...a thriving, untaxed, unregulated, illegal drug market.
Users are still patients, so cops have nothing to enforce. Harder, more dangerous, drugs are encouraged because the black market has no need to only sell the low-margin weed. Why not upsell to the dangerous stuff and really get you hooked? This is especially true because the Medical Marijuana Centers have destroyed the margins for the drug dealers; so why not encourage the harder, more profitable stuff?
Plus, there actually are patients that consider this medicine. MJ Freeway houses over 500,000 patient validation recommendations. Everyone one of us has federally incriminated ourselves because we consider Cannabis enough of a medicine to submit our names to a state registry. Why would we do this? Because we don’t believe we are criminals and neither do our doctors. Why would doctors prescribe cannabis so regularly? Because it is statistically safer than any other pharmaceutical prescription that can be written.
Nobody has ever died from an overdose of Cannabis. Read that sentence again. Nobody.
Medical Marijuana Centers are not the problem, they are the solution. They provide safe, reliable, controlled access to affordable medicine where you won’t find hard drugs. Center licenses are hard to get, expensive to maintain, and very easy to lose. Taxes are collected. We must also get rid of this false idea that just anyone can walk in to a center and buy Cannabis. They cannot. No card, no entry - not even to look. If Cannabis shows up in the high school, it’s from dad’s medicine cabinet, not the drug dealer on the corner. And patients (remember patients?) can have relief and quality access without adding ‘criminal activity’ to the list of worries sick people have to deal with.
The DEA finds no medical value to Cannabis, but they sure do find tons of value in fighting the advancement of it. This drug war has kept us from realizing the benefits of fiber production, healing medication, and significant fuel resource development. 760 lbs. of Bio Fuel per acre of renewable carbon-positive hemp.
Humanity has an obligation to operate from logic and not fear. Cannabis is a plant with thousands of uses, and protecting ourselves from it’s benefits has caused no discernible advantage over the last hundred years. In fact, quite the opposite.
A war on Cannabis is, quite simply, a war on common sense.