There seems to be one final issue that could benefit from clarification regarding the use of marijuana. This blog will address the political aspects of marijuana, drugs in general, and their legalization. Ultimately, the position of my last two blogs is not political, although it may be perceived this way from a low and limited perspective.
My critique is scientific and spiritual. For spiritual reasons, I do not support the use of marijuana, as it is a physical, social, mental, and spiritual toxin and functions as a nummarijuana, medical marijuana, marijuana consequences, marijuana spiritual, marijuana is not medicine, cannabis, marijuana legalizationbing herb. Exonerating it because it is a plant is shallow. Not all plants are good for human consumption, and I would never support the use of datura, wolfsbane, hemlock, and atropa belladonna. These may all be organic plants, but they are poisonous to the body and mind as well. Over the last 40 years I have seen many people hurt themselves because of marijuana abuse. Most of these people never imagined the amount of damage they were doing to themselves.
On a political level, I am staunchly against sending anyone to jail for marijuana use, as many people’s lives have been damaged by such social abuse. However, we cannot deny the impact that this substance has had on our society. When I lived in Mendocino, Calif., I had patients who were in major marijuana production. These people lived in paranoid states that adversely affected their lives. Many carried submachine guns with them to protect their marijuana – ironically not from police but from civilian thieves. The issue of the legalization of marijuana has obviously created a social controversy that needs to be addressed in a broader nuanced fashion, than to say it should be legalized because it is healthy.
The larger all-pervasive drug issue debates should not be held on the grounds that these substances are healthy, superfoods or medicinal. It would be better if governments made broader social efforts to educate and empower the public, and to dis-empower the large drug cartels, including the central agency behind the mafias
Between 1967 and 1969, I was living in Harlem. It was well known amongst the general population at that time that drugs were a tool being used to repress the health, social coagulation, and spiritual evolution of these citizens. (This included marijuana use.) Our arguments for marijuana need to be social and political, rather than panning it as a health product. This is ultimately a band-aid over the deeper issue of political domination and manipulations. Marijuana incidentally undermines our drive toward political and spiritual liberation.
We need to deal with the central issues here, rather than skirting them and touting marijuana as beneficial to health and spirituality.