In his essay “An Absurd Reasoning” Albert Camus wrote: “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” According to Camus, noble things may arise from an “abject birth.” In the case of Camus, the absurdity of the world was a noble idea, roused in the minds of ordinary people living workaday mechanical life.
I make no such promises about the future greatness of this marijuana law and policy blog in its obligatory inaugural post but merely record its abject beginning for posterity.
As a criminal defense attorney I admit I have no natural affinity for writing creative and entertaining thought-pieces, so I had no real idea how to get started. What am I to write? How will I blog if I suffer writer’s block right out of the gate? What to do? What to do?
Fortunately, there’s Google.
The marketing droids all said I should write a blog post with some kind of hook to capture your interest and reel you in to my brand new marijuana law and policy blog. They suggested a quirky title and maybe a grand quote by some great philosopher. (Alas, there are no great philosopher quotes about marijuana law and policy blogs.) They also suggested that I keep repeating the phrase “marijuana law and policy blog” because… SEO.
If we are going to be honest about marijuana law and policy in the United States we should admit that it is frequently absurd. Which at least has the virtue of making Camus a source of pertinent quotes about the absurd world and an existential crisis that could just as easily apply to official marijuana law. In future posts, I expect to take a hard look at the current state of affairs as they concern the demon weed and the professionals who deal with the messes created by the unravelling patchwork of anti-marijuana law.
Since this blog is the result of my interest and client-driven research rather than any need for marketing, future posts won’t be cluttered with SEO-driven garbage; the marketing droids will be immediately returned to the moisture farm where they belong or sold to Jawas.
As for law and policy, I’ll note that it’s been two days since the recent mid-term election in which the voters of several states and districts voted to decriminalize their whacky tabacky. I hope to comment soon on some of these changes, and we’ll look look at California’s Prop. 47. (Full text.)