Altamonte bans ‘ganja,’ ‘grass,’ ‘wacky-tabacky’ and other terms for future marijuana businesses
For any medical marijuana joints interested in coming to Altamonte Springs, the most descriptive business names have already gone up in a puff of green smoke.
In fact, the previous sentence contains no fewer than six words that these establishments would be barred from using.
All total, Altamonte Springs leaders have prohibited 27 terms from appearing in the titles of medical marijuana retail centers, including the words “medical” and “marijuana.” [emphasis added]
In familiar fashion, the Orlando Sentinel headline isn’t indicative of the most important content of their article, which is that future Altamonte Springs businesses that sell medical marijuana won’t be able to put up a sign that says Medical Marijuana.
Because I have volatile epilepsy, Florida’s snail-slow (for crony-accommodating purposes) role-out of Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana is more than just a waste of my tax dollars, it’s a waste of my brain cells. If Charlotte’s Web works for me, I’ll be able to get off of memory-mangling Phenobarbital. Finally.
I don’t want to go to a medical marijuana store with signage that says Compassionate Care, and I don’t want Traumatic Brain Injured Vets who are new to epilepsy to have to go to one, either (there are thousands and thousands of them).
I don’t need compassion, and neither do the TBI-injured Vets … we just need access to an outlawed herb, access that doesn’t insult us.
TBI-injured Vets with epilepsy are new to what I’ve endured a lifetime of … comments from dangerously ignorant people who equate seizures with mental illness or demonic possession (some faith leaders are still instructing parishioners to offer those with epilepsy “healing and redemption” at their churches; the most recent offer I received was in 2013, from a state employee).
The truth is that the federal government enacted Prohibition of marijuana on the basis of Hollywood hyping the film “Reefer Madness” – created by a church – and we haven’t managed, decade after sorry decade, to elect a majority of senators and representatives that can’t be bought by Big Pharma to undo the damage done, which is far greater than the Prohibition of alcohol ever was: alcohol causes diseases; marijuana cures diseases.
Traumatic Brain Injuries sufficient to cause permanent cranial electrical damage are frequently severe enough to cause emotional harm (PTSD) and/or chronic pain. There are still approximately 22 Vet suicides per day in the US, so Florida legislators certainly weren’t thinking about Vets when they limited the legalization of marijuana to just one strain, and have yet to deliver on that meager crumb. It’s probably caused many additional, preventable deaths by despair.