In California there is still more controversial debate over the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The advantage with using marijuana for medical reason is, it eases the pain, and relaxes them so they can enjoy the rest of their life. For these terminally ill patients the marijuana also makes them happy and enjoyable to be around. The disadvantage is that after smoking it for an extended period of time the majority of the patients will develop lung cancer. That is not so bad for them considering there is no cure for their disease.

My stand point on this subject is that it is a good idea for marijuana to be used s a medical drug for the treatment in terminal illnesses. The state law proposition 215 which says, that pot is legal to smoke if you are using it for medical reasons in terminally ill cases. This proposition was on the November ballot and was voted into effect. The federal law that was put into effect no to long ago, states that using marijuana for any reason including medical reasons is illegal.

This law was put into effect by the president Bill Clintion. I feel that the law enforcers in California should ignore the federal law or appeal it in court. There is another drug that is illegal to use in any way but for medical easons. That drug is morphine, it is used in hospitals to relieve the sever pain of any patient. The reason I know this is that recently my mother was in the hospital for a brain aneurysm and when she got headaches she was given morphine.

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This is just like what is going on in California, people diagnosed with AIDS and other illnesses should be able to use strong medicines including marijuana to ease the suffering that they are experiencing. Especially in California where there are more AIDS cases there than any other place in the nation. All over the state there are clinics that supply atients with pot for them to use to relax. Some of these places have strict guidelines for acquiring marijuana and others do not have so strict guidelines.

One of the clinics or clubs(as they call them) was raided and shutdown by state narcotics agents. The club’s name was Cannabis Buyers Club, which has thousands of members was the one shutdown. The patients that received their pot there were upset. City Hall, in the first week got 150 calls asking for help. Officials went to the Healing Alternatives Foundation and asked for help. Matthew Sharp, the foundation director and an AIDS patient told the mayor that e would not help because of the guidelines.

Matthew sharp also said he “really never liked to smoke pot. But after he was diagnosed with wasting syndrome, the smoking helped him to relax and it helped he over come the nausea and start eating again. That is another way of how smoking pot has helped these patients start enjoying their lives more. There are more patients with stories like his and that is why I feel that Proposition 215 should be enforce and not the federal law. I think that California should appeal the federal law for the health and happiness of the patients. That is my position on this subject.

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