For many years, there has been a lot of debate on whether or not marijuana should be legalized for medical use. There are a variety of people who are for the legalization of marijuana, a variety of people who are against and a variety who await further research before coming to a conclusion on an opinion.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, over the last year, has been working on a new documentary called “Weed.” airing tonight at 8 p.m. on CNN. Originally, Sanjay believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. He thought, surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.”
According to Sanjay, they didn’t have the science to support that claim, and he knows that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works. For instance, the case of Charlotte Figi, who Sanjay met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.
Sanjay has seen more patients like Charlotte first hand, spent time with them and come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care the medical profession can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana.
Prescription Medication Fact: Someone dies in the United States every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental.
Surprisingly, no documentation of medical marijuana overdose could not be found.
It is perhaps no surprise then that 76% of physicians recently surveyed said they would approve the use of marijuana to help ease a woman’s pain from breast cancer. Citizens in 20 states and the District of Columbia have now voted to approve marijuana for medical applications, and more states will be making that choice soon. The states that have chosen to approve thus far are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
As for me, personally it is NOT a substance that I would choose for myself, however if it can help someone… Ease their pain and suffering… calm their seizures and give them a sense of normality so long as it is used responsibly under doctors supervision I think that this option should not be overlooked or ignored. I would say if anyone wants to learn more about this topic, to do their research. Talk to their doctor. Ask questions. Make a decision based on what you learn and what you feel is best. Whether you choose to make it a consideration or leave it alone. It is at least best to be open minded. Where I stand, I believe marijuana should be legalized for medical usage only. Prescribed my physicians and controlled by physicians. I don’t believe marijuana should be legalized for recreational usage. Doing so would only open more doors for God knows what else. I pray that in legalizing it responsibly, that it can help many who suffer from severe ailments like Epilepsy. We could be a step closer to discovering a cure.
I encourage my readers to let me know what they think and where they stand on Medical Marijuana. For or against? Why or why not? Used it? Has it helped you or your loved one?