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Fun turned to addiction, anxiety and drift

Letter

Why would any Government really want to legalise the recreational use of marijuana?

I started smoking marijuana at 15 years of age and continued doing so for the next 19 years. My reasons for smoking dope initially were out of curiosity coupled with a degree of peer pressure. What started out as rebellious fun soon morphed into full-blown marijuana addiction and experimentation with more powerful and dangerous drugs.

Some of the consequences of my smoking this drug were increased levels of anxiety, paranoia, diminished motivation and excessive daydreaming and fantasizing. Aside from the euphoric high I experienced after smoking marijuana, there is nothing else I would recommend about it. Did it relax me? Yes, but as I came down I would be hit with a raft of very negative and destructive emotions and feelings that I was unable to properly manage or control. My personality changed quite dramatically, leading to heightened levels of insecurity, social isolation, excessive risk-taking and deteriorating mental health.

My story is a very different story to what is being touted by both our politicians and the legalisation advocates. Nonetheless, I think it only fair and reasonable that the voting public get to hear both sides of the argument in order to make a well-reasoned and balanced decision.

Will everyone who smokes marijuana have a similar story to my story? I think not. However, I think it fair to say that there is an awful lot of research and data out there that paints a very different scenario and is not being promoted to the same degree.

To say yes to the recreational use of marijuana is to give the green light to an incredibly destructive piece of legislation that will do way more damage than good. Be brave NZ and don't be hoodwinked by slick marketing that says this is a good thing.

Russell Tolley

  1. A McKellow says:

    Addictions of society:
    1. Alcohol
    2. Pornography
    3. Gambling
    4. Drugs
    5. Money
    The first 3 have been legalized either through law or permissiveness via social media.
    Legalizing 4 allows the barons of 5 to prosper further.

  2. PJ Reed says:

    I would rather the emphasis is placed on the health of people using the substance rather than an ineffective legal policy. The law has been in place since sometime in the sixties and really hasn’t provided any effective action against the misuse of drugs. I haven’t seen any reliable arguments supporting prohibition as an effective treatment.

    1. A McKellow says:

      Prohibition does not work. However, changing the distribution network for a substance by legalising smaller quantities doesn’t solve society’s problem with a drug.
      Why not legalise small distilleries for personal use for “recreational” alcohol users?
      Time will show this to be just another tax collection scheme with no social or medical benefits.