Change 2 or the right to Medical Dope would make the use of medical dope legal under certain health conditions. Patients or caregivers with an issued driver’s license by a physician would also be allowed to attend registered dope treatment centers (Ballotpedia 2014). Not just buy weed uk anyone can get a medical dope driver’s license though. Individuals must be diagnosed with a “debilitating medical condition” such as cancer, HIV or glaucoma. The Florida Department of Health would be responsible for regulating medical dope and it would also issue identification cards and develop procedures for treatment centers. In the following passages I will discuss the pros and cons of dope, how poor people can obtain it if they can’t afford it and how i personally feel about change 2 and the legalization of dope.
Medical dope has many health benefits such as minimizing chronic pain due to an illness or minimizing stress from a long or busy day. The data is proven by research that dope can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting, and other debilitating symptoms caused by such illnesses as cancer and Aids in patients all around the globe (ProCon 2014). Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN mentioned that dope doesn’t have a high potential for abuse and there are very legitimate applications. Also “Sometimes dope is the only thing that works”, said Gupta. Arthritis is another common disease, usually in older adults, with no current cure and dope has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of this disease as well. Rheumatology reported in 2006 that “In comparison with the placebo, the CBM [cannabis-based medicine] produced statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest and quality of sleep (ProCon 2014). Although there are several legitimate benefits of medical dope, you can still find those who disagree and assert that the legalization of medical dope would be harmful to society.
The ones who are against Change 2 and the legal use of dope assert it may be detrimental to society by causing an increase in crime. Bishop Ron Allen claimed that dope would increase crime and poverty in Berkeley and he explains, “Research tells us that dope has the same effects on the pleasure central system in the brain as heroin and crack cocaine. ” (OpposingViews 2014) Admirers of dope like Mason Tvert, of the Dope Policy Project disagree with Allen, stating that Allen didn’t know what he was talking about and dope has been been shown to be less toxic and less habit forming than other drugs. “The on her that Medical associations across the nation and more than 80% of Americans think dope can help seriously ill people (Opposing Views) states Tvert. ” A report conducted by the University of Colorado at Dallas found that legalized dope may reduce criminal activity like robber and homicide (Ferner 2014).
Another downfall of dope is that it is stated to be a gateway or stepping stone to other harmful drugs such as cocaine or heroine. The Novelty helmet Forum mentioned in a statement that “Since THC is continually within the body the “high” from pot gradually decreases so pot smokers usually take other drugs to get a kick (ProCon 2014). ” File a claim Rosche, Founder and Chief executive of the National Families for says, “This issue received intense press coverage and California’s teenagers got the message, their past month dope use increased by nearly one-third that year, from 6. 5% to 9. 2% according to the National Household Survey on Drug abuse. It’s still continuing to rise: 1997-6. 8%, 1998-7. 4, and 1999-8. 4%. Even if the use of dope continues to rise and it is legalized, how will the poor households obtain it if they can’t afford it?
The city of Berkeley, Calif. recently announced a new law in which dope dispensaries will have to give 2% of their cannabis to low-income people starting in August of next year (OpposingViews). This could be a good law that other states like Florida can use to regulate to use of dope if they do decide to make it legal. With the donation law, poor individuals can have the dope they need which is known to sell for at least $400 an ounce in California. This price is only the street value of the plant-form (what you smoke) of medical dope, so other forms such as liquid or extracted may cost more. The most important part about state regulation is that poor families with “debilitating medical conditions” will have a way to obtain the medical dope they need to alleviate their symptoms.
With all the factual evidence pointing to the amazing benefits of medical dope, I agree and vote yes on change 2 which will legalize medical dope. I have a grandmother who has epilepsy seizures and if a dose of prescribed dope will help alleviate her or any other patient’s symptoms, why not give her or other patients dosages by pill? The Epilepsy Foundation released a statement earlier this year that supported the legal rights of patients and families existing with seizures and epilepsy to access physician-directed care, including dope (OpposingViews). There is no factual evidence of anyone dying from dope and my research concluded mostly positive benefits. Weighing out the benefits of medical dope and the fact that poor households may have a way to obtain it, increases the state of Florida all the reasons and factual evidence it takes to legalize dope.