Sensi Magazine March 2018 - Orange County Digital Edition
Mar 01, 2018 12:25AM ● Published by Amber Orvik
EDITORS NOTES: MARCH INTO THE LIGHT
MARCH IS MY FAVORITE MONTH—NOT JUST BECAUSE IT’S THE MONTH I WAS BORN IN, BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT’S THE MONTH THAT MARKS THE BEGINNING OF SPRING, THE SEASON OF REBIRTH. THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF SPRING IS THE VERNAL EQUINOX—A TIME OF PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT WHEN THE FORCES OF THE YIN AND YANG ARE AT A STALEMATE; THAT PRECISE MOMENT AFTER WHICH YOU KNOW THAT THE DARKNESS NOW IS WANING AND THE LIGHT IS GROWING STRONGER.
Looking around at what’s going on in our country and our world lately, it sure feels like things are out of balance—like the dark side is winning. But as the old saying goes, it’s always darkest before the dawn. We mustn’t forget that everything in nature happens in cycles—that eventually, the darkness ebbs, the light returns, and balance is restored.
So what does all this have to do with cannabis? Well, interestingly enough, balance is also the purpose of our endocannabinoid system. That’s what it does—it keeps the various systems inside our bodies in balance. And politically speaking, cannabis is one of the brightest lights in our socioeconomic landscape. Despite some significant bumps in the road, legalization is marching forward at a rapid pace. Once federal prohibition falls —and it will—cannabis will undoubtedly transform our nation for the better. It will create millions of green jobs (no pun intended) and generate billions in tax revenues that can be used to fund education, infrastructure, and medical research. It will incite activism and outreach and free thousands of those unjustly imprisoned. It will help inspire new generations of artists, musicians, poets, and scientists. It will transform the way people think, and the way they view themselves, their fellow man, and their environment.
Yes, once cannabis is truly legal, once the stigma finally falls away and mainstream American society is under the influence (ok, that one was intended), it will engender a more mellow mindset, a more compassionate culture. I believe that from these dark ages, a new renaissance will emerge—a rebirth of the American spirit that cannabis will help inspire. Until then, we’ll just keep on marching toward the light.
Bobby Black - SoCAL EDITOR
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