In California medical cannabis patients are under attack from not only the federal government but local governments as well. City after city has pushed for ordinances against medical marijuana. Some baring dispensaries and some banning growing. Some do this out of ignorance of medical cannabis and the industry and others in fear of repercussions from the federal government. At the local level we need to work together to create a system that will regulate medical marijuana in a fair safe manner. Below is a letter to our local city council. I share it in hopes to spark conversations in other cities where patients are being oppressed.
To Our Local Government:
We are standing at a unique point in time. When you look back which side will you be on? Will it be the ignorant, stubborn side that wishes to cling to yesteryear where fear and misinformation oppressed citizens or will it be on the side that is enlightened and will one day be vindicated? We can no longer ignore science. We can no longer let this be a political game with innocent patients as the chips.
It is time that you step up and start fighting FOR the patient instead of against. It is time that you team up with the patients and create a peaceful business environment. You were elected to SERVE the people not rule. Minority groups need to be heard too. There is too much proof out there, both in personal stories and medical science to say medical marijuana doesn’t have medicinal purposes.
We can no longer allow the federal government to dictate how the state, county or city conducts business with medical cannabis with bullying tatics. We can no longer allow the federal government to ignore science. We can no longer allow government, instead of science, medicine and our own judgment, to dictate what we put in our bodies and how we treat our illnesses.
These laws are turning innocent patients into criminals. The actions taken in the form of raids, arrests, threats, monetarily and in court have destroyed lives and caused many to be condemned to a life of lower standards. These laws and by extension all of you enforcing these laws are oppressing people.
There needs to be regulation. There needs to be a partnership between law enforcement, the City and patients. We need sanity back in government. People need to be educated before swinging the mighty gavel. As a patient I want to be able to walk into a dispensary and know I am safe from criminals and the government. I want to know that if I grow a few plants my family wont have their door knocked down and have a gun in their face. I want to know that the officials that we elect are held to the standard of being level headed, fair and just. I want to know that they would give consideration to 1 person the same as they would 10,000.
Prohibition and reefer madness has been going on for over 74 years. People have been hearing lies for a long time and that has bred a lot of misconceptions, greed, violent black markets and many other things that scare people. What they don’t realize is that prohibition has caused this. Its going to take all of us to fix this. Its going to take all of us taking a fair balanced look at cannabis and seeing how we can improve things. We need to be the ones changing it together. We will never have progress if there is fighting. It is ridiculous for innocent, lawful patients and caregivers to be punished because of misuse of federal power and the actions of criminals. We should be allowed safe access to our voter and Dr approved medicine.
- Why More Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana (cherrygurl28.wordpress.com)
- Medical Marijuana Advocates to Protest Obama’s Visit to San Francisco (blogs.sfweekly.com)
- Medical marijuana finds friends at City Hall (sfgate.com)
- Banks – The New Targets of the Federal Crackdown Against Medical Marijuana? (kymkemp.com)