Recent articles in the local media have continued toÂ tryÂ and justify the legalization of medical marijuana. In an effort to sway those who haven’t made up their mind on this issue or to persuade those who are currently against its legalization, they have begun to emphasize the possibility ofÂ taxing theÂ purchase and distribution of marijuana to gain monies for various programs. Â
They would then be able to use these additional taxes ($215 million per year)Â for the payment of public services that they define primarily as forÂ law enforcement and treatment.Â Â This is supposedÂ to help justify their promotionÂ for its eventual legalization. Pathetic.
Oh that’s how it works. We are supposed to lay aside our principles andÂ convictions as long as we can make some money off doing the wrong thing.Â Â
Let me repeat my stand against this issue. Again,Â I have never had a bonified pain patient even request a prescription for medical marijuana.Â I have had a few people who would rather smoke theirÂ life away ask for it but no one else. And again, its active ingredient isÂ already available in pill form. Â
Don’tÂ be fooled. If you think that alcohol has affectedÂ our society in any positive way, then you can already predict whatÂ legalizing marijuana will do.Â Â And it willÂ be your kids and mine that are Dead on Arrival (DOA) at the emergency room when people under the influence of cannibus hit the road.