ast week in Brawley, they had a marijuana meeting to discuss many issues, one of which included voting on a dispensary where medical marijuana cards can buy the bud. I have mixed feelings about these decisions facing cities and communities across the nation.
The culture is changing and marijuana use is much more acceptable for both medical and recreational uses since the days of “reefer madness.” I am a recovering addict with a history of providing substance abuse counseling, education and treatment, but I don’t have a big dog in this fight.
It is our nature to be dependent on things: food, air, love, but not all dependencies are healthy. I encourage you to be dependent upon God and that will help you when your other dependencies aren’t working out so well. I am opposed to marijuana use, especially among the young, because I believe it interferes with emotional development and the maturation process.
I worked in the schools for nearly a quarter of a century and I have never heard, “I was flunking my classes and started smoking weed and I am now on the honor roll!” Or, “I got cut from team last year, but after I started smoking bud, I’m the captain of the team and the quarterback.” Too often, the path to academic perdition has been paved with rolling papers or pipes.
Deny it or not, marijuana is a gateway drug. It puts you in the company of substance abusers, and the longer you hang around a barbershop, the more likely you will get a haircut. Alcohol and tobacco are much more dangerous as gateway drugs, but all drugs lead to loss. This is part of the case for decriminalization. Make it legal, and it will lead to less crime. That is by definition true.
In my mind, marijuana has been legal for a while, ever since the first medical marijuana card. If I am not mistaken, it might have been an Imperial Valley judge decades ago, who ruled that a local person with cancer could use marijuana to help with the side effects of chemo.
The medicinal effects of marijuana has been documented in treating glaucoma, chemotherapy and other health issues. I have veteran friends who feel it is helpful with PTSD, back problems and depression. So what’s a community to do? I say be true to yourself. Seek the input of the people and represent the will of the people. (At this point, I know you think I am silly, but whatever!)
There is currently an informal system of distribution here in the valley and in all communities. If you need weed, it is not a big deal to drive to San Diego where, according to the “The Reader”- a local magazine, dispensaries abound. If you have a card, it is just like going to the pharmacy.
My personal vote is, if we are going to have a pot shop, have it be operated by a not-for-profit organization, with the income coming back to the community to help people. This is a model I heard from a veteran friend, where the money might go to programs for vets.
One last pot shot, here at my own Desert Review. In a previous picture with the article, it looks like someone adding marijuana to tobacco and rolling a cigarette. Don’t use tobacco, use a pipe. For that matter, don’t use at all!