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Shall We Legalize Medical Marijuana?

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According to a Pew Research  Poll, 52% of Americans are now in favor of legalization of marijuana.

Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

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English: Discount Medical Marijuana cannabis shop at 970 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado.

I’m giving this a second look.

My experience with marijuana is admittedly limited to talking with patients in extreme pain who have found relief after exhausting other options. They never expected to try marijuana. In painful desperation they traveled to a state where it was legal to try it.

The State of Colorado decided there was a place for medical marijuana in 2000. Here is the essence of Colorado’s Law:

Medical Marijuana Possession Law*

A patient or their primary caregiver may legally possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana, and no more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana.  Patients may engage in the medical use of marijuana, with no more than is medically necessary to address a debilitating medical condition.

But, the law has been abused. Friends in Colorado have told me that it’s fairly easy to get a doctor’s prescription for marijuana even if you’re not suffering.

Is there a place for medical marijuana in our society despite the possibility of abuse?

What place might the big drug company lobbyists have in preventing Marijuana from becoming a legal option?  Many of the drugs used for pain are addictive and have serious side effects but do very little to ease extreme suffering. Is marijuana any more dangerously addictive than these drugs? Is it more dangerous to the human organs? I doubt it.

Does it affect drivers any more than any other strong pain medications?

Could we regulate Driving Under the Influence (of Marijuana) as we do DUI (Alcohol)?

Would you be comfortable if our Government legalized marijuana for everyone, should it remain a criminal offense or be allowed for medical use only?

What do you think?

Please answer directly on this blog, not on Facebook.

Thanks.

*http://www.coloradomedicalmarijuana.com/medical-marijuana-legalization.htm

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