Medicinal Marijuana: Making Crooks out of Care-Givers

By the Suburban Drug Dealer.

Marijuana has long been known to have beneficial medicinal effects, particularly for the terminally ill as an analgesic and appetite stimulant. The NSW Cancer Council advises that canabinoids, one of marijuana’s active ingredients:

…act as moderate analgesics with low toxicity and they have a potency several times that of codeine and have a longer duration in the body.

And yet Australia’s apparent obsession with prohibiting the use of pot, for recreational or any other purposes, makes its legal use in medical scenarios an impossible dream for the foreseeable future.

This does not stop people using it of course. Unlike most other recreational drugs, any dolt can produce enough cannabis for themselves by growing what is often referred to, with good reason, as ‘weed’.

Doctors in Australia, well aware of marijuana’s useful properties, frequently prescribe it for patients with chronic pain and a host of other ailments. Patients often follow their advice.

Here’s a semi-ficititious scenario. An elderly woman is diagnosed with terminal cancer of a major organ. Her specialist advises her that, among the palliative methods she could employ, marijuana would be one of the most efficacious and have the least side effects. She speaks with her brother, a retired army officer, who speaks to his daughter, a 40-something artist/teacher, who then speaks to some disreputable fellow like me. Marijuana is procured, suffering is relieved, all is good.

But we are all criminals.

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