Even without inhaling, minds are clouded over marijuana

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by Superjoint, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. By Eamonn McCann
    featureseditor@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

    08 April 2004

    IT has wisely been observed that marijuana makes people mad. Not so much the substance itself, more the mere mention of it.

    Anybody who has ever included the legalisation of marijuana in an election programme will be aware of the immediate common reaction.

    This is a suicide note. Your rivals will have you tagged as a dope-head and a moral danger to vulnerable children. Better withdraw from the contest, lie low, never to mention the matter again.

    More than half the people who say this will go on to insist that they themselves are enlightened sorts, well aware that marijuana is relatively harmless and that designating it a dangerous drug is ignorant, self-defeating stupidity.

    But us cool dudes are in a minority, they continue. The broad masses have been blinded to truth by the blather of judges, the fatuities of commentators and politicians, the laughable pronouncements of solemn-faced police.

    "The seizure of this small armful of marijuana plants will have saved many lives..."

    Forget about 50/50 recruitment. How can people who talk such tosh make it through to the selection stage in the first place?

    In 40 years of observing the phenomenon, the only effect I've noticed of police seizures of marijuana has been an increase in prices on the street.

    Even now that the Home Office, normally a bastion of bone-headed reaction, has downgraded marijuana to Class C status, fear grasps at politicians when the legalisation issue is raised.

    I am told that the panic of Sinn Fein leaders at the party's recent ard fheis was something to behold when it briefly seemed possible delegates would vote to adopt "Free the Weed" as a party slogan.

    Mind you, at least Sinn Fein can discuss the issue. Suggest such a sensible slogan to the DUP, say, and some of them would have to OD on religion as an antidote.

    There's a mystery here. How come so many people are personally in favour of the legalisation of marijuana but convinced that it would be disastrous to express this belief in politics?

    A public opinion poll last month in two US states suggested an answer. The poll focused on the limited question of whether marijuana should be made available for medical reasons. But it uncovered an anomaly which helps also to explain contradictory attitudes to marijuana generally.

    The results of the poll, conducted in Vermont and Rhode Island, were published on March 29.

    Asked if they supported legal access to marijuana for seriously ill patients, Vermont voted 71% yes; 21%; 8% had no firm opinion.

    In Rhode Island, the figures were 69%; 26% and 5% respectively. So, a commonsense response from a majority in both states.

    But then the pollsters asked an additional question which I haven't previously seen included in such surveys: "Regardless of your own opinion, do you think the majority of people in (Vermont or Rhode Island) support making marijuana medically available, or do you think the majority opposes making marijuana medically available?"

    The results were intriguing. In Vermont, 37% thought there would be majority support; 37% believed only a minority would be in support, 25% were unsure.

    The Rhode Island figures were even more dramatic: 27% thought there'd be majority support; 60% thought not; 18% were uncertain.

    Across the two states, a considerable proportion of the commonsense majority believed it was in a minority.

    This is strange. As a general rule, people tend to have an inflated idea of how many of their fellow citizens support the things they believe in themselves.

    The only explanation I can think of is that the relentless promotion of untruth about marijuana has so clouded the minds of ordinarily intelligent people that even thinking on it makes them feel dizzy.

    This reinforces my long-held belief that rational discussion of drugs problems will continue to be impossible while marijuana remains tainted by illegality.
     
  2. A very intriguing arcticle. but all I really got from it was this nonsense.

    "The seizure of this small armful of marijuana plants will have saved many lives..."

    After reading that, I kept rolling it over and over in my head. how could they even say that? Do they really think they're saving lives?
    The only thing they are doing is ruining lives, but not those of the crazy-pothead-grower, They are ruining the lives of the children of these so called criminals.
     

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