Let’s Tell The Truth About Marijuana

“A weed is a flower, too, once you get to know it.” ~ Eeyore from “Winnie The Pooh”

What would happen if, starting April 20, we all resolve not to settle for myths, lies, and superstitions anymore when it comes to the most popular illegal plant in the world?

After 72 years of the debate being controlled by those who’ve made it taboo to even talk honestly on the subject, it’s time to tell the truth about marijuana.

At the moment, the deck remains stacked, of course, in favor of cannabis prohibition. The reason? Folks who know that marijuana should be legal are too often too intimidated to say so — because speaking cannabis truth has sometimes carried a heavy price.

For years, a few brave medical doctors such as Lester Grinspoon of Harvard have been voices in the wilderness of marijuana prohibition. Their repeated calls for an open and honest debate on the subject have largely fallen on deaf ears.

Until now, when it comes to marijuana, those who know won’t say, and those who say don’t know.

To depart from official, ONDCP-backed orthodoxy about pot has been to risk expulsion from polite society, to risk the scorn of peers, to risk being branded as a slack-jawed pothead incapable of forming a coherent sentence.

Speaking honestly about cannabis has been to risk of not being taken seriously, to invite ridicule and stoner stereotypes, to risk dismissal from our jobs, to take a chance even on losing our families and having our homes taken from us — and to risk legal consequences including arrest and lengthy incarceration.

Why are the anti-pot forces so scared of an open discussion? If the facts are on their side, why must anti-marijuana zealots try to shut down the debate?

If health is the issue, why aren’t the extensive scientific studies considered relevant? If crime is the issue, then why can’t we at least discuss alternatives to the failed criminal model?

But What About The Children?

If kids are the issue, then why can’t we (novel idea) just be honest with them about the effects, drawbacks, and rewards of marijuana use?

Ah, “the kids.” Seems they are mentioned every time the legalization of marijuana is mentioned — as in, “What kind of message will that send the kids?”

Well, how about sending them the message that it’s now OK to be honest about drugs?

How about being honest enough about marijuana so that the warnings against using harder drugs — much more dangerous substances like meth, cocaine and heroin — will be taken seriously, rather than being dismissed as just more hysterical propaganda… You know, propaganda like what we’ve been telling them for seven decades about pot?

If we expect young people to take us seriously, we have to tell them the truth. When we tell them ridiculous things about marijuana, they’re not going to be listening when we try to tell about the true dangers of other drugs.

It’s A Done Deal

People have grown tired of the official lies about marijuana.

The public mood is rapidly reaching a critical mass where folks will no longer be willing to be led unthinkingly down the primrose path of prohibition.

The cannabis cat is out of the bag. Too many people know the truth about marijuana for the ganja genie to be stuffed back into the bottle.

It’s time for truth and reconciliation, and if you’re a pot prisoner or a medical marijuana patient or a righteous caregiver or a recreational smoker, the truth will set you free.

Let’s tell the truth about marijuana.

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4 Responses to Let’s Tell The Truth About Marijuana

  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jayelle Farmer
    April 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    This issue of “what about the children” is masterminded by big companies that have interests in alcohol, petrol and chemicals, thus they want to keep cannabis illegal and turn our kids into alcoholics instead when they grow up.

    Hemp is seen by these people as a direct thread to the petroleum business – but Hemp can give America and the West freedom from reliance on Arab oil and be used for almost all of what we need.

    Yes, Steve, the genie is out of the bottle and the likes of you and me and everyone else will work like hell to make sure it never gets back inside.

    As for the lame excuse that some give: “legalizing drugs would send the wrong message to the kids” – so what is alcohol? a legal drug. Many drugs are legalized, so WHY is cannabis always singled out to be kept illegal?

    I will never stop until the day that cannabis is legal worldwide or the day I die.

    LEGALISE CANNABIS INTERNATIONAL.

  2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Kirk Muse
    April 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    In the Netherlands, where marijuana has been
    quasi legal for several decades, the Dutch use marijuana at less than
    half the rate American’s do. And they use heroin at less than a
    third the rate American’s do. (See the web site:
    http://www.drugwarfacts.org/thenethe.htm)

    In 2001, Portugal abolished all criminal penalties for personal
    possession of all drugs. Have the rates of drug use and abuse
    skyrocketed in Portugal? No, they have fallen.

    In 1994, Switzerland started an experimental program to sell heroin
    addicts heroin at very low cost or even give it to the addicts who
    couldn’t afford it. In 2008, 68 percent of the Swiss voted to make the
    program permanent. Have Swiss heroin addiction rates skyrocketed? No, they have fallen dramatically. So has their overall crime rate.

    So, claims that if marijuana is legalized drug use and abuse
    would skyrocket are totally bogus.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Don McAdams
    April 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    What about the kids indeed. I worry about the dangerous pharmaceuticals that advertising have made seem necessary, and accepted by kids AND their parents. Not that I’m against homosexuality or for censorship, but I worry about TV shows making homosexuality seem commonplace to the kids. I worry that if they find out cannabis is safe, then they’ll think that everything was a lie and cocaine, heroine, and other dangerous drugs are safe, too. I worry that without the industrial boost hemp would give to our economy, our kids will grow up anarchists because the system has robbed them of any kind of profitable future. I worry that without cannabis and oil extracts, cancer will kill the majority of the population (perhaps the genocide that a lot of people feel is a valid conspiracy theory). I worry that we’ve found a virtually endless supply of oil in Alaska, and they still want to raise gas prices AND add a carbon tax, just in quest for more money and power – instead of utilizing hemp, which is cleaner, cheaper, and more sustainable.

    But then I’m hopeful because of stories like this one and the thousands of others like it available now, the growing use and acceptance worldwide, all the science that’s making its way to the surface finally, and the hundreds of polls (including those from change.org, the White House, PEW, several colleges like UC, and many others) showing overwhelming support, and that I am no longer a part of the minority.

    Thank You, Steve,
    Don McAdams
    Owner – RealisticPC.com

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Pilgram
    April 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Happy 420 everyone!! And with it being 4-20 and all, I figured once I saw this gallery of the hottest girls ever smoking budda.. I had to share it.. enjoy! http://www.lionsdenu.com/30-girls-with-ganja-420-special-gallery/