Monthly Archives: July 2012

Skepticism, Social Justice, & Legalization

Legalization is the number one issue in the cannabis community and its an issue close to my heart as well. Besides valuing my own autonomy, the millions of people who have been incarcerated for non-violent drug offense represents a grave injustice to me. The “war on drugs” is not only socially counter productive, it is also deeply unethical and enforced in a racist and classist manner. The “war on drugs” is much more than a metaphorical war, it is war with real casualties, real bodies. Lives that could have been saved if we acted differntly, if we chose to extend a hand rather than a handcuff.

Shane Brady has been writing a great series on applied skepticism over on his blog, in his latest post he tackles the issue of legalization in a very blunt manner that I love,

Legalizing marijuana is a pretty popular idea, especially in younger demographics.  I go a step further: legalize it all.  Pot, heroin, coke, crack, meth, etc, make it all legal.  My view is that the government has no right to tell me what I can and cannot consume as long as I’m not hurting anyone.  If the government feels the need to involve itself in the consumption of narcotics, it’s participation should be limited to treatment, not incarceration.

When I was younger, I was hesitant to open the floodgates to legalizing drugs.  I couldn’t get past the thought that people would do drugs more often if drugs were legal.  Then I went to college…

Please read the read of Shane’s post here: Applied Skepticism: Example 3 – Legalization of Drugs

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Carl Sagan & Cannabis

Carl Sagan is a personal hero of mine. He was a tireless promoter of science, the ethical treatment of animals, and liberalization of attitude toward cannabis. Plus his series Cosmos is still a classic to blaze one down to and is available for free on Hulu. Speaking of Cosmos, I cant wait for the sequel being hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Cannabis Cures Cancer? on Skeptic North

The skeptical Canadian blog Skeptic North has a great (though bit old) post on the controversy surrounding Rick Simpson and his claims for hemp oil. The author of the post, Michael Kruse, begins the post,

Canadian Hemp activist Rick Simpson has been fighting for several years for the legalization of marijuana, THC-heavy hemp, and has been attempting to promote some very aggressive claims as to the curative effects of THC in the form of hemp oil. In November, Mr. Simpson’s residence in Amherst, Nova Scotia was raided by the RCMP and he has since been in exile in Europe after attending a cannabis conference in Amsterdam. Simpson’s website promotes the use of hemp oil, derived from the buds of cannabis and not the seeds, as the cure for “almost every disease.” The type of hyperbole on Simpson’s website and the documentary Tears of the Phoenix deserves a skeptical eye and I will attempt to apply it here…

The rest of the post can be found here, Cannabis Cures Cancer? by Michael Kruse