Target: Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner, FDA
Goal: Legalize medical marijuana in the United States.
Medical marijuana is currently available only on a state-by-state basis. In states where it is a legally accessible option, people with chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, insomnia, and a large number of other illnesses are able to receive this treatment. In some anecdotal cases, it’s even a cure. Unfortunately, the number of states where this life-improving treatment is currently available is very small. Those who live in a state where it is not available, but receive medical treatment in a state where it is, are at risk of arrest if they bring their filled medical marijuana prescription across the border.
Contrary to popular thinking, legalizing medical marijuana won’t increase illegal use of the drug. Instead, it will provide alternative treatment for patients in need and allow them to obtain it without being criminalized by society. When alcohol was briefly made illegal by constitutional amendment, the illegal use of it skyrocketed. When the amendment was repealed and people of an appropriate age were able to easily and legally obtain it, illegal use of alcohol dropped. From this, history teaches us that criminalizing something, which when used appropriately is not harmful, backfires. In the case of medical marijuana, it would only be used when a patient is under a doctor’s care, just like other prescriptions and controlled substances.
Sign this petition and demand that the FDA review and amend current laws regarding marijuana to make it legal with a prescription from a doctor.
Dear Mr. Ostroff,
Millions of Americans are currently denied access to life-improving medicine. Medical marijuana has been shown to greatly decrease the effects of chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, insomnia, and a large number of other illnesses. The law of the land enables states to determine whether or not this treatment is legal. Not only does this deny access to the majority of the population, it provides a system in which someone can live in one state, but receive medical treatment in another and be given a prescription for medical marijuana. However, if the state they live in views it as illegal, they could be arrested for using their physician-prescribed marijuana once they return home.
Access to this treatment needs to be legal and accessible to everyone under a doctor’s care. Physicians need to be able to prescribe whatever they believe will best help their patients regardless of geographic location. Help ease pain and suffering by legalizing medical marijuana.
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