Why Colorado should be a wake up call for legalizing marijuana
Just over the weekend, we had some family from interstate come to visit while they were on holidays. They have some good friends of theirs whose son is the same age as me. While we are not close friends, I have known him since we were little boys.
I randomly inquired as to how he was going, when my aunt shocked me by telling me that he was just out of rehab about a week ago. She mentioned he was hospitalized for Hyperemesis. Ordinarily, this would have meant nothing to me, but just recently I read this article from Australia’s ABC News and it made me feel slightly ill at the thought of all these people vomiting over taking a fully legalized drug. To summarize, Colorado hospitals are seeing a sharp rise in the number of cannabis users being admitted to hospital with constant vomiting, which is brought on from years of marijuana use. It’s unremitting vomiting too, hence the need to be hospitalized.
My friend was hospitalized for ongoing vomiting, which is due to his daily intake of marijuana. It’s sad to think that we are in our mid forties, yet a life of taking marijuana daily has left him with a life where he has never been married and has no children.
Based on this, you really have to ask how authorities can allow a drug like this to be legalized. Then I read about the formation of a Christian cannabis company (and wrote an article on it). Seriously, what are they thinking?
I am still lost as to how anyone in politics at any level can think that it is okay that marijuana is legalized. Normally I would put it down to a lack of common sense, but when you look at the amount of lobbying being done by legalized marijuana companies to government, as well as the amount of money moving into the marijuana business, you very quickly realize it has nothing to do with what is right and everything to do with money.
When one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, formerly known as Philip Morris, but now known as Altria, invests $1.8 billion into a legalized marijuana company, you know they’re going to make something happen. According to the Center for Public Integrity, Altria spent around $101 million on lobbying the United States government between 1998 and 2004, making it the second most active organization in the nation. It now brings this financial power to the business of legalizing marijuana.
Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of My Christian Daily. He also blogs at www.mattdanswan.com. His new book NOT Business As Usual documents the story of the building of Initiate Media debt-free.
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