In the state of Missouri, many local communities are taking a stance on the use of illegal drugs while the Missouri Legislature seems to be dragging their feet. The town of Washington, Missouri, for example, recently passed ordinances to restrict the sale of cold medication that is used to make the worst of all the illegal drugs: meth. And several towns in the state have passed resolutions to legalize the least harmful of the illegal drugs: marijuana.
Many states have made medical marijuana legal as long as it is prescribed by a medical doctor. Marijuana is useful in treating glaucoma, relieving chronic pain, and helping control the appetite loss and nausea that is associated wit chemotherapy. Talk show host Montelle Williams has stated that it is of great benefit in relieving the pain associated with his Multiple Sclerosis.
One of the states where medical marijuana is legal is Colorado. Right now they are experiencing a boom in marijuana use because of it. More than 9,000 people are on the rolls as registered users of medical marijuana in the state. That’s up 2,000 people in the last month.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, critics of the system say that it is open to abuse and cite the growing number of young people who are on the rolls. They say either these young people are suddenly coming down with a lot of diseases or they are using the system to get dope. What happens in Colorado may have a direct effect on efforts to legalize medical marijuana in states like Missouri and Illinois, where it is being considered.
Like Missouri, efforts at the state level to limit use have been not been successful mainly because the businesses that supply the marijuana would go out of business if they were severely restricted. But also like Missouri, many of the towns in Colorado are passing laws of their own that have the same effect. Several towns have made it illegal to sell near a school, for example.
But it may just be a matter of time before federal enforcers step in anyway. One thing that you have to remember is that possession of any kind of marijuana is illegal under federal law and that it not likely to change anytime soon. The late Hunter S, Thompson, a former resident of Colorado, would be turning I his grave.[Continue reading]