I’ve heard a lot of different responses to the marijuana legalization movement during the time I’ve been involved with this great group of people. Some have been good, some bad, many have been irrational, but the one I’ve begun to hear recently sickens me.
The charge levied against those involved in the marijuana movement? That we are using medical marijuana as a cover, that we really don’t care about the sick, and that we just want to get high without getting arrested. Well, one part of that statement is accurate, and you’d better believe that every single one of us is in this for it. All of us that consume marijuana “yes there are some people involved that do not consume marijuana” do just want to get high in peace, and there isn’t a thing wrong with that.
However, you better believe that we’re going to take offense to the charge that we don’t care about the sick and are just using medical marijuana as a cover. You’d have to be ignorant to believe there are no medical uses for marijuana, and you are ignorant of the movement’s core if you believe we’re not in this for the sick. In fact, many of the people behind this push are medical marijuana users that just want to take their medicine without the cops kicking down their door.
Of course there are those in the movement that aren’t medical marijuana users, this author included. To put it bluntly, I’m here because it’s the right thing to do, we shouldn’t be throwing people in jail when they haven’t harmed anyone. Liberty is the game for me boys and girls, and I’m proud of that. However, I personally know many people that could benefit or have benefited from the use of marijuana as a medicine. Family members, friends, even complete strangers that I have met through my involvement are all better off as a result of the use of marijuana for the treatment of their ailments.
Any good, decent person doesn’t want to see others suffer. While I push for full legalization, I push for medical marijuana as well because at the very least, the sick need to be helped. People such as myself can wait a little longer if need be before our society comes around to doing the right thing when it comes to marijuana laws, but the suffering can’t wait, and I go to make sure they don’t have to.
By: Stephen Carter