Thursday, May 24, 2007

A bad day for US cannabis news (*warning: idiot content*)

Reading this post on the US based stop the drug war blog you'd be forgiven for thinking that certain cannabis users really don't do the drug any favours in the PR stakes (for the remainder of this post we will be referring to cannabis in the US vernacular: marijuana/pot) . One day in the life of the US, this Monday just gone as it happens, turned up the following sorry tales:

  • If you work at McDonald's, don’t hide your pot in a Happy Meal. Something bad will happen.
  • Don't drive drunk, especially if you've got 25 pounds of marijuana in your car. Seriously, you're off the team if you do that.
  • Operation Follow Method Man (the US rapper with a very public penchant for smoking blunts) has also produced unsuprising results this week: the arrest of Method Man for possessing marijuana and driving around wasted.

method man: less than 100% cautious

Stop the Drug War blog remain sanguine about all this pot related daftness:

In fairness to our cause, I'm not suggesting that marijuana necessarily causes idiocy. But it can become a crutch for the desperate or confused. As for the celebrities, well, it's already clear that celebrities don't exactly need pot to get arrested anyway. Method Man, notwithstanding this unfortunate incident, would probably get arrested more often if not for his frequent relaxation rituals.

Today was a strange day for marijuana news, but tomorrow will tell a different tale. Bad science, violent raids, urine testing, persecuting patients, blocking research, wasting tax dollars, exaggerating harms, and funding the black market; these things -- and so many more -- are the real story and there aren't enough mailing mishaps or celebrity pot busts to distract us from the hideous truth.

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