http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/277573

Can Marijuana Lead You to God?

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Carol Forsloff
The different views of marijuana can be overwhelming. One side believes pot is the key to enlightenment, the other the gateway to man’s ruination. But what’s the truth about pot, faith and damnation, and how do we sort things out in cyberspace?
Mark Morford writes a column at SF Gate where he takes a whimsical look at the biases and beliefs about marijuana, or pot as it’s commonly called. He relates how some people literally see marijuana as something wonderful and almost a religious experience where people can “shut it all down, run a hot bath, light up a joint and chill the hell out.”
Then there’s the claim about marijuana as the gateway drug to deadly dealings and substances that become addictive. He looks at the “big question” about whether or not science and pot smokers substantiate pot as a risk or gateway drug to other drugs and shows how ridiculous the notions about that are and how science has proven them wrong repeatedly.
Next Morford examines some recent scientific data, where the conclusion is simply excessive pot use throughout life does not lead to laziness and addiction. And on that same page where the study is done, the Google AdSense system has placed advertisements for two drug rehabilitation centers and under that an ad for online Bible study. But that's not the fun part. The fun part is what he points out can be seen on the Science Blog page, where he gave the link here.
So Morford wonders aloud, as anyone would, with science saying one thing and the ads on the page leading the other with somehow the message that marijuana will require a person to need rehabilitation or God or both. Two messages being given on the same page, leaving the reader confused and wondering where does all this lead?
His conclusion: “Hey, check it out. I'm reading about the scientifically proven non-dangers of marijuana! I shall soon enter drug rehab and study the Bible and join the cult of Scientology, so I can, if their videos are to be believed, stop going to the beach on warm, lazy summer days with my friends and lighting up a bong as hot, skinny girls squirm around me in fast-motion and the world slips by in a hazy blur.”
The bottom line message, along with the musings about marijuana, is how ads are placed on websites that have nothing to do with the content of an article. Advertisers have money to spend, and it’s those key words that attract the Google Adwords, in ways that aren’t rational and most people don’t understand. Michael Cosgrove of Digital Journal some time ago wrote about the problems of Scientology discussed in France in a trial there and later discussed how Scientology ads enticed the reader to the wonders of its teachings at the same time. No rhyme or reason to it all. What Morford writes is how messages can get confusing in cyberworld and leaves open the fact some people might take information literally and follow along in some confused way in response.