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reefer man

cannabis.

We all know people who function very well with marijuana but do disastrously with alcohol.

Despite the much-publicized advances in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, and growing support of medical marijuana in 26 states and the District of Columbia, there are still 25 states where marijuana is prohibited in all cases. In other words, roughly half our states still enforce a preference for alcohol and the bad behavior it promotes.

Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In Alaska, adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants. Oregon voters approved a similar measure allowing adults to posses up to an ounce of marijuana in public and 8 ounces in their homes, set to take effect July 1. Colorado and Washington previously passed similar ballot measures legalizing marijuana in 2012. Nevada could become the fifth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use when voters consider a ballot initiative later this year. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.

Most recently. Louisiana lawmakers amended the state’s existing medical marijuana law, permitting doctors to recommend rather than prescribe medical marijuana, which runs counter to federal law. The law also expanded the list of eligible conditions for cannabis treatment.

A number of states have also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Other states have passed medical marijuana laws allowing for limited use of cannabis. Some medical marijuana laws are broader than others, with types of medical conditions that allow for treatment varying from state to state. Other states have passed laws allowing residents to possess cannabis oil if they suffer from certain medical illnesses. In April, Pennsylvania become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana.

Since the stroke, I can tolerate neither alcohol or marijuana, and therefore don’t personally imbibe. But I have personally both swallowed and inhaled in the past, and would categorize my views as knowledgeable. And I just want to say that further State-enforced “illegality” of cannabis is intolerable.

If cannabis were legal and available, the events of last weekend would never have happened. Were it legal and available for pain management, countless friends and acquaintances of mine wouldn’t have suffered not only from debilitating pain, but the indignities of being prescription-drug-addled and being financially exploited by unethical members of the medical community. Some are claiming that cannabis is a government-suppressed cure for some cancers, and I wouldn’t dismiss such a possibility.

If cannabis were legal, we would be free of the effects of much police corruption (like confiscation of assets and the so-called “War on Drugs”) and other make-work State actions like mass incarceration that are based on nothing but lies.

It is long past the time for our entire nation’s drug laws to be consigned to the trash heap of history. However all states must do it, we must divorce drug laws from the red/blue politics that grip us, and grant all citizens total freedom to live their lives as they wish.

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4 Responses to “reefer man”


  1. 1 Aimee
    June 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Love this! I’m a huge advocate of medical marijuana. Kudos to GA for the strides they’ve made thus far. My special girl had been taking Cannabis oil since January and hasn’t had a seizure since! That’s never happened in her life! Maybe you should try the oil, it’s good for so many conditions.

  2. 2 Frank Manning
    June 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    We’ve had legalized marijuana In Washington State since 1998 (medical) and 2012 (recreational). Our civilization is still intac and our children are still safe. The Mexican cartels are gone from our cannabis markets. How about that!

    Medical research here is actively ongoing. Many discoveries about the medical benefits of cannabis. Those who oppose legalization are insane or evil or in the pay of the Mexican cartels.

    Read here for more info https://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Drug_Policy_Alliance_Status_Report_Marijuana_Legalization_in_Washington_July2015.pdf

  3. 3 matt
    June 19, 2016 at 5:59 am

    My head hurts from trying to figure out if I’m “insane or evil,” ’cause I know I’m not “in the pay of the Mexican cartels.”

    Happy Fathers Day (U.S.) . . . I’m going back to bed!

  4. 4 Willow54
    June 19, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I just read something the other day, which suggested a group of politicians were preparing a bill for the “decriminalisation” of all currently illegal drugs in my country. Whilst I am open to the comments being made about cannabis (marijuana) in relation to its’ medical benefits, I’m not sure I want people having carte blanche to buy, possess and use other stuff like heroin, cocaine or methamphetamines considering the terrible things that can happen when they decide to misuse these drugs to the detriment of themselves and others. In that regard, I’m only happy that such people don’t, unlike in the US, have routine access to deadly weapons here, otherwise the damage they might do could be all the greater.


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