Marijuana still iffy for medical use

Exactly one year ago I commented on this subject, which is when I last heard about this harebrained idea of legalizing marijauna for medical use in Illinois. Today I heard mention on the radio that the idea is being pushed again.

A year ago I questioned the concept that there are medical conditions that can only be eased by marijuana. Today I still reject that idea. House GOP Leader Tom Cross tells a sad story of a friend who is suffering. Does he really expect us to believe that there are no other drugs or therapy that will help his friend, and that the only way to ease their pain is to smoke pot? Really? Sorry, I’m too skeptical. Maybe Cross should name the medical condition so the medical community could back up that claim?

The suggestion is to legalize small amounts of pot for certain conditions. AIDS is listed as one, which I find interesting. The last time I checked, AIDS is diagnosed by a patient having a number of normal diseases but a damaged immune system, causing them to have problems fighting off the diseases.  In fact, here are the symptoms from Mayo Clinic:

  • Soaking night sweats
  • Shaking chills or fever higher than 100 F (38 C) for several weeks
  • Cough and shortness of breath
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Persistent white spots or unusual lesions on your tongue or in your mouth
  • Headaches
  • Persistent, unexplained fatigue
  • Blurred and distorted vision
  • Weight loss
  • Skin rashes or bumps

None of these are pleasant, and obviously no one would want to put up with something like chronic diarrhea. However, how is marijuana going to ease any of these, other than maybe the headaches? Being the skeptic that I am, I’ve got to wonder if AIDS was added to the list for effect. After all, who’s going to object to a little relief for AIDS, right?

The whole medical marijuana concept is hardly new. People have been pushing for legalization for years. They know that if they can legalize small amounts for certain conditions, they’ll be able to add more conditions later, increase the amounts, allow people to grow their own…. It’s one step on the path to what they really want, which is full decriminalization.




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