I have a strong distaste for these medical marijuana bills. It's like civil unions for gays & lesbians rather than full marriage rights, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
Unfortunately we'll never make progess as long as we have politicians spewing garbage like this:
State Senator John McKinney, a Republican from Southport whose father, a congressman, died of AIDS in 1987, expressed sympathy for people with debilitating illnesses. But he said that supporting the bill would be “sending the wrong message,” one that marijuana is not a bad drug.
Senator McKinney, get over it. Heroin is a bad drug. Cocaine is a bad drug. Meth is a horrible drug. Marijuana is a good weed and it shouldn't cost $400 an ounce any more than spinach or collard greens should.
I am of the opinion that all plants and animals on our small little sphere serve some purpose. I am thoroughly disgusted by these public figures who won't examine the issue because... well, it's just "bad."
Mr. McKinney also said that patients could ease their symptoms with prescription drugs.
Yes, of course. Expensive and riddled with all kinds of bad side effects, but at least the big pharmaceuticals will profit handsomely. That is the point really.
But Representative Penny Bacchiochi, a Republican from Somers, said prescription drugs did not alleviate the pain of her husband, who died after having bone cancer in the late 1980s. On the recommendation of his doctor, she bought marijuana for him.
Legalize it. Period.