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March 05, 2012

THE DOPING OF AMERICA - PART ONE

Sebastianmarincolo - "Mind Altering Essays on Mind Altering plants". had me going too... his analogy to alcohol was unexpected, poignant and thought provoking.
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"...causes havoc, rape, murders, a lot of crime... the plant that people - millions of people use, everyday".
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I had never heard of the plant.
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My reaction when I first found out the plant was analogous to alcohol use? "You've gototbe kidding..." I didn't see it coming. But it's true.
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What's also true is I have a lot of ground to cover. So let's begin.
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Cannabis. Not anything like Sebastion's mythical plant. Not mythical, and not dangerous. Cannabis, that is.
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Daily, news reports of something termed "drugs" is aired. Often relating to those under 18.
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What's the truth about drugs?
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Well, not alcohol or tobacco. Alcohol is sometimes referred to as a "substance", but never as a drug. Tobacco, chemically processed to yield cigarette tobacco, is not listed as either a drug or a substance. Yet it kills thousands daily. Cannabis has yet to kill one person. Penalty for giving tobacco to a friend - their death. Penalty giving them cannabis... 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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Regarding the definition of "doped"? As in, a "Doped America". The USA is the model of democracy. Yet it holds more people in prison than any other country. Many people are in prison for possession drug crimes.
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So I ask again, what is a drug?
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Is a plant a drug? Is heroin a drug? Is peyote a drug? Is alcohol a drug?
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We really don't know, we as a country, so convoluted are our regulations and understanding of drugs.
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There are DRUGS, but cannabis isn't one of them. It's a plant. But continued in my next post, I'll explain how Americans have been doped into believing plants are "drugs".
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In the meanwhile, stay away from the broccoli and spinach... they would be classified as "drugs" given current standards.
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The key question I have for you is, is a plant a drug? Can it be? If true, why aren't tobacco and alcohol products classified as drugs?
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Does integrity not count any longer? Does truth not matter?
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Next Post: The History of Drug Reform and Drug Prohibition...

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