Reefer madness continues to run amok in Davis County, Utah. Recently, Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson asked and answered his own question, stating “Will we fight to keep marijuana illegal in the state of Utah? Absolutely”.
He went on to say:
“Right to the bitter end, I’ll fight to prevent that from coming into this state. There are so many social ramifications of it, as well as legal and criminal ramifications”.
“I’ll tell you, it’s discouraging, the fact the Department of Justice is picking and choosing which federal law it wants to enforce or doesn’t want to enforce”.
According to the Ogden Standard Examiner, he was quoted as stating:
“When you talk about domestic violence, child abuse, economic and financial issues of needing that next fix or feeding that addiction, they’re very prevalent in (countries that have legalized it),” he said. “These states that have legalized it recently haven’t seen the affects of that yet, but undoubtedly they will.”
“… Even as it is, with marijuana illegal, drug use and the need for that addiction to drugs contribute to so many crimes. Legalizing it would only aggravate that much further”.
Thompson said he wouldn’t argue with a doctor who prescribed marijuana or touted its medical benefits, but he worries medical marijuana could create dependency in users similar to prescription drugs. Sheriff Thompson obviously needs to be educated in the benefits of medical marijuana. Click this link to contact him.
His ignorance is evident by believing that legalizing medicinal cannabis will lead down the same path as becoming addicted to dangerous, even lethal, prescription drugs when it has been shown to be an effective method of treating a wide variety of conditions in states where it is legal.
“I think that’s a bunch of — I have not read one study that validates what they’re purporting with medical marijuana, number one,” Richardson said. “Number two, they can synthesize THC out of marijuana and use it in a capsule form and use it in a controlled pharmaceutical method. But they don’t do that. What they want to do is get a license to smoke and give it to their buddies”.
The synthesized THC Richardson is referring to is known as Marinol (Dronabinol), which is produced by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and, according to Marinol website, is meant to “treat appetite and weight loss in patients with AIDS”. It has not been approved for many of the conditions legalized cannabis has and this prescription drug allows the manufacturers to make a hefty profit while the majority of medical marijuana patients would prefer to treat their conditions with an all natural, herbal remedy that they can grow themselves.
By not allowing patients to have control of their own choice of herbal medicine, either by regulating dispensaries or allowing them to grow their own, the state of Utah continues to perpetuate the “Reefer Madness” mindset.