Tuesday, November 25, 2008

YES WE CAN reform medical marijuana policies!

What does Gov. Sarah Palin and citizens of Alaska have that Maryland citizens do not?
Foreign policy experience? No.
Three feet of snow and ice? Well, yes, but no.

The answer here is that Gov. Sarah Palin and all other Alaskans have enjoyed safe access to marijuana for many years now. According to an article in Reason Magazine on September 17th, 2008, "smoking marijuana in the privacy of one's home is just as legal in Alaska today as it was when Palin did it." While she has tried to fight this legislation many times, the Alaska Supreme Court continues to stand up for safe access to marijuana, allowing citizens the privacy to choose to consume in their own homes.

The article in Reason Magazine concludes with these hard-hitting paragraphs:

In other words, Palin got to smoke pot without worrying about legal consequences and now wants to deny that assurance to fellow Alaskans doing exactly the same thing. "Palin doesn't support legalizing marijuana," the Anchorage Daily News reported in 2006, because she worries about "the message it would send to her four kids."

It's Palin's job to teach her children that certain pleasures are reserved for grownups. The government should not continue to arrest adults who are harming no one simply because her children are easily confused.

-- Reason Online (http://reason.com/news/show/128824.html)

Gov. Palin is no longer in the running for the second-highest office of our Nation after Barack Obama's election victory on November 4th. Her views into medical marijuana and other drug policy issues were lacking real scientific research and evidence. Barack Obama, on the other hand, is listed with many others in this article from The Agitator, which highlights the "successful pot smokers" in our nation, thus combatting the misconception that those who use marijuana are somehow defunct members of society.

Its no secret that the Federal Government currently does not fund medical marijuana research, but doctors and scientists around the world have time and time again found that chemicals in cannabinoids offer more benefit than harm. Slate Magazine recently published a fine article discussing the research that has taken place in European countries which knocked preconceptions of the substance out of the ballpark when it proved that "molecules in marijuana can slay the superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus." MRSA, a dangerous and deadly, and increasingly common, bacterial infection that is normally treated with special antibiotics, now has another strong adversary in the world of medicine.

Gov. Palin can't deny research like this, and we suspect that President-elect Barack Obama will in the very least give this research the credence it deserves. The health and future of so many Americans depends on it.

Dedicatedly Yours, Bethany Moore and the whole campaign team.


Michael Tew said...

Thanks for the link, Bethany. The comments on the Slate article were really interesting. I was not surprised to note that many of the comments in favor of cannabis were articulate and well-informed. Those opposed, not so much.

Michael Tew said...

Also: This from Wikipedia:
...a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimated that the number of MRSA infections treated in hospitals doubled nationwide, from approximately 127,000 in 1999 to 278,000 in 2005, while at the same time deaths increased from 11,000 to more than 17,000."

Free the Weed.