Where oh where to even begin with this article. Written by someone who obviously has absolutely zero knowledge of marijuana, or by someone who has zero compassion or ability to recognise the stories of others. Peter Hitchens wrote an article on the Daily Mail webpage regarding the legalisation of marijuana in the UK.
I will begrudgingly put the full article up for you to read here
Mr. Hitchens is completely unsympathetic to MMJ users and has an obvious dislike for cannabis in general. Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful, creative, well thought out and scientific reasons for this dislike.
‘Perhaps 15 years from now they will be selling Cannabis Cookies in the supermarkets, and the drug itself will be available at your local corner shop. You can guess which famous brand names will be on the packets. I couldn’t possibly comment.
Let us hope that, at least, the State will by then have built enough mental hospitals to house the poor victims of this squalid drug, the young people who will take cannabis and lose their reason.’
Reefer madness everywhere. This is a writer at one of the biggest newspapers in the UK stating without any sort of backing that cannabis causes mental breakdowns. Mr. Hitchens has simply taken a popular weed stereotype and used it in an uneducated rather simple manner. Firstly lets look at some research published by Dutch scientists regarding marijuana and mental health.
‘The scientists say the drug only seems to affect people who are genetically predisposed to getting schizophrenia (meaning they will get it anyway). As schizophrenia manifests itself during adolescence, and many people start taking cannabis during adolescence – it is just coincidence that some people develop the mental illness soon after they start taking the drug.’
There is of course the case of young Alex P who was prescribed Marijuana after a host of drugs could not control his mental health issues.
‘Alex had previously been prescribed Ritalin, Prozac, Paxil, Maxalt, Immitrex, Depacote, Phenergan, Inderal, Thorazine, Amitriptaline, Buspar, Vicodin, Seroquel, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Clozaril, Norco, and Oxycodone.’
And the medical conclusion because of Alex’s incredible results?
‘The case of Alex P. suggests that employing pharmaceutical stimulants, antidepressants and anti-psychotics exposes children gratuitously to harmful side effects in violation of Hippocratic principles. The first-line treatment for any condition, efficacy being equal, would be the drug or procedure least likely to cause harm. Given the benign side-effect profile of cannabis, it should be the first-line of treatment in a wide range of childhood mental disorders, including persistent insomnia.’
See Mr.Hutchens, a little research will bring you right up to date with some real research, not your ‘know it all’ spouting.
Undoubtedly the most blatantly disrespectful and ignorant comment we have read at WTT comes at the end of this article.
‘All these people calling for a ‘debate’ don’t really want any such thing. They want to hurry us into legalisation – though they will not call it that, hiding behind such words as ‘regulation’ or ridiculous, unscientific claims that cannabis can be smoked for medical purposes.‘
We’re not sure if Mr.Hutchens is one of the biggest trolls around or just an ignorant Daily Mail journalist with no real knowledge of the subject matter he writes on.
Let’s put down some Medical Marijuana Facts
‘As of November 2012, a total of 18 states plus the District of Columbia have what are called “effective” state medical marijuana laws (see below for the list of states and definition of “effective”), and one more state has an affirmative defense for medical patients.’
‘US-Based Medical and Scientific Organizations Which Support Research Into Medical Cannabis:
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (2000); American Academy of Family Physicians (1977); American Cancer Society (1997); American Nurses Association (2003); American Society of Addiction Medicine (2000); Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (1999); Council of Health Organizations (1971); Federation of American Scientists (1995); HIV Medicine Association (2006); and National Institute of Health Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana (1997).’
(American Nurses Association) ‘Summary: The evidence demonstrates a connection between therapeutic use of marijuana and symptom relief. The American Nurses Association actively supports patients’ rights to legally and safely utilize marijuana for symptom management and health care practitioners’ efforts to promote quality of life for patients needing such therapy.’
(Safety) In 1988, the DEA’s Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, concluded: ‘In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.’
You really have no clue Mr. Hutchens, and you are so far away from the truth it is unreal. This is real, the effects are real and legalisation will happen, you need to get used to that. The bullshit you spout will only make you look foolish when changes come, you should educate yourself now. I recommend Weed The Truth.