Dianne Feinstein’s “Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009″ – A Solution in Search of a Problem That Doesn’t Exist
Dianne Feinstein’s “Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009″ (AKA: The Brownie Bill) is a classic Trojan horse bill. It’s also a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist. It claims to be protecting children from medical marijuana products but children already have zero access to medical marijuana products. Most adults have zero access to medical marijuana products as well. You can’t even enter a dispensary to browse without a medical marijuana card. So children cannot get their marijuana from a dispensary. It’s simply impossible.
The truth is children get their marijuana from other children at school. This is where kids have unrestricted access to not only marijuana but meth, cocaine, and heroin. It’s completely underground and unregulated marketplace.
So the brownie bill will do nothing to constrict children’s access to marijuana, which they access illegally and unrestricted on the street, but it will restrict sick adults from accessing good tasting medical marijuana in a form that doesn’t require smoking.
Medical marijuana has two delivery devices – smoking and eating. Many patients cannot or should not smoke. Smoking anything harms the lungs. If you’re already suffering from emphysema, or lung cancer, the last thing you need is more smoke. This is true for all medical conditions. Smoking harms the body. So many choose to eat their medicine rather than smoke it for very good health reasons.
Medical marijuana edibles, also known as medibles, are either savory or sweet. Savory products would include things like lasagna or stews. The trouble with savories is the limited shelf life. You can’t keep lasagna in the cabinet for a week. On the other hand, sweet products have a very long shelf life, don’t require refrigeration, and mask the flavors of the medical marijuana well. This is why most medibles are sweet.
The brownie bill indiscriminately targets the sweet medibles.
As pointed out, children do not have access to medical marijuana. It’s as tightly controlled as any prescription medicine, even more so. So why will the brownie bill only hurt adults?
The brownie bill creates two conditions that will result in triple fines or imprisonment. One, the product must be a candy. However, what is considered a candy is not defined. Is a cookie a candy? How about, soda, cinnamon rolls, or gum? Is it the sugar content that makes it candy? If so, what about sugar free items? We don’t know.
It’s also biologically and historically inaccurate to call candy a children’s product. The ability to detect sweets is part of our DNA. All humans are designed to seek out sweet flavors as they indicate that a food has a high energy component. All nations and cultures have signature desserts and treats that are part of their heritage. The market for dark chocolate alone, which is considered a more refined and adult pleasure, is over 5 billion dollars a year. So it’s clear that while children enjoy sweets, so does every human being on the planet. Enjoyment of sweets is not unique to children.
Secondly the manufacturer or seller must be knowingly targeting children. How do we define targeting? Is merely being sweet automatically mean the product is targeting children? Is it the packaging, the names, or the flavors? Since medical marijuana products are only sold in dispensaries to qualified adults, no one is currently targeting children or plans to. These are restricted adult-only medications, as they should be.
So why write a bill that addresses a non-existent problem with ill defined conditions such as” intent” and “candy”.
It’s my belief that the true purpose of the law is create fear and confusion among medible producers who are legally producing ingestible medical marijuana medications for sick adults. This law casts such a wide and poorly defined net that the result will be an abandonment of the medibles market by legitimate manufacturers. The risks will be too high. Very few will be willing to risk bankrupting their business defending their products in court no matter how righteous their cause. Being vindicated, but broke, after a two year trial spearheaded by an overzealous prosecutor is hardly a victory. It is a waste of everyone’s time and resources, and a direct attack on the will of the voters that clearly believe that adults have a right to medical marijuana.
Feinstein’s true intent is to create a back door attack on a legally protected industry as approved by voters in 14 states. Feinstein’s stance is clear. Adults should not enjoy safe, gentle, good tasting medication and instead be forced to smoke their medicine regardless of the harm done to their bodies.
The brownie bill is a cruel attack on cancer patients and those suffering from debilitating diseases, deceptive in its intend, and will do nothing to stop children from accessing drugs.