How cannabis kills (shamefully)
I enclose 2 links to the “Malaysian Insider” newspaper. Firstly, the story about two young Thai men now awaiting a brutal death for cannabis offences at the hands of the Malaysian High Court: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/24148-two-thais-to-hang-for-drug-trafficking- note the story link adjacent to the headline concerning the recently broken news item about the UK Talk to Frank advisers who intimated that cannabis was safer than alcohol which is here: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/...ells-children-cannabis-is-safer-than-alcohol-
So here we read about the views of Chris Grayling, Mary Brett and Professor Neil McKeganey cited as highly critical of this apparent truth that cannabis is indeed safer than alcohol. The men are due to die because of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 that states that these offences are trafficking offences punishable only by death. It seems odd that in an Islamic country where alcohol might be thought to be sinful given the position of Islamic law on the subject, that those persons ‘trafficking’ in this drug might be held in violation of some law – not so, alcohol is a legitimate business in bars, shops, clubs and hotels throughout the country. Cannabis is not so proscribed in Islam, yet a bag of the herb can truly lead to grotesque severe whipping and in this case, given the amounts, death. Nobody actually dies from cannabis use.
Perhaps the critics of cannabis should couch their comments in context bearing in mind the irrational discrimination of laws worldwide which celebrate one drug and demonise the other without any basis in science. Whilst there may be some health issues pertaining to cannabis, far more apply to alcohol and tobacco. Lambasting cannabis use in isolation can only lead to unnecessary deaths as we sadly witness abroad.
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