Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Marijuana Vending Machines - Good Idea?

California was always the place to be, in the 60’s it was “if you’re going to San Francisco.” Then it was roller-skating, pumping iron on the beach…….now in 2008, it is marijuana vending machines. I did a double take too, but it is true. California has once again made a name for itself.

While this will raise eyebrows, the reason for the unconventional vending machines is to help those who use marijuana as medicine for various illnesses or chronic pain. For years the argument has continued – whether or not to legalize marijuana, when given by prescription. The controversy however continues as to if it can be controlled, and what the repercussions would be to legalizing the drug.

For the inventor of the Prescription Vending Machine, or “PVM,”, however, he is helping those in need, those who are in constant pain and are finding no lasting relief from traditional medicine. The concept is simple, the person who desires to purchase the medicinal marijuana, they must be registered in a computer database – which will verify their identity through fingerprint verification and a prepaid card with magnetic strip. After verification, an envelope with the marijuana drops down the slot. The machine is guarded at all times and is said to offer privacy and convenience, especially for those who are unsure of their purchase – but “need” to use it.

No matter the reason for its creation, it is still illegal. California is one the 12 states that accept medicinal marijuana, however it still leave the Feds with the authority to shut down these marijuana dispensing machines.

It is a controversy that can last forever, it may be helpful for those with various medical conditions – yet is abused by others, so who wins?

As I read about this I thought about things I wanted to be 16 so I could drive, once my birthday arrived it was no longer a big deal. Then I wanted to be 21 so I could go to clubs and drink – then I turned 21, and well you can guess what happened – it was no longer a big deal. So, is it possible the same effect occur with other things we see as “illegal?” After all what fun is it if we can get it with no problem and legally.