On cannabis and neurodiversity

How does cannabis fit with neurodiversity, in your opinion, if at all?

Cannabis is the least harmful way for we humans to cope with the burdens of sentience, senescence, and mortality. Cannabis is popular in STEAM cultures, at least the ones I’ve inhabited. It is part of the process of living, creating, and coping. I think the neurodivergent have long used it to regulate and cope in a world that does not accommodate. If your neurodivergence is accompanied by tics, seizures, paresthesia, fasciculations, panic, anxiety, or self-harming stimming, as but a few examples, then cannabis is a tool and ally. There are as many human operating systems as there are humans. The endocannabinoid system is a useful interface to our operating systems for which we have a natural, easy-to-grow key. All humans and their mammalian kin share this interface and this plant. We plucky prometheans figured out how to decarboxylate with fire.

Because, the drug war. The drug war preys on and abuses the different and the powerless. It puts neurodivergent kids in pipelines to prisons and foster systems where the incentives are to drug minds into compliance so that bodies can be more conveniently warehoused and souls more conveniently iced. The great many of us using cannabis to medicate and regulate are under constant threat of violence, humiliation, and confinement  in inhumane jails and prisons. The drug war’s perverse notions of addiction, addicts, and coping limit our vocabulary, stifle our empathy, and harm us all. The drug war, zero tolerance, and compliance culture are enemies of neurodiversity. Cannabis is a friend and a lever for change.

Prosecutors and Pot Brownies

As prosecutors we are bound by what the law is, not what the law should be or could be.

Bullshit. You as a human always have the option of not throwing a teenager in jail for hash oil you can buy off of retail endcaps in Colorado and from lots of regular folks living in Round Rock, TX. Prosecutors have a lot of discretion. Invoke your humanity and use it.

WilCo DA Releases Statement On Pot Brownie Case – keyetv.com Austin News, Weather, Traffic KEYE-TV Austin – Top Stories.

Instead of smearing Jacob’s name all over the place, I wish journalists would take the criminal justice system to task and pour some sunlight on the people that took a busybody neighbor’s complaint and turned it into a jail sentence for baking brownies that many of us would like to be eating right now because they sound really good.

http://www.williamson-county.org/CountyDepartments/DistrictAttorney/DistrictAttorneyStaff/tabid/686/language/en-US/Default.aspx