If you haven't seen this week's cover story
by Jeff Woods about Bernie Ellis, a Middle Tennessee man busted for growing medicinal marijuana and giving (not selling) it to the terminally ill, read it and feel your blood boil. Word is that Ellis' benefit show Wednesday night at the Belcourt was a huge success. But the inequities of the case, and the stupid, costly war on marijuana as a whole, remain galling. Funny—nobody hears the feds threatening to raid or seize the Vanderbilt chancellor's mansion.
How many of our lawmakers—many of whom came of age during the 1960s—do you imagine have tried marijuana? Our current president, perhaps? His predecessor? Can any of these people argue with a straight face that a substance they sampled without incident—except maybe a runaway hankering for pizza, or an unaccountable susceptibility to Cheech & Chong's "Dave" routine—is the devil weed of DEA propaganda? I don't even smoke, and this pisses me off.