Medical marijuana is a hot issue in Arkansas. It took several years to finally get this issue on the ballot. This November, voters will get to decide if they want to allow the distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. However, one group in Arkansas wants the issue removed from the ballot. KARK 4 News reports that The Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values filed a lawsuit on August 31, 2012 to get the item removed from the ballot.
Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values
The Coalition is an ultra-conservative group that opposes drinking alcohol and the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. Comprised of members from the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council, Family Council Action Committee, Families First Foundation and Arkansas Family Coalition, the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values wants to use their political power to circumvent the election process and force their conservative values on all citizens of Arkansas.
Opposition to the Bill
According to Jerry Cox of the Family Council Action Committee, the marijuana bill is “one hundred percent illegal under federal law,” and “This measure has little to do with compassionate care…” Cox further elaborates that if proponents of medicinal marijuana had the best interest of patient care at heart, they would lobby Congress to change the law and allow the FDA to allow unified treatment and dosing standards.
What Mr. Cox fails to realize is that it is not the job of the FDA to determine treatment and dosing. That is what medical research does. The job of the FDA is to determine if a drug is safe or not. The FDA should not regulate marijuana, they have a hard enough time dealing with prescription drugs and monitoring supplements.
The Case For Medical Marijuana
It is a known fact that medicinal marijuana helps alleviate the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Ethical and caring people do not want to see their loved ones suffer any more than they have to. You do not understand how awful it is unless you go through it yourself or have a close family member undergo cancer treatment. It is a very difficult experience.
Let the voters decide this one. Enough signatures were collected to get this issue on the ballot. Sometimes change starts with one voter, one state at a time. If enough states allow marijuana for medical purposes, the federal law will change.
via : Gather
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