Here we go again.
Yes, I approve of every dispensary.
And be careful where you shop, Matthew. You might be alarmed, if you saw how the sausage was being made ;)
Speak whereof you know, Matthew.
My U.S. Army discharge physical lists "chronic neck pain" right there in black and white (actually it's yellow paper). I also have herniated discs, as well as foraminal stenosis - both very painful ailments that leave me in pain 24/7 (those are hours and days).
And I rarely use more than an eighth of meds in a week.
Pace yourself. Methinks you might be over-medicating ;)
Yes, a dispensary nixes growing, unless you had the authorization before the dispensary opened.
The state won't renew your growing right, if a dispensary opens within 25 miles of you. Fuckers.
I renewed a day before the first one opened, so I'm good for a year.
MacBook video ailing; iMac not Epic-friendly ;)
The only way to end federal intervention is to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Any rescheduling - even to Schedule IV or V - would extend federal control over cannabis for decades. So far, we have been trying to get cannabis put on Schedule II for 40 years. If we put it on Schedule II, we would be in for another 40-year battle to wrest it from the hands of pharmacists. I do not consider cannabis medication in the sense that other controlled substances are medication. It's an herbal remedy. We should treat it as such. Do you really believe putting cannabis in the hands of pharmacists would abate the federal black boots? Not. Going. To. Happen. That would only put us exactly where we are today - illegal distribution and production would continue and possibly expand, because states might then rescind their MMJ laws in lieu of big pharma distribution and production. Prices would skyrocket, and patients would have MORE trouble getting meds than they do now.
As for scientific studies, we don't need more science to make a decision. There are hundreds of studies from all around the globe - enough to convince the AMA and the American College of Physicians that cannabis is effective. The International Cannabinoid Research Society has been studying cannabis for decades. The science is clear, and it will continue with or without the U.S. federal government's approval.
Thanks, Mr. Boy. I am at your mercy concerning your reaction to my columns, but I would ask what real issues you want me to cover. In my first few months, I have written, among other things, an honest, behind-the-curtain look at a local certification mill; an interview with a combat veteran disabled by his own government then denied legitimate medical treatment by the same government; a talk with a doctor who got national attention for her attempt to do a clinical trial treating PTSD with MMJ; a look at a local health center that uses an unusual business plan to connect MMJ patients with medication; and a discussion of the shame associated with marijuana use. Which other issues would you like me to cover? What information do you need? You didn't say.
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