I live in a very small town in the midwest.
I don’t want to say the name of it, just in case this goes viral. No reason to have all my friends and neighbors angry with me, right? This has always been a fairly nice place to live, except for that socially and politically it’s a little backwards. The rest of the world seems to be moving forward and evolving, but around here we are still stuck in the 1950s. Last year there was a statewide vote on the ballot for the legalization of medical marijuana, which passed by a wide margin. Months after that, my town still steadfastly refused to allow any cannabis dispensaries to open inside the city limits. Granted this is only a minor problem for me, because I can drive 15 or 20 minutes to the next town, which has three cannabis dispensaries. I am upset about the principle of the matter, because marijuana is legal and the city council has no right to deny access to the citizens. I know several people who need marijuana for strictly medicinal purposes. They are not toking OG Kush out of bongs, they are taking edibles to help with chronic pains, and that is a big deal! Denying people medicine is 100% immoral and for that reason I keep pressing officials to allow a cannabis dispensary to open in town. It’s easy for me to drive to a farther away cannabis dispensary, but what about the sick and elderly, don’t they deserve better access? These are important issues for all of us.