Not long ago the cannabis king of Jamaica, Prince Edward himself, released a statement affirming his country’s status as a cannabis friendly nation. The statement, which you can find online, reads as follows,” cannabis use… does not necessarily… promote psychosis or addiction.” The statements seem to be in support of those who have spoken out against cannabis use, most notably the former World Cup host, Jackambling. Prince Edward’s support is interesting in that he acknowledges that the medical community has a lot of work to do when it comes to fully eradicating cannabis use from the island. Additionally, he expresses hope that the current laws pertaining to cannabis will one day be replaced by a new and smarter set of laws that will protect Jamaica’s unique culture. If you are considering trying cannabis here are some reasons why you should not do it.
Many Jamaican people believe that cannabis is a gateway drug. They maintain that by using cannabis you can easily fall into a dark hole where you can enter Wonderland. While it is true that people do go this route quite often, the truth is that this doesn’t always happen. With that said, if you are in doubt about what you are doing, then perhaps it is best to steer clear of it.
The actual act of smoking marijuana is highly dangerous for a number of reasons. Like with everything else, when you smoke marijuana you risk inhaling a large amount of particulate matter into your lungs. Much like cigarette smoke, this particulate matter can lead to coughing, chest pain, and bronchitis. While many believe that smoking only causes these problems temporarily, the truth is that the constant breathing caused by weed smokers can eventually lead to chronic problems.
Lastly, it is important to mention that marijuana is extremely addictive. Many who have become addicted to marijuana have fallen off the wagon and completely quit. It is extremely difficult, especially for teenagers, to quit because of their reliance on the drug. The constant feeling that comes with marijuana is very difficult to combat. For these reasons, many will fall off the wagon, only to find themselves using again shortly thereafter.
So, why is cannabis such a king? Simply put, it’s incredibly powerful. When you consider some of the side effects that can come from taking cannabis regularly, such as impaired judgment, insomnia, memory loss, and depression; you can see how powerful this stuff is. Furthermore, many of the “drawbacks” that people experience when they stop smoking weed are actually symptoms of something more serious. Therefore, when you consider all of these factors you begin to understand why cannabis is such a powerful drug. There is really no arguing with the facts.
Today, many states are seeing a move towards legalization of marijuana. Even fourteen states currently allow the use of medicinal marijuana and three more allow recreational use. In fact, many feel that if we were to fully legalize marijuana, we would gain much needed revenue. Considering that marijuana is not considered illegal under any federal laws, many state legislators are looking to eliminate penalties associated with the use of cannabis. This would free up police officers to focus their efforts on more serious crimes.