Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Praise New York governor for legalizing nonsmokable medical marijuana
With a recent New York Times editorial calling for a lift on the federal ban against marijuana use and more and more states either legalizing marijuana or medical marijuana all the time, legislation regarding this once-feared substance is increasingly based in fact instead of fear. Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo legalized medical marijuana to be prescribed for patients seeking relief from excruciating pain. Applaud Cuomo’s actions and celebrate the recent progressive changes in America’s drug policies.
The public is increasingly in favor of legalizing marijuana use, with about 54% of Americans supporting the substance’s full legalization in a recent poll. America’s federal policies are outdated and out of touch with public opinion on drugs. The government currently classifies marijuana on the same level as substances such as heroin and LSD, and as more dangerous than extremely physically addictive drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. The police arrest more people on marijuana charges than on heroin charges, a statistic that seems outrageous considering how damaging heroin is to an individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health.
New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana. Doctors will now be able to prescribe nonsmokable marijuana to patients with certain serious conditions such as cancer, AIDs, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. When it goes into effect in 18 months, the legislation will help to relieve the daily suffering of thousands of New Yorkers. Research shows that marijuana may have wide-ranging health benefits such as controlling epileptic seizures, decreasing anxiety, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, treating inflammatory bowel diseases, relieving arthritis, and even stopping the spread of cancer.
Although conclusive long-term studies of the effects of marijuana on the brain have yet to be done, it’s clear that marijuana is less damaging to physical and mental health than other legal substances like alcohol and cigarettes, or than other illegal substances like heroin and methamphetamine.
Applaud Governor Cuomo for helping to ease the pain New Yorkers with debilitating illnesses and for placing facts and research about marijuana above rumors, panic, and hearsay.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Thank you for legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York. Once the new legislation goes into effect, it will help thousands of people across the state to cope with chronic conditions and pain as well as terminal illnesses.
As scientists are discovering more and more medicinal uses of marijuana, it’s clear that the potential benefits outweigh the potential side effects in many cases. With further research into the long-term health effects of the drug, full legalization may not be far off.
The many people who suffer from debilitating seizures or cancer pain in New York are that much closer to relief because of this legislation. It’s high time that governments set aside their outdated fears and embrace reason and science when it comes to drugs. Thank you for taking this essential first step.
[Your Name Here]
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