Marijuana. The word conjures up images such as college-aged slackers passing around a water bong, American tourists in Amsterdam laughing uncontrollably after munching on spacecakes, or Snoop Dogg “rollin’ down the street smoking endo, sippin’ on gin and juice.”
You’ve heard that using cannabis makes you stupid and forgetful. Remember the Afroman song, “Because I Got High,” in which he lamented becoming a paraplegic and ended up sleeping on the sidewalk, because he got high?
With all of the slacker burnout imagery surrounding marijuana, it is no wonder that proponents of using marijuana for medical purposes still have an uphill climb in convincing policymakers and the public of its healing qualities.
However, the movement to legalize medical marijuana has recently picked up a high-profile advocate in Melissa Etheridge, who is most certainly neither a slacker nor a burnout. In target=”_Blank”>an interview with Anderson Cooper, Etheridge said that she used marijuana during her recovery from cancer and that it was extremely effective at muting the side effects of cancer treatment.
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Etheridge said she did not want to use Vicodin or other prescription pills.
A few states have legalized medical marijuana, but California is the only state with medical marijuana dispensaries. However, in 2005 the Supreme Court ruled in Gonzales v. Raich that the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution gave the federal government the power to enforce federal marijuana laws even in states where medical marijuana is legal. Since the decision, the DEA has conducted over 150 raids against dispensaries in California.
What do you think: Will Melissa Etheridge’s comments influence you or anyone else in terms of medicinal marijuana becoming legalized?