As Montanans celebrate a small victory over prohibition, America’s pill problem keeps getting worse

Even with District Judge Reynolds’ decision to stop some crucial parts of SB423 from superseding the law passed by an overwhelming majority of Montanans back in 2004, it seems as though some lawmakers have not learned their lesson yet.

Rep. Essman, for example, has been going off about how it lawmaker’s job to pass laws (not the court’s) — totally neglecting the obvious reality here, that lawmakers chose to remove a law passed directly by the citizens in order to enact a hugely unpopular and admittedly shoddy piece of legislation aimed at destroying industry and impeding people’s safe access to medicine.

The looming threats from our federal government continue piling up as well, according to the following article:

Marijuana business owners not sure how to move forward following partial injunction of Senate Bill 423

“..The Associated Press released a Department of Justice memo Thursday just a short time after Reynold’s ruling. It said marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws. This seems to reverse a 2009 Obama Administration position that put marijuana enforcement as a low priority…”

In the meantime, our country’s fascination with popping pills has come under scrutiny — thanks, in no small part, to the massive amounts of Oxycontin now being consumed on a daily basis.  Below is a clip from the best article I’ve found on the subject so far:

Corruption down the line, from Big Pharma to doctors and the war on drugs, builds a growing epidemic and an addiction-fueled empire.

“..My generation Y, also called the Echo-Boomers, grew up on pills: anti-depressants, ADHD medication like Ritalin, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety meds. Nearly as commonplace as being on prescriptions was sharing them, whether they were your own, your little brother’s, or something you found in your parents’ medicine cabinet.

At parties, no one said anything but “let me get some” as kids crushed and snorted pills off coffee tables, then blacked out and cruised through the night. Being so out in the open about it was a way to be cool, to establish yourself as a bad-ass, or make friends by sharing.

Pills were not only visible at parties. School was sometimes a comical display of who got too fucked up that morning. Kids would walk aimlessly in the hallway, fall off chairs, fall asleep, and often, be escorted to the nurse’s office and punished or arrested…”


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