Shall we push towards Recreational laws for Weed?

This is an interview with Cory Lagan on his opinions upon the speculation of how Marijuana is seen within Australia and the impact the laws have placed upon them. The next question is, should Marijuana be legalised recreationally?

Please refer to the transcript 

EN: Eloise Neto (Reporter)
CL: Cory Lagan (Interviewee)

EN: Hello my name is Eloise and I am joined with Cory to talk about Marijuana and the laws within Australia. What do you believe its affect has on society medically and recreationally?

CL: Well… Marijuanas affect on society medically is that it has a lot of positive benefits and that it is used to help patients with all sorts of problems.  Recreationally its used by people just to relax and have a good time. Just the same sort of thing as Alcohol.

EN: How can you compare that to Alcohol and Tobacco?

CL: Well Marijuana compared to Alcohol and Tobacco, Marijuana is much safer to use then either. There has been zero cases of overdose from Marijuana and studies have shown that you would have to consume a pound in 15 minutes to risk overdose.

EN: However with the increase in the amount of people using it, A survey showed that about 14.8% of Australian secondary school students between 12-17 had used marijuana before. Do you fear an increase in the number of teens using it?

CL: Well making it legal medically isn’t going to affect the recreational use of it because it will be controlled only for patients. But if made legal recreationally it will be easier for adults to try it but at least it will be a lot safer as you will know that it is not going to be laced with anything and the average person won’t have to engage in criminal behaviour to consume it


EN: There was a law just passed in February of this year about agreeing to medical use of Marijuana. Are you for or against that?

CL: I am for it one hundred percent. It was only made legal federally in Australia and its been made so that you are able to get a medical licenses to either grow it or to purchase it. So for now it is just up to each individual state in Australia to decide whether or not the want medical cannabis.

EN: They are actually talking about laws to pass it for recreational use. What do you think of that?

CL: It is just a plant that is grown in the ground. It is not something that is chemically made. It is just natural. The actual drug itself unlike drugs such as Alcohol theat while they Affect your brain they kill off the brain cells because Alcohol gets broken up by your liver into toxins that kill your brain cells. All the chemical THC does is it binds to the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain. Which every single living thing has, and what the endocannabinoid system actually does is help regulate stress and your moods.

EN: This has been a talk on Marijuana with Cory Lagan and Eloise Neto. Thank you very much.

Drug Info, 1st September 2015, Australian Drug Foundation, viewed 15/03/2016

Disabled World, 4/11/2015,Medical Marijuana: legalities and health condition uses,viewed 15/03/2016

NCPIC, August 2015, Cannabis and Young People, viewed 17/03/2016

S. Thomsen, Medical Marijuana is now Legal in Australia, 14 February 2016, Business Insiders, viewed 15/03/2016

HEMP Party, Updated 2016 unknown date, Help end Marijuana Prohibition (Hemp) Party, viewed 17/03/2016


A Lonely Fishtank

Over the years many captivating and extraordinary documentaries have been released that have shown the struggles and desperation of how the human race treats its food.  These films have been brought out to make a connection, a change or even the fact of just bringing back knowledge to the plate. Though people do not realise the extent and dramatic experiences people surface from the butcher houses that it brings them to question why they eat meat or how they treat animals entirely. Such films are Historical life of the Chicken, Food, Inc. Forks over knives plus many more.

A documentary that was released back in 2013, known as Blackfish drove the protesters to a whole new level to bring down Sea Worlds programs of Orca breeding completely by this year. (The Orcas that are currently at Sea Worlds now will be left there until they pass for safety reasons) The reason why Blackfish brought so much success was because of the whole hearted story it brought about the young Orca called Tilikum which was an emotionally unstable and dangerous Orca. (To watch the film it is currently on Netflix)

The Orca brings forth human qualities that keeps the audience more connected towards the story besides many piles of information stacked upon themselves. It was so moving and full on that I even cried during the end of it because we are the human race that should not take something out of its home and played into another for entertainment.  I believe within the evidence, the cases that were made pushed people to stop going and within the article this year it showed an impact to their stocks and shows.

An interesting connection between the documentaries of Blackfish compared to others is the way it was presented, it had its research and evidence to provide it. An example being the fact of the Trainers and how some needed to train other Orcas differently for them to do a trick such as staving them. Along with the fact that some trainers were not sure what they were doing or even the knowledge of looking up the Orca they were training. I found a key towards this and people within their occupation as a lot of people either do not have the knowledge or understanding of how to kill an animal humanly.

This is evident in an article I saw a few years back called, ‘a Bloody Business’ by the four corners when the cows were treated cruel and the workers were charged for their disturbing acts. (Be warned not for the light hearted if you watch the clip)

The sad part now is that the Orca, Tilikum from the Blackfish film is dying due to all the actions and shows plus becoming the main breeding Orca is just terrible plus that have pushed him, 35 years old and very large into a small tank. Due to his sickness that have pushed him to not even move. It is inhuman and horrifying to see this. I believe everyone should question and think about the animals that are on this earth because they were here first. I am not saying to turn vegan or vegetarian because I know a lot of them and that is why I began watching a lot of these documentaries but no just watch what you eat and how these animals are treated.

Mark Lewis, 22, January 2001, ‘The National History of the Chicken,’ IMDB, Viewed 1st April 2016

Food Inc, Viewed 1st April 2016

Forks over Knives, Viewed 30th March 2016

Netflix, viewed 29th March 2016

Blackfish, Dogwoof, Viewed 30th March 2016

Ameena Schelling, 1st April 2016, The Dodo, SeaWorld Breeding Ban Reason, viewed 1st April 2016

Sarah Ferguson, 30th May 2011, Four Corners, ‘A bloody business,’ viewed 29th March 2016

‘Tilikum: SeaWorld says killer whale featured in Blackfish documentary ‘deteriorating,’ 10th March 2016, News ABC, viewed 29th March 2016