|Letter: Steve Huggins on 'The Marijuana Issue'|
|Published on September 21, 2013||
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I find that the comments by Steve Huggins in response to current developments on the marijuana issue need to be further highlighted and discussed.
Mr Huggins wrote:
Brother Henry, how ON, EARTH, could we possibly get a "breath of fresh air" from MARY JANE, GANJA, or HASHISH?
WOE, me bro., IT STINKS! Always.
After prolonged use, the mouth SMELLS like a putrid bird cage.
Even my fowl 'coob' smells much, much better.
Not to mention all your clothes, wardrobe, room, house.
If I were a police detective, I would be easily able to scent weed-users from a mile or more away.
ANY TIME one of these guys enter the same taxi, omnibus, or room/house as me, I usually can tell like ten minutes BEFORE-HAND.
Come on, comrade, need to find a more positive, constructive, up-building, creative, visionary, up-full and pragmatic solution to this ganja business.
Guys, from multiple years of teaching and sports coaching, I was able to painfully observe that the children and youth who were exposed to side-stream ganja smoke or (worse) actual ganja use ACTUALLY PERFORMED WORSE THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS --- and usually showed clinical-like signs of DUMBING DOWN AND PERHAPS BRAIN DAMAGE.
LET US stop this propagandistic nonsense and frankly acknowledge that MARIJUANA USE IN OUR SOCIETY RESULTS IN REAL SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE YOUTH.
Save the Youth of the nation. Find worthwhile alternatives to marijuana use and trading.
Marijuana-addiction is a modern form of SLAVERY.
Yes, how about a soon visit to the MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE or asylum and the General Hospital?
I have had close friends, relatives, students, past students, and (allegedly) colleagues, in some way or the other involved with the marijuana INDUSTRY and COMMUNITY. I give my heartfelt appeal: PLEASE brethren ESCHEW MARIJUANA USE.
My heart has sorrowed over the years as I increasingly noted the deleterious effects of our youth - - - the acknowledged FUTURE of our VINCENTIAN AND WEST INDIAN PEOPLE.
My countrymen, HAVE PITY AND MERCY ON WE CHILDREN AND YOUTH dem.
Don't let these corrupt BALD-HEAD politrickans and shyster LI-ARS, money-barracudas all, materially PROFIT from the destruction of our NATION and youth.
H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I, to the very best of my little knowledge, never once smoke a spliff or even one blade a ganja or hashish.
Nor did he ever encourage or teach others to do such. He freely offered agricultural land to us diaspora Afro-West Indians and righteous people to return to Abyssinia-land of Nubia/Cush ["Ethiopia"] to GROW HEALTHFUL VEGETABLES, FRUITS, NUTS, and non-narcotic herbs.
Have a heart for the youth and children.
Change your priorities.
Let us all strive to live clean, righteous lives - - - so the SHYSTER LAWYERS, CORRUPT POLITICIANS and CROOKED MONEY-SUCKING BALD-HEADS won't live parasitically off we and we suffering.
The politicians have failed I-and-I economically and employment-wise.
The corrupt politicians have destroyed our SVG agriculture.
The 'solution' or COP-OUT is NOT marijuana.
Let the intellectually dishonest medical quacks or witch 'doctors' TELL US ABOUT THE FULL GAMUT OF HEALTH PROBLEMS, DISEASES, AILMENTS AND DEATH THAT RESULT FROM REPEATED OR PROLONGED MARIJUANA USE.
If nothing else, brethren, THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
Have a heart.
Vin’s response: Mr Huggins, thanks for the courage to respond honestly to this outrage. I find much in your comments to agree with. Furthermore, I can attest to the deleterious effects of marijuana smoking on the minds and bodies of close friends and relatives. I have seen intellectually gifted people forego their promise and fall into deep depression. Otherwise willing and capable friends are now spending their days working in car washes and other menial jobs due to the laziness brought on by marijuana smoking.
You are also quite correct about Haile Selassie. He would not have been caught dead in dirty rags, matted hair or the stench of marijuana smoke. By all accounts, HIM was a natty dresser, a gifted orator, statesman, and highly educated African. During his reign, he had the Bible translated into the Ethiopian language. The words used by Bob Marley in the song War were taken from one of Selassie’s speeches:
WAR( copyrighted by the late Robert Nesta Marley)
Songwriters: WHITFIELD, NORMAN J./STRONG, BARRETT
Until the philosophy which hold one race superior, And another Inferior
Is finally, And permanently, Discredited, And abandoned -
Everywhere is war - Me say war.
That until there no longer First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes -
Me say war.
That until the basic human rights Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race -
Dis a war.
That until that day, The dream of lasting peace, World citizenship, Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, But never attained -
Now everywhere is war - war.
And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes That hold our brothers in Angola, In Mozambique,
South Africa, Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled, Utterly destroyed - Well, everywhere is war -
Me say war.
War in the east, War in the west, War up north, War down south -
War - war - Rumours of war.
And until that day, The African continent Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight - we find it necessary - And we know we shall win, As we are confident
In the victory Of good over evil –
Here is the part of HIM’s actual speech to the UN in October 1963 from which the lyrics of the song is taken:
“On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.” You can find the entire speech at: http://www.nazret.com/history/him_un.php
The lesson that we must learn from Selassie’s life is that we should be vigilant to keep our vision clear, keep our minds active, and ever strive to stand rather than lie down in the struggle against human subjugation. Drug abuse and intoxication makes it easier for our enemies to control our minds while enjoying the benefits of our nation.
Therefore, cunning politicians will always jump on so-called ‘sin taxes’ such as tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana to raise easy revenues while leading us down the road to doom. They never think of the actual cost of caring for those that are negatively affected and the productive losses to society.
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I think the bottom line will all ways and for ever by your personal responsable,,There is no right or wrong,, Booze is just as bad when you are not responable....End of game,,,
it is interesting the last time you did this you almost had your neck cut off. I see that this trend of your where you publish note worthy comment made by others in order to ensure that such is not lost in the bahooo of comment which are often never read is becoming accepted by even those who oposed you the last time.
It is a good thing you highlighted this comment because I did not read the article or even got the opportunity to read Brother Huggins comment. Thanks once again my brother.
I am sure that there are people who mine this website for ideas and issues. The problem is that their findings often end up in articles that might be published in the Vincentian and other local papers under their own names.... perhaps even in parliamentary mutterings.
Good ideas, published by friend or foe, need to be acknowledged and promoted. However, the original writers need to be credited for their origins. In this case, one can feel the emotions underlying Mr. Huggins words. Furthermore, many of us could relate to the pain and suffering resulting from abuse of marijuana that he so deftly illustrated. While there is said to be some medicinal properties in the marijuana plant, hailing its proposed legalization without paying attention to the historical pattern of damages caused by its abuse is negligent and rather dangerous.
Best regards, my Vincy compatriot,
Brilliant Article as always. I enjoy reading your work. Please continue to share, much love and appreciation.
No Allan, a certain person did not see this response by Vinci Vin, elevating my mere COMMENT/Response to a letter/article by Mon. Henry to the near-level of a letter-article, UNTIL now, Friday, 27th September, 2013, at 4.38 pm. So, a well-taken hinted reparte is not any way VALID - - - up to this moment. I, for one, would not seek to barbarically, vicariously, hypothetically or idiomatically 'cut off any one's head', MUCH MORE that of an always well-remembered friend, WHOSE extended FAMILY I "joined" some fine time ago. If Mr. Samuel, that reknowned former post-master of Orange Hill, or his SVG TECHNICAL COLLEGE lecturer son, are actually related to Vin, then the "Vinci" is also a blood-relation of mine. Otherwise, we have much, much similar ethnic background and origins. IF I were man enough to really blast Vin journalistic, then I am due some solid "licks like posey" at home. Vinci Vin is safe, indeed.
However, the circumstances of those related letters need to be more closely examined by you AS YOU ANY PECULIAR DIFFERENCES. Don't just lump it all together. Surprisingly, I do NOT appreciate very well my name being put prominently in the title of my still a friend Vin; I do believe that I quite infamous for my personal shyness and self-effacing. I do believe that you have SHY 'BOYS' and WALL-FLOWER GIRLS. I also, ironically, am of the steadfast opinion that "shyness" is a symptom of selfishness. So, unbelievably, I would readily take a pass. BUT, for any really redeemable important message.
(Yep, even though I readily salute and compliment others.) For example: Peter frequently embarrasses me with his effusive praise. So, you see, the leftist apologists do me a very great favour when they try to denigrate instead. Couldn't help that one teasing our "key keeping" compatriot.
Allan, if this turn by Vin cause you any whiff of jealousy, then you are quite welcome and justified: I was PLEASANTLY surprised by said VINCI VIN letter-article.
Vin's points are well taken. Of course, his not agreeing wholesale with everything that I wrote, amply demonstrates that he is a thinking person. I would not expect otherwise. I must thank him nevertheless for highlighting and/or repeating my concerned comments, based upon close work among our Caribbean youth over the years.
Thanks for your comments, Allan.
Great to see Helen read those personal ganja comments and was not offended, like many would be, but even pleased.
tony o, wrong turn bro. I would tell you what my rum-cask builder Dad said, from constructing them in his youth for Mt. Bentinck Distillery, but time nah dey.
'Nuff respect to all, and especially to Vin, and Allan.