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Legalize Marijuana in Minnesota

MPR NEWS

MN Daily: Task force weighs medical marijuana law

          What is the problem with Medical Marijuana?  Why must we battle for such an innocuous herb to be legalized?  Was there a battle against Big Pharma when they introduced the plethora of drugs containing narcotics in the last five decades?  -I don’t recall.  One does not see protesting against pharmaceuticals made from far more dangerous substances, opiates and methamphetamines.  One does not hear speak of legislators creating laws to ban such substances that have, time and time again, killed, or put people in emergency rooms across the nation (CDC: Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States).

          We did not see this case argued when Ritalin was administered to children in the early 90’s, and still today (possibly under a different name).  I was a part of that, it was a reasonable remedy. 

          I wonder if anyone at this round table meeting mentioned concerns relating to abuse of currently legalized substances.

          Marijuana is a plant that can be grown locally, taxed locally, and administered/regulated locally, in a positive way.  The assumed pros outweigh the cons; economic benefits, patient benefits, offering alternative options to help patients attain the level of comfort deserved, in their unique and individual cases. 

          Why should the government allow one type of treatment and shun another?  Let’s take a hint from Washington and Colorado.  Let’s take a hint from patients.  The benefits of legalizing Marijuana are visible, and vast.  The country allows cigarettes, guns, prescription pills, and alcohol to be sold, with little question.  The war on drugs is over, apparently, yet we argue against facts. 

What is the difference? 

 

 

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The Ultimate Placebo Effect: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

NPR: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Wow, this is not surprising; Americans duped by language.  Thank god for Post-Structuralism, and Modern Literary Theory and Criticism, without these concepts I would be worse for the wear.  See those fancy words on that fancy bottle in your fancy hand?  They mean shit.  Essentially, if you see words described as:

“”Ury says that one of the tell-tale signs on the bottle is the wording. “Does it say it is ‘distilled’ by that company, or does it say it’s ‘bottled by’ or ‘produced by’ that company? That sounds like a small difference, but it has a big legal meaning.””

As readers and consumers, we love our words, like “natural”, “antioxidants”, and “organic”.  They make us feel better… But what do they mean?  Words like these have ambivalent, and sometimes misleading, meanings.

It’s about time the liquor industry caught on and started taking advantage of booze hounds.  It takes about three seconds to make up a slogan for a brand that is marketable to the demographic they are trying to sell to; here: Rare Single-Batch Kentucky Whisky, made right here in America.  Slap that slogan under the name, and give it a hefty price- because it’s worth that, and let it sell.  No one will be the wiser, and you will profit!

Anyway, remember the next time you are sippin’ that exclusive (and expensive) whisky, just keep telling yourself it’s the real thing, and worth every penny…  Because the Placebo Effect is powerful.  And that’s no lie.