MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains why it’s time that we rewrite our laws against cannabis, and how the prohibition of marijuana does far more harm than the plant itself.
By Tammy DeSocio 2:30 pm MT
When I joined the United States Air Force in December 1986 I was bombarded with so much government propaganda on the harmful effects of marijuana and warned of any use of the substance would be grounds for immediate discharge along with harsh disciplinary action. You can only imagine my surprise while attending a party at my first duty station at Wheeler AFB (now Army Airfield), Hawaii, seeing high ranking enlisted personnel and officers passing doobies around. When it was offered to me I immediately refused for fear of being kicked out – after everything that was drilled into me in basic training I didn’t want to do anything that would get me kicked out now!! I was stationed in Hawaii!! Didn’t want to mess that one up!!
I was exposed to it numerous times throughout my 23 years in the military. I was familiar with its effect. Tried it in high school with my friends and knew I enjoyed the feeling I got from it. Just like many of my peers, I believed the propaganda being spread all over media on the harmful effects of marijuana. Saw it as the brain frying product government wanted us to believe in those Regan propaganda days.
After retiring for two years and being on several prescription drugs for anxiety, depression, and I.B.S. Proposition 203 had passed in Arizona and I couldn’t wait to fry my brain on drugs. So I got my medical marijuana card and got the medicine. I was determined to kill myself on marijuana. I smoked, and smoked, and smoked. My depression worsened to a point I stopped eating for several months. Only thing I would do was cannabis. The whole time I was trying to “kill” myself on cannabis – I was successfully healing myself. The two VA doctors I saw for depression and anxiety told me I did not need to come back unless my symptoms came back. None of my prescription pills had been filled since I got my medical card. I wouldn’t say cannabis has “cured” me but it has helped my symptoms enough that I can be a normal member of society. We need to show the world just how normal we are and how healthy we are in order to stop prohibition. Just one person at a time. We have to believe and be the proof. It will happen.
Tammy DeSocio – 420 Activist and Weeder Editorial writer-editorial page