The Rise of Marijuana Refugees
By Mat Lee
Back in early 2014 there was a rash of articles online about something the media deemed medical marijuana refugees. These were normal everyday people who were put in the awkwardly awful position of having to relocate, for the sole purpose of living in a state that is gracious enough to allow them to treat their children with the medicine they need.
You see, as most of us already know, back in the day it became political agenda to make cannabis look as bad as possible. If you are a christian, weed became the devil. If you are allergic to peanuts, weed became Mr. Peanut. First to hate on and control Mexicans, then African Americans. We have come a long way since those dark times of ignorance.
In doing all of this population control, the government inadvertently put the kibosh on any and all medical marijuana type research. Unless of course, it was to show how awful and horrible the plant is. Controlling people by controlling their customs, as one article succinctly put it.
Fast forward to 2014 and we have whole families moving to Colorado to get their hands on the sweet CBD oil that has been known to help get a handle on seizures for certain kids with certain types of epilepsy. There is a group there called Realm of Caring that has 100 patients whose families have moved to Colorado from 43 states and even two countries.
My point of this article was a thought I had about how interesting it is to me that we, as people who have been given the choice of voting for the lesser of two evils over and over again, have created such ridiculously evil and disgusting laws that people have to actually uproot and move their whole lives in order to get a plant. Not just any plant mind you, a plant that shows great medical possibilities for those of us with fully functioning endocannabinoid systems. (In case you need it—here’s where you can find marijuana near you)
This affects me personally two fold. First, I recently got a new job. Of course, in order to work in the cannabis industry with a plant I have been in love with, and lied to about, my whole teen / adult life, I have to relocate to either Washington or Colorado.
I currently live in Montana, which completely messed up it’s medical marijuana system when a bunch of angry liars tried to repeal the state medical marijuana law. Rather than fully repealing it, they ended up gutting the existing one, cutting down the 30,000 or so patients to something more like 3,000.
In order to have a good secure job making an actual livable wage, with benefits, I’m moving to Washington. It’s sad there’s nothing in Montana doing what they are doing in Washington. It’s something I believe in, and something I believe can help the human race, both short term, and in the big picture. So much in fact I’m willing to move two states a way to work in the industry that is figuring this all out. This was never an option when I was in school. It was something that got you in trouble. Something you had to lie about.
Second, my girlfriend is an epileptic. It would be so helpful if we lived in a place she was able to find a nice strain of cannabis to control her seizures. She doesn’t have them near as bad as some of these children with Dravet Syndrome, but bad enough to where it’s a concern. Plus, if her seizures get worse, it would be really nice to live in a place that won’t put you in jail for trying to get better.
Not everyone needs or wants a strain of weed that puts your dick in the dirt. Sure I always do, but some people just need to have the soothing calming stuff. You can’t figure out the difference until you allow research and stop making people criminals where they wouldn’t be otherwise. States like Washington and Colorado are places that is finally starting to happen. I’m happy to be moving to one of them. At least until the rest of the country figures it out and does the right thing. For Stuff Stoner’s Like, I’m Mat Lee.