With the push for the legalization of marijuana and such legislation as California’s Prop 19 moving past the mostly accepted wink-wink-nudge-nudge-medical-use to the presently debated tax-and-regulate argument, the past success of pot proponents may actually become the biggest hurdle to further approval.
In the past, advocates have claimed the opposition’s position on marijuana as a gateway drug to more harmful drug use and collateral criminal activity is a strawman argument based on dated Reefer Madness scare tactics and misinformation, hysteria instead of facts. Pardon the pun, but those in support of this issue took a hit this month when five medical marijuana dispensaries were busted for selling cocaine and meth.
The raids happened at five medical marijuana clinics, two processing sites, a grow site, seven residences and a sailboat in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Authorities were targeting a group making and selling cocaine, meth and marijuana at medical marijuana dispensaries, Capt. Ralph Ornelas said. ~ KTLA News
Claims that it is a house built of straw go up in smoke, the argument that cannabis is a gateway drug is rapidly becoming a demonstrable fact as the doors to the brick and mortar medical marijuana dispensaries open up to a slippery slope of criminal activity and hard drugs. If the supposedly highly informed, well regulated, and good intentioned medical marijuana dispensaries are so easily perverted, what chance will the very impressionable and inexperienced young people have in these same areas?