Colorado and Washington have finally legalized marijuana possession and my own state may be next. This is a good thing and we should be pleased that it is a clear sign that modern Prohibition is dying. Unless, of course, we like having an incarceration rate on par with China, a grievously weakened Fourth Amendment, and an even more bloated federal bureaucracy. The more states give up the charade, the better.
Personally, I never touched the stuff. I’ve always been a drinker, but just wasn’t that curious about drugs, despite the ease of availability. Nevertheless, I have nothing against weed or other “controlled substances” in general and I fail to see what benefit the War on Drugs has ever had. Above all, I’m happy to see the states reasserting sovereignty and sanity, even if it wasn’t the states I’d most expect to do such a thing or the issue I’d necessarily most favor they take a stand on. But a win’s a win.
Addiction is ugly and destructive, yes. But as Bill Hicks famously pointed out, mind-altering substances have been a positive influence on the “great music that’s enhanced your lives.” He’s right, you know. This week, we pay tribute to dope with songs of:
Schedule 1. Drug use, taking medication, selling drugs, smuggling drugs, acting out under the influence, etc
Schedule 2. Songs by known substance abusers. I don’t mean casual users. This is for the truly far-gone. Let Amy Winehouse be your guide.
Schedule 3. WTF were they smoking? Songs that were really obviously written and performed by stoned people
Schedule 4. Uhhh, I forgot
Schedule 5. Any song that references Twinkies, Ho-Ho’s, or similar snack food.
Volstead Act Bonus: Songs from the original Prohibition era about partying. Good times, the ’20’s.
Reefer madness take you all! Especially those of you who were puffing on the magic dragon last week. It’s so hazy, I can’t properly match the songs to people in here….
pfluffy: Because I Got High by Afroman
Dave D: Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill
thelastdakrat: We Are All on Drugs by Weezer
Biggie G: Cocaine Blues by Johnny Cash
West Virginia Rebel: I Don’t Like the Drugs by Marilyn Manson
Iconoclast: Third Eye by Tool
Mississippi Yankee: I’m Just a Rock n Roll Clown by Dr Rockso
Santino: Prohibition is a Failure (I have no clue who it is; too lazy to look it up)
FPrefect: Inna Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly (Listen to the whole goddamn thing, people. It’s…compelling).
AlexinCT: Psycho by System of a Down