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Remembering Hawaii in the 70’s and 80’s

Going to the Crater celebration on Jan.1st, hearing a big band was coming in, hearing it was the Rolling Stones, and it turned out to be Santana and Buddy Miles, who did a live record of the entire concert they gave. Can still hear myself whistling loud between songs. Chanting the "Go away rain" in the early morning while the stages were being set up with one of the bands on the main stage, and then the rain stopped and it was great the whole day. Watching the guy butt naked sliding in the mud, just grooving to the tunes at the closest Woodstock I ever saw. 80,000 people and no fighting, just peace and good music on all of the stages. And when I went and bought some tangerines at one of the stands, had this big bag, and one guy coming up asking for a couple, told him to help himself, he asked me to hold his gallon bottle of wine, and the next thing I knew he was gone, and I had the wine and still 3/4 bag of tangerines. Great. Still listen to the music, but now on cd instead of the LP I had so many years. When did the New year's day Crater Celebrations stop? Free and great.  (Mar 26, 2008 | post #1445)

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Molokai Ranch to close, lay off 120

I'm sorry that you met some of what you saw as unfriendliness on Molokai. I was there in 1971 in the summer picking pineapple for Dole, and met no one who did not give aloha to me and the others working this temp summer job, whether locals from other islands or the Mormon boys brought over. I ended up in the hospital in Kaunakakai overnight, and had the best medical care I have had anywhere. The island is nothing but beauty, with all of the green and the blue of the ocean and the brown sands along the beaches. Again, the people that I was fortunate to meet during my stay would do anything for you if you needed help, and it was more ohana on that island than anywhere else I have ever lived. This is such a blow to the people of a beautiful island because of the business of greed that has ripped our society in all states. To the wonderful residents that I met, to my ohana, I wish you nothing but luck trying to make your life livable on that beautiful island, and give you fond aloha for what you gave me so many years ago. Mahalo and aloha to you all.  (Mar 25, 2008 | post #9)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

You don't want your tax dollars going towardsthe medical bills of those who use alcohol and cigarettes, but it is okay to use your taxes to hire hundreds of thousands of alcohol and tobacco police to stop the citizens from using those drugs? Geez, with that kind of thinking, we couldn't throw a good war or two because of no money, having to pay all of those extra police to get rid of our "vices". Did you sleep during history class regarding prohibition of alcohol and how well that worked? Start saving your money for the taxes you will have to pay to get rid of other's vices you don't care for, because of the medical bills.  (Mar 10, 2008 | post #160)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

What it cuts down to is those who don't want to smoke pot don't, and those who want to smoke pot have a lousy time finding it, and then at a fair price, and then not worrying about some neighbor nazi narc calling 911 and having the SWAT team showing up at your door for smoking a joint. Meanwhile, down the block, where some innocent kid is being shot for wearing the wrong colors in the wrong neighborhood, the police are busy with a simple joint smoker, getting release from the day's anxieties. Keep the politics out of the argument, because the politicians do nothing except ignore changing a law that shouldn't have been on the books in the first place. That is the reality of whether or not pot should be legalized. Oh, and it is nice to see that I am in a list of such great people (except for GW Bush) who have done some good for the world, be it artistically, politically, or whatever. I feel very honored. Now could someone pass me a joint? Mahalo.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #137)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

Well, I understand the feelings about your lungs, and living on Molokai is probably the best place you could be to take good care of them. I, on the other hand, have abused my lungs by living in large metro cities, smoking cigarettes for a couple of years, but smoking pot for 25+ years, off and on. According to my doctor, my lungs are still in good shape, but could be better. I have not tried pot in any other form, so can't comment on that. The highs that I got accentuated my senses; my hearing was more acute to music as far as different instruments being played in songs that I had listened to many times. As a photographer, my photo vision was "sharpened " to a point where I saw shots that I hadn't seen before. I certainly wish I had digital equipment back then, as now the expense is significantly less in taking and deleting photos, as opposed to taking shots on film and paying for the film, the processing and printing, and deciding that I didn't quite get the shot that I had envisioned. But even with the costs involved, I feel I took photos that were more valuable and meaningful, with more emotion in what I was "seeing" while high and being able to capture that on film. I still got good shots while not high, but again I saw different angles, lighting, and other aspects that I didn't always see while I was high as opposed to not being high.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #106)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

Hey, if you got the smoke, I have the matches. Right now it is the best I can do, but I'll meet you in the middle of the old Dole pineapple fields I picked in the summer of '71...  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #104)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

The key question that you asked is "wouldn't you think", and many people who believe in the freedoms that were given to us, with equal representation, all voices heard, etc. would not be having this forum right now because it wouldn't be the illegal mess it is right now. When less than 550 elected congressmen and women feel that they know what is best for a country of millions, and refuse to look at the medical facts that have been brought out about pot, the thought about the law enforcement personnel who could be used for those who do rape, steal, murder, kidnap, etc., and not chase pot smokers, and look at the jail spaces that could be opened up by people still in jail from convictions from the 60's and 70's for posession of small amounts of pot for personal use, it all adds up to our elected "representati ves" to use common sense, decriminalize pot and posession of amounts for personal use, set an age of use as there is for drinking (like that really works), and gets an accurate system that could determine if a driver has a level of THC in their system that is considered impaired to operate a motor vehicle (as in DUI), then make pot as legal as beer, wine, or liquor. This is something that could be done very quickly IF the government would get off its scotch-loving **** and stop taking the big bucks from the different alcohol industries in the form of campaign contributions.  (Mar 8, 2008 | post #95)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

It would be truly great to even just have the Amsterdam / Dutch approach to cannabis be legalized and take root in this country. I just happened to be in London when Prince Harry got caught puffing a joint, and one of the headlines of the local papers read "Harry Pothead" when the Harry Potter books were going strong. Two writers from one of the established, revered London papers took a trip to Amsterdam to find out what the fuss was all about, and these two gents, prim and proper, both brothers in their 70's, cruised the Amsterdam establishments and asked about the different names that were listed on the charge boards that were posted, and one regular took them under his wing and sat and explained the differences in THC potency (and consequently the prices also), and both of these gents got stoned and spent a couple of days in the different pot houses, and took some notes and came home and wrote of their experiences. They said that they had a great time, and that the different types of pot they smoked produced different types of euphoria, some where they came to appreciate the music that was playing, which in London would never find its way to their ears, and that the highs beat the scotch that they drank , which they had done for 50+ years, and in their opinion, they didn't understand why pot was illegal there in the UK. Tried to talk my wife into a side trip to Amsterdam before we headed home, but she knew why I wanted to go, and since she doesn't smoke, but is a tolerant angel when it comes to my desires, declined the sidetrip, knowing where I would spend most of my time, and it wouldn't be looking at the Tulips. Ahh, maybe someday...  (Mar 7, 2008 | post #92)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

Oh, by the way, that "Goota" should be "Gotta", but my eyes missed that one.  (Mar 6, 2008 | post #88)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

Science, hell. Goota love a good high. You can debate the science and the economic benefits that have been shown by other states and countries, but all the politicians see is that it is a drug that people like and so that in itself has to be bad. We need a generation of politicians who did inhale in college and after that see the benefits, and they will be of the generation who understands a good high and could give a crap about the economics and such, and laws will fall and states will sell buds or joints for a set price per quality per quantity, and the state will make money for helping those who are having serious drug problems who need detox, and those who just want to relax after a hard day's work can sit on the porch and light up and not worry about some old biddy smelling pot burning and calling the cops. That is progressive law.  (Mar 6, 2008 | post #87)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

They, along with the growers and distributers of pot illegally stand to lose the most amount of money when pot is legalized, and the federal, state, and local governments stand to gain the most in taxes paid by users who legally buy from legal distributers, along with letting law enforcement be used for those who steal, rape, murder, kidnap, carjack, etc. And the federal troops sniffing out pot could be used to sniff out explosives and look for those who want to wage a war against the US in the US.  (Mar 3, 2008 | post #49)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

I have to second that, and while I am at it, third and fourth it also. Anybody want to plead the fifth?  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #40)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

I am certainly not as well versed in the scientific ramifications of long term use of pot as you are, and do not know exactly how the ingredients affect the body. When I posted my last, I was not in my "mellowing " state, as I have not been for close to 5 years now. I did not smoke and drive, I did not smoke and go to work, I just "rolled a bowl" when I had a chance to sit down and do some mellowing. And the "hate coming from the mouths of small children" should have been written without the word "small", and the hate, along with the violence, has become more and more prevalent in our schools, shopping malls, churchs, etc., when someone who spills their hate out into the world by use of a gun. And no, it isn't my child, who I was open and honest with when he turned 21 to tell him that I, in fact in the same house as he was living, smoked pot from time to time while he was growing up. He, who had been through DARE classes, told me that he had no idea,and didn't smell any odor of pot. He is living his life now, and truthfully, if he was going to use anything to mellow out at the end of a day's work, and use it responsibly, I would rather see him smoke a joint than drink a couple of beers. Aloha.  (Mar 1, 2008 | post #34)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

My fondest desire is to be able to sit on a comfortable chair on my porch and watch the sunset with the ability to legally smoke a joint or a bowl. Paranoia gone, mellowness in, good music dripping into my ears. Then the rest of my life has been worth the troubles I have been through, the ugliness I have seen, the hate that spills forth from mouths of young kids. Aloha.  (Feb 29, 2008 | post #16)

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

Oh then, I guess we should make all kinds of liquor illegal. Oh yeah, we tried that already, and all of the people who wanted their booze got it anyway, the government didn't get their tax money on it and spent millions of dollars trying to stop the people from drinking and more on the importation of booze. Gosh, what did we learn from that? We got a costly education as a nation that there were certain aspects of our lives that we didn't need nor want the government telling us what we could or could not do, as long as we were of legal age and had the money. For years the debate has raged about whether or not pot is all of the danger that it is portrayed to be, that it is the gateway drug to more addictive drugs, so we need to close the gate at the level of pot. I know plenty of people who smoke pot and live quality lives, productive lives in society, and they are happy with their joint at the end of the evening to relax and face the next day of madness. They aren't doing anything else but pot, have a beer or two, and that is how they have been for the last 20+ years that I have known them. I have also worked in an oncology office where people with cancer have confided with me that their son or daughter are getting them pot to keep them eating, help them with the pain of the radiation and the chemotherapy that they are enduring. Here they are getting treatments for cancer, and they are worried about their kids getting busted for buying an ounce of pot for their mother to smoke to help her get by. And this is in the state of California, where the use of pot was "legalized " for medicinal purposes, as long as you don't get caught. Doctors fear losing their medical licenses if they write an Rx for patients to use pot, the patients that get pot are put in a more fragile state trying to use it and not get caught while they are facing cancer(s). So, yes, pot should be legal. It should be sold with a federal government tax on it, and that way we can free up some law enforcement for the really bad things that are going on. And if you could go into a store and buy a pack of Maui Gold 100's, would you need to go back to the dealers who have rasied the prices just so their profit margin can go up? Think about it. Aloha.  (Feb 29, 2008 | post #3)