Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Campaign Launch for Marijuana Has Legalization Back on the Table

Marijuana Plants

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Foundation (NORML Foundation) a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization, established in 1997, has launched it's first pro-marijuana ad campaign to air on select cable outlets like CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, Fuse, FX Networks, G4, MSNBC, CNN’s Headline News and Spike TV. This brings a lot of hope for chronic pain sufferers.

NORMAL reports that:
Since 1965, over 20 million Americans have been arrested on cannabis-related charges—90% for possession-only; over 900,000 cannabis arrests are expected again this year.
Millions could be saved in tax dollars if these people were never arrested to begin with and most have chronic pain and no criminal background other than possession.

On a personal note, my husband who has suffered with chronic pain for 12 years, could benefit greatly from its use. After seven back surgeries he lives on a drug regimen of 35 pills a day, including two different kinds of morphine. Despite the array of medications available to him not a lot of relief has been gained. We like the idea of having a more natural alternative or at least supplement. My biggest concern is the potential of addiction and it becoming a gateway to heavier drugs. NORMAL advocates with strict regulations, education and age restriction, legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana could be beneficial.

Here is the ad:


zack duncan said...

I disagree, I see no need to legalize marijuana. I dont see any productivity from marijuana. What good things have people done when they are sitting around stoned? granted it does help with pain but at what cost? I personally know somebody who is a chronic user of marijuana and he basically is useless. Whenever he is around hes not there. The "lights are on but nobody is home." I dont think people are looking at all the angles. It seems like people just want it legalized so they dont get into trouble. Whats next? legalizing prostitution?

Etha W said...

There are people who shouldn't smoke just like there are people who should not drink. Yet drinking is leagal and not as regulated as marijuana would be if it was legalized.