America currently has thirteen states with laws allowing Medicinal Marijuana use- thirteen states in as many years! At this exciting rate, we might see a Medicinal Marijuana law gracing my home, the Lonestar State, in the next… well, crap- the next 37 years. Texas has one of the strongest punishments for simple possession charges- a few grams to a pound can net you six months to two years in jail, a 2,000 to 10,000 dollar fine, and, for good measure, you’ll never be able to receive a student loan.
Of course, at the moment, Medicinal Marijuana is the only option for those who wish to imbibe cannabis in a legal manner. But is Medicinal Marijuana, and its completely different little brother, Marinol (Prescribe-able Synthetic THC), just another Decriminalization? While at first glance those of us who advocate the legalization of marijuana might get excited at the idea of decriminalization, it’s not quite so enthusing when examined closer.
Decriminalization means that possessing and using marijuana is still illegal, but police do not enforce the law any longer. In affect, it’s the government waving its finger at you with a cheeky grin on its large, empty face. However, this idea completely misses the potential of marijuana as a legal industry. Hemp, which under current laws is lumped in with marijuana, has nearly boundless potential in American industry. After all, George Washington called for us to “make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
Only with legalization can these potentials be explored. The illegal marijuana industry explores marijuana’s ability to get you high. The medicinal marijuana industry explores its ability to heal. Industrial Hemp (which does not produce a high) explore its productive aspects. Only with legalization can all of marijuana’s potential be studied.
It seems like Medicinal Marijuana is having some mis-regulation blues, with many dispensaries operating illegally due to confusion with each state, and as in California’s case, each local government’s policies on regulation. In Cali, you see, regulation is left up to local governments. That means that Hickville, CA may make it a bit convoluted and difficult while Mary Jay, CA lays everything down in clear, bold print.
What we need, and what we need now, is Federal action. The Obama administration need to clearly lay out Medicinal Marijuana laws and stop their continuation of the Bush administrations policy of raiding dispensaries.
On a rather personal note to myself (since this is a personal blog)- Clayton, you need to read up on spiritualism and marijuana! You know absolutely nothing about it, so rectify that! Go to the damn library!