I have had experts testify under oath, in court, on this very subject.
I find the article interesting, because marijuana is still considered to be illegal in the State of Minnesota. Actually, possession of a small amount of marijuana is listed as “not a crime” because of its petty misdemeanor status.
If you have less than 1.5 ounces in Minnesota, and are not selling it, then you can only get a fine of up to $300 as a potential penalty.
If you have more than 1.4 grams in a motor vehicle, then it can be a misdemeanor.
It is very important that you fight this particular designation, because it will usually go on your traffic record as “Sale or Possession of a Controlled Substance.” They don’t designate the nature of the possession, nor that it is marijuana. Consequently, potential employers often shy away from people with this on their records.
For that reason, it always pays to have the marijuana weighed prior to settlement, if your prosecuting attorney will not give you a deal so that it comes off your record.
The Free Press article is important also, because it looks at the reality of the situation. In other words, people are dying from opioids. The author indicates 18,000 people, as a figure given by the CDC. However, recent investigation indicates there are 50,000 deaths a year from these prescribed controlled substances, which amounts to 78 people dying, per day.
If a client were to give a drug that killed somebody, they would be charged criminally. However, when licensed doctors, supposedly demonstrating the highest care that we can give, allow their patients too much of this medicine, so that they die, no charges are ever brought forth. They bury their mistakes.
It is an example of big pharma, at its worst.
This article, appearing in our local Mankato arena, is important also, because it advocates a higher principle. This is what I always talk about.
Love is a Fundamental Right. When we start prioritizing our lives this way, we see it as much more important to give a medicine that allows somebody to live, versus one that has a high potential for death. That is how love works. That is one of love’s many facets. We think about the well-being of ourselves, and other loved ones.
In my humble review, I believe that the Mankato Free Press is attempting to lead us into a safer tomorrow. By our practical solutions, we are changing the nature of marijuana in the State. It is inappropriate to have this herb classified as a Schedule I drug. And yet, the authorities insist that it has no medicinal value and that it cannot be administered safely under medical supervision. Any old time hippie will tell you that they know how to successfully administer this herb. Let us catch up with reality. The simple message is, marijuana is safer than opioids, heroin, alcohol, and cigarettes. Would you rather take something and live? Or die? The choice is ours, because we all possess medical freedom and the ability to love ourselves.