Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:43 PM
I think people react like any other situation, they are scared of what they don't understand. What we would need is some actual exposure, as silly as it seems, we need to inform the people.
I think I am not the only one being tired of the categorization that is going on concerning marijuana users. We are labelled as drug addicts and lazy people. Why you might ask? It comes all back to what we are all saying, those who are ignorant of its effect and the benefits of consuming it.
Is there a lot of bad things going on all around Cannabis? Yes there is, let's not go blind on these issues. But what is a thousand times more wrong is to put a blindfold on the problems of alcohol and cigarettes. While thousands suffer the consequences of these legal drugs, we are pointed and made a fool of for enjoying something these who are pointing don't even understand!
Do I believe anything will happen from this forum? No, to be quite frank. We are labelled as smokers before anything else, and our judgement is than biased, or at least, that's what they will say. (media, government, journalists etc...)
I try to educate people whenever I can, not necessarily by saying the same ol' "I enjoy it, it's great", but rather by telling them how I feel about it, what the experience was, and who was I with when I started. I have to say, being a college graduate and being accepted into one of the best university in Canada makes them actually realize, when I talk to them, that I am not a stoner that does nothing and roam dark alleys in never-ending research for illegal substances, but rather a normal human-being enjoying the herb so many governments call dope.
This is a much bigger issue, always having to call upon a higher instance to convince someone, but that is what has been working for me.
P.S. A democratic parliament declared, in a constitutional law that marijuana was no different or more dangerous than already in legal circulation drugs. Welcome in the Netherlands. Amen