26 Jul Addiction Today – Kathy Gyngell Article

This article is by a CLEAR member who posts under the name Nesta Adroit.

Earlier today, along with many Comment Warriors, I looked at this article on the Addiction Today website

I studied it closely and composed a careful comment addressing each of their points in turn. I watched closely during the day to see what comments were being left but to my dismay none appeared. However, toward the end of the day this statement appeared:

“Comments about this are now closed.
Please note that this charity does not publish comments which are ad hominem attacks or trolling.
The charity offers information to help addicts become free of addiction/ dependence; it thus does not publish comments encouraging use of illegal, psychoactive drugs.
More information about how cannabis affects the body was requested; answers are available at www.cannabisskunksense.co.uk

Now then, as they have not posted any comments at all I must assume that they were all positive comments about cannabis. I don’t believe that any of those comments would have contained a request for “More information about how cannabis affects the body”, well it doesn’t seem likely to me.

Cannabis Skunk Sense is a propaganda website run by prohibitionists with connection to “Europe Against Drugs”.

Below you will see my comment which does NOT encourage the use of any drug, it is not trolling and it is not an attack on anyone. They are out of line to refuse the comment, in my own opinion.

I wrote:

“Higher potency cannabis is the result of prohibition, just as the lethal moonshine was a product of alcohol prohibition.

Yes we have a very high rate of cannabis use, especially amongst the young, looking at places where they have started to come away from the disastrous policy of prohibition we see that consumption rates are much lower, especially amongst youngsters.

Far from having a negative effect on cognition recent research is now showing that cognitive and other functions in bi-polar patients are improved. They are also able to stabilise themselves using this valuable medicine.

You quote the BLF who have been soundly castigated in many areas for their scaremongering. Smoking is not the only way to consume cannabis anyway.

Also very interesting to note that the Keele report, one of the most exhaustive studies to date, found that over a ten year period when cannabis use was rising and the usage of so called “super-strength skunk” was increasing, there was no corresponding rise in psychosis I quote the report……..

“For the new study, British investigators at Keele University Medical School compared trends in cannabis use and instances of schizophrenia in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2005. The research showed that even as marijuana use soared among the general population, “incidence and prevalence of schizophrenia and psychoses were either stable or declining” during this period.

The authors concluded that an expected rise in diagnoses of schizophrenia and psychoses did not occur over the decade under study. “This study does not therefore support the … link between cannabis use and incidence of psychotic disorders,” the study concludes, adding “This concurs with other reports indicating that increases in population cannabis use have not been followed by increases in psychotic incidence.”

I do agree with your last line in that inaction in the UK is causing a big problem. The action that needs to be taken is to introduce a legal, regulated and quality-controlled market where mature adults may purchase cannabis if they wish, and sales to under age minors would result in the trader losing his license.”