This is a very real and very serious epidemic, and Utah seems to be leading the nation with these problems of teen suicide and excess prescription drug abuse.
It is my opinion that the police in Springville Utah are pushing kids too far, and are abusing people in their city unfairly. We find that Utah has of the highest suicide rates for teens in the entire country. We see taht Utah doubles the national average for prescription abuse and is in the #1 spot for prescription abuse.
Its because Utahans are sad. It is a depressing place when you can’t enjoy a joint without the possibility of attracting the police which have the motivation to ruin your entire life. After all, the more drug arrests the police make, the more federal funding they get for their PD.
When I was a rough tough teen, this was my cup of java.
Social Distortion made it to the top of the 90’s most sought punk rock bands, getting regularly booked at little and large gigs that were the spices of life for thousands of old and young people all over the world. One of my first tattoos was of the Social D dancing skeleton logo. I never tattooed any other band’s logo on me. I never tattooed any other name. Just symbols, words, fish and my brother Justin’s face.
But Social Distortion inspired me so much that I got their logo tattooed on me, as seen in the picture below.
I just heard a new song from this band, well new to me anyway. I really like it. It’s live, so it’s probably difficult for some to hear it. But these were the shows I went to all my life, so it comes in quite clear to me.
I grew up believing my life was hard, and this music helped me vent.
I know of a lot of people who had it a whole helluva lot worse than I had it.
For instance, look at the horror that people are suffering in Haiti right now!
But I wrote about my life story at BehindZionCurtain.com. While this story doesn’t have
a lot to do with marijuana. At that point in my life, marijuana was both my pain and my happiness.
Pain from spending nearly 8 months total in jail over a 2-3 year period of time.
For nothing more than possession of marijuana, I got locked up over an over.
This victimless ‘crime’ only fueled my jaded attitude and dark view of the world.
I fortunately survived without killing myself, and I am so glad that I did.
I love my family so much, I have the most amazing kids!
But my youngest brother Justin didn’t make it.
He killed himself at age 16.
See this post that I made in November last year.
Justin was also a persecuted cannabis smoker, and was regularly harassed by the police.
Which didn’t help his attitude or his social life.
Having the police constantly harassing you in a place like Utah
where just about everything fun is illegal, or forbidden by the Mormon church, including the exclusion of coffee and tea!
Makes it hard to get dates, and hard to have friends.
This is my brother’s memorial site: http://justin-thompson.com
I miss him, hurts like hell!
In Utah, where anti-depressant abuse is an epidemic, where studies have shown Utah uses twice as much as the national average of anti-depressants and pain killers.
All that is fine in Utah. But medicating yourself with a safe, natural herb is forbidden and shamed.
When I listen to Social D, it brings back so many memories and emotions.
Anyway, time for a fatt bowl! Cheers to old times, and old friends!
I have went through a dry spell in the beginning of my campaign to legalize marijuana for responsible adult usage.
No matter how many magazines, newspapers, and television stations that I write, I have had little media for my protesting in Idaho and Utah.
I know that there are many people who want to stand up, and speak out but out of fear of losing their job or more, they don’t.
And for those who do, big round of bong hits to you!
So with all of the many attempts to get the conversation going in South East Idaho, only the Idaho State Journal, and the blog Idaho Falls Today have covered any of this. Channel 8 news apparently covered a different protest in Idaho Falls on 4/20, but I had to cover my own.
So I have been looking for a way to get a cable access talk show about pot. Tonight Russ Belville (aka Radical Russ) from the NORML Daily Audio stash sent out a message that he was on a webcast. So I checked it out, it was a wonderful forum of conversation on the topic of marijuana. It’s amazing to see what is happening in Oregon and around the nation!
To my great surprise, there will be a HempFest in my home state of Idaho!! Here are the details!
Saturday, April 18: Moscow Hempfest, 10 am to dark in Moscow, Idaho.
Come to the heart of Northern Idaho for hemp education and advocacy, live music, food, and all kinds of vendors! More information to come.