Russell Barth OP ED – RE: So I’ve changed my mind about Marijuana – July 6, 2011 – Nepean Ontario

Russell Barth OP ED – RE: So I’ve changed my mind about Marijuana – July 6, 2011 – Nepean Ontario


CFN – Jamie Gilcig probably thinks he is as hip as hip can get, now that he has finally dragged his opinion into the 21st century. But sadly, he still gets it kind of wrong.

First off, although “dope” is still an accepted slang term for marijuana, it denotes stupidity (as in, you would be stupid to use pot, or it will make you stupid of you use it). Therefore, it is an insulting word – similar to the unkind epithets used for gays and people of color. It reinforces the stigma, and licensed, medical users like myself are constant victims of that stuigma. So, on behalf of every medical marijuana user in the country, please refrain from using this derogatory term in the future.

Next, pot is not actually that much more “potent” than it used to be. Sure, selective breeding – similar to the way people breed prize-winning orchids – has made some strains more “potent” in certain ways, but the “potency” of pot is actually a subjective thing. It has more to do with how much debris there is in the bag. Today’s pot is mostly bud, whereas pot in the 70’s was full of seed, stem, leaf, and twigs, so “by weight”, today’s pot is more potent.

Further, the more potent the pot is, the less the user needs to use in order to get the desired effect. Weak pot gives you a lot of smoke and little medicine. Potent pot means less smoking. Hashish is safer still.


Not that “smoking” pot is such a big deal, because recent science shows how pot shrinks tumors:

So, even when smoked, the benefits of pot use far outweigh any “dangers”. Marijuana us safer than table salt. It has dozens of proven medical applications, and unlike junk food pot yet to kill a single person! You would have to smoke a whole barn-full in one sitting to actually reach a “toxic” level.

For example, use 10 grams of pot every day – eaten and vaporized and sometimes smoked –  and the pot I use is among the cleanest and most “potent” on the planet. I experience no stoney-ness, no high-ness, nor any other kind of inebriation from this monumental daily dose. I am in less pain, have less anxiety, and have more energy, more strength, more stamina, I sleep better, and I am more libinious. In fact, my health has improved so dramatically as a result of my increased pot use, that I have asked my doctor to increase my dose to 18 per day!

But the main reasons Canada should be legalizing pot are more simple; The obvious first reason is that – not matter HOW dangerous the drug we discuss might be – prohibition is categorically the worst way to control it’s use and production. It actually facilitates the crime we are trying to prevent – with it’s very existence. All science and history shows that prohibition is outrageously counterproductive, and that legalizing pot would rob the criminals of a valuable source of revenue.


Also, the law prohibiting the possession and production of marijuana has been repeatedly struck down as unconstitutional, so the police and government are not only subsidizing organized crime with this war on personal choice, they are also violating court orders. The media knows this, but won’t report it, because they are worried that we all might start using that freedom. Because they don’t understand it, they think pot is a “fringe issue”, so they report it as a fringe issue, and then the public thinks it is a fringe issue. Informed people like me, however, know that marijuana prohibition is the cornerstone of all crime and oppression in the world.


But the main reason we should be legalizing pot is that we are supposed to be a nation of free humans. If we accept that the government can tell us what we can and cannot do with our own bodies, then we must accept their ownership. That means the government owns all of us – like pets, slaves, or livestock – and that we have only the rights that they grant. Anyone willing to accept that deserves no rights at all.


Sadly, pot will never be legalized. As long as there have been humans, there have been humans bent on controlling other humans.  So as long as there are humans on earth, there will be some form of marijuana prohibition. It is a valuable medicine that competes — and beats – the pharmaceutical equivalents; so naturally, the prohibition on it will never end.

The cops, lawyers, jailers, politicians, pharmaceutical companies, churches, counsellors, and criminals are all making too much money to allow this cash cow to die.  And they are all working together to keep prohibition going, using “protect the children” as their bamboozling battle cry.

And people who think that all this chatter about “compassion clubs” and court rulings somehow means that the public is changing their view are misguided as well. Remember the LeDain Commission? Forty years ago? Of course not, no one does.

I have actually heard people say, “Pot should be legal, but the people who grow it and sell it should go to jail for a really long time.” without them even realizing that they just contradicted themselves! That is, in a nutshell, the Canadian attitude towards marijuana: misinformed, confused, hypocritical, hysterical, judgmental, sanctimonious, fearful, and vitriolic. Classic Canadiana.

And now with Mad King Steve in total control of both sides of the government, we can expect a steep increase in the number of arrests and a big increase in the length of jail sentences. Just last summer, he changed the law making anything involving marijuana a “serious” offense, meaning it is harder to get bail and harder to “plead out” to a lesser charge.

Finally, Health Canada plans to take away our Charter-guaranteed right to grow cannabis for our own medical purposes, and force us to buy it from their chemical-laden, gamma-irradiated, pre-ground, ditchweed supplier.

So really, anyone who still thinks pot is “going to be legal soon” must be high as a kite.
Russell Barth


Educators For Sensible Drug Policy


Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User

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