Hey, it's "Four-Twenty" today! And guess what? I still hate pot.
About the only thing I hate more than pot, are potheads.
Here's a logo I made myself in MS Word and MS Paint. These days, it's way more offensive than posting an inverted cross or a swastika. You want to REALLY be a rebel at a rock show? Wear a shirt with this on the front of it. I dare you.
Or, just try to be a stand-up comedian with an anti-pot routine (the alcohol vs. pot jokes were edgy when George Carlin did them 40 years ago, were already getting old when Bill Hicks was doing them 20 years ago, and are just plain hack today; though all a comedian has to do is just mention the drug, and get instant cheering).
"Oh but Bill," the hippies will say, "it's all natural." Well, so is arsenic. But I'm not about to try that.
"Oh but Bill, you don't smoke it so you don't know." No, I tried it a few times as a curious teenager. I got high. And I hated it. Yes, it's possible for other people to not like stuff that you like. And since my teen years I have played in countless rock bands, been to countless rock concerts, and also went to college. So trust me, I've known a lot of pot smokers.
"Oh but Bill, you probably just had some bad weed." No, because I was smoking from the same batch as two other friends who were already avid pot smokers, and they had no complaints. I really am somebody who hates pot. We do exist.
"Oh but Bill, marijuana is harmless." This is such a load of crap. Is dope on the same level as heroin or taking 10 tabs of LSD? No, of course not. Are there people who've been smoking for decades and still manage to have a good career, and form complete sentences? Yes, they do exist. But to call it completely harmless is incorrect. It has been proven to be harmful for some people. In fact, if you're the type of person who resorts to something to facilitate procrastination, self-denial, and avoidance of thinking, whether it's pot, or playing 12 hours of video games every day, then it's not "harmless" on you. And it can certainly become habitual with enough use. I've known some people who said they couldn't get to sleep unless they had a few bong hits first, or couldn't go a day without pot.
"Oh but Bill, more people are killed due to alcohol than...". That is a logical fallacy, pure and simple. Comparing alcohol to pot doesn't change facts about pot. More people die from car crashes than sky diving, but you don't see too many skydivers smugly criticizing everybody who has a drivers' license.
"Oh but Bill, the corporations and the government and the environment and..." I'm not talking about any of those things. I'm talking about marijuana.
"Oh Bill, you sound like you should just smoke a joint and calm down." If you equate self-assertiveness with counter-productive anger, then congratulations, hippe: you're a conformist! And if you can't accept the fact that not everybody likes pot, you're a solipsist too.
"I want to be, if I can, as sure of the world, the REAL world around me, as is possible. Now, you can only obtain that to a certain degree, but I want the greatest degree of control. I've never involved myself in narcotics of any kind. I don't smoke, I don't drink, because that can easily just fuzz the edges of my rationality [and] fuzz the edges of my reasoning powers, and I want to be as aware as I possibly can. That means giving up a lot of fantasies that might be comforting in some ways. But I'm willing to give that up in order to live in an actually real world, as close as I can get to it."