Medical marijuana is legal in 20 of the 50 US states. Florida however, is not one of them. But in our nation's capital it is legal, the Mayor of Washington DC even celebrated with the crowds and gave a speech on it the day it became legalized there. The way it works, each state, if put on a ballot, can vote for or against it's legalization for medicinal purposes. If approved, people with certain conditions can get a medical marijuana card to help their improve their ailments.
The Federal Government however views medical marijuana as illegal in total and will enforce laws, make arrests and hold people accountable for possession, growing and distribution even in the states that have legalized medicinal marijuana. The American Medical Association as well as several other top medical agencies, as you see in the video, have concrete evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana with very few side effects. It shrinks cancerous tumors, reduces nausea from chemotherapy, numbs chronic pain, calms anxiety and the list goes on. Only in young children and teens has research shown a link to onset of mental illness as to marijuana. Alcohol and tobacco kill millions of people, yet those substances are legal. People are addicted to those substances and sustain serious medical conditions, even death as a result of them.
Is marijuana addictive, sure, but anything be an addiction. Money and the greed that goes with it is an addiction. Work, love, food, sex, hoarding, criminal behavior, pornography, video games, internet and social media are addictions. Is it the governments greed and the pharmaceutical companies greed that do not see, or possibly refuse to see the benefits outweigh the risks associated with it's medicinal properties. They see them, but legalization would mean less money for them. They also see the legalized states getting out of debt, drops in the crime rate/violence and improved health of it's people.
Back in the days of the Mafia, Al Capone and Prohibition in Chicago, marijuana was legal. The government saw that they could not control the "Speakeasy" clubs, nor the amounts of alcohol that was being served at them, so they changed the law and alcohol was legalized so it could be controlled, regulated and taxed. Marijuana then was determined illegal. Well, the American War On Drugs is not winning, at least not on the streets and for the average person. The DARE programs were useless in attempts to educate our children about drugs and done away with. Oh, you're in pain, here is a script for Vicodin or Percocet. Ten uses is all it takes for your body to start to be addicted to the pills, then if used longer the addiction progresses and your body becomes dependent upon them. You then need them just to feel normal, avoid withdrawal and keep from getting physically ill and enduring excruciating pain. Man made substances carry more side effects and damage.
So it truly leaves one to wonder, what is the lesser of two evils. Thinking with a rational mind, what is the best recourse. What does more damage. What is better for the commonwealth of the people. What would happen to our debt, crime rate and health of those who could benefit from it. Look at the history with prohibition. "Change" was President Obama's first election motto. Maybe it's time we follow suit, speaking from an addiction perspective the pros outweigh the cons on his subject matter and scientific evidence backs it up.
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