Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Learning to ignore

Mike Barnes put his mouth on the end of a
plastic bag full of marijuana vapors and inhaled
deeply. It's a ritual he practices every day to
combat chronic back pain from an Army injury.

``I'm always in pain,'' said the 35-year-old
Californian, one of several medical marijuana
users who stopped by the Compassion and Care
Center, a San Francisco pot club, after the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled yesterday that patients such
as Barnes are violating federal drug laws.
``My health is more important than someone
telling me it's not good for me, that someone
being the federal government,'' Barnes said.
Federal law enforcement officials in San
Francisco said they don't intend to crack down on
medical pot users, who under California state law
are allowed to buy and smoke marijuana with a
doctor's permission. About 40 marijuana clubs in
the city, which operate without interference from
local police, are likely to continue in the wake
of the Supreme Court decision that federal drug
laws ban use of medical pot.


Folks learning to just do it. Warms my insides,
this does.

If you read between the lines here, you might catch
a glimpse of the coming secessions from the once
almighty Federal pronouncements.