Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One small story

Early this morning my friend Lydia died after nearly a year of living with Breast Cancer. Until she was diagnosed and began chemotherapy, she never smoked marijuana. Toward the end of her life she became an advocate for the medicinal use of weed because as she told me many times, it helped her with the nausea and it kept her appetite up enough to survive longer than was expected. It was important for her to have those extra months. She used them well by filling journals with thoughts, advice, wisdom and wishes for the two young daughters she was leaving behind. Many times it gave her the extra bit of motivation she needed to write that last important thought, that small piece of memory she thought they would need years from now. For those who fight against the legalization of marijuana, I want you to keep in mind the image of her daughters ten, fifteen years from now reading those words she left for them, feeling the appreciation and gratitude at the strength she found in herself to leave them for her. If you then still think it's wrong to make marijuana available to people like my friend, then I suggest you offer your heart up for transplant because you sure aren't using it.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Subverting politics by growing your own.

Any great societal change has always started with the individual. Right now we are at a point in time where the economy sucks and millions of dollars are still being wasted on the so-called War On Drugs. It's the nature of bureaucracies to ignore change in progress until it wakes them up one day and says: sorry, there's no more money for you. Let's move on.

And that is what I see as the problem. The moving on part because there's still money left to spend, money that was appropriated during the great scare years of Reagan, Bush, and all the other fearmongering politicians.

Yes, many states have passed Medical Marijuana laws. Many states have the legal options in place to allow clinics to dispense medicinal marijuana to sick patients. But when you combine the millions of dollars still left unspent with the political and rigid erroneous view of marijuana as a drug instead of medicine, then nothing will begin to really change until that already awarded money is spent and authorizations need to be approved for more.

In these political times of budget wars and posturing, how likely do you think it is that when some local despot with a badge and a political agenda has to request more money to continue standing in the way of progress, he or she will actually get more? It's one thing to say the standard political crap to conservative districts in order to win on fear instead of substance, but paying for it will become the only issue that matters.

The expedient solution, the one that will create the less heat, will be to say these are tough times, everyone has to cut back, we can't afford to give you money to bust clinics and harass cancer patients. But since it will in some conservative districts, still be political suicide to advocate for legalization, the politics and small town wannabes will learn the value of looking away at what they don't want to see, and that is people growing their own.

 Eventually so many people will be growing their own that it will cease to be an issue and marijuana will quietly and quickly be legalized. Only then when the lure of all that taxable income is dangled in front of broke ass city governments, will the clinics be allowed to operate free of harassment and free of being used for some local yokel to get old Republican Dick and Dickess Head to vote him or her into office.

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