An oxy­moron

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

We ask Mark O’Rourke Cham­ber­lain (North­land Age, Novem­ber 29) which univer­sity was ir­re­spon­si­ble enough to give high-achiev­ing stu­dents cannabis to smoke?

Most re­searchers say it may af­fect young brains. The Reefer Mad­ness pro­pa­ganda con­tin­ues, and for­tu­nately most have the in­tel­li­gence to recog­nise it.

This ob­ses­sion on peo­ple who smoke cannabis is hyp­o­crit­i­cal. We say, put your glass of wine down. Say­ing mod­er­ate amounts of al­co­hol is okay be­cause it doesn’t cause in­tox­i­ca­tion is bizarre! What is a mod­er­ate amount – two glasses per day, two glasses per week? As with all drugs, al­co­hol af­fects peo­ple dif­fer­ently. Our own MoH warns of al­co­hol-re­lated can­cer.

We pro­mote the rele­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis, so we may grow it or­gan­i­cally in our own gar­dens and have the ben­e­fit of the whole plant in our smooth­ies or juices.

The THCa is not con­verted to THC, which may af­fect the brain. Care­givers of chil­dren who are suf­fer­ing from fits should be able to grow cannabis for their daily smoothie. They should not have to choose whether to put food on the ta­ble or buy cannabis medicine and go to the food­bank.

A child’s brain is known to be dam­aged each time they fit, and com­pas­sion needs to be shown to the whole fam­ily – it is called putting fam­i­lies first.

It would be good if those who vo­cif­er­ously sup­port pro­hi­bi­tion stud­ied the is­sue. Pro­hi­bi­tion did not work in the US with al­co­hol, and has not worked world­wide for cannabis.

Se­niors and fam­i­lies are des­per­ate and need cannabis ur­gently. As Hip­pocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. BEV­ER­LEY ALDRIDGE/ KATH­LEEN PAT­TIN­SON

Se­niors’ Voice

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