More to consider with Nelson council pot motion

A Nelson resident offers thoughts on a recent council meeting motion.

Re: Council erupts over pot motion

“The problems (of violence, gang control and THC marijuana) are 100 per cent because of prohibition,” says councillor Paula Kiss. I propose that no problem is ever 100 per cent caused by what we think it is, much less by the things of which we are aware as possible causes.

Mayor John Dooley wants “the full information package to make an informed decision.” Firstly, that intention, as good as it is, is very akin to the famous question in court that can never be answered honestly: “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” The sun would never set on that trial if someone on the witness stand proceeded (to the best of their incredibly limited perception) to tell the whole truth as they had just sworn to do.

Dooley has already come up with questions… good. Now, more than ever, it’s paramount to ask the right ones, the deeper ones, the ones that embrace a higher level of awareness. Einstein rightly told us that “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

Ask why so many people are getting high, are using drugs in the first place. To experience what? To escape from what? When, and only when, the “guys that call the shots” (or any of us) are willing to ask the questions that truly can lead to the necessary information and understanding will any difference be made. What is going on in the world, with the planet, within the human psyche and overall condition? What are people seeking to find…or to deny the existence of… or rebelling against?

Kathleen M. Sykes



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