As states fall like dominoes to legalize cannabis use, the question is being posed more frequently outside the coastal bubble of perceived liberalism. The question was raised recently in the state of Kentucky and flatly rejected by the sitting governor, Matt Bevin. Bevin’s rationale: overdoses. Bevin reaches deep into antiquated drug policy for that one.
September is national recovery month. A declaration at a federal level to support and celebrate the more than 20 million Americans who identify themselves as “in recovery”. It’s also a chance to communicate and engage the additional 20 million in need of treatment. Take the ripple further and there are the more than 15 million children living with an impaired parent.
1986 saw the recording and release of the Smiths song that asked the question “is it really so strange”? Igniting the debate to decipher the meaning of the tortured Morrissy croon. The era still spoke of homosexuality in hushed stage whispers. The general consensus of the collegiately dogmatic campus radio station listener was that Morrissy was coming out of the closet as a gay man.
High Sobriety is certainly concerned with the individual members of our cannabis inclusive community. We want them all to flourish and to disentangle from egregious drug use, moving forward to healthier lives. As much as we are concerned for individuals, We also work at a mezzo/macro level.
Just how big is the overdose problem? It’s massive. Killing more Americans than AIDS at the height of the crisis, car accidents, and guns. Daily bodies pile up leaving families in grief and loss and often times with orphaned children. The ripple effect isn’t fully known but it isn’t pretty.
When the spread of HIV bedeviled researches, practitioners, and public health officials, the evangelical community seized the moment. A community opposed to homosexuality and thereby sex outside of marriage, the solution to the spread of HIV was clear: adopt our beliefs and practices.