If your every waking minute was consumed by hurting and sickness, wouldn ’ T
you ask for medicine? What if the lone medicine lawfully available would
go forth you unconscious or make nil at all? If you were the one agony, would
you resort to the lone intervention that allowed you to populate usually even though
it was illegal? Thousands of people across the state are forced to interrupt the
jurisprudence to ease their hurting. They have chosen marihuana over anything lawfully
available because it has assorted medicative belongingss that can non be found
anyplace else. Due to these many alone medicative utilizations, marihuanas should be
reclassified as a valid, legal signifier of intervention.
Marijuana has many alone utilizations as a signifier of intervention. It has been used
efficaciously to battle the sickness caused by chemotherapy, to cut down the internal
force per unit area of the eyes of glaucoma patients, and to forestall the? blowing syndrome?
in AIDS and malignant neoplastic disease patients ( ? Marijuana for the Sick? A10 ) . As an option to
utilizing existent marihuana, modern scientific discipline has developed a man-made signifier of THC,
the active chemical in marihuana. However, this man-made drug, called Marinol,
is useless for most mundane intervention because it has the unpleasant side consequence
of being a powerful ataractic. A member of Milwaukee ’ s AIDS community, said that
a friend of his was taking Marinol to increase his appetency: ? He spends the
whole twenty-four hours express joying and watching films … He can ’ t even drive a auto because he ’ s
so out of it. ? ( 3/25/97 ) In add-on to that, Marinol merely comes in pill signifier,
which makes it useless for patients taking it for sickness. Marijuana has neither
of those drawbacks. Because it is normally smoked, even the most nauseating patient
can utilize it every bit good as easy modulate their consumption ( ? Medical Marijuana? 23 ) . No
prescription drug offers the benefits and potency of marihuana.
Many people have testified to marijuana ’ s cogency as a alone signifier of
intervention. One of these, Robert Randall, one of merely eight patients supplied
with marihuanas by the federal authorities, was diagnosed with acute glaucoma and
told that he would be blinded within five old ages ( Brazaitis 1C ) . Randall?
discovered by accident that smoking marihuana? relieved the internal force per unit area of
his eyes ( 1C ) . After more than twenty old ages of smoking marihuana, Randall still
has his vision, withstanding the anticipations of his physicians ( 2C ) . Richard Brookhiser,
a senior editor of the conservative National Review who has admitted to utilizing
marihuana to handle the sickness caused by chemotherapy, claims that? if that
minute comes to you, you will turn to marijuana. ? ( Brookhiser 28 ) Rita Zweig
farther illustrates marijuana ’ s effectivity: ? If anything that is prescribed
worked every bit good for me, ? she said, ? I wouldn ’ t utilize marijuana. ? ( Snider A1 ) These
three people represent 1000s of sick persons across the state who use
marihuana as a signifier of intervention.
Marijuana as a signifier of intervention has gained support from the medical
community. Such esteemed medical publications as the New England Medical
Journal have come out in support of medicative utilizations for marihuana ( Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel 1/30/97 3A ) . In add-on to that, a Harvard survey showed that
about 44 % of physicians who treat malignant neoplastic disease patients in the American Medical
Association, a group officially opposed to marijuana, hold really recommended
marihuana to ease the hurting of their patients ( ? Medical Marijuana? 22 ) . Even
with this support, the federal authorities has refused any kind of clinical
proving or reclassifying.
Because of its medicative value and the deficiency of an effectual replacement,
marihuana should be reclassified as a Schedule II drug alternatively of a Agenda I
drug, which would let it for certain medical usage
s. Other illegal drugs such as
cocaine and diacetylmorphine are classified as Schedule II, even though they are
considered wont organizing and unsafe, where marihuana, classified as a
Agenda I, has ne’er caused a decease or overdose and is non considered habit-forming.
The federal authorities garbages to reclassify marihuana because there? is no
cogent evidence that smoked marihuana is the most effectual available intervention for
anything. ? ( McCaffrey 27 ) There can be no cogent evidence until marihuana has been tested
in a series of clinical tests. There can be no clinical testing of marihuana
because the federal authorities will non let them ( Conant 26 ) . Anyone who has
read the book Catch-22 will happen this state of affairs familiar.
The authorities oppositions of medicative marihuanas are against it for
political instead than practical grounds. Clinton, who suffered in the polls
after he admitted to smoking pot, has taken a strong anti-drug stance to follow
in the popular vena of Reagan and Bush ’ s? war on drugs. ? Congress has taken a
strong anti-drug stance, which could be viewed as another illustration of Congress ’
withdrawal from the people they represent, since 35 provinces have Torahs that allow
marihuana for medicative usage in certain fortunes. The freshly passed
referendums in Arizona and California demonstrate popular support of these Torahs,
and that they couldn ’ t be passed through California ’ s legislative assembly besides
demonstrates the representative ’ s isolation from the electors. Federal jurisprudence, which
prohibitions marijuana for all utilizations, makes all these province Torahs illegal. This issue
represents the power battle between the province authoritiess and the federal
authorities. The federal authorities has no constitutional right to censor drugs,
particularly non if it overrides a province jurisprudence. This issue has become more than merely
marihuana for intervention of the sick, it has grown to include the federal
authorities ’ s want to keep its laterality over the province authoritiess.
Unfortunately, people whose morality and nationalism prevent them from utilizing
marihuana to handle their malignant neoplastic disease, AIDS, glaucoma, or other illness pay the monetary value.
The other oppositions of marihuana as a signifier of medical intervention have
presented several unlogical statements against it. Many oppositions argue that
marihuana is a? gateway drug? that frequently leads to harder drugs. This statement is
easy disproved by the fact that usage of? difficult? drugs in the Netherlands has
decreased significantly since marihuana was legalized ( ? Medical Marijuana? 23 ) U.
Parents are frequently disquieted that prescription marihuana will intend that more of it
will acquire into the custodies of childs. Some of these parents have prescriptions for
Morphine, Prozac, Zoloft, Dexedrine, or countless other mood-altering drugs
which they successfully keep out of their kids ’ s custodies.
Marijuana should reclassified so its alone medicative value can be
lawfully utilized to handle patients. How long would the loudest opposition of
medicative marihuanas live incapacitated by sickness or Marinol before he would turn
to marijuana? Possibly oppositions should pass a month or two in chemotherapy before
they deny patients the most effectual agencies of alleviation.
Brazaitis, Tom. “ The Illegal Wonder Drug. ” Plain Dealer 2 July. 1995:
“ Journal backs medicative usage of marijuana. ” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
30 Jan. 1997: 3A.
“ Marijuana for the Sick. ” New York Times 30 Dec. 1996: A10.
Conant, Marcus. “ This Is Smart Medicine. ” Newsweek 3 Feb. 1997: 26.
McCaffrey, Barry. “ We ’ re on a Perilous Path. ” Newsweek 3 Feb. 1997: 27.
Medical Marijuana. ” Issues and Controversies on File 10 Jan. 1997: 22-23.
Brookhiser, Richard. “ Pot Luck. ” National Review 11 Nov. 1996: 27-28.
Snider, Burr. “ Inside a Marijuana Pharmacy. ” San Francisco Examiner 3
July. 1994: A1-A2.