The unfortunate thing about the medical marijuana debate is that it’s a debate of complete opposites.
Very few advocates of either side seem to want to find a middle ground.
And to add to the complexity of the issue, the two sides really don’t like each other.
Why is this?
It is somewhat understandable if you look at the positives and negatives of these extreme views as objectively as possible.
The Positives: For the pro medical marijuana position, it’s easy. Based on the overwhelming anecdotal evidence and testimonials, there can be absolutely no doubt that medical marijuana can be of great help as a medicine to counteract the effects of certain diseases if not the diseases themselves. And common diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and PTSD! To deny that treatment option in some cases, especially when dealing with children, is easily seen as cruel at best.
On the other hand, marijuana is still a federal Schedule 1 drug. This means there has been no legitimate medical research performed using proper double blind studies to show what strains of marijuana with what relative percentages of CBD and THC and in what doses is effective for the treatment of what diseases at what stages.
None, no matter what the pro advocates say.
How can the medical establishment as a whole be compelled to prescribe and support such medication, especially when doctors are being sued every day for bogus malpractice?
At the same time, it’s difficult to blame the federal legislature for not changing the law when law enforcement is telling them what the consequences are for other addictive drugs hitting the street in force…The notion that marijuana is a potential gateway drug is even debatable.
Here are some other realities: Virtually no pro medical marijuana advocates are not also pro recreational marijuana advocates. This does not help their position. So they may come across as stoners who just want to do what they want and are using a medical reason to support their position.
And the legitimate medical marijuana industry doesn’t help either: it’s clear that a large percentage of certified ‘patients’ are in fact recreational users who have found a like-minded doctor. They don’t even try to hide it.
(image courtesy cannabisdigest.ca)