Last login: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I voted in favor of medical marijuana. But I never expected the disaster that would follow. Perhaps I am naive (and was, at 18 when I voted for it) but I assumed that medical marijuana, being a prescribed drug, would be available by prescription through a pharmacy. I personally know people who suffered from HIV or the effects of chemotherapy that were greatly helped by marijuana. I thought it would be great that it would be offered to those that need it through medical channels.
Today, I feel taken advantage of. I NEVER would have voted in favor if I knew that there would be a pot dispensary on nearly every corner (and yes, they are in PB, where I work). And the majority of the people I know who frequent these dispensaries DO NOT have serious, chronic health problems that necessitate marijuana. (I am not making a sweeping statement here. Everyone I personally know who frequents the dispensaries are fully functioning, non-chronic pain or illness sufferers. They are just tokers that now have easier access.)
I voted in favor of medical marijuana. I did not vote in favor of legalizing marijuana and having it sold on every street corner. I do not think that the City Council is "going against the will of the people." I bet a lot of people feel the same way I do, that we were sold a bill of goods, and we feel taken advantage of. If I knew then what I knew now, I would not have voted in favor in the first place.
November 16, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
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