I’m sure if you took a poll of lawmakers from around the United States and asked them if they believe they should have the power to decide if a legal medical cannabis patient in their state can smoke it if they choose, most of them will tell you that they absolutely should have that power.
They see nothing wrong with taking that decision upon themselves, instead of the patient and their doctor making that decision. These lawmakers, by virtue of getting a minority of eligible voters to vote for them, feel they can now make medical decisions for people they have never met.
I have yet to see a cogent argument as to why these politicians are qualified to make that decision, much less what right they have to make it.
For example, next year there will be a political battle in Minnesota over whether or not the state’s medical cannabis patients will be allowed by their overlords to smoke marijuana. Politicians are lining up on both sides of the issue, and the major argument for allowing smokable medical cannabis seems to be that it will bring prices down for patients.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for anything that brings down the price of legal cannabis. And having a greater supply of cannabis available at a lower cost will certainly go a long way toward bringing down prices, but I find it a bit disconcerting that no one seems to be questioning the right of politicians to make these decisions for strangers in the first place.
For all the advantages that would come with allowing smokable marijuana, there is only one reason it should be allowed: those who do it are not infringing on the rights of anyone else. Adults should be allowed to make their own decisions about what they ingest into their bodies, in consultation with a medical professional, if they so choose.
Most patients use cannabis by smoking it. It will be much cheaper for them in most cases than buying edibles or concentrates. The notion that an important medical and financial decision like that should be made by strangers in the state capital is incomprehensible to me.
And yet here we are. We have gotten so comfortable with others making our adult decisions for us that there is no going back. Even some of the most important decisions we make are now controlled by people we will never even meet.
I wish I could offer a solution for this problem, but this is bigger than all of us. All I can say is that the more decisions we make for ourselves, the better off we’ll be.