January 5, 2006


We misled public over downgrading cannabis - Clarke (Rosemary Bennett, 1/05/06, Times of London)

THE PUBLIC was misled about the dangers of taking cannabis when the Government unwittingly decided to downgrade the drug less than a year ago, the Home Secretary admits today.

In a damning assessment of the decision taken by his predecessor, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke said he is “very worried” about recent evidence suggesting a strong link between cannabis and mental illness. His remarks, made in an interview with The Times, come just weeks before he must decide whether or not to execute an embarrassing about-turn and restore the drug’s Class B status.

Mr Clarke said there was an alarming lack of knowledge about the health dangers posed by the drug among the general public. He also admitted that many people had been left confused by the law change.

Potheads are confused by everything--that's the point.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 8:21 AM

Duuuuude, you mean you, like, bogarted the 4-1-1? Bummer!

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 5, 2006 10:07 AM

It's no joke, guys. In its present-day, super-potent srains, cannabis is one of the most dangerous and addictive substances out there. What makes it exponentially dangerous is that it is a slow, insidious destroyer of human souls -- takes a decade or two -- and it is helped along by imbeciles in the government/et al who refuse to portray and classify it as an extremely dangerous drug. I myself would recommend the dealth penalty for anyone caught selling it. Unfortunately, society does not have such will or imagination. Victory then, perhaps lies in depicting it as so dreadfully unhip that no image-conscious kid would ever want to be associated with it. In my observations of young people, I've noticed one type that wouldn't smoke it for all the tea in China (sorry): those teens whose parents are potheads. Go figure.

It's too late to save myself: pot truly destroyed my life, what I could have been. But at least I devote myself to rather persuasively steering as many kids away from it as possible. I also have this ... hobby ... of beating the crap out of anyone who ever walks up to me on the street offering to sell me "some weed." I never knew what truly was meant by the word "righteous" until the first time I did it.

Posted by: Marty J at January 5, 2006 6:17 PM

And, oj, God bless you, friend. Some potheads are confused. But some pot heads are not confused. They are intelligent and they know they are addicted and they go 15 rounds a day with the Devil himself. Great heroes are the men who have kicked their habits. Most never do.

Posted by: Marty J at January 5, 2006 6:25 PM