How Reefer Madness is still prevalent in today’s society
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 03/27/2015 in Medical Marijuana Research
The dark ages of Reefer Madness leading up to the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, the original measure for outlawing the plant, only changed faces over the years but have remained a constant factor in the way the mainstream media presents information.
The other day I was scouring my Facebook feed and saw a post by Marc Emery, The Prince of Pot, about an article written by Laura Cudworth talking about “shatter” being the ‘highly addictive version of cannabis”.
Her article regurgitated the same old reefer madness through and through and even went on saying, “Whether it will overshadow crystal meth and oxycodone in popularity has yet to be seen.”
To even compare these substances with cannabis in any form is a position of deception with the motive to induce fear into any who read these kinds of articles.
Fact Check Failures
Her article was riddled with fabrications like “a Gram of Shatter costs $100 on the streets”. I mean seriously, if Potheads could afford $100 a gram then either all cannabis smokers are filthy rich bastards or the ‘stoner stereotype’ of the lazy couch-sitting zombie is not true. How else would somebody be able to support a habit that is that expensive?
Taking Colorado’s pot industry into consideration you can find premium bud for roughly $80 per quarter ounce. Some places are a bit cheaper. We’re talking about roughly $11 per gram here. Obviously, shatter is a bit more expensive than regular bud however, $90 dollars more expensive, that’s just ridiculous. Most people can find shatter between $20 – $30 USD per gram.
Yet despite her intimate lack of knowledge on the subject matter, she still had a platform to spew forth her reefer madness unchecked.
The problem with these articles
There is a problem to those who are trying to educate themselves on cannabis. The problem is that when reading these kinds of articles is that they assume it is true. In turn, they formulate opinions based on these lies and perpetuate prohibition, which has affected millions of people around the world and caused immeasurable damage to the global society.
It’s time to shame these people not because of their belief on pot but rather because of their active involvement of spreading ignorance to the masses. Reefer Madness is still prevalent in today’s society however thanks to the internet people can now fact check.
I encourage anyone to fact check any article on pot use, whether it’s for or against…don’t just consume information…test it!