Reefer Madness – Our Changing Pot Perception
Reefer Madness… Common Misconceptions of Marijuana
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you have not had the chance to watch the movie Reefer Madness, you should. You should watch it and then consider the fact that still for many Americans, that is exactly how they view marijuana. As a dangerous, mind altering, reality shattering drug. One that is on the same scale as heroin, and for that reason, it is considered by many, still to this day, to be a nuisance to society.
Now I am not here to dispel that fact the marijuana is a drug, because often enough marijuana proponents will say it’s a medicine, a spiritual guide, or even just a misunderstood flower. But in the end, it is a drug, just as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can be considered drugs. Ponder for a moment what the definition of a drug is, that being any substance other than food intended to affect the structure or any function of the body. So yes, without a doubt, and with that definition in mind, marijuana is most certainly a drug. That is unquestionable and the answer will never change. With that said and known, we can now move on.
The Common Misconceptions of Marijuana
As a medicine: This was quite literally how marijuana got its foot in the door to be decriminalized in the U.S. It was first proposed as a medicine to help relieve pain, help increase ones appetite, and a slew of other reasons. It should also be said that how it was first proposed was most certainly taken advantage of by people who simply wanted to get high. In my humble opinion, people would receive their medical marijuana cards for all the wrong reasons, complaining of a bum knee or continual pain in their shoulder or even that their hair follicles ached endlessly. Really, the only people who should have been allowed to get a medical card would be those in serious pain, such as those who go through chemotherapy.
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Louise Stanger is a speaker, educator, licensed clinician, social worker, certified daring way facilitator and interventionist who uses an invitational intervention approach to work with complicated mental health, substance abuse, chronic pain and process addiction clients.
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