So next thing you know you're out roaming the streets of Newmarket, Ontario, just north of Toronto, looking for a sidewalk vendor to take the edge off your munchies. After thinking about Lakshmi, you've got a hankering for some somosas and chutney. Maybe some dahl to go with. I love Indian food.
Then, lo and behold, you encounter one of two escaped elephants who are celebrating their own unexpected freedom from a circus that's passing through town.
This of course sparks a lively conversation about whether these are Indian elephants or African elephants, and if the former, is this just a coincidence or a case of Jungian synchronicity. After the issue is settled (in favor of synchronicity, due to Lakshmi's mythic association with elephants)...
a) - freak the hell out and swear you will never, ever smoke the devil's weed again?
b) - go looking for a bag of peanuts, hoping you can barter it for your first ever elephant ride?
orc) - offer the elephants a hit off your bong?
If you have alternative answers d), e) or f), I'd love to hear them. If you've got a Bic lighter, mine just ran out of butane.
BTW, this is Lakshmi, who handily has four arms, meaning she can pass the current fatty around while rolling up the next one. One of her hands is always dispensing gold coins, which can come in mighty handy when the rent comes due. She's usually depicted on a lotus flower (you know what that represents), and is often accompanied by four elephants, representing the four directions north, south east and west, often showering her with water. All in all, a good candidate girlfriend for someone like Smoke.
UPDATE: All kidding aside, legalization is good policy, really. The negative consequences of the war on drugs far exceed any side effects of the drugs themselves. Take this story from AlterNet for example.
When Connecticut's Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed legislation last month that would have allowed citizens with debilitating medical conditions to use medical cannabis under their doctor's supervision, she alleged that there was no proof of pot's therapeutic effectiveness and that legal alternatives are available by prescription. Now, a just-released clinical trial by researchers at Columbia University in New York is making the governor's statements ring hollow.Just another case of the reight wingers pushing their agenda by substituting their own paranoic delusions for the scientifically verifiable facts. Alternet has a fair number of such stories, BTW, conveniently grouped under the heading DrugReporter.
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