Late Thursday night I invented a new game, which I'm calling
On Friday we built a prototype, and Kristin and I have been playtesting
it ever since. And it's great! We like it so much in fact, that
we've decided to make it our Universal
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most traffic for our website, and we'll mail you a free copy
when we start giving them to friends and family for Xmas this
year. Check out the Wunderland
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If you've spent much time at this site,
you probably know that I am opposed to marijuana prohibition.
Given this, many of my readers probably assume that I'm just
a dedicated stoner who wants to get high. Well, it is true that
I've tried marijuana and found it to be a better drug than alcohol,
and as long as the one is legal for use by adults, I can see
no reason why the other should not be. Cannabis is clearly no
more dangerous than cigarettes or alcohol; I believe it should
be regulated and taxed in the same manner.
However, my primary reason for caring about this issue as much
as I do is because of Kristin. My wonderful wife suffers from
terrible migraine headaches. They are triggered by perfume, especially
men's cologne, which means that every time she goes out in public
she runs the risk of encountering someone slathered in cologne
and ending up with a pounding migraine. This allergy is so severe
that just picking up a magazine with one of those stinky perfume
ads can trigger one of her headaches.
For those of you without much knowledge of migraines, they aren't
like regular headaches. Migraines are far more debilitating,
last much longer (as long as 3 days in Kristin's case), and do
not respond to traditional headache medications like Aspirin
or Tylenol. In her 15 year struggle with them, Kristin has tried
numerous therapies, including a wide range of prescription drugs
and special dietary programs. Few treatments have been able to
do more than merely mask a migraine temporarily, and most have
unpleasant side effects.
Anyone who says that marijuana has no useful medical value
is either ill-informed or lying. Fact is, cannabis
is useful in treating a variety of aliments, one of which
is the migraine headache. It's one of only 2 drugs Kristin has
tried that can actually get rid of one of her migraines. The
other is DHE, a prescription drug that can only be administered
by inter-muscular injection with a big scary needle. Both drugs
have risks and side effects, but there is simply no question
that Kristin would benefit from being able to make use of marijuana
as treatment for her migraines. But of course, under our current
laws, she cannot.
Every time I see my wife suffering with a migraine, I curse the
perfume industry for causing it, and the War on Drugs for standing
in the way of a treatment that can stop her suffering. Of course,
I cannot put the perfume industry out of business, but I can
campaign to change our inhumane marijuana laws. This is why I
fight so passionately for this cause.
It is outrageous and inexcusable than truly dangerous drugs like
cocaine can legally be prescribed by doctors, yet marijuana is
forbidden even for use by dying AIDS and cancer patients.
This Tuesday is election day. If you live in one of the states
that has a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot this year,
I urge you to cast a vote for compassion, instead of drug war