Michael Komorn Posted May 18, 2010 Report Share Posted May 18, 2010 In response to Allan Adler’s editorial blog, Problems with medical marijuana, I would like to offer an opinion to his and the Oakland Press’ stance on the subject. You can read Allan Adler's blog here As an attorney and advocate of medical marijuana for individuals who receive certification from the state, I have seen hundreds of seriously ill individuals find comfort and relief through its use—without devastating long-term side effects that come with many mainstream painkillers, such as organ damage and addiction (a common misperception). As such, I would argue that passing a law that serves to regulate its use while providing hope and a better quality of life for thousands upon thousands of sick Michiganders is the right thing to do from both an emotional and logical standpoint. Instead, I see individuals who are medically screened and subsequently receive their state certification repeatedly harassed by law enforcement agencies who do not understand the law and, frankly, may not care to. That said, whether they understand or agree with it, they are sworn to uphold it and should be doing so without bias or prejudice. Education, I feel, is the key. For potential medical marijuana patients and caregivers, for law enforcement officials and for the general public, including teenagers, who are often drawn to drugs for recreational use. Classes, seminars, literature, ad campaigns; whatever it takes to put forth facts and dispel myths. I do agree with Mr. Adler on a couple of points. Currently, certified patients and their caregivers often must conduct the legal transfer of medicinal product covertly, in turn, sometimes attracting the suspicion of law enforcement. A better distribution system, similar to pharmacies, is needed to ensure safety and discretion. I was also pleased to read of the Oakland Press’ position that the state should consider taxing medical marijuana. Adding such a tax would further legitimize and regulate its effective use while helping our state’s economy. Time for open eyes and open minds. Time for compassion and an undertanding of how a tiny plant with a time worn stigma is helping sick individuals live their lives again. Time to uphold the law as it was intended and let the process work. The people of Michigan spoke last year. Time to truly hear them and do what’s right. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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