In Defense of Schwag

Categories: Drugs

Terrence McNally

Today is a big day in the history of weed, with Colorado becoming the first state in the nation to have legal recreational marijuana. All across the Centennial State, fluffy buds twinkling with crystals are being loaded into swirled glass pipes and sparked in celebration. There is no pretense of medicine. People are getting stoned, as they have for years, but now it's legal under state law.

Coloradans and the rest of Marijuana America are smoking some of the best nugs in the history of ever. This is pot that's been lab-tested, groomed, pruned and doled out in a sterile room. This is the kindest bud. Today is a high point for weed. But it's a damn shame no one smokes schwag anymore.

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I'm talking about dirt weed, the dried-out marijuana that's flattened and trucked in large bricks. I'm talking about the weed a lot of people over 30 grew up with. This is the bud of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35." This is Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf," Neil Young's "Roll Another Number (For the Road)." This is the Doobie Brothers, dude.

Is the quality as good as the weed being peddled by New York bike messengers and California dispensaries? Hell no. Not even close. But schwag gets a bad rap because everyone focuses on the potency instead of the process.

The high is only part of the appeal of doing drugs. Just look at any movie about heroin. The baggie, the spoon, the lighter, the needle, the rubber hose--the ritual is integral. Cokeheads love playing with their little piles of powder, making lines, sliding the particles back together, making lines again. Smoking weed is the same.



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6 comments
SpewHole
SpewHole

I resent that this article attempts to pass itself off as a satirical blog post about music, yet still neatly plants some seeds of Drug War Propaganda amongst the words. For instance:

-Comparing the ritual of smoking marijuana to the ritual of snorti
ng coke and/or injecting heroin.
-Comparing marijuana use to prescription pill use.
-Associating a "spaced-out" uncle with marijuana use.
-Claiming that clam-baking with higher quality weed makes you "really, really dumb."
-Implying that medical marijuana was/is used pretentiously.

The mechanism employed here to demonize marijuana functions by comparing it to illegal drugs only, that have also been demonized by our government's War on Drugs. Notice how marijuana was not compared to alcohol, as too many people might find that relatable.

Zak Kleipe
Zak Kleipe

I resent that this article attempts to pass itself off as a satirical blog post about music, yet still neatly plants some seeds of Drug War Propaganda amongst the words. For instance: -Comparing the ritual of smoking marijuana to the ritual of snorting coke and/or injecting heroin. -Comparing marijuana use to prescription pill use. -Associating a "spaced-out" uncle with marijuana use. -Claiming that clam-baking with higher quality weed makes you "really, really dumb." -Implying that medical marijuana was/is used pretentiously. The mechanism employed here to demonize marijuana functions by comparing it to illegal drugs only, that have also been demonized by our government's War on Drugs. Notice how marijuana was not compared to alcohol, as too many people might find that relatable.

Ernesto Bustillos-Jácquez
Ernesto Bustillos-Jácquez

As far as I know, schwag usually comes in bricks because it is smuggled from countries outside the US, like Mexico; where drugs cause hellish amounts of violence. So no VV, fuck you and fuck schwag.

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