Officer who shot Philando Castile said smell of marijuana made him fear for his life
I wonder if he would have shot the driver if the officer had smelled alcohol and he would have been in fear for his life?
IMO, this is an example of ignorance about the properties of marijuana. The fact is that marijuana tends to inhibit aggression, unlike alcohol, speed, cocaine, crack, heroin, and a host of custom opiods.
The current opiod addiction problem is NOT caused by marijuana. It caused by ready availability of prescription opiods.
Placing marijuana in the same class as heroin, fentanil, cocaine, etc. which has given THC a totally wrong reputation.
This is the same ridiculous thinking as placing aspirin in the same class as coumadin. They are both blood thinners, no?
Then why is it that you can take a baby aspirin for as long as you live without having any side-effects, whereas if you take coumadin you need to have tests every week and adjust your dosage regularly, because it is an unpredictable drug that can kill you from a single overdose?
I nearly died from coumadin, because my physician prescribed it and then went on vacation for three weeks and I could not get another Dr to test me, because there were no prior arrangements made with another physician. I was in the hospital for 30 days to recover from this little oversight. I now take my little aspirin pill every day and I am doing just fine.
This ridiculous comparison holds true for marijuana as a dangerous drug. One can smoke marijuana without any negative side-effects or physical addiction for as long as you live. As a drug it’s dangers of smoking it can be compared to taking an aspirin every day, and then eating a large piece of pie, which will give you a sugar high. As far as I know, no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.
In Holland marijuana is available for elderly people in long-term elderly care facilities as a means to avoid depression and relief from pain and suffering from the symptoms associated with aging. If it were medically dangerous I am confident that this would be medically prohibited .
Marijuana needs to be reclassified ! Then it can be legally researched and properly identified as a recreational drug, and more importantly as a non addictive prescription for patients who find real relief for many symptoms in its use.
Note, that I am opposed to driving under the influence of any mind altering drug, but drunk drivers, not marijuana smokers, are the main cause for traffic accidents and aggressive behaviors.
Why are alcohol and nicotine not classified as a dangerous addictive drugs?