Would the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational dedications be a reality today among the growing number of states that have adopted such policies without the invention of the internet?
Most likely not.
Although activism and the legalization of marijuana existed well before private companies successfully decommissioned the control that our beloved government previously had over the World Wide Web back in the mid ’90s, spreading the word about the importance of reforming our country’s current drug policy was a much tougher task to tackle.
Takin’ it to the streets!
Before the ease of logging on in order to reach millions of folks all with a few strokes of the keyboard, activists eager to change our antiquated laws regarding the use of marijuana had to organize protests via handing out and mailing flyers and literature all with hopes of their message reaching both likeminded individuals and the ignorant.
And truthfully, without the conception of pro-legalization groups such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the like, it’s a wonder if marijuana legalization would exist at all.
It seems that if the powers that be had their way, the legalization of marijuana for any dedication would be a mere pipedream.
But thanks to private connections to the internet by commercial entities and the aforementioned ongoing efforts of anti-prohibition organizations, the truth has been revealed regarding the use of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes.
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Not only has the internet had a world-shattering impact on culture (not to mention our adored subculture) and commerce, including the rise of near-instant communication via email, but it continues to develop, motivated by ever larger amounts of online information, forums, blogs, online publications, commerce, entertainment, and social networking.
In chronological terms, the internet’s occupation of the global communication backdrop was almost instantaneous, with a mere one percent of information streaming via two-way telecommunications networks back in 1993 compared to the approximate 97 percent that is shared today using the information super highway.
A surplus of truth all at our fingertips.
Now that the internet has become the world’s go-to for information on just about any subject that you can fathom, it has made the government’s job of hiding the truth near impossible.
I can only imagine how the internet would have shaped the future of marijuana use for any dedication if only it had been in existence back when all the propaganda was being preached purely to satisfy political agendas.
Just think about former president Nixon’s attempt to hide the truth that was revealed by the Schafer Commission via a report to Congress and the public entitled “Marihuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding,” which not only favored bringing an end to marijuana prohibition, but also recommended implementing other techniques to discourage widespread use, as opposed to their normal modus operandi: blatantly lying to the public.
If Nixon had tried that lame shit in this day and age, you can guarantee someone would have WikiLeak-ed that report all over the internet quicker than that prohibition-loving jackass could’ve uttered the words “I am not a crook!”.
Thank ganjaness for the internet!
Yes, it’s true. If it weren’t for the World Wide Web, not only would it be impossible to see this post, it’s quite possible that marijuana legalization as we know it just wouldn’t be. For any purpose!
I shudder when entertaining the thought of a world without the subsistence of the internet.
Something tells me it wouldn’t be nearly as weed-friendly as it is today.
What do you think?