I hardly know how to begin describing how–what? Sad? Dumb? Irresponsible? Satisfying because all my predictions about how legalizing marijuana will screw up society in all sorts of ways is coming true?–this story is.
Denver nonprofit Cannabis Can gave away a thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one on Christmas Eve. This was all for a “good cause,” of course —raising awareness about homelessness and getting people to donate money to buy several RV’s and provide restrooms and showers for destitute. And getting the homeless high, because making everyone in the U.S. high or wanting to get high is the most important thing in the world to the marijuana obsessed.
“‘Cannabis can make a difference,’ is kind of what we’re standing for,” said Nick Dicenzo, proud founder of Cannibis Can, nicely illustrating the verbal dexterity one is capable of once you’ve had a couple of joints before breakfast for a decade or so. “A lot of the people we spoke with really were just like, ‘if I had regular access to a shower, and a haircut my life would be so much better – I’d have so much more opportunity’,” Dicenzo continued.. I wonder how many of those homeless were on the streets in the aftermath of drug abuse and addiction. I wonder how many would have enough money to buy a suit, or rent a room, if they hadn’t blown so much money on drugs, or gotten themselves fired for showing up stoned for work.
It is illegal to smoke pot in public in Denver, so Nick’s brilliant Samaritans are setting up mentally ill street people for getting arrested—or do the Cannibis Can Angels think the homeless can get high in the privacy of their homes? I guess this depends on how much of the stuff they have been smoking daily and how many of their brain cells spend all day listening to Grace Slick and watching Cheech and Chong movies. It’s also illegal to sell pot on the streets. But why would starving homeless people sell joints, when they can just chill out, forget their troubles, and get mellow?
What’s more infuriating, I am now pondering—the fact that our government is slowly making sure that more and more of our children will grow up with Nick’s keen analytical ability, the fact that his group chose to give pot to the homeless rather than something that they really needed, like, say, just to pick something out of the air at random, food, or that these fools are so darn proud of themselves for, as Nick says, “giving back”?