gonzo: medical marijuana

Posted: 06/10/2010 in gonzo
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For the last two weeks (maybe more), I have been covering extensively the debate and build-up to the November election, specifically focused on the issue of Proposition 203. While investigating this topic, I have found more information than I ever really wanted to know; however, I think it is important to disseminate some of this information for the public good. First, Prop 203 looks more and more like a cover for legalized marijuana use every time I read through the text of the initiative (which is rather long, for the record). This initiative allows for medical patients to get 2.5 oz per two weeks. That amount of marijuana is ludicrous.

We may as well label legislation what it should be: an initiative to legalize the use of marijuana. Even the amounts of government regulation detailed are far too slim to make a difference. Overall, Prop 203 does a poor job of what its known agenda is; however, I think it might be a step in the right direction with its hidden agenda.

The prohibition of marijuana is a heavily debated topic, and I don’t really feel like delving into it too much right now. I do believe that people should have the choice to do what they want as long as they aren’t significantly harming others. If we want to keep marijuana illegal, perhaps we should take a look at other things that are causing easily as much damage, if not considerably more. Alcohol kills and injures far more than marijuana, particularly in cases of domestic violence and driving under the influence. Prescription drugs and doctor mistakes account for over 700 thousand deaths in the U.S. annually, begging the question if our medical system is doing its job.

Of course, there are many other arguments and many more layers of complexity to this debate. I hope that I can continue to uncover the truth regarding marijuana and report it accurately to my audience (which is currently just me).

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