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Old 07-17-2016, 10:20 AM   #4
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This bothers me on several levels.

First, the entire medical marijuana industry is based on claims that lack significant scientific evidence. In part because of the schedule one classification of marijuana, proper double-blind studies of the medical applications are thin on the ground. Most of the claims are anecdotal at best. I imagine the psychotropic effect of THC reenforce any panacea effect, which for certain conditions could be useful, but we need more data before we unleash another mind-altering substance into out society.

Second, is cultural. Most medicine people prohibit participation by individuals under the influence of mind-altering substances in ceremony - including in some cases prescription drugs. Powwow posters routinely declare their events are drug and alcohol free. Now, a marijuana producer is sponsoring one of these events. Mixed-messages. It's no different from taking a beer companies money.

Third, our communities are viewed through the lens of dysfunction by the dominant culture. How many times have you tried to discuss issues of prejudice, stereotyping, or disproportionate representation within the legal system with members of the larger society only to have them shut down the conversation by pointing to the problems within our communities? Diana Sawyer's poverty porn to Aaron Huey's gang fetishizing, our homelands are depicted -- correctly and incorrectly -- as blighted places, full of broken people. This becomes the sum total of the dominant culture's perception of modern Indians. I fear when the larger community looks at this, they see stoner Indians taking money from the pusher.
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