A Limerick A Day

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Legalise pot protest in London last month

The Durham police chief Ron Hogg,
Has left many people agog,
He’ll let you grow pot,
But hasn’t said what,
Happens now to his poor sniffer dog.

John Moynes

(Getty)

28 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Digs

    If cannabis is a medicine, then it should only be dispensed by pharmacists to sick people on presentation of a prescription written by a specialist. No problems here. Of course they’ll have to train young medics and refresh older medics with training and education on the drug. And of course there’ll still bee a black market for it which won’t allow the casual and recreational users to obtain it legally. But I’m sure they only account for a very small number of activists…..?

    1. Anomanomanom

      You keep talking poo. The states in America that have legalised it have not needed to do what you said and it works fine.

        1. Drogg

          30 million in taxes in the first 6 months in colorado and the taxes from the sale of cannabis has been ear marked so it can only be used for health or education spending.

          1. Anomanomanom

            Of course. So by the “gateway” arguments logic, Dance music would need to banned because lots of people take E while out in clubs. So liking the music is the “gateway” to E. I know people using weed years now, some using for 15-20 years, it didn’t move them on to harder drugs.

          2. Drogg

            Ha ha ha you do know the gateway drug theory has been disproven many times and you also forget we are already famous for the number one so called gateway drug, alcohol.

  2. phil

    I saw Chief Ron Hogg on Channel 4 news, he seemed like a sensible man, that cares about his job making sense, and it seemed his particular concern was criminalizing young people unnecessarily. I have a horrible feeling that he will get his ears boxed by the Home Secretary and interest groups ….

  3. Davos

    The redundant sniffer dog, Rex.
    Will be without his daily weed fix.
    With no free pot to be found,
    It’s cold turkey for the hound.
    No more crack K9 sniffing out tricks.

  4. Mikeyfex

    Last night I finished off what was left of the bageen I bought for a festival two weeks ago. That will hopefully mark the end of it now. My quitting/relapsing struggle passed a critical point around 4 months ago where I was enjoying not having it sooner than normal and regretting buying it more intensely than before.

    I had my first toot when I was 17 and nearly finished school. A little late even. And I look around and see the guys who started at 14 or 15, went a bit mad, were forced to ‘spend some time away’, and came back still only 18 or 19 and never want to smoke the stuff again and I almost envy them now…It was second year in college when it really took off for me, when I moved in with lots of other smokers. From day one I took part, no hesitation, and it still goes down as the best year of the four. Most of my friends now I met in that year, in my living room. You’re saying, what’s with the Breakfast Club sh!t, Mikey? But it’s true, it was intense joint smoking that took over from everything else, and of course that’s a common sight around universities, and elsewhere. Great year, that. It was the year I stopped playing football, even after breaking into the local Eircom League U/21 side as a 19 year old. Family relationships? See ya! College? Forget about it. Old friends? Who needs ya, I got these cool, new friends who like 2many djs and Jurassic 5. But it didn’t matter, there was a load of skins at home and Family Guy was in its infancy.

    I did finish college in the 4 years. I just worked my way through the system really, through that pipeline marked Mediocrity. In one end, out the other, forgotten. Not that UL would have a statue in my honour if I’d never touched the stuff but I’d have at least made an effort. Or better yet, I’d have realised the course I was doing wasn’t for me and I’d have left it. That’s the biggest problem the stoner has, apathy. Everything from not caring that the washing machine has gone through and your work pants will be wet in the morning if you don’t hang them out now, to not caring that this is a dead end path your life is on at the moment and U-turn is required. IF you realise it; you’ll deal with it later, some other time.

    I was lucky, there was one subject in college I was very good at and it got me a job and here’s that weed effect again; I’m still there. In a month’s time it will be 8 years. It doesn’t affect my attendance, or punctuality. It probably doesn’t affect my work – I have moved up a few grades in that time. But it has certainly helped me to ignore the fact that I really dislike my job now and it helps me do absolutely nothing about that.

    I’ve had 2 long term girlfriends in that time, the first one ended it cos it didn’t seem to her like I wanted to go anywhere or do anything, as in take a next step. Mike, you f**king idiot. The other ended for different reasons but who knows? A lucid Mike might have seen things differently, or might have been seen differently. (I do also think that a sober Mike wouldn’t have let the first one go on as long as it did, to be honest, but it ended for the reason stated above, which is pretty sad from my point of view). With regard to meeting someone new, well up until recently it was never going to be on a night out! You can forget about talking to someone, having the self confidence to approach, something I wouldn’t normally lack. I knew the weed did that to me but that’s the point, I could never stop myself. And quite often, if I did manage to abstain until the night out then I’d invariably leave early to get stoned and watch Always Sunny. Unless everyone else is the same as you, socially, smoking dope is a mug’s game.

    Finally there’s the health effects: It’s not good for the head guys. I beat myself up a lot, about stuff I say or do, or the quality of my work, or stuff I don’t say or haven’t done, which is a lot now I’ve spent the last 12 years smoking pretty much every single day.

    Anyway, that’s my experience shared for the first time. My advice to anyone would be don’t let it become part of your life. It’s enjoyable with friends and a good laugh every now and then. I’d worry about it being legal as it almost stamps the approval of its use. Though I see the benefits of legalising it. You lose sight of the important things, you no longer see them as important. And finally, to anyone who’s said they’ve tried it but it always just sends them to sleep, I’m willing to bet that’s because they only agreed to try it because they’d a few drinks on board. Try to avoid that if you don’t normally smoke. Being drunk beforehand and then smoking can hit you pretty hard and it can be quite a scary experience for the uninitiated.

    I’m definitely a different person in a different place to where I would be if I didn’t start smoking and you have to consider that and understand that implication. That one thing has had such a huge affect on my 20s. Not all regrets of course, good times were had, I’ve better control over it now than I used to so poor familial relationships aren’t an issue anymore and I’m a more well rounded person in conversation than I would have been without it due to it expanding the ol’ horizons. The fact remains it took control of me and I feel, after 12 years, that I’m about to pull out of it and move on, so wish me luck.

    1. Davos

      So well articulated sir. Sounds like you have a wealth of experience Mike, may that wealth be your ticket to new and better things. I wish you nothing but the best.

    2. Clampers Outside!

      Fair play, and all my best MikeyFex, I could see myself in a few of those scenarios…. :) Knocking daily smoking of the ‘erb on the head is a good move. Save the stuff like you would a ten year old single malt.

      I also recommend staying away from hydroponic stuff as that has all the good chemical compounds (or whatever they’re called) of the weed reduced to nothing – see that Ch4 doc/debate with John Snow in it for more on that. Plus, according to that same doc, grass has a 40% higher paranoia rate than resin.

      1. Mikeyfex

        Cheers Clampers, ya, that’s the last thing I want to do now. Anyway, the above was intended as much as warning to anyone reading it as anything for myself.

    3. Caroline

      Best of luck Mike. Don’t wreck your head on the what-ifs.

      (I lost a lot of time to watching Family Guy while baked too.)

    4. Drogg

      Mikey me auld Pal we have chatted along these lines before and i wish you well in your endeavours. I have been relatively smoke free the last 3 and a bit years after a daily consumption of at least 6 years before that and a dabbling for a few years before that and i am not going to lie being completely sober is hard, i do miss it but being completely sober in my opinion is not necessary (except in cases of people with actual mental problems then yes sobriety is totally essential). I chose to stay completely away from it because i am a father and i do not want to leave myself in a position where i could get entangled with the law and fupp up my home life and job, but it is no worse then going out for a few drinks once a week actually i think we would be a much better society if people could go out for a few spliffs on a Saturday night instead of drinking themselves into misery and getting into arguments.
      Plenty of my friends have found a balance and yes it is possible but you are prob better giving it a break for a couple of months and then trying a couple of splits on a Friday or Saturday and keeping the weekdays clear. Boredom will always be your enemy be stay strong buddy and good luck.

      1. Mikeyfex

        Boredom’s an absolute bitch alright. But don’t fear, I’ve recently been replacing it with something that’s equally as attractive to the opposite sex around my age – golf. It’s really super for filling the evenings and a decade of mellowing out means I’m very well equipped to handle its inherent frustration.

  5. OSCAR

    Very interesting read dude. 21 years old, smoking for the last 4 years, regularly for the last 2 – six days out of seven for the last few months. Think I may have to stick to weekend smoking in the future, but boredom is indeed a killer.

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