Is it time to legalise medical marijuana?
EARLIER this month, a father in the US state of Montana claimed that medical marijuana had helped save the life of his two-year-old son.
Mike Hyde, 27, said he slipped a little cannabis oil into his toddler Cash’s feeding tube behind his doctor’s back in desperation after the boy stopped eating for 40 days. Chemo treatments were making him too sick to eat.
“Not only was it helpful, it was a godsend,” Hyde told American’s ABC News. Marijuana boiled up with olive oil allowed the dying child to regain his appetite enough to recover. Hyde also believes it contributed to the overall cure.
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Medical marijuana is legal in 16 US states, including California, and is commonly used to treat nausea associated with cancer treatments and other illnesses. But the US Feds don’t agree that using the drug for medical reasons should be legal. They’ve been cracking down on sellers around America and have constant battles with the states over the issue. Our own government has much the same attitude.
Meanwhile, the reality of a dying child prompted Hyde to act: “It’s very controversial, it’s very scary. But, there’s nothing more scary than losing your child.” The issue caused a mixture of outrage and praise throughout the world. From my reading of the blogs, part of the outrage has come from people wondering why we’re not properly informed about the benefits associated with the substance; why it is not readily available to us despite a 1997 WHO report acknowledging cannabis’s efficacy and safety.
Medical cannabis is still banned in Australia, although it’s part of Greens policy in NSW. In the US and Britain, successful trials have been undertaken of an oral spray, Sativex, which has been shown to diminish pain in those suffering from conditions as diverse as multiple sclerosis, AIDS and some forms of cancer.
It’s time to revisit the issue. To legalise or not? Medical marijuana is now a $1.7 billion market in the US and as it becomes more popular around the world, the public will have to pay drug companies who’ll do a slick renaming and sell it for exorbitant prices. And yet we could be allowed to grow it ourselves.
Deadly cigarettes are freely available, as is alcohol – with none of the medicinal benefits. DXM, a teenage recreational drug, is sold over the counter in cough medicine. When overdone, the destructive qualities of legal substances such as these are no worse than cannabis. I say educate not legislate, as we do with gambling, smoking and drinking. And stop the hypocrisy.
Is it time to legalise cannabis? What do you think?