Arizona recently voted to approve a ballot measure that will legalize sales of medical marijuana. In a very close referendum, 4300 votes carried this measure.
The purpose of medical marijuana is to allow patients who suffer from cancer, aids and other illnesses to utilize marijuana. Patients receive a prescription from their doctor to deal with their pain and suffering. The Medical Marijuana Project has made the following statement: “Voters in Arizona have sided with science and compassion while dealing yet another blow to our nations cruel and irrational prohibition on marijuana. Arizona now reflects the main stream of public opinion that seriously ill people should not be treated like criminals if marijuana can provide them relief, and that doctors should be able to recommend marijuana to patients if they believe it can alleviate their suffering.”
Since 1966, fourteen states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws. The Arizona proposition will allow the state to create 120 regulated clinics to dispense marijuana. Individuals who live in excess of twenty-five miles from a clinic will be given permission to grow their own marijuana. Although fourteen states and the District of Columbia have approved medical marijuana laws, the federal government still takes a very harsh view with regard to individuals utilizing marijuana for any purpose. There is now a conflict between the federal government and state governments concerning medical marijuana laws. Hopefully this conflict will be resolved in the near future.
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