Robin Prosser, a Missoula woman who struggled for a quarter century to live with the pain of an immunosuppressive disorder, tried years ago to kill herself. Last week, she tried again. This time, she succeeded.
After her earlier attempt failed, Prosser wound up in even more trouble after investigating police found marijuana in her home. She used the marijuana to help cope with pain.
That marijuana charge was eventually dropped in an agreement with the city of Missoula, and Prosser had reason to rejoice in 2004 when Montanans passed a law allowing medical use of the drug.
She was a high-profile campaigner for the Montana Medical Marijuana Act, and like others, she was dismayed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that drug agents could still arrest sick people using marijuana, even in states that legalized its use.
I have had a couple drinks, so let’s be blunt (pardon the pun)- and this goes out to anyone, of any political persuasion, anywhere, who had a problem with this woman using marijuana to alleviate her pain (especially the alleged “conservative” federalists who can’t handle the thought of states making their own drug laws):
Go fuck yourself. To death.
I am tired of being patient with you nannies and your stupid self-serving rules and your slippery slopes and your bullshit and your need to be tough on crime and your earnest concerns about society. Mind your own business, get your own house in order, stop fucking interns and little boys and cheating on your wives and on your taxes and being found dead wearing two wetsuits with a dildo shoved up your ass. Just mind your own damned business, and let people do what they must to deal with their own screwed up lives, and let people handle their pain the best way they can.
I am sick of the bullshit. Life is hard for most people out there, and damned near impossible for people in chronic pain. Quit making it worse, you allegedly compassionate sons-of-bitches.
*** Update ***
If I could choose one person to force to run for office who would represent my views a portion of the time but would be fair when he didn’t, it would be James Joyner.
*** Update #2 ***
This woman is now dead, in large part, because of DEA behavior condoned and encouraged by compassionate conservative George Bush, who supported the rights of states to decide these things when he was running for President. As President, he allowed his Justice Department and his DEA to continue to menace people. Karl Rove probably decided it was better to go with the Christians than the middle, yet again.
Robin Prosser is dead, and George Bush doesn’t even know or probably care who she is, but his government had a hand in her passing.
I don’t know yet who I am supporting in 2008 for President, but something needs to be done about the current state of affairs in this country. The status quo in America is just not working for most Americans. That isn’t left-wing radicalism to recognize that. Across the board, this administration has pushed policies which are not only deeply unpopular with Americans, but bad for them. Stem-cell research immediately comes to mind. I don’t support government solutions to every problem, and never will, but I don’t think it is too much to ask for the government to at least do no harm.
Well, I didn’t think that was too much to ask until I realized what Bush and Cheney and their allies in Congress have done to this country. It is beyond time for them to grab their bibles and get the fuck out of the way.