My Final Report - The Banning of Medical Marijuana...

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The Banning of Medical Marijuana Possession and Usage at Washington State University Introduction: This report addresses the new rule put into the Student Conduct Code by Washington State University’s Office of Student Standards and Accountability. This rule states “Medical marijuana users should be aware that Washington State University does not permit marijuana use or possession on campus, including in WSU housing. Violators could be subject to charges under the Standards of Conduct for Students, as well as criminal charges.” The purpose of this report is to let the readers know why WSU decided to do this and why I believe it is incorrect. You may ask yourself how does this affect me? Even if it doesn’t directly affect you (EX. A student living on campus who is prescribed medical marijuana) you may have a friend or classmate who is struggling because they can’t use what is rightfully prescribed to them by their doctor. In the following pages, state laws, other schools views on the subject, Washington State students’ views of the subject, and staff views of the subject will all be discussed. Review of Literature: Washington State law states: “Qualifying patients with terminal or debilitating illnesses who, in the judgment of their health care professionals, may benefit from the medical use of marijuana, shall not be found guilty of a crime under state law for their possession and limited use of marijuana.” According to a recent report on Mercury News, “The most common condition for which physicians recommended medical marijuana was back or neck pain, accounting for more than 30 percent of the recommendations. Also in the top five: sleep disorders, anxiety/depression, muscle spasms and arthritis. Half of those surveyed said they were using marijuana as a substitute for prescription medication, and nearly 80 percent said they tried prescription medication before seeking a marijuana recommendation. "Many medical marijuana patients pointed to a desire to reduce their reliance on opiate-based painkillers," Reinarman said. "They found that marijuana had a lighter touch without the side effects and risks of addiction. It was one of the more striking findings. We hadn't anticipated that."” This alone seems like a very valid reason to allow medical marijuana usage, less people getting addicted to opiates, and less side effects. Also marijuana is all natural, grown in the ground, versus drug companies mass producing these pills. MAPS (The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) was created in 1986. They are the only organization working to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of botanical marijuana as a prescription to the USDA’s satisfaction. However their efforts have been hindered by the NIDA and the DEA ever since MAPS was created. Currently MAPS is working on a marijuana study for PTSD, they are working on developing plant marijuana into FDA prescription medication, as well as doing research using vaporizers.
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