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Standards Are Crazy
This requirement raises a burning question for me. If I am legally controlling my epilepsy with medicinal marijuana, why am I expected to grow and process my own medicine? Patients who are prescribed morphine for pain are not told to grow their own poppies. That would be absurd. A rational person wouldnt even suggest it. No, those patients, like all patients, get their prescription from their doctor and fill them at a pharmacy. So why should I not be allowed to get my medicine from a pharmacy? Why the double standard?
Ive heard some War On Drug (WOD) spokesmen say that putting medicinal marijuana in the pharmacies would make it easily accessible to anyone. It would send the wrong message to youth. It would cost too much money. Some actually purport to believe that the alternative solutions to the problem of medicinal marijuanasuch as growing your medicine at home, having the federal government fill prescriptions through the mail, or having personal physicians dispense medicinal marijuana to their patients from their officesmake better sense than legally dispensing the medicine through a pharmacy. Such notions are ridiculous. A moment of reflection is all it takes to become convinced that putting medicinal marijuana in the pharmacies is truly the best solution.
Ill grant that the WOD warriors are right about the first part. Making medicinal marijuana available in pharmacies does indeed make it more easily accessibleto those people who legitimately need it. Marijuana should be treated like any other powerful medicine. Doctors would first prescribe it for their patients, and then, in a more sensible world, their patients would get it at the pharmacy. No one would be able to just walk up and get it over-the-counter. Having a doctors prescription means that you must first be examined, then diagnosed. Your doctor must decide that medicinal marijuana would be a helpful therapy for your condition. None of this procedure is different from the system currently employed to control thousands of other pharmaceutical preparations available in pharmacies.
Jocelyn Elders (former Surgeon General) agrees that marijuana needs to be in the pharmacies. She writes, It is criminal to keep this medicine from patients. It is much easier and safer for doctors and pharmacists to regulate the strength and dosage than for someone to have to guess it themselves. Dr. Lester Grinspoon, MD., professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, also advocates the normalization of medicinal marijuana. In a recent interview, Dr. Grinspoon said, The government is unwilling to admit that marijuana can be a safe and effective medicine because of a stubborn commitment to wild exagger-ation of its dangers. Far from believing that medical availability of marijuana would open the way to other uses, we take the view that free availability of cannabis may be the only way to make its judicious medical use possible.
Marijuana as Medicine