The article “‘Gray market’ in pot criticized” (July 2) is troubling. Proposition 215 was passed 16 years ago once it was recognized that marijuana could relieve symptoms of many maladies (cancer, Alzheimer’s, migraines, arthritis, glaucoma, among many others). These dispensaries are not hippie dens with crazed addicts spilling out the door, terrorizing neighborhoods, though local law enforcement tends to promote that anachronistic idea. They serve a diverse population, some of whom previously wouldn’t have ever dreamed that they would be using marijuana for any reason.
The dispensaries provide needed services and are as legitimate as any pharmacy. Yet marijuana availability has been pushed to “gray market” services, which does not necessarily guarantee quality and only serves to humiliate those suffering. This defeats the purpose of legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes.
Later, there’s an article about local communities that decided it would be fun to allow some vendors to sell fireworks over Fourth of July. Because selling dangerous incendiaries to people, some of whom are drunk when setting them off, is apparently a-OK.
Who would you rather have living next door: the fireworks enthusiast moments away from possibly blowing off his limbs, starting fires, causing damage and generally wreaking havoc; or the 86-year-old grandmother undergoing chemotherapy who ingests marijuana to relieve nausea, lose weight and promote rest? This seems to me to be an irrational double standard.