The Top Ten Reasons Texas Should Legalize Cannabis, Y'all


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1. People suffering from medical issues should not have to risk jail time to obtain treatment. Another full stop.
There's just zero reason for pot to be illegal, medical or otherwise. Criminalizing marijuana isn't just pushing the practice underground for your resident friendly stoners, it's also pushing it underground for medical patients. Putting patients in the position of having to obtain marijuana by illegal methods in punitive in so many ways, and really, they shouldn't be facing jail time for possession of pot in order to alleviate symptoms.

I'm going to relay a personal anecdote on this one, because I feel it's important to look at it from the human side of things. I grew up with a friend whose family is very traditional and conservative; they're die-hard Republicans that encroach on the Tea Party mentality. She's a bit less hardcore than her parents were as an adult, but is still conservative nonetheless. They never would have been pro-pot.

But things happen, diseases pop up, and her Gran was diagnosed with throat cancer. She ultimately succumbed to the disease, and one of the hardest parts of the treatment was how much pain she went through during her final weeks. Nothing would ease it, and she was starving to death while experiencing some excruciating pain. They watched helplessly, wishing there was a way to either help or end the suffering.

The friend's husband was finally sent to go obtain some reefer out of desperation, and good ol' Gran finally had some relief. Luckily they were able to obtain it relatively easy, but most adults wouldn't have a clue who to go to. Well, that shouldn't be the case. If someone's suffering, there should be options outside of a pill bottle. Options that work, for the love.

The bottom line is, to deny people the right to choose a treatment that has been proven to ease their suffering is to deny them their basic rights as a patient and a person. Folks shouldn't be pushed to the point of obtaining marijuana by illegal methods in order to keep Gran comfortable. Nothing about blocking legalization, medical or otherwise, seems the humane thing to do.


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reneemariegow
reneemariegow

I agree completely with this article as well as the fact that there is no good reason to criminalize any drug use. All naturally occuring drugs should be sold to adults who are perfectly capable of making choices about what they want to put in their bodies. We waste money on paying to incarcerate Americans for personal choices. As long as they don't hurt anyone or become a menace on the road or in public than why is it a crime? It's a joke and waste of my money trying to regulate individuals personal choices.

420investor
420investor

Great article.  Sadly, we will be among the last to legalize...

Ricardo Vera
Ricardo Vera

Lol Al Qaeda. The US gov supports Al Qaeda.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

i think texas [like every other state] is salivating over the $5 million that CO made in their first WEEK of legal sales. will our mostly republican government have the balls to actually suggest it? probably not.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

because alcohol isn't addictive or destructive at all.

TopNotch Wafer
TopNotch Wafer

Yeah....sure go ahead but don't complain when you're getting fired for dirty piss. Federally it's still criminal so whatever. Go ahead and support cartels and al-qaeda and when the city is trashed you'll conplain about it.

Kristina Coble
Kristina Coble

That is not true, Jim. You are allowed to brew a certain amount of booze for yourself, as long as you aren't reselling it. It's perfectly legal to make booze for yourself and your friends.

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Sigh. The saddest thing is that potheads don't know what should be truly realized: taxation. Pot smokers are already used to paying a premium. The Colorado idea of allowing you to grow it without being taxed? You can't even do that with beer.

mark
mark

I'm ok with marijuana legalization. Lets put it up for a vote. :)

venetia.lane
venetia.lane

The citizens of Texas stand to benefit from the legalization of cannabis in 3 ways: a) reduced physical suffering and better health b) economics and c) safety.

From a health perspective, large numbers of people can benefit from better healing and better relief.  From an economic standpoint, we can stop flushing money down the drain for law enforcement, but we can reduce money from going into a black market and generate real money for our community.  And from a safety perspective, we can provide safe access to everyone and deflate the power of violent drug cartels.


We have created an online guide to cannabis for the terminally and chronically ill.  Get informed at http://www.mychronicrelief.com.

Erica Murphey
Erica Murphey

I don't like the idea at all. I have had firsthand experience with a drug addict in the family and wouldn't wish it on anyone.

herbalmagick
herbalmagick

"Money goes into banks, giving them the ability to provide small business loans, which create more jobs, and so forth, so on."

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That might be true if the federal government would allow banks to deal with marijuana businesses.  Currently, these businesses are forced into a cash-only mode because banks won't give them checking accounts and credit card companies won't accept them as customers.  This makes their operations far more dangerous because of the presence of large quantities of cash, an attraction for robbers.

dermgerm
dermgerm

Whoa whoa whoa 1 in 11 kids in the US is in Texas?? Were a pretty cool state

claygooding
claygooding

@reneemariegow It is a crying shame that our government has spent $4 trillion dollars fighting natures drugs while allowing the "legal" drug dealers to fill our medicines cabinets with enough poisons to kill us all.

PrimoVictoria
PrimoVictoria

Some alcoholics are assholes, but you don't see me advocating the prohibition of alcohol.

PrimoVictoria
PrimoVictoria

@herbalmagickInteresting. That answers why a particular marijuana business in Colorado has a former U.S. Army Ranger who carries a firearm as the doorman.

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