Letter to Editor
Pot smokers are uncaring self-abusers
Published: October 04, 2008 12:00 PM
Editor: In response to Travis Erbacher's letter (The Times, Oct. 1), I have this to say: People smoke cannabis to stimulate the brainís emergency production of endorphins, which is triggered by its natural reaction to severe synaptic brain connection damage.
They do this instead of straightening out their attitudes and their understanding of others enough to stimulate love from others, something which ultimately does the exact same thing. This is natureís way of rewarding you for good behaviour. So what they do is self-abuse, hands down.
He argued that cannabis occurs naturally. That is irrelevant. Uranium happens to occur naturally as well. Itís what one does with naturally occurring things that causes us as a society to prohibit one another to possess such harmful things such as cannabis.
This substance is most commonly burnt, and thus is bound to wind up in some unsuspecting individualís lungs. Some of these people may be very sensitive and may not wish to have mind-altering substances in their systems at all.
I am indignant at the fact that most pot smokers seem to be inconsiderate of others and appear to be in love with pot itself. They seem to worship the practice of getting high as if it were a religion. These are obvious clear signs that they have become dependent and ruled by the substance.
They seem to think they know more than others, when in fact many are so absent-minded that they donít even seem to realize that the substance is illegal. It has been known to be used to be baked into cookies and fudge that could inadvertently wind up in the hands of a child or some innocent individual who may not wish to get high.
Despite warnings, many people continue to smoke pot in front of their children and they continue to expose them to pot smoke, causing them to have behavioural problems together with learning disabilities at school and lower grades.
Erbacher openly denounced the ďJust say noĒ campaign, one started by those who care about our future health. He claimed that authorities disclosing facts about harmful substances is the reason why children grow to despise authority, when in fact, that is just a reflection of what kind of parents they had.
Well-loved children, who have been brought up to respect authority, do not rebel because they are brought up to know enough so as to be able to make amendments to our laws through due process. They avoid the kind of ignorance he displayed in his letter to you.
Sending out the message that breaking well- meaning laws through ignorance results in jail time,is well worth the effort, if those punished also get the message that not everyone would like to smell the stuff nor be affected by it.
Whether it is the smoke itself, or the deception that those that smoke it practise as they refuse to change their attitudes, they continue to fool themselves.
Erbacher lectured about morals. He doesnít seem to have any. He talked about child abuse, he himself sounded more like an abuser by even bringing up the issue.
He argued that we should all be free to choose to have distorted consciousnesses, which causes others to have to put up with persons suffering from such a condition.
Such attitudes eventually render these people as public charges, and in the end wind up costing more than someone who wished to commit suicide ó something which the law has not allowed individuals to do, if attempted in front of other people.
Why canít ignorant people like him ever just shut up, smoke another one and leave us drug- free kids alone?