health-maintaining….
"While I was using marijuana to treat my nausea, I can't tell you how much I missed getting high. Although I'd smoke it several times a day, the average high school student was getting high more times a month than I was. That's because after the first month, I never got high, and I really enjoy marijuana's high. Simply put, recreational marijuana you use to get high; medical marijuana you use to get by."
Previously on Boing Boing:
• Paul Krassner on Secret Bullshit
• The Sopranos Meet The Hippies by Paul Krassner
• Boing Boing interviews Paul Krassner
• Paul Krassner on the parts they left out of the Abbie Hoffman movie
• Paul Krassner on RU Sirius Show
• Realist archive project