Nice tips, you two above me. It seems that the good old Maily Telegraph is in a bit of a flap about cannabis too - it was very happy to report The Independent's U-turn after ten years of campaigning to decriminalise the drug.
March was reefer madness for the media as you might have noticed, there were reports like this right through the local and national press.
Can the medical report (linking cannabis to psychosis) in The Lancet, mentioned in yesterday's Torygraph's article, be trusted? What sort of tests were undertaken to confirm this notion? Have similar methods been used to establish a link between skunk and addiction? I am very cynical about what the right-wing press publish concerning Mary Jane. Why not write reams of articles about cocaine and heroin to scare the sh*t out of us?
The Lancet report is interesting but you really need to be careful about what it is saying, for example solvents score as less harmful than cannabis as you are much less likely to take solvents. The rankings are not for danger on the level of an individual user, but much of the press (even the guardian yesterday) has interpreted it this way.
I'll not comment on it further here, but good places to look are badscience and the Transform Drug Policy Foundation
As you might have guessed, I haven't much of a clue about cannabis. It seems to me, however, that all the legal drugs available to us, such as booze and fags, don't really do much to give us what we really want. Some renegade scientists say that the need to get 'high' is not dissimilar to the drive for oxygen, food and sex. Others go further and state that the War on Drugs is a war on consciousness.
A great book to read is Out Of It by Stuart Walton.
With so much nonsense the last few weeks I didn't bother putting it all in this thread, but I have to show you my two favourite stories from March. They are both from local press
The first is from the Liverpool Echo, Police issue warning about super strength Cannabis
, which had the following gem:
SUPER-strength cannabis so potent that just one puff can cause schizophrenia is being grown by Merseyside drug gangs.
But my favourite is from Burnleytoday
. You really have to read this to believe it. If you like to smoke, spark one up and enjoy this:
Puppy's cannabis find in park
A PUPPY had to be rushed to the vets after eating what is thought to be cannabis during a walk in Towneley Park.
Dog owner Miss Clare Fallows took 11-month-old Dalmatian Bella on the walk on Monday along her usual route near Towneley Golf Course and into the woods. The boisterous puppy played in the grass for around an hour along with Miss Fallow's son, Thomas Fallows-Baker, his friend, Harvey Green, and the family's other dog Toby.
On returning home to Dall Street, Miss Fallows noticed Bella behaving strangely and becoming very ill, vomiting and shaking. Alarmed, she called the emergency vet and rushed Bella to Oakmount Veterinary Centre in Trafalgar Street. The vet told her that the most likely cause of the sickness was the dog eating something in the woods, which could have been cannabis.
After resting for a day, Bella had fully recovered from her ordeal.
Miss Fallows said: "I was a bit shocked, but I was just relieved to be told she would be OK. I was beside myself because I thought I was going to lose her at one point. She was that ill because she was shaking so violently, was being constantly sick and was also having diarrhoea.
"The vet said the symptoms were consistent with an animal that had swallowed something like cannabis, and that Bella could have eaten it while on a walk. She is a lively dog and always sniffs around when I am walking her, so it is hard to keep track of what she is smelling or trying to eat.
"She did eat a bit of grass that evening so if there were drugs, she could have eaten them at the same time. I didn't see anything suspicious, but the vet said it could have been a lump of cannabis or a plant."
She added: "I still take her on walks down there but now I have her in a muzzle so she can smell everything but can't eat anything. I am worried people will think she is a dangerous dog because of that but she isn't at all, she is a gentle and lively puppy. I just don't want to risk this sort of thing happening again."
Miss Fallows contacted the police who visited the woods with a trained sniffer dog but did not find any cannabis plants or anything suspicious.
The most shocking column I saw though was in the Independent: Julie Lynn-Evans: Legalise the old stuff but make the new stuff a class A drug
. I mean, really.