An interesting doco on SBS has just informed me that the US state of Colorado had recently legalised the use, both medicinal and recreational, of marijuana. Since doing so, it has spawned a series of industries and activities. Let’s deal with the silly ones first: the multi million dollar factory that makes drinks and chocolates that can get you high; any number of entrepreneurial scenarios that can make the designer a lot of money, however, carry the problem that money earned is considered by the federal govt as illegal and risk it being seized. A protection industry staffed by ex army guys (who could star in my porn movie any day) is needed to convey huge amounts of paper currency to undisclosed, but guarded vaults since 80 0/0 of all transactions use paper cash.
Then, there’s the medical marijuana industry: despite research that has taken place in several states in the USA, as well as belatedly here in Australia, the validity of such research is accepted reluctantly. Children with gruesome seizures daily are found to get better from the use of such a medicine. The result is that whole families become displaced so that a child may receive relevant treatment, resulting with families living in trailer parks in cramped conditions, and parents becoming destitute. Should parents together with their children attempt to cross state lines to where their extended families live, and a job prospect is likely, the child’s medicine may be seized by police, and should the child prove positive for drug ingestion, the parents risk being charged with drug abuse. The medical clinic makes all this clear, the rock and the hard place of the situation.
Australia is only now commencing drug trials for multiple illnesses including epilepsy in children; for some of them suffering up to 20 seizures a day, any relief would be welcome. It is a condition I experienced weekly for a year, then, last year more serious episodes, called “tonic/clonic” took place; these were quite frightening, of which, wetting the bed and spinal spasms were the more bearable. It seems to me the most precious aspect of being human is consciousness; after such an episode, memory of self was diminished. You lived under a cloud of vagueness for several hours, not knowing who you were or what had happened the night before.
As I have not had such an episode for several months, nearly 12 months, I spoke with my neurologist about the medical marijuana trials. His advice however was that I was overqualified, by which he meant that I no longer experienced the episodes. However, the high dosage of so-called mood enhancing medication with its side effect of manual trembling that I continue to take daily makes me wonder if it is time to try something new or rather different. From my hippy days ingesting the weed has been a regular event; I wonder if its absence in my system for the last decade has created this protest demanding THC?