I first moved to Los Alamos in 1943 during the height of World War II. The word “Cannaibis” was unknown to the majority of these pioneer residents at that time, and far less known to the younger population.
As we matured we discovered “beer” in our teens, and found an outlet to illegally purchase this alcoholic beverage. Yes, we got high at times, and never heard the term that this was the “gateway” to harder liquor or even the possibility of becoming an alcoholic. But we knew it was “AGAINST” the law to consume such being under the age of 21.
In high school we heard the word “Marijuana”, but we also knew it was strictly used by those of less education, or social standings as it was AGAINST at the law. We knew those who used this substance, and kept our distance from them as they continued to pursue many into purchasing in hopes that the “high” would outweigh the negative reaction to the use of such.
The majority of my classmates in the class of 1955, sixty-six years ago, continued our own clean journey and destiny without the use of a momentary artificial high as living a natural and selective normal future would enhance our journeys. Although many of my classmates have passed on, I commend each and everyone remaining true to themselves and family.
In 2013 I experienced a life changing traumatic experience when I was hit by a car and lost my right leg above the knee. I joined an amputee support group that helped me crawl back to my former self, but not completely. During this time, and to the present, I suffer greatly from what is known as Phantom Pain, which is a common excruciating and painful condition for most amputees. During our monthly support sessions we share our own private grievance for support from others, and in some of these discussions Phantom Pain continues as one of importance and commonality.
Some of my support group members spoke about the use of Cannabis either by smoking or digesting. I also became aware of a group of doctors who could provide a legal medical prescription to obtain this relief. I was totally against the use of such as my amputee physician strongly suggested the use of a prescribed medication in pill form, which would elevate the pain.
I spoke with numerous amputees who suffer from Phantom Pain, and the majority are against the use of Cannabis as there are other safer and proven options available.
I am aware that just north of you, in Colorado, one can purchase Cannabis. I am also aware of a group who invested several millions into the dispensing of this to be used as medical assistance for Phantom Pain. They have not stopped laughing all the way to the bank as they paid off their initial kick-off loan quickly, and the rest has been “easy money”. What has the community gotten from this? Nothing.
During the 60’s there was a Federal Program called The War On Poverty. It was not successful only because the middle personnel who were awarded the federal grants to eliminate poverty used the federal funds to paint the court house, purchase new fire trucks, build hospitals, and etc. The poor remained poor simply because the cream was skimmed off the top well before it got to them.
The ones who will profit handsomely by the Los Alamos County granting approval for this to happen will be the ones who are in it for the profit and themselves. Los Alamos has a worldwide reputation for being intelligent so I suggest you act as such.