Another installment from the “Blind Elders” series.
In a series called “Blind Elders,” HMJ has been looking at all the times the truth about the cannabis plant was offered to, and refused by, those in power. Let’s do a roll call:
1894, Indian Hemp Drugs Commission – “The Commission has come to the conclusion that the moderate use of hemp drugs is practically attended by no evil results at all.” HMJ’s story is HERE.
1925, Panama Canal Zone Report – “The influence of [marihuana] . . . has apparently been greatly exaggerated . . . There is no evidence . . . that it has any appreciably deleterious influence on the individual using it.”
1944, LaGuardia Commission Report – “There [is] no direct relationship between the commission of crimes of violence and marihuana . . . and marihuana itself has no specific stimulus effect in regard to sexual desires. The use of marihuana does not lead to morphine or cocaine or heroin addiction.” HMJ’s story is HERE.
1969, The British Wooten Report – “[We] intended to present both sides of the controversy . . .But once the myths were cleared, it became obvious that the case for and against was not evenly balanced. By any ordinary standards of objectivity, it is clear that cannabis is not a very harmful drug.”
There’s more to come in future installments. But you knew that, didn’t you?
Source: Marijuana Myths / Marijuana Facts by Lynn Zimmer & John P. Morgan, 1997. For those of you with a book report due, report on this book. Teach your teachers some stuff they don’t know. More awareness will help finish off the “war on some drugs.”
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