Medical marijuana: narrowing the door on ignorance
When young Johnny came to my office late last year,
crying up his stomach,
it was so difficult to convince him
his marijuana habits
... in the end, I gave up trying.
But he wasn't satisfied with my resignation;
he wanted to talk ( lecture) me
sharing his views about the drug.
Johnny's message to the world was simple:
marijuana is not the unmitigated disaster that critics intone,
God's unparralled gift to mankind.
....so good a gift,
he has not only elevated it
to the status of a sacrament,.... a daily communion to be shared with kith and kin,
he has found enough merit,
farming and commercialising it
the illegality of either.
Brian was less partisan !
He is a phenomenally intelligent man
I stumbled into at a park,
one carnival afternoon .
In his thirties,
Brian is arrestingly grounded
in the Liberal arts
as he is
in Comparative theology.
When asked how he came to be so intense,
he attributed it
to the semi formal education
he received in prison,
infraction of the law
had landed him in a
for all of seven years
before he was deported back home.
At age ten,
he had followed his parents to the US,
shown early promise,
only to later fall short,
as he indulged wrong company.
He has developed
what could be considered for his level
on the subject of medical marijuana;
few more interactions,
I would later discover to my chagrin ,
his impressive rhetorics
did not seem to match
his cheap vulnerability
to the ravages
of the product.
I think it worthwhile sharing the piece below.
Editorial from JAMA ( Journal American Medical association) .
it is a scholarly effort
on the part of the journal
to want to
stimulate serious, not indulgent, conversation
on the subject of
giving as much insight as is within their scope ,
complexities of a natural product.
It was not written,
i would think,
for a lay public,
technical in many areas as it evidently seems,
there should be enough
even for those without scientific high brows,
any ignorance or misplaced partisanships
on the subject .
It is the most comprehensive work yet,
available on the subject
Basil jide Fadipe. Justin Fadipe Centre. West Indies