Alabama State Senator Jim McClendon (R) was not too long ago on a radio program in Birmingham for an interview, throughout which he urged that most cancers sufferers actually didn’t want medical marijuana as a result of they will simply get it on the streets. From Bamapolitics.com:

“Effectively, let me provide the counter to that,” McClendon stated. “Effectively if there’s somebody that wants it, let’s say there’s somebody doing the most cancers therapy, they’ve nausea issues they usually want one thing to manage it, they will get it!”

Andrea Lindenberg then requested if which means they will get it legally within the state to which McClendon merely replied with a flat “no”.

The floored hosts identified that beneath McClendon’s answer, he would flip most cancers sufferers “into criminals.”

McClendon didn’t appear involved. “They’re in all probability not too anxious about that.”

In fact, I might go on and on concerning the abject ignorance of that thought course of, however in the long run I don’t assume the ignorance is the first difficulty.

The issue is that folks like this are making selections concerning the legality of medical marijuana for individuals they are going to by no means meet. It’s good to assume that if we simply get smarter individuals or extra compassionate individuals in workplace that the system will one way or the other miraculously work. An in-depth examine of the historical past of politics will disabuse virtually anybody of this notion.

Irrespective of how sensible they’re or what number of votes they get, no individual ought to have the ability to inform others what to do so long as these others are usually not infringing on the rights of anybody. The choice of whether or not or to not use medical marijuana ought to solely belong to the grownup who’s deciding. You may seek the advice of with medical doctors and family and friends and even the Web. However in the long run, the choice and its penalties lie with the person making stated choice.

If a most cancers affected person will get medical marijuana from a authorized dispensary or some man on the road, it under no circumstances impacts Jim McClendon – so why is he concerned within the choice? Why are his ideas on the matter vital, ignorant or not?

Look, I get it. It’s simpler if individuals in authorities make most of our selections for us – what medication to take, what payments to pay, what faculties to go to, and so on. However once you hand over the decision-making skill in your life to individuals you don’t know and who don’t face the implications of these selections, you might have solely your self accountable after they train that energy, in all of its ignorant glory.