The latest uproar over Los Angeles’ medical marijuana ordinance. Threats of prosecution from County District Attorney Steve Cooley, debates over where both federal and state law stand on the issue, and impassioned pleas, have everyone in a tizzy over how to best control the growing number of marijuana dispensaries in the city.
The tone of the debate is as ridiculous as any controversy we have ever experienced in this state.
The people running the medical marijuana dispensaries are not fooling anyone. They are running a business and are in it for the financial gain. Without the profit incentive, there would not have been the rush to open 800 or so such facilities over the last year in the city. That being said, if allowed to continue to operate, the marijuana dispensaries should be taxed like any other business.
As far as we are concerned, however, if you are going to treat pot like a medication, then it should be handled like every other controlled medication, requiring a legitimate doctor’s prescription that can be filled at a local pharmacy, or some other regulated facility, such as a hospital.
We don’t have oxycontin dispensaries or vicodin dispensaries, so why do we have pot dispensaries?
People whose only pain relief comes from marijuana should have to go to their local pharmacy to get a months supply for their medical need.
This would quickly solve the problem of too many pot outlets and take away the incentive to sell pot on the underground market.
People in pain should not be required to grow their own medicine and do what ever else needs to be done to it before it can be used. Lets just turn the whole problem over to the system already in place that regulates, processes and dispenses our other controlled substances.Posted - Copyright © 2022 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.