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Joeanna Lopez, Times Staff

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Last issue we saw a letter to our editor titled, “Weed reeks!”

The author, Martin Lopes, was very upset over odor and gave examples of malodorous situations.

Let us clarify that the school paper is uncensored by the students for the students; we proudly live that right every day. We encourage students to share their opinions with us about anything and everything as we believe if it is on your mind, it may have crossed another student’s mind.

As of Jan. 1, marijuana is legal in California. It can now be purchased for recreational use.

The author of last month’s letter has rightfully upset others as the tone comes from a closed mind.

It is 2018, I think we should ourselves to be more accepting of people, places and concepts that are different than those of the views we hold. Smells included.

There is no denying the lingering smell resulting in anything that has been burnt. Flower leaves and buds included.

The plant really is so much more than just an odor-causing problem. In fact, it has been linked to the help of depression, anorexia nervosa, PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain and the management of terminal illnesses, amongst so much more.

Martin does something many of us wait too long to do and that is remove ourselves from a situation that makes us uncomfortable and or does nothing to serve our happiness.

As is true with most of the things we do not have much understanding on or any associated references within, we must know that we know nothing until we seek unbiased information.

Marijuana is still associated with many stigmas.

After setting up an appointment to speak with Kathleen Barzegar, a school RN, she was only able to clarify, “the Student Health Center here on campus has not come to a stance on medical marijuana and any health issues or benefits its use may or may not have.”

SJCC is a smoke-free campus and holds a zero tolerance policy.

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One Response to ““Reek” too closed-minded a word to use”

  1. Steve on March 11th, 2018 9:00 pm

    Joeanna,

    Thanks for posting and responding Mr. Lopes’s letter to the editor. Open dialogue like this can certainly helps us better understand and potentially work through elements on campus that bother us. Here is my take on it.

    Mr. Lopes could do away with labels to those who reek of marijuana. It is not needed in getting fellow students to understand his frustration. The way he explains his case certainly makes him come across as narrowly closed-minded, but let’s unpack these two articles together. Would you not say that excessive odor in public that can be mitigated or delayed is unnecessarily rude, if not offensive? Let’s take Marijuana out of the picture for a second. Imagine if students came into class without wearing deodorant and not having showered for days on end. The odor can be literally unbearable if bad enough. Most would agree that this is not acceptable behavior for a suitable learning environment. Or how about certain food policies professors have in place? Some professors allow students to snack in class, but these are typically restricted to certain foods that are quiet and give off a limited smell. If a student were to consume certain foods that gave off strong smells such as a chili-dog, burrito, or even your typical cheeseburger, I’m sure we would all agree the smell these kinds of foods give off are not suitable for a learning environment. Like-wise, it would not be unreasonable to say that a student who excessively smells like marijuana from many feet away is rude and inconsiderate. Really all we’re talking about is a level tolerance and consideration that every individual should take; Two important factors that make a happy community. Marijuana is legal in California and those who oppose it need to learn to tolerate smelling it every now and then. If someone slightly smells like marijuana, deal with it. We all slightly smell like something that derive from our life-styles and culture. But there is a point where you can smell so much like your life-style (ie. excessive sweat from working out, smelling like spices from cooking pungent food, etc.) that it does become rude. I have been around many who don’t like marijuana, and have noticed they can be unreasonably reactive when they get the slightest whiff. I don’t know how bad it was for Mr. Lopes. I haven’t experienced anything that he did yet on campus, but if it really is as bad as he explains it, then I do hope those students learn to better mitigate the smell. Perhaps by changing their clothes more frequently, getting a better container for their marijuana, or finding an alternative way of consuming it besides smoking.

    Thanks,

    Steve

    (Note, I accidentally posted this same comment on the wrong page. Feel free to delete that one and leave this one here.)

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