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July 27th, 2009 | By erik

In 1991 when I was only 17 years old I was afflicted with a condition that plagues many Americans, migraine head aches. At the time I was attending a private boarding school and little was done for the condition. The answer for my pain was “ take a couple of aspirin and go lay down”. When these headaches began I was living a completely clean and sober life, the only thing I was doing differently was welding galvanized steel with out a respirator. I later found out, as an adult, that the fumes are toxic. Placing blame is not the topic of this essay, my personal freedom to safely medicate myself is.

After a year of suffering with debilitating migraines I decided to go to the doctor. I saw 3 different general practitioners and 2 neurologist. I took a multitude of tests including 2 CAT scans. The diagnosis I was given was basically we don’t really know the cause of your head aches but we can medicate you. I was prescribed a plethora of drugs including lithium, amitryptilin, wellbutrin, imitrex and many more. I am not going to go into the negative effects of these drugs as I would be quoting hundreds of pages of medical text.

The only relief I could find was through the use of cannabis and meditation. Three years after my pain began I finally found a clean and natural way to deal with my pain. My natural medication didn’t have any of the undesirable side effects that the drugs had and it actually worked! The only downside I could or can find is that marijuana is still illegal.

Not only has marijuana alleviated the pain from my migraines it has also helped ease the pain I have from back injuries. I have been diagnosed with a torn disc in my lower back and a displaced vertebrae with a cist on my spinal cord. 14 years of building houses took it’s toll on my body and left me with some very persistent pain. Once again the doctors put me through a large array of tests, treatments, and drugs. The final straw for me was when they prescribed 3 30 milligram pills of oxycodone a day. Having seen several close friends become addicted as well as overdose and die I decided that could manage my pain with, exercise, meditation, and marijuana.

I am not discounting the merits of western medicine all together. I am saying that medical marijuana should be added to the bag of tools a doctor has to work with. Many studies have shown that marijuana is an extremely safe and beneficial medication. I thank god daily for the medicine he gave us. I also pray that we can all make a political difference. Through political activism, protest, and voting we can change our laws. Everyone should sign petitions and write their local, state, and federal representatives. It’s time for us to stop being treated like common criminals. It is time for us to be allowed to practice our religions and to medicate ourselves with out destroying our bodies.

-Erik McGinnis

When a town in Utah does something very noble!

June 18th, 2009 | By Pirate

This is history by about 8 years now, but back in 2001 the little town of 400 people in Utah named “Big Water” passed an ordinance that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana to a $10 fine (under 1 oz), and possession of paraphernalia a $5 fine.

The motive behind this says mayor Willie Marshall “Our ordinance made justice affordable for everybody,” said Marshall. “Let the punishment fit the crime.”

Under Utah law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, as well as a six-month drivers license suspension. Under state law, paraphernalia possession nets the same maximum six months and $1,000. According to a newspaper article about this situation that can be found at this link:

I agree with Mayor Willie Marshall, and even though I think a $10 fine is too much for a victimless crime, I believe his intentions were in the right place, and I think you will find the city of Denver Colorado agrees, where it is legal (no fines) for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Ruining people’s life forever, putting a misdemeanor on their record which denies them the ability for scholarships, military service, working at certain jobs, etc..  for a victimless crime is insane.  A $1000 fine for possessing a plant that has never killed anyone in all of history?
This would be like making drinking from a drinking fountain a misdemeanor punishable with jail time and a $1000 fine.  Based on harm, and social impact, marijuana is no more of a threat than drinking water!

Bravo to this courageous mayor and this courageous city council.  It’s only too bad that these ordinances were later repealed, and that at least one officer is recorded and reprimended for threatening the city council members.

Utah Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Giles blew up at local officials, Marshall said, in an account whose broad contours were confirmed by regional Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Lynn McAfee. “Once the police heard about this, they hit the ceiling, the Kane County sheriff and the Highway Patrol were just enraged,” said Marshall. “They do a lot of intimidating people into letting them search their cars. But Officer Nathan Giles was especially bent out of shape. He came in and yelled at the town clerk. ‘Who’s the dope-smoking son of a bitch who wrote this ordinance?’ Giles yelled. And then he made threats. ‘All hell is going to break loose in Big Water,’ he told her,” Marshall said.

Two weeks after the ordinance passed, UHP started harassing members of the entire town of Big Water:

On December 7, two weeks after the ordinance was passed, the town was hit with an “enforcement blitz” by Highway Patrol and Kane County Sheriff’s officers. “They were ticketing everyone for anything,” said Marshall. “They had a half dozen Highway Patrol cars out there pulling people over for no seat belt, failure to signal, anything they could think of.”

Which was confirmed by Lt. McAfee of the Utah Highway Patrol.

But this wasn’t the end of it, and as you guessed, this all has to do with police funding and getting revenue from these so-called crimes.

But Giles wasn’t done. “Then he went over to the water board office, where one of the council members works, while on-duty and in uniform and started arguing with her,” Marshall said, “telling her the ordinance was unconstitutional, that we had to repeal it, that the Highway Patrol could just stop writing tickets in our town, basically threatening to cut off a source of town funding. Not that we’re a speed trap,” Marshall quickly added. “Giles was very threatening and his behavior was very inappropriate.”

This is Utah life under a huge microscope in relation to the ‘drug war’.  No drug war equals no police funding.  It’s not about harm reduction, it’s about revenue!

This isn’t a war on drugs, this is a war on the American people!

Another Reference from a local newspaper: