“Why make a category for everything? The world lives on the brink of destruction, people are as apathetic as ever, and chronological whimsical forms of the structure are the things that are keeping us down. Fuck the system, Fuck the structure, and BY GOD here at Stoner Schematics we say FUCK Categories (…sometimes).”
Above is a snippet from season 1, episode 4 of Weed Wars, a series shown on the Discovery Channel between December 1st and December 22nd of 2011. In the video, Larry Savage, a recently retired Californian at the age of 65, attempts to use medicinal marijuana for the first time as a replacement for his host of pharmaceutical medicines for back pain, anxiety, rage, depression, and high blood pressure. As a typical retired American, Larry has two kids, four grand kids, and has been married for over 41 years; but, he turned to cannabis as an escape from mediocrity, as a rabbit hole to explore the world through the tunnels of a new perspective. While it takes him a bit to get a hang of lighting a bowl for the first time, somewhat like the opening scene in Planet of the Apes, he certainly begins to understand the benefits associated with smoking marijuana when it hits him. Fittingly, Larry finishes the interview by saying, “You’re in a cast iron suit and now you’ve got to break out.” Hopefully, we can all draw on Larry’s words, which seem to sum up our own struggles with the Looking Glass self.