I am a medical marijuana patient. Which in my state grants me certain rights- the right to ingest cannabis. The right to purchase it at dispensaries. And the right to grow (a limited amount) of cannabis. And of course- all these rights come with the major caveat- they are still forbidden under federal law, a lwa whose enforcement can, and does change, at the whim of not only the current administration, but of the non-elected people in power within the many federal agencies.
But the point I want to make here- is the loss of my freedom of travel. While nearly a third of the states have medical marijuana laws- most have no provisions to recognize patients from other states. So- IF I travel out of state, whether as part of my job, or to visit family or friends, for pleasure, or to see another doctor/specialist- I once again become a criminal. I am presented with two choices- forgo my medicine or risk arrest, fines and or jail time- plus all the costs and other impacts that implies. (potential loss of job, permanent criminal record, etc)
Likewise, the simple fact that I use cannabis, and that there is now a record of such, can result in my being refused entry to our neighbors to the north (Canada), New Zealand, Australia, and numerous other countries.
So why, should I and other medical cannabis users be subjected to this double jeopardy? Especially in a country where the latest polls show support for medical marijuana at approacking 80% ? When the science and medical evidence not only supports its usefulness- but clearly indicates it should never have been made a schedule I drug to begin with? When federal approval, and international treaties regarding medicines which the US is signatory to would likely provide protection to those of us travelling internationally.
Sadly, the truth is, I still remain a criminal. Caught up in a through the looking glass world that refuses to admit its past mistakes and instead ignores the evidence in front of it.
Failure to admit past mistakes is a sign of weakness, and speaks volumes to the state of our governments.