We've had medical marijuana in Washington State for a number of years and it seems to be working well, as far as I can tell. This year we had legislators propose a marijuana decriminalization and outright legalization, both or which didn't get out of committee. There is now, however, a citizens initiative gaining signatures that would, if passed by voters, completely legalize marijuana for adults over 21.
I've got a friend using medical marijuana for arthritis. She's over 50, has always been pretty active, and had pretty serious arthritis in both her knees, her back, and her right elbow. It was painful to watch her try to move around much. With the medical marijuana, she's gotten quite a bit of her range of motion back and isn't in anywhere near the amount of pain she was. She pointed me to some studies and it seems that marijuana contains things that are very beneficial to people with arthritis, including a natural anti-inflammatory and a much better pain inhibitor than the Celebrex (among other drugs) that she was on. Her joints feel much better, the swelling has all but gone away, and she's got a pretty full range of motion now. Further, it doesn't cause any of the side-effects that the prescription drugs did. When she was taking Celebrex, she also had to take Azor to counteract the high blood pressure that was a side-effect of the Celebrex.
Now I'm probably like most of the people here. I'm a boomer (tail end, though) who had experiences when I was younger, then stopped when I had the kids. I don't drink more than a couple of glasses of wine or beer a year. I don't see much if any distinction between marijuana and alcohol, so I'm inclined to be in favor of the initiative, especially given the potential beneficial uses of marijuana. I don't see any corresponding beneficial uses for alcohol.
Before I run off and sign the initiative, however, I'd like to know what others think. I'm not interested in scare tactics or fear-mongering. If you can't support your opinion with facts and citations, then please don't present it as anything other than your opinion.
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