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article imageOp-Ed: Marijuana — The substance, the medicine and the legacy

By Abigail Prendergast     Jan 5, 2012 in Lifestyle
Marijuana has been touted as an astounding way to help anxiety and treat disease by those who use it and many medical professionals. It is seen by politicians as a means to sap their power so in turn they make it out to be an evil, terrible drug.
Cannabis, pot, weed and bud are just some of the names marijuana goes by. It has been used, abused, ridiculed and even condemned as harmful and hazardous. It is seen as a godsend to some, and a curse upon society to others. It is tragic that the latter group views marijuana in this light because they more often than not operate their views and beliefs about it which are fueled by lies and fabricated government propaganda.
Everyone knows that marijuana is illegal in the United States. But just because it is against the law, doesn't make it toxic. Tobacco cigarettes cause lung cancer, pharmaceutical medications have horrible side effects to such a degree that often times patients require additional pills just to combat those. Chemotherapy used to treat cancer patients is so poisonous that it brings those it is used on to a state of sickness worse than the tumor masses themselves.
The fact of the matter is that America, priding itself on being the land of the free, has become anything but. Police officers don the role of paramilitary soldiers in several states and would sooner put away drug dealers, some who wouldn't hurt a fly, than rapists and murderers. While not wise to condone illegal activity it is easy to understand why more people feel the need to get the rush of a high as the 21st century hurdles this society into the black hole of oblivion.
Although not hard to grasp, this mentality is highly dangerous as many of those who cope in this manner often resort to household cleaning products, cough syrup and prescription medications. If substances such as marijuana were not illegal, those with anxiety would have an effective method to relax at the end of the day. Children with ADHD could better focus in school. People whose bodies are being ripped apart by cancer can make the last days of their lives as enjoyable as possible.
It is not fair to these people that they must rely on toxic by-products of speed and weed killer to help them feel any sense of relief. There is no reason why marijuana usage should label people as "stoners" or "potheads" with a negative stigma attached to them. Granted there are those individuals who can carry the toking habit quite a bit too far, but then again, look at chain smokers and alcoholics. Look at hoarders, and people who live in filthy homes. Anything, any substance legal or illegal, any habit can be carried to dangerous extremes. So why must we as a society promote the politically-motivated agenda of many toxic regimens and treatments over those that are more effective and far less troublesome?
Because of the element of fear.
The people of our society are being scared straight and brainwashed to think that because something is legal it is good and because it is illegal it is bad. Children are being doped up with medications to a point where they lose their identity.
While pharmacy-issued medicine is not necessarily a bad thing, it seems psychiatrists are all but too gung ho to shell out prescription after prescription to combat "illness" that are more than likely just socially unaccepted behaviors.People do get anxious, they get sick and they need to allow themselves to relax and heal. If they want to smoke some MJ to help them feel better in the process, that should not be seen as a deadly sin.
If God put something on the Earth that has been scientifically proven as a superior fever reducer, concentration assistant, nausea combatant and anxiety killer, why resort to substances made by man?
The church, the government and ultimately the people are both misleading and being misled. They are preaching the gospel not of acceptance but what they want you to accept. Medical science can prove the effective and positive impacts marijuana can and does have on those who choose to use it. But while politicians are in bed with pharmacies, we the people will be forced to constantly glance behind us - no matter what lifestyle we live - because we never know what we will be doped up for next.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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