November 21st 2017 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”
– Is Medical Marijuana A Strategy To Dismantle Obamacare? –
The order in which… a government undertakes policy change, often dictates the future.
Furthermore, this phenomenon is particularly apparent in the adaptation, of both; Medical Marijuana and Universal Healthcare.
In California today, over 1,000 Medicinal Marijuana dispensaries currently operate. In fact, 29 states in total, have overturned criminalization of the drug (statistical reference link). This social acceptance, has consequentially led to publicly displayed marijuana paraphernalia, on almost every street corner in the United States.
It’s not uncommon anymore, to see a peace pipe for sale at the local gas station……
And while many Americans have conflicting views on this trend, it’s cultural acceptance has long been ingrained in American culture, particularly within the baby boomer generation…..
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 led to a plethora of social side effects. Economically, the marijuana industry is estimated to be worth over 10 billion dollars, this year alone. That’s a substantially large black market, which has left many corporations to wonder 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 is socially accepted.
However, as a civilian, I have mixed opinions on this seemingly dystopian future… for a variety of reasons.
First off, I empathize with the incarcerated, arrested for selling the drug, before de-criminalization occured. Also, I applaud law enforcement for vastly decriminalizing the drug. Nevertheless, law enforcement officials have taken, “a lenient stance,” on persecuting marijuana offenders for many years. Still, the first question that comes to mind, is what happens to offenders incarcerated before the drug was, “de-criminalized?” This matter creates, “a legal grey area,” which in all likelihood, has frustrated many incarcerated prisoners, serving time for selling the drug.
With that being said, I personally disagree with new found legalities surrounding the drug. Furthermore, this turn of events leads me to wonder, “what if new legalities are once again overturned,” and what if de-decriminalization, returns to criminalization? Worse yet, what kind of message does legalized marijuana, 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 disputes over, “universal health care.”
If everyone is smoking weed, it will be harder to ingrain, “Obamacare,” (President Obama’s signature legislation), into American society.
For this reason, I wonder if Medicinal Marijuana, is simply a Republican strategy….. to dismantle Obamacare altogether.
If Medicinal Marijuana is ingrained in the remaining states, and accepted nationally, (which I hope it will not be), then will marijuana be sold in gas stations? Will pizza places begin advertising the drug? They’re already selling, “peace pipes in gas stations.” If marijuana’s federally legalized, what would stop pizza places from soliciting the drug?
What if everyone was bitter towards Obama-care, because millions of Americans, “medicinally smoked weed?”
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 a much more complicated issue, 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. So… how will medicinal marijuana, reshape 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 that future,” for America.
This is my opinion, as an American civilian, for 2 main reasons.
- The drug changes the complexion of the user’s eyes. This is a fact, which is incredibly 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.
This is why Medicinal Marijuana, is such a deeper issue, “than just weed.”
And furthermore, what if in the wake of marijuana legalization, Republicans fought back…. by say… legalizing sports betting? Is that the future we want for our children?
-William Larsen, Civilians News