Posts Tagged ‘marijuana’

Chicken Neck Sounds A Lot Like Chicken Little

First, let me say that I have ignored this cyber rag for way too long. But, that doesn’t mean that my mind hasn’t been whirling like Donald Trump’s hair during Hurricane Sandy. Only that I haven’t had a spare moment to tap away at this QWERTY keyboard. Hopefully, there won’t be the same hiatus between posts.
Now, on to the subject at hand. If you haven’t heard Bill O’Reilly’s lamentation on the results of Tuesday’s election, then you probably don’t know that the political sky is falling! That’s right!! Chicken Neck Bill took a page from his apparent ancestor, Chicken Little’s, take on the atmospheric state of affairs. According to the Fox Not News host (I can’t bring myself to refer to him as an “anchor”), rich, old, white guys (ROWG’s) no longer run the United States Of America!
While his ignorance of this national trend – that actually began in the 1800’s with the elections of Joseph Hayne Rainey and Hiram Revels, continued in the early 1900’s with the election of Jeannette Rankin, and has progressed to unprecedented heights in the 21st century – serves to underscore that most, if not all, of Chicken Neck’s opinions are based on little, if any, merit, facts, or truth. ROWG’s have been losing their piece of the pie for some time. It’s just that now, with a Black President re-elected for a second term, more women coming to Capitol Hill than ever before (including an entirely female New Hampshire delegation), more minorities serving in Congress than ever before, an electorate that has become decidedly colorized, and several states giving their okey-dokey to both gay marriage and recreational marijuana use, the cold hard facts are sinking in for the minions over at the reality-starved network.
While, in the face of this week’s election results, the Republican Party is getting a wake up call that they need to hear the voices of women, minorities, and young people if they are to remain a viable political entity in years to come, FOX Not News needs to come to a similar realization if they are to remain a viable media entity. Otherwise, they run the risk of looking like a black and white rerun of “Father Know’s Best” … nostalgic, but not very relevant. Though, by the look on Chicken Neck’s face, any progressive change that may come from either the GOP or FOX will, at best, come very begrudgingly, if at all. Perhaps, the ROWG’s skies are indeed falling.


New poll: Most L.A. voters support dispensaries


Medical marijuana poll: Most L.A. voters support dispensaries

Found this poll very interesting in light of today’s vow by the LA City Council to renew their attack on local dispensaries.  Once again, Government not coherent of the people’s will.

Yet, yesterday, the Feds made a step in the right direction when they said they will no longer raid MMD’s that are operating legally.
U.S. Mellows on Medical Marijuana

So, are you telling me that the Federal Government is more progressive than the Los Angeles City Council???   Hell, even the Governator and the Sac Pack are more in front of this issue than the Council-folk!

Wake up LA lawmakers and smell the vape, MMD’s are here to stay.  What you need to do, is make sure they do business in a “professional” manner (discussed at length in The Medical Marijuana Circus). Stop squabbling about your utopian pot-less world and realize that people are receiving incredible benefits from medi-jane. Your job is to make sure it is done right, while not restricting it’s legal and proper access. Your responsibility is to make sure it’s done responsibly. Or, you can continue down this broken path, lose expensive court battles like the one yesterday brought by the Green Oasis dispensary, and unnecessarily waste taxpayers dollars and resources. Unfortunately, history shows you to be very adept at being inept.

The Medical Marijuana Circus


There is a rising tide of acceptance of medical marijuana by the American public, as well as the traditional medical community.  As a prescription holding user of medi-jane, it is a movement that I wholeheartedly applaud.
The relief I receive from a “treatment” is significant and life changing.  I could be taking thrice-daily cocktails of Darvocet and muscle relaxers the doctors have prescribed for the three ruptured or herniated discs in my back and the two in my neck.  But,  spending the day mouth-breathing with my ass super-glued to the couch isn’t much fun for me or my family, and assuredly can’t be good for my career.
I have several friends who have become addicted to prescription drugs in the past few years.  It has either ruined their lives, or significantly impacted them in quite an adverse manner.  While some may argue that marijuana is psychologically addicting, it certainly has much less of a downside than traditional drugs.
It’s not perfect by any means:  It can be difficult to judge the right “dose”; the manner in which it is ingested can create other health problems, especially when smoked;  it can lead to the “munchies” which can create weight issues; and, the Feds have yet to agree that this is a State’s rights issue (though, they seem to be softening that stance).
That said, there is a lot of upside to it’s medicinal use:  It is not physically addicting in anyway (trust me, watching someone come off of a pill addiction is no party);  it is “user friendly” in that functionality is rarely compromised (if dosed correctly);  and, most importantly, it works!
I’m not going to delve into the economic benefits legalized marijuana would bring via reduced police, court and prison expenses, as well as from huge tax revenues.  I’m not going to discuss the organized opposition this issue faces from the pharmaceutical lobby that has billions of dollars at stake.  What I do want to examine, however, is the way it is dispensed.
Thirteen states now consider marijuana a medicinal drug.  In 2003, California Senate Bill (SB) 420 (Chapter 875, Statutes of 2003) was passed as an extension and clarification of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.  It led to the establishment of the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP).  It is administered through local public health offices.  With the passage of 215 came the first “dispensaries” where one with a doctor’s prescription could safely buy their hemp without having to resort to some type of shady transaction.  When 420 passed, the dispensary explosion began, with more than 1000 now open in So Cal alone.
Some say that makes it very convenient, while others say it’s too convenient.  My concern isn’t with the numbers, but rather with the way in which some of these places do business.  Personally, I patronize two different dispensaries, depending on which part of town I happen to be in when I need a refill.  Both are very classy, comfortable and safe.  They are not ostentatious in their appearance or presentation.  From the outside, you wouldn’t know what their business was if you didn’t already know.  They utilize security systems and personnel, yet make it a very personable and enjoyable experience.
Contrast that with my experience on the Venice Beach boardwalk recently.  While walking with my 15 year old nieces, visiting from out of state, we were personally bombarded with literature by representatives of the local dispensaries (yes, they actually handed them to the girls), who then tried to physically usher us into the doorway to see their offerings.  Worse, they informed us that there was a doctor on-site who could write our prescriptions for us on the spot!
Needless to say, I was outraged … on several levels.  First and foremost, there is no way that they should be giving that material to underage people, or anybody else for that matter.  You don’t see people hanging out in front of the Bingo Parlor pushing Viagra (though, those TV commercials are close).  This is a personal decision, as any medical choice is, that should be made between an individual of age and their doctor, and should not involve a local beach bum working for free samples.  Plus, it should not take place in the same location that you get your prescription filled.  You can’t get your Driver’s License or ID Card at the liquor store or bar, last I checked!
On a more selfish level, I was angered that behavior like this by irresponsible dispensaries might lead to a wave of sentiment against the MMP as a whole.  The old adage about it only taking one apple to ruin a good thing was never more apparent.  I have recently seen a couple of local news stories portraying the entire industry as doing business in a similar manner.  Fortunately, most of the dispensaries I have found are much more discreet.  But, with the proper spin, that part of the story isn’t readily obvious.
We’ve come a long way to get to where the truths about marijuana’s medicinal value are beginning to be realized.  It has been an arduous journey, at best.  The relief found from a puff or taste of the substance is now appreciated by people young and old, rich and poor, liberal and conservative.  But, we are far from a perfect system of distribution.
There currently are moves in Los Angeles to more keenly regulate who can dispense, and how they dispense, medi-pot.  Some of the proposals go too far and aim to stifle the entire system … authored, no doubt, by agents of those with billions at risk, and promoted by headlining the few “bad apples” making a circus of a needed and compassionate resource.  Do we need more regulation and oversight?  Evidently so … I don’t think Venice Beach Bob and his colleagues are going to reel themselves in anytime soon.  My hope is that we can find a way to toss out the rotten fruit and save the remainder of the barrel for all who desire to partake.  Over regulation will certainly kill the fledgling industry and eventually return the MMP faithful to back-alley deals for dime-bags.  It is doubtful that the program will eventually be rescinded, as California alone took in $18 million in sales taxes last year from dispensaries – valuable revenues to a state on the verge of bankruptcy.  But, I am worried that access to this program may become severely limited if media portrayal of the MMP continues in the same slant.   I hope I am worrying for nothing.