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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16 - 19

We now look forward to the development of the site into something both our neighbors and the entire Valley can be proud of.

Paul Favaro

Sonoma Splash

Anybody got a light?

Marijuana: Cue the psychedelic music. The challenge in writing about marijuana, pro, con or indifferent is not falling into the Vortex of Cleverness.

That’s wherein the Siren call to work in all the slang and puns one can muster, call it potology, takes over. It’s become almost mandatory to work in joint, high, grass, buzz or bogart every other sentence in the irresistible urge to be snarkier than thou. So with that proviso I’ll give it a go.

I came out about being a longtime pot smoker in a piece I wrote about 20 years ago called, “The Last Big Closet.” Then, as now, I didn’t advocate its use or prohibition as I felt then and do now it’s an individual choice, like drinking alcohol, vegetarianism, religion or taste in music. Chacun a son gout, as the Tralfamadorians say.

What I do know is that human beings have been altering their reality, getting high, since they first looked around, saw what things were like and thought, “Holy crap, there must be something better than this.” Humans have been messing with reality for millennia, from spinning when we’re kids to get dizzy, to ingesting plant matter or fermenting foodstuffs. Concocting potions to change consciousness is ancient human behavior. We come by it honestly. It’s not an aberration. It’s what humans do, so let’s lighten up here a bit.

As for addiction to pot, it’s not physiologically addictive. Period. If it’s psychologically addictive, which for some seems to be the case, there are many substances and behaviors that also fit that bill quite nicely. Life is a complicated matter.

Then there’s the elephant-sized matter of hypocrisy when a region such as Sonoma – “wine country” – writ large, would disparage marijuana use. The byproduct is the same – changing consciousness – though individual effects can differ. The criminalization of marijuana use has been devastating for tens of thousands for basically no reason whatsoever, and perpetrated by ignorance, stupidity and venal motives.

Again, this is not to advocate its use. It’s an individual choice and there’s a host of pros and cons in so doing that should be considered. But like the song says, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.”

If the City Council chooses to prohibit pot businesses in Sonoma and the residents go along with that, so be it. That’s democracy. If the people no like then they have to vote themselves in new representatives. That’s democracy. Last I heard it’s still the system, despite taking a beating from the current putative President.

Will Shonbrun

Boyes Springs