While Greeley and other cities debate medical marijuana, a bizarre case east of Greeley last weekend may fuel arguments about the issue.So Dustin the drug dealer wigs out, and shows us several things wrong with the whole "drugs should be legal, dude" argument.
The incident took place last Friday near Dearfield on U.S. 34, about 30 miles east of Greeley. According to arrest reports, a naked man hit and damaged vehicles, walked over the top of one car and spit on a state trooper.
The suspect, Dustin Robbins, 27, of Westminster, told sheriff's deputies he grows medical marijuana and sells it to people who have prescriptions for the drug.
The numerous charges to be filed against Robbins include five counts of indecent exposure, assault on a police officer, driving while under the influence of marijuana, two counts of harassment and reckless driving.
The incident began about 5 p.m. Friday, when Robbins was driving west on the highway and a witness reported his car was swerving into the path of oncoming vehicles, then swerving back out of the way.
When Robbins stopped his car and got out, a witness said he was shirtless and his pants were down around his ankles. He pulled his pants completely off, then stood naked in the middle of the highway, cursing at passing cars and hitting some of them with his fists.
This created a traffic jam, according to witnesses. Two Greeley women in their 70s and 80s later told deputies that a naked man ran at their car, jumped on the hood and broke the windows with his fists and feet, then walked over the roof, down over the trunk and ran away. Damage to the car was estimated at $1,200.
When the drivers called police, the first to arrive was a Colorado State Patrol trooper, who arrested Robbins. It was then that Robbins spit in the trooper's face, according to reports. That resulted in the assault charge.
Deputies who searched Robbins' car said they found 4 ounces of marijuana and a notebook containing certificates for medicinal marijuana. The notebook listed Robbins as the “caretaker” for his customers, who had prescriptions for medicinal marijuana. Deputies did not find a license for dispensing medicinal marijuana.
A test of Robbins' blood at the hospital indicated he was under the influence of marijuana. He remains in the Weld County Jail with a bond set at $50,000.
First we have that fact that typical "medical marijuana" users in places where it has been legalized by gullible voters seems to be mainly young males in their twenties who have no significant medical history aside from some questionable "skateboarding injury" that they claim left them with permanent pain that can't be cured with by treatment except smoking lots of marijuana. It's not old people suffering from terminal cancer or anything like the proponents claimed it was to be legalized to treat--no, it's now being prescribed almost exclusively to otherwise able-bodies young people who--surprisingly--all smoked tons of weed before showing up at the offices of one of a number of doctors who are known in the doper community to give out prescriptions for weed to anyone who asks. The ones that I've met or otherwise observed all seem to do just fine in day to day life. They ride bikes or skateboards, drive cars, some even hold down the sort of dead-end jobs that potheads typically work. In short, they rarely exhibit any of that "severe pain" that they claim to be living with every day...unless someone questions their drug use, that is. Even high school students are using it as an excuse to bring dope to school. It's a scam and a fraud and it's obvious to most people these days.
That aside, even if it weren't a fraud and the only ones authorized to buy and smoke this recreational drug legally were people with actual terminal pain-management issues, we'd still be looking at a situation where people who need the drug have to get it from people like Dustin here--people who aren't otherwise trustworthy and who grow and sell an alleged "medicine" with no tests for purity or potency or safety whatsoever. That's like walking into a pharmacy to get heart medicine and buying unmarked pills from the pocket of some drunk in the parking lot instead of having a licensed pharmacist give you the exact dosage of a medicine that has been tested to ensure that it is both safe and effective and consistent from lot to lot. A so-called "medical treatment" that relies on whatever someone like Dustin carries around in baggies in his socks or down his pants can't be credibly claim any shred of legitimacy.
So I think that it's time that we either put an end to this charade of "medical marijuana" once and for all or institute real controls over who can get it and where they can get it from.
In every state that has agreed to legalize it, the doper community has trotted out the same dozen or so "professional patients" who are supposedly suffering from terminal cases of whatever. They get up and tearfully describe their pain and talk about how no real medicine or treatment makes it go away but weed makes them feel better, and when the legislators or voters agree to make it legal to help these pathetic sideshow phonies, suddenly every third burnout under the age of thirty shows up at a doctor's office claiming to have fallen down or been in a car accident and insisting that the doctor give them what is really nothing more than a hall pass allowing them to possess and smoke as much marijuana as they choose, whenever they choose to smoke it. Drug use goes up, and people like Dustin profit.
So let's end the scam and repeal the laws that allow marijuana for medical use. It's nothing more than a dishonest effort to circumvent laws that the potheads have no intention of obeying anyway, so really all they want us to do is exempt them from the penalties that go along with their choice to break the law. That I can't agree with. We live in a great country that we all govern collectively, and it was set up to allow us to make our own laws, and change them or repeal them if we didn't like them. That said, we can obey the laws, or we can change the laws, but if we start allowing people to just ignore the laws, or dishonestly circumvent them, then it undermines the entire foundation that our legal system is based upon.
So in the name of honesty, and to preserve the integrity of our representative democracy, let's get back to banning the drug for everyone until our society agrees to make it legal for everyone.