It doesn't matter which side of this discussion you are on, medical marijuana along with recreational cannabis are here to stay. In the United States as well as nations around the world, options regarding the legalization, or decriminalization of weed are being addressed.
Colorado has become the first state in the USA, to sell legalized marijuana. Washington State also has passed a similar law, and continue to work on the logistics, before the roll-out later this year. Presently, twenty states and the District of Columbia, enjoy medicinal marijuana legislation, and twenty additional states are negotiating terms for their jurisdictions.
As a Florida resident, with a large geriatric population, countless infirmities, I'd hope that the sunshine state will, at the very least pass a medicinal law. I'm also an advocate for legalization of pot, for sound reasons.
In 1986, I lost my youngest brother, shot to death by some street dealers, making territorial markings. They sprayed a crowd of some sixty teens and young adults, queuing for a Halloween party. My kid brother, an amateur DJ, was in front of the venue removing equipment from his car. Suddenly, a car pulls up, three men exit and begin randomly shooting the partygoers.
The detectives, investigating the murder, informed my family that competing neighborhood dealers, were making a statement. I personally believe that their intent was to do harm, but not to kill anyone.
Seven people including my baby-brother, were all hit below the waistline. In my mind, criminals looking to definitively slaughter people, would have aimed at the upper portion of the body. At twenty years old, six foot five inches tall, with a lean and muscular frame, a bullet from a street dealer crashed into his groin, caused internal bleeding, making Dominic [my brother] the only fatality.
Ever since that incredibly painful event, I've been keenly aware of the unyielding violence, globally, that the illicit drug trade imparts on the international community. As long as we [global community] continue to allow the most prolific criminal enterprise, know to modern man, be owned and operated by vicious, unforgiving, undereducated thugs, our schools, neighborhoods, communities, nations, will live in fear of the ever growing influential drug gangs.
Colorado, Washington State, the nation of Uruguay, have all recently served this illicit industry its first truly significant blow. Collectively, the international community can minimize their [drug gangs] profitability, dismantle their organizations, eliminate the influence, and zap their power. High tech weapons are expensive, so is ammunition, take away the drug gangs means, we will destroy the ruthless gangs.
Alcohol is the substance that has been most associated with hostility, and violent crimes. Yet this has been the internationally accepted "drug of choice", and continues to enjoy tremendous social status. I've recently read an article, observing a shift in preferred substances most abused in Colorado. The alcohol industry may begin to lose the market share, they have enjoyed for many decades.
Alcohol poisoning has taken many lives, as young people test their limits ingesting more than their bodies can tolerate. Marijuana has to date never killed anyone, is never associated with violent behavior, its also one of the most abused and profitable illicit drugs worldwide.
It is a plant, that can be grown indoors and outside, requires no specific processing. The research presently being conducted in Israel, reveals incredible applications in terms of serious brain injuries, including Alzheimer.
The human condition, has shown an affinity for a "state of euphoria", since biblical times. The Bible references a specific miracle by "Jesus", that drives my point:
"On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4 And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." 5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him". (John 2: 1-11)
Water was not an appropriate beverage for this "social " event, therefore it was turned into wine for the benefit of the people in attendance. I can't believe that I'm distorting my interpretation of this passage.