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    Posted December 25, 2013 by
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    Good for Colorado. Glad to see that they are all set to start selling recreational marijuana. Here in California, it's another story. Yes, we passed our own Compassionate Use Act all the way back in 1996, but the issue of cannabis has been batted around in the Golden State like an abused football.

    To answer the question: no, I do not smoke marijuana--medical or otherwise. I did when I was younger and I found that it made me paranoid and hungry all the time. I am one of those people who prefer stimulation rather than simple mellowness. Coffee works for me fine right now.

    However, should I (knock on wood) develop a life-threatening illness, I would have no qualms about lighting up a medical joint. I have several close friends who do use it to treat various ailments like PTSD and anxiety disorders. My own mother was driven to use marijuana back in the 1970's while suffering from cancer. I recall driving her to UCLA for her chemo treatments and by the time we hit Long Beach on the way home, she would be retching from the drugs. Once she would take a few puffs, her digestive distress would ease and she could keep her food down.

    What i would like to say is that I do not pass judgements on people about marijuana. If that is their thing, then good for them. I don't like it but I support the rights of others to use it--compassionate or recreational. The war on drugs, as far as marijuana is concerned is nothing more than an abysmal failure and a perfect example of throwing good government money after bad.

    Worst of all are those devious and manipulative politicians--one of whom is the current D.A. in San Diego, who utilize the plight of many ill medical marijuana patients as a pretext to persecute them on drug charges. Several of my friends have been charged, despite claiming a medical marijuana defense and some have even been jailed for their belief in using natural hemp for health reasons.
    This is the lowest form of despicable behavior: to stoop to chasing after sick patients in order to make a political name for yourself.

    Colorado is doing a brave thing here with legalizing retail pot. Pharmaceutical companies and Mexican drug cartels have a vested financial interest in keeping medical marijuana out of the hands of patients and recreational users. Big Pharm would rather peddle their expensive and toxic pills to the ill masses. Mexican drug cartels--particularly here along the border area--ruthlessly manage to keep their vicious hands into the lucrative drug trade and good luck to you if you go against them.

    So the marijuana issue is a hot button item. Just as equal marriage rights seems to be gaining momentum across the country; I think that slowly the acceptance of marijuana will also find itself to become more mainstream.

    These positive evolutions are desirable as our country and world develop. I will pass on that joint, thank you, but I support everyone and anyone who wants to smoke it. Happy Holidays!

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