That cannabis camel had his nose whacked by the Iowa House of Representatives. The small group that favored expanding the legalizing of marijuana accused them of lacking "compassion" and denying treatment for diseases like epilepsy, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.
There is no cure for epilepsy, which has plagued mankind for thousands of years. All cannabis does is dull the brain. It affects the memory and does more damage to the lungs than cigarette smoke. Add secondhand smoke to that problem.
My buddies and I faced more PTSD problems in Korea than any firefights since the Vietnam War. We learned to handle the memories without smoking pot. I continue to have flashbacks, as do my buddies, after 60 years and we have learned to accept them as a part of life.
During the 2016 legislative session I hope common sense can again prevail. I agree with Gov. Branstad: They should look at "unintended consequences" of an expanded program.
Look at what is happening in Colorado where recreational marijuana is the law. Legalized pot is a cash-only business — banks and lending agencies refuse to serve them. Federal lawsuits against the law have been started. How will expanding it affect law enforcement?
There has been a sudden increase in mysterious aches and pains which doctors cannot identify. Somehow a prescription for cannabis makes patients feel much better. We need more scientific evidence.
As a teacher for 35 years I believe the House of Representatives deserves a grade of "A." It is obligated to act in the best interest of the majority of citizens of Iowa. It must not permit advocates with the "grassroots Iowans" to speak for the majority.
Why isn't the silent majority of citizens kicking that camel out of the tent?