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the column of lasting insignificance: January 25, 2017
by John Wilcock

Dear Readers,

My column this week marks the official end of my life at the first-rate community existing at Ojai, California where I have spent the last two and a half years. Most of the residents, tenants, and employees have been very kind to me and it would be virtually impossible to criticize the way it is run. I would genuinely be sorry if I have to leave.

But I can no longer go without expressing my distaste for at least one of the rules laid down by David, the boss of this community. He thinks it appropriate to half-treat people and leave them feeling worse than before.

I'm talking about the practise of turning people half on with now-legal medically beneficial pot but refusing to allow them more than the 20-30 minutes that a patient, or anybody, needs to get not just being barely stoned. I should explain that the law in many places now values the benefits of marihuana intoxication and no sensible person would agree to a policy that allows only minimal marijuana use that just barely gets people stoned without any benefits. Gettting stoned, now legal, is one of life's great joys and offering insight that is a lesson like no other. I say this as somebody who first smoked pot in 1966 and has never given up. During the 40+ years I have smoked, I have managed to produce 40 books, at least 1000 columns, several hundred TV shows etc., etc.

David's policy of letting people get minimally stoned is probably the worst way of dealing with the matter, and would only be allowed as a play game. David is either somebody so ignorant of the beneficial effects of pot or somebody so indifferent or innocent about the magical consequences of allowing smoking this otherwise beneficial herb.

It's kind of sad that after smoking pot for half a century I am not even allowed possession of my own joint. I emphasize we are discussing a LEGALsubstance that makes one feel good. Why is David insisting on banning it? Good question.

I'm sorry it came to this. I very much like this place and I admire David and the way he does his job. But pot is just as important to my life as his son is to him. Maybe he should secretly smoke sone pot himself to really appreciate what we are talking about.
—John Wilcock

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