I take exception to Mr. Pennington’s perversion of the U.S. Constitution for his own point of view. He cites Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution which reads, “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” This clause by itself seems rather ambiguous. If we look a little further, the matter is cleared up in Article X of the Bill of Rights which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” According to this Amendment to the Constitution, since Medical Marijuana was not named as a commerce item in the Constitution, it is covered in the Amendment and is the purview of the individual States to regulate.
As a side point, in Michigan, medical marijuana is distributed through donations and is not sold to anyone.
I know some of us would prefer to live in the world that existed when the Constitution and its Amendments were written. A world where everyone was a Christian and slavery was the state of the world. (Slavery was just peachy under the Constitution, too, if you remember.)
Mr. Pennington brought up the fact that marijuana is a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, just like heroin. He chooses to forget that heroin is an opiate from the same family that gives us morphine, methadone, oxycodone and codeine. If the government can allow medical uses for opiates, it must surely be able to allow the medical uses of marijuana. Or should we allow people to suffer pain from surgeries and other medical procedures with only aspirin? Perhaps we should go back more than 100 years and use no pain medication because almost all of them are derived from the same plant that can be made into heroin. The only problem there is that all the opioids were legal at that time. We have to remember that at one time, pain was a normal thing and there was no medication to stop it. Surgery and dentistry were done on patients who were wide awake and screaming while being pinned down by leather covered chains and whoever happened to be handy to lie on top of them. I much prefer the modern pain control and since marijuana has been proven effective in relieving my pain and nausea without the danger of addiction or the inflated cost of opiates, I think everyone should have the option of using it.
One thing we must keep in mind is that any system (or town) that refuses to change with time is certain to die from stagnation. I am proud of our town for refusing to die in a puddle of stagnation. The world changes and grows and we all need to change with it or we will be another Rachel or Eckley. Don’t know those towns? They used to thrive.
– Theresa Pobanz
Morenci Road, Morenci