“Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures.
It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education. But, ‘ Man cannot live by bread alone ‘. Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul. That education which ignores man’s intrinsic nature, and neglects his intellect and reasoning power can not be considered true education.”
With the words of Haile Selassie in mind, Cannabis Barbados addresses the articles written by “The National Council For Substance Abuse ( NCSA)” that continually seek to miseducate Barbadians, leaving them in a perpetual state of cannabis ignorance.
One such article was published today in the Barbados Today Online Newspaper entitled, ” The maths of marijuana (Part 1)”. In the article the NCSA suggests that the use of cannabis can be equated to bad business practices. It starts out by asking its readers 4 questions.
- Does marijuana use subtract from a user’s finances?
- When a person chooses to use marijuana, does marijuana add to his or her life?
- Does marijuana divide the family of the user?
- What does marijuana multiply in a persons life?
The article goes on to say that the average cost of a marijuana spliff is $3.00 Barbadian currency (BDS) which is equivalent to $1.50 USD. This is not accurate information as it pertains to the cost of cannabis on the street. Seeing that the NCSA has given this article a foundation in math, let us properly take a true mathematical approach to the topic at hand. The cost of a cannabis spliff on the street is $5.00 BDS which is $2.50 USD. However in some areas that are known for the high presence of cocaine addicts, cannabis spliffs are sold at the price of $2.50 BDS or $1.25 USD. These $2.50 spliffs or bumps as they called, are extremely tiny, and for the pure cannabis consumer is not worth their money.
That being said, do we remember how to work out the average of two or more numbers? We calculate the sum of the numbers and divide it by the amount of numbers you have used to calculate the sum total. That means if we add $5.00 to $2.50 and divide by 2, the average cost of a cannabis spliff on the street is $3.75 and not $3.00.
Anyway, by the NCSA’s calculations a person using the equivalent of 2 cannabis spliffs a day spends $168 a month. It further asks its readers to think of what that $168 a month could be used for instead of cannabis purchases. Baby formula, pampers, wipes, bus fare for two weeks or more, gas for your vehicle, paying both water and light bills in some cases (where, in China maybe), groceries, school petty fees and other school supplies, clothes and shoes, and last but not least increased savings in the bank, are some of the things the NCSA is suggesting that cannabis users can do by not purchasing the plant for their consumption.
Now, remember the true average cost of cannabis consumer as calculated by Cannabis Barbados is 75 cents more than what the NCSA provided its readers with.
That being the case let us start to examine what the NCSA is trying to have the people of Barbados believe.
Let us first answer the NCSA’s questions.
- Does marijuana use subtract from a user’s finances? Yes it can if the consumer is forced by laws that prohibit him/her from cultivating their own. It is the same way persons plant their own little gardens to cut down on the spending at the grocery or market. Cannabis is cost free, but the law that prohibits cannabis possession and cultivation is expensive. It is the law that creates the black market.
- When a person chooses to use marijuana, does marijuana add to his or her life? Well. it depends on the individual. Cannabis Barbados would have to answer yes to this question. It is well know that cannabis consumption is linked to increased creativity within artists in their respective disciplines. For me is it very useful in my spiritual meditations as Rastafari. Cannabis use in the traditional context has many health benefits, as such the ungodly keep its traditional use illegal, while using the natural healing properties of the plant to create a medical cannabis industry, that will have deep financial considerations for patients. On the street cannabis has a calming effect and balances the violence that alcohol is know to induce. If you think the Barbados murder rate is high now, it would be triple or four times what it is now if not for cannabis. Don’t take our word for it, go into the ghettos, ask the youth and cannabis retailers what effect does cannabis have on violence in their neighborhood.
- Does marijuana divide the family of the user? Only when one or both parents are arrested for possession, trafficking or cultivation. Are Rastafari families divided due to their reverence for the plant? NO!
- What does marijuana multiply in a persons life? If the person is a cannabis retailer or wholesaler, it multiplies finances. It multiples or increases creativity as mentioned previously. It multiplies love, joy and happiness in the community. It multiplies the chances of better health and for Rastafari it multiples their paths to the MOST HIGH.
The NCSA speaks of all the things one can do with saved cannabis finances. While this is true, when the law is passed that allows the personal cultivation of a few cannabis plants in the privacy of ones home, what the NCSA has stated here will be of no consequence. Let us not be hypocritical and ask the question, what is the average cost of recreation and pleasure in Barbados? What is the average cost of Chefette consumption for Barbadians, and would it not be better they cooked at home? What is the cost of health care that is related to fast food diets? What is the cost of alcohol consumption, the related health and legal issues? What is the cost of church offerings each Sunday, and could that little $10 or $20 Gran puts in the collection plate be used to purchase something needed in the house? What is the cost of going to just one fete or party a month? What is the average monthly cost of entertainment or having a hobby in Barbados?
The NSCA needs to stop trying to continually mislead Barbadians when it comes to cannabis use as it has done for decades. Their propaganda is almost criminal in the eyes of Cannabis Barbados.
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