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Re: “Drug companies fight medical marijuana

Drug companies may be fighting it, but who is investing all those dollars to promote it?

It's coming, God help us, but – I may be the only one who is uncool enough to say it – don't fight marijuana if you aren't going to fight alcohol, which may be far more dangerous, damaging, and deadly (as of now, many claim). The same potentates who decry marijuana often preach that the sale of and easy access to alcohol is necessary to our economy and personal happiness. But imagine a society that promotes and celebrates getting high as much as ours PROMOTES AND CELEBRATES alcohol and getting drunk (to an unbelievably increasing scale: watch tv and movies, read Facebook, drive around your town). I'm anti-marijuana and -alcohol, but it's an unfortunate fact that prohibition didn't work.

I'll certainly vote against "medicinal marijuana," while acknowledging that if it doesn't pass this time, the upcoming generations will almost certainly approve the use and proliferation of medical and recreational marijuana and who knows what else. The laughable "compassionate medicinal" approach is a red herring that will for all intents and purposes prove a foot-in-the-door for legalized recreational marijuana and the billions of dollars Big Marijuana stands to rake in, yes, as Big Pharma does already. If marijuana's availability were to be permanently restricted to only the most chronic pain-sufferers, it's doubtful anyone would have wasted this much time, effort, and money promoting or attacking it. There wouldn't be enough return on their investment.

I submit that If marijuana didn't get you high, but just relieved pain, it would be considered nothing more than an annoying eyesore of a weed. I also suspect that if alcohol didn't get you tipsy (and worse), but just "made your food taste better," the beer, wine, and spirits industry (and "wine connoisseurs") would evaporate before you could say "fruity after-notes."

Again, God help us and our progeny. Advice: invest in addiction treatment programs – they are going to continue to escalate beyond our wildest dreams. That's where the real money will be.

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Posted by Tim Logan on 09/29/2016 at 1:15 PM


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