There is a huge amount of debate taking place at the state and federal level trying to determine when marijuana will become legal. The interest in this topic has led to the formation of groups like the Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative which has gained popularity in recent months as it pushes this topic forward.
The driving force behind the Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative is the substantial health benefits that are associated with the use of marijuana. There is a social stigma attached to the use of marijuana, and this negative stigma is one of the primary reasons that using marijuana is still considered a crime.
Circling back to the topic of health benefits linked to the consumption of marijuana one of the most popular is how it can help treat individuals who are suffering from Glaucoma. This is a condition where pressure builds up in the eye and over the course of time vision will be greatly diminished or even lost! When a person smokes marijuana on a regular basis the pressure is reduced which reduces the risk of an individual going blind provided they are using the marijuana as directed by their physician.
The health benefits don’t just stop with treating Glaucoma, individuals who are suffering from uncontrollable epileptic seizures have reported a dramatic reduction in both the frequency and intensity of these seizures when they are using marijuana.
We have only touched on some of the medicinal benefits linked to the use of marijuana but we haven’t talked about the social costs associated with marijuana. When a person is caught with marijuana for their own personal use they will have a criminal record which limits their chances of securing a job in the future even if it was for simple possession. Aside from the legal consequences there are criminal enterprises that are making vast sums of money from the distribution of marijuana. These criminals do not pay any taxes, drive up the rate of other crimes and are the cause of many social ills. If marijuana became legal and was regulated much like alcohol then the criminal enterprises would not be able to capitalize on this prohibition.
With state legislators working hard to draft up laws that will balance the need for people to have a legal channel for accessing marijuana and also protecting the general public from people who abuse marijuana while operating a vehicle there should be progress soon. Whether you are for or against marijuana you should consider pushing ahead with the legalization of it so the government will be able to tax it and funnel the revenue into social programs instead of having criminals become wealthy on the backs of sick people. Marijuana is going to be consumed whether it is legal or not so it behooves legislators to adapt the law to recognize this new reality and protect honest, hardworking people from having to break the law in order to get the medicine they need to treat a host of conditions.