Hello all. I'm new. I thought this was an interesting thread to read through. I couldn't believe it actually. You guys/girls know this Jan Copeland chick? I saw her somewhere on television a couple of months back, and she got me so riled I sent her an email. By coincidence it was days after a particular incident that I was still really angry about. I'll tell here what I told Ms Copleand.
I'm in Cooma and there's a lot of drugs takers and alco's here. There is a girl here that smokes cannabis and when it's not available she'll seek out other drugs, sometimes heroin. I hadn't seen her for a while and recently she came over for help, looking half dead. I asked her what the hell she'd been doing? She says to me as tears run down her cheeks, I just couldn't find any cannabis. You see this? This is a crime. And it is happening all over the country. Kids particularly, turning to other drugs because they can't get cannabis.
I also passed on another example that involved my own dad. About 5 years ago he was a sixty year old chronic alcoholic who was an aggressive, violent, depressed man. I introduced cannabis to him about 5 years ago, and he is a completely different man. All of his aggression and depression is gone, he works now part-time, and he's happy. The difference has to be seen to be believed. He loves his smoke and doesn't drink at all now. And you will not find a stauncher advocate for cannabis. It changed his life and he knows it.
So one needs to ask oneself. How many alcoholics are out there that don't have to be? How many kids are out there taking pills and other drugs because they haven't got access to cannabis? How many lives are being destroyed? So for me the fight has gone beyond the right for recreational use. This is a fight for humanity. And so I told this to Ms Copeland and reminded her that everyday she works, she works against humanity. And the more successful the likes of her are, the worse they will make it. And put simply, people will die.
I think we need to start looking at this as a crime. Take care all.
I am interested what her reply was? You're right though, there is even a book called "Marijuana is safer, so why are we driving people to drink?" I have read it and it makes a lot of sense. Many times have I drank because smoking pot wouldn't have been socially acceptable, this should never have to be the case. When uncle 'bob' makes a fool of himself at the christmas party, is he drunk, or is he stoned? If he was stoned, he might eat all the snacks, but he's not going to vomit on the new carpet. Those against cannabis have literally ran out of material to throw against it, because time and time and time again all the claims are proven wrong. A link that says 'cannabis, when consumed in large amounts, over long periods of time, during adolescence, may increase the likelihood of bringing forward a psychotic episode in a small number of users' is NOT A LINK. That is clutching at straws at its absolute best. I know of people who have thought they were having a psychotic episode, because they became paranoid after smoking and I remember them saying "I knew it could cause mental illness!!" Of course after the weed wore off, my friend said 'next time I won't smoke too much' and we had a laugh about it.
This is us vs them -