It took a while for Arizona to get it together and get those last votes counted that determined that the Medical Marijuana act had passed. Whether the world will become a better place because all those provisional ballots were counted remains to be seen.
Perhaps the writers of Proposition 203 have been imbibing too much in the product they are advocating. One of the conditions that medical marijuana can be prescribed for is Alzheimer’s. Watching a family member struggle with the disease is bad enough for families. To watch a loved one lose mental acuity more quickly because they are stoned is apt to be quite painful. The proposition should have been extended to allow the family members, who have to endure the hastening of loss of mental ability in their loved ones, to be prescribed pot. They are the ones who are really suffering, after all.
We have found at Narconon drug treatment that many people with Hepatitis C and HIV can continue to live a full life, providing that they take care of themselves. Hopefully doctors will continue to promote this avenue first, rather than just writing a prescription for a mind altering drug, which was probably at the root of the condition to begin with. Hepatitis C and HIV frequently come about from drug abuse. Getting high doesn’t seem to be much of a solution.
Doctors are going to have to learn to prescribe antidotes for the plethora of mind altering drugs that are being prescribed today.
“A measure to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona passed after trailing in the polls throughout almost two weeks of vote-counting, The Arizona Republic reported Nov. 13.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, or Proposition 203, passed by 4,341 votes out of 1.67 million counted; provisional ballots, cast by voters whose eligibility had to be verified, turned the tide. Arizona is now the 15th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana, although the federal government has not approved its use.
Under the measure, physicians can prescribe marijuana for patients with “debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and Alzheimer’s disease.” Patients, who will be required to register with the state health department, will be able to purchase up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana every two weeks at licensed dispensaries, or to cultivate their own plants if they live too far away from approved outlets. “