Allow MJ To Serve a Purpose and Ease Suffering

Allow MJ To Serve a Purpose and Ease Suffering
Posted by CN Staff on November 30, 2007 at 07:16:50 PT
Source: Tennessean
Nashville, TN -- Tennessee lawmakers should not only consider legislation allowing the medicinal use of marijuana, they should pass it into law.A study committee of the General Assembly recently heard testimony on the issue, where various voices from interest groups and the medical profession expressed their opinions. Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville, has a draft version of a bill for consideration. Efforts to legalize the use of the drug for medical reasons should move straight ahead, and caring citizens should urge legislators to approve the legislation.
Marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes in 12 states. Even many of its detractors acknowledge some of its benefits in easing suffering. But opposition to legalizing the use of the drug to help seriously ill patients find comfort seems to dwell more on the stigma associated with marijuana than anything else. Arguments against medical marijuana dwell frequently on what is heard about the drug's use elsewhere, frequently using California as an example, with tales of marijuana becoming a storefront for drug business or that use of the drug gets out of hand.Regardless of what happens in California or any other state, this is Tennessee, and if the state cannot effectively administer a drug under carefully drawn regulations, that's a reflection on this state, not another. Pharmaceutical painkillers are often obtained illegally and abused, but that's no reason to prohibit the prescription use of painkillers. Marijuana should be no different. Snipped:Complete Article: fight_4_freedom Source: Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN)Published: November 30, 2007Copyright: 2007 The TennesseanContact: letters tennessean.comWebsite: Articles:Officials Hash Out Medical Marijuana Proposal Debated in Legislative Committee
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