“Not In My Backyard”

NIC is dedicated to creating, understanding, protecting, and the sharing of information; and developing a community of educated citizens that can apply their knowledge to the reemerging cannabis environment.

“Not In My Backyard”, what does that mean?

When voters repeatedly supported pro-marijuana questions over the past 18 years and medical legislation in 2012 there was no disclaimer that it was supported for “other people”. These voters supported it for themselves, their neighbors, their families, and their friends. Did they support it only in concept, “people should have medical marijuana, but I don’t want to know how they get it.”? Did they not expect the government would actually do the job the voters instructed them to do? (A legitimate argument.) Do they want their sick neighbors to leave town for their medicine? Did they want to keep a medical product relegated only to the black market? 

I wonder why there aren’t town zoning meetings for liquor stores, bars, or pharmacies… all places where adults and patients can go to get things that either only adults can get or dangerous drugs that doctors have recommended? Are these folks afraid of patients? If we have a medical marijuana dispensary all the sick people will come around and… and what? Be in less pain? Eat at local restaurants? Shop in your neighborhoods? These are all people who have been to a doctor and specialist, who have proven to have an ongoing chronic illness. It costs upwards of $200 for patients to see medical marijuana recommending doctors and it is not covered by insurance.

Those who choose to stay on the black market are not going to be buying medical grade cannabis for resale, because it will be too expensive to move. Opening a dispensary in your town may encourage more people who use cannabis to get their medical marijuana recommendation so they can stop having to shop on the black market and can go to a clean, well-lit environment with tested and safe products. This will drive down black market cannabis sales. Driving down black market cannabis sales means less youth have access, it means dealers no longer have access to push customers for the next harder drug. 

Not in my backyard. It sounds like someone saying they won’t help their neighbors. The people who are closest to them, the people who they see every day. Are these really the people you want to avoid helping, these people who now have to travel to other towns? What about the difficulties are you creating for the person who is in a wheelchair or with limited mobility? It says “I care, only as far as I don’t have to deal with you or see you”; “I care, but not really enough to support the action necessary”. It is hypocritical. 

What if it becomes you? What happens if you become so sick that you need to get a recommendation for medical marijuana? If it is your mother, you brother, or your child; should they have to travel far away to have access to the medicine that is helping and healing him? When you think to yourself, "Not in my backyard.", think about the people who you know who are near you that are sick, think about your elderly family members who could benefit, would it not be better for them to have the same access to cannabis as they do their heart drugs or insulin? 

Supporting medical marijuana includes supporting the patients, local businesses and your neighbors. They come as a package and you cannot pick and choose what parts you actually support.