Vancouver: City On Drugs

It is no secret to my friends and most of my acquaintances that I really don’t like drugs and the extensive use of them in our society.  I just don’t like what drugs do to people.  

I spent the last few weeks working at a fair in Vancouver Canada.  It was scary the number/percentage of people that were just spaced.  Attention spans of twenty seconds or so.  So many were really unable to listen to what I was saying.  I’ve been doing this for a long, long time and know how to keep people’s attention (most of the time)!

It is very easy to put this off to the fact that people are just too busy and in too much of a hurry – more so each year – my observations belie this.

I mentioned this phenomenon to some other vendors at the PNE and to some regular customers.  I received a couple of interesting comments. One person thought that these particular types were on some prescribed pharmaceuticals.  Another person observed that it was far too easy to access pot now.  Especially in Vancouver.  Either way, most agreed that their was a definite decline in peoples attention and awareness.

And here is another observation I’ve made.  I speak my feelings about marijuana to a LOT of people.  People that do not smoke it – whether they did in the past or never did – generally agree with me that progressively harmful effects can be seen in those that do smoke it.

Those that do smoke pot on a regular or semi regular basis – there is like a switch that goes off.  It is really weird but the idea of the harmlessness of marijuana is so consistent in anyone that I’ve spoken to that does pot I had to look at what I was like back in the 60s when I tried it.

For me and many of my friends, it was experimentation.  I tried it for a while.  While I was doing it I was completely convinced that there was no harm in it and it actually helped me.  A bit later, I was away from my friends that smoked it for some time and it wasn’t readily available.  As a result, I just didn’t do it for some months.  (Wasn’t that big of a deal.)  It was then that I realized that I much preferred not to be stoned.  Fog lifted and I was much more clear headed and alert.

Pretty much one for one, when I watch people that smoke pot regularly over a year or more, I can see a lessening of communication, a lessening of patience.  Some get down right paranoid!

 

I’ve had friends/acquaintances that even when offered some information that disagreed with their view on marijuana, refused to even look at it.  There is a ton of information on the harmful effects of pot but there is that ‘switch’ – so anybody that actually does it on any kind of regular basis just won’t look.

Then there is the comparison to alcohol. The ‘catchy’ phrase of people arguing for pot: “Well, no one has ever died from pot!”  Oh, really?  My friend Pat had a nephew that smoked pot. He had asthma.  He was stoned and was having trouble breathing due to his asthma.  According to friends(also stoned at the time) he was so apathetic from being stoned, that he just didn’t care and died.  This is pretty tragic.

Do your research.  This is not an individual instance of death as a result of this drug.

I friend of mine – a bartender in Red Deer, Alberta.  He smokes pot.  Fairly regularly.  We were discussing the subject and he knows my views about dope.  I mentioned the fact of pot creating a lack of drive in most people that I meet.  He told me that is something that he really has a problem with in life – the lack of drive.  It is a real issue for him.  But because he smokes dope, he really can’t/won’t do anything about it.

I mean, really, the term ‘dope’ wasn’t coined for no reason.

I know a number of people in Vancouver that are heavily promoting and supporting the legalization of marijuana in Canada.  The number of people that have trouble with extensive use (or any use for that matter) is not very difficult if you look.  Makes me think these folks are kinda selfish in their goals.

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