Drew Carey Defends Medical Marijuana Online
"I think it's clear by now that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana. People who need it should be able to get it—safely and easily."
DREW CAREY DEFENDS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ONLINE
by Sandy Cohen (AP Entertainment Writer)
with additional commentary by Kentroversy
The reasons why marijuana is forbidden through the blinded eyes of our fascist government, is really quite simple. This is an issue with which I have some personal experience. In July 1994, I had been run down by a drunk driver as I attempted to walk my dog home from a late afternoon swim at Lake Erie beach, near where I lived at the time. The resultant injuries left me with THREE CRUSHED vertebrae in my lower back -- Lumbar # 3, 4, and 5.
I am taking prescription (big pharmaceutical corporations) painkillers, which has been Morphine. It is the only thing that works. The amount that I take, is FOUR TIMES THE STATED FATAL DOSAGE! I have been taking this for about thirteen years now, when I finally was able to hook up with a pain management specialist, who I must see once per month for refills of my prescriptions.
One of the major problems is that I also get these muscle spasms, which are quite intense and very painful and most distracting -- especially when I am trying to get some writing done. These spasms are so intense that they literally take away my breath -- they are THAT powerful.
There is this drug called MARINOL, which I am able to get as a prescription. It is a liquid THC compound, suspended in a sesame seed oil. Each 10 mg. pill is the equivalent to one joint (marijuana cigarette). With the price of street weed being what it is, I can roll a joint for about two dollars or maybe three, I am guessing -- as I never really sat down to calculate it.
However, as soon as that new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan went into effect on January 1, 2006 -- the company that makes MARINOL took it upon themselves to jack up the price from $7 per capsule, to the current cost of $20 per 10 mg. capsule! A frigging rip-off! True, while my presciption drug rider on my medical insurance pays for this -- a 90 pill prescription is $1800 per month, for an annual expense of $21,600!
This is outrageous!
I should be able to go to a pharmacy like the one Drew Carey shows in the video below and get what I need, and forego the Solvay Pharmaceuticals monthly RAPE of the medical insurance industry.
There is one other reason why the federal government HATES marijuana ...
It is because it promotes relaxation and spiritual ascension, as well. People act like assholes when they are drunk on alcohol -- but are quiet, peaceful, and thoughtful when they smoke marijuana. I have had some pretty amazing conversations while 'HIGH' and have been told that whenever I was drunk, I acted like a fool.
I have noticed a long time ago that any substance that is HARMFUL in even the smallest ways remain ubiquitous and available practically everywhere -- cigarettes filled with nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and even chocolate can be purchased at virtually any store around my home. But, any substance that promotes intellect, peacefulness, and quiet conversation -- well those substances carry the STIFFEST PENALTIES OF ALL -- such as marijuana, mushrooms, ayahuasca, and a few others remain unavailable and I use them under the threat of arrest and incarceration. Plus, the federal fascists can seize all my assets as a drug seizure, without probable cause or even proof beforehand.
And, THIS happens in an alleged FREE COUNTRY as the USA is supposed to be?!
Here is the video on Medical Marijuana that Drew Carey filmed for the REASON FOUNDATION (see link below):
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bob Barker famously closed each episode of "The Price Is Right" with a pitch to spay and neuter pets. His successor is taking a stand on a more controversial subject: marijuana. Drew Carey won't tout toking up on "Price," but he defends the use of medical marijuana in a video posted online Thursday on Reason.tv.
"Smell that smell," the 49-year-old comedian says as he walks into a Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary. "That's the smell of freedom."
The video is one of 20 Carey will host for the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit educational group whose ideas "some people call libertarian" and whose mission is to "advance freedom," said president David Nott.
Carey offered to produce brief documentaries on topics ranging from traffic congestion to immigration for the foundation's Web site, Nott said.
"Drew Carey connects with regular people. ... He has a regular guy's look at things, and that's why this seems like a great thing," he said. "We're interested in freedom across the spectrum, and good journalism about these subjects is important in the world of ideas."
It's Carey's everyman appeal that likely helped him land the coveted job as host of "The Price Is Right." But executives from CBS and Fremantle Media, which produces "Price," had no comment Thursday about Carey's extracurricular work.
Carey also declined to comment Thursday, but he's not shy about his position on medical marijuana.
"I think it's clear by now that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana," Carey says in the video. "People who need it should be able to get it—safely and easily."
Though medical marijuana might be controversial, media experts and fans of "The Price Is Right" said Carey's political punditry will have little, if any, effect on the stalwart show or the comedian's career.
"Twenty years ago, this would have been career suicide," said longtime celebrity publicist Michael Levine. "But in the early part of the 21st century, a guy like Drew Carey can come out with his position, and it will not injure him."
Shawn Wells, a 32-year-old office worker from Taylorville, Ill., who has identified himself online as a "Price is Right" fan, said in a telephone interview that Carey's political self-expression is "not going to impact me whatsoever."
"In this day and age, where everything is electronic, everybody knows everything about everyone," he said. "Twenty years ago, Drew Carey could have had the same views and nobody would have known or thought anything of it."
Older "Price" viewers could be turned off by Carey's politics, Wells said, "but I don't think it will make a huge difference."
Since Carey is so new to "Price," he's taking a risk speaking out on such a controversial topic, said Bonnie Diczhazy, who runs a "Price Is Right" fan site. People naturally connect him with the show, said Diczhazy, a 38-year-old artist from Cleveland.
But his outspokenness could also earn him new fans.
"The younger generation could learn something," she said, adding that the medical-marijuana video "doesn't affect whether or not I watch the show at all."
"'Price Is Right' is an icon in and of itself," she said. "I don't think (Carey's videos) would stop people from watching."
Carey's mini-documentaries will appear every two weeks through the end of the year on Reason.tv, Nott said. Future topics include eminent domain, school choice and immigration.
Meanwhile, "The Price Is Right" host will continue to close daily episodes with Barker's traditional spay-and-neuter refrain.
© 2007 Kentroversy Papers
All rights reserved. Used with permission.
The following sources were used in the creation of this Kentroversy Paper ...
American Drug War: The Last White Hope (A Kevin Booth Documentary) (2007)
Carey Defends Medical Marijuana Online (November 2, 2007)
Drew Carey Medical Marijuana Video (11 mins.)
Solvay Pharmaceuticals MARINOL Website
Kentspiracy Kronicles Newsletter
"The Smell of Freedom"