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This Week: 6-7-2020
Sorry for the late post. Mourning the loss of my best kitteh friend…
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) cited a marijuana decriminalization bill he recently signed as an example of how the state is addressing racial inequities that have inspired recent protests of police violence against black Americans.
Good news… I guess. It’s kinda little too little too late, IMHO. Not that I don’t want to see the reforms; but politicians tooting their own horn over how “woke” they are by signing legislation LOOOONG overdue… really that should never have been an issue of law in the first place.
With the protests continuing across the US and around the world it is important that reforms like this are taking place. But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that small measures meant to placate the public are some sort of grand gesture that will somehow displace hundreds of years of abject abuse at the hands of a system created and upheld by certain elements in our society to maintain their unnatural and hegemonic power.
This infuriates me. A Federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled this week that he would not allow people he places on probation to use medical marijuana. U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann said Wednesday: “the benefit of medical marijuana is still a work in progress scientifically.” And that “it might take years of study before medical professionals say it is beneficial.” He even said he might change his mind if that occurred. BUT HERE’s THE THING:
To date, more than 15,000 modern peer-reviewed scientific articles on the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabis and cannabinoids have been published, as well as more than 2,000 articles on the body’s natural endocannabinoids. In recent years, more placebo-controlled human trials have also been conducted. The science is IN. This guys is living under a rock and using his prejudiced position to impose unnecessary hardships on medical cannabis patients who just happen to end up in his courtroom.
Sorry, judge, you are WRONG! In Colorado, at least, our judicial system acknowledges the importance and benefits of medical cannabis use…even in a criminal justice setting.