My letter to the editor

The LA Times published a letter I wrote them.  I was a little surprised they did as they must get so many. But, was pleased they did. I wrote it after reading an article that was sympathetic towards the LA Pot clinics in regard to treating a councilman’s cancer pain.

Here is the letter that was published.

Re “Medical pot is here to stay,” Column, March 8 

I’m glad that Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has the marijuana he needs to help him cope with symptoms related to his cancer and treatment. But I’m sorry that his remarks at a City Council hearing on banning pot shops – “You want to kill me”? – were not balanced by someone like me, who could have said, “You are helping to destroy a family member.”  

Pot can be helpful for patients like Rosendahl, but it can also be a powerful addictive drug that ruins the mind. I’m tired of people saying that “it’s just pot.” It’s just wine unless you abuse it.  

Doctors have told my family that marijuana can cause psychotic breaks. Sadly, we have found this to be true.  

Within a mile of my house in one direction, there are eight pot clinics. Must this unchecked threat to our mental health continue? 

Daphne Brogdon

Los Angeles

Let’s just say I wrote this because of “my cousin Floyd”  I don’t have a cousin Floyd, but I can’t discuss the real person in honest terms here.  I stand by the letter despite the negative comments.  Typical anonymous online comments.

We have a weird thing in California.  Pot is basically legal if you have a prescription, which is as easily obtained.  A while back a doctor with a face like a “Real Housewife” had a billboard saying to come see her for marijuana prescriptions.  The federal government does not recognize it as legal, but it’s not enforced.  I would be thrilled if people who need it like the aforementioned Councilman could go to CVS or Rite Aid pharmacies and get what they needed.  But, cousin Floyd gets pot with a prescription with greater ease than I was able to buy pot in in my twenties.  It’s also FAR more powerful than it was in the olden days.  The last time I smoked pot was the early zeros.  It was no longer the giggly, “let’s eat chocolate” experienced I remembered, but a numbing agent that made it impossible to go to sleep as my mind kept churning.

In Amsterdam they have the coffee houses that people can get pot like we do a beer.  Holland does have issues with that.  Many there would like it to be just for residents and not for the tourists.  However, there seems to be something more honest about saying “here it is for recreation” than hiding behind the cloak of medicine.  My cousin Floyd has called it his medicine.  It is not.  It changes Floyd’s personality utterly. I think pro pot advocates think someone like me is basing my views on an old copy of “Reefer Madness”.  I am not.  I know there are plenty of people who can imbibe pot and be just fine.  Go to work, love their kids, mow their lawns.  But, don’t tell me these are pot “clinics’.  Don’t tell me pot isn’t addictive. Don’t tell me pot can’t be a trigger for mental illness.  It can.  I’ve seen, lived it and still live with it.

7 thoughts on “My letter to the editor

  1. Wow…I think you are WAY off base on this one Daphne…definately need to do more research and stop believing everything you read. Of course if you haven’t smoked pot since your 20’s and your in your 30s or 40s yeah you may feel a difference. Have you ever been inside a Marijuana Medical Dispensary? Perhaps you should and see that it’s informative and medically necessary. Or perhaps we should just keep throwing pain pills at people who need them…because Pot is worse than Vicadin right? I live in Florida where it’s not legal however I did live in Colorado and experienced it first hand…do your research marijuana is NOT addictive.

    • sorry, living it. not reading it. As I stated sick people should get it. Pot can affect the brain. Many people will have no problem, but to say some do doesn’t mean outlaw it. I get tired of this all or nothing stance people take and hiding behind ‘medical marijuana’. I know so many people who get these prescriptions who have no medical need for it.But I thank you for taking the time to comment, I really do.

  2. Pot is addictive, physically and psychologically. I’ve watched several friends try to quit over the years, with varying degrees of success. And yes, it does have clear benefits, as I’ve also had friends on chemo who’ve used it. Don’t back down, Daph. There agent been enough thorough, rigorous studies of modern pot for any to say “it’s not addicting”. There are CURRENTLY 483 identified chemical compounds in cannabis, 61 of which are cannabinoids. Only ONE of which, THC, has been fully synthesized and well understood. The do not contain nitrogen, which makes traditional identification methods less effective, or ineffective. We just don’t know what all those things do on their own, much less in the varying combinations found in any “natural” pant substance. But if you’re trying to blindly support a pro-pot agenda, then ignorance is bliss. We don’t have even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the pharmacological, scientifically tested and peer-reviewed facts of a substance this complex.

    • http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/10-facts-about-marijuana

      Fact #3: Claims about increases in marijuana potency are vastly overstated. In addition, potency is not related to risk of dependence or health impacts.
      Although marijuana potency may have increased somewhat in recent decades, claims about enormous increases in potency are vastly overstated and not supported by evidence. Nonetheless, potency is not related to risks of dependence or health impacts. According to the federal government’s own data, the average THC in domestically grown marijuana – which comprises the bulk of the US market – is less than 5 percent, a figure that has remained unchanged for nearly a decade. In the 1980s, by comparison, the THC content averaged around 3 percent. Regardless of potency, THC is virtually non-toxic to healthy cells or organs, and is incapable of causing a fatal overdose. Currently, doctors may legally prescribe Marinol, an FDA-approved pill that contains 100 percent THC. The Food and Drug Administration found THC to be safe and effective for the treatment of nausea, vomiting, and wasting diseases. When consumers encounter unusually strong varieties of marijuana, they adjust their use accordingly and smoke less.

      Despite the fact that marijuana’s effects are less harmful than those of most other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, it is the most common drug that people are arrested for possessing

      LEGALIZE IT, REGULATE IT and TAX IT!!!

  3. Great letter! I’m not at all surprised they published it. Substance abuse is always a danger, and I’m sorry you have a family member who is addicted. I think marijuana should be legal — but not without reasonable regulation. And I also think we need to do a better job of caring for and supporting people who cannot handle pot (or alcohol or the wrong kind of foods) without slipping into abuse. I hope Cousin Floyd gets the help he needs to get clean.

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