Medical Marijuana

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The use of medical marijuana has been a controversial issue in the United States for a large part of the last decade. In 1994 a bill was passed through both house in California which would allow the medicinal use of marijuana in critically ill patients, however the bill was vetoed by Governor Wilson. The following year a similar bill was created which protected both the patient and the doctor whom prescribed the marijuana therapy, but again Wilson axed the bill when it landed on his desk. The supporters of medicinal marijuana changed their approach. The 1996 ballot contained Initiative Prop 215 which passed, leaving Wilson with his hands tied. Despite wide federal disapproval prop 215 has helped thousands of... View More »

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Along with a sum of over one million dollars to devote to the passing of prop 215, supporters collected 850,000 signatures form California residents who agreed with the bill. The exuberant amount of signatures was for effect more then function because they collected nearly double the required amount of 433,000. With their excessive supple of money the supporters kick off an extensive advertising campaign which consisted of TV and radio commercials along with billboards that conquered the highways. The ads manly consisted of people with cancer or aids that played to the hearts of the public evoking sympathy and understanding. Proposition 215 passed without much opposition.



Throughout California a doctor may recommend the usage of marijuana to a patient when there is no possible substitute and it will greatly improve the quality of the patients life by easing the suffering. The patient, the doctor and the primary caregiver are exempt form laws pertaining to the recommendation, use, cultivation and possession of marijuana. Proposition 215 is left fairly vague and undefined which has caused the government and the opponents to question the validity and motives behind prop 215 .



"Cancer, anorexia, aids, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine or any illness for which marijuana provides relief" this is just one statement out of prop 215 that denotes elusiveness and leaves it open to different interpretations. One could assumedly ask a doctor for a marijuana prescription for his back pain or tooth ache and by definition it falls ...

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