I hate reading stories like this:
We have the inherent right to medicate ourselves as we see fit. Period.
We have the right to equip ourselves with the implements of defense that we choose. Period.
The ATF is totally out of bounds saying that using medical marijuana which is prescribed
by a physician whose credentials include a DEA number and the license to practice medicine
in any state, makes ones firearm rights null and void.
Medical marijuana users have an excellent track record of not using firearms, heavy machinery
or vehicles when they're taking their medication.
This has nothing to do with safety, only control.
People in the sort of weakened state that chronic illness leaves them in have fewer self-defense options than healthy people. In some ways, a firearm is *more* important for them to have, especially if word gets around the neighborhood that some enfeebled resident might have "good stuff" like Oxycontin and the like. Doesn't matter if they actually do - once someone has broken into a home, their mission is now to grab whatever is there, and possibly eliminate any witnesses.
Many chronic illnesses and their treatments leave people exhausted and nauseous. Marijuana consumption is the only way they can keep food, and even their orally administered pills down long enough to do any good.
While I don't believe that on a 0-10 harm scale, Marijuana is the "completely harmless" substance as claimed by most of the legalization crowd, I do believe it carries far less toxicity than just about anything carried by the local pharmacy.
100,000 Americans die every year from improperly administered medication
Even something simple, cheap and easily available like aspirin can be quite dangerous.
Google search for "aspirin deaths" and the number ranges from 500 to 30,000 annually.
Pharmaceuticals are one of the most profitable industries. I'm sure Big Pharma feels threatened by the mass availability of marijuana, which has extremely low toxicity and a stunning range of medicinal uses. It doesn't require capital intensive factories to make it in small quantities, and the end user can essentially make it themself.
Fellow conservatives, please de-couple your contempt for "pot smoking hippies and neo-hippies" on this issue. Marijuana has its legitimate uses, and in any event the Government shouldn't be able to tell us what we can or can't do in our homes if it doesn't endanger (or annoy) anyone else.