Santa Monica, California, USA
OK, well, I started thinking about the medical marijuana issue. For some truly ill and disabled folk, marijuana use might provide some synptomatic relief. There is no medical consensus on this, but hey, if someone has terminal cancer, aids, glaucoma, Parkinson's syndrome, or multiple sclerosis, what's the difference if a little dope seems to help?
The day after Prop 201 passed in California, my wife Debbie, who has MS, got a marijuana scrip from her long term neurologist to see if it would help with her tremors.
So, we're off to the marijuana store. Eye opening! At $60.00 and up for an eighth of an ounce, we'd be broke in a month. These guys clearly weren't in business for humanitarian reasons.
Being a former greenhouse owner, I figured heck, I'd just grow some on our patio. We were living in a HUD Senior and Disabled adult complex, no kids around, and the patio was below a high berm and not visible from the sidewalk.
I planted up three 15 gallon nursery cans and grew a gorgeous -- if I say so myself -- all but invisible crop. The "all but" part got us in trouble. A maintenance worker walking the berm saw our crop and turned us in.
We get a knock on the door about ten o'clock at night, and there are these two Marina del Rey policemen. Big guys with big guns on their hips. Oh, and Bermuda shorts, this being California and all.
I knew that only Fed's could arrest us, so when asked if I was "growing," I said, "Sure, wanna see it?"
Off to the patio. "Jeeze," the one cop said, "that's a good looking crop!" The second asked, "How do you keep it so short? My brother's plants are seven feet tall!"
"I pinch the plants back," I answered, discression being the better part of valor.
"Well, look, why don't you just harvest them and make this all go away?" I agreed.
HUD was not so readily amused. After months of "investigation," local Hud officials decided they didn't want to put the issue to a legal test, probably for fear of chaos if they lost.
HUD compromised. They decided Deb could smoke it, but I couldn't grow it on site. Not wanting to become a poster children for medical marijuana, we agreed. Anti-climatic, but practical.
Did it help Deb's MS tremors? Ohhh yeah! But this is just anecdotal evidence of the plant's value. (I haven't smoked the stuff since Vietnam, except for maybe a time or six. Having compromised my lungs with a Pall Mall habit, I can't hold down the smoke.)
I'll agree with anybody that marijuana ain't for kids, but I am wondering what the Government's problem is with medical use. Sell it only in a pharmacy and knock out the "entrepreneurs."
Could it work?
[This message has been edited by oceanvu2 (03-27-2008 05:20 PM).]