Durban Poison is our Friend.
I am biased as hell. Yessirree. I am an out-and-out advocate for MARIJUANA. More transparency — I now write a weekly column (for $) at marijuana.com — and I urge you to check them out — they’re now THE site to go-to for real news about marijuana.
More transparency — I’ve always wanted to write the story of how marijuana was made illegal in this country — and the world — in the first place (and most importantly WHY).
It’s a subject I care about. Cause I use it — and, yes, yes, it’s not for everyone and children should NOT use it (are we all done being stupid?) but — for most adults, it is a good product with good, solid, reliable benefits. It does vastly more good than harm to and for the people who use it and, as we’re learning state by state, when you legalize it and tax it and people go buy it & use it… nothing bad happens. And tax dollars come in.
Marijuana is not a perfect product. NO PRODUCT IS PERFECT (are we done being stupid now?) For argument’s sake — cos it’s ‘related’ — your average pharmaceutical product (to judge by the litany of horrible side effects) has a far better chance of harming you or, just as bad, addicting you. Marijuana — in a world of choices — is a good choice for many medical conditions — and a better choice than alcohol for recreational use.
You’ll have to point to the news coverage of a bunch of stoners leaving a soccer game and tearing up a town. It doesn’t happen. Because marijuana doesn’t inspire you in that direction.
Still – we get to hear the opponents (and ‘soft friends’) of marijuana warn us about the drug’s inherent dangers. Psychosis comes up a lot. Schizophrenia too. Cannabis ‘can’ make those conditions worse. ‘CAN’. But ‘can’ HOW?
The same argument gets made about marijuana’s impact on young users. I’m not saying — at all — that marijuana is ‘good’ for young users. Hell no. I’m just asking can we get some actual data that says it’s bad and show us how and why it’s bad. But the published data really can’t do that because it never bothered to keep track of the marijuana being used. In some cases, the teens whose experience researchers were talking to simply reported they were high all day. But we don’t know on what. We don’t know how much. We don’t know where it came from or even if the test subjects are even reliable in their reporting.
I want to know the Truth about marijuana as much as anyone. More. Cause I use so damned much of it. If it IS killing me — I may not stop using it because it does so many other good things for me (and the truth is, at some point, I’m going to die anyway). But at least I’ll be able to make an informed, adult decision. Like a Free Person should be able to.
Until marijuana research starts approaching the product it’s researching like a ‘real thing’ and not the ludicrous abstraction that bad, racist law enforcement and cultural prejudice convinced us it was, we will live in darkness. I can’t think of another product that was so demonized for such terrible reasons.
Good thing we’re all here to fix it…