Wednesday, May 17, 2006

A TOUGH PILL TO SWALLOW . . . WITH COTTONMOUTH

Apparently, after a 17 year withdrawal, Cesamet, a synthetic version of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, will return to the pharmaceuticals market. I'm not gonna get into the pros & cons, or the whys & wherefores on pot and other drugs. My take on seatbelt laws the other day probably tells you all you need to know about my opinion.

Nonetheless, I'll admit to getting the giggles when I noticed that in addition to drowsiness, vertigo and dry mouth, "euphoria" is included among this weedless weed's "side effects."

That's like calling "getting paid" a side effect of employment.

Hey, maybe someday we'll have warning labels on sex partners: "Side effects may include sexually transmitted diseases, clinginess, random phone calls at inappropriate hours, huge swings in ego and self-esteem (depending on gender), as well as the extremely satisfying physical & emotional release known as orgasm."

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And finally, no B.S.: when I saved the initial draft of this post last night, the "word verification" to prove I'm not a spambot was "nxibake."

You can't make this stuff up.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Barry said...

nxibake, eh? How totally appropriate (note the token use of the word, 'totally,' dude).
That's funny . . . I guess we're getting closer to living 1984 . . . more soma here, please.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Token use, or tokin' use?

No need to ask for Soma though. It's been in the water for years.

10:43 AM  
Blogger ajsmith said...

Hey Mike,

Back in a former life, I used to work in drug policy reform. Among the many issues that this encompassed - syringe exchange/AIDS prevention, mandatory minimum sentencing, supporting right-wing death squads in Colombia, and basic freedom of consciousness, one of the most absurd was our government's war on folks who use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

You would think it's not a big issue, until you meet folks with suicide-level chronic pain, or severe muscle spasticity, or AIDS wasting syndrome, or going through chemo, who cannot find adequate relief otherwise, or who cannot tolerate the heavy-duty chemical drugs prescribed for them.

But, of course, the drug war is about money, not drugs. And marijuana, harmless though it may be, is the most widely used of the illicit "drugs" and therefore, marijuana enforcement is the major cog in the enforcement cash machine. The government, of course, has bent over backwards to keep the plant strictly illegal, under any circumstances, but is happy to allow its free citizens to use its patentable chemical derivatives.

Anyway, in the former life I mentioned, I wrote some stuff that someone might still find interesting.

This is a story in Reason Magazine about a guy who was sentenced to 93 years by the state of Oklahoma for growing pot for medicinal use.

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/media/ajs1.htm

And this is an editorial on the relevance of the medical mj debate to the maintenance of the drug war industrial complex.

http://www.pissedoff.com/archive/medmj.shtml

Anyway, sorry if the long post of self-referencing links bother anyone. Not usually my style, but whatever. (-:

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

AJ-

On the contrary, thanks for the links. The stuff you outline in the second piece is pretty outrageous. The first link doesn't work though. It says I'm not "authorized" to view it. Maybe a synthetic version of its active ingredient'll work though.

Seriously, maybe you can re-post it?

8:23 PM  
Blogger ajsmith said...

Sure thing. Don't know why I didn't just go find the original to begin with.

http://reason.com/9705/col.smith.shtml

BTW, hope you're enjoying Lima Time today. Bannister made it through five pitches - yes, FIVE PITCHES - in his rehab start. Good thing we didn't put Heilman in the rotation or anything drastic like that.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

AJ-

Any updates on this guy's status since Reason published the piece? Is he still in prison?

3:21 PM  
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