After reading my blog post about using medical marijuana to control my back pain, I got an email from a longtime reader telling me that her husband suffered with pain for many years until his doctor suggested medical marijuana 12 years ago. Since they live in Colorado it was easy to get, and just like with me, it did wonders for him and he hasn’t had to revert back to the opioids the doctors had been prescribing for him. But they are concerned about the legalities of crossing state lines and into states that do not allow medical marijuana. She said they can’t even visit family in Nebraska without risking the possibility of jail time and wondered how we plan to address the problem when we visit family in Alabama or Arizona.
I replied that it is an issue we are going to have to figure out before our next road trip, and something we are concerned about as well. And at this point, I really don’t have an answer. It’s wrong that people should be considered criminals by crossing a state line because they use a natural product to control pain, but they can take their prescribed opioids with them.
It’s like traveling with firearms. If you are traveling through a state where gun laws are very restrictive you run the risk of being arrested. So you have to make a decision as to whether you are more concerned about your personal safety or your personal freedom if you are caught. There is no easy answer. One difference is that RVers probably don’t get stopped as often as people traveling in passenger cars might. But even in our motorhome we went through many Border Patrol checkpoints out west where they have dogs trained to detect narcotics. The never did a walk around our coach, but I guess it’s possible.
Speaking of traveling, the other day a friend of mine told me that they are staying in Airbnb’s on a trip they are taking. I got curious and started reading up a little bit about them, and they’re very intriguing. These are privately owned cottages, apartments, condos, or sometimes even a spare bedroom in somebody’s house that they rent out to travelers. In looking at the Airbnb website, I saw some very nice rentals available in many places we like to visit and for a lot less money than hotels. I think we may go that route on our next out-of-town trip. Have any of you used Airbnb? If so, what has your experience been like?
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of undone, the first book in my buddy Jason Deas’ new Burt Bigsley mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – As an adult I can go anywhere I please and do anything I want. Most of the time I just want to go home.