Cannabis grows on nearly every continent on Earth and has been used for a wide variety of things other than smoking it, although this is how most people see it. Henry Ford actually made a car body out of it once and even hit it with a sludge hammer to show its toughness, something you would not even do to a GM Saturn Car. Recently in an online think tank a cannabis activist stated:
“You bring up a touchy point with activists for this plant being labeled as stoners, and it is a stigma that not everyone has the stones to try and shake off in the public domain.”
Cannabis Activists are a very small part of life on Earth. But most stoners whether cannabis activists or not and whether they have fully studied the many uses of this plant or not do believe that Marijuana is the greatest substance in the world and that the plant it comes from is the greatest plant on Earth ghost bubba. Another think tanker in commenting on this statement said:
“I have in my life witnessed enough stoners to base my comments on reality and dismiss myself from your demands of political correctness. I do not believe they are deserved. I do not accept your apology in trying to justify “pot smoking” or your digression from reality. I will accept your return to responsibility to yourself and the others around you and your admission to personal weakness leading you to a life of drug use.”
You can see how difficult it is for cannabis activists to make any headway with such stigma attached. In fact the think tank was considering a comment from a think tanker on the use of non-THC Cannabis to be harvested for ethanol as it has four times the cellulose value and would make a very good crop from ethanol production, plus it can grow in arid regions without much water. But no one will discuss cannabis in this way, because all the drug users and stoners have given it this stigma, which no one can shake. Consider this in 2006.
Britain has downgraded the legal status of cannabis. And now a young mother is asking for the rules to be changed since her young son was left dead after taking the drug.
Matthew White, age 18, was a promising A-level student, but he started smoking cannabis. A former head boy at his school, he progressed from cannabis to LSD, which alters the mind. He was found hanged. All this leads to the age old discussion as to whether drugs would be better legalised. One school of thought thinks that this would simply lead to more crime, more death and more heartache.
Cannabis was downgraded from a Grade B drug to a Grade C one. The result of this, controversially, meant that anybody caught in possession of the drug was usually let off with a caution. Now Matthew’s mother is wondering why cannabis can be classed as such a soft drug when things such as the death of her son can easily happen to anyone taking it. She has a point – although can be viewed as a biased witness. Her belief is unshakeable.
Cannabis has also been linked to other effects such as long-term psychosis and mental ill health. Matthew’s mother felt that there was nowhere for her to turn to for help. The National Drugs Helpline and the police were powerless to act. Unfortunately those smoking cannabis also congregate with others who have a similar drug habit. It doesn’t take long, quite often, before such habitual social contact escalates into more dangerous drug use.