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Both California and Arizona have taken the long needed initiative and approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes The California bill says that patients may use marijuana with a doctors recommendation It does not however allow doctors to prescribe the drug Arizona voters passed a bill that swings out even further to the left than Californias Voters in Arizona think that people should be able to use any illicit drug for bona fide medical purposes A recommendation by two doctors is enough to warrant a prescription Unfortunately the bills passed in both states are terribly vague and are destined to be abused by people who are not really in need of the drug for purposes related to medicineLegalization of marijuana for medical purposes is a step in the right direction but California and Arizona are going about it the wrong way The chemical in marijuana that has medicinal benefits is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol THC Studies have shown that marijuana can ease pain relieve nausea and generally relax a person Marijuana is cheap and easy to produce so if legalized it would be plentiful and probably widely used The problem is that there are as many harmful effects from smoking marijuana as there are benefits It slows reflexes dulls the brain and sometimes causes hallucinations andor cancer Theres no mystery about why it is illegal in most parts of the world including the USThere is a simple solution that is not being discussed by the hard- headed bureaucracy THC is easily removed from the plant and could be administered as medicine in pill form What a novel idea No actually it isnt novel at all Many other forms of illegal drugs are dispensed as medicine in this manner Steroids Cortizone Prednizone and others and opiates namely codeine and morphine are prescribed regularly to patients for pain relief Of course the doctors dont dispense poppy seeds or cocaine the drug comes in a pill The amount of the
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