Wednesday, April 9, 2008

More Sensationalism From UK Press

The Headline screams:

Cannabis Linked to Mans Suicide

Coroner Stanley Hooper entered the controversy about the reclassification of the drug after hearing how a young man committed suicide while suffering from schizophrenia brought on by cannabis use.

Mr Hooper said politicians should reflect on the case of the 21-year-old Stuart Lester when considering whether to upgrade cannabis to a class B drug.

I would have hoped that the coroner would have said something along the lines of:

"Politicians should reflect on the case of this man and start some real education on the effects of Cannabis abuse amongst young people."

I'll say it again. There is a HUGE difference between Cannabis USE and Cannabis ABUSE. It is time to start a large scale education campaign on what effects abuse can have on people, especially those suffering, or those predisposed to Schizophrenia.

Reclassifying Cannabis in the UK to a Class B substance will do absolutely nothing to lower Cannabis use or abuse amongst young British kids.

Throwing up stories like this without clarifying the differences clouds the issues involved and only serves to hinder further steps toward legalisation for medicinal use of the drug.
It is also interesting to note that the headline conveniently omits the fact that this poor bloke had taken Ecstasy before suiciding.