Here’s a real doozy: New year brings new round in fight to keep marijuana illegal by Sam Contakos. Sam is is a retired Johnstown [PA] businessman and former practicing physician. He also formerly served as a lecturer on the topic of drug abuse. And he’s a power lifter in Anti-Drug Athletes United. It was interesting to read that all their events are drug tested. So apparently Sam Contakos’ cognitive problems stem from another source.
This one is hard to pick apart piece by piece, because he goes all over the place. But when you read it, note how he puts in a number of facts about marijuana (as if to make the piece look more balanced) and then proceeds to pull conclusions about marijuana’s drawbacks out of thin air.
Check out this fascinating diversion within the OpEd:
With the increased interest for the legalization of marijuana, the findings of the Indian Hemp Commission are dusted off and presented to support the benignity of marijuanaâ€™s use. This was a strictly political commission empowered during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1893 by the British Government of India. There were no physicians on it.
The conclusion was that the use of cannabis by the people of was harmless, but itâ€™s exportation to Britain was discouraged.
In fact (though not stated), the widespread use of cannabis was an effective means to control a couple hundred million subjects of the empire.
I hadn’t noticed an increase in the use of the Indian Hemp Commission report as a justification for legalization, especially since there is so much modern evidence of marijuana’s medical effectiveness and safety. And this notion that the British Empire used cannabis to control its subjects â€” that’s a new one to me (as is the notion that cannabis can be used that way).
Here’s another bizarre passage. In it, Contakos appears to actually downplay the gateway effect, because he thinks marijuana is the dangerous drug.
Those who wish to continue the enforcement of the draconian laws against the use and abuse of marijuana (and let there be no mistake that all marijuana use is truly abuse) seem to foolishly focus on the questionable fact that marijuana is an â€œintroductory drugâ€ to more serious forms of substance abuse.
Marijuana is, in fact, a very dangerous drug. There have been many huge studies that have shown this to be true.
Ah yes, the nameless huge studies that prove your point that nobody else has heard of. And I love the declarative statement “and let there be no mistake that all marijuana use is truly abuse” as if stating it that way makes something completely false to be true. It would be like me saying “and let there be no mistake that all Pennsylvanians are truly terrorists.” Sounds pretty strong, but it’s meaningless.
As is most of his writing.