How to Get a Pot Card: The Music Video

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Just in time for 4/20, here’s a sassy number from the comic troubadours Garfunkel and Oates. It’s as if Snoop Dogg and Feist had a lovechild (or two):

Given my professional interest in pot cards, I decided to see what Garfunkel (a.k.a Riki Lindhomeand Oates (a.ka. Kate Micucci) had to say about the issue:

Mother Jones: How did you get the idea for this?

Garfunkel: We live in California and medical marijuana is pretty easily obtained here. There’s more pot stores than Starbucks. And yet it’s still technically illegal. So it’s kind of hypocritical.

MJ: What kind of research did you do on pot card procurement?

Garfunkel: We just Googled it and found the official list [of ailments treatable by pot]. It’s really, really long.

MJ: According a leading chain of California pot docs, there are 198 different maladies that qualify.

Garfunkel: It’s pretty much any part of your body followed by the word “pain.” Elbow pain, spleen pain, face pain, whatever.

MJ: It’s striking how many seemingly contradictory illnesses qualify, such as anorexia and bulimia.

Garfunkel: My neighbor said you can quit smoking by it.

MJ: Are you a California pot card holder?

Oates: I am.

MJ: If it’s not too personal, what’s your medical need for marijuana?

Oates: Anxiety and insomnia.

MJ: Mine is writer’s cramp.

Oates: Big problem!

MJ: How long have you had your pot card?

Oates: I’ve had it since last Wednesday (laughs). I actually felt the need for it, which is why I got it. I didn’t feel like I needed it before then. I wasn’t a frequent smoker. But given recent events it felt necessary. Medically. Honestly. So.

MJ: I hear that releasing a potentially viral video about pot cards can be stressful.

Oates: Exactly! 

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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