Norm Kent

Medical Marijuana's Green Rainbow: Getting to 50 States

Filed By Norm Kent | January 04, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: marijuana, marijuana legalization, marijuana reform, medical marijuana

Gay men and women love pot. We know that. We have been smoking for years, recreationally and medically.

us-map.pngWe know how many of our friends used cannabis to offset the wasting syndrome of AIDS. When we turn out to vote in states conducting medical marijuana initiatives, we vote overwhelmingly to make cannabis available to patients.

Florida recently conducted a statewide medical initiative which needed 60 per cent to become law. It drew 'only' 58 percent of the vote, but not in LGBT hotbeds.

Key West voters supported cannabis with 72% of the vote. In Wilton Manors, a suburb adjacent to Fort Lauderdale -- which has one of the highest percentage of same-sex couples in the nation -- voters also supported medicalizing pot with over 70% of the vote.

Nevertheless, straight or gay, here is my message to all of you cannabis consumers: Hang on. Wait. Medical marijuana is not yet legal everywhere. Yes, in 24 states it is, but the last time I looked America still has 50. We have a way to go, and the LGBT community can lead the way.

AIDS taught gay men that we have to do a lot of things by ourselves. Governments don't listen. People are apathetic. We have to make noise.

It works. Politicians read polls, see stats, and respond to voting communities. Make those fuckers squirm.

Whether or not your state is voting, you can demand politicians come out of the closet on the issue of green medicine. Get their stance and lock in their commitment.

Ask law enforcement agencies to adopt rules and regulations governing the lawful distribution and sale of medical marijuana in your state. Get support from doctors and professors and your local departments of health for the idea that police should not arrest people using pot as medicine.

In most states, cops can still arrest and jail you for possession of even the tiniest amounts of cannabis. While you may assert a defense of medical necessity in court, it will only happen after you have been arrested and prosecuted. It's up to a jury to determine if your defense is valid.

marijuana_leaf_green.jpgBut what if you had your local city commission passing a resolution censuring and condemning police for arresting cannabis consumers? What if you asked lawmakers to reduce the penalties?

You see, there is still much you can do to save yourself and your friends. Congress has still not rescheduled cannabis; it is still considered a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use -- even though the federal government once had their own program prescribing it as medication.

Let's go to court for sick people using marijuana as medicine and demand access judicially if we can't get it legislatively. Find some lawyers with a backbone and not just an ad for when you slip and fall. Hell, maybe that attorney can tell the judge you need that cannabis for the muscle spasms the car crash caused. The best way to protect your rights is to use them.

The bottom line is that your advocacy is still required. There are places that are still fighting against laws that are unfair, seizures that are unjust, and bonds that should not have to be posted. For many still, getting high means you can become a victim of the drug war someday.

Don't let it happen to you, your friends, or your families. Stand up, light up, and start a flame that burns out American injustice.

Whether you write a letter to the editor in your local school newspaper or plant some seeds outside a police department, you can help free the leaf. In places where it is now free already, know that preserving freedom means always being vigilant. You have fought to get where you got, but now you may have to fight even more to keep it.

You have a voice. Use it. Are you?

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