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True Compassion About Marijuana

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Date Published
January 2006
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This CD provides information about the science, the legalization agenda, and the societal impact regarding marijuana use and recommends a solution for addressing the marijuana legalization movement and the adverse impact of marijuana use and substance abuse in general.
Information drawn from the scientific study of marijuana and its use challenges the argument that consumption of marijuana in any form is essential for treating the symptoms of such medical problems as multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and glaucoma. The CD argues that not only are legitimately prescribed medications more effective than marijuana, but they also lack the adverse side effect of habitual marijuana use. The noted adverse aspects of marijuana include emotional disorders, memory loss, and possible addiction accompanied by physical impairments and harmful social impacts. In addition to providing information about marijuana based on scientific research, the marijuana legalization movement is examined from the perspective of financial motives masked by claims of compassion for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions. The CD notes the financial incentives that are driving the movement to legalize the sale of marijuana. The discussion of the societal impact of marijuana use expands the discussion to the adverse social impacts of addictive drug abuse in general. The destructive impact on children and families is emphasized. In proposing a policy direction for dealing with the push to legalize marijuana, the CD recommends keeping marijuana illegal while continuing research on incorporating the therapeutic chemicals in marijuana into a safe and tested medicine that can receive approval from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Efforts to prevent the use of marijuana by children and youth should continue, with an increased emphasis on its adverse mental and physical effects.
Date Published: January 1, 2006