So how will the campaign be framed, to legalize at least the pharmaceutical use of marijuana? It's obviously far far safer than pharmaceutical opiates like morphine. It clearly has numerous byproducts which have proven to be beneficial to many suffering people. Many of the biproducts have absolutely no intoxicating or addicting properties. To this journalist, it's not even a controversy. When my dad was in his last stages of terminal cancer, I would have gladly risked a jail cell so my own father could have a reprieve from the immense pain. I suspect you would, also.
But then there's the argument that it's just a slippery slope toward all pot products being sold on the regulated market. And it's true that when people get comfortable with the idea of pharmaceutical pot, they'll realize that the demonizing of this herb was very unwarranted. Let me say, here; I am a teetotaler and will be content to stay living my relatively drug-free existance. But in my youth I had experienced both pot and booze. I can say unequivicably that liquor products are far more deadly than smoking weed. If you insist that pot is too dangerous, at least be consistant and lobby your legislator to reinstate full liquor prohibition, because it's just medically inconsistant to allow the more dangerous liquor market while banning all pot.
Medical Marijuana will pass. It's just a matter of time. But when regulated marijuana passes, it will become an economic boom of significance. The black market is huge and it's pillaging our economy. Cartel members are staking their territory and training their own security forces because our prohibition forced the market underground. But when this economic factor becomes a legitimate regulated industry, the small tax rate associated with it will certainly make a positive impact on city services, school funding, public safety, and so much more.
No, Pot won't save public education. Perhaps nothing will. Remember,liquor by the drink was supposed to save education, then horse race gambling, then the lottery. All of those campaigns repeated the same mantra and the people of Oklahoma just kept believing the lie. But that doesn't mean that regulating pot isn't smart. Yes, we should ernestly be studying the Colorado experiment. they've been very successful, except for the transients who immigrated there just because it was the only state in the region with a regulated pot policy. That's changing fast. Within 5 years it's feasable that at least half the states will have regulated pot markets.
State Representative, Eric Proctor, just filed a bill which could become law within a year or two. No, I don't think Proctor is claiming to save education through pot regulation. He wouldn't seek to insult our intelligence in that manner. Here's what MarijuanaTimes had to say;
Last year a grassroots campaign of activists worked hard for many months in order to try and put a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot for last November’s election. Their efforts were successful, but just a little too late – while their ballot initiative was approved, voters will not actually get a chance to say yes or no to State Question 788 until the next election in November of 2018. Luckily, legalizing medical marijuana through legislature is very much a possibility in Oklahoma. Quite a few states have chosen to go this route in recent years and more continue to follow. Representative Eric Proctor intends to introduce House Bill 1877 this week, which would give patients with one of several chronic medical conditions access to medical marijuana much sooner than the next election, if passed. Specifically, the bill reads that it would protect qualifying patients from “arrest, prosecution or penalty in any manner or denied any right or privilege, including without limitation a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau.” So as long as patients comply with regulations, this law would ensure they were not arrested at a state level for using a medicine they know will work. Read the full report at Marijuana Times.