Apr 24, 2010 9:27 PM
More than a thousand people came to Anderson Saturday with a common green goal in mind. They are hoping to bring awareness to the challenges medicinal marijuana users face. "Local governments are initiating ordinances that are trying to limit patients to grow their medicine so we're trying to work with the local government to create ordinances that work for them and still allow us to grow our medicine," Rodney Jones from NorCal NORML (National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws) stated.
Linda Silvey, owner of the Planet Herb Collective, says using cannabis has helped both her, and her father, who battled cancer. "Marijuana actually gave him a couple years of excellent quality life, so it's been huge in a natural medicine and healing element for our lives," Silvey explained.
Both Silvey and Jones say they want others to be able to use marijuana as a medicine, without having to worry about public criticism. They say the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 is a step in the right direction. This November, voters will decide whether or not to allow people 21 and older to use the drug. Jones says the proposition will hopefully clear up misconceptions about marijuana. "They said it was a gateway drug, it starts people on drugs, but what they're finding is people who have an addiction to heroin, oxycotton and alcohol; they can all use cannabis and get them off those debilitating drugs," Jones said.
According to the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance, both state and local governments are expected to save tens of millions of dollars each year on costs of incarcerating marijuana offenders.
There were no protestors at Saturday's event.