The moral debate over medical marijuana is over. The fact is that science has proven the medical value of medical marijuana. However, there is some who do not want you to know the truth. Solvay Pharmaceuticals is the manufacturer of Marinol (synthetic delta-9-THC). It is a small capsule like pill with a liquid inside. The once well documented and publicized medication is now hidden away on the manufacture’s website with little information left.
There used to be a website marinol.com which boasted Marinol had been rescheduled from a schedule II to the lower schedule III by the FDA. The website had information for doctors, patients, and the public at large; serious educational scientific information about the medical value of THC. Now, that website is gone along with all the information that explained exactly how THC helps patients with illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, or other illnesses which cause extreme weight loss.
In the State of Michigan where voters overwhelming voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2008 there are still opponents who are fighting to stop the progress of humane treatment for patients. Cities have enforced moratoriums on businesses and law officials are invading patients homes even after the fed’s had walked away. It is time that the public at large acknowledges that Patients’ ARE NOT Criminals simply because they use a particular medication.
The fact is that patients are being forced into a black market in an underground setting; only in a few cities are patients able to walk into a retail facility to purchase safe quality medication that has been inspected. About 200 people protested the closing of a facility and there are now a number of lawsuits because patients’ rights were violated by police during those raids when police officers were caught on video reading patient files.
We need to bring together the leaders of the community and give them the cold hard scientific facts. This nonsense has got to stop. Arresting patients for small infractions and treating them like violent criminals is not only in humane it is a ridiculous waste of tax dollars at a time when every penny counts.
Robbing patients at gun point, taking their property, and selling it is a crime; but if you have a badge it’s just work. This is a legal technique called asset forfeiture which many legal agencies use to fund their budgets. It is only one of the many issues the medical marijuana movement faces in the state of Michigan. Patients are being arrested and lives destroyed over small infractions. The law is limited and was only the first step in a long process to bring change and protect patients’.
Marijuana is medicine. This message needs to get through to those who still believe the unscientific propaganda. We need to change our system so that it is patient friendly and tax payer advantageous. The only way to get this message out it to get people talking about the truth; share the truth, speak out, bring up the conversation with your neighbors, fellow church member, and co-workers. Speak out, spread the facts, the truth is that marijuana is medicine and that is a scientific fact.