By Derek Paul
There will always be cultural indifferences within the Cannabis community, just like there are two sides to a coin. When flipped you will occasionally get one side; then maybe another. Certain people within our com-munity need help from us to get back on track, so that we can promote health and safety as one unified force. Without looking so hypocritical… In the end we are all fighting for the same thing. To be able to get sick peo-ple their desired medications, without fear of prosecu-tion or judgment.
I have had the opportunity and pleasure of spending time with some of the most influential people that have benefited our culture immensely, as well as some of the most manipulating, greedy and self centered folks who tend to poison everything the medical community has worked towards. Certain individuals seem like they are fueled, not by the idea of educating our brothers and sisters, but with the concept that money is the essence of existence. Let`s face it though, there will always be people that do not respect the plant as a medicine. The important thing to focus on is what we, as a collective community, can do to help educate these people and to promote change in their values towards Cannabis.
There has to be a point where we all take a united stand, and preach the word to our own community that it should not be treated like a drug, but like a medicine. There are a number of media influences out there that keep our culture pushed back, a lot of movies that depict us as slow minded degenerates that only function when recently medicated. There are many avenues that the media has used; even something as beautiful as music can be harbored as another source of nutrition-less garbage for our culture. Pioneers such as Bob Marley and the Beatles excluded of course. It just seems like a really skewed reality when we want the general public to take our culture seriously but we can’t get over certain primitive self-destructive habits that send our legalization efforts back ten years.
We, as a culture, need to lead by example to illustrate to fellow Cannabis enthusiasts’ that Cannabis is a med-icine that can really help sick people. Preach the word over and over that it can be used to better ones quality of life when sick or in pain. This plant really can change the world for the better, and all I am trying to say is this, before you make your opinions open to the public eye, educate yourself and make sure you move our culture forward. Please don’t set us back; there are a lot of sick people counting on a change. A change that we should be able to achieve, as long as we stay educated and enlightened.