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Marijuana Proposal

Marijuana Proposal - Mickey Green Essay 5 Final Draft I...

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Mickey Green April 28, 2008 Essay 5 – Final Draft I believe that marijuana should be legal because studies have shown that there are many medical benefits to its use, it is not harmful to one’s health, and the criminalization of marijuana infringes on our civil liberties as stated in the Bill of Rights. My proposal for the legalization of marijuana is a multi-faceted approach. My plan includes: government regulated cannabis distribution clinics for medical purposes, a public relations blitz targeted at the media and the population at large, an outreach program for all law enforcement agencies, and revamping current Federal and state laws to decriminalize marijuana. Marijuana use for medicinal purposes has been shown to have both physical and mental benefits. The pharmacologic effects of marijuana help many terminally ill patients cope with their debilitating diseases. Marijuana may lessen pain, nausea, and loss of appetite that patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy experience. In 1988 Francis L. Young, an administrative law judge with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, ruled that “in its natural form, [cannabis] is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. And marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care” (King). In fact, Jerome Kassirer, M.D., Editor of the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine and a former professor at Tufts University noted the “government’s hypocrisy in restricting doctors’ recommendation of medical marijuana while allowing them to legally prescribe far more dangerous and addicting medications such as morphine or oxycodone” (Kassirer)! One way to implement the delivery of medical marijuana is to use the model of methadone clinics which has been in practice for several decades. About 20% of the estimated 810,000 heroin addicts in the United States receive methadone treatment from the American Methadone Treatment Association (AATOD). Presently, the operating practices of clinics and hospitals are bound by Federal regulations that restrict the use and availability of methadone. 1
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Mickey Green April 28, 2008 Essay 5 – Final Draft These regulations are explicitly stated in detailed protocols established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Additionally, most states have laws that control and closely monitor the distribution of this medication. Marijuana can be distributed at similar accredited clinics under physician supervision to medically qualified patients. Patients can be given identification cards establishing their medical needs for cannabis. Some possibilities for distribution include providing the patient a prescribed amount of marijuana or even giving them a limited number of seeds to grow at home.
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