Originally Posted by mark thorpe
smoking isnt socially acceptable...
if the drugs are illegal, their illegal for a reason. if you do illegal drugs you are an idiot, and deserve to be put in jail.
Smoking IS socailly acceptable that why until a few years ago you could find cigrettes advertised on bill boards in the high streets, and you could find it advertised in any number of magazines. Thats why smokers can buy cigarettes in the high streets rather than the back alleys from extortionate dealers.
Thats why (until next week) it's perfectly acceptable to smoke anywhere you please, be in inside of outside, (unless there are courtesy/safety signs asking you not to smoke).
Drinknig IS socailly acceptable, thats why it's legal, that why there are pubs, thats why licensing hours are being extended, meaning that in the UK we can still be sitting in a regular pub, (not club or late bar) finishing drinks at one in the morning.
we live in a society where we can smoke and drink, (known to damage our healths), yet we can't take canabis, (which could be harmles depending on the method of consumption.
Canabis is not socailly acceptable, that is it's biggest challenge.
The reason why canabis is illegal is because it was covered in a blanket legislation regarding all narcotic substances, (eg, cocaine/heroin) first made illegal in 1925, despite advise that it's use did not cause harm.
Now we are living in a situation where we have a substance that is a mild narcotic, that is controlled by law. despite it's many medical benefits.
e.g MS pain reliefe, glaucoma eye pressure relief etc etc etc...
canabis has been know about for a very long time, (first written about in chinese medicines at 2737BC).
yet our perceptions is based on a law that is 80 years old...
let me think, what should I form rational opinion on , a law <80 years old, based on the word narcotic, without individually asesing the risks or benefits. or >4500 years of medical research...
since that 4500 years takes us to before the times of chrstianity, (and leading a good christian life is what a lot of law seems to be based on)... I'll choose to believe the medical research...
Even the police agree that it should be sold in shops.
not to be outdone even the UK government is suggesting that it should be sold in shops.
what a strange situation we have, that law makers and enforcers, all seem to support canabis use, medical scientists support it's use...
leaving only the few counsilers and religious types left only saying "drugs are bad m'kay"...
IMHO the poeople that make a tidy living going round schools are preaching the wrong stories. drugs havn't ruined their lives, they've led them to an easy life making a living from standing up in front of a small class giving a speak about how although they are nicely dressed, drove a nice car to the buildings, and have generally a nice life, (and their drug use has played a part in that, -it's the very reason they are able to do that)... they simply say that drugs will ruin your life...
If you take the time to forget yuor prejudices regarding this particular drug, and do some research (I did a lot of research for you, with only one google search), then you'llk realise Canabis laws are based on fiction, they are overzelous and damaging to the research that could be dnoe in this arena.
So, from doing a litle research we've determind that smoking is socailly acceptable, (hence it's widespread use), and the canabis laws are based n no sort of medical or social research what-so-ever...