Legalize it. [by Angela]
Anderson Cooper tried to present an unbiased report about marijuana on Tuesday’s episode of AC360, “America’s High: The Case for and Against Pot,” but instead added to the media clusterf*ck that is weed legalization.
The second installment in a week-long series began with a segment from correspondent Randi Kaye, who was invited by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department to join them on their raid of the Los Padres National Forest.
“With Captain Derek West as our guide, we start our journey deep into the forest. We smell the marijuana plants before we see them. The plants are young, no buds yet. That’s the part people smoke. They won’t have to be burned,” said Kaye.
So wait, people smoke the buds of the plant? No way! And are you saying that if the buds were developed the plants would be burned? I’ve gotta get me a helicopter and a long, long vacuum hose.
Kaye continues, “It is pretty easy to take a pot garden down. Once these guys come across the plants, they just yank them right out of the ground. It is that simple.”
Why don’t they take the plant out of the ground and make use out of it? According to Wikipedia.com,
“Industrial hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel. It is one of the fastest growing biomasses known, and one of the earliest domesticated plants known. It may be environmentally helpful, for example hemp requires fewer pesticides, no herbicides, controls erosion of the topsoil, and produces oxygen.”
A later segment of AC360 featured Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (a group that supports legalization of marijuana) and David Evans, special adviser to the Drug-Free America Foundation.
Cooper addressed Kampia first, questioning the necessity of marijuana for chemotherapy patients when the prescription drug, Marinol, is said to relieve side effects associated with the treatment.
“That question should be up to the doctor and the patient. Marinol, the prescription pill, it doesn’t work for everyone. And in fact, the Marinol pill is 100 percent THC. It’s the ingredient that gets you high. Whereas marijuana is an amalgam of ingredients, one of which is THC,” said Kampia.
Evans responds with, “I don’t completely buy that. I think, you know, we’ve got a debate, this debate really needs to be settled by the Food and Drug Administration. We’ve had a drug approval process for 100 years that’s protected us. Let the FDA sort it all out.”
Instead of using his time on AC360 to take part in said debate, Evans accuses Kampia of not wanting the issue to go to the FDA because he can’t influence them with “political and emotional arguments.” Kampia denies it, and the game of he-said-she-said and finger pointing continues.
America has its head lodged up its ass. We are in an economic and environmental crisis, and instead of looking for solutions the government, and government-fueled media, would rather dwell on topics as trivial as marijuana and same-sex marriage. LEGALIZE IT.
I think that marijuana should be prescribed for all people with gastrointestinal issues, migraines, chronic pain, nausea, and any disease with symptoms that can be alleviated by the drug such as glaucoma, cancer and multiple sclerosis. It should also be prescribed for those with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, anorexia, the list goes on and on.
Well, I think that about covers the entire human population. Can we get on with our lives and focus on real problems now?