Med­i­cal pot at odds with cur­rent is­sues

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: WIL­LIAM PARÉ COLORA

The front page of Mon­day’s Whig is a clear re­flec­tion of the schiz­o­phrenic na­ture of our county/state’s at­ti­tude to­wards drug ad­dic­tion.

On the one hand you have an ar­ti­cle of an or­ga­ni­za­tion try­ing to pro­vide sup­port to help in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from sub­stance abuse by spon­sor­ing a 5K race. The other lead ar­ti­cle con­cerns the state’s plan to ac­celer- ate the growth, in Ce­cil County, of the sub­stance that leads to ad­dic­tion. While the “pot” pro­po­nents claim that this sub­stance can be used for ther­a­peu­tic pur­poses, there is no valid sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that sug­gests that cannabis has any sig­nif­i­cant med­i­cal value.

The only sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ment in the pot grower’s move­ment is money. While a few farm­ers will make many dol­lars, the coun­ties and the state will be in­vest­ing more and more tax money to han­dle the ad­di­tional treat­ment clin­ics and man­ag­ing an in­creased prison pop­u­la­tion — this, just so a few pot farm­ers can make lots of money.

Does this make sense? We had bet­ter start or­ga­niz­ing more 5K races.

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