I know now what Fixer means when he says he posts in a blind rage. That's what I'm doin' now. I sincerely hope this is the last time I post on medical marijuana, but it probably won't be.
I was just watching the CBS Nightly News. They were doing a story, if those little blurbs they do can be called stories, on SCOTUS' decision to override states' rights in the medical marijuana issue. They had two sound bites from high-ups that got me right up off the couch, screamin' and shakin' my fist. Since I was simply watching TV, I have no attribution or links.
The first asshole, gloating over the decision said, "There's no medical crack. There's no medical methamphetamine. There's no medical heroin. Why should there be medical marijuana?"
The ignorant, lyin', obsequious asshole!
There absolutely is medical cocaine, which is the base for crack. It is used in all kinds of procedures where blood vessels need to be constricted. A friend of mine had a gram shoved up each nostril prior to surgery to repair a badly broken nose, for example. Doctors get it in big brown bottles for (at that time) about $5 a gram. Now, I'm glad there's not a lot of $5/gram cocaine, or any of the other drugs, floating around, but the sonofabitch didn't know what he was talkin' about, or he was lying.
There absolutely is medical methamphetamine. It's used as an appetite supressant, a mood-altering drug, and as a stimulant to keep people awake and alert should they have the need. I don't know about these days, but in my day, you could get it from the Navy doctors before a multi-day patrol where you had to be on your toes for days at a time, and the Doc didn't get it on the street.
There absolutely is medical heroin. Enlightened societies use it as a painkiller. In the U.S. we use morphine which is very similar, and many other opiates, for the same purpose. Opiates can be highly-refined botanical products, or synthetic.
Naturally, these are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and not in someone's bathtub.
Then there was another moron, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or some such, who said, "Marijuana won't make it as modern medicine."
What an asinine comment! Marijuana is not modern medicine. It's been used for thousands of years as have many other naturally-occurring botanical substances. It's been a traditional, herbal, holistic folk remedy, used for nausea, menstrual cramps, all kinds of things. Do you think the fuckin' hippies invented it to thumb their noses at the establishment, fer chrissake?
Now to the part that pissed me off: CBS (all the other corporate media do the same thing) let 'em have their say and used it without presenting very much of the other side, as if it were true or all you needed to know on the subject. Toadies to the Man. Boss-approved guardians of the status quo masquerading as journalists. THEY ALL SUCK!
It's not about compassion for your fellow man, that's for damn sure. It's all about money, power, and control, as we've said many times.
Please forgive the rant. I feel better now.
I hope the two sick ladies who started the court case feel better too.