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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