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Of doctors and ganja in the hood

TORN APART with BOYD PHIRI
THAT doctors in Zambia want legalisation of marijuana is something worth commenting on, especially that one politician in the opposition is already feeling irie about ganja.
Zambia Medical Association president Aaron Mujajati says it is high time the hood got that smooth irie feeling without let or hindrance, at least for medicinal purposes.
Of course, the brethrens in the medical field don’t want to go to jail if ganja is no more.
Quote me correctly, Dr Mujajati is not high on ganja, neither is he getting the weed from a priest, an inspector and a minister as Jamaican reggae maestro Peter Tosh says in his song Nah goa Jail.
But one thing is sure, Dr Mujajati is wondering why Babylon, oh sorry, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) is always harassing some people in Lusaka’s Chibolya township, which has over the years earned a notoriety for illegally smoking and selling weed to both the young and the old.
Like Peter Tosh and a host of other brethrens in Trench town, Dr Mujajati believes marijuana has a myriad of benefits, of course, including the properties to heal glaucoma.
He says it is unfair that some patients in the hood who may need medicinal marijuana prescription cannot get it because of lack of a policy in the country.
Marijuana prescription? Interesting. It would be nice to see a prescription marijuana package written, “Marijuana medicine:
Keep out of reach of children”.
What if some packages came with warnings saying: “Marijuana assists appetite: May result in one overeating”.
Of course, such warnings would be ineffective among many people in the hood, partly because they say “Mwamuna ni pa mala” meaning “A real man should always be full.”
Some in the hood can’t read, while others don’t like to read, especially when it comes to something discouraging them to eat too much.
Well, don’t ask me if the doctors are also thinking of coming up with a reggae band to propagate their interest in ganja and its benefits through music.
I am not trying to speak ill of my friends in the hood who are reggae crooners, but truth is, people who have even a mild interest in reggae understand that in most cases this music genre and ganja go together.
It would be interesting to see some doctors in Chibolya township wearing white dust coats with stethoscopes around their necks singing Peter Tosh’s song:
Nah Goa Jail
Said me Nah Goa Jail
Fe ganja no more
I’m a Nah Goa Jail
This here smoke
That you see me with sir
I just got it from an officer
And this here little bit of green sensimilla
I just got it from an inspector
He’s my friend
Nice song if you ask me, I am sure many people in Chibolya township would feel irie that doctors are helping them to have marijuana legalised.
Forget about what the Green Party is already doing in the hood regarding the legalisation of marijuana, the show of interest in ganja by doctors has added another dimension to the whole debate.
Dr Mujajati feels the military or Zambia National Service (ZNS) can be growing marijuana in secluded places to avoid abuse.
But most people in the hood would tell you that they are already growing weed in secluded places, which is why DEC is finding it difficult to combat the vice.
Perhaps legalisation of the plant would help some people in the hood join some out-grower schemes which other crops like cotton benefit from.
Given this position by doctors, it may be a good idea to let people in the hood use it to boost their appetites, especially those who live on beer alone.
In the past I used to think that doctors had one main goal in life: stopping people from playing with ganja. “Smoking marijuana can cause you to dance naked in front of your mother-in-law,” they would say.
Well, too much weed can be harmful. Consult your doctor on the right amount for yourself and your child.
bjboydphiri@yahoo.com

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