Guns, Sex And Gambling, But No Marijuana?


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By Jack Rikess

Toke of the Town

Northern California Correspondent
Americans love guns, sex and gambling.
Can you imagine anything getting in our way when it comes to the pursuit of the Big Three?
If it is our desire to have, hold or own any of the Holy Trio, God help the man or woman who tries to stop us. Because if you do…if you do…Try to stop us…We’re just going to have to look the other way. That’s just the way it is. 
That is the way it is with everything in Life in America. Everything.
Except marijuana.
Starting with guns: Full disclosure, I like guns. I shot my first handgun a couple of months ago and really enjoyed myself. I was in the country and where I was staying, there were bear sightings.
While the .38 wouldn’t have done much to the bear except piss it off, my host felt that because how deep we were in the woods everyone in attendance needed to be familiar with guns, in case anything happened. It seemed perfectly acceptable to be prepared at that moment.

By the way, two gun stories from the last month.


​Pastor Terry Jones, the clergyman best known for trying to equate the Koran to the Presto log for his thermo love and causing the killing of some 20 United Nations workers, accidently discharge a pistol after giving an interview in Detroit. So this servant of God whose little voice set off a world-wide panic, guns goes off in the studio’s parking lot, twice, and the cops say, “Nothing here to see.” The Pastor didn’t need to show a long form birth certificate, his .22 was all the proof the local constables required. Totally acceptable.
Just to keep the Detroit connection alive, the Southwestern regional director of the National Socialist Movement that’s based in Detroit (again, the word use of ‘Socialism’ when referring to local subversive group and the quiet acceptance of militias by Americans, perfectly acceptable) was shot and killed in Riverside, California by his ten-year old son. I could politicize this by saying that if guns had been allowed in the home, maybe this wouldn’t have happened if the father was better armed.  But that logic would only fall on dead ears.
We don’t we know how to discuss this or have a conversation about violence associated with weapons without a gun aficionado commando worried that we want to limit their clips or God Apple Pie, take away some of their rights. 
No one listens to stories of gun violence anymore. Let’s face it, even a day-care shooting is old news. It’s just what happens here in America. There’s really nothing we can do about it. It is just what we accept.

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​Number Two, Sex, my favorite. Ashton Kutcher had a campaign going for a few seconds that said real men don’t pay for sex. That’s easy to say when you have Demi Moore at home. I wish. But I understood his politics. He was making a point about the sex trade. That most of the women, at least in Californian massage parlors and in the wanted ads, are part of a forced sex slave practice that has fluorished well, way before Craig Newmark decided to make his list. 
I don’t think there’s a town that doesn’t have a gas station, general store and a bar, where you can’t find some action if you were hungry and had the bucks and time to find it. 
Last year in San Francisco, I went to a hearing about the possible opening of a dispensary in a relatively residential location. The hearing lasted hours and I left midmorning around 2 a.m. thinking there was no chance for a pot shop out in the Avenues. While there were liquor stores and a porn video store within blocks, this heavy Asian populated location would never allow a dispensary. I was wrong. The Zoning Commission approved for the opening of a dispensary that would service the patients that are literally in the farthest part in the city. It actually made sense. 

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​It never opened. The local bosses had it shut down. Funny story. This location, I later found out from a confidential close-up source, is in the heart of the sex slave district. The person who told me this dial a number randomly from an ad we found online and then one from the back of a weekly rag, advertising for massage by young Asian hottie. The meeting place was the corner where the dispensary was going to open; this is where you go for a rub and tug, but not for medication for treatment of the effects of cancer and other debilitating illnesses. 
There isn’t a neighbor in this ‘hood who doesn’t know why there are gentlemen coming in and out of residential homes, at all hours zipping up their flys, looking around hoping they’re invisible. And why not, to most Americans they are.
Fun little fact. The redder the state, the more conservative the voting and the more repressed the social climate is (hello Mississippi), the higher the use of online porn. Fact. But this is just another little sextoid that we won’t or don’t know how to talk about. It’s like when a young woman is taken in Europe. It happens. Don’t get your panties in such a bunch. This is perfectly acceptable. Just hope your dad is Liam Neeson.
Ask any Family Values president after getting busted for being with a young boy or girl, or a prostitute, or an aid or page, it just happens. If it wasn’t perfectly acceptable, why would we vote these people back in political office time and time again? They are our leaders, yes?

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​And then there’s Gambling, that’s easy. People are morons. The House wins. End of story. 
Imagine if you had a business where all you had to do is dig about a thousand holes in the floor of your establishment, call them ‘Wishing Wells’ and then charge the rubes various amounts of cash depending on the scale of their dream. Promise Americans that their
dreams could come true, that all you have to do is drop your money down the well, and we do the rest.
Oh yeah, you get free Cokes and the chance to ogle women in skimpy outfits in return. 
And if you build them a casino, they will come.
Every study has shown that gaming and gambling brings down a town. People lose their houses and jobs. The divorce rate goes up. Check it out. 
There isn’t a village or hamlet that is immune from having either a Native American sponsored casino or some other den of iniquity from sprouting up just a short drive out of town. 
We use to think separating Americans from their money in shell games was a bad thing. Now it’s called Wall Street.
And it’s all acceptable.

Graphic: San Jose Marijuana Collective

​Here’s what isn’t acceptable: medical marijuana. It is labeled as Schedule I drug, as seen by the protective eyes of the American government and the American Medical Association. This puts marijuana on par with heroin, LSD, and other harsh drugs that very few of us like to wake up with.
What is labeled as a Schedule II drug you ask? The drugs that are seen as not as harmful as marijuana are cocaine, meth, Ritalin, opium, Dexies, Demerol, PCP and speed that you slam. Right now if you ask Attorney General Eric Holder, he’d have to say that marijuana is worse for you that all the above. 
Even though every so often a president of the United States commissions a study on the medicinal effects of marijuana to see if there’s anything good in it. This has been done since 1937 when marijuana was made evil by Harry J. Anslinger following the orders set forth by his uncle, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon. In every study commissioned, the facts come up wrong. They find that marijuana is not harmful and actually may have some real medicinal advantages.
But the Powers That Be told those stupid scientists to go back to the lab until they can find that evil nucleus in the ganja atom. So the studies get buried. Check it out.

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Hemp crop in Manitoba, Canada

​When Secretary Mellon was working with Hearst The First and his propaganda machine called The Examiner, they’re desire was to just to wipe out the hemp industry. The medical applications, even though used for thousands of years elsewhere, need not apply here. They were able to make some calls to the AMA, even though the doctor’s group was salivating over the approach of Big Pharma with their new medicines and incentive kickbacks (look what happened to Dr. Kimball in The Fugitive) coming their way that replaced the free wives tales and their free medical services of the early 1900’s.
The only problem was the docs couldn’t find anything really wrong with weed. That was the first test done on marijuana to find fault with it. 
They couldn’t. 
Didn’t matter, again the Powers That Be had a bad jones and the only cure they knew was that marijuana needed to be Schedule One drug. It ended the discussion for most of America. How can a drug have any medicinal properties if the institutions we trust and have our faith in tells us, they can’t? 
Is it possible that since 1937 our lifestyles and our thinking process have changed? Is there even the remote possibility that we’ve grown in intellect and understanding of how the world around us really works?
In 2010, 80,000 Californians were busted for marijuana.
There are roughly 400,000 medical marijuana card holders in Cali.
Eric Holder and our President mock medical marijuana patients wondering if all those card holders really need all those cards, or are they faking it?
I don’t know. What is the expectation? Go to prison? Stand up for your rights? Or do what everyone else does and pretend that every weird shooting or sex act or scandal or when daddy loses the house to the Keno girl is just another day in America? 
Isn’t this the way it?
What’s the deal? Is the real problem that marijuana is medicinal and recreational at the same time? Is it becomes of the dichotomy of the weed that we don’t know which side of the coin is up?  
I don’t know.
Tell me, America, I know you have a schedule to keep.
Just tell me, what is acceptable?
1937 at a glance.
Feb 5th – 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, “Modern Times,” released
Feb 16th – DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
May 3rd – Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”
Aug 2nd – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal.
Aug 18th – 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J [WGTR] in Boston MA)
Oct 15th – Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have & Have Not” published
Nov 5th – Hitler informs his military leader of his intentions of going to war
Dec 7th – Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work
Dec 14th – Japanese troops conquer/plunder Nanjing
Dec 21st – 1st feature-length color & sound cartoon premieres (Snow White)
Dec 22nd – Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic
Dec 27th – Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned
from NBC radio
Dec 29th – Pan Am starts San Francisco-to-Auckland, New Zealand service

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Toke of the Town correspondent Jack Rikess blogs from the Haight in San Francisco.

Jack Rikess, a former stand-up comic, writes a regular column most directly found at

Jack delivers real-time coverage following the cannabis community, focusing on politics and culture.

His beat includes San Francisco, the Bay Area and Mendocino-Humboldt counties.

He has been quoted by the national media and is known for his unique view with thoughtful, insightful perspective.