Weed & Society

First of all; Celebrities smoke weed. Many celebrities openly admit and condone marijuana use, some of the more obvious ones are Snoop Dogg and Miley Cyrus, but there are many more who have tried or continue to smoke marijuana, ones you probably wouldn’t’t expect.

Cameron Diaz smoked weed.

Arnold Schwarzenegger smoked weed.

Oprah Winfrey smoked weed.

Natalie Portman smoked weed.

Justin Timberlake smoked weed.

Bill Gates smoked weed.

Jennifer Aniston smoked weed.

Whoopi Goldberg smoked weed.

Rihanna smoked weed.

Brad Pitt smoked weed.

Morgan Freeman smoked weed.

…. Even Barack Obama admitted to smoking weed when he was a kid. “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently… That was the point!”

The high celebrity use of marijuana and its popularity in pop culture leads to more acknowledgement within society and may be to blame for the huge number of individuals that smoke marijuana within society. Not only celebrities smoke weed, its an extremely prominent activity within the world today, in fact recent studies have suggested that annually over 147 million people consume marijuana…. But what actually is this thing called ‘weed’?


Conflict Interventions

The interventions that modern day societies undertake to resolve conflicts are mostly a step in the right direction however they usually, simply lack depth or enforcement. These conflict intervention techniques implemented by the public and the government have both their pros and cons, however are all ultimately unsuccessful in solving certain conflicts at hand. The conflicts I’m talking about are usually legally being solved through the justice system, with this being said the conflict remains as all parties usually remain seeking emotional reparations. For the purposes of arguments we will be using the conflict of tourist drivers.


I have a buddy who works for a Kingwood Limo rental company and he does a side gig creating safety videos for roads in our country among the creation of other safety conscious things for foreigners looking to enter Australia. Take informational videos for example, although this may seem like a good idea, it is very basic and doesn’t cover very much in his 30-second video. As well as this, it is not shown anywhere other than the official Australian road rules website, which means tourists would have to actively search for it in their spare time to view it. This is unrealistic and the video is likely to not be viewed, due to the lack of enforcement for viewing. Another large issue with these videos is they are only offered in English. The only other alternative for those who speak foreign languages is reading an extremely long document covering the road rules, which is unrealistic to assume all tourist drivers have read this. The conflict resolution style that fits closest to this intervention would be: accommodating as it lacks assertiveness.


Can Words Hurt?

Words and their meanings have the power to hurt us immensely. Although physically this may seem untrue, mentally and emotionally, words can hurt us. While individuals cannot directly be hurt physically by words, some words, if communicated in certain ways, can create negative connotations and mentally hurt someone immensely. I have experienced first hand how words can hurt, disproving this popular saying through the use of negative interpersonal communication, including Lying, Polarisation and Downward talk. Words communicated in these ways towards individuals will most likely be consumed negatively and thus create sadness and pain which can produce serious flow on effects such as depression, anxiety, anorexia and other illnesses detrimental to physical and mental health.

Lying can be defined as making an untrue statement with intent to deceive. Lying is unfortunately a very widespread form of communication, used to impress or deceive individuals and groups to believe something to either be true or untrue. There has been many instances within my personal life whereby I have experienced being lied to, and also lying myself, both with negative flow on effects that emotionally hurt both myself and those who I had lied to. When I was six years old I drew on the newly painted wall of my parents new house. When my little brother and I were confronted and asked who it was that had drawn on the wall. I lied to my father and told him it was my brother. My father then proceeded to punish my brother by sending him to bed early and taking away his favourite toy. Due to the young age of my brother he lacked in basic communication skills and thus, was unable to communicate with my father to tell him I was the one who drew on the wall, not him. The lie in the interpersonal communication between my father and I, caused me to feel guilt and pain when I saw someone else being punished for what I had done, especially because of their inability to use the same interpersonal communication I had used, only to tell the truth. Inevitably when I communicated the truth with my father, he was disappointed and this caused short-term emotional pain to all parties involved. Another example of an experience I have witnessed whereby lying has hurt someone greatly was when my friends partner had lied to them about their faithfulness. We were at a party together and after a small time apart, we starting hearing talk that my friends partner had kissed someone else. We promptly found them and asked whether or not the allegations were true. They had lied and said that nothing happened. The night ended and my friend and their partner carried on as normal. After a few months the truth arose and the partner had confessed about kissing someone else. My friend was extremely hurt by this, especially due to the fact that he was initially lied too. His sadness took a very long time to subside and after a while, he was diagnosed with adjustment disorder with depressed mood and anxiety. This shows how seriously words, and the way they are communicated can hurt.

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Mexican Drug War

Seeing as I have a wee bit of knowledge on the area, I thought it would be good to go in depth explaining where the conflict exists within Mexico and explaining where a lot of the intra conflict is occurring in terms of cartel locations and how they come into play with the creation of conflict. Firstly, Mexico as a whole has an extremely beneficial geographical location for the transport of goods within the black market between Latin America and USA markets. Many neighbouring countries can easily transport narcotics, weapons and other illegal contraband to access points in Mexico where cartels will pick up and transport to the USA for profit. A large cause and some may say the most prominent, of the intra conflict is a direct flow on effect of Mexico’s geographical location.

Drug packages, raw opium, drug dozens and weapons seized by police

Drug packages, raw opium, drug dozens and weapons seized by police

Looking a bit deeper, power positions have allowed certain cartels to maintain control of their location by putting them first in line to receive the black market items. This leads to an increase in income and reputation, which can result in more members and more incentive to defend their position, evidently worsening the conflict.

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