IS THIS GUY NUTZ? WE ALREADY HAVE A WORLDWIDE DISASTER WITH THE USE OF DRUGS AND THIS GUY WANTS TO GIVE MORE TO KIDS?
Australian multimedia artist and Murdoch University lecturer Leon Ewing has proposed a plan that would provide high school students with controlled doses of marijuana in order to stimulate their creativity.
And he’s not alone in thinking that this controversial idea has potential. Leigh Carmichael, creative director of the Museum of Old and New Art(MONA), where Marina Abramović will exhibit “art of the immaterial” in June, has expressed curiosity
Ewing’s idea will be expounded upon during a talk at the Tasmanian museum’s annual music and culture festival, Dark Mofu which takes place from June 12–22. Abramović will make an appearance at the event, which boasts “food, drink, music, and general wild abandon”
“We already prescribe amphetamine-like medications to our children for focus and docility. What if we medicated for creativity? Educational marijuana, if you will,” Ewing
BRAVE, CREATIVE AND PROVOCATIVE IDEAS? HARM CHILDREN EVEN MORE THAN BIG PHARMA DOES? HOW MANY MORE STUPID PEOPLE IN THE WORLD SHALL WE HAVE IN THE FUTURE WITH THEIR BRAINS DESTROYED?
His plan includes providing teenagers “controlled and moderated” doses of marijuana, via custom-made vaporizers.
“We don’t necessarily agree with this idea, but we love that it’s brave and creative, and in order for seismic change, we’ll need to think big and be open to provocative ideas.”
THE ONLY BIG QUESTION THAT NEEDS ASKING IS WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO THROW EWING IN THE LOONEY BIN OR CHECK OUT HIS CONNECTION WITH DRUG CARTELS.
Ronnie Voigt, head of Tasmania’s Drug Education Network obviously disagrees with the proposal. “[The idea] doesn’t sit well with anyone who understands child development”.
But it looks like Voigt (and parents everywhere) might be in luck. When asked whether or not he was being facetious, Ewing replied: “Yes and no. In my work as an artist, we need to ask the big questions.”