Legalizing Marijuana - Ah-Ha Finally Some Limits
By Ned Wicker
DEFENDERS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA will certainly go to the mat in defense of their drug of choice for controlling pain and other medical conditions. There will be staunch arguments in favor of legalizing the drug for use by the general population, probably using the “everybody is doing it” line of reasoning. The public debate isn’t going away anytime soon, but at least there is some moments of common sense that come to light.
The door has been opened in the US
The door to “medical marijuana” had been opened and it didn’t take long for cleaver growers to discover that they could make a lot of money. Hiding behind “legitimate” medical purposes, the weed is grown, distributed to “patients” and anyone who says it’s not completely on the up-and-up is being mean spirited towards those who suffer without it. This also opens the door to legalizing marijuana.
Pot is a business
But if this enterprise is strictly to relief pain and suffering and completely legit, why would the Montana Senate and State House act to severely reduce the number of marijuana users and the ever increasing pot business in the state? If people are acting within the confines of the law, and following the spirit of the law, why would such a move be necessary? It’s necessary because this whole medical marijuana business is nothing more than a means of circumventing the law.
Stephen Dockery’s April 27 story on the Huffington Post reported that both houses passed a measure which will head to Governor Brian Schweitzer for “his signature, veto or amendment recommendations.” The governor has already cast is veto shooting down a repeal of the medical marijuana law.
The revised measures would seriously reduce the trade and create a not-for-profit system, which would in effect wipe out the profitable growers industry. The new measures would also call for stricter proof that medical marijuana is needed. So patients will undergo greater scrutiny before their names are placed on the medical marijuana registry. The state would also have authority to oversee and inspect growing operations, and providers would not be able to charge patients for the marijuana.
Is anything really necessary?
It’s an interesting case because if you follow the logic of it all, would not the same argument apply to the pharmaceutical industry? How much of anything is really necessary? Take this pill, take that pill, or smoke this marijuana. American free enterprise allows for people to search for potential new markets, to find a need and fill it. It’s interesting that the state legislature in Montana understands the needs for control and we’ll see how it plays out with the governor.
Medical marijuana is an invitation for human nature to take control and abuse the “medical” option. People will always stretch the limits. They will manipulate and rationalize until they justify their actions. For every legitimate case for using marijuana as a treatment option, I hazard to guess how many illegitimate claims will clutter the discussion. For the one who needs the treatment, there are so many others who just want to smoke pot legally.