November 21st 2017 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”
– Is Medical Marijuana A Strategy To Dismantle Obamacare? –
The order in which government undertakes policy change, often dictates the future.
(Read also, my previous article on, “Alternative Evolution: Music in politics and making medical school free”.
One such instance, of this fascinating political phenomenon, are the ironically timed social acceptances, surrounding both; Universal Healthcare and Medicinal Marijuana.
In California today, over 1,000 Medicinal Marijuana dispensaries currently operate, with many more “marijuana shops,” opening up everyday. In fact, 29 states in total, have overturned criminalization of the drug (statistical reference link), in favor of the drugs medicinal capacities. This social shift, has led to publicly sold marijuana, on nearly every street corner of the following cities; Detroit, Portland, Seattle and soon to be Florida as well. (Not to mention California.)
It’s not uncommon, “to see a peace pipe for sale these days,” at the local gas station…. Gas stations where children often buy candy….
While many in the legal community, have conflicting views on this trend, it’s cultural acceptance, has long been ingrained in American culture, particularly within, “the 1970’s baby boomer generation…..”
And this change, affecting a wide range of marijuana users, in particular, the decriminalization of the drug, combined with efforts to sell the drug for medicinal purposes, has already had a plethora of social side effects. Economically, the marijuana industry, is estimated to be worth over 10 billion dollars in yearly revenue, leading many corporations to begin wondering, when the drug will go from “mom and pop growers,” to full fledged big tobacco companies.
In this way, the steady “free for all,” surrounding the capitalism, surrounding the drug, have already begun foreshadowing a future, where marijuana use is socially accepted.
However, as a civilian, I have mixed opinions on this seemingly dystopian future… for a variety of reasons.
First of all, I empathize with those incarcerated for selling the drug, in decades past, and applaud how law enforcement has begun vastly decriminalizing the drug. Nevertheless, it is no secret that for many years, law enforcement officials, have taken a, “lenient stance,” on persecuting local marijuana offenders. Still, the first question that comes to mind, is what about offenders incarcerated before the drug was, “de-criminalized?” This matter seems to create, “a legal grey area,” which in all likelihood, has frustrated many incarcerated prisoners, incarcerated before, “de-criminalization,” occurred.
With that being said, I disagree with the new found legalities surrounding the drug, but, what if these legalities are once again “overturned,” and the de-decriminalization returns to criminalization? And what kind of message does that send to future generations?
In fact, I believe the drug should remain criminalized, to some extent…… This is because I find the economic ploy behind Medicinal Marijuana, detrimental to growing disputes over “universal health care.”
If everyone is smoking weed, it will be much harder to fully ingrain, “Obamacare,” (President Obama’s signature legislation), into American society.
For this reason, I often wonder if Medicinal Marijuana, is simply a Republican strategy to dismantle Obamacare altogether?
If Medical Marijuana is ingrained in the remaining states, and accepted nationally, (which I hope it will not be), then will we have marijuana sold in gas stations? Will pizza places begin advertising the drug? We already sell, “peace pipes,” at local gas stations, even where the drug is still illegal, right in plain view of children. So, if marijuana’s made federally legal everywhere, what would stop pizza places from doing the same?
Furthermore, will people become bitter, towards “Obama-care,” if millions of Americans, “medicinally smoke weed?” And will the federal government, pay for senior citizens, “marijuana use,” under Obama-care?
Also, will issues such as these, ultimately lead to the downfall of universal healthcare, altogether? I believe it will, and questions such as these, make Medicinal Marijuana, much more complicated than just “weed.”
Often times, the morbidly obese already overpopulate local hospitals, this circumstance in particular, raises questions over the nature of universal healthcare, and the direction of America. While most Americans are aware that statistics purport, more Americans have “smoked weed,” then voted for George W. Bush Jr. this issue in and of itself, has a wide range of social implications, especially in terms of the next generation’s lasting legacy, in re-shaping America, as a whole.
Will this issue contradict universal medicine? And which is more important to the American people? Recreational marijuana use, or universal health care? Two seemingly inconsistent legislation’s…..
Personally, I prefer universal healthcare and view this trend towards legalized marijuana, as an “obstacle,” to the future of America.
This is my opinion, as an American civilian, for mainly 2 reasons.
- The drug does change the complexion of the individual’s eyes. This is a fact, which could easily be troubling evolution-arily.
- I believe the illegal nature of marijuana, has in many ways given the drug, “it’s luster,” within American society. And also, because by keeping it illegal, it favors local growers, over big corporations, while at the same time giving disadvantaged youth, a means for learning, “business,” without attending college.
For these reasons, I find the issue of Medical Marijuana, to be a much more complicated issue, than most Americans believe.
And for my last point…. If marijuana is legalized…. then what’s next? Just because this industry is such a large, predominantly underground, black market, that does not make legalization better for society….. What if, in the wake of marijuana legalization, Republicans fight back…. by say….. legalizing sports betting? Is that the future we want for our children?
-William Larsen, Civilians News