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Monday, May 10, 2010

In the Monday mail comes this message from Med Grow Cannabis College. Headline: Detroit Sees Economic Stimulus with Medical Marijuana. “It’s no secret,” it begins; “the economic climate in Metro Detroit is in the worst shape it has been since the great depression. However, there is one gleaming ray of hope left, medical marijuana.”

No one likes a gleaming ray of hope more than yours truly. So now I’m “hooked.” (oops – maybe a bad word choice). Anyhoo, I read on to learn that Michigan is the 13th state to enact legislation legalizing (sort of ) medical marijuana. (By the way, I only recently learned that Washington has also passed such a law, though we still await a Cannabis College of our own up here.) This new legislation in Michigan has, apparently, led to hundreds of new businesses, including Med Grow, which already claims over 1000 graduates.

A quick tour of the Med Grow website discloses a six week schedule of night classes totaling 25-30 hours (I guess at Med Grow Cannabis College, the existence of time is more a topic of intellectual debate than an actual reality). Classes cover such essentials as Care-giving as a Business, Cooking and Concentrates, Horticulture, and Cannabis History (anyone not yet seen ‘Reefer Madness’?).

Here’s the web page intro: “Med Grow Cannabis College is the first Michigan-based medical marijuana trade school dedicated to the education and advocacy of Michigan patients and caregivers. Our primary goal is to provide our students with an education that will allow them to be extremely successful in the medical marijuana industry. Our school believes in upholding the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. We teach students how to operate within the provisions of the law, while providing quality, compassionate care to those in need.”

Anyone see a parallel here to the marketing of HR 5034? That misguided bill attempts to cloak its anti-consumer protectionism in the guise of saving little kids from buying cases of Screaming Eagle. The medical marijuana folks are talking up the quality, compassionate care they provide. I don’t see a tasting menu posted anywhere on the site, though the cooking class does promise you can eat your homework.

I’m not for or against medical marijuana, ok? I just don’t like hypocrisy. And in this country, even now, hypocrisy is the only way to get any sort of legislation in play around products associated with old-fashioned notions of sin. Whether the legislation is good or bad, if it touches on a sin product (alcohol, pot, cigarettes, sex for money) it had better have a holier-than-thou spin.

Why is it so hard for Americans to drop the B.S. and discuss things openly and honestly? Other countries do it. Why shouldn’t we?

7 comments:

Bill Mechem said...

Come on Paul, pick a side. :-) "I’m not for or against medical marijuana." I'm sure you have an opinion on this one. That's ok though. You are a public figure and you have to protect yourself. I bet you also hold no opinion on abortion or gay marriage. I get it. However, how are we supposed to "drop the B.S. and discuss things openly and honestly" if we are so afraid of being judged. Drug policy in this country is nonsense. It needs to change. Maybe if we stopped spending so much money on the "war on drugs" and started using that money instead for education we could build a country without dumb asses that put stupid laws on the books. Any way, I'm glad that you brought this subject up.

PaulG said...

Bill, I simply didn't want the discussion to revolve around the plusses/minuses of MF - medical or otherwise. That was not my topic. So, no opinion. Additionally, it is a very complex subject with myriad laws that I do not pretend to thoroughly understand. So I'm not going to spout off with an opinion about whether or not medical marijuana is good, bad or indifferent. I truly don't know, and truly do not have an opinion. Fair enough?

PaulG said...

I meant MJ - not MF! As for abortion - I do believe in a woman's right to choose, but I also think that in the vast majority of instances, abortion is the wrong choice to make. As for gay marriage, I wholeheartedly support it. OK?

Dokemion said...

If could get benefits from it why not utilize the use of it. I agree with you Paul.

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Bill Mechem said...

Good enough. I just had to give you a hard time.

Anonymous said...

I suppose if I were cancer-laden and the morphine wasn't working or wasn't working well enough, I'd smoke a whole lot of joints! - Melanie

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, this conservative guy has absolutely no problem with legitimate medical marijuana usage. If I had cancer and it took a doobie to choke down my sushi, I would have two!

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