Legal druggists that want illegal drugs and psychic protesters

Legal druggists that want illegal drugs and psychic protesters

Last weekend was packed with activists doing what activists do best, talking about politics, chanting in circles and smoking pot. I interviewed several people about the marijuana legalization initiative, I-502 at Hempfest:

Throngs of people talked about marijuana and marijuana accessories, my personal favorite being a gas mask bong (no, I don’t smoke pot, but I found it amusing nonetheless). Many people were worried about the dangers of letting the government get involved in drugs and totally harshing their state backed monopoly on medical marijuana. Judge Jim Grey was in attendance, trying to get the stoner vote for himself and  Gary Johnson on the Libertarian party ticket. Not to be left out, there were the obligatory flocks of teenagers wasting time while wasted and listening to dubstep.

All in all I had a good time. I’m glad it’s a political rally, and I’m glad that those people that are trying to do politics are there, but for the most part the people there seemed far more interested in partying than party building. Marijuana is an innocuous drug and should be legalized for the same reason we legalized alcohol: it’s too much fucking effort to tell people how to live their lives. Right now the people standing in the way of that aren’t the police or even Christian conservatives, it’s the people profiting off of the medical marijuana industry.

Later that day #MicCheckWallStreet held a protest at a Bank of America branch in downtown Seattle where they used their psychic powers to make BoA’s money vanish:

Candles were lit and circles with magical symbols drawn, bubble makers spun and flashed, and messages of BoA’s crimes were drawn in chalk. Protesters handed out flyers to bystandards encouraging them to move their money to credit unions, tarot cards were used to tell people’s fortunes; student debt and underwater mortgages, fees and illegal foreclosures. Eventually several protesters formed a circle where they chanted “Bye, bye, BoA!” over and over while a plastic R2D2 toy beeped electronic encouragement at their psychic attacks on the bank’s money. They waved their arms as if a really awesome metal band from the 80s were playing a power ballad, and one protester kept shaking his arms and shouting “Out! Get it out!”.

After several hours “The Magnificent Frederico” declared the money gone from the bank’s vault and they held a dance party in the McGraw park next to the bank. I don’t know if they had more fun than the “protesters” at Hempfest, but I do think that big banks are most afraid of losing the incredibly easy to manage commercial banking customers they have. This kind of protest (move your money to a credit union) is a real threat to BoA’s business model because it attacks the very legitimacy they use to keep and profit from customers.