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Michael Ferland 
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Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Is Still Alive, But Lacks Strong Support

it's really ridiculous that this has not passed yet. I am more in favor of a bill that has retail / taxing on the agenda - as I would love to see some new money in gov't to combat the great dope zombie epidemic.

I ask my peers this one question though:

Who does it hurt the most keeping this substance illegal? Me, and many others who are professionals, and respected community leaders who have to deal with the stigma of using marijuana. I use marijuana for three reasons:

*Relieves chronic pain suffered from bullying, helps me walk without a cane. I refuse to take opiates for pain.
*Helped me through physical withdrawl symptoms of alcoholism - I am almost 3 years off the sauce because of it.
*It's a damn good way to relax and meditate on the day.

There are many of us like myself who are not part of the "420 culture". Frankly, I do not listen to bob marley, I do not take "burn turns" nor do I use marijuana when I have social and business obligations. I am a responsible marijuana user for all the right reasons and yet - I can take opiates for pain and become a junkie and get a job - or I can stay straight and strong and smoke pot and get declined for IT positions because I smoke something that got me off booze and relieves pain. It's a stupid trade off, cause obviously the government knows that opiates are CLEARLY superior to marijuana, and they have all these great drugs to get me off opiates that have deadly withdrawl symptoms compared to the opiates themselves. IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE, I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN BLIND FOR SOOOOO LONG.

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Posted by Michael Ferland on 03/19/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Is Still Alive, But Lacks Strong Support

it's really ridiculous that this has not passed yet. I am more in favor of a bill that has retail / taxing on the agenda - as I would love to see some new money in gov't to combat the great dope zombie epidemic.

I ask my peers this one question though:

Who does it hurt the most keeping this substance illegal? Me, and many others who are professionals, and respected community leaders who have to deal with the stigma of using marijuana. I use marijuana for three reasons:

*Relieves chronic pain suffered from bullying, helps me walk without a cane. I refuse to take opiates for pain.
*Helped me through physical withdrawl symptoms of alcoholism - I am almost 3 years off the sauce because of it.
*It's a damn good way to relax and meditate on the day.

There are many of us like myself who are not part of the "420 culture". Frankly, I do not listen to bob marley, I do not take "burn turns" nor do I use marijuana when I have social and business obligations. I am a responsible marijuana user for all the right reasons and yet - I can take opiates for pain and become a junkie and get a job - or I can stay straight and strong and smoke pot and get declined for IT positions because I smoke something that got me off booze and relieves pain. It's a stupid trade off, cause obviously the government knows that opiates are CLEARLY superior to marijuana, and they have all these great drugs to get me off opiates that have deadly withdrawl symptoms compared to the opiates themselves. IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE, I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN BLIND FOR SOOOOO LONG.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Michael Ferland on 03/19/2017 at 8:16 AM

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