The Real on Medical Marijuana
By Mark Wunder | June 03, 2012 23:32:49 PM PDTWe live in a country in which 42% of Americans have tried marijuana at least once in their lives. Our nation also has nearly 1 million registered medical marijuana patients. Obviously cannabis is a recognized, viable and legitimate medicine - albeit not by the federal government. I can also say that despite the fact that I use cannabis to alleviate chronic and debilitating conditions - and believe me it greatly helps - I also just love to smoke marijuana.
There is this whole stigma associated with the medical marijuana industry that it has to be strictly for the medicine. I agree with this notion wholeheartedly, but letís not kid ourselves or anyone else. If youíre a medical marijuana patient, you enjoy medicating. Itís plain and simple. Despite the fact that I need medical cannabis to help with severe insomnia and depression, I also look forward to medicating each and every time I choose to do so.
As Iím sure weíre all aware, marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. This entails that it has no medicinal use and has a high potential for abuse. First of all, I donít need to point out the countless studies which have been done - many of them by the very government which scapegoats this wonderful medicine - on marijuana verifying it as a legitimate medication. Second of all, if you consider lighting up a few bowls and having many laughs and possibly a stomach ache abuse then I donít know what the world is coming to. Additionally, according to a federal Institute of Medicine study, less than 10% of those who experiment with cannabis ever qualify as ďdependentĒ on the substance. In sharp contrast with these numbers, 32% of tobacco users and 15% of alcohol users qualify as dependent. Lastly, of the few people who were admitted to drug rehab centers - most of them forced by sentences - only 45% were considered to qualify as someone who could benefit from treatment.
The point of this article is mainly that marijuana is absolutely a needed and viable medication, but yes we all enjoy puffing on this medicine whenever possible. Would you deny somebody their anti-depressants simply because they said that they made them feel good, even if they werenít abusing them? I didnít think so. So marijuana is recreational as well as medicinal. Whatís so bad about that?
lindzzz | Jul 12, 2011
I think that it is hard to say which side is right. I understand the viewpoint of those who see people abusing the system. There are a lot of people, especially in CA, who have their medical recommendations and do not really need it. But it is not fair to deny the rights of those that need it because of people who take advantage of current laws. There are always going to be people who do that, whether it is smoking marijuana or getting free money from the government. There are honest people who need this medicine, and there are those who lie to get it. Either way, we can't take away the rights of legitimate patients because of a few idiots.
Herb Lady | Jul 12, 2011
Action speaks louder than words and on that point history has revealed people have ingested marijuana for hundreds of centuries. There has to be a reason why so many smoke or rely on edibles to relieve pain and or stress. We have been designed to find this form of medicating relaxing and enjoyable. Its only been villianized to serve the purpose of idiots and greed mongers.
Kushie Q | Jul 13, 2011
Sure anyone who uses marijuana as a medicine enjoys the effects that is no doubt. But what about the fact that I enjoy a glass of wine once in a while. My cardiologist recommended a glass of red wine a day for the aid of my heart. But the world does not see that as a problem. It is just the ignorance of people and the years of brain washing by the government that marijuana is bad. It is just a plant not a toxic plant just a plant. Just like grapes are a plant. Needs to be placed in the same category. It has value, get over it world it has tremendous value. So what it is an enjoyable way to feel better. Is that a bad thing?
Guest | Aug 3, 2011
I agree, why make something that is completely natural and beneficial , seem like it's harmful? The governments of today are brainwashing us, feeding us facts that are not true, and making us believe that it's wrong to smoke weed. I've spoken to many people who are against weed, and no matter how much you give them the correct facts, the medicinal benefits of this plant, they refuse to accept it! Because of this brainwashing, many people have become ignorant, and are not open to information, and I think it's sad. Instead of using natural remedies, it's become a norm to use chemically and lab produced substances, which do more harm than good. All these ignorant people need a bit of weed to open and refresh their minds:)
Guest | Aug 20, 2011
i am a cancer patient and survivor.i live in texas so i cannot get it.it would have helped much if i had had it.im still in recovery and have complications.i was able to get some but here you feel like a criminal and the ignorance is pervasive.somebody help me.
Guest | Aug 20, 2011
i am a cancer sufferer and i live in texas.you know good ole texas where we cant legally get it.i had some during treatment but not enough.somebody help email@example.com for more of my story thanks
Guest | Aug 20, 2011
i am a cancer sufferer.squamos cell carcinoma in my colo rectal region.i live in texas and i cant get it.i have suffered and it would have helped.somebody help firstname.lastname@example.org