Legalize Marijuana, Break The Cycle, End The Plantation

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I don’t have a cannabis photo for this column because it isn’t yet legal to grow marijuana in the state of Alabama. But, the groundhogs seemed to like these flowers, and they sort of remind of a Colorado sunset, so I decided to include them here instead.


I should first say, I am not a medical doctor, and have never represented myself to be a medical doctor. Never-the-less, during my run for mayor in 2004, it was falsely reported by a rogue correspondent working for a local broadcast TV station that I endorsed the “legalization” of marijuana. During my campaign in 2004 I did, however, endorse medical marijuana. I did have some ambivalence at that time in regard to the legalization of “recreation marijuana,” and while I still have reservations when it comes to recreational marijuana, there are a number of aggravating and inappropriately limiting factors involved in medical marijuana that I am now more aware of, and of course we have all witnessed the resounding success of recreational marijuana legalization in several states including Colorado. I also mention that I don’t smoke marijuana, did not go to the same party as Bill Clinton, but I have considered visiting Colorado as I have always enjoyed water skiing, and might want to check out the ski slopes or summer sunsets there.

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In Alabama, you may be aware that a new medical marijuana bill has actually left a senate committee. The newest bill is referred to as a “comprehensive medical marijuana bill” because it includes 25 specific maladies for which pot could be prescribed and where in some instances a patient would be allowed to grow up to 16 of his own plants.

AL.com – Alabama Senate committee gives OK to medical marijuana bill

This article details the 25 specific ailments:
AL.com – Could medical marijuana legislation pass this year in Alabama?

The “aggravations” that I mentioned, simply put, are that about half the state of Alabama is literally being run as a plantation; Alabama has a deeply corrupt legal system – led by Roy Moore – that is exploiting pseudo-religious cultism; and the fact that the Medical Industrial Complex is itself rampantly corrupt – especially in those areas of practice that are often subjective like psychological ailments.

In other words, when you start off with well meaning religion that engages in psychological abuse in order to enforce their cultism, add a bunch of money to the offering plate to ensure the victims spends their money on medical treatment, and then add some more money to the offering plate to ensure the victims have no legal recourse if and when they attempt to break the cultism – you have a chain of causation that perpetuates the corruption. Well, there’s more than one kind of offering plate, and then the corruption becomes a well-established cabal and conspiracy of corruption that begins to spread like a disease unto itself. Medical doctors, attorneys, and small business owners can and do engage in deliberate malfeasance to perpetuate the cycle for both economic reasons and personal agendas – and that often results in personal injuries and even death. Oh what a tangled web.

I have reviewed the 25 specific ailments that would be treatable under the medical marijuana law in Alabama, and while it does seem comprehensive in that any honest medical doctor could prescribe marijuana in any situation where it would be beneficial, it simply does not take into account the real underlying factors that are ultimately why it isn’t even likely that the current medical marijuana bill will pass. Marijuana is a threat to the plantation system.

It could be however, that “plantation” is also the keyword answer to the conundrum. Legal marijuana could be an economic boom for farmers and taxes for the state. If Alabama were to get on the band wagon now, growers could establish their brand in the market ahead of other states who are still stuck on the wrong kind of plantation. I seriously doubt that recreational marijuana could do anywhere near the cultural damage that a so-called education lottery would.

I also read where some of the plantation overseers claim that marijuana is a so-called gateway drug. Well, when somebody starts blowing smoke up your kaboodle, maybe it would be better if it were pot. The only person who really sees marijuana as a gateway drug is a pusher who has some other inventory he wants to make money on. Eliminate the illegal dealer, eliminate the gateway. Which is also to say, I am, and will continue to be, strongly opposed to the use of other illegal drugs. I have seen the damage done by cocaine, crack, heroine, etc., and do not believe there will ever be a place for their casual use.

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For those reasons, I am now endorsing legalized marijuana. Break the cycle, bypass the arbitrary medical oversight, and follow the lead of Colorado in pursuing appropriate regulation by the state.




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