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Do you think legalizing weed to pharmacy sales only is the happy middle ground we need?

Here is my response to yesterday’s WWYDW.  Personally I feel that both alcohol and drugs are easily abused by those who are trying to abuse them.  I was brought up in a home with a coming and going alcoholic father, so I know all too well how legal substances can fuck up a family.  I’ve also witnessed many “happy drunks” who although they’re “happy” are still alcoholics.  To me the bottom line is this:  too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing.  This even relates to sex.  People who cannot control their sexual urges are either sex addicts, or on the darkest scale of that addiction, rapists and abusers.  So in my heart I don’t actually believe that governing something is truly the answer to controlling the people who either cannot be controlled by laws, or will NOT be controlled by them.  If somebody has the character, or the mental instability to misuse a substance whether or not that substance is legally or illegally obtained by them, will not, unfortunately in my opinion, change the outcome of whether they use, or abuse marijuana.

Personally, I’ve seen way too many young lives destroyed by marijuana.  I sadly know too many parents who have witnessed their gifted, vibrant sons (not a single girl, which falls in line with studies that show how weed specifically affects the male brain negatively)suffer psychotic breaks due to their habitual and chronic use during of the drug in their formative years.  I’ve seen their sons be admitted into psych wards.  Have to drop out of university, move back home, incapacitated and unable to be, or live on their own.  I know intimately a couple of young men who were driven to attempt suicide.

They all had the same thing in common.  They started smoking weed, daily, in the tenth grade, at the age of fifteen.

So to those who say there are no negatives to habitual post smoking, I’m sorry but I’m not in agreement with the “weed isn’t damaging the way hard chemical drugs are.”  There is in fact far too much scientific data to the contrary.  And even if there wasn’t, what I’ve witnessed first hand is good enough proof to me that weed should not be legalized.  Never mind the fact that all the petty drug dealers who make a living selling pot will now need to turn their shady dealings toward something else…which I fear will be chemical shit, and as if we need more of that out on the streets.  But I digress, this post isn’t about what will drug dealers do once weed is legalized. This will become a “let’s wait and see” matter, to which all I can say is thank God my house is in LA is in the Santa Monica mountains, and I have a cottage way up north of Toronto, and my girls are all grown.  Should I choose to escape if the social shit hits the fan, I can.

However, I fully support legalizing CBD.  This should have happened many moons ago, so on this, I’m a hard YES.  1000 times yes.  The benefits of that are widely known.  THC though, we could all do without.  Especially young boys between the ages of 14-25.  Well formed adults, brains completely “developed” have at it.  Smoke your faces off.  Teens, or anybody under twenty-five, not so much.  It’s not good for them.  And yeah, yeah, yeah, I know all about how kids get it illegally, and always will…blah blah blah.  But can I just say this one thing, and come across like all other conspiracy theorists on the internet…I happen to believe that the reason why the government wants to legalize it is because they want the next generation dumbed down.  I believe that this generation, the kids who survived the Douglas Stoneman High shooting, and all the other survivors, kids who have grown up on a steady stream of a government who hasn’t given a damn about protecting their lives would rather they numb out than stand up.  And make them lazy, unmotivated, uninterested in what’s going on around them.

What’s the best way to make sure you breed a generation of do nothing/say nothing citizens.  Drug them.  Need proof of their desire to do this, google ritalin use and side effects.  Never mind that both the US and Canada already, in my opinion, aren’t doing enough for all the mentally ill citizens they already have out there.  I’m praying that this will not create new ones by allowing them to develop brain injuries due to the damage created from smoking weed too often and too young.  Personally for me there are way too many “what ifs” and variables that we won’t know the full impact of from legalization until we are in the thick of it.  And, as we’re witnessing with the gun epidemic in the US, trying to take back a privilege once you’ve given it out, doesn’t go over very well, at all.  So why not legalize it and allow only pharmacies to carry it, and ensure that the people who are getting it have prescriptions to do so?  Or, is the lure of all the tax dollars our government will make off easily accessible legal sales make this option a moot point???

Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm.

3 Comments

  1. You make many valid points as usual. I do believe that any type of questionable habit started in the early years of a child’s life is harmful, whether it be pot or alcohol. I am sure the states that are considering it are looking at the tax dollar benefits and not its negative side. the bottom dollar shouldn’t be the be-all/ end-all of the question. IF this moves more toward legalization. There HAS to be age restrictions. It won’t stop all young people but I do think it would limit the use. And a BIG YES to CBD oil being available for all who can benefit from it especially children with seizure disorders.
    Thank you Again for your insight.

  2. What sucks about the current state if legal dispensaries is that its, largely, a cash business. Banks cant, for the most part, accept deposits because marijuana is currently only legal on a state by state, city by city basis and they’re prohibited by federal law from accepting deposits of money from illegal practices. So, how does this really help tax-wise? I think the way this is set up is horrible from a practical standpoint. How do you regulate dispensary income?

    As I said last post, the nurse part of my brain says pharmaceutical grade pot products should come from the pharmacy. This won’t stop anyone who wants pot for recreational use from getting it from… wherever they choose to source it, but it, at least, keeps the medical part consistent in purity and dose.

    I wanted to also clarify a couple points you made above.

    1. While Ritalin has been overprescribed for years, those who actually need it benefit greatly from it. For those who need it and are prescribed it by a vigilant physician, they’ll be monitored for liver function (it’s metabolized via the liver) and they also regularly check height and weight as Ritalin can stunt growth. There are a lot of other side effects I wish the public knew about, like decreased libido and erectile dysfunction (how many men would run from it based on that alone?), as well as hyperpyrexia (higher body temp), which is not fun or pleasant to be around in many cases. There are tics and potential for verbal outbursts. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.

    2. Rape isn’t a result of a high sex drive. Rape is about control, control that’s exerted sexually.

    3. Addiction is a mental health issue. Whether or not something is classified as addictive has little to do with someone with the addiction wiring becoming addicted. Our genetic code determines whether or not we become an addict, though some substances have a chemical component that can cause physical addiction in anyone. The difference…how to explain? Those who become addicted due to the chemical overwriting the normal physical response to a chemical compound are often those who are prescribed medication for extended periods of time. Without the chemical coursing through their body, they feel anything from minor weakness or irritation to full blown DTs. Usually seen with antidepressants, barbiturates, and opioids, though it can happen with other substances. For those with addiction hardwired in their DNA, addiction can present itself in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, alcohol and drugs, it it could be collecting, hoarding, or just about any “obsession” (not to be confused with obsessive/compulsive disorders, which is still a mental health issue, just not this one). You can never be cured of addiction if you’re hardwired for it. You manage it. For those who become physically addicted via the nature of their prescription, they’ll need to use caution forevermore, but can usually manage very short-term prescribed medication if absolutely necessary. Most don’t chance it.

    I hope this weird primer helped a bit in differentiating terms, causes, etc. You’re such a great advocate for distilling information, Shantelle, I figured you’d want to have a bit more info (though I’m far from complete on explanations, causes, and exact modes with this).

  3. Mrs. Bisson,
    I completely agree with you…SHOCKER!!! How law enforcement and employers deal with adults who are using and impaired by weed is a big challenge even when it becomes legal…and it will be legalized. There’s just way too much business and tax money to be had by governments (local/state/federal) who are looking for “creative” ways to bring in more tax money to try and cover their ever-growing spending desires. We have a funny situation here in Nebraska, every week our state police arrest weed haulers seizing hundreds of pounds along with edibles, hash oil, etc. This stuff is “legal” in Colorado right next door although most of the seizures are of “illegal” Mexican cartel supplied weed…which is still huge business everywhere. I seriously doubt that “illegal” weed business will just disappear if weed is legalized in the US at the federal level…and the legal growers/sellers here in the US have very serious heavily armed security to fend off “silver or lead” offers from folks like MS13, etc. Iowa is in the process of setting up a few state-regulated dispensaries for “medical” weed to be supplied by one state-supervised grower. Within a couple of years, full legalization will follow…just too much money to be made and taxed. I’ve spoken to our Governor about the idea of using confiscated weed as a new state revenue source. After all the court proceedings are completed, put it up for bid to “legal” Colorado/Iowa suppliers with full cash payment due at delivery by our state patrol at the respective state borders…now they just pile the stuff up a couple of times/year, douse it with diesel and then torch it. At least we might be able to recoup some of the huge amount of taxpayer expense of catching/trying/jailing the weed haulers. He didn’t laugh me out of the room, so who knows???

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