Nothing captured the mindless hysteria of prohibitionists quite like the 1936 film Reefer Madness, where pot users were portrayed killing people, committing suicide and going mad. Eighty-one years later, some people – such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions – still push falsehoods and propaganda about cannabis.

The war on drugs is too profitable to the State and the corporatocracy. Big Pharma funded propaganda campaigns in 2016 as nine states were voting whether to legalize medical and/or recreational cannabis. Thankfully, the propaganda had little effect, as all but one state voted for freedom.

Part of the prohibitionist strategy is to try and convince you that cannabis does bad things to people, and can even cause death. But, unlike other drugs – including alcohol and cigarettes – no one has ever died from ingesting cannabis. There is not a single recorded fatal overdose from cannabis.


In fact, responsible use of cannabis, including oil extracts, can be quite beneficial to the health, which is why states are continually adding to the list of allowable health conditions treated by medical cannabis. We are only just beginning to understand the body’s endocannabinoid system and how cannabis can be used to stimulate this system to reduce inflammation, which is thought to be the cause of many diseases.

Despite the fact that cannabis does not kill people and does not cause the harmful effects of legal drugs, it remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance – the most dangerous category.

To illustrate the absurdity of the situation, it helps to compare cannabis to things that actually do kill people. Among them: icicles, cows, scalding tap water, vending machines, lightning strikes, pencils, hot dogs, jellyfish, fireworks, champagne corks and coconuts.

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A relatively recent entry on the list of odd things that kill people, albeit rarely, is the selfie. Smart phones and a lack of awareness are combining to tragically end the lives of a surprising number of people.

Between March 2014 and Sept. 2016, there have been 127 recorded selfie deaths around the world, according to researchers from the U.S. and India. The vast majority – 76 – have occurred in India, while eight selfie deaths have been recorded in the U.S.

Meanwhile, no one has ever died from cannabis.

But government still feels the need to put cannabis in the most dangerous category of controlled substances under strict prohibition. Government will lock you in a cage, tear your family apart, take away your money and possessions, and even kill you for possessing a plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years.

In fact, the most dangerous part about having pot is the chance of police killing you over it or hauling you to jail. The Free Thought Project has documented many instances of this happening.

19-year-old Zachary Hammond was shot and killed at point blank range by South Carolina police officer Mark Tiller in a sting operation over a few grams of pot. 17-year-old Jonathan Santanella was shot and killed in his car by Texas police officer Rey Garza, who thought he saw some pot in Santanella’s car.

The stories are numerous and tragic, and they underscore the injustice of the drug war. Cannabis never killed anyone. It is a medicinal plant with so much potential to heal, if only government would get out of the way.

Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo.
  • 174thandvyse

    Prohibitionists, like Jeff Sessions, are FILTH.

  • Ibcamn

    cops be like…”put your hands on you”..[BAM BAM BAMBAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM]..”r head or ill shoot”..
    or,”take your hands”..[BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM ]..”out of your pockets asshole”
    or they say”put your hands up now”…[BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM ]..”i feared for my life,he had a phone pointed at me”……..and then after the kill,the cops all gather around for their group high fives and fist bumps on a ”good shoot” and to fill out the report,which never jives with the video[s]and then of course the cops like to get their selfies in with their prey,they get right up in there and grab an arm and pull it up and then they smile with the thumbs up for the good shoot…..they even use to post it on FB,but the departments frown on that so they just carry the selfies[pics] around in their pockets on their phones to show each other and of course use them as screen savers and wallpaper…fucking cowards,people wake up,the cops are just the new form of homegrown terrorists,they have come out of the closets they were in and into the light,they gun us down for sport and the hell of it…they create the event so they can elevate the traffic stop or escalate any of the calls to be in their favor,they know what buttons to push to get us going and if we don’t catch ourselves in time….their off and we have no choice but to take the bullet and of course the blame,because it wasn’t them who did it,it is all of us,mostly us white guys,they really value a good shooting of a white male,kids will do in a pinch,women work as well but they do that in the hiding of a holding cell or back room at the station where they can strap her into their chairs,the spit hood and straps to hold her in place while they gang up on her and torture her,even men sometimes…but they value a good beating for women and kids….watch the videos some time and then ask yourself…what lead up to all this,what lead to the cops leaving a adult black male in a back cell without food or water for several days and let him starve to death…or what lead up to several shift guards to beat a adult black man in a cell so bad that his spleen ruptures and as he asks for help,they ignore him and let him lay there and slowly bleed to death in pain,all by himself while his family wonders where he is….or what lead up to an arrest of a young women,90 lbs soaking wet being beaten and slammed around,breaking her jaw and teeth out and her nose and of course a large gash on her face and a pool of blood,while the guilty just stand around and shrug their shoulders and say she tripped and fell,even after the beaten she received was caught on video and by what cop,the corrupt system in place says,”yep,i can see she tripped on her own feet[socks]and just fell”…funny,every single person that saw that video said the same thing,”that cop slammed her face into the concrete and fucked her face up and knocked her out”…every single person,hundreds of thousands of viewers saw it and all said that same thing…and yet…that cop walked…so what lead up to any of those cases…traffic offenses and a late child support payment[which turned out to be the wrong guy]and most of the traffic stops were in fact false…like the failure to use turn signal before the 100’ft distance[false]or the failure to use turn signal to change lanes,such a crimal person,how dare they not signal on a empty road,wait the cop was back there somewhere…WTF people…people are being massacured by police,do you realize how many children go missing each year and the cops don’t do shit…but they will get you for not having a seat belt on..these hundreds of thousands of children a year go missing and nothing is done for the families about it,how many thousands of rapes go unsolved because cops don’t want to spend the money on testing them..well its actually millions of untested kits in police departments all over our country….and you want to know why..because it cuts into the police overtime money..the cops pay for their overtime the unions say the cops need,and demand to get….again,WTF people..cops do selfies,yes selfies can kill,and yes pot smokers get shot for having a bag,a plastic sandwich bag in their pocket,less than an ounce can get you dead…..WTF….cops think they are god,the”GOD COMPLEX”every single cop has it..they now love the ”thrill of the kill”,and the bragging rights….so much that they now wear the ”PUNISHER BLUE LINE” patch on their vests when they pull you over for that light on your plate they say is out…and they will try their hardest to get you to so much as raise your voice to them,or ask them a question,because they think that gives them the right to murder you….and they will,and will just lie about it,on their report and to their superior and go home and sleep like a baby with a big shit eating grin on their faces,hoping the next day will go as well…………

    sorry for the rant,if you made it this far,congrats…because im done telling people this,no one cares anymore what cops do,they can do no wrong cops are the good guys and we all deserve to be shot while riding a bike with no light on it,we deserve to be murdered in cold blood because the cops are looking for a 7ft tall black guy in a grey hoodie,and we are 5′-11” tall wearing a black T-shirt working in our own garage,how dare we be innocent and a white male instead of a tall guilty black guy…how dare we question their authority to kill us…

    im done,think about it pass it along to the next idiot who may actually read all this…..people,its all theater,its just a show to keep us busy while they take complete control of us,they created it and are controlling it,the narrative…break away from it,open your eyes and see it,the weight that slide off is unreal,amazing when you learn the truth…but sadly,some are too far gone,they have joined the circus for life and can’t come back…

  • Ibcamn

    below,is an odd rant but the truth……

  • Kush Gang

    No wonder society is so messed up .