Trusting Authority

April 24, 2012

When you were a child you were most likely taught to play well with the other kids on the playground by sharing the swings, kickballs, and other playground equipment.  You were probably told to speak with respect to the other kids, and to the teachers.  You were also probably taught to trust that if the playground teacher told you to do, or stop doing, something, it was for a good reason.  You were taught to trust her judgment in place of yours because she probably knows something you don’t know.  

That “Trust me because of my position in society” paradigm has spilled over into nearly every aspect of our lives.  None more prevalent that in our government.  Our government wants us to trust that marijuana is bad for us because they say it is bad for us.  Yet, the limited research on the subject seems to indicate otherwise.  In fact, the research seems to prove that it is better for us than many of the prescription medications available on the market today.

Research into the efficacy of marijuana to treat a wide range of ailments is limited because the government will not grant permission for scientists to possess it for research purposes.  Since it is illegal to possess marijuana, it stands to reason that the government must first approve such possession in order for this research to be conducted.

It is high time that citizens who want to see what researchers say marijuana could be useful for begin applying pressure on the government to approve such research.  It can be controlled, and monitored just as the research for pharmaceuticals  is controlled and monitored.  The first step is asking those running for office if they would oppose such research.  If they say they would oppose, then ask them why, and get solid answers.  Post such answers on social media sites or blog posts.  Share your information, and maybe we can all begin bringing accountability back to Washington.