Friday, November 29, 2013

A word of advice to pot-smoking Mounties

Having had the pleasure of twisting one up with a few of you folks years ago, I know that most of you must be torn by what's happened to Cpl. Francis over there in New Brunswick.

You know the culture and you know what to expect.

Cops, doctors, teachers, judges,... everybody figures out how to smoke their two doctor-prescribed legal medicinal marijuana joints every day without ending up on the front page.

 I'm sure Cpl. Francis could have figured it out too.

But for Ron Francis this isn't just about smoking a joint. It's about PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Shell shock, as we once euphemised what happened when a person had seen more grief and gore than they could handle.

It manifests in many ways. Addiction. Depression. Substance abuse...

It's rampant among cops and soldiers.

Because those are the folks who see the most grief and gore.

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