Count this among things I’d never thought I’d see even just 5 years ago: editorial in the Denver Post sticking up for gun rights for medical marijuana users. This issue would take care of itself if Congress passed a medical marijuana law, because then those users would no longer be “unlawful.”
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To hell with them all.
The gungrabbers are using this as an opportunity to grabn guns.
The potheads are using this as an opportunity to push for legalization of marijuana.
And both sides are pretending to believe their own propaganda.
I have lost 3 immediate family members (father, mother, sister) to various types of cancer. No one can tell me I don’t know what I am talking about when it comes suffering. Yet, I oppose medical marijuana because I understand the medical science. It is a terrible drug. There are readily available legal drugs to treat any symptoms that inhaled marijuana treat. All of the legal drugs are more effective and have none of the know side-effects of inhaling smoke.
Medical marijuana as an argument for or against gun rights is just another side show. I don’t want anyone feining concern for either cancer patients or gun rights in this debate. Truly, it is neither. Have the decency to argue for legalization of marijuana in all forms or the temerity to say you are pushing for gun laws. But don’t belittle my intelligence by claiming you are compassionate or concerned in either arugment.
I have lost 3 immediate family members (father, mother, sister) to various types of cancer.
I lost my mother to cancer.
Yet, I oppose medical marijuana because I understand the medical science. It is a terrible drug. There are readily available legal drugs to treat any symptoms that inhaled marijuana treat. All of the legal drugs are more effective and have none of the know side-effects of inhaling smoke.
I agree with you, but I don’t oppose medical pot because I think you should be able to smoke the stuff if you think it makes you feel better.
But I agree that it’s a ruse. When my mother was on chemo, she had a prescription for a drug called Marinol, which is essentially THC in pill form. They are also working on an inhaler administered version for people who can’t keep anything down (and for all I know, have developed it by now, I haven’t kept up). Bu there’s no chemical difference between Marinol and a joint, except Marinol doesn’t involve inhaling smoke into your lungs.
But I generally believe pot should be legal, so I’m willing to suffer the ridiculousness of medical pot, if it paves the way for decriminalization.
All I will say is that decision must have REALLY confused the Denver smelly hippy crowd.
I bet the flattop crowd of gun-owning ex-military that pervades Colorado Springs just to the south is pretty confused, too. The thing to realize is that support of civil rights for everyone is the only way to protect them for anyone. Pot heads today, anyone with a percocet prescription tomorrow; the slope gets slippery in a hurry.
I have no tolerance for having recreational drug users around me, but outlawing their hobby has led to far more misery than the habit itself ever caused. The drug war itself has consistently proven to be a ruse to strip citizens of rights–including the right to ingest into your own body whatever you damn well please. Once you accept the premise that the government can compel what you do or don’t put in your own body, you’ve lost the larger argument around your personal freedom. The latest ruse to separate pot smoking gun owners from the solidarity and support of other gun owners is a classic divide & conquer tactic. Don’t fall for it.
The Drug Policy Alliance put put a press release today claiming the new ATF rules banning medical marijuana card holders from owning firearms affect 1,000,000 (yes, one million) gun owners in 16 states. If you think having that many people lose their 2nd Amendment rights from a bureaucratic rule won’t affect your own gun rights, guess again.
Here’s the source: http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2011/10/bureau-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives-atf-says-medical-marijuana-patients-are-
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