Gather round the pole, for today is Festivus! The Seinfeld gag turned holiday "for the rest of us" is celebrated every Dec. 23, and we at Civilized wanted to join the celebration. While we prepare for The Feats of Strength, we thought we might let our readers in on the most important Festivus tradition of all - The Airing of Grievances. Here are five trends we hope not to see in 2016.
1. Politicians Propagating Cannabis Myths
Somehow there are still 11 more months of the American election left to go. The campaign trail is a long and winding one, and it's full of half-truths, misstatements, and outright fabrications. Whether it's Jeb Bush stating that cannabis is a gateway drug, Marco Rubio insisting that cannabis is more harmful than tobacco, or politicians insisting that legalization will make our children toke up, there's no shortage of canna-BS out there. The best way to avoid it? Listen carefully, learn the facts and read the studies.
2. Donald Trump
Ugh, this guy. Hopefully, his presidential campaign comes to a merciful end soon, so that the Donald can claim his rightful place in history: as an answer in the "Terrible People" category on a future episode of "Jeopardy!"
3. Fake News Stories on Facebook
In the grand scheme of things, being able to talk openly about cannabis is fairly new. There are many cannabis users and enthusiasts out there who are looking for the latest, most exciting pot news - no wonder there are so many hoaxes. Remember, everyone: if something sounds too good to be true (the government will pay you $3,000 a week to smoke pot!) or completely ridiculous (Hell's Angels are protesting legalization at Parliament Hill!), it probably is. Remember to Google before you share.
4. 'Synthetic Weed'
A quick primer: "Synthetic weed" (aka "spice", aka "K2") is not weed at all, but it's definitely synthetic and very, very dangerous. It has terrifying side effects and is far too available. The legal status of spice varies, and its potency is unregulated - hopefully something will be done so that spice and its ilk don't last past 2016.
5. Cotton Mouth
Yeah, it's not quite as serious as some of these other ones, but it's pretty annoying. Now please, pass us a stick of gum and a glass of water.