Saturday, November 16, 2019

Comments by Lionel

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  • Excellent point, as those who have worked to restore cannabis legalization well know. Big Cannabis, though it lacks the old-money cachet of Big Pharma, includes some very seamy characters. I’m not referring to growers, of course, but the hot-money financiers who are eager to add dispensaries and recreational shops to their portfolios, with state assistance through outrageous licensing expenses.

    But that point is also quite irrelevant and is used irresponsibly in this debate; political economy is not pharmacology any more than individual cases dictate cannabis use across the spectrum of human experience.

    Under the guise of concern, MIA has made a habit of posting questionable efforts to breathe life into the corpse of the Drug War. It’s toxic irony that a web site dedicated to contesting unaccountable and scientifically-indefensible practices is itself engaging in them.

  • Mr Unger-

    After sidelining Madness In America for months due to a grossly irresponsible post on cannabis (Marijuana and Suicide, March 24, 2017), my careful response ignored by the editors, I made the tactical error of having a look this morning. Elizabeth Stuyt’s post is a similar conflation of poorly-understood political economy, refusal to accept a long-standing body of knowledge, and attempting to use nonexistent/prohibited research to buttress an argument.

    It’s bitterly ironic that lashing out at the cannabis industry as profit-driven and unconcerned with public health frequently pivots toward the authority of dysfunctional institutions, an avenue down which Dr. Sue Sisley was waylaid, and also lurks Big Pharma. What could go wrong?

    In short, while MIA serves an important function in questioning the motives of psychiatry and the avalanche of worthless/dangerous psychotropic meds, on cannabis the editors have not made it past the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that have fueled the utterly failed Drug War for almost fifty years. It’s quite unacceptable.

    Throughout the lies and deceptions of long-term cannabis prohibition, average people have, as with many other herbal remedies, established their own methods of understanding and developing use of this most benign of plants. The best news is that acceptance of cannabis among the younger generation continues to expand beyond historic boundaries, and baseless fear-mongering sits nervously in Darwin’s waiting room. In Massachusetts, home grow has taken off like a rocket; before long it won’t be “You’re growing?” but “Why aren’t you growing?”

    In time, the false gravitas of articles like this will be reduced to weak punch lines. Here’s to it.

    Until then, thank you for attempting to restore reason to the discussion.

    Lionel