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August 15, 2016

Think About It: Dude, Don't Bogart That Joint!

Doctors in Hawaii have been slow to turn needy patients on to medical marijuana even though it's now OK locally to do so. Well, OK in a sense, but let's not forget the marijuana is still an illegal drug, classified by the feds in the same category as heroin; and they just reaffirmed that conviction. Good grief, is it 1965? Is "Reefer Madness" still the reality for our paranoid leaders? Have a drink fellas, but just one; relax a bit.

Now I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but it's not from drug use. Never touch the stuff, well, except for a pain pill here and there. But here are some big picture facts that are startling and dumbfounding: 52-million U.S. citizens over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically. The U.S. is home to 5% of the world's population, but consumes 50-75% of the world's prescription drugs. Prescription pain reliever overdose deaths in women rose over 400% between 1999 and 2010, and increased 237% among men. Ironically and stupidly, tobacco, with its highly-addictive nicotine, is still legal for some reason, causes nearly 6-million deaths worldwide annually, over 480,000 deaths in the U.S. alone per year, and over 1,400 annual deaths in Hawaii. But go ahead and light one up, it's the American way. This form of smoking remains A-OK.

The big drug companies and their pushers, the doctors, play candy man because it's legal, easy to do, and it's covered by insurance. And yes, pain meds do work, but there is obviously a heavy price to pay. It is 2016… come on Feds. Ween yourself from the millions that pharmaceutical companies give annually to your political coffers and figure out this marijuana thing, once and for all. We're literally dying for a better answer to manage intolerable, life-changing pain relief. Think about it…

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