It’s sure fun watching our eternally officious establishment get all lathered up over Colorado’s burgeoning medical marijuana scene, one of the hottest and freest in the nation.

The question on so many people’s minds, though, is what’s so bad about ingesting cannabis in the first place?

It’s remarkable that, in this day and age, there’s anyone still worried about pot, long proven to be one of the safest psychoactive remedies in the pharmacopeia. It’s frankly stunning that marijuana is still illegal under U.S. law.

Society has come to accept the fact that cannabis is a healing herb, whether prescribed by a doctor or not. It’s been said that virtually all cannabis is consumed for essentially medical reasons, since the venerable herb makes people feel better.

Marijuana can help to heal our local economy, as well. Any government agency will be foolish trying to stifle such an emergent entrepreneurial field.

Of course, an underground cannabis market has existed entirely untaxed and unregulated since the plant was legally prohibited more than 70 years ago. Now, as this market moves increasingly into the sunshine, society as a whole stands to harvest its economic as well as its life giving benefits.

Cord MacGuire

Boulder

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