From Toke of the Town
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in Culture, Dispensaries, News
Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm
By Jeremy Webb
Special to Toke of the Town
I walked up the stairs, eager with anticipation, as the wonderful reality of what I was about to do sent happy shivers up my spine. This was my second time going up these stairs, but I was just as eager as my first.
I took my last, deep, breath of fresh air and walked through the door into the bar. My nose was immediately assaulted by the rancid smell of tobacco smoke, but I knew I wouldn’t have to deal with that for much longer. . . . Read Complete Report
The thing about marijuana is it is very subtle. You can use it daily, for extended periods of time and think nothing of it. Yet the person has become completely dependent and doesn’t even realize it.
That is none of the government’s business.
The point is not whether a person becomes dependent on pot or not. The point is do we, as individuals have the right to decide what we want to put into our body’s as long as it is not harming another person, or does the government have the control to decide for us.
If what you say is true about dependency then we can start to use the money currently used to make criminals out of millions of users and instead spend the same money to educate and help those who feel they need help “Kicking the Habit.”.
Each individual should be able to make up his own mind as to the benefits or disadvantages of the use of the substance.
The question is not whether marijuana is harmful or not. Nor, is the question whether its habit forming or not. (More testing needs to be done in that area before we know the answer).
The fact is that the billions of dollars being used to enforce the drug laws should be used to educate and offer treatment to those who want it.
The fact in this case: Nowhere in the Constitution or Bill of Rights is the government given the right to decide what a person puts in his or her body. It’s none of their business!
We need to get the government out of peoples private lives and start to educate them as to how to run a country. . . . EDITOR
Senate Bill 5073, which was sponsored by state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, was written in response to requests from cities, police, patients and providers to clarify how authorized medical marijuana patients can get their medicine. The dispensary boom helped to force the issue.