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Smoke Weed, Save World: The Animation

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 01:35 PM

In February I covered the legislative movement to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Given how little grassroots opposition there was, I figured passage wasn't too far in the future and I'd soon be getting triumphant emails from the pot lobby and evites to smokey, bong-filled celebrations (which I'd naturally decline).

Well, it's August, and Albany is still Albany, so maybe it's no surprise that medical marijuana is still not legal. But here's an entertaining -- and rather apocalyptic -- animation made by Brooklyn-based Haik Hoisington, who's smoked pot for 15 years and wanted to articulate his opposition to the "policing of pleasure in the United States."

"My goal was to create a cartoon that disarms the viewer by using the metaphor of a newly discovered flower to get them to see an old issue through fresh eyes," he wrote me. And he says he's hopeful about the future. "I generally think it's a matter of time before marijuana will be a taxed and regulated commodity like alcohol and cigarettes in most if not all U.S. states. It just seems to me that the tide is turning and that as more states approve it's medical use the barriers to complete legalization are coming down."

"As a New Yorker I'd love to see people here have the medical option of using cannabis to treat whatever ails them."

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Comments [3]

Kristin from DELMAR

LEGALIZE IT ALREADY!!!! WE OWN TWO PROPERTIES TOTAL ABOUT 20K IN TAXES PER YEAR COUPLE THAT W/THE 6K+ WE SPEND ON WEED AND THAT IS A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF REVENUE FOR NYS...BUT IF THEY DO NOT LEGALIZE IT SOON, WE POT USERS WILL SIMPLY MOVE TO A MORE LIBERAL STATE...= LOSS OF REVENUE FOR NYS...NIOT SO FAR FETCHED TO THINK PEOPLE WILL RELOCATE!!!

Jan. 25 2011 02:28 PM

Too True, T,
It should be "Let Weed Be Smoked, Let World Be Saved: The Animation"

Aug. 12 2010 02:53 PM
Tony Newman

Arun-- Nice piece! Haik did an amazing job with the Flower and it has already been viewed 450,000 times!

The title of your piece is off. It's not smoke weed and save the world, it's end prohibition and and save the world!

t

Aug. 12 2010 01:28 PM

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