My brother and I were talking about marijuana the other day, and I was curious.
- I asked him what the difference was between medical and recreational marijuana? He laughed and told me that recreational marijuana was illegal.
I thought he was just throwing me off the subject, but I soon realized he wasn’t. Mom had been talking about medical marijuana and how important it was to have marijuana legalized in our state. Now that medical marijuana was legalized, everyone was purchasing it. After asking the difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana, I soon learned the answer. Basically, they were the same thing, but medical marijuana was legal and recreational is not legal. And… I couldn’t buy either. Either way, you had to be twenty-one to purchase medical or recreational marijuana, and I was only eighteen. If only medical marijuana was legalized, I had to have a medically documented reason for purchasing it. I thought about faking a seizure, but that was morally wrong. So many young people needed medical marijuana for epilepsy and I could never feel good about doing such a thing. I waited until I was twenty-one to even try marijuana. Maybe, in the next three years, they will legalize recreational marijuana and I won’t need to worry about the morality of using medical marijuana when it isn’t needed. When I realized I was even considering getting medical marijuana when I didn’t have any reason’ I was ashamed. I felt like I was trying to take someone from somebody who really needed it.