Monday, August 23, 2010

Cause & Effect of MARIJUANA

Jamaica-It is situated in the Caribbean Sea,south of Cuba,west of Hispaniola,the island harboring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking TaĆ­no inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the "Land of Wood and Water", or the "Land of Springs.The Rastafari movement vocabulary, or Iyaric, is part of an intentionally created dialect of English.

The adherents of Rastafari teachings believe that their original African languages were stolen from them when they were taken into captivity as part of the slave trade, and that English is an imposed colonial language. Their remedy for this situation has been the creation of a modified vocabulary and dialect, reflecting their desire to take forward language and to confront what they see as the corrupt and decadent society they call Babylon. This is accomplished by avoiding words and syllables seen as negative, such as "back", and changing them to positive ones.
Nyabinghi music is the most integral form of Rastafarian music. It is played at worship ceremonies called grounations, that include drumming, chanting and dancing, along with prayer and smoking of ritual ganja.
Music has long played an integral role in Rastafari, and the connection between the movement and various kinds of music has become well known, due to the international fame of musicians like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

For many Rastas, smoking cannabis (known as ganja, herb, collie, or lambs bread) is a spiritual act, often accompanied by Bible study; they consider it a sacrament that cleans the body and mind, exalts the consciousness, facilitates peacefulness, and brings them closer to Jah. The burning of the herb is often said to be essential "for it will sting in the hearts of those that promote and perform evil and wrongs". Many believe that cannabis originated in Africa, and that it is a part of their African culture that they are reclaiming. 

An Online Writer's Program Article wrote that in our own country in Baguio City, Philippines(August 15, 2005)Some of the balding mountains of Luzon are being re-greened by a fast-growing, zero-management crop which makes vegetables look cheap. Good news? Unfortunately not!The green foliage is illegal and deadly and priced as much as gold tempting many who feel the pangs of poverty, especially the “dirt-poor” farmers, who plant the crop.“Green gold,” or marijuana (Cannabis sativa) now stands as the region’s multi-million industry especially so when return of investment is considered. Gold mining is a poor second and is fast being exhausted while the vegetable industry suffers from the effects of cheap imports.
This leaves many farmers with little choice. “To farm or not to farm that is the question.” The answer is “you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” Thus, many have chosen to farm--despite the risks.Marijuana remains the most widely used prohibited drug especially in Baguio for two reasons. It is easily available and it is cheaper than “shabu”. In fact, many users say they get it for free.
Artemio Dumlao of the Philippine Star that the BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – City Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. wants to ban the public burning of seized marijuana in the city, saying such a practice has created a bad image for the summer capital.Bautista said the public burning of marijuana as well as other narcotic materials, complete with media coverage, creates “a psychological effect that marijuana is aplenty in Baguio.”

He, however, admitted that he and other local officials have been participating in this activity for some time now.Baguio’s famed Burnham Park, particularly the Melvin Jones Football Field, has been the favorite spot for the ceremonial burning of marijuana, something that some residents have criticized.Those destroyed have come from marijuana plantations in different parts of the Cordilleras.
The legality of cannabis has been the subject of debate and controversy for decades. Cannabis  is illegal to consume, use, possess, cultivate, transfer or trade in most countries. Since the beginning of widespread cannabis prohibition beginning around the turn of the twentieth century,most countries have not re-legalized it for personal use, although more than 10 countries tolerate (or have decriminalized) its use and/or its cultivation in limited quantities. Medicinal use of cannabis is also legal in a number of countries, including Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Israel and 14 states of the United States.

 According to Chris Pass, When someone says the phrase “pot head”, what do people think of? Does the stereotypical street bum, pickpocket, or druggie come to mind, or is it possible that this type of person could be the normal neighbor next door? Marijuana use is looked down upon by society in general but more and more people are taking advantage of it. Marijuana has favorable effects for its users when it comes to physical feeling and experience, but it can also put our families and those that we expose it to in uncomfortable and often dangerous situations.The scientific term for marijuana is “Cannabis Sativa”, but is also referred to as weed, Mary Jane, grass, hash, and countless other street names. Marijuana can be smoked or eaten, the former often in the form of a joint, blunt, or bowl. Marijuana use in the United States has been on a slow increase since its extreme popularity in the 1960’s and 70’s. Marijuana is illegal in the United States, but this obstacle hasn’t been able to stop teenagers from gaining access to it. It is estimated that at least 49 percent of high school seniors experiment with marijuana at least once prior to graduating high school and that 22 percent of high school seniors smoke marijuana at least once a month.Marijuana is very harmful yet very widespread. It is an illegaldrug that can harm almost every vital part of your body. It can make your memory vanish and cause your heart rate to slow. You coulddevelop lung cancer or a dangerously low blood pressure. This drug isn't deadly, but close to it. It causes Americans everyday suffering just
for those few minutes or hours of a good feeling.Is it worth it?