This piece is inspired by old school wrestling and goes out to all my wrestling fans out there (especially my great friend Josh D and Amanda M) -bear with me as I do have a point. How many of you out there watched WWF growing up? I did and loved the wrestlers. There were the clear “good guys” and “bad guys. Thinking about this brings back fond memories of epic battles and I couldn’t wait to see what match would be next. We didn’t have guides to tell us what the matches were. We got up on Saturday mornings, rushed to the TV and waited to see our favorites. Here are a few that were very distinct.
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka: His flight from the top rope was akin to a literary poet. His acrobatics were legendary. He was the good guy!
Junkyard Dog (JYD): This guy was fun to watch. He had a signature move where he would head-butt the opponent while acting like a dog. He often danced around in the ring and with the fans. They loved him for it.
Sgt. Slaughter: You knew where his character's allegiance was (no comment about his position in real life- thanks again Josh D) . He was an American hero, supporting the American way. He had pride in his country and didn’t allow anyone to disrespect it. He stayed true to what he believed.
Then there were the clear bad guys..
The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff (and “Classy” Freddie Blassie): These guys were deplorable. They would stand at the center of the ring and sing the Russian national anthem, and disrespect America with saying Russia #1, Iran, #1, and USA (spitting). If they were lucky they would finish but often the likes of Sgt. Slaughter or Hulk Hogan would rush the ring and break it up and start fighting. The crowd would go crazy booing the Russian and Iranian wrestlers and cheer those protecting America.
Rowdy Roddy Piper: This guy was a genius. He would get under the skin of everyone and had a way about him that you loved him and hated him. Piper’s Pit was awesome to watch because it was so unpredictable.
But then there were some confusing characters.
Andre the Giant: He was a good guy, then a bad guy, until Bobby Heenan slapped him and then turned good again. (Not only that, but he was awesome in the movie, The Princess Bride). Can't forget the epic Wrestlemania III bout!
Then there was our beloved, Hulk Hogan. A “ Real American”, fighting the right for every man- as his song blared as he entered the ring. He stirred up the crowd into a frenzy and was a good guy with all his little “Hulkamaniacs”.
And at times a bad guy?
Everyone in the WWF had a character they had to follow. Some stayed on one side and others went back and forth. Outside the ring and the media, I’m sure they all spoke, had some beers and laughed about the performances.
This leads me to why talk about wrestling…. It is similar to what is going on with the marijuana industry and our leaders.
Numerous politicians have once issued decrees that marijuana use is bad and will never support medical or recreational use. Now all of a sudden, they have a change of heart. This drives me insane! I have been fighting this cause for years for my children, family, friends and strangers so that they may have a chance. I have been in front of political leaders begging for them to see through my eyes, crying to allow the providers to help their patients. I provide facts that are irrefutable about health and international studies about potential benefit and the responses I get are, “ It is a CI controlled substance and therefore bad and illegal.”
Then all of a sudden a light bulb goes on, they have a change of heart and now the leaders support medical and recreational. How many patients died or had prolonged suffering due to a political leaders decision to oppose marijuana? The best part is those leaders have had absolutely no involvement with a patient’s direct medical care! Now there have been numerous who have fully supported this from the beginning- and for those who did, I applaud you.
What is the common factor for the change of heart about marijuana, recreational, medical or hemp farms? To me all I can is see is MONEY. Who can profit and how can someone get a piece of the profit. Full national legalization would send numerous multi billion dollar companies out of business and would lose a considerable market share, as well as new companies would make a significant profit. How do you handle the changing times and American support? You change sides, just like the wrestlers and adapt to the changing market. The difference is wrestling is a SHOW and they are there to put on a performance for entertainment. Patients are not an audience to be entertained with political theatrics. The time is now to do what is right for the patients.
I get the speculation and hesitancy to support such a vile plant due to the stigma it has caused, but look at the facts. This plant according to the DEA has not killed anyone. Patients who are taking marijuana are having a better quality of life for their medical conditions. It’s time for a change!
Right now how do I feel about the changing opinions and views by the leaders? I don’t think they all of a sudden had an epiphany that everything they heard about marijuana is a lie, but like wrestlers, they are adapting to survive in political office and look to serve another day (and most likely get more money in the process).
That’s my thought for now on The DANgers of Marijuana.
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