There has been much brouhaha about the medicinal uses of marijuana or cannabis; on the one side we have proponents of the move who swear by the medicinal benefits that this drug can bring to people who suffer from chronic pain, loss of appetite, nervous disorders and mental illnesses, and on the other, we see law enforcement officers and officials questioning the right of people to possess this drug because of the potential for abuse.
Medical marijuana has mostly been leveraged as a way to manage the pain that is a constant part of chronic illnesses like cancer, to increase the appetite of cancer patients, cure alcoholism, calm patients with nervous disorders, and treat patients with a family history of degenerative brain diseases. It is said to promote neuron growth according to a Canadian study, which means it is helpful in staving off and minimizing the effects of Alzheimers and other diseases that affect the brain in their early stages.
It has been legalized in 14 states in the USA including Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Vermont, and is available through dispensaries in California, New Mexico and Rhode Island. A few other states are considering its legalization, but even so, there are cases being brought to book against people who have marijuana in their possession for medicinal purposes.
Take the case of the couple from Madison Heights, Robert Redden and Tory Clark, while one could argue that they did not need to grow their own cannabis in order to generate enough pain medication for Clarks cancer and Reddens chronic hip pain, the fact is that possession of marijuana with a doctors certificate is allowed in the state of Michigan. And this is why the presiding drug dismissed the felony drug charges against the couple stating that the laws on possession and amount were ambiguous at best.
Also, with President Obama trying to keep his campaign promise not to interfere with state laws that permit state dispensaries to sell medical marijuana, Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the DEA would not shut down such dispensaries that were legally permitted by state laws. This is a sort of victory for proponents of medical marijuana, because the Bush administration closed down as many as 50 such dispensaries through the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The fact remains that people who wish to abuse the drug will do even when it is not available legally; so why punish those who are already dying and in a considerable amount of pain and deny them the ability to purchase marijuana through legal channels?
This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of pharmacy tech certificate at her blog The Pharm Tech Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org