Last week you were quoted as saying “Marijuana is not a health food supplement. It’s not great for you.”
This is a demonstrably untrue statement, scientifically inaccurate, and detrimental to the public good. Shame on you.
Studies indicate that marijuana is, indeed, a health food supplement, more powerful, effective, and safe than many of the other things on the shelves at health food stores like ginger and kava kava and so on. But I doubt you will “believe” that. I suppose you have a different “opinion”, about it. But, sadly, facts say one thing and your opinion says another. You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.
You said that your thinking has evolved, that you have been reading more science on the subject of cannabis. Did you stop at 1992? Because if you had read some of the more recent studies showing how cannabis shrinks tumors, treats things like Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and how it stimulates the growth of new neural tissue, you would likely be saying “Marijuana is a powerful medicine that needs to be studied at length. Not only will a Liberal government legalize marijuana, we plan to study, refine, and promote it globally as a health-benefit.” THAT is what you should be doing, IF you want to base you marijuana policy on science and fact instead of conjecture, hyperbole, fear, ideology, and “accepted wisdom”.
But then, THAT position would be in keeping with the science available today. By the time you are elected in 2015, other countries like Spain and Israel will be so far ahead of us in the researching of cannabis-therapeutics, there might not be much left for us to discover. Not that you will ever have anyone in the Canadian Media challenge you on any of your mis-speaks about cannabis. You’re safe there.
Which leads me to believe that you are not entirely honest about actually legalizing marijuana. Yes, I believe you are sincere when you say that you think legalization is a better way to fix the problems associated with marijuana, but I doubt you can actually make it happen, even if you wanted to. You think pot should be legal, but your comments indicate that you still think pot is a bad thing, the use of which (like tobacco and alcohol) needs to be reduced in society. This opinion flies in the face of science and history, but, luckily for you, it is landing well with the misinformed, media-addled rubes that you are trying to entice into voting Liberal.
But by denouncing pot as a bad thing, by comparing it to almost-useless recreational substances like tobacco and alcohol, and by using anachronistic terms like “pusher”, you demonstrate a breathtaking lack of understanding about the culture you are trying to get on your side. I found this lack of understanding to be even more astonishing, considering that you have (I have heard) met with representatives from NORML and Educators For Sensible Drug Policy.
Try to imagine a Tory saying something as outrageously offensive as; “Homosexuals are all mentally ill – we know that. But that doesn’t mean we should jail them. They deserve rights.”, and you get the idea of how offensive your comments were to me. Marijuana got me out of a wheelchair, Justin. It keeps me and my wife out of the hospital, and out of the grave. It keeps me from drinking and drugging myself stupid, or bingeing on junk food. It pretty much cured the erectile problems I have had since my teen years. I don’t get high, I barely get a buzz – but I do get symptom alleviation the likes of which I cannot get anywhere else.
I know the bridge between you and I was burnt long ago – ostensibly because of my relentless badgering on Twitter for you to enter the 21st century on this issue – so I won’t bother asking to meet with you. But I think you and your advisers need to talk directly Canada’s biggest-name activists, and very soon: Dana Larsen, David Malmo-Levine, Matt Mernagh, Allison Myrden, Eugene Oscapella, and Jodie Emery. These people will set you straight. There are others, but these are the ones you need to see first.
The weirdest part of all this is how the public and media are trying to portray you as a “radical”, with radical “new” ideas about legalizing pot, as if it were some crazy idea. It is absurd. It is actually sort of amusing, or it would be, if it were not so life-and-death frightening for my sick wife and me.
You said “Marijuana is not a health food supplement. It’s not great for you.”… but it IS. I am living proof. I use 12 grams every day and my health only continues to improve. But this will come crashing to an end in April of next year, because Health Canada is taking away our designated grower permits, so we will have no affordable source of medicine after April 1, 2014.
So good luck in 2015. Doubt I will be around to see it.
Caregiver/Medical Marijuana User/PTSD Survivor