WILLIAM SNOVER: Concerned over city’s recent medical marijuana ordinance

TO THE EDITOR:

It has come to my attention that the City of Manistee has approved the growing of medical marijuana within the city limits and it moves to a zoning ordinance next.

I have been working in the healthcare field most of the last 35 years, in respiratory therapy and nursing since about 1998. Like many healthcare professionals, I was deeply upset and concerned when voters bypassed the FDA and decided on the basis of propaganda to approve the use of “medical marijuana.”

The methods used were despicable. Playing on the sympathies of good and compassionate people who would never withhold comfort measures from the end-stage terminally ill, a beachhead for drug abuse was established.

Long-term research has found some potential legitimate uses for pathological reasons. However, keeping things in perspective, marijuana’s dangers dwarf its benefits into insignificance for society as a whole.

It is common knowledge that the whole “medical marijuana” movement was generally “smoke and mirrors” or a “cock and bull story” to pave the way for the ultimate goal, legalized recreational use.

Sadly, with the tragic loss of American industry both to offshoring and fair and unfair foreign trade, Americans by the millions need to find a way to make a decent living, hence FIRE (finance, insurance, real estate) and retail, restaurants, alcohol, tobacco, gambling and now marijuana are left to fill the gap. Point: Financial incentive does not justify an action. Extreme financial incentives are no better.

The brain may have up to 100 trillion synapses. Computers are simple in comparison. While some progress has been made on the molecular and cellular level on understanding the effects of marijuana (THC and associated chemicals), our knowledge is still somewhat primitive.

Some negative effects include neuroses, psychoses, schizophrenia, damage to the ability to think, remember, problem solve and the list may actually fill pages. Research is in its infancy.

One of the greatest threats marijuana poses may be that after damaging the IQ of a human brain, it proceeds to damage the EQ. EQ is the acronym for Emotional Quotient, developed by Daniel Goleman where he theorizes that success in life is based more on character traits than raw intelligence. I have seen nearly 60 years of evidence that marijuana users never achieve their full potential in life and often become abject failures.

One study said marijuana is seven times worse at destroying lung tissue than tobacco.

Additionally there is prescription drug abuse. One receptionist at a pain clinic told me in not so many words, “We are not a pain clinic. We are a medical marijuana card dispensary. Bring $300 cash and some complaint of one pain or another and you get your card.”

My recommendation would be that the city council zone 1/100th of a millimeter on top of the city flagpole for commercial marijuana growers, and keep the rest of the city safe for our children. Children who see adults recognize the dangers of the medical marijuana industry and cannot be bought or bamboozled.

William Snover

Manistee

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