Mass. Should Legalize Medical Marijuana

Feb 25, 2012

As a can­cer sur­vivor, I have per­son­ally wit­nessed the pain and suf­fer­ing asso­ci­ated with chronic and ter­mi­nal ill­ness. As a Mass­a­chu­setts res­i­dent and tax­payer, I believe it is long over­due that we pass med­ical mar­i­juana laws as other states have. Mar­i­juana increases the qual­ity of life for those suf­fer­ing from chronic and ter­mi­nal ill­ness and the tax increases will ben­e­fit every­one in Mass­a­chu­setts. The National Acad­emy of Sci­ences’ Insti­tute of Med­i­cine found that mar­i­juana ben­e­fited indi­vid­u­als who suf­fered from phys­i­cally dev­as­tat­ing med­ical con­di­tions. As a result, mar­i­juana laws now make it legal to use the drug to treat the suf­fer­ing asso­ci­ated with cer­tain ill­nesses. These laws ensure that patients suf­fer­ing with med­ical ill­ness are pro­tected against arrest and pros­e­cu­tion along with their physi­cians and care givers. What we have now are phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies that pan­der to agen­cies that profit by pro­vid­ing over­priced med­ica­tions that have more side effects than treat­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties. We need only to look at other states that are already reap­ing the ben­e­fits of legal­iza­tion. Accord­ing to the Gazette in Col­orado Springs, taxes brought in tens of thou­sands of dol­lars per month: In April 2010 alone, sales were in the amount of $1.6 mil­lion. This doesn’t take into account the rip­ple effect it could have here as it did in Col­orado where an increase in con­struc­tion of facil­i­ties cre­ated more jobs for elec­tri­cians, labor­ers and other construction-related occu­pa­tions. TIME, a part­ner­ship of CNN Money, stated that in March 2011 alone, San Jose, Calif. brought in $290,000 in tax rev­enue, fur­ther demon­strat­ing the ben­e­fits mar­i­juana brings to local com­mu­ni­ties. CNN Money esti­mated that Mass­a­chu­setts could bring in as much as $18.4 mil­lion annu­ally. This is a prime oppor­tu­nity to advo­cate for the legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana for med­ical use and fol­low in the foot­steps of the 16 other states. Con­tact The Mass­a­chu­setts Cannabis Reform Coali­tion at: http://​www​.mass​cann​.org/ They can help get you involved in sup­port­ing the issue. Con­tact your Mass­a­chu­setts sen­a­tor and rep­re­sen­ta­tive to ask that they sup­port Bill No. H3885: The Peti­tion for an Act for the Human­i­tar­ian Med­ical Use of Mar­i­juana Bill. James DeBlois, of Rehoboth, is a Mas­ters of Social Work can­di­date at Bridge­wa­ter State Uni­ver­sity. Source: Her­ald News, The (Fall River, MA) Author: James DeBlois, Guest Opin­ion Pub­lished: Feb­ru­ary 24, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 The Her­ald News Con­tact: editor@​heraldnews.​com Web­site: http://​www​.her​ald​news​.com/

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