Has marijuana been romanticised?
Fri, 11 May 2012 9:58a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Civil Aviation Authority is planning an education and safety campaign on the effects of drug use after reports on two aviation disasters mentioned drug use as factors.
The pilot in the Carterton hot air balloon crash and two sky diving instructors in the 2010 Fox Glacier crash were all found to have cannabis in their blood.
Dale Kirk from the drug education consultancy Methcon says marijuana use has been "romanticised".
“It’s a passive acceptance in New Zealand that cannabis is ok, we’ve been sold this romantic notion for years that cannabis is a soft drug, it’s harmless, we’ve compared it to other harder drugs such as methamphetamine or heroin… yet it’s a drug that has developed over time, it’s a lot more stronger than it was 30 or 40 years ago, we’ve got inter-generational use now… it’s no surprise to me having seen firsthand that it’s widespread,” he told Firstline this morning.
Mr Kirk is calling for studies to be done on the way cannabis impacts the development of the brain in young people, and does not believe the drug should be made legal.
“The pro-cannabis people will say, ‘Look, we need to decriminalise it because y’know, people are using it for pain relief and that sort of thing,'" says Mr Kirk.
"I say [we should] set the bar high and not give in to that."
He says marijuana use can impact pilots.
“Airline pilots have been tested on flight simulators, and then they’ve been given small amounts of cannabis to smoke, and then tested again 24 hours later and the results have been quite frightening – for example some of these testees have actually failed to hit the runway at all after one joint,” he says.
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17/07/2012 6:51:16 a.m.
yeah hes holding a scotch while hes writing this. who smokes weed and is still high 24hours later.even mushrooms dont last that long. they back up nothing they say,and they say alot. the new hospital admissions talk is more ofthe same. they prove nothing. no stats,no proof. just same old. weed is legal. yeah i said it
16/05/2012 10:29:19 a.m.
This guy is not a medical man. He is talking out his arse.
The use of cnnabis is a civil rights issue. The abuse of cannabis is a medical issue.
What a croc
14/05/2012 8:46:54 a.m.
Alcohol causes massive social harm and costs our country millions. I wouldn't want a pilot to be intoxicated, on anything - that includes drinking, smoking drugs or anything else that alters the mind. As for a persons right to use these substances, if you are going to look at cannabis, what about bringing the alcohol debate into the fore as well, or is it different because so many kiwi's are addicted to the stuff? Alcohol is the problem in this country, not dope - so why don't kiwis start being honest with themselves. The crime, violence stats speak for themselves people, you can't hide the truth.
14/05/2012 8:38:19 a.m.
If you don't want people getting high. Take the cannabinoid receptors from their brains. Or maybe ask God to exclude them in his next batch of humans?
14/05/2012 1:47:04 a.m.
is this the airline study?
or this one
or something else...
By the way, saying alcohol is just as bad or worse, is not a great way to defend cannabis usage.
14/05/2012 12:38:08 a.m.
Blair Anderson wrote:
Testing metabolites is the logical equivalent of licking exhaust pipes to see if you have been speeding.
Misinformation and bad policy has given licence to propagandise issues around what best practice 'control' might look like. We have so politicised the all drug policy and in particular cannabis resolving the tensions to arrive at a "best practice solution" has become a nightmare. Failure to reduce harms from prohibition and failure to inform and protect both consumers of legal and illegal substances remains endemic. We have failed everyone with what we have now. Prohibition and its disciples who proselytise by exaggeration are creating harms often far worse than any experimental or occasional use may render. If the prevention of abuse and misuse is the objective of prohibition it has by any standard failed miserably and all those who continue to argue 'for continuation' are as guilty of exacerbating harms as the drugs they vilify. The NZ House of Representatives Health Select Committee looking at cannabis found it counterproductive to overstate harms. Media still pander to METHCON and its provocateurs who depend on Prohibitions for continued cash-flow without clearly stating that conflict of interest do a disservice to truth and the public. On the other hand, those who attempt to disable those who are fully informed by dismissive 'stoner' references should be dragged kicking and screaming before the human rights commission. They serve no one but to feed the ignorant and naive that such 'talk' is reasoned and justified. It is not. It adds nothing to the debate. If their is a compelling argument for prohibition it is yet to reveal itself to science. No amount of prohibition make a drug safer. No amount of intolerance has ever changed the pharmacology of any drug. Our drug laws in practice are racist, ageist and sexist in their application. Those who oppose reform and support entrenched failure are diminishing in number. METHCON and their ilk are a dying breed.
13/05/2012 11:16:38 a.m.
Cannabis has been used for 1000s of years. For child birth pains, stupefying victims, preparation stimulation for battle. NZ high use of dope has been strongly indicated in the high rate of domestic violence and child abuse, congenital defects in children of male users. Yet still there is denial from the tokers.
12/05/2012 10:15:54 p.m.
stuart leenstra wrote:
Looking at some of the comments on maraijuana, it is obvious that these are users or ex users of the drug. I spoke today to a person, which i know and who as far as I know, no longer is a smoker. The first thing he said was that the article was propaganda and that alcohol was just as bad or worse. Come you present or ex users, get honest with yourself and stop telling lies to covince yourself. You are only tying to convunce yourselfs. I hav never touched
the stuf and you are like many other people trying to hide your stupidity in trying to convince others that it is allright to use, so is my friend and of course he is wasting his time. Robby's comment is 100% correct, the rest of you will never learn. When you show your friends some of the good decissions you made in your life, they wonder how the hell you knew
this. I know and they never will.
12/05/2012 7:42:29 p.m.
How about banning alcohol if we are going to be so uptight about the way drugs effect us??
I don't see people on marajuana going out fighting, killing people in cars, hurting themselves and doing things they regret.
So what if marajuana makes people a bit lazy, atleast it doesn't destroy their bodies and leave them with a disgusting hangover in the morning.
I'm sure the hospital staff in weekend emergency services will tell you all about the hospital admissions they DONT get for weed smokers.
12/05/2012 2:08:10 p.m.
As a crude random sample of people I know, roughly half had experimented with the drug. None I would consider regular smokers.However, depends on where you go in NZ, some areas have more occurrence of it than others. It is a known fact that the drug reduces the function of the prefrontal cortex, meaning that over long term use of it, the person loses motivation. It is also linked to depression and Schizophrenia. But so too does alcohol. Like cannabis, alcohol is a mood altering drug. What I am calling for is people not take any of those drugs but realistically that’s not feasible. What we need is to decriminalise it, but provide more education on it. Trash the media saying how good it is and introduce greater penalties if you are caught driving or operating any machinery with either substance in your body. Trucking firms, Charter airlines and recreational boaties should be randomly tested. If caught with the drug in their body, they should be fired and lose their licence.If a driver is intoxicated and kills someone, we should give them man slaughter, and return the right for the victim to sue the driver for negligence.
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