Coming Out Green

Let's just get it on the table.  I consume cannabis.  I consume it almost every day, not just for recreation but for reasons related to health and general well being.  And guess what?  I do this all while being a very functional member of society, both socially and economically.  

This won't be a surprise to people that know me or most people that are socially conscious but I know for a fact there are many people out there like me who don't feel comfortable admitting and speaking freely about it as I am now.  Because even with all the progress and movement in this space over the last few years, there is still a stigma around this "drug".  There are still people influenced by years of false information that people that smoke weed are lazy and can't get work done among so many other backwards beliefs.  

I'm so excited to decriminalization and legalization movements picking up speed throughout our country, especially today in hearing about presidential hopeful Bernie Sander's bill to legalize on the federal level, that I decided it was time to finally get this out there.  I hope that others like me will do the same and push this movement forward even more.  

Now that this is out there, I'm looking forward to sharing a lot more on how I use cannabis each day and how it helps me in many areas of my life from relaxation, to pain management, to how it has decreased my alcohol consumption, how it helps me be more creative, and so very much more.  For now here are a couple bullet points on my beliefs:

  • Cannabis certainly isn't for everybody just like some people shouldn't drink alcohol, take certain prescription drugs, or consume certain foods.  When approached and managed properly though, cannabis can help enrich many people's lives.  
     
  • If you are a person who doesn't believe in the medicinal value of cannabis, we need to talk.  There are countless scientific studies, cases, and stories from peoples lives that prove otherwise, and the fact that you can go into a store and buy a bottle of alcohol or pack of cigarettes but not a plant that is proven to have medicinal value is absurd.  
     
  • The money and time wasted policing and imprisoning individuals who use this "drug" is also absurd and we could be spending this time and money on many other, much more important things.   

Again, I've got lots more to say and I'm excited to do so now that this is out there.  I really do hope that we can continue the momentum that is growing each day to make real change and I urge all of you out there in #ComingOutGreen as well.

 If you have questions or comments don't hesitate to reach out to me on social media.  

~Matty

 

In the United States, We're Getting Screwed On The Internet

Public Service Announcement: You are getting screwed on the internet.  Both in terms of what you pay and how much you get for that amount you pay.  And it's a bummer too because we pretty much invented the internet here in the United States.  We invented the internet, yet all over the world internet access is not only cheaper, but faster and easier to get.  WHY?  

In a nutshell there are barely any regulations and rules on a national level.  Companies like Comcast, Verizon, and time Warner have basically free reign over what they can provide and charge.  In other countries of the world, there are many more providers fighting for your business.  This drives prices down and fuels innovation as each company not only tries to offer the best product with the best features, but also at the lowest price.  

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I could do my best to explain in more detail, but I'll let my local NPR affiliate do that for me.  They are better at it anyway.  If you have 30 short minutes, take a listen to the Soundcloud segment below and find out how when it comes to internet service, we are paying more than most of the world for a shittier product, and how it is getting worse every day.   

I don't know what we can do to fix the problem on our own.  We certainly can't boycott these companies because we'd have no internet!  I think this is a case where the government needs to step in.  But I have a hunch the government is making money somewhere here as well.  

For now lets just try to spread the word.  This is wrong and we need a change.