The Cannabis Picture: Black and White vs. A Touch of Gray



When it comes to the ever-popular topic of Cannabis legalization, decriminalization, and law reform, as well as hemp, I have come to realize that despite my many years of advocacy, and regardless of how much information and scientific proof we advocates provide, the entire picture takes on two views of the term “black and white.” There is the either/or, which excludes all gray area, and then there is the art of black and white, as in photography. The gap in perceiving these two differences of the same name is huge, although the words sound the same.  A black and white thinker believes in yea or nay, while a black and white photographer thinks about the shades of gray that define the black and white, the art of the message.
The problem I have observed and now am disturbed to witness is misperception, a detriment for any Cannabis advocacy, is the black and white thinker. This, in my opinion, is the danger, especially when that thinker is in a position of authority and can effectively shut out all gray areas, influencing the law to respond and rule based on a narrow minded thought process.
The true beauty of black and white photography is in the capture of the shades of gray, the way they illuminate some areas, while minimizing others. This is the essence of this art, and I find myself personally drawn to this particular kind of photography because it invokes thought and an individual’s personal interpretation.
There is perhaps an overabundance of information on the Internet, in the written media, as well as clinical, science based studies. With all this information so readily available, one must ask why it is so difficult to get the message across. I do. And I believe the answer lies in perception, and how information, when it reaches the black and white thinkers, not detail oriented artists, is discredited and sends we advocates back to our art, shedding light on the important facts before they are blackened into the darkness and stunt the process of reaching individuals in positions of legal authority regarding rulings on Cannabis.


  1. ALL NEED 2 KNOW THIS ! —————–>: ? ~My name is Ed Bland & live in Somers on Flathead lake. I use 2 have George’s marine service ( father ). I wrecked my motorcycle with no helmet on. Montana told me it was worst wreck 2 live through with no helmet on in Montana. I am not telling you this 4 sympathy, but 2 let you know the severity of it. I broke all ribs on right ( 6 in 3 places each), 7 ribs on left ( 4 in 2 places each). Split brisket, broke right caller bone, broke pelvic bone in 7 places having to be taken to Idaho specialist 2 bolt a brace on pelvic bone. Missoula life flight picked me up at wreck site at Sealy Lake. I died 3 times in that flight, was in a coma for 87 days & if memory serves me right was diagnosed as a 5.5 brain injury. When I woke I had 2 relearn everything. I could not speak but they told me 2 blind 2 for yes & 3 for no. I had 2 go through all 3 rehabs, then got 2 return home. I had next 2 no memory. I didn’t even know what house looked like, or what I had done 4 a living but could tell you how 2 use all tools & equipment in shop. I had a friend come visit me & asked me 2 get a medical card & try cannabis & did. I WAS AMAZED ! My memory not only started returning but stayed ! I have muscle paralisis on right of my body & it is so obvious of my muscles relaxing that all can see it in my walking & hear in my speech. Is hard 2 move tongue 2 speak. But 4 me the big part is how it slows my thought process down enough so can communicate !

    I have been doing much research as 2 why it is helping me. I learned early in life that if you want 2 fix something then first you must understand the working of it. I only graduated high school & no more but did best could. The brain has a connection that converts info & passes it on. There lets say is like taking morris code & converting it into words. At that connection there is a goo that covers it. That is what I believe the THC helps make this in the brain. ~ ?