What is the problem with Medical Marijuana? Why must we battle for such an innocuous herb to be legalized? Was there a battle against Big Pharma when they introduced the plethora of drugs containing narcotics in the last five decades? -I don’t recall. One does not see protesting against pharmaceuticals made from far more dangerous substances, opiates and methamphetamines. One does not hear speak of legislators creating laws to ban such substances that have, time and time again, killed, or put people in emergency rooms across the nation (CDC: Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States).
We did not see this case argued when Ritalin was administered to children in the early 90’s, and still today (possibly under a different name). I was a part of that, it was a reasonable remedy.
I wonder if anyone at this round table meeting mentioned concerns relating to abuse of currently legalized substances.
Marijuana is a plant that can be grown locally, taxed locally, and administered/regulated locally, in a positive way. The assumed pros outweigh the cons; economic benefits, patient benefits, offering alternative options to help patients attain the level of comfort deserved, in their unique and individual cases.
Why should the government allow one type of treatment and shun another? Let’s take a hint from Washington and Colorado. Let’s take a hint from patients. The benefits of legalizing Marijuana are visible, and vast. The country allows cigarettes, guns, prescription pills, and alcohol to be sold, with little question. The war on drugs is over, apparently, yet we argue against facts.
What is the difference?