What does 50 years of Marijuana smoking do to you?
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 04/29/2015 in Medical Marijuana Research
We frequently hear prohibitionists talk about “longevity of marijuana use” and the uncertainty of what it could do to you. The problem with this assessment is that it would mean that marijuana use is something ‘new’; however, there are millions of cannabis smokers that have a few decades of cannabis use under their belts meaning that we do have some reference to what a 50-year-old stoner would look like.
Meet Catherine Hiller
The 68-year old novelist wrote a book called “Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoire” where she spoke about her 50+ years of consuming marijuana.
“I wanted to show people that smoking marijuana did not make me hit rock bottom,” Ms. Hiller, 68, said. “My story is the story of so many people who use each day. And so what? What’s the issue? What will it lead to?”
She outlines in her book how she partook of the sacred herb without the dire consequences spoken of by prohibitionists. She did not become a heroin junkie, she did not get arrested (fortunately) and she did not become an obese pig like beast who couldn’t stop her craving for munchies. In fact, she turned out just fine.
The point of her memoire is to illustrate just how ‘normal’ cannabis consumption can really be without any serious side effects.
Meet the 20 million arrested in the US
Catherine Hiller managed to live a plentiful life all the while consuming cannabis. She is not a junkie but rather says she is as addicted to marijuana as most people are to coffee. On the other hand, we have the poor unfortunate souls who were caught by the long crooked arm of the law.
In many cases minorities, however we can safely say that these days that regardless of ethnicity, you are not safe from police intervention and could land a criminal record nonetheless.
For the 20+ million who have been arrested and those that did receive a felony conviction, to live the life of Catherine is incredibly difficult. A felony conviction will haunt you to your grave. It will render you unable to take out loans and will force you into alternative means of making money, in many cases the underworld.
The moral of the story
If we see how a person who smoked cannabis, unscathed by the ‘potential dangers’ presented to us by prohibitionists, live a successful life and compare this to the future of those who have not been lucky enough to evade the police. We can see that the laws against cannabis use is far more detrimental than marijuana itself.
The case of Hiller shows us that you can smoke marijuana and do just fine in life; it’s the punishment for consumption that truly ruins lives. We must embrace the fact that humans will always want to alter their state of consciousness, whether through alcohol, cannabis or anything else they can get their hands on.
Instead of trying to arrest drug consumption away, we could rather educate the masses on proper use and help people make an informed decision about their consumption choices. They said that cannabis ruins your life, but really, “drug laws” is the real culprit in this scenario.