I am well aware of the fact that the title itself may make many of you say in disgust, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” But a few many would also jump in joy and tell each other, “He seems to be in our league!” But those possibilities are only accountable if you have understood what it means. A large number of people who are reading this are going to find it completely new, a little bizzare and yes, by default, pretty much disgusting. To begin with, all you newbies, we are talking about the unnecessarily dreaded and wrongly accused of being a harmful drug, a herb called marijuana. I don’t want to sound biased here, not today, not about this, because it is a subject of a wide controversy.
And that’s why, everything you’re going to read here about marijuana, good or bad, is a fact.Basically, there are three categories in which we can classify people in the context of weed.
1. Those who love smoking weed no matter what.
2. Those who hate weed no matter what.
3. Those who don’t know what the matter is at all.
And this third category is whom I’m primarily talking to today. You might have friends who tell you how filthy it is to smoke weed and you may also have friends who tell you that it’s the last best thing in the world. And it sure would put you in the shoes of Hamlet. To be or not to be? In the very beginning of the article, I said that those who don’t know much about weed are going to find it disgusting. I put the blame for that on the society. Its the people around us who have made marijuana a thing of a huge negativity. I don’t know how that happened, or when and I don’t even know why was there such a hue and cry about marijuana being bad. But I certainly know that it isn’t what it looks like.
Just to change your perspective about weed from biased to more biased, I will first light up on the ill effects of smoking weed. You may have Alzheimer’s and an impaired co-ordination of your body after a daily consumption of as long as 7 to 8 years. And the short term effects include blurred vision, low blood pressure, a lot of hunger and a lot of thirst. And your list ends there. That’s how much bad marijuana can do to you. I’m aware that you might have begun finding weed more terrible than you did just a few moments ago, and that is quite a gamble for someone who wants to make your perspective about weed unbiased. But tell me, what would happen to a person if he consumes alcohol day in and day out for 7 to 8 years? I don’t know if he’d even stay alive to suffer liver cirrhosis. Its funny how all those who hate weed see it as an escape when weed is compared to alcohol. And so, there might be many of you right now grinning at this thing with the same exact thought.
So for the moment, let’s skip alcohol and talk about the choco-lava cake that you get at the Domino’s Pizza outlets. Now, I repeat with a little alteration, what would happen to a person if he consumes the choco lava cake everyday for 7 to 8 years? He is probably going to grow into a larger version of Sean Kingston and very obviously he’s going to suffer from diabetes. And if he is not so-fortunate, the disease might take his life as well. My point is anything consumed above a certain level and a certain period is going to show it’s effects on your body. Its called addiction. And addiction, no matter what it is towards, is a very insidious thing. Alzheimer’s or liver cirrhosis or diabetes are just the words for defining the line, “your body has been damaged.” I’m not in support of consuming marijuana for the whole of our lifetimes or even all our youths because there is a lot of life to experience outside of that. But sadly when the ill effects of weed are talked about, it is this long term effect that is lighted up on and that is certainly a biased manner of looking at things. So chill, if you’re going to puff weed, it is not going to kill your memory in a day or two, or not even in a few years.
I don’t even want to talk about the short term effects of smoking weed because those are pretty much like those of alcohol. The difference is just that we overlook the effects of alcohol and choose to keep a mum over those because it has a huge public acceptance and more importantly because it is legal. When a man wants to get sloshed, he can always go to a licensed liquor store or a bar, buy his booze and sit sipping it in peace. Whereas when it comes to weed, its not legal, so he obviously doesn’t know about it and since he doesn’t know about it, he doubts the herb and trusts everything wrong about it and therefore calls it a ’bad’ drug. This is a prejudice. And since most of the people across the globe have this prejudice, and yet again since this large group of biased people also includes the law makers, we don’t see a bill of legalising recreational marijuana passing in the Houses.
Another thing that makes weed look filthy and repulsive is a certain group of people who consume it. For centuries, marijuana has been linked to nomads and hippies and generally to people who have lazy and bad lifestyles. But just because they do weed, it doesn’t mean that everyone who smokes weed is going to have a filthy lifestyle. That’s not logical all. Picture this, we Indians love cricket more than any other sport. It is like a religion to us. Now India has also seen a rise in the rate of rapes since the past few years. So if tomorrow, the world yells, “They are rapists because they love cricket.” How logical would that sound to you? That’s exactly what I’m saying. Just because a particular community picks up a certain thing and calls it their own, we cannot link that ’something’ as the major factor that affects their lifestyles or their activities. Smoking marijuana won’t make you a hippie or a loser, it will only make you a stoner and that’s not so bad.
Many of you might have also heard about weed being a gateway drug to the more potent drugs like cocaine or heroin. I dismiss that idea completely. There might have been some people who went there, but those few people sure can’t be a face of the whole pot community. And again, this largely happens because marijuana is still not legalised. Look, if you ever break the traffic laws and go in the opposite direction on a one-way road, you find it funny and exciting if there’s a cop in sight. So just to seek more fun, you break the signal the next day and get your bones broken. Now is the one-way road to be blamed for this? And moreover if there was nothing like an one way road in the first place, why would you find going in the opposite direction adventurous? And therefore why would you even want to find more adventurous things? Legalising marijuana is going to help people avoid chemical drugs and that too on a large scale. And this statement isn’t based on the little example that I shared here. That would be too dumb. I say it on the grounds of the fact that giving some freedom to people in the boundaries of the law helps to restrict them from going astray further. Like the Americans created Las Vegas to bet on cards and play the luck games and controlled gambling in the other parts of the nation automatically, legalising marijuana might work on the same principle.
Today I’m in no mood to tell you about the happy moments after smoking a bong or the laughter riot that happens when you inhale your first joint. Because we’re talking about passing a law to decriminalize weed, and to pass good laws, you need good facts. Talking about some facts, you’d find it amusing to know that there is nothing like a ’weed overdose’. That term just doesn’t exist. Because to have a weed overdose, you’ll have to consume 681 kgs of the herb in 15 minutes which is practically impossible unless of course you’re a T-Rex. Weed never makes you violent, nor does it stay back in the form of a hangover. But you can choose not to believe it because I say that out of a personal experience. Weed has a history of about 5000 years, and in all this time no one is known to have died smoking it. I won’t compare these stats to that of alcohol abuse or even tobacco smoking, because we all know by now about someone in our locality who has died due to either of these two things.
After all that I have said, I guess I don’t want to say more because that would make me look like a desperate stoner which I’m certainly not. But I anyway believe that marijuana has the right to be legalised. After coming so far, some morons sounding pretty reasonable for a moment, might ask a stupid question, “If weed is legalised won’t it be an open invitation to people who have never smoked it to try some? ” My answer is “Hell yes.” When you introduce something new to the people, everyone wants to know it better. But if ever, by God’s Great Grace, a marijuana legalisation bill is passed, it will have amendments to control its distribution and I say that because two out of the few places where it has been legalised, Uruguay and the state of Colorado, the government controls the distribution of weed. And moreover even if the distribution policy fails and it goes out of control, you cannot blame the herb for bad governance. That’s illogical.
I’m not in love with weed or even if I am, I’m not writing this to glorify the consumption of weed. This isn’t a stoner’s article. This is a writer’s article and in a writer’s shoes I’m completely neutral while writing what I’m writing. All the good things I wrote about marijuana might be a little too hard for you to swallow because as people of this society, you’re so biased with the herb’s negativity that chances are you might find these facts superficial. Other words, false. But trust me, I’m not telling you how good weed is, I’m just telling you that it’s not as bad as it looks from where you stand.
At the end of the day, not wanting to have anything that intoxicates your body is the best thing that can happen to you. And there are many such blessed souls reading this, but for the rest of us, the lot many mortals who need an escape from the real world sometimes, this is something we should think about.
Legalising recreational marijuana might be a large step in our petty human history. Just look at this from where I stand. We’re the largest democracy in the world, but if the people of such a nation are biased, it is a great national tragedy. I’m not asking you to smoke weed, but you know, like even if you aren’t gay, you support the decriminalization of homosexuality, there is a large group of stoners out there, expecting something similar. See what can be done.
And don’t know if you know her, but Mary Jane is so beautiful!