“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.” ~Herman Melville
Within my career in the adult industry and as a writer I have attended an array of events and places, but never in my life did I experience anything like the real estate conference in San Fransisco. In August I attended with Realty Edge: Tim Roh(aka Tae Roh), Michael O’Meara, Jennifer Diane, and a few others. Only two instances came to mind that I could apply here.
First, many years ago, in California with the Certain One when we went to go watch a football game across from Eddie Murphy’s house. A girl I met at the party told me that she lost her car one night in Sacramento while out drinking downtown with some girlfriends when introducing herself. I will give her the fact that it is easy to get lost in downtown Sacramento parking garages. However, her Father bought her a new car and she reported the car she lost stolen. Only a couple of months later to find the car in a parking garage when she was out downtown drinking with friends again. Now this was an introduction that took me aback, but let me know how to set the tone for our conversation and her mind-set. This reminded me of Jennifer Diane. In my opinion, if she was allowed the ability to be irresponsible and ditsy she would more so then I have witnessed.
Second, I did less touching of people at the AVN awards in Las Vegas in January than Jennifer Diane(aka Drunk Jenn) did at a real estate conference in SFO(even though I had to pose with fans and other entertainers for photos/media). Plus, this behavior was in front of her bosses and she is a married office worker. Never in my life did I think a woman who works in an office and is married to a teacher would have such a need for attention from men. Let alone act on it at a work function. Her husband is a school teacher and sporting coach. I wonder if he knows how she acts at work events? I would be concerned if I was him, but she is the bread-winner of her household. Maybe she gets to do as she pleases, they have an open relationship, and just put a front on like they are a happy Christian couple. I unfortunately never got the chance to meet her husband, but I sure would love him to know what she is really like when not supervised by him, even her bosses do not stop her.
The story continues as we went to the Houston versus Oakland game while in SFO, at the real estate conference. Drunk Jenn(aka Jennifer Diane) was at the height of her trip. Tequilla was her best friend and I am not sure if she even remembers who won the game? There was puking involved by near the end of the game and there were problems with her walking alone. Michael O’Meara being the nice guy who left his pregnant wife home. Let Drunk Jenn molest him a bit while he tried to get her on the Bart and back to the hotel. I am still unsure as to whose room she stayed in that night, but I am sure Michael O’Meara’s wife and Jennifer Diane’s husband would love to find out the truth. I know I would want to know and my roots are in the adult industry, not religion, corporate America and family.
The moral of the story is in the adult industry we have boundaries we are very aware of. Unfortunately, most women are not taught these boundaries and are repressed only to turn out like Drunk Jenns.
PS. There are always some good eggs in the bunch.
Marijuana has made its way to mainstream American society’s attention. This time armed with more information, data, and research than previously during the baby boomer hippie counterculture era. Legal and medical marijuana surround Americans, even in more conservative states where marijuana is still frowned upon with felonies and many other consequences and/or rehabilitation programs. Nowadays, the medical benefits of marijuana are becoming well-known. Even enough to allow some incredibly ill children to live a full life, that they would otherwise be robbed of without medical marijuana(CBD). Legal now in four states Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia and marijuana(or decriminalized marijuana) is available in 23 states and the District of Columbia. California state started this all in 1996.
As a native of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, marijuana has been apart of my adult life from the beginning. It was a cash crop when I was growing up and it is almost apart of our culture here in Oregon. So, to see the nation more in “the know” is extremely refreshing. We are not all lazy stoners as many try to stigmatize us. We are just people. Shocking I know! How can we not be the evil lazy people the government has made us out to be?
Some of us are just medical marijuana patients not looking to get strung out on legal pharmaceuticals. Natural and organic versus made in a lab with unknown chemicals and fillers, this seems extremely logical. Avoiding fast food and other pollutants does not help anyone to be healthy if they are filling their body with pharmaceutical pollutants. Chemicals are just bad, a capitalized industry that aims to keep you a customer.
“In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.” ~Francis Young [DEA Administrative Law Judge – 1988]
Marijuana is an herb, just as tea. Some days I drink tea, some days I drink coffee. This is no different than a glass of wine after work versus smoking a joint after work. Different strokes for different folks. Prohibition has never been a successful tactic. Yet, we still utilize it as a capitalist government industry.
Legalization of marijuana has had some kinks, example Washington state, but it has had some success helping state economies as well, example Colorado. After the war on drugs no longer involves marijuana then we will be able to focus more on legalization and taxes, rather than courts, fines, and jail time. Make money rather than spend money.
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?” ~Bill Hicks
Medical marijuana seemed to be the best middle ground for those of us looking for more than recreational use, without jail time or other life-long consequences. I speak from personal experience: in Oregon I was caught with marijuana. Due to it being in hash form(manufactured), I am now a felon for life. Yes for marijuana, a plant. Forever, people look at me differently when I fill out applications at social institutions like my condo building and job applications/licenses, etc. In Oregon people tend to look at me with sympathy. However, in Texas they stared at me and said I would still be in jail if I had been caught in Texas. Reality is relative. Yet, it is a stigma marijuana users nationwide risk without the ability to obtain medical or legal use of marijuana.
Marijuana growers and dispensaries have the difficult job of walking the fine lines the government draws out state by state. Varying rules and regulations on medical marijuana depend on state laws. However, federal law trumps state law, so there is a forever loophole in medical and legal marijuana. The federal government retains the right to seize assets of those involved in drug cases, therefore growers and dispensaries have the most on the line for the freedom of us all.
Why such a stink about a plant (pun intended)? So many people are involved in consensual crimes within the United States every year. Can we stop prosecuting marijuana users and growers to focus on hard drugs or other social issues?