Officer Tulo lost his job. And he’d done it so well for eight years. Then, Boom! He’s fired. He’ll never know why. And he certainly won’t have any way to seek reinstatement.
Officer Tulo is a yellow Labrador retriever who was certified, trained and licensed to sniff out and detect illegal marijuana in cars, on people, and in bars so offenders could be brought to justice. Officer Tulo also lives in Colorado. Put two and two together, they add up to four and Officer Tulo is no longer necessary. In fact, he’s a liability because he causes unnecessary alerts and misses other drugs he wasn’t trained to identify.
With a grandson in college in Colorado, we’ve been talking about what it’s like to live in a world where pot is legal. Where weed and gasoline can be sold in the same store and have names like “Gas and Grass.” The things he’s told us haven’t been particularly surprising until this Thanksgiving when we had a chance to catch up a bit more.
He now reports that the “stoners,” who were initially delighted by the legalization of their drug of choice, have cut way back on their usage. All of a sudden, the heavy hitters have begun to realize that putting so much of that stuff in their bodies may not be such a good idea after all.
Did legalization make the product less appealing? Less sexy? Less important? Maybe even boring? Was the taboo element a compelling reason to use? Now that it’s legal, is the bloom simply off the rose?
Food for thought, musings and reflection.
And I know I shouldn’t suggest that we just put this in our pipes and smoke it for a bit but I simply can’t help myself.
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