Medical Marijuana in Arizona a "Charade," and What's Wrong with That, Exactly?
Roberts offers these stats to back up what's intuitive: Of the 34,000 mm-card holders in Cactus Country, "3.76 percent use marijuana to ease the symptoms of cancer...1.53 percent suffer from glaucoma while 1.06 percent have AIDS."
Also, Roberts writes, "89.8 percent - 30,203 people - are seeking relief for `severe and chronic pain.'"
Most of these are dudes, and the largest percentage are between the ages of 18 and 30.
In other words, prime smokin' age.
Roberts suggests it'd be intellectually honest to just legalize cheeba and tax it. I agree, but this ain't really about intellectual honesty, now is it?
It's about having access to a controlled substance without needing to worry about one of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's prosecutors hitting you with a felony for mere possession.
And it's about having that legal access in a state that's redder than Santa's backside.
Think of it as nudging us toward legalization, incrementally, so as not to freak out the oldster wingnuts who over-populate this state.
Seems perfectly legitimate to me. Now if the corporate fascists at Gannett decide to pee test an employee, it's hands off if the employee has an mm-card.
Which is a good thing. Thankfully, I don't need a prescription for my chronic pain cure of choice: Bourbon. And lots of it.