Hi, my name is Sam, and I smoke weed…legally. Does this statement infuriate you? Does it call into question my relationship with God? Does it make it my fault that you have loved ones who have abused drugs? Apparently, there are some people who would say yes to those statements.
I don’t even really know where to begin with this one. It all started with a Facebook post. A young friend made a comment about the medical marijuana bill being brought up in Kansas. Her statement was, in my opinion, confusing the issue of legalizing marijuana across the board and the issue of making it legal medicinally. I made a comment imploring her to really study the issue and educate herself before voting down something that has had such an impact on my life. I did not try to force her to change her thinking to mirror mine. I simply asked her to research the issue and offered to answer any questions regarding my experience. I think, regardless of anyones personal opinion, that this is a valid request. We have a responsibility to know every possible benefit/detriment to the votes we cast before we cast them.
The ensuing posts were disturbing to me. One person who disagreed with my post, and keep in mind, I am completely open to people disagreeing with me, simply could not separate the two issues. I am fairly convinced due to his responses that he is coming from a place of hurt and disappointment. I can relate to that, I can understand that but I do not understand the need to attack the person who has a different opinion and place question about their faith in God because of it.
My question to him after his argument, was I thought, well thought out, reasonable and deserved to be answered. This person has a son with type I Diabetes, just like me. I asked him if his son were in the same situation I was (which is possible since mine is a side effect of type I Diabetes) and had gone four years trying everything modern medicine had to offer with little relief and debilitating side effects and the suggestion of medicinal marijuana were made and proved to be an answer to the problem and gave his son back his life, would he deny him that treatment? He did not answer this question, he did not do any research, he used his personal experience with people who use illegal drugs recreationally to justify his reasoning.
He referred to humans being able to justify anything. I have nothing to justify, the facts speak for themselves. I went thru every possible solution with no relief. Medicinal marijuana fixed the problem and gave me my life back, legally. How is that justifying illegal drug use? He cited his sister as having died from a long life of pot and prescription drug use. Well which one killed her? Either way I am betting there were other mitigating factors and abuse of the drugs in question. How does my using it in a responsible and medicinal way in any way justify her choices? He compared his son who is using pot illegally and recreationally as having the same belief about it as I do. I find that offensive, I in no way shape or form endorsed illegal drugs, be it pot or any other, so how can you compare my beliefs to his? He ended by saying “so no excuses please. You believe what you want. I would seek God for the truth.” Previously in the thread he had said that “as for chronic pain, they should be looking to what is causing it. Something we are doing to ourselves is the cause of the pain. God is our healer anyway.” What does that mean exactly? That I did something to cause my type I Diabetes? Something I am doing is causing the debilitating flare-ups? God is punishing me? What does that mean?
There are so many things I could say about this. I am struggling to keep emotion out of it because I believe in facts, I believe in experience, I believe God gives us the means to help ourselves. I believe sitting around just waiting for God to heal you is contradictory to the bible. I believe in healing, I believe in prayer, I believe in God. I believe that before you judge me on whether or not I am following God regarding my health that you should know what I went thru, what I go thru on a daily basis. I believe you should know how much time I spent on my knees in prayer regarding whether or not to try the medical marijuana. I believe you should know that what God has planned for you may not be what he has planned for me. I believe placing me in the same category as people who use marijuana illegally is ignorant.
Here’s the thing, I have a hard time believing God has a problem with marijuana, seeing as how He created it, we have receptors in our brain for it, it is most beneficial in its natural form and it has so many medical benefits that are being scientifically documented as we speak. Obviously the laws are not working or the person in question’s son would not be smoking pot illegally right? But again, that is not the issue at hand. Medical Marijuana laws and legalizing pot across the board are two different issues.
All I am asking is that the people of Kansas or any other state that has the issue coming up for election, do the research. Be rational and open-minded to the facts and research. Do some studying on the history of marijuana, why it is illegal, what the ramifications of medical marijuana being available or denied are. Make up your mind from an open and educated place. Not from ignorance or personal experience with a pothead who is irresponsible. Please. Would you vote to make alcohol illegal because your uncle was a drunk who beat his wife? Probably not. I would hope you would make that decision based on a broader experience than that. Would you vote to outlaw prescription narcotics because your aunt abused them and sold them on the black market? Probably not, right? Well then why would you vote down medical marijuana for those same reasons? Just because it was improperly classified during a time not so long ago, 1937, of political, racial and personal agendas. Do the research. You will be surprised. I was. That is all I am asking. If you do the research and still disagree with voting yes for medical marijuana, then bravo for you and your choice. Just please keep in mind that a vote is something that affects everyone and you have to put yourself in a variety of situations theoretically speaking to make conscious choices. That is all I am asking. Is that too much? I really hope not.
I am also more than willing to share any and all information regarding my experience with becoming a medical marijuana patient. I will answer any question. Really, even the ones I disagree with. 😉