Pubdate: Tue, 07 Jan 2014
Source: Houston Chronicle (TX)
Copyright: 2014 Glen Risley
Author: Glen Risley


Regarding "Legalization of marijuana won't bring out our best" (Page
B7, Saturday), New York Times columnist David Brooks is wise to point
out the evidence for careful consideration of legalizing marijuana.
However, since the current generation has turned over so much of its
daily responsibilities to the nanny state, personal intelligence is no
longer the requirement for our collective happiness that it once was.
I say, embrace pot. Consider the music of the likes of Louie
Armstrong, John Lennon and Jimmie Hendrix. Marijuana gave us the
timeless music of the Haight-Ashbury '60's.

Compare Bob Marley's political crooning with any of the drivel that
followed and weed becomes the elixir for a new era of cultural
evolution based on melody.

Today's music ignores any tradition conducive to deep intellectual
thought. Willie Nelson still lives in a creative world of cowboy
adventure long removed from the reality of daily life. He and his
artistic kin burn the petty art that inhabits the airways today every
time they light up.

Glen Risley, Houston 
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