They’re After Our Kids! Why Marijuana is the New Gay Sex

CANNABIS CULTURE – Gay people and pot smokers are two groups that suffer ostracism, punishment and violence all around the world.

The Canadian government and police no longer officially hate homosexuals like they used to, but cannabis users are still considered fair game for harassment and arrest.

In this series of articles, I want to show how cannabis users and homosexuals get treated the same crappy way by mainstream society. The same myths and lies are used to demonize both groups. To begin, let’s look at the common fear that gays and pot smokers both want to corrupt and convert children to their “deviant” ways.

“They’re after our children” has been the battlecry for every anti-cannabis and anti-gay rights activist ever.

For a long time, being gay in Canada was considered the same as being a pedophile. Parents were terrified that homosexuals were targeting their children, intending to “turn them gay.”

Check out this quote from the Ottawa Journal in 1964, typical of the time, in an article titled “It’s time to wise up to sex criminals.”

“Of greatest concern to police in the field of sex crime is the adult homosexual who is engaged in an occupation for sexual advances on children.”

Fifty years ago, when it came to sex crimes, their greatest concern was a gay person working with kids! Nowadays we have more realistic concerns around things that actually do happen, like date rape, spousal abuse and gay bashing. These are real things that cause harm, while fear of gays is based on nothing but ignorance and bigotry.

We now recognize that being gay is a normal part of human variation, and that children are just as safe around homosexuals as they are around anyone else.

This transition is still occurring – for instance, the US Boy Scouts are finally about to allow gay scout leaders after a century-long ban.

Yet these same baseless claims of seeking to “corrupt children” are still commonly made and accepted when it comes to cannabis users.

Police and politicians like to portray cannabis users as “pushers” who hang around playgrounds trying to sell joints to kids. They warn parents that pot smokers want nothing more than to corrupt their children and turn them into deviant potheads. Even politicians who want to legalize cannabis say they are doing so to protect children from exposure to deviant cannabis users.

A criminal record for cannabis will still keep someone from being a Scout master, or many other positions working with minors. How many more decades until this kind of discrimination finally comes to an end?

It’s the exact same baseless and prejudiced fear in both cases, manipulating parents into being afraid of a marginalized group. Kids don’t need to be protected from cannabis and cannabis users any more than they need to be protected from gayness or gay people. It’s a fear based only on ignorance and bigotry, and it’s that fear that causes the real harm.

Next: Homosexuals and pot smokers: Criminals or just sickos?