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As a long time Prescottonian I feel compelled to apologize for Ed Gogek. There really are nice and honest people here, I promise![sad]Oct 31, 2010
There is no truth to the prohibitionists fairy tales about high percentages of Medical marijuana abuse, it's much more limited than their ridiculous numbers and that is in States with vastly different legislation than Arizona and our Proposition 203! Here are a few simple common sense facts to prove the opposition to Medical Marijuana only uses Smoke and Mirrors to create disinformation in a futile attempt at fear mongering!
Many people are going to vote in favor of Medical Cannabis to have it available for themselves, many others are genuinely doing it for someone they care about! The prohibitionists claim repeatedly that only a small number of patients have “serious” conditions (they throw around 2-3% a Lot). Now, look at the true fact that in the 14 States that have Medical Marijuana only 1.9% of the population on average get Medical Marijuana (California by itself is the highest in the group, but the difference between their one page law and the 27 pages of Prop 203 are night and day)! http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001199
If the Prohibitionists claims were even remotely close to being accurate the 3% (largest they claim, and a ridiculous lie) of the 1.9% of the population that gets Medical Marijuana (Fact) would be only one single patient in about every 1,750 adults in our State! Now does that really sound remotely correct to you??? This had me rolling in laughter! I don't know 5% of that number of people and I know more than just a few people that have absolutely legitimate medical reasons to obtain Medical Marijuana legally!
Now by comparison If every single person that gets Medical Marijuana in these other States that have passed Medical Marijuana laws (most of which have much more lenient laws than ours) is in fact a legitimate patient, that's still just one person out of more than 50! Hmmm, Common sense here! Which numbers seem closer to being Realistic? Do you really know all the medical conditions of 50 people; do you know someone, or at least know of someone that should absolutely have this available as a treatment option?
I personally believe it's much closer to 97% of the patients being Valid and the exact opposite of the prohibitionist’s empty claims of 97-98% of Medical Marijuana patients just being "potheads" abusing the system! Please keep in mind the proportion of their error! The numbers that make much more sense are mirror opposite of their unscrupulous and unethical deception! Believe whatever you choose to, but I would feel danged angry right now for being deceived to by the opponents of 203!
For anyone that's still the slightest bit skeptical. The estimated regular marijuana use (ten times a year or more) across America is between 15-20% (U.S. Federal Government Statistics), for obvious convenience I'll just use 19% for this next demonstration. 19% of the population is using Marijuana and only 1.9% population are Qualified patients and obtain Medical Marijuana (established), then only 10% of Marijuana users are Medical Marijuana Patients. Now; simply put, where is all this accused rampant abuse?! Oh, the truth is that it doesn’t exist!
I am going to mainly focus on the one unfounded topic of the supposed abuse, but these numbers also destroy their increased drug driver nonsense as well! The small numbers of patients that will get medical marijuana licenses are using marijuana under their Doctors recommendation now, how would decriminalizing it change anything? Just think about this: They stated numerous times that “in Montana right after the Medical Marijuana law passed fatal accidents skyrocketed”, yes well the Holidays always comes right after fall elections! This asinine assessment is simply beyond unscrupulous!
Drunk drivers are literally 1000 times more dangerous than Medical Marijuana Patients 40%+ fatal accidents involving alcohol/ Medical Marijuana intoxication involvement is 0.04%(about the same as those who are smoking cigarettes coincidentally) these numbers are based on marijuana being present nationwide and would not change if it was legalized coast to coast for medicinal use! By these same figures distracted drivers (cell phones, fast food, etc.) by the way are involved in more than 100 times more accidents than all incidents where Medical Marijuana intoxication is present! nhtsa.gov
Because of the Taxes and license fees medical cannabis will provide Millions to our bankrupt State every year!(nonprofit is Not tax exempt!)Medical Marijuana costs as much or more than black market drugs. The Millions this brings in that go to our local communities and State Government will also be coming Straight Out of the criminal cartels coffers! People without legitimate need will not be jumping through the hoops to get this in any significant quantity! The Arizona Senate has already passed a luxury tax in anticipation of this passing and that’s on top of the sales tax that will be collected! The proposition is also entirely self-funding from the license fees.[36-2803]5.d.
These Prohibitionists that vehemently oppose any and every form of decriminalization of Marijuana even if Only for Purely Medicinal Use, publicly state and have articles and letters printed claiming that only patients with Cancer, AIDS, HIV, and Glaucoma are Patients with serious Conditions! They throw around these 2% and 3% numbers in these claims, which they then attribute to the bogus abuse claims. The actual number of Patients in ALL the States that allow Medical Marijuana is truthfully more than 10% for their listed serious conditions!
They also repeatedly claim that all, that's right each and every patient that gets Medical Marijuana for severe and Chronic Pain, severe Nausea, and Seizures are All just recreational drug users abusing the system!
So what Conditions do fall under these terms?
Epilepsy, IBS, IBD, Chrohn's disease, colitis, pain from auto accidents, Migraine sufferers, Arthritis, ESRD/dialysis patients, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension-High Blood Pressure, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, Radiation Therapy, Seizure Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Spinal Cord injury/Disease, sports injuries, Muscular Dystrophy, and Parkinson's Disease!
Do those really seem like conditions that you or anyone that is rational and of sound mind would not deem serious? Do you think it is ethical for the opponents of Medical Marijuana consider these very painful, debilitating, and life threatening conditions not serious enough to qualify for a very safe and completely natural proven medicine? How disrespectful are they to then call these people "Potheads" and "Drug Abusers"?! We have already gone over the numbers; these claims are truly contemptible and only based on transparent fiction! To anyone that has read this; even those heavily biased against marijuana for whatever reason, The Fact remains the vast majority of Medical Marijuana patients are obviously both legitimate and qualified!
There are also claims that teen marijuana use increases a significant amount in States that have allowed Medical Marijuana use. The truth is not even one of these states has experienced any increase in youth marijuana use since its medical marijuana law was enacted. In fact, all states have reported overall decreases — exceeding 50% in some age groups. http://www.opposingviews.com/arguments/medical-marijuana-laws-do-not-cause-increased-teen-marijuana-use
Did you know that most if not all those who concoct these ridiculous lies and then try to scare people with them, are in fact making money hand over fist from the multi-billion dollar marijuana prohibition cookie jar?! Criminal lawyers, drug treatment centers, "for profit" prisons, and those who make millions selling alcohol are on the top of the list, but it goes on and on!
This goes beyond just being politics as usual! Their attempt to shove this totally unfounded fiction and adulterated data down our throats by definition constitutes coercion! These vocal opponents of Proposition 203 are attacking truly sick and dying Patients so ruthlessly and without any true provocation only to protect their income derived from marijuana prohibition, and/or their perverse desire to hold power over other peoples lives!
Oct 31, 2010
Organizations That Support Medical Marijuana:
AIDS Action Council, AIDS Treatment News, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Student Association, American Nurses Association, American Preventive Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Arthritis Research Campaign (United Kingdom), Australian Medical Association (New South Wales) Limited, Australian National Task Force on Cannabis, Belgian Ministry of Health, British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, British House of Lords Select Committee On Science and Technology (Second Report), British Medical Association, Canadian AIDS Society, Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs, Dr. Dean Edell (surgeon and nationally syndicated radio host), French Ministry of Health, Health Canada, Kaiser Permanente, Lymphoma Foundation of America, The Montel Williams MS Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada), The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom), National Academy of Sciences Institute Of Medicine (IOM), National Association for Public Health Policy, National Nurses Society on Addictions, Netherlands Ministry of Health, New England Journal of Medicine, New South Wales (Australia) Parliamentary Working Party on the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes, Dr. Andrew Weil (nationally recognized professor of internal medicine and founder of the National Integrative Medicine Council), Alaska Nurses Association, Being Alive: People With HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA), California Academy of Family Physicians, California Nurses Association, California Pharmacists Association, Colorado Nurses Association, Connecticut Nurses Association, Florida Governor's Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS, Florida Medical Association, Hawaii Nurses Association, Illinois Nurses Association, Life Extension Foundation, Medical Society of the State of New York, Mississippi Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, New Mexico Medical Society, New Mexico Nurses Association, New York County Medical Society, New York State Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, Rhode Island Medical Society, Rhode Island State Nurses Association, San Francisco Mayor's Summit on AIDS and HIV, San Francisco Medical Society, Vermont Medical Marijuana Study Committee, Virginia Nurses Association, Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC), Wisconsin Nurses Association, AIDS Action Council, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS National Interfaith Network (Washington, DC), AIDS Project Arizona, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Being Alive: People with HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA), Boulder County AIDS Project (Boulder, CO), Colorado AIDS Project, Center for AIDS Services (Oakland, CA), Health Force: Women and Men Against AIDS (New York, NY), Latino Commission on AIDS, Mobilization Against AIDS (San Francisco, CA), Mothers Voices to End AIDS (New York, NY), National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, B i s e x u a l And Transgender Association, National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, Northwest AIDS Foundation, People of Color Against AIDS Network (Seattle, WA), San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC), Addiction Treatment Alternatives, AIDS Treatment Initiatives (Atlanta, GA), American Public Health Association, American Preventive Medical Association, Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (San Francisco, CA), California Legislative Council for Older Americans, California Nurses Association, California Pharmacists Association, Embrace Life (Santa Cruz, CA), Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Hawaii Nurses Association, Hepatitis C Action and Advisory Coalition, Life Extension Foundation, Maine AIDS Alliance, Minnesota Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, National Association of People with AIDS, National Association for Public Health Policy, National Women's Health Network, Nebraska AIDS Project, New Mexico Nurses Association, New York City AIDS Housing Network, New York State Nurses Association Ohio Patient Network Okaloosa AIDS Support and Information Services (Fort Walton, FL), Physicians for Social Responsibility - Oregon, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Virginia Nurses Association, Wisconsin Nurses Association, American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, British Medical Journal, California Medical Association, California Society on Addiction Medicine, Congress of Nursing Practice, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Jamaican National Commission on Ganja, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana, Texas Medical Association, Vermont Medical Society, and Wisconsin State Medical Society.[beam]Oct 31, 2010