One of my biggest pet peeves is when famous people are featured in the media talking about how much they love marijuana, yet do nothing to help support marijuana reform. It’s great that they can smoke marijuana in freedom, but that’s simply not the case for most ordinary people. That’s why when Miley Cyrus lights up a joint and says something about marijuana on stage, I don’t write an article about it. I don’t care about how much marijuana Justin Beiber smokes on his jet plane, or what Rihanna is doing with a blunt while on vacation. Until those celebrities use their fame and resources to help others experience the freedoms that they do, I have no interest in their marijuana activities.
On the other hand, I love to support celebrities that truly fight for reform. One of those celebrities is Melissa Etheridge. Melissa Etheridge is a breast cancer survivor, and has done a lot for the movement as a spokesperson and supporter of medical marijuana. That support has been on display recently, as Melissa Etheridge has been fighting to help legalize medical marijuana in New York. Per Syracuse:
“As a cancer survivor, I know the ravages of a serious illness, and patients who are suffering deserve access to a medication that can provide them relief,” she said in a statement. “It’s time for leaders in Albany to listen to the people of New York and to show some compassion to those who are suffering needlessly; it’s time for them to pass the Compassionate Care Act.”
The battle to legalize medical marijuana in New York has been difficult. The New York Assembly passed the Compassionate Care Act earlier this year (which they have done in the past), but the bill is facing hurdles in the New York Senate. Things didn’t get easier this week, as New York’s Governor leaked a list of changes to the media of what has to be in the legislation in order for him to sign it. It’s not coincidence that the Governor released these demands so close to the end of the legislative session. Deep down he knows that the changes will likely derail the Compassionate Care Act, which is a shady political tactic at best.