Legalization Proponents Often State Rare Exceptions to the Rule

by The Discovering Alcoholic on January 28, 2010

The stories about the miraculous healing properties of marijuana are presented by proponents of its legalization so often that it seems like the ultimate panacea. The rate and ease in which it is prescribed in certain states certainly would suggest that it is the greatest thing since the discovery of penicillin. No longer just for glaucoma, medical marijuana is being prescribed for a whole host of maladies including nausea, depression, and the ever ambiguous malaise to patients ranging from teenagers to seniors.

They say there is no reason to deny access to those that so desperately need this “wonder drug”. That it is conveniently available already, and that revenue from such regulation would be a boon for cash-starved governments.

What they don’t say is the truth. That for the most part medical marijuana is limited in its effectiveness for most patients and is certainly no cure-all. That it is ready available, but only to those that are constantly scoping out new sources. And as far as revenue generation is concerned they often refer to alcohol and cigarettes as the model… a model that loses eight for every one dollar gained.

Certainly there are some people that medical marijuana will truly benefit and more power to them and their quest for this drug, but most proponents simply want to get high. The medical miracle cases and seemingly logical rationalizations proponents present are mostly exceptions to the rule; here is just one of the latest (and silliest) examples.

Patients Speak: Medical Marijuana Frees People From Addiction to Deadly Painkillers

I’ve heard the same thing from alcoholics and addicts by the hundreds, yes hundreds, that smoking pot cuts the edge and keeps them from going back on the pills or drinking again. It has been my experience, that 99% of these that use pot while seeking recovery find relapse instead. I want say that it is impossible that medical marijuana would be helpful in addiction therapy, but I can say without reservation it is highly improbable and that these too are exceptions to the rule.

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