Skip to comments.The Cannabis Catastrophe (Pot softens brains: Stoners don't care)
Posted on 01/26/2004 2:36:49 PM PST by quidnunc
As David Blunkett contemplates the chaos and fury triggered by his decision to downgrade the law on cannabis, he could do worse than consider the case of Dominique Lansdowne.
Eleven years ago, when she was 18, the former care assistant from Swindon started smoking cannabis once a week. After a couple of weeks, I found it was addictive, she said. As soon as you start you get the feeling youre completely relaxed and calm, but then you crave it. I used it more and more until I was smoking it every day. Then I couldnt work because I was too stoned all the time. I was so paranoid I couldnt leave the house.
I havent worked for the past six years. I lost all my friends and nearly lost my family. I couldnt afford to pay my mortgage, my house was repossessed, I had to live in a hostel. I was in hospital three times, and couldnt cope at all in the community. I had no social skills left. My life was in tatters. I didnt stop completely until two years ago.
I still take anti-psychotics, antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, and will probably have to take medication for the rest of my life. Im positive cannabis was the cause; I became paranoid as soon as I started smoking it. Ive known hundreds of people who smoke it; all of them have some kind of paranoia or a problem, whether they recognise it or not.
All of which makes it truly extraordinary that this Thursday, cannabis will be downgraded from a class B to a class C drug.
The Home Secretarys move has delighted the drug legalisers but astonished and horrified those like Dominique, who know the truth about its effects.
Tory leader Michael Howard has boldly declared that a future Conservative government will reverse the policy. Yet Mr Blunketts so called reform has already caused many people mistakenly to believe cannabis is now legal or safe to use.
Despite ministers desperate insistence that it remains illegal and dangerous, putting cannabis in the same category as slimming pills, painkillers, tranquillisers and anabolic steroids sends the inescapable signal that it is not very dangerous after all.
Dominique Lansdowne knows what nonsense this is. Before she used cannabis, she had not even smoked tobacco; afterwards she also tried speed, LSD and ecstasy. I would never have touched hard drugs if I hadnt taken cannabis. Reclassification is really dreadful and sad because the government is saying cannabis isnt that bad and so people are going to take it thinking its not going to do them any harm.
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Laid back. Relaxed. Ready to just let it flow. But, on the other hand, totally paranoid about what the United States is doing behind his back, or might do, or might even think about doing.
Hey, Mexicans have a lot of that too! Go out in the villages and they are really laid back until somebody tries to jump there women then they get paranoid, and if you're lucky you get out of town before he starts thinking that Americans want his women.
MJ mus'be our secret weapon, eh?!
Cannabis is tolerated in all of Islam (which it is not) and all Muslims smoke pot (which they do not) and since some terrorists who are hiding behind the facade of Islam commit attrocities that therefore they were high on pot and therefore pot does not induce peacefulness and friendliness?
Sheesh. It's a good thing that there are terrorists out there trying to destroy our nation, for whatever else would the pro- and anti-drug people ever do for arguments otherwise?
BTW, it's not a theory, and yes Islamics have used pot down through the centuries for various evil purposes, e.g. getting so toked up they'd kill their own mothers, maybe you, certainly your dog.
Wow, man, you study that Islamic history and they'll tell you all about what pot does to totally destroy a civilization. Sure it takes a bit of time but look at the Middle East today.
Do you want to leave that as your legacy for your grandchildren?
I believe that allegation of its word origin is open to interpretation among scholars, or so I have seen in my quick glances on the subject. Islam condemns the use of any and all intoxicants, and apparently there have been many debates over the centuries about the properties of hashish and whether it should so be classified as an intoxicant or not. Hence various Islamic cultures reverted from tolerating or condemning its use as unIslamic from time to time.
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