The Time Has Come & A Mix For Mary

“Oh I hope I live to see the day they make it legal. So all the people can see what I’m smoking ain’t evil.”

Whenever America makes a decision on an important issue it seems to be set in stone. Prohibition, although immediately deemed a failure, lasted for fourteen years. Inequalities regarding civil rights lasted for centuries. Hell, even with the anti-war sentiments in our country, there is talk of spending another 100 years in Iraq. However, prohibition, civil rights, and now Iraq, were all seriously reconsidered and eventually overruled (or will be overruled by Obama). Marijuana was outlawed as early as 1915. The question is: when will our society take an honest look at marijuana and the war against it?

Americans have very little input in how we decide what is right or wrong for our society. The people in power of our country collectively make an ethical decision and then convince the rest of America that they are right. People are content with this because we’ve been taught to think that these elected officials know what’s best for us. Unfortunately, many of those elected officials have been corrupted by the game of politics to the point where they are more invested in special interest groups and lobbyists than the common interests of the people. We have also been taught that in order to remain powerful in the world, we must not question these decisions, and never admit our mistakes. We’ve all heard politicians dodge questions to save face, but it’s rare that we hear a politician assume responsibility and admit a mistake. Eventually, some mistakes are admitted, and some decisions rethought.

In the history of the United States, it has been very difficult to change our way of life and correct a mistake we made in the past, especially when that mistake has been so deeply rooted in our society. For example, racism and white supremacy was so engraved in the minds of Americans that the Civil Rights Movement went through an arduous struggle to achieve equality. Although that struggle is not over, the progress made since the 1950’s has been immense. This progress and change was sparked not by the empty words of politicians, but rather by the activism of everyday Americans. The people finally woke up and realized that the supremacy plaguing the country was unjust and inhumane. Even though they had been taught that separation and inequality was the logical law of the land, Americans rejected inequality and fought to make a change. The issue of marijuana is getting to a point where it needs to be reevaluated by all Americans.

Despite the cannabis plant being used for thousands of years, it was outlawed by America in the early 20th century. In that time period, America was experiencing both an influx of immigrants and the Great Migration. With white America’s fear of their way of life being threatened, immigrants and blacks were looked down upon. Marijuana was slowly becoming more popular in mainstream America, partly because of the Jazz music scene. Yet through propaganda like Reefer Madness and yellow journalism, marijuana suddenly became a huge problem that needed to be dealt with in order to protect America. So while the mainstream was focused on prohibition, and convinced that marijuana was detrimental to society, the government quietly made marijuana illegal. This was done abruptly and without much scientific research. Since then, marijuana has still been looked down upon, and with the continued fear tactics used by the media, is seen as a dangerous drug that needs to be regulated. However, I believe that the general public is on its way to waking up and rethinking our views on marijuana.

Much like race nowadays, marijuana is an issue that we are taught not to talk about. We’re expected to simply accept the social fabric of our country the way it is and not question the decisions politicians made almost one hundred years ago. Well, those decisions were misinformed and based off of the manipulation on the fear of Americans. And now, the people in power see no point in legalizing marijuana. The legalization of marijuana would also hurt the already powerful legal drug industry. The drug corporations that produce Prozac, a drug that has a stronger dependency than weed, would do everything in their power to ensure that marijuana stay illegal in order to protect their finances. And of course if politicians preferred smoking fatty blunts over downing bottles of scotch, this war wouldn’t even exist. Yet they’re stuck defending their mistakes. The war on drugs has been a complete failure that only further hurt communities instead of helping them. In war there is an enemy. For the war on drugs, the “enemies” we have chosen to fight reside in communities that need our support rather than a war. And we’re wasting valuable resources that could be devoted to greater causes. In 2003 over nineteen billion dollars were spent on the war on drugs. And the numbers have only been rising since then. So it is on the common people of the United States to question the decisions made on marijuana. To do this, we must first overcome the messages against marijuana that the media has beaten into our brains. After reevaluating marijuana with an open mind, we must demand change.

It won’t be easy, and honestly, although this issue needs to be addressed, I don’t believe it’s important enough to spill blood over. The illegalization of marijuana was a mistake we made long ago, yet is a decision that still hurts our society. We need to admit we were wrong, and then collectively, as a unified, free-thinking nation, reconsider our stance on marijuana. This revolution of the mind is a huge challenge, but America has always greatly benefited from its people rising to that challenge.

A Mix For Mary

19 songs, 1 hour 3 minutes, STREAMING/DOWNLOAD LINKS BELOW

1. Intro

2. Smoke Buddah by Redman

3. Love Me Sensi by Chip Fu

4. Hits From The Bong by Cypress Hill

5. Interlude

6. I Got 5 On It by Luniz

7. Dro (feat. Magestik Legend) by One Be Lo

8. Weed Song by Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony

9. Smoker’s Emporium by Buckwhead

10. Bob Marley Interlude

11. Mary by Freestyle Fellowship

12. High by Busta Rhymes

13. Lower Da Boom by Artifacts

14. No $ No Toke by Jaylib

15. Pack The Pipe by The Pharcyde

16. Legalize It by Peter Tosh

17. Brain On Drugz by Boodah An Da Bandit

18. Splattitorium by The Pharcyde

19. Motha by Devin The Dude


Streaming & Download Mixed .mp3 File (zshare)

Mixed, with Separate Tracks .Zip File (megaupload)

Guide To Downloading


3 Responses to “The Time Has Come & A Mix For Mary”

  1. 1 Jordan
    April 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    HAHAHA! I just got into a pretty heated argument with my mom about this. I was saying how misuse of alcohol is so prevalent and alcohol is legal. Weed’s effects to the body aren’t as bad with misuse and there is not as much of that as with alcohol. But my mom wouldn’t see it. Anyway, this is really well put. Great argument in your writing piece and a really good mix too! you continue to impress me every week

  2. 2 dumbwhore
    April 20, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Did you hear that Minnesota is considering legalization? They’d be the first midwest state. Between that and the democratic party coming to power again, maybe we’ll get what we deserve soon. Shame Clinton didn’t do it, mebbe he was jamming to your mix instead of legalizing, that dummy.

    Cool mix, too. Thanks!

  3. 3 bbballboy90225
    April 20, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve downloaded all of your mixes between today and yesterday, and they are fantastic. Excellent work my man…hopefully you’ve seen my site – http://www.musicalessence.wordpress.com – and will add me to your blogroll. I’ve added you to mine. Keep up the good work, be sure to stop by!

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