Drugs – Marijuana and Mental Capacity

Marijuana and that Glazed Look in the eyes…

One of the things I do is work at trade shows.  I sell a couple of products. So, I’m essentially trying to communicate my ideas about the products and their benefits as succinctly as possible.  

How quickly the person I’m speaking to ‘gets it’ has a certain amount to do with me but I made an interesting observation this past weekend working a trade show. 

The show was geared to an older group, mainly 50 plus.  In Toronto.

Last summer I did a show in Vancouver, Canada.  I’ve been working at that show each year, selling, for about 10 years. I made an observation to some other Vendors at the Vancouver show earlier this year that people the people that were coming by the booths were getting harder and harder to talk to.  The reaction I received from these other vendors was amazing. They were having the same problems.  Some of the other vendor that I spoke to thought the problem was that more and more people were on pharmaceuticals and some thought it was because Vancouver was drugged out on dope(pot, marijuana).  Was just making them more dopey.

I’m not sure and I don’t know if any studies on this have been made but I certainly observed a significant difference.  In Vancouver there were many glazed over eyes.  The attention span is getting shorter and shorter.  Pretty scary really.  

 I really don’t know if it was the age group or the city but the group this past weekend was certainly paying attention.  There could be other factors but in Vancouver, I find it difficult to go almost anywhere in the city without being exposed to the smell of dope or the evidence of the damage that drugs are doing to that city.

Drives me nuts when the purporters of this drug(and make no bones, it is a drug) go on about the fact that no one has ever died from marijuana(dope, pot).  This from a site called promises.com

“If a driver is under the influence of alcohol, their risk of a fatal crash is 13 times higher than the risk of the driver who is not under the influence of alcohol,” Dr. Guohua Li said. “But if the driver is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, their risk increases to 24 times that of a sober person.”*

Drugs, marijuana included, diminish one’s capacity.  Short term and long term.  I’ve seen too many lives destroyed by drugs, again marijuana included.  There are lots of people that ‘function’ – to me that is more like the functioning alcoholic.  

There are a lot of movements to limit and lessen the use of drugs in our society.  I’m hoping they are successful.  I like people and like talking to them.  It is just rough when they are out of it as a result of the continued use of pot. 

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