I am a member of one of the local Republican women clubs, actually it is a political action committee (PAC). Our chapter, along with a couple of others in the city, are viewed a bit differently than the other Republicans. I have been told we are considered a 'moderate to liberal' group.
One of the bragging points I have heard expressed in recent months by our group's president is that our chapter endorses the legal use of medical marijuana. Unfortunately the endorsement was necessary due to the fact that medical marijuana is not legal in Texas. Actually, it's only legal, or not criminalized, in a few of our fifty states. Did you know that?
So far, medical marijuana use has been legalized, or decriminalized, in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
What caught my eye today was an article in the Houston Chronicle by Lynn Marshall of the LA Times. The writer speaks to the struggle to regulate the drug. In Washington, for example, a patient is allowed a two month supply. The problem arises, though, when you understand that a two month supply for one sick person is not a two month supply for another. Each case would be different, wouldn't it? I know I would want to have individualized treatment, not something considered 'standard' for all. The writer points out that medical marijuana is used by patients with chronic pain, like chronic back pain as well as cancer. How does a regulator, the State, find a 'standard' there?
Then there is the consideration of the administration of the drug. The patient who puts it in food would have a different measurement than one who smokes it. That's just common sense.
Washington is the only state without clear guidelines allowed for possession of a patient or the caregiver. Each state is different. For example, Oregon allows 24 ounces or six mature plants, the largest amount allowed by any state. Some states allow a patient to have one ounce. California allows 8 ounces or 6 mature plants. Cities and counties are allowed to establish higher guidelines.
It's all very confusing.
And quality control. Regulations have to be in place for those who are in charge of the seeds of the crops, I would think. I think it should be of the best and strongest quality possible.
I think those suffering from chronic pain, whether it is your back, cancer, or MS, everyone should have the option to find out if medical marijuana could ease the pain.
I think it should be an available option in all fifty states.