Medical Marijuana? Is It Really That Bad?

Question by Auburn’s Rush: Medical marijuana? Is it really that bad?

Best answer:

Answer by costaricanNONI
I personally dont feel that medical marijuana is bad at all. I just recently watched 2 documentaries, one that is called “The Union”, which address the common societal stereotypes that come along with marijuana, which are most false. The founding fathers grew and used hemp. The documentary states that there are over 35,000 uses for hemp. Another one that I watched that was even more interesting was about Hemp Oil and its medicinal uses. Food for thought.

Answer by Jillian Galloway
Let’s see..
DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young – “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. It is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. Marijuana does not meet the legal criteria of a Schedule I prohibited drug and should be reclassified”.

Governor Raymond P. Shafer, Commission chairman of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (“the Shafer Commission”) – “the actual and potential harm of use of marijuana is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior” and recommended that “the possession of marijuana for personal use no longer be an offense, and that the casual distribution of small amounts of marijuana for no remuneration, or insignificant remuneration no longer be an offense”.

Dr. Donald Tashkin, author of the largest study ever conducted into marijuana and cancer – “We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use. What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect”.

The Lancet (British medical journal) – “the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health”.

So that’s the health aspects of marijuana, lets also look at its prohibition:
John P. Walters, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy – “Marijuana, not heroin or cocaine, is the “bread and butter,” “the center of gravity” for Mexican drug cartels that every year smuggle tons of it through the porous U.S.-Mexico border. Of the $ 13.8 billion that Americans contributed to Mexican drug traffickers in 2004-05, about 62 percent, or $ 8.6 billion, comes from marijuana consumption”.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – “The killings, beheadings and bombings in Mexico are due to “our insatiable demand for illegal drugs”.

So, taxpayers pay $ 40 BILLION a year for the prohibition which *doesn’t* stop people smoking (so whatever “harms” it causes are with us anyway) and which empowers the sadistic drug cartels, resulting in the death of thousands of good people every year. We need to STOP people buying from the cartels, and the ONLY way to achieve this is by allowing legitimate businesses to produce and sell marijuana to adults with after-tax prices set too low for the cartels to match. We have to legalize marijuana.

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