The Top Ten Reasons Texas Should Legalize Cannabis, Y'all
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1. People suffering from medical issues should not have to risk jail time to obtain treatment. Another full stop.
There's just zero reason for pot to be illegal, medical or otherwise. Criminalizing marijuana isn't just pushing the practice underground for your resident friendly stoners, it's also pushing it underground for medical patients. Putting patients in the position of having to obtain marijuana by illegal methods in punitive in so many ways, and really, they shouldn't be facing jail time for possession of pot in order to alleviate symptoms.
I'm going to relay a personal anecdote on this one, because I feel it's important to look at it from the human side of things. I grew up with a friend whose family is very traditional and conservative; they're die-hard Republicans that encroach on the Tea Party mentality. She's a bit less hardcore than her parents were as an adult, but is still conservative nonetheless. They never would have been pro-pot.
But things happen, diseases pop up, and her Gran was diagnosed with throat cancer. She ultimately succumbed to the disease, and one of the hardest parts of the treatment was how much pain she went through during her final weeks. Nothing would ease it, and she was starving to death while experiencing some excruciating pain. They watched helplessly, wishing there was a way to either help or end the suffering.
The friend's husband was finally sent to go obtain some reefer out of desperation, and good ol' Gran finally had some relief. Luckily they were able to obtain it relatively easy, but most adults wouldn't have a clue who to go to. Well, that shouldn't be the case. If someone's suffering, there should be options outside of a pill bottle. Options that work, for the love.
The bottom line is, to deny people the right to choose a treatment that has been proven to ease their suffering is to deny them their basic rights as a patient and a person. Folks shouldn't be pushed to the point of obtaining marijuana by illegal methods in order to keep Gran comfortable. Nothing about blocking legalization, medical or otherwise, seems the humane thing to do.