It’s not really atheist-related, but it pissed me off.
Saskatchewanian Kieran King was suspended from his high school because he said (said!) that marijuana wasn’t as bad as alcohol.
According to the National Post:
“In my opinion, cannabis is safer than they say, it is not worse than alcohol or tobacco,” said King, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student.
[Principal Susan] Wilson accused King of using and selling marijuana at school… King has offered to submit to a voluntary drug test to prove otherwise.
“I’ve never smoked marijuana. I’ve never even seen it,” said King.
He said he had done independent research on marijuana use out of personal curiosity and decided to share the information with his friends at school.
I believe him. I’ve never smoked it, but I’ve read enough about it to know it’s not going to do the damage that even small amounts of alcohol do. Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) wrote extensively about marijuana in his book Reefer Madness. How bad is pot? Schlosser writes:
Marijuana is one of the few therapeutically active substances for which there is no well-defined fatal dose. It has been estimated that a person would have to smoke a hundred pounds of marijuana a minute for fifteen minutes in order to induce a lethal response.
In any case, the school is wrong. Kieran is right. And he wasn’t promoting the use of drugs. Just stating facts.
Just read the article. It’ll make you mad.
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