Why Trust Dodgy Companies with Weed? They’re as Dodgy as the Dealers│ Michael Curzon

Why do people believe marijuana would be safer to buy from dodgy companies than from dodgy dealers? Both only care about your money, not your well-being.

That those who buy this drug illegally from dealers do not know exactly what it is they’re buying is unarguably a bad thing. Legalisation would, however, solve nothing.

Time and time again, it emerges that companies (as dodgy, if not more than, dodgy dealers) have gone to great lengths to cover up revealing truths about their products so as to gain greater profits.

Last year, Volkswagen was found to have used ‘defeat devices’ to cheat government-imposed emission tests, resulting in the premature deaths of approximately 1,200 people in what is now called the ‘diesel dupe’ (not dope).

More recently, large tobacco companies have been accused of purposefully concealing the real level of nicotine and tar in their cigarettes, greatly endangering the livelihoods, and indeed lives, of their buyers, all for the sake of greater profits.

There are countless other examples of companies lying about their products to customers, from General Mills’ ‘Naturally Flavoured’ ‘Strawberry’ Fruit Roll-Upsdiscovered in 2012 to have been made with ‘pears from concentrate, corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil’ and less than two per cent natural ingredients, to Pepsico’s Naked Juice, advertised with phrases like ‘100% Fruit,’ ‘All Natural’ and ‘Non-GMO,’ being found by a lawsuit to not have been all-natural and to have been instead made with genetically altered soy.

Why would companies selling marijuana act any differently? All government-imposed guidelines would be wilfully ignored by these companies (as have been by those already mentioned) if they believed greater profits could be earned by doing so.

Combine the ease by which companies could cheat their way past such regulations with the mass advertisement of marijuana, which would inevitably follow its legalisation, and the situation becomes all the more worrying; many thousands of more people would be sold such lies, thus putting their lives (and particularly their mental states) on the line.

Companies selling this product would also likely hype up its health benefits (as do those who now talk about the importance of legalising ‘medical marijuana’ to cover their true desires: the full legalisation of the drug for open recreational use).

This again has been done in the past: Listerine, in 2005, was forced by a federal judge in the US to stop advertisement that claimed its mouthwash was clinically proven to be ‘as effective as floss’ in fighting tooth and gum decay. This claim was branded by the judge to be ‘false and misleading’. Such false advertising would of course be used extensively by companies selling marijuana for ‘medicinal’ purposes.

The real solution here, rather than to legalise this poison and to put it in the hands of dodgy companies, is to end the popular opinion that a ‘war against drugs’ has been fought in this country (as Peter Hitchens brilliantly displays in his book, ‘The War We Never Fought‘) and to start properly enforcing our anti-marijuana laws.

This way, the drug would, bit by bit, be taken almost completely from the hands of dodgy dealers, rather than be passed from one set of dodgy hands to another, indistinguishable from the first.


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