I’m still pretty optimistic about it. It’s a shame that it’s back and forth, and a lot of other states have not yet joined in allowing the use of marijuana and letting individuals make these decisions. Certainly in this case, it’s not allowing the mother to use this, it’s allowing the mother to make a medical judgment call that she sincerely believes will help her son and has been helping her son. She has parental authority.
Too often we concede to the state the parental authority that should stick with the parents and this is a challenge. Let’s hope they wake up in Minnesota and make sure that this woman doesn’t go to jail, make sure that this child can get this treatment that’s helping now and not making them wait until July of this year when it becomes legal. This is why freedom of choice is so important in a free society. Yes, individuals can make a mistake but generally speaking, they are so limited compared to what happens when a government makes a mistake.
Just think of what’s been going on with War on Drugs, especially in the last 40 years. It’s been a tragedy, the War on Drugs became 10 times, if not 100 times, worse than the use of the drugs themselves. We should have more confidence in a free society and not pretend that it creates a perfect society. When the government takes over making these personal decisions for individuals, that it compounds it and makes it a lot worse.
In many ways, it’s like the old days when they said they would make sure that everybody would be saved…