The medical marijuana industry doesn’t assure that expansion into more states will not include marketing marijuana products to children.
The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which passed in the House of Representatives last week, may be considered in the Senate. The provision takes away the Department of Justice’s ability to prosecute medical marijuana distributors who endanger others. If a similar amendment passes in the Senate, it could cripple the government’s ability to investigate in states with thriving medical marijuana industries.
Abuses by the medical pot industry have been rampant, particularly in western states. Potent edibles come without warnings; businesses have located close to schools and day care centers, and pot has been diverted to other states.
The use of seductive names has promoted the allure of pot – making it a symbol of wellness, rather than coming with the typical warnings needed for tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and pharmaceuticals.
Furthermore, the marijuana industry and their public relations campaign have misled voters by suggesting that CBD, one treatment for children with epilepsy, is the same as the medical marijuana used for stimulating appetite in cancer or AIDs patients, or for generalized pain.
Let’s cast a healthy doubt on any products whose promoters believe it to be a “wonder drug” or “elixir of the gods.” Medical marijuana has expanded exponentially since 2009. It’s available in 22 states, up from 13 states at the end of 2009. A current medical publication summarized the problems coming with rapid medical marijuana expansion.
Pharmaceutical products require rigorous testing and similar standards have not been in place for the marijuana drug industry. Most people only want medical marijuana available in pharmacies rather than through upstart ganja-preneurs, or the tobacco industry, according to surveys.
Pressure from an industry group, Americans for Safe Access, has resulted in a deceptive campaign which suggests that innocent citizens go to jail and that opposition to medi-pot industry’s expansion represents a lack of compassion.
The Television Ads
The well-funded lobby effort, “Vote Medical Marijuana,” is running 30-second TV spots on MSNBC in Maryland and South Florida, the homes of two of the members who voted “no” to the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment— Republican Andy Harris and Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Over the past two years, the marijuana lobby has consistently threatened politicians who don’t vote with them.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, who represents Miami, Florida, is keenly aware of the determination of the illegal drug traders in that region. A 30-second ad against her alleges that Wasserman Schultz wants medical marijuana users to go to federal prison, while 88 percent of Floridians support legalizing access. The same man’s voice asks whether Wasserman Schultz is “out of touch” with Florida, and an image flashes across the screen of an elderly man and his wife, who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a fatal neurological disease.
(A personal injury lawyer in Orlando, John Morgan, is funding a medical marijuana ballot vote in Florida, using $4 million of his own money to finance the initiative in November, 2014.)
We need to be aware that Americans for Safe Access is manipulating us and our children with deceptive suggestions. The ad in Maryland claims that Rep. Harris’ vote on May 30th will result in sending Maryland’s patients to prison. A voice says, “Congressman Andy Harris thinks it’s OK for medical marijuana patients to go to federal prison, even though Maryland passed a medical marijuana bill in April. ” and then shows the image of a 4-year-old boy who suffers from epilepsy and his mother.
Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America explains the problem and suggests a solution to assure that the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment is not considered in the Senate. There’s a simple form to notify your Senator of opposition.