I’m tired of waiting.
ABC interviewed us in April. They were going to run a story about Alex’s situation, and it was going to be aired nationally, not just locally. I wasn’t going to say anything here until we had an air date.
But I’m tired of waiting.
I don’t know what happened. Maybe somebody got scared by the controversial situation, maybe our interview didn’t give them the sound byte they needed, maybe they just legitimately haven’t had time to get it fully production-ready. I don’t really care at this point. I don’t even know if I want the story to air now.
One problem with not airing quickly is that things change so fast. At the time, I felt that a lot of blame lie on the state for not having good information about medical marijuana and for not enforcing its medical marijuana laws in the group home Alex lives. I also felt that we needed better medical laws, and that legalization, though important, wasn’t the most pressing matter to me.
Today I still blame the state for a lot of the information aspects, but I realize why the home won’t dose Alex. The recent raids in California have shown that the feds will put all kinds of pressure anywhere they want without regard for the patients in need. Because some people are abusing a system, they’ll use that as the excuse they needed to shut it down for everybody.
Also, because of these events, I no longer believe in medical marijuana legislation. We either fully legalize or keep letting the government decide everything for us. Who is sick enough to get medical cannabis? Who provides it? Novartis? Pfizer? Perhaps both… but I am willing to bet it won’t be something we’re allowed to grow ourselves.
So even if they do air Alex’s story, my current state of mind will not be represented.
The Discovery Channel, on the other hand, is taking the controversial stories ABC won’t. They aired Weed Wars recently, and I discovered it just featured a father giving his child medical marijuana for seizures. Bravo to Discovery for taking on such a controversial subject!
I wish it were Alex’s story, of course, but it’s still a great way to get people to understand that cannabis is a really good thing. I want people to see the good in cannabis, and then see Alex’s situation, because I want people to see that prohibition is doing harm to children like Alex. What if cannabis could help all the kids with self-injurious behaviors? What an impact that could have on the lives of tortured parents.
I don’t know how the rest of Weed Wars will play out, but I think it’s a big step for the network to take, and I applaud them.