posted on Sep, 4 2003 @ 02:18 AM
Sterilization for addicts? How about lobotomies for the group of idiot savants who came up with this concept!
I can understand the frustration that many people have regarding drug addiction. In many neighborhoods in the United States and other developed
countries, addiction has reduced once quaint communities into armed enclaves. Drive by shootings are common and the genereal citizenry fear for their
lives. A gang culture has arisen and it threatens general culture. People can no longer live their lives without fear, much less peace. The
necessary structures of society and culture have been distrupted. What's to blame for this? Well I am certain that there are all sorts of reasons
and one of them are illegal drugs and, of course, addiction.
I won't get into the entire illegal drug arguments here, though personally I am in favor of decriminalization. It is generally accepted that
addiction is more than a social deviancy, it is a disease! Again, I won't get into a discussion of this here either. What I will say however is
that before one sperm or one ovum is tampered or interfered with in the hope of stopping drug addiction, how about trying to cure drug addiction
There is a substance, an alkaloid, that is obtained from the iboga plant -- a shrub. This alkaloid has been successfully used to treat addiciton to
heroin, methadone, amphetamines nad crack coc aine! Use of this hallucinogenic has enabled the addict to enter into an altered state where the
addict's past life flashes before their mind's eye. Of course, it's probably a lot more in depth and complicated than this, after all it's an
hallucination and, like dreams, they are difficult if ot impossible to describe. Nevertheless, this "enhanced" psychic state allows the addict, it
has been reported, to identify and reconcile issues in their life that has led them to use drugs. Furthermore, it enables them to see clearly, the
cause and effect that their drug usage will lead to. After the altered state, which lasts from several hours to several days, the addict no longer
This drug, ibogaine, has had remarkable results on drug addiction. There have been some lapses by "recovered" addicts but these have been
short-lived and, for the most part, the addict returns to abstinence.
Don't take my word for it. Look up IBOGAINE or IBOGA on the net! More information on Ibogaine can be found via www.cannabisculture.com. This is a
web site for a magazine called Cannabis Culture. As the name will imply, the magazine supports the legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana. The editor of
the magazine, Marc Emery, has led a life long crusade to change the drug laws in Canada. In this particular endeavor he has been very successful.
The laws governing the use of Marijuana have been shown to be unconstitutional in the province of Ontario, Canada. Marc Emery has supported
legalization efforts in Canada and in the United States. He runs a lucrative mail order cannabis seed buisness and is the founder of the BC Marijuana
Party -- a registered political party. Aside from all of this activism, however, Marc Emery has been treating addicts with Ibogaine free of charge!
So far he has either cured or enabled 23 addicts to regain control over their habits. He announced his results at a creative ideas symposium in
Toronto on August 30 , 2003. The symposium, hosted by electronic media magnate, Moses Znaimer, also featured invited speakers from every walk of life
and profession from politicians, religious figures, scientist, musicians and Marijuana Legalization activists! Check it out, its'
interesting.....just look up Marc Emery , ibogaine, pot tv and/or the date in google and you should get some additional information.
Anyway......let's not start snipping away at anyones' genitalia before we check out some other options. By any stretch of the imagination,
sterilization can easily be considered to be "cruel and unusual" punishment or, in this case, treatment.