It feels like a lifetime ago when I first came across the saying, “life doesn’t provide warranties and guarantees; it only provides possibilities and opportunities for those who dare to make the best use of it” and I hardly thought at the time that I could ever use it in my writing until I read an article title about the republican congressman using medical marijuana while in office.
Medical marijuana is a legalized remedy in some states of the US, however, it is still against federal laws to partake in its use. A law maker as one would expect is fully aware of this but life doesn’t provide any guarantees on health, and disease knows no title or position.
Which Congressman you ask?!
Dana Rohrabacher, a GOP congressman from California, has been on the opposite side of the quote and realized life provides no warranties and guarantees. After decades as a surfer, the good congressman from California suffers from an immense amount of pain in his shoulders, a disease that is known in the medical field as arthritis.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint(s) causing pain, swelling, stiffness and/or disability. And for some time now, Congressman Rohrabacher has lived with unimaginable pain that has cost him a good night’s sleep.
The congressman has been proponent for legalizing medical marijuana across all the states and having served as an author of last year’s successful amendment to federal law, that keeps the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prosecute marijuana operations in states where the drug is legal. I say he was brilliant enough to realize that despite the lack of warranties and guarantees, life provides possibilities and opportunities.
And He Dared
Recognizing the possibilities and opportunities life provides through the miracle plant as a medicine that conquers all ailments and surpasses the borders of conventional medicine derived from science, Congressman Rohrabacher partook in its consumption to save himself the excessive pain and this would have been ironical if he were an opponent to the legalization of medical marijuana. At this point I would be saying what goes around comes back around but I guess he got one over me.
The congressman was quoted saying “I tried it about two weeks ago. And it’s the first time in a year and a half that I’ve had a decent night’s sleep, because the arthritis pain was gone.”
Medical marijuana in the state of California
Marijuana in the state of California is legal for both medical and recreational purposes. The state first legalized marijuana in the year 1996, making it the first state to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes opening the doors for the revolution now evident in many states in the country. As such, its use by the congressman is no crime despite federal law still maintaining marijuana under the status of a schedule 1 implying “no currently accepted medical use”.
If the congressman’s relief from pain is any indication, then truly life provides opportunities and possibilities for those that dare to make best use of it.