My heart still hurts for Amber's family and friends. I often think of how her life would of turned out if she wasn't taken so young. Maybe a couple kids, awesome husband, large family get togethers with Erika and Alison's families, etc. I am glad I was given the opportunity to know this family growing up. So today, and often I remember little, sweetly sassy Amber.
I will never forget the profound loss felt by our entire community when Amber left us. I am so happy I knew her. She was a beautiful child of the 80's and the little girl inside worshipped her fashion and of course her hair. My heart is always with you ladies. Sending love
The gateway theory has been disproved to the point where it is now an accepted fallacy (http://europe.newsweek.com/marijuana-not-gateway-drug-325358?rm=eu), and even the NIDA website says so. It is illegality rather than the substance itself that puts people in touch with the black market. Also, CBD is not psychoactive, so I feel you are muddying the waters a little here.
The loss of my beautiful friend Amber was one of the most profound losses that I've ever experienced. It still hurts to my core, yet I know that my pain barely touches the pain felt by her parents and sisters. Amber remains in my daily thoughts, as do Francine, Alison, and Erika.
Yes I will join you in prayers! Love you and your family! Lori Boots
"Cannabis was once a common ingredient in patent medicines, but for most of modern memory it has been a prohibited, stigmatized stoney gateway drug."
"Cannabis was once common, but for most of modern memory it has been stigmatized as a prohibited, stoney gateway drug."
This addresses the stigma without said stigma, and recognizes the fact of marijuana's ubiquity before such stigmatizing began. Limiting cannabis discussion to terms of drugs and medicines completely ignores the plant's lucrative presence in all of history and today. It's very common, but it's also a result of the stigma that is being addressed. "Drug" and "medicine" can be used synonymously with "cannabis" in applied contexts, but it's just false information to suggest the plant is primarily either.
marijuana isnt addictive in any traditional sense of the term. this needs to be made clear and understood. consuming marijuana is a habit, it alters a perception not unlike being engaged in a fun activity, but there are no dependant withdrawal issues beyond the habit, and psychology thereof. caffiene is addictive, the withdrawl can be especially painful even after short use, as it literally affects blood flow. i experience crippling migranes coming off of caffiene, no more for me. sugar is ridiculously addictive, and harmful, in more ways than our commercially profitable society will ever address. alcohol is a demon of addiction, the withdrawls can literally be deadly. but marijuana is not addictive, and the term "gateway drug" has long been understood to be a scare tactic. the term "gateway drug" is ONLY used by people ignorant of the greater human condition enough to use the term in the first place. this is all common knowledge to the truely experienced. as a substance abuse counselor, the author of this article made a living addressing worst case scenarios (and probably lots of pointless court mandated cases). ive known many counselors. marijuana belongs to everybody, yet we've all been raised in an era of generations old prohibition and fear mongering. people who really have a grasp of the bigger picture gained from open experience are few and far between, whereas the regurgitated propaganda of yesteryear is still being barfed all over the place today.
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Jan 19, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 3
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