“Do you really want to be told what you can do and can’t do to your body, in the privacy of your own home?”
Back after a long hiatus. Scheduling problems, money issues, if it was a problem trying to stop us from doing a podcast, you can bet it happened. So after a long time of waiting for things to work themselves out, I finally found a co host worthy of trying to fill the shoes. I’d like to welcome Ian Baker of Glacier health to the show. He’s going to be hosting with me until he gets sick of it, we all get arrested, or pot finally gets legalized. We’ll try to stick to doing an episode every Saturday, but you probably want to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get real time updates. If you want to download a copy of the 55 page PDF that Ian Baker put together, that can be found RIGHT HERE, and also HERE on the Hot Box forums. Please pass this along to any and all of your friends. There is some amazing information in those pages.
And now, I present to you, an article about why education is a very necessary tool in the war on cannabis prohibition, as written by our resident pro cannabis blogger, Denton Ramsey. Happy reading!
Advocates vs. Adversaries: Education Remains Vital as Cannabis Crusade Continues
By Denton Ramsey, NORML of Waco Inc. Director of Volunteers
When it comes to advocates against adversaries of this often-debated medicinal plant, two words remain vital in this ongoing fight: cannabis education. Most of the time, albeit sad yet true, adversaries of marijuana are plain and simply uneducated about the plant. A majority of what adversaries of cannabis turn to in arguing against legalization revolves around health, FDA-approval, and safety for children. Unfortunately, mass media outlets hurt the cannabis cause as well.
For example, I recently received a Google alert talking about an infant being hospitalized “after ingesting medical marijuana.” If this child had swallowed pharmaceutical pills, it likely would have lead to death: no headline hypocrisy; just another sad story about a baby getting into a medicine cabinet resulting in another loss of life at the hands of Big Pharma. When will we, as American citizens, wake up and realize the nonsense of this all?
The year 2012 looms, and regardless of this country’s magnificent strides in many areas, the United States of America is still decades behind when it comes to this ridiculous war on a plant.
Despite America’s marijuana adversaries and this country’s shortcomings on the war on drugs, cannabis legalization is right around the corner. It will happen; and it will happen soon.
When it comes to medicinal or recreational use, cannabis remains the safest alternative—regardless of the plant’s “schedule one” placement. And with countries around the world calling for an end to this hypocritical war on drugs, its only a matter of time before cannabis is legal—both medically and recreationally—in America and beyond. It has been talked about countless times before, but it bears repeating these annual fatality rates (stats below are from 2007) that have become a nasty necessity in this fight to re-legalize a plant:
Motor Vehicle Crashes: 43,945
Accidental Poisoning: 29,846
Alcohol Induced (Not Including Deaths from Drunk Driving): 23,199
Cannabis (Marijuana): 0
Look at the facts. Become educated on cannabis before arguing against it’s crystal clear medicinal value. And above all else, don’t be afraid to stand up for your God-given right to choose a safer and natural alternative in cannabis. One day, the world will wake up. Until then, keep on fighting cannabis community; keep on fighting…
Thank you for that hopefully eye opening article Denton, we always appreciate your words. It’s very mind blowing that in the face of such solid statistical evidence, they can still hold on to the cry of cannabis being bad for you and for society. One day they will start basing decisions that govern how we live on scientific evidence and rational thinking, rather than feelings and silly outdated negative propaganda fed beliefs. In the mean time, we need to stay vigiliant and keep fighting the good fight. They turned this into a war on the people, so we need to arm ourselves accordingly. When fighting misinformation, it is always good to have the TRUTH on your side. Luckily for us, that is exactly what we have.