Presently the argument over universal health care is unnecessarily complicated. For centuries, both common people and highly educated people have known that we have universal healthcare: it’s called medical cannabis (commonly referred to as “medical marijuana”).
While modern science has made giant steps in medicine, surgery, pharmacology, psychology, biology, and immunology, to name a few of the many disciplines that have been enlivened in the 20th and 21st centuries, there are many in the world who have access only to what the planet provides for health care, the herbal pharmacopoeia.
Cannabis is known to be useful across the board in disease processes and in many cases, it is all that is needed to resolve serious difficulties. An added bonus is that it is virtually cost-free to everyone—it grows in the backyard, on the patio, or on a windowsill. It’s prolific and benign and has been used medicinally for as long as man has recorded his activities.
The DEA’s Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young concluded:
In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.
US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, “In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition,” [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 1988), p. 57.)
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from CNN’s special reporting on the topic of cannabis this week, here is a clip on medicinal cannabis use and cancer relief featuring singer Melissa Etheridge (view full segment here)
There is a move afoot to legalize, regulate and tax medical marijuana in California. It’s often said, as California goes, so goes the nation. Do not support any law or any agenda that builds barriers to a person’s right to support his body in any way that is harmless to others. Any form of cannabis prohibition crosses the barrier that government cannot cross, the sovereignty of the individual.
Two law professors, Eric Blumenson (Suffolk University Law School) and Eva Nilsen (Boston University Law School), have authored an essay, Liberty Lost: The Moral Case for Marijuana Law Reform. In it, the authors argue: the right to use marijuana invokes “the rights to control one‘s body, to freedom of thought, to privacy in one‘s home, and to the pursuit of happiness”. (Source)