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.
101° and Clear