- Marijuana has never been the "gateway
drug for those who were happy with the relaxation and sedation that Cannabis
gives to the smoker. For those who sought to get stupid or blotto, marijuana
was not enough. It was not as easily accessible as alcohol either because
of it's various states of misdemeanor or felony, depending on which state
you lived in.
- For those who do not wish to be out of
control or morally unwary, marijuana offered a quiet unassuming high that
allowed one to be creative or thoughtful or just relaxed from head to toe.
- I worked at Atascadero State Hospital
for ten years and in that ten years I worked with some of the most heinous
offenders in this state and I never met one inmate who was there for violent
sexual or just violent crimes committed while smoking Marijuana. In fact,
I never met one inmate who was there for committing crimes of any kind
while indulging in Cannabis. However, that bottle courage was in every
one of the inmates that I knew and spoke with no matter what their crimes.
Some did smoke marijuana after drinking themselves stupid on alcohol, but
not one of them was there for crimes of marijuana.
- Marijuana can be grown anywhere in any
state, because all you need is air, dirt and water. It is a weed. It does
not cause moral decay nor does it make you want to bed strangers. It does
not make people commit crimes because anyone who has ever smoked "dope
will tell you that tomorrow is good enough for responsibility and tomorrow
never comes when you smoke daily. Banks are not robbed, people are not
murdered, cars are not driven too fast and men do not rape their friends
while smoking marijuana.
- Marijuana does not put money in the coffers
of the states. Marijuana does not sell security systems, it does not put
people in jail for years and years (unless you are in the state of Texas)
it does not contribute to crime in any major way, which is not good for
the New World Order. Most of America's economy is based on the sale of
arms, munitions, and wars. Marijuana does not contribute to this either.
So it is not popular with the Repugnant Party that presently rules this
land from their daily imbibing in alcohol and the rude shenanigans that
follow one's alcohol consumption..
- Marijuana does not make you hung over
and mean. It does not make you want to punch out your boss, your mate or
physically and sexually abuse your children. Marijuana does not allow one
to be hateful and rude to those who care for you, and seldom does one have
to apologize for one's unruly and often obnoxious behavior.
- Marijuana is a contributor to the betterment
of those who are terminally or chronically ill. It is not as expensive
as the drugs that obliterate one's consciousness, it allows movement and
mobility without knocking one down in the dirt. You are not in a quandary
about what you did the night before and who you did it with.
- Alcohol is an instant disinhibitor and
causes moral decay after three beers or highballs. As it toxifies your
brain with decrepitude and ugly thoughts, one is tempted to kill, rob,
rape or generally wreak havoc on those around you. After three drinks you
start thinking about bedding strangers with no thought of the reality of
HIV or AIDS. Alcohol does more to break up marriages, families, jobs and
friendships than all of the other drugs on the planet combined. Anyone
can acquire it by getting off the freeway and going to the local Stop and
Rob. It is accepted in society because it is legal, not because it is safe.
And who the heck thought up the Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms part of the
- Now that all alcohols are Genetically
Modified, the effects that they cause are worse than the effects were ten
years ago. Look at the student population at Cal-Poly that has caused so
much harm and destruction at the wonderful Poly Royale and Mardi Gras.
These formerly wonderful community gatherings used to bring money to the
Central Coast through tourism. Both have been canceled because the drunken
student melee that turns over cars and throw bottles through windows just
to hear the glass shatter. They have wreaked moderate destruction in the
lives and property of the people of San Luis Obispo. This causes massive
amounts of money to be spent on Police in Riot Gear and Swat Teams that
have to wade through all of the mayhem and arrest the wrong people. Not
the drunks as much as the spectators. It is easier to contain someone who
is in shock at being arrested than those who fight tooth and nail for their
freedom. When was the last time you saw a police car that said "To
protect and Serve?
- Those are the things that we need to
consider before making a hideous and irrational vote of no to those who
need the sanctity of marijuana to help their diseases and the side effects
suffered to the Chemo Therapy of those diseases. When was the last time
you knew or heard of someone who did not die of Cancer? The uranium in
the ground all over this county under the US government owned property
is enough to make one pause and realize that this county has a seriously
high rate of Cancer. In l985 it was estimated that 70% of the people who
lived here did have, does have or died from cancer. That is the New Pandemic
and chances are that you will need marijuana someday if you continue to
live in this county. Call your local Cancer society or ask your doctor
about this. Then look at the obits in the local newspapers.
- Marijuana has been successfully used
all over Europe, England, Australia and even Russia for those who cannot
tolerate the potassium depleting drugs for high blood pressure, or for
those who need to see because of Glaucoma. It also allows the dying to
maintain full consciousness prior to their demise. It lowers pain levels
and it helps cancer patients who vomit mercilessly and too often from their
- It is also important to note that Utzi
(the iceman found in the Alps) was wearing clothing made of hemp. Hemp
was grown by anyone who had forty or more acres of land in this country
by Senate orders. The hemp, though low grade, was used for rope for our
war efforts, as paper, and has a myriad of uses other than smoking. It
would stop the need for most tree-cutting for paper; it can be turned into
fuel for cars like corn and soy. It grows high and fast, it does not deplete
the soil and does not require pesticides and other chemicals. It is useful
for makeup and other household products. In a word, the growth of hemp
is not hard, expensive or detrimental to the environment.
- You may not like marijuana, but in the
general scheme of things, Mother Nature makes it and man makes all of the
other drugs and alcohols. Which one should you trust and put in your body?
- Sheryl Jackson-Sczbecki
- Suggested reading:
- The Emperor Wears No Clothes (The Historical
Record of the Cannabis Plant, Marijuana Prohibition and How Hemp can still
Save the World) by Jack Herer Printed in the USA. Library of Congress No.
90-164252. First printing May l985. Revised and expanded l993-94. Production
by BACH (Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp)
- Karen L. Angel
- A commercial for marijuana is NOT what
we need. Aren't there enough people smoking that stuff already?
Its all but legal in Calif. for any medical problem you can get an ID card.
Your article all but says that it build strong bodies 12 ways.
- Richard Alan Davis was across the street
smoking marijuana before he broke in to Polly Klaas' house, kidnapped her,
raped her, and killed her. Lots more crimes committed I am sure.
- I'm all for people smoking pot if they
admit that they just want to smoke it and get high. Get real.
It couldn't possibly do all those good things any more than it could do
all the bad things of reefer madness. Its not safe any more than
anything else is not safe. Aspirin causes stomach lining to bleed
after a while, but it may prevent heart attacks. Don't give me a
lot of propaganda about marijuana! Its irresponsible.
- Years ago, in the 1980's, when I was
working for Health Services with San Diego City Schools we were told that
marijuana was actually a hallucinogenic and had been miscategorized.
That is strongly denied, of course, but even the Encyclopedia Brittanica
had wrong information about marijuana. That's because once the baby
boomers who cut their teeth on pot got old enough to be in jobs to put
out the propaganda that marijuana is the wonder drug that's exactly what
- There is a huge outcry again Prozac and
prescription drug abuse, yet every one is in agreement that pot and pot
smokers are harmless. I'm tired of it. Tell the truth, not
truth slanted by one's choice of recreational drug and deciding that if
I smoke it and I'm fine its good for everyone. I know a school principal
that is a brilliant man and he smokes pot only on weekends. He's
a good citizen, brilliant and functions well. Therefore, pot is harmless.
But then look at Ozzy Osbourne who doesn't function so well, although admittedly
he took many other drugs. But Ozzy also says that pot was his gateway
drug, and the gateway drug for many people he knows. I tend to believe
- Karen L. Angel
- Reply to Karen Angel
- I wrote this to present to my city supervisors
who are about to close down the Compassionate Carers who distribute marijuana
to those who are seriously or terminally ill. Please go back and read
the first paragraph again. It is not the gateway drug for those who do
not seek oblivion or wiish to eat Rabid Bats. It is a good high that does
not control the smoker. The smoker stays in control of his life and behavior.
You responded well, but you are also angry. It is good that you believe
poor Ozzy, who obviously sought oblivion and was not happy with marijuana.
However, he smokes it now for his Parkinson's. He had also been drinking
since the age of eight. Children are allowed to drink by eight and nine
in Europe and England. They do not consider alcohol to be a drug, it is
just part of the lifestyle of some of the Euro's and Brits.
- Sheryl Jackson-Sczbecki
- No one drug is right for all people,
we already know that -- so when the positive aspects of Cannabis are praised,
it's ridiculous for people to react as if it were being touted as a wonder-drug
or cure all! I had a good friend have an allergic reaction to morphine
that almost drove him to suicide. Lack of decent physician schooling about
side-effects almost cost him his life. But morphine is a far, far cry from
Cannabis! Light years away. No one has ever murdered someone "because"
of the effect of marijuana and to suggest that is utterly foolish. People
do not break into houses and commit theft because they are 'high,' they
break into houses and commit theft in order to pay for an expensive, illegal
drug to which they are addicted. Marijuana is not addictive, it is only
mildly habit forming and has none of the physical attributes of withdrawl
connected with truly addictive drugs like opiates or stimulants. The only
reason pot is a "gateway drug" for 'some' people is because of
the illegal-culture that surrounds it. Anytime you make something basically
harmless illegal you create a criminal out of an otherwise normal, law
abiding citizen; you psychologically isolate that person, force them into
a life of secrecy and deception. In a lot of situations, people who smoke
pot are simply self-medicating for severe anxiety or depression, they just
don't realize it. It is a far safer and beneficial drug for this than the
toxic fluoride based Prozac. As long as pot is forced undergrouond, society
will see nohing but the negative related to it and its benefits will remain
obscured by prejudice and stupidity.