Thanks to Doug Berman for linking to this wonderfully revealing article published in Reason.com. The title is, "How Many Medical Marijuana Patients Are Fakers? Does It Matter?"
The opening "Does It Matter?" line gives you a tip-off about the revelation to follow. And this excerpt from early in the piece pretty much spells it out:
University of California at Santa Cruz sociologist Craig Reinarman et al....found that "relief of pain, spasms, headache, and anxiety, as well as to improve sleep and relaxation, were the most common reasons patients cited for using medical marijuana."
So now it's official: "medical" marijuana is used in order to relieve anxiety and improve relaxation.
Ummm, I think we just got told that medical marijuana is used to get stoned.
Imagine that! And here I thought all these years that it was only those DEA types in overly tight underwear who were telling us that "medical" marijuana was just a front for people who wanted to spend the day zapped.
Well now we know. Medical need, schmedical need. Ladies and gentlemen, you can forget all that stuff about how thousands and thousands are desperate for relief from intractable pain. It's party time! Anybody got the munchies yet?
Almost no one conversant with pot culture believed the assurances of its backers that the "medical" marijuana program would be administered under supposedly careful regulations established for those with genuine medical need (and some people like that do exist). For those who did believe such assurances, the snickering question now will be, "You mean you were stupid enough to fall for that?"
Medical marijuana has always been the stalking horse for wholesale legalization. Since wholesale legalization doesn't sell to a majority (see the defeat of Prop 19 and the CNN, Pew, Newsweek and Gallup polls, gathered here), it has to be smuggled in through the back door. Hence "medical" marijuana without, it now gets revealed, any very pressing need for the "medical" part.
Far out, as some might say.
It's like other parts of the Leftist agenda: If you can't sell it by telling the truth about what you actually want, then, for Pete's sake, lie about it! This is a page right out of the book of death penalty abolitionism, which -- unable to garner majority support stated for what it is -- seeks to get implemented anyway by calling itself what it's not, to wit, a temporary "moratorium."
There is absolutely nothing intended to be "temporary" about the "temporary" moratorium, and there was never anything very "medical" about the drive for "medical" marijuana. Confirmation of the fact that the "patient-oriented" campaign for medical marijuana was largely a fraud may be new, but the fact itself is as old as the desire to get blasted.
CJLF takes no position about marijuana legalization, but very much takes the position that people ought to tell the truth about what they're up to.