LEADER, March 6 2020

Callie Blackwell is set to speak at the convention.
Callie Blackwell is set to speak at the convention.

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Cannabis education

The topic of today’s front page is something a bit different to the usual Courier news.

Callie Blackwell, who is coming to Campbeltown to talk about how she believes cannabis saved her son’s life, says she loves breaking down people’s preconceived ideas about the plant.

Callie told us that misinformation about cannabis is most common among elderly people, people who may have grown up in a particularly anti-cannabis culture.

American movies such as the 1936 Reefer Madness, which features a series of sentationalised events that ensue when high school students are lured into trying marijuana, has been described as anti-cannabis propaganda responsible for ingraining many prejudices in people’s mind.

As Callie says, with education we can get rid of prejudice and after hearing her story, we feel pretty uneducated on the topic ourselves – we hope to learn something at the convention later this month.

There has to be some merit to at least discussing the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, a product which has proven to have many more health benefits than many legal drugs like tobacco or alcohol.