It's often been said that Pennsylvania is actually two states, not one. These two states are:
1) Philadelphia, and
2) All the rest of Pennsylvania that ain't Philadelphia.
For the most part, Philadelphia views all the rest of Pennsylvania that ain't Philadelphia as composed of hayseeds in romantic love with the Second Amendment, and all the rest of Pennsylvania that ain't Philadelphia views Philadelphia as the world's foremost hotbed of sin, wickedness, and depravity.
Notwithstanding the failure of Philadelphia to live anywhere near up to its reputation when it comes to me, however, it seems that the world’s foremost hotbed of sin, wickedness, and depravity is poised to score a major victory over the rest of Pennsylvania. That is, over the rest of Pennsylvania that ain't it.
The legalization of Medical Marijuana is today being seriously considered in the state. Both of them!
Now my dope smoking days are rather solidly in the rear view mirror, but this bit of news coupled with the various aches, pains, and coronaries of modern Boomer life got me to thinking that it might not be half bad if certain objects in the rear view mirror turned out to be closer than they seem.
So I called my family doctor.
"Dr. Kropotkin! I can't believe I got you on the phone."
"Well, you know I'm very busy. Who is this?"
"This is your longstanding patient, Perry Block."
"OMG, I’m really, really busy, gotta go!"
"You know, Dr. Kropotkin, sometimes I wonder if you actually are that busy or if it's me."
"Mostly it's you. You have 30 seconds."
"Doctor, I understand medical marijuana may be coming to Pennsylvania soon."
"So they say. Twenty-five seconds left."
"Well, I want to get on your radar for some dope --- I mean medical marijuana --- when the time comes."
"Perry, I can't prescribe medical marijuana for no reason at all."
"No reason at all?!! I'm a virtual walking ER of symptoms!"
"My scoliosis. You know my spine is shaped like the piping under your kitchen sink."
"Perry, medical marijuana is not going to straighten your spine."
"I know, but the more I sit around contemplating the universe the less likely I am to care about it."
"Don't forget I have vitiligo. I have white patches all over my skin!"
"Perry, your dermatologist Dr. Joy Davis has advised me your case of vitiligo is not that bad."
"Not that bad? Cruella de Vil has been stalking me for my coat!"
"Everybody has eye floaters."
"Mine are the size of a Buick."
"Buicks are fashionable now. Look, over there, that guy getting out of one outside the nightclub: that's not your grandpa! Ten seconds."
"Very painful corns, Dr. Kropotkin."
"Go to the foot doctor and get them cut off."
"I'll never make it. You have to walk across a former Civil War battlefield to get to her office."
"Five seconds, and I'm free."
"Aren't you forgetting something very important, doctor?"
"For the sake of the medical profession, I hope not."
"My psychological problems: Rampant insecurity, aging angst, and my desire to return to the womb provided they put in a wet bar."
"Oh, crap! Okay, how many ounces do you need and what flavor do you prefer?"
"I'll leave that up to your professional judgment. And oh, Dr. Kropotkin?
"Could you also write me a script for a very nice bong and a psychedelic poster of Jimi Hendrix?"
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If you hated this post, I hope your doctor writes you a script for Medical Marijuana and it turns out to be oregano!