RT Question More published an article on the outrageous action taken by the Massachusetts State Police and the National Guard to seize a cannabis plant from an 81-year-old lady.
Margaret Holcomb, 81, grew a single marijuana plant in her back yard to self-medicate her glaucoma and arthritis. She didn’t obtain a medical marijuana card, as she couldn’t find a doctor to sign it off, and besides, travelling to a dispensary in the next town to buy marijuana grown by someone else would cost a lot, she explained.
The law in Massachusetts allows patients to grow as many marijuana plants as they need for medicinal use as long as they have a medical marijuana license.
SWAT team hits granny’s garden
The “operation marijuana eradication” of the single plant from granny Holcomb’s property involved the Massachusetts State Police and the National Guard, a helicopter, several vehicles and a handful of troopers.
The incident lead to endless social media comments such as; “Your tax dollars at work”, “one plant as legal as lettuce”, and “I sure do feel safer now that thousands of dollars were spent destroying an elderly woman’s cannabis.”
Spokesperson of the State police, David Procopio, explained the authorities seized 43 plants from various properties in the same operation. Some properties netted two plants, and the major bust of the day involved 20 plants. None of the property owners were charged.
Massachusetts received $60,000 for marijuana eradication efforts from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The goal stated is to “halt the spread of cannabis cultivation in the United States.”
Lawmakers are questioning the $18 million federal program to pull out plants, as an increasing number of states have decided to legalize recreational marijuana.
Another statement by a DEA officer, which caused hysteria on social media platforms, was the cannabis eradication team testimony that a medical marijuana law could lead to an “epidemic of stoned rabbits” and other animals. The social media storm included comments saying “DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana. Who will think of the bunnies?”
Let us get back to granny Holcomb’s arthritis; a light-hearted yet, scientific article by the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals back in 2011 was titled “Joints for Joints.”
Arthur Kavanaugh, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego argued for the “pro” side saying cannabis has been used as a medicine for nearly 5,000 years, has few side effects, eased pain from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and might even reduce inflammation. The “con” side was the problem of dosing and quality control, and well-controlled research. Kavanaugh argued these types of carefully controlled trials had not been conducted on aspirin, either.
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It is safe to say granny Holcomb could have used CBD oil for arthritis and glaucoma and stayed out of sight and trouble with the National Guard and State Police. Then again she might be the kind of granny who doesn’t mind a rough and tumble with the authorities every now and then. Her son said the authorities would file no criminal charges as long as he didn’t cause trouble or demand a warrant.