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Comment warriors

27 September 2012, 13:58

COMMENT WARRIORS

Very soon after the experiences of a smokers wife, harrowing and distressing, were posted here, the comments began to fly in decrying it..  Why, what had I, or the author of the account said?  Neither she nor I made any specific claim. There was no need, actually.  Any intelligent, dispassionate person can see the following logic.     

A person, kind, hardworking and happy, uses a powerful mind altering drug over a period of years.  He develops some strange symptoms.  Then events described by his wife takes place. She happens to be the person closest to him, who knows him best.  She reading the experiences of others makes a connection between the two events.  But that is not all;. Neither she nor I make any specific claim.  Yet here comes the  comment warriors in their usual swarms.  (people who in most cases never comment here on any other subjects.)  to screech that there is no evidence. of a connection between cannabis and a psychosis.  I have not alleged.. A word  I do not use because I have no idea what it means.    

Evidence, who said anything about evidence?  What this is, is an indication, which any sensible person would take as a warning, and as to reason to know a good deal more before taking the existing controls off this already illegal drug.    

Fundamentally it is a reason to disbelieve the slick advertising of the substance as soft and safe. I don’t believe these comment warriors will accept anything as evidence that cannabis is dangerous. In this they are like the pathetic remainder of the tobacco lobby who still argue that cigarettes do not cause cancer.    

My informant may be wrong about there being a connection between her husbands cannabis smoking and his current state. (Though I”ll be surprised is I don’t get any other similar testimonies as a result, and though I have now had so many  “anecdotal” communications of this kind, several in private, along astonishingly similar lines that only the most obdurate dogmatist could pretend there was nothing at all to worry about.      

But what these rabid and vituperative commenter’s hate is the widespread display and broadcast of truthful accounts which cast doubts on their selfish complacency.  They know in their hearts that their pleasure is damaging and dangerous, to themselves and to others.  Many of them, I would guess, have had quarrels with families and to those close to them over their habit, in which relatives have pleaded with them to stop behaving as they do. They have ignored those pleas and are guilty about it.     PETER  HITCHENS - WIKIPE 
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