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