When marijuana comes to mind, it’s easy to picture the consumer as a radical liberal donning an overpriced RECYCLING IS LOVE t-shirt, so it may come as a surprise that a Marijuana Reform representative on campus today actually wore a t-shirt with an American flag and a dark blue USA cap. Marijuana Policy Project representative, Frank has been on the UA campus all week, and his ideas on marijuana reform are not nearly as outrageous as an outsider may expect.
“I want to help decriminalize marijuana and medical marijuana so people with health issues can get it every once in a while.”
Frank is aware that medical marijuana is legal in 14 states (i.e. California, New Jersey, Massachusetts), and he would like to see that number increase. But he isn’t suggesting the legalization of marijuana.
“It wouldn’t make sense to legalize it because the US has too many treaties with other countries.”
A long-haired male UA student approached Frank’s booth and signed the petition to decriminalize marijuana, and then the young man described the ways in which marijuana can be used as a birth control method. Frank didn’t respond to any of the student’s theories.
“For the longest time, women used marijuana to regulate their cycles so they wouldn’t get pregnant when they had sex,” said the young UA student.
“So,” he continued. “You also notice that breast sizes increase with the use of marijuana.”
I’m not sure how accurate this claim is, but it encouraged the young student to sign Frank’s petition, which makes all signers immediately become lobbyists for the Marijuana Policy Project so the organization can get more lobbying power. Each person who signs becomes a member of MPP and will receive email updates.
A lot of interesting characters seem to gravitate toward the marijuana reform table, which is focused on more than just looser pot penalties. A range of students from the long-haired guy who says female menstrual cycles are determined by the moon to a fraternity boy on a bike would like to see changes in United States marijuana distribution.
“It’s hard for doctors to verbally prescribe marijuana, but it happens all the time in northern California, where half the people on medical marijuana shouldn’t get it.”
I tend to agree. Many users like that marijuana calms them down, and this can be helpful to people who are burdened with high anxiety, but it’s also beneficial to talk over psychological issues before turning to illegal drugs.
“We all have stress and anxiety,” Frank agreed, but he did state that marijuana helps some people, even though many buyers abuse their medical marijuana privileges and use their “health problems” as an excuse to get stoned.
“You have to dislike yourself to be a drug addict,” Frank continued. “Addicts are unsatisfied with marijuana, which is not a drug.”
At first glance, anyone petitioning for marijuana reform seems to be left-leaning, but Frank is relatively moderate and realistic about his marijuana freedom expectations. He repeatedly referred to President Barack Obama as a socialist, and after stating that fewer people are smoking pot now than in the 1960’s, he went on to say more people should be protesting like in the past because of all the “brainwashing at the hands of radical liberal professors” at universities.
Somehow, the hope behind decriminalizing marijuana circles back to right wing ideals, at least in Frank’s situation. He’s a nice change of pace from people protesting for the legalization of marijuana because he has a reasonable plan, which should benefit Americans with serious health issues that can be temporarily alleviated by marijuana (i.e. cancer). Marijuana should be readily available in all 50 states for sick citizens, but it shouldn’t be more accessible for the rest of the population.