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If you’re reading this blog then you’re probably in the cannabis community. You’re probably not one of those people who thinks that cannabis makes people lazy, or leads to crime, or any other nonsense that is spouted by people who support the prohibition of cannabis. They probably don’t hate the plant itself though, or even the drug aspect of cannabis. They hate the majority of people that use cannabis.

Lets face it, most of us who do smoke don’t conform to societal norms. We might have long hair, unconventional jobs or a different political outlook on life. These things, combined with the use of a drug they view as causing these 'bad habits', means that people view cannabis users with a fair amount of contempt. 

We know that contempt is unfair, but is there anything we can do to stop this? You may have seen our blog post yesterday about the remnants of a cannabis grow being left in the middle of the countryside.

Well we could stop doing things like that. As a community though, we need to be more realistic about cannabis and what it is. If we have serious discussions about whether cannabis does have any health problems that come with use, or whether the medicinal properties of cannabis are somewhat overplayed at times by certain activists (cannabis doesn’t cure all types of cancer, and claiming so is pretty dishonest), then we can start to fight back against this view of stoners an unrealistic people.

It’s not all on us of course, the media in the UK regularly prints lies about cannabis, its users and the effects of it. Only by acting seriously about cannabis as a community will people take our efforts to work against these types of articles seriously. Until then, people will continue to think that cannabis is a blight on our society, rather than the fairly harmless plant that is actually is. 

May 17, 2016 by Gareth Arnold

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