It can’t happen here

The year is 2036. Packs of feral dogs roam the streets of Denver, scouring the destitute downtown for their next meal: probably some poor vagrant bastard, if Those Who Dwell Below haven’t beat them to it. A lone scream in the distance pierces the eery silence.

“What happened here?” a young girl asks her father, scanning the hellscape. “Where did all the people go?”


The father turns a dial on the hovercraft, appearing to have not heard the question, his face expressionless. As he brings the vessel to a stop, he takes a deep breath, sighing as he wipes the sweat from his brow. How to explain?

“They — they legalized marijuana,” he says flatly, pressing his temples. “Reefer, Annie. The bloody fools!”

About Charles Davis

A writer and producer with whose work has aired on television and radio and been published by outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Intercept, The Nation and The New Republic.
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4 Responses to It can’t happen here

  1. Picador says:

    LOL.On the upside, though: hovercrafts!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Was it a result of the feds turning Colorado into a war zone to make sure they were complying with federal law?

  3. pathman says:

    Man, I want to hear the rest of that story!! That's even better than zombies.

  4. ms_xeno says:

    Too bad they're full of eels, Picador.Of course, reading this makes me grateful that OR, my state of residence, dodged the wild dogs by saying a firm "NO!" to State-Approved Reefer Madness. Praise Jeebus and pass the Prozac™.

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