MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 88
Article views: 2030
Latest Badges:

View all ThinkingChick's badges.

Marijuana, magic mushrooms and madness

10 December 2012, 16:26
I've been reading the story about Debbie Calitz and comments on the story. So, this woman was arrested for marijuana and magic mushrooms. Harmless drugs that are only illegal because of very out-dated apartheid laws. Under apartheid porn was illegal, mixed marriage was illegal and so was abortion.

You cannot equate the two drugs she was arrested for with any hard drugs like heroin or cocaine or meth. Nobody has ever died from marijuana, not one death ever. I have no idea if people have died from magic mushrooms - possibly if they were stupid and ate poisonous ones that they thought were hallucinogenic.

Marijuana is rapidly becoming legal in America. It has been decriminalised in many European countries and as a result police and the judicial system are able to focus on more important things. In Portugal all drugs are legal - guess what? The use of drugs went down. I think chemical drugs are dangerous and, like cigarettes, they are designed to be addictive.

Let's look at two completely legal substances that do kill people: alcohol and cigarettes. Cigarettes will kill the smoker, while alcohol can cause the deaths of many. It is responsible for a lot of domestic violence, lethal car accidents. Ask anyone who grew up with an alcoholic at home and they will tell you how unbelievably awful it was. Speak to someone who had a parent who smoked pot and they probably didn't even know about it.

So, why are those things legal? Tell you why - tax.

If weed and mushrooms were legal and people were growing their own (which they do anyway) how would they be taxed on it? Well, seems the Americans are coming up with a plan that they think will work. When they do, hey - we have a great new export crop, providing we legalise too.

So, if this government legalised just those two substances, imagine how much more police and judicial system effort could actually go into real crime? The awful drug dealers, the rapists, the murderers and, yes, the politicians who steal from us and lie to us every day.

I am not interested in being part of a movement like those marijuana couple folk - that's absurd. If I want to smoke pot or have a shroom trip once in a while that does not define me as a person. I am not interested at all in that sub-culture where all you are is the substance. Icky, indeed.

But, back to where I started, these are apartheid era laws. If you think the other ones that have been abolished should have stayed, then hey - sorry people - you are in need of some help.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Mark Nancarrow
Why I love Cambodia’s capital

There are so many reasons to hate Cambodia’s bite sized capital of Phnom Penh. Open sewers, naked children, piles of burning garbage on every street. Its a dirty, smelly, noisy amalgam. But Phnom Penh grows on you and by the time you leave it will occupy a special place in your heart. Read more...

0 comments 0 views
Submitted by
Nkanyiso Land Tumi
Fees must fall movement is unforg...

I am very shocked to see students protesting in the presence of police as if they're criminals. Read more...

0 comments 3942 views
Submitted by
De Wet Ferreira
Put the 'heal' Back into Mental H...

We all know what do when we cut or scratch ourselves, right? Our first response, without even thinking about it, is to go for the medicine cabinet – grabbing the antiseptic ointment and a plaster or two.  Read more...

0 comments 220 views
Submitted by
Colin Harding
Western cape dams are 30% lower t...

Not to understate the seriousness of the drought that South Africa is caught up in, I am a little concerned when local government state one statistic and the DWA have a different statistic. Read more...

0 comments 824 views
Submitted by
Logical Knowledge
Colonised Universal Branding

I can not help but wonder what Decolonised education entails. If it does not include Maths, Science, Biology, Engineering, Industrial progression what are you fighting for and about? Read more...

0 comments 708 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2016 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.