Many of you know that JT is a recovering addict. He was a major pot head and marijuana was his drug of choice. He could not live without it. So, it is kind of miracle that he is clean after all those years of love affair with weed. He used to tell me to justify his addiction, "God planted the seeds. They have purpose.." -- that kind of make sense, but still, smoking weed is illegal, ok?
Me and JT were glued to Lisa Ling's report and it reinforced my humble opinion about medical use of marijuana.
So, the program talked about how many people are trying to take advantage of medical marijuana. It's happening everywhere, especially in California where people can get prescription from doctors and buy it like they would buy candy.
I have a friend who used to work at one of those stores in Oakland. She had a legal license to sell marijuana. As crazy as it may sounds, she worked, had a prescription herself, and sold many diffferent kinds of marijuana to those so-called patients who NEED the grass to treat their pain (what pain one might ask?). I asked her once before why it is so easy for them to get Rx's from doctors. She said, as long as you have a legitimate reason for pain, the doctor would write it for you. So I asked again, "please define the pain you're talking about?"
Her answer was just amazing. Her reason was a severe pain during period. It was unbearable. So she told the doc, all of the over the counter medicine wouldn't work. There she got the Rx for marijuana. And she told me most customers who came to the store had the prescriptions similar to hers. I was amazed how ridiculous the whole system is.
But, I must admit, I am all for medical marijuana as long as it helps terminally ill patients who go through tremendous pain during their treatment. Cancer patient? Check. AIDS patient? Check. MS patients? Why not!? Those patients do not need to go through unnecessary suffering if they could prevent it. They deserve any treatments to make their lives comfortable and pain free. And if marijuana helps those patients, we all should support medical marijuana use.
Now, the goverment and many city officals are trying to track down those stores and labs and make it illegal for patients to prescribe medical marijuana - just because of those who abuse the previlege, those who go to the store to buy their candy just for fun. Because of them, the people who REALLY NEED it can't benefit from it? That upsets me.
And the doctors who write Rx to teenagers and all the pot heads, their license should be taken away.
If you have a headache, take Tylenol. If your crumping is killing you, take Advil. You do not need marijuana to ease your tiny pain. There are others who go through real pain who really need it. Don't make their life more difficult and painful.
That's enough for tonight - but you might want to check out the program if you have nothing to do. It's quite interesting!