Medical marijuana: a good idea gone bad |

Medical marijuana: a good idea gone bad

I am sure there are some people who legitimately need medical marijuana. However, the present medical marijuana situation is a farce. I personally know someone who got a prescription for PMS and someone else who got one because his back “hurts sometimes.”

Anyone can get a prescription for anything. Many of the people who get prescriptions also get them from their friends and then have enough prescriptions to grow many plants, which are often sold illegally, not to medical patients.

This has resulted in numerous grows in neighborhoods which has created a variety of negative issues, for example, the strong smell of the plants; alterations to the environment, such as clearing of vegetation; excess water consumption; pesticide use and an increased amount of traffic with customers coming and going.

One has only to read the paper on July 7 and July 8 to see that both the article about the man who was attacked in his home and the man found dead both mentioned marijuana plants. The medical marijuana law was a good idea that has been so abused that it has become a horrible joke.

Janet Richman

Grass Valley

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