Before the advent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ailing Americans bought various patent medicines that were sure to cure almost any malady.
Cocaine and alcohol are by no means new to the American ‘medicinal’ marketplace. To be sure, event though those patent medicines contributed nothing to the healing of aching people, at least the contents made them feel better. Fast.
I remember well an incident in Houston where we were commissioning a very large automation system. A cold took overtook me, leaving me absolutely miserable. A friend suggested cough syrup could help.
I stopped by a small store to buy cough syrup. My apparent relief came in leaps and bounds. Each time I sensed a coughing spell come on, the bottle opened and a gulp of the red liquid was on its way to alleviate my discomfort. My body felt better with each gulp.
The only problems were my slurred speech and unsteady walk. That bottle of cough syrup was 12% alcohol! The cough syrup wasn’t healing me; it simply numbed me to the cold altogether.
On one side of the marijuana debate there are claims of cures and benefits that suggest miraculous results. On the other side, medical experts say the secondary consequences overshadow most perceived benefits.
“One in every six 16 year-olds (and one in every eleven adults) who try marijuana will become addicted to it.” [Anthony, J.C., Warner, L.A., & Kessler, R.C. (1994). Comparative epidemiology of dependence on tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, and inhalants: Basic findings from the National Comorbidity Survey. Experiential and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2]
There are synthetic cannabinoids like Cannabidiol that have demonstrable medical applications, according to WebMD.com.
Carter’s Little Liver Pills, Percy Medicine and a plethora of patent medicines claim to cure everything from pimples to pulmonary thrombosis (my exaggeration).
A hoodlum high on pot attacked me in the presence of my wife-to-be who is still today still the wife of my youth. I bear two knife wounds and bridge work that remain constant reminders. Personal experiences through inner city ministry further cement my opposition to the legalization of marijuana.
The chief benefit touted by lawmakers in some 20 states is the tax revenue.
The Denver Post reports Crime rates … in Colorado … per 100,000 people spiked by 3.4 percent, fueled by a rise in auto thefts, rape, murder and robbery.
Phys.org links marijuana sales to higher levels of property crime in nearby areas, according to a nearly three-year study in Denver.
When crime and poverty rates dramatically decline in Colorado, I may then be more apt to consider legalization of weed. Until that day comes, I shall remain firmly opposed to it.