|This dude used to be “normal” until he got high on weed. Honest!|
From time to time, the drug warriors come up with a real gem of a reason why we should all come to our senses and just stop it, already, with this “using cannabis” nonsense. I mean, come ON. Despite whatever perceived benefits, medical or otherwise, is it worth the huge risks?
|Irish Medical Times|
|Is it any wonder — with mental giants like Dr. Ruairi Hanley — that Ireland leads the world in medical research? Oh, wait. They don’t.|
Regular readers of this column will be unsurprised to learn that I have never had any time for marijuana. Like anyone who attended an Irish university in the last 40 years, I was aware during my college years of the existence of a few long-term cannabis users. I freely admit I regarded these people as a bunch of brain-dead, attention-seeking idiots suffering from a chronic aversion to personal hygiene.Another interesting feature of the male section of this half-witted species was their apparent inability to use a razor on a regular basis.In fact, I cannot recall ever meeting a clean-shaven pothead. This is an approach to grooming they appear to share with trade union officials and borderline communist politicians. [Italics added.]
To be fair, and with a few pathetic exceptions, I would say that medical students were among the least likely to regularly partake of illegal drugs while in third-level education.
For this reason, they were largely mocked by other, more ‘hip’ undergraduates as a bunch of boring nerds who were unwelcome in the various fashionable ‘societies’ where Celtic Tiger cubs went to play. No doubt the cool gang are still laughing from the higher moral ground of the dole queue today.
Ah, now it all becomes clear! Seems the young Dr.-Hanley-In-Training was laughed at as a nerd — and quite likely, never got any nookie — because of his goody-two-shoes attitudes towards cannabis!
This must be achieved by making young people recognise that those who use these products regularly are not admirable, they are instead typically dysfunctional underachievers, many of whom have nothing to look forward to except long-term unemployment and welfare dependency.[…]
Regardless of left-wing political ideology and middle-class guilt, I believe the only hope for many young people is to ensure that drug use remains stigmatised and never legalized.