Don't Put Pot in The Joint

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  1. By M. Reilly Cosgrove, Columnist
    Source: Oregon Daily Emerald

    Marijuana became illegal in the United States in 1937. The plant has been grown here since 1611, primarily for the hemp products made from the stalk of this hearty, naturally occurring weed.
    George Washington, raising support in France for the American Revolution, gave this excuse for cutting his visit short: "I wouldn't miss the hemp harvest in Mount Vernon for all the tea in China."

    Pot plants weren't magically discovered in some hippie's dorm room during the '60s, as popular culture would have us believe.

    Neither can growing marijuana plants be associated with criminals who tend to use the buds or leaves of the plant to get high any more than with farmers who plan to use the stalk to make rope, paper or clothing. Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper. As to whether he used any other part of the marijuana plant during this process, your guess is as good as mine.

    After graduating from high school, I moved out of my parents' house and worked for a roofing contractor for eight months before attending college. During this period, I experimented with much more serious substances than marijuana.

    I am not proud of this, nor do I continue to use drugs, but I can tell you from personal experience that lumping marijuana in with harsher drugs is sending the wrong message to youth. Smoking marijuana acted as a gateway drug for me specifically because our society does not differentiate it from addictive, life-threatening drugs such as methamphetamines and cocaine.

    When I did not keel over from trying one illegal substance, I began to think that other drugs were probably not overly dangerous either. Now, I know differently. I have had many traumatic experiences as a result of engaging in a lifestyle that included drug use, most of which only resulted in temporary physical and emotional suffering for myself.

    But I have been around people for whom drugs have been a way of life for years or even decades. Their addictions affect everyone they meet. I knew a mother who gave methamphetamines to her 12-year-old son. I know people who were born addicted to drugs.

    One time I was riding in the back seat of a car with a 10­month­old baby on my lap when his mother, age 17, had her boyfriend hold the wheel so she could smoke methamphetamine while driving. I asked her to stop the car, but she refused. I tried to roll down the window so the baby would not have to breathe the smoke, but she locked the window from the driver's side console.

    If you use methamphetamines or other drugs that are as harmful and addictive, you will eventually do things that affect not only yourself but also those around you.

    We must do everything in our power to educate against drug use and decisively punish people that perpetuate the problem in our society. Focusing on truly harmful drugs will increase our chances of success.

    If the young men and women of this nation are old enough to vote and old enough to be drafted for service in the armed forces at age 18, they are old enough to decide for themselves whether or not to use marijuana.

    Legalization has decreased the rate of marijuana use in Holland by 40 percent. There is simply no reason to think that marijuana use would increase in the United States if it were legal, and at any rate, 83 million Americans have already tried it.

    Efforts to suppress marijuana use are simply not working. Let's spend our time and money fighting the war on drugs, not a war on plants.

    Note: His views do not necessarily represent those of the Emerald.

    Source: Oregon Daily Emerald (OR)
    Author: M. Reilly Cosgrove, Columnist
    Published: November 27, 2002
    Copyright: 2002 Oregon Daily Emerald
  2. i had no idea about that George Washington quote, or about the declaration of independence written on hemp paper. that is interesting
  3. George Washington made it law that everyone had to grow hemp for clothes, paper, rope and stuff. Also during one of the world wars, posters where made saying "Grow Hemp for the War"...

    Funny how things change.
  4. thats crazy... never knew that either

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