Most Canadians still support decriminalization of po

Most Canadians still support decriminalization of pot: poll

A new poll shows the majority of Canadians support the legalizing of marijuana but not other, hard-core drugs. And nowhere is that support higher than in British Columbia, where more than six in 10 people say having a toke shouldn’t earn you a date with the courts.

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Melanie Griffith on finally beating her drink and drug addiction

The 52-year-old actress has been battling her addiction for three decades.

She spoke to Spanish magazine Hola! about finally putting paid to her problems.

The Working Girl star said: ‘I am an alcoholic and an addict and all my life I have fought against this, and I’ve done it well.

‘Now I feel free. I don’t drink, I don’t take pills, nothing, and it’s fantastic, like getting out of prison.’ …

Melanie Griffith on finally beating her drink and drug addiction | Mail Online

A Letter To A Recovering Friend

(Unnamed website) looks interesting, and I’m glad that you are getting something out of it.

Please understand that my remarks are not specific toward (unnamed website).  I don’t know enough about it to judge.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever reviewed or recommended a commercial site.  Once that starts, everyone and his brother wants a review, and I’m not able to take the time (nor do I have the expertise) to read books, evaluate programs, analyze philosophies and so forth.   In any case, I’ve read too many explanations of karma already — some accurate, and some off the wall — and too many efforts at trying to take millennia-old ideas and wrap them in new paper for the sake of selling what is widely available for free.

But the main reason I avoid recommending programs of this kind is that they are not specifically about recovery, and do not focus people’s minds on the details that are necessary to recover from addiction.  Being told that the Universe is watching over us is of little use when we’re jonesing for a drink or a hit, or subtly convincing ourselves that “one or two won’t hurt.”  At that point we need people to talk to who will understand exactly where we are coming from, won’t shame us and call us “weak,” and who can share with us the intimate details of how they got through such tough spots themselves.  In other words, we need a 12-Step or similar support group of addicts and alcoholics working with other addicts and alcoholics, not spouting lofty philosophy.

Finally, I am convinced that if a person gets involved in AA, NA or the other groups, and really puts his or her mind to it, that it will take all the time and energy they can muster for at least several months.  There is no time for distractions.  This is a life and death issue. Personally, I almost distracted myself into a major relapse because I thought those folks had nothing to tell me.  I was different. I was better-educated.  I knew how the world worked. What could that bunch of people have to teach me?  Besides, they were too cheerful.  Didn’t they know the world was a serious place?  Et cetera, et ctera, et cetera…

All they had to give me was a proven way to save my life, that I almost missed.

I don’t push the 12 Steps because they’re a fad, or a religion, or anything like that.  I participate for the same reason I’m a Buddhist, because both are based on cold, hard reasoning.  They both provide guidelines for emotional, physical and spiritual improvement.  They are both specific to me and my life.

But your mileage may vary, and that’s OK.  As long as you do the next right thing, and don’t drink, and stay open to change and new ideas (not the strong suit of most alcoholics), you’ll be OK.  The key is change.  As I’ve said before, if you keep on doing the same old things, you keep on getting the same old results.  To quote another philosopher, “You can run, kid, but you can’t hide.”


Marijuana is a much safer drug than alcohol, so shouldn’t it be legal too?

Let me say up front, for those readers who don’t know, that I am a retired cop, former rehab counselor, and recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I also support decriminalization and/or legalization and regulation of cannabis, because of the inequity of the government’s response to a relatively low-impact drug.

Having said that, I have to note that nothing in my (fairly extensive) experience leads me to think that there is much — if any — merit to the “Safer Than Alcohol” argument.

We are not talking about replacing alcohol with pot; we are discussing the reduction of penalties for, and/or legalization of another drug. There is absolutely no indication Continue reading