Does Hippie Tradition Have a Place within the New Hashish 2.zero World?
(CLICK THE VIDEO ABOVE TO LISTEN TO STEVE’S ANSWERS)
Steve DeAngelo believes the world wants hippie tradition now greater than ever!
Does hippie tradition stand an opportunity within the new hashish 2.zero world? We introduced up the query in an article lately that questioned if Tommy Chong finds it bittersweet that on one hand we reward his previous characters in Cheech and Chong films, but however, many hashish customers will swear they don’t seem to be “Cheech and Chong” and lazy stoners. The query I bought to pose to Steve DeAngelo lately associated to this text and whether or not or not Tommy Chong must fall on the sword along with his half characters with the intention to have Chong’s Alternative hashish merchandise to have the ability to ship throughout a state line, aka, full Federal legalization.
The article about Cheech and Chong identified that the identical hashish supporters will reward Tommy Chong and all of the work he has accomplished all through his life for hashish advocacy out of 1 facet of their month, and an hour later, they may say they don’t seem to be in any respect just like the Cheech and Chong stoner stereotype. They are going to say they’ve jobs, exercise, are good mother and father, and contributing members of society. So, is it bittersweet or how does Tommy really feel that the brand new hashish 2.zero tradition is denying their relationship to his Cheech and Chong characters as they push more durable and more durable for Federal legalization?
Once I bought to ask Steve DeAngelo about this idea, it bought interpreted by Steve, who had simply given a keynote discuss at CanEx Jamaica about how the world wants the hippie tradition of peace and love greater than ever proper now, as if I used to be asking if hippie tradition itself needed to be killed off with the intention to get Federal legalization. Steve is a really emotional man and believes passionately concerning the hashish plant, and has accomplished the time to show it, no pun supposed. Whereas the reply grew to become extra emotional about hippie tradition typically, the unique query was simply round what he considered Tommy Chong and the way Federal legalization won’t occur with a Republican-led Senate till we bury the Cheech and Chong stereotype. Both means, it’s a fantastic and emotional reply by Steve DeAngelo about the place hippie tradition suits in with the present hashish 2.zero “we aren’t like that” rhetoric.
Take a pay attention. You may learn his full reply under the video.
Steve DeAngelo: [crosstalk 00:00:00] I will offer you one story that encapsulates it. Proper. 1996 after the passage of Prop 215 in California 4 former U.S. legal professional generals flew out to California, together with Invoice Clinton’s legal professional normal they usually held a press convention they usually referred to as medical hashish, Cheech and Chong medication. Yeah, proper. Okay.
So now I wish to go to the entire households who’ve epileptic kids who will not be getting seizers anymore. I wish to go to all of the households of most cancers sufferers whose tumors stopped rising. I wish to go to the entire members of the family of Alzheimer’s sufferers whose signs had been alleviated. I wish to go to the entire victims of arthritis who can use their fingers once more. Proper. Cheech and Chong medication seems it really works fairly rattling properly.
So no, this is the factor. Any idiot can develop, not any idiot, however anyone can develop hashish wherever on the planet. However what we had within the counter tradition and what the Rastafarians have right here in Jamaica is a tradition that has sat with this plant, that is taken this critically. It is realized the teachings that it has to supply and have included into our lives. And the values of the counter tradition are values which might be desperately wanted on the planet right this moment. Extending tolerance, proper, extra respect for nature, resolving disputes extra peacefully, having respect for creativity as an alternative of conformity. These are nice values. Love over hate, peace over work. These are the values that the world desperately wants now.
So no, I do not assume that Cheech and Chong have something to be ashamed of. And their humor was solid at a time of prohibition. And beneath prohibition, one of many issues that occurred is that we had been surrounded by damaging photos. Everyone on the planet was telling us that we’re irresponsible, that we had been lazy, that we had been soiled, that our minds had been rotten. That we had been wicked. And… The place was I going with that?
Speaker 2: We had been wicked.
Steve DeAngelo: Yeah, yeah, yeah. No, I bought the wicked half, I misplaced the half that got here earlier than that.
Curt: So Tommy tried, Steve DeAngelo is saying [crosstalk 00:02:48].
Steve DeAngelo: No, it is the truth that they’re humor was solid on this crucible of prohibition. Okay. And the exterior influences on us throughout prohibition had been all about… If we had taken them critically, we might have find yourself hating ourselves. Okay. So we needed to someway be capable of snicker at it. We simply needed to someway be keen to take all of this negativity and use the humor to deflect it in order that we carry on happening.
And so yeah, a number of the stuff that they did, mirrored stereotypes that are not actually true about hashish customers. Proper. However we had been having these stereotypes laid on us so, so closely that the one means that we might shake them off of our again was by laughing. And Cheech and Chong gave us that. I by no means ever felt like Cheech and Chong had been laughing at us.
Curt: Oh, no.
Steve DeAngelo: I at all times felt they had been laughing with us. Proper. So I do know, I imply, individuals who say that we’ve to strip the counter tradition values away from hashish. So what, we want much less love on the planet right this moment. We would like much less peace on the planet right this moment. We would like much less shade and taste and freedom and nature on the planet right this moment. I do not assume so.
Curt: I’ll watch, Up in Smoke, I bought to go.
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