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The First Cannabis-related Death Causes Prohibitionists To Climax

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Spin Doctor bulletin: The first incident of fatal marijuana overdose has been recorded in the UK. (For the article, click here)

Kind of suspect, I think, given the timing of the incident. Nothing of the sort has ever been recorded until, wouldn’t you know it, marijuana gets legalized in a couple of US states and Uruguay, prompting the legalization movements around the world to push for it in their respective states. And, lo and behold, the first fatal incident is identified.

Maybe he was forced into his ruling not by a nefarious cloud of evil puppeteers, but by a creeping sense of righteousness over a substance he may not have been partial to

All too convenient for my taste.

But hardly a conspiracy. The cause of death was certified by a physician, after all. This man, a professional, may truly believe that the cause of death was what he claimed it was. Maybe he was forced into his ruling not by a nefarious cloud of puppeteers, but by a creeping sense of righteousness over a substance he may not have been partial to, and which he had a chance to identify as the killer, it having been found in excessive quantities in the body of the deceased.

In fact, maybe he was right. Maybe this freak incident was for real.

The question is, what does one incident tell us? Anything comprehensive or conclusive? Does it provide anything other than a Daily-Mail-style headline (“newsflash: Marijuana DOES kill!”)

Yeah, well so do stairs, pillows, ice-cream, jealous husbands, psycho wives, hot-air balloons, doorknobs, and loud music. Not very often, but yes, these items have been known to snuff the odd person here and there.

It can save a ton of money currently being wasted on the war on drugs

The question is, are they more harmful than useful? Do their benefits outweigh their costs?

As with pillows and marriage and doorknobs and jolly sundry, it seems that marijuana has more benefits than costs. Not just medical, but economical. It can save a ton of money currently being wasted on the war on drugs, while raising even more via taxes. Not to mention that it may mellow the crap out of some maniacs and knuckleheads.

In the end, facts matter. Maybe the mellowing out part isn’t important — who gives a shit really? — and the medical part is meh — people kinda give a shit, but not quite (see cancer and the lack of a cure for it, and the vested interest of the pharmaceutical industry in sustainable disease, a business model everyone and their mother is aware of by now) — but no one can argue with more more money in the coffers, more jobs, and a stronger economy.

Eyes open, mind sharp.

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