By MIKE F. BROWN
Actually “objective reality” is usually defined by the doctrinaire progressive left politicians, in general, and Hill and Gibson in particular, as whatever they want it to be. It turns out, however, that objective reality, sometimes known as objectivism, is a subject studied in university philosophy programs. One summary on the subject states:
The phrase “objective reality” means that reality exists independent of our minds. The description “objective” doesn’t make a lot of sense on its own, but it does in comparison to the competing theory of the relationship between consciousness and existence.
This stuff looks pretty deep. Although a few hits from the bong or some Cuesta Quintessence Marijuana Lemon Chews might help, something more potent and mind expanding might be required.
The fact that Arnold doesn’t support establishment of marijuana dispensaries or wants to use some general fund money for groundwater planning doesn’t mean that she is somehow detached from any understanding of the currently known structure of the universe or even California Valley for that matter. Similarly, the fact that Compton cites concern of her constituents’ complaints over marijuana odors from a commercial grow as a reason to ban or limit grows in residential areas of the Huasna Valley does not make her some sort of reality denialist.
The Gibson/ Hill mantra is that growing, processing, and selling marijuana are now legal activities, so everyone had better get on the bus or else. If they don’t, they will be personally and politically pilloried as opponents of democracy and promoters of unreasonable regulation. “Marijuana smell good – CO2 (which is odorless) gas bad.”
Of course Hill and Gibson’s sudden laissez-faire regulatory epiphany will make inquiring minds wonder what “objective reality” is stimulating their passion.
The marijuana growers, processors, and retailers ought to consider whether the aggressive personal attacks by their board supporters on two very decent family-oriented women (who are not long term political hacks) will do them any good in the long run.
There was a change in Gibson and Hill’s tactics between last week’s regular Board meeting and Friday’s all day special marijuana session. Perhaps Hill and Gibson were counseled by expert lobbyists during the interval between Tuesday’s meeting and Friday’s meeting in this regard, as they were on somewhat restrained behavior (for them) during the Friday session.
Mike Brown is the Government Affairs Director of the Coalition of Labor Agriculture and Business (COLAB of San Luis Obispo County. He had a 42-year career as a city manager and county executive officer in four states including California. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.