Are you currently FOR or AGAINST legalizing marijuana? What was your opinion on this topic in the 1960s? Has your opinion changed since then, or not? Why?
The article above, in which eight CNC students stated their views on legalizing marijuana, was published December 12, 1969, in CNC's student paper,The Captain's Log. Recently, copies of it were emailed to the four First Decaders quoted in it for whom we have contact information. They've been requested to send their current views on legalizing marijuana. So far, one of the four has replied (quoted below).
Robert (Bob) Schlagal wrote: It should be clear by now that marijuana should be legalized. There are many more reasons to use weed in 2019 than were apparent 50 years ago. These include the mitigation of pain, the improvement of sleep, the reduction of seizures, the lowering of elevated eye pressure, and the lowering of general stress--besides my earlier "aesthetic contemplation." The argument that its use is a gateway drug is no longer tenable; neither research nor personal experience support that claim. I did not go on to harder drugs nor did my friends from the 1960s. But sadly, I am no more enlightened than I was 50 years ago--perhaps because I stopped smoking so long ago?
Bob earned his BA in English at CNC in 1971, then his MA and PhD at UVA. He retired from Appalachian State University as professor of language, reading and exceptionalities. He and his wife, Kathy, a retired elementary school teacher, now live in Mexico, where Bob continues to teach Tai Chi.
We hope to hear the "Now" views of the other three First Decaders quoted in the 1969 Log article in time to publish those in our August 9th issue. We also eagerly await your "Then and Now" views on this topic! Please email them to email@example.com. Replies received no later than August 6th will be published on August 9th.
Published July 26, 2019
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