Pubdate: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 Source: Missoulian (MT) Copyright: 2011 Missoulian Contact: http://www.missoulian.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/720 Author: B. Strand MEDICAL MARIJUANA: DRUG IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE Because I don't like nor smoke marijuana, my opinion and my vote should count, and not be treated like just another junkie trying to further my agenda. The arguments from both sides need to be separated. Marijuana should be legal across the board, but since right now we are focusing on prescription use, not all use, I will separate and focus on legalization for medical use. Please do the same if you argue against me. First, most of the arguments against legalization have nothing to do with how marijuana has been proven to help some people have a better quality of life, or even any quality of life at all! It should be a crime to prevent or inhibit doctors from prescribing such effective treatment. All other anti-legalization arguments are peripheral, and statistically fallible, and just downright irrational, detrimental, statistically questionable and heartless. I have not heard one reason to deny medical use of marijuana that is scientifically and/or statistically proven, or can't be legislated away. I have seen very convincing proof - measurable, visible and provable proof - that it does work for many conditions, like glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and cancer. Marijuana, an antioxidant, has been shown to actually decrease cancer risks, and has not been shown to increase lung cancer. Montel Williams was just on the Dr. Oz show talking about how scans showed his MS was not progressing as predicted. Using marijuana should not be a crime. Our government butting their heads into our very personal business, business between a doctor and patient, preventing people from access something that works should be the crime. This very personal issue should stop being a rabidly political and irrationally emotional one. I wish we could act like free citizens who can tell our government what we actually want. B. Strand Missoula - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.