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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Medical Marijuana Vote 2012

Medical marijuana has come a long way over the last 16 years, with 17 states allowing the use of the drug for chronic pain or terminal illness. As we draw closer to completing our ballots there are many who are optimistic that marijuana will become decriminalized for recreational use in three different states: Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. Remember the Federal Government still views marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs, right up there with methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin; but, nevertheless states are pushing forward because they believe that marijuana may bring more good than bad.

If managed properly, medical marijuana programs help millions of people avoid using powerful narcotics to treat their chronic illness while, at the same time, provide local governments an opportunity to generate millions of dollars in revenue, decrease unemployment, and fill empty storefronts and warehouses. It is for these reasons that the drug may very well be voted in favor of legalization in two weeks.

There is certainly no question that marijuana has addictive properties and has the propensity for abuse on a number of levels; despite this, states continue to push forward in the face of the Federal Government. One major problem the Federal Government has found is enforcing the archaic laws against a drug that many citizens do not view as a problem. They can arrest as many people as they like, but that hardly means any conviction will stem from it; there is simply not enough manpower let alone resources to contain the growing movement.

The drug should stay out of the hands of children and should be continued to be heavily monitored, perhaps even more than it already has been. We will just have to wait and see which direction this movement will go and hope for the best, there is still much room for error as with any new law which might take effect.

Please take a moment to watch a short video by CBS 60 Minutes:

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1 comment:

  1. The use of Marijuana gets easily abused. Usually teens use marijuana that was recommended for someone else. It should be managed properly indeed.



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