Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Reefer Madness

The recent verdict by the Obama administration rejecting the reclassification of marijuana reminded me of Larry "Ratso" Sloman's book, Reefer Madness, which charts the history of marijuana, starting with George Washington's experiments with hemp.  There was a very funny scene in the movie, Dazed and Confused, where one of the characters expounds on Washington toking pot.  I suppose nothing went further to demonize this long-used drug than the film, Reefer Madness, from which Sloman took the title of his book.


  1. Cannabis = God's gift to humankind - as he created

    ''herbs for the service of mankind'' Psalm 104:14

    ''leafs of the tree for medicine'' Ezekiel 47:7

    Byblos ~ ancient Egyptian goddess of knowledge & cannabis:


    At the time the Old Testament was initially written, the Israelites lived in Egypt and used their medicine for healing.

  2. I was rather shocked by the vitriolic stance in this report. You would think we had finally moved beyond the idea of cannabis as a "demon drug." It is less harmful than tobacco, the NIH reported some years back. As yet, there has been no cancer link with cannabis, unlike tobacco. It can cause respiratory damage like the inhalation of any smoke, but even the most committed marijuana smoker doesn't smoke the equivalent of 20 cigarettes per day. Neil Franklin's comments were spot on.