Medical Marijuana: To Toke or Not to Toke?

Medical Marijuana: To Toke or Not to Toke?

Tacoma : WA : USA | May 05, 2011 at 11:31 PM PDT
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Medical Maryjane

You can't pick up a newspaper, skim a website, or look up a good brownie recipe lately without seeing a story or two about medical marijuana.

A couple of weeks ago in Colorado there was a "ganjaprenuer" conference to network with other hemp business owners who carry the "it's legal to toke away what ails ya'," lifestyle.

Last week in Washington State the feds raided at least two marijuana dispensaries in Spokane Washington according to KOMO This caused quite a bit of paranoia among the local cannabis dealers, I mean farmers.

Officials in a number of states received letters from the Justice Department warning them that licensing the joints wouldn't keep them safe from a federal crackdown because marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Among the "it's okay to get stoned to relieve pain" states were Colorado, California, Montana, and Washington.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed off on the Washington medical marijuana bill she vetoed last week.

According to the Tacoma News Tribune Gregoire said Thursday she supports the new idea of "non-profit patient cooperatives." Although Gregoire sent the "no munchies" message by rejecting the state-licensed, for-profit dispensaries, she approves local governments the ability to license and zone the maryjane shops.

Washington's voters in 1998 approved an initiative that legalized the bud for medical use, which Gregoire said she supported. Washington is one of 15 states where pot use for medical purposes is legal.

This controversial topic carries many questions like whether this drug is as bad as its legal penalties. Especially when compared to alcohol and its devastating effects. Has the federal and local governments been wasting billions of dollars on the drug war? Is marijuana really a gateway drug?

Ding, ding, ding, Oh! Gotta go my brownies are done...

(Laughter is medicine for the soul)

*Note to readers: The writer of this article does not smoke pot, or at least I haven't inhaled, uh lately, anyway. Actually I just like to joke around and write articles, please do not get the wrong idea, I am not for or against this initiative.

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Stephanie Ealy is based in Tacoma, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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