Pot can be a poison-prison or creative catalyst

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Are we jokin’ about your tokin’?”
Oct. 30, 2007

To the editor:
Anybody who has smoked weed (there are a lot of us on campus) does not need a McGill study to realize the benefits and downfalls of partaking in the herb.

I have been what is colloquially known as “chronic” since I was 15, and now at age 22 I have seen the ramifications of pot-headery.

Obviously, it makes you feel good to smoke a joint, but there are numerous consequences to indulging, and just like any stoner debate, this is easily quelled with the word ‘subjectivity.’

Weed is not for everyone, and through experience, I have seen it help and hurt many people from high school dropouts to graduate micro-biologists and actuaries. Habitual or medicinal, weed is just like any other substance and can be abused.

If one chooses to make marijuana part of their life, they risk exacerbating the problems they already experience. It can be a poison prison for the mind or a creative catalyst, and the reactions are as wide reaching as the drug itself.

So take a hit to see if it’s for you, but don’t expect it to be a miracle cure for anything. It’s just a wonderfully sticky plant that grows in the ground and should be used as a hobby rather than a crutch.
"Ryan
Arts & Humanities IV

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