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Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Fallacies of MMJ Opposition

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"...Instead, those opposing medical marijuana have resorted to four fallacies to try to force patients into a defective system."


The following is an excerpt from an opinion piece by John Kingsbury published in The Seattle Times.


• Medical-marijuana patients don’t really exist:

Even this fallacy is fading away because so many people know legitimate medical-marijuana patients. People understand that believing patients to be frauds is to believe that hundreds of doctors, including those practicing at Providence, Group Health and other major health providers, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, are writing bogus medical-marijuana authorizations.

• Licensed stores will make home growing and medical-marijuana outlets obsolete:

This falsehood suggests that chronically ill people, who usually suffer financial difficulties as a result of their illness, will be well-served by licensed stores. Even with a tax break, I-502 threatens to force patients to spend hundreds of dollars a month for marijuana on top of their existing health-care expenses.

• Price and availability of state-approved marijuana will become affordable and abundant:

The problem is that I-502 was written not on the idea that cannabis is agriculture, but on a myth that it can be a golden cash crop the state can tax and regulate without consequence. Eliminate normal tax deductions, add an estimated 45 percent tax, add unprecedented layers of regulations, remove reliable access to banking and you begin to understand the financial pressures on state-licensed businesses growing marijuana for retail outlets.

• Medical and recreational markets are essentially the same:

They could not be more different. While there are different product needs, recreational buyers have the choice to purchase or not, while patients must purchase it to avoid daily suffering. In most cases, patients’ choices are between cannabis or narcotics or anti-seizure medications."

 

Read the full piece here