This article irked me: Civic activists in L.A. have growing appetite to curb medical marijuana clinics — latimes.com.
It sort of made plain some of the trepidation I feel about this new grassroots effort. To me it seems like a new effort to quasi-legalize drugs. Sure there may be legitimate medical benefits to many natural substances, but we already have distribution channels for legal drugs: pharmacies. And, these channels can accommodate this “new” drug. There is no issue with freshness or packaging; our supermarkets distribute perishable produce daily.
In fact, these clinics are nothing more then today’s speakeasys. In the past, you just got a prescription by asking the local bookie or wiseguy, now you’ll just complain to your doctor, “Doc, my vision is not too good lately, I think to avoid glaucoma later I should get a prescription for some devil weed.” As I read the news article I cringe at the “connoisseur quality” selections, the menu, and the photo showing young ‘sufferers, “oh, can’t sleep, the boogie man scares me”.
Well, I’m sure this is a losing battle. If some can say that the constitution guarantees the right to bear high caliber assault weapons, I’m sure some will find justification for being stoned and getting the munchies. So lets get the unintended consequences out of the way. Such as, are these legally stoned on pot people allowed to drive? Its bad enough some drunk can decimate my family on the road, now I have to worry about pot heads too. Can we dispense with the years of medical studies and jawboning that will inevitably follow and just determine right now if it causes cancer, makes you stupid, or really does lead to dangerous drugs like discount wine?
Ok, some psychologists have found that certain psychoactive drugs are beneficial for psychological issues. Here come the Psych Joints! On the menu: Mushrooms (no trans-fats), LSD, Angel Dust, hashish, and Shaman juju dust. Would you like to try our new hookah, we are running a sale today?
P.S. Of course, I respect the needs of people with health issues and that must give alternative treatments a fair trial.
P.P.S. Further evidence of shadiness of this is the news that in Colorado a place has a want ad out for a “Pot Critic”! I have never heard of a ‘Pharmacy Critic’.
- “Long-term cannabis use can double risk of psychosis”, link