How the internet freed America from ridiculous anti-drug propaganda – Vox

As promised, an excerpt and link to the article for Friday’s post, yes I had to POST-pone tomorrow’s one. Sorry, but at least it gives you a chance to read up and get some context for the short rant about this 1980’s, Anti-Cannabis, after school special, p.s.a (a short propaganda film) that only three quarters of which, I managed to endure.



“The internet opened America to more balanced perspectives on drugs.

How did the marijuana legalization movement take off so quickly?

There are many factors, but one of them is undoubtedly the internet.

For the past century, most of the information Americans received about drugs came from the government, anti-drug groups, and media — but these reports were often verysensationalist, based on the claims of law enforcement and government officials who have a vested interest in continuing the war on drugs. The internet helped break this monopoly on information about drugs, including pot — not only helping Americans develop more nuanced perspectives about drugs and their effects, but also opening people to the idea that maybe some of these drugs aren’t so bad, so they should be legally allowed.

“For decades, most Americans were only able to get information about the effects of marijuana itself, and the policies prohibiting it, from the government or from mainstream media outlets who tended to source their stories mostly from the government,” said Tom Angell, head of the pro-legalization Marijuana Majority. “But as more Americans got online, they could access alternative perspectives from a growing number of websites and organizations dedicated to providing a more realistic picture.”

Anti-drug rhetoric has been out of control for more than a century

Reefer madness: It’s now a phrase that’s widely mocked in discussions about marijuana — something so absurd that just saying it can elicit laughs.

But back when the term was first used, it was not a joke. It was a serious phrase used to describe what anti-drug groups — and the federal government — saw as a threat: that marijuana would cause people to act wildly, and even commit violent and sexual crimes…”

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Source: How the internet freed America from ridiculous anti-drug propaganda – Vox


So we can thank the mighty internet for educating those who are interested.

I was reading up and watching an array of documentaries on the plant before I was fully immersed. I suppose that was as far back as 2005 that I’d at least started researching it from a mildly interested stance.

It was when I was studying Fine Art in London that I recall the propaganda and furore over cannabis and “super skunk” and it’s link to mental illness and the usual spiel, all in the various newspapers and the overtly biased television documentaries.

So it was pretty much then that I’d begun to take an active interest in the truth, the bare facts about the plant from the bottom, up as it were.

It’s not long after then that Prof. David Nutt had been sacked from his job as head of drug advisory for the government. He went against the grain. His research and advice was contrary to the narrative that was sought to be portrayed by the powers that be.

I wanted the skinny!

Also with the many progressive news sites and YouTube channels cropping up all over the place, there’s an ever increasing amount of positive exposure for Cannabis.

As a matter of course, I have this blog which was essentially born of my dissertation from my final year of studies.

Irie folks,

Watch For The Skies

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