On Marijuana

The Devil’s HarvestOH CANNABIS, OH CANNABIS
HOW GOOD YOU MAKE ME FEEL
CAN IT BE A MISPERCEPTION,
OR A HIGH POINT OF CONTENTION
THAT SOCIETY THREATENS ME WITH DETENTION
IF I PERSIST IN MY WAYS
TO INHALE YOUR SWEET FUMES,
THAT CAUSE MY MOODS
AND SEALS MY DOOM
SITTING ALL ALONE
IN MY CELL BLOCK ROOM

Marijuana has been misunderstood for so long, it’s questionable whether it’s possible to look at it with a fresh perspective. It’s been lumped together with other drugs for so long that to even utter that word in anything above a whisper in certain public circles, is to draw the attention of all those “upstanding law abiding citizens” who look on marijuana as a corrupter of the young, and a defiler of the very foundations of civilized society.

Those very same citizens who would think nothing of displaying bottles of liquor in front of their children or go to a bar and drink till their breath reeks of drink, that being in the same room as them runs the risk of causing second hand drunkenness. They would say, “Its legal, so its ok”.

Think of the kind of society we live in: We watch television commercials all the time. How many of them are related to over-the-counter drugs, which I might add are taken like candy. Got a headache? Take an aspirin, a Tylenol, or Ibupropen. Got a stomach ache? Take “Pepto-dismal”. Got cramps, aches and pains? Take this or that.

Anything that one wants to take for whatever ails them is available at the corner drug store, and what isn’t, is now advertised by the pharmaceutical companies specifically to encourage people to pressure their doctors to prescribe them, such as overused antibiotics. And I haven’t even mentioned the livestock industries that load up cattle, sheep and chickens with antibiotics so that they are plump and ripe for the butcher block, never thinking that we are ingesting second hand antibiotics thru what we eat which all adds to the ever-increasing antibiotic resistance that threatens us with the new resistant strains of bacteria which would render current antibiotics useless. They are all legal.

It’s interesting to think that we live in essentially a pill-popping society that has no tolerance for pain, and which measures the goodness or badness of what we pop into our mouths by whether it’s a legal drug or not, as if abuse of over-the-counter medications or prescribed medications is not an even larger problem in this society than marijuana could ever be. Just think about cigarettes, and that old bastion of capitalist institutions, the tobacco industry, and how much damage they have done over the centuries. Still sanctioned and protected by the American Government, despite all the revelations that have come to the public’s attention for decades about cigarettes and addiction.

The US Government, never-the-less, stands as the guardian of our health so to speak, to keep the devil’s harvest from the grasp of the public, while maintaining that it causes it’s users to go on to other drugs despite significant evidence that it actually does.

The medical use of smoking marijuana has long been known to have many beneficial effects. In addition to increasing appetite, alleviating side effects from chemotherapy such as decreasing nausea and vomiting, lowering intra-ocular pressure in glaucoma patients, just to name a few, the US Government continues to dig it’s heels into the ground and claim that smoking marijuana has no beneficial effects, at least not substantial enough to make it’s use in medical situations and under medical supervision legal. It claims that Marisol, the pill form is sufficient enough, even though many patients who have tried Marisol don’t feel the same beneficial effects that smoking extends.

The US Government won’t even publicly conduct studies that might provide the evidence that would substantiate the claims that people with medical conditions have sufficient justification to claim the beneficial effects of smoking marijuana. It maintains it’s decades old position that this drug should be categorized with other drugs that are much more harmful and addictive, using the argument that marijuana leads to the eventual use of these other drugs.

There is no sufficient evidence to prove that using marijuana directly leads to the use of other drugs. It should be legalized, at least for use in medical situations. The US Government, rather than stick it’s head in the sand, should be conducting scientific studies that are objective and open to what the results might show.