Medical pot advocate blowing smoke |

Medical pot advocate blowing smoke

Column by Claire Fortier

He’s hardly the stereotypical crusauder of the sick and the dying. Unkempt

dreadlocks frame his boy-next-door face as he reads a statement to his

public – a small gathering of supporters clutching signs with such messages

as “Hang in there, Matt.”

“I am trying to set precendents,” says Matt Macosko. “I see people hurting

in this town and everywhere, and I try to help them.”

Macosko, according to Macosko, has one humble mission in life. He wants to

make sure all those in pain or under the weather have a nice big bud of

marijuana to ease their discomfort.

This might be a noble cause, on par with Edward Jenner’s correlation between

cowpox and immunity to small pox or Linus Pauling’s theory that megadoses of

Vitamin C keeps cancer away. These controversial theories are now medical

mainstream, but that didn’t happen without a fight.

And that’s where Macosko comes in, or so he would have us believe. Through

his Tahoe Healing Caregivers, he is trying to provided medical marijuana to

those in need on the South Shore.

However, Macosko has none of the scientific or medical background of Jenner

and Pauling that would allow him to tout the healing value of Humboldt’s finest. Nor

does he face the same kinds of regulations for quality that cannabis clubs in

San Francisco and Oakland. In fact, does Macosko even have a business


For his altruistic efforts, Macosko takes donations. Apparently many believe

in his cause, as he was arrested with more than $10,000 in his pocket – a

tidy sum for his selfless efforts.

Macosko was arrested for trying to send a quarter of a pound of marijuana

through the mail to Kentucky. Macosko said he is setting precedent because

California’s laws on medicinal marijuana are unclear when it comes to

mailing dope out of state.

Gimme a break. The only precedent Macosko is setting is the B.S. level

tolerated by the court system.

The issue here isn’t whether or not marijuana should be legalized. Marijuana

probably should have been legalized decades ago. After all, it is a far less

addicting or lethal a drug than cigarettes and alcohol.

The issue is whether a person can fluent illegal drug sales under the guise

of medicinal marijuana.

Macosko is hardly a hero. He is simply a entreprenuer with a good line of

B.S. sprinkled with T.H.C.

Or as his godmother, Stevie Kiss, says, “Matt has made it possible for

everyone in Lake Tahoe to be medicated.”

Give ’em shelter

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society finally opened its animal shelter. Hurrah!

The board and volunteers must be proud. It’s taken more than five years and

lots of work to get to the point where unwanted dogs and cats on the South Shore

can be rescued without a death sentence hanging over them.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune has written critical articles about the Humane

Society and has gotten some nasty responses from supporters for attempting to learn about into the Humane Society’s finances. But the Tribune’s

bottom line was always that the Humane Society was responsible for doing

what it promised contributors and sponsors – to reopen the animal shelter.

The Humane Society came through on its promise. The Tribune wishes the

Society the best of luck with its new and worthwhile venture.

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