1/03/2008

Medical Marijuana Under Fire in California

I was watching a special on Medical Marijuana in California that aired on 60 minutes the other night. They were talking about the way the law is being abused by certain providers and patients. This story was pretty upsetting to me while watching it. It portrayed California as everyone looking for an easy way to get Marijuana. "Show up at this doctor and give him $100 and he will write the perscription for you." There are a couple of points that they didn't discuss that made me think. First and and formost, why California? there are 11 other states right now with Medical Marijuana legalized and we do not have these issues. Prop 215 in California was the first one to pass in the country since the Federal Government stopped allowing it while Geaorge Bush Senior was President. Could it be that California needs to re-evaluate the way the bill is written. Right now there is no certain ailement that Marijuana is for, there isn't a list of illnesses that a Doctor is told he can or can't perscribe it for. Is it the best medicine for the issue with the least amount of risk? That is what the Doctors are suppose to be asking and that is what they are suppose to be perscribing it for. There are many types of medication out there that will do the same as others but the doctors do thier risk assesment and perscribe the best for that patient. The next issue that brings up in my mind is why are we not talking about those that go to the doctor to get their perscription Pain medications so they can abuse them? Yes, I agree the ability to tell a doctor that the toe nail on my little toe hurts so I need Marijuana is not a good thing, but will he give me Hydrocordone? Probably not, then why are we as a federal government looking at this issue in this way. It is not that California is abusing the Medical Marijuana bill. California is abusing the Perscription Medication laws. Why are we singling out Marijuana. Ohh, this is probably because there are Medical Marijuana Shops. This is the big problem, lets let the state provide perscriptions for medical marijuana but not allow the Pharmacy to get that percription to the people. Lets make them come up with other means to get it. This to me is the Federal Governments issue. You, the Ferderal Government, have been providing Marijuana for medical purposes for years. You have found a method that works but you refuse to see that this is useful and will not accept the Doctors that write these perscriptions. Let the Doctor treat it like a perscription medication and let the patient receive it like a perscription medication. Let it be manufactured like a medication and treat those that manufacture it like they are providing a medication. This is not saying Provide a centralized area that grows and packages Marijuana. That is the federal Governments issue, it is always up to the patient to provide it for themselves or they want it centralized. Let it be like any other perscription medication. There are different types of the same medication now, that is why you can go to the pharmacy and get the "generic" version to save money. California was the first state to legalize the medical use of Marijuana, their law was very generic when written, the laws have been written differently in each state that has legalized the use of Marijuana, I think it is time for the Federal Government to Legalize it federally this will stop the many issues that we currently see with the California Pot Shops. It will also give Doctors in all states to provide their own risk analysis of their patients to see what medication is the right medication for them. This is my Opinion and I know it differs from a lot of those that want Medical Marijuana but I am a Veteran so even the state laws will not effect me. Plus, Hydrocordone, been on it for 3 years... Just try to get me off that stuff...

1 comment:

Glass Pipes said...

This battle might need another generation or two in my opinion.