Target: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
Goal: Applaud Connecticut for approving medical marijuana for patients with chronic conditions
For some time now a debate has raged around the use of marijuana as a form of medicine. Opponents of medical marijuana often decry it as an easily abused drug, claiming that its widespread recreational use and lack of federal support invalidate it as a form of therapy. However, marijuana’s therapeutic and medicinal benefits are becoming nearly impossible to deny. Cannabis has proven time and time again to be an effective treatment for the symptoms associated with conditions such as chronic pain, migraines, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and anxiety disorders. Medical marijuana has been heavily researched and declared to be safe for adults, with myriad doctors and patients vouching for its efficacy and usage. It is in this light that Connecticut just joined the growing ranks of states and municipalities that will allow the use of medical marijuana.
Starting soon, people suffering from chronic or debilitating medical conditions will be able to apply for a permit that will allow them to use, own, and purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. The permit will not be the easiest to get, ensuring that only patients who truly need cannabis’s help are getting it, not just those looking to get high legally. A doctor will be needed to instigate the process, and the patient must be over 18 and a Connecticut resident. The doctor will need to sign off on all steps of the application process. Furthermore, only certain conditions are covered under the legislation: HIV/AIDS, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma are all covered.
Connecticut hopes to have the program in full swing by the winter of 2013. This is yet another milestone in the fight for medical marijuana and patients’ rights. Thank Connecticut for helping patients get the help they need and live their lives in greater comfort.
Dear Governor Malloy,
Your state has recently ventured forward, taking a bold step in helping patients who suffer from painful and crippling conditions. By approving medical marijuana in Connecticut you have improved the quality of life for your sick residents. Although this daring step flies in the face of federal law, know that it will truly improve hundreds of people’s lives.
Horrible diseases like cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson’s and HIV/AIDS strike innumerable people nationwide; their lives are often marked by the crippling pain associated with these conditions or their treatments. These patients have trouble, eating, sleeping, and moving. It is not uncommon for their prescribed medications to leave them feeling achy, mentally hazy, and tired— patients say that marijuana fulfills the tasks that their traditional medications do not. Doctors and researchers agree that marijuana is suitable for medicinal use as it is non-addictive, safe for adults, and is an effective painkiller. Yet across the country people cannot use this substance because their state will not allow it. You have helped to change this pattern, giving Connecticut’s patients access to a medicine that can better their lives.
The adoption of medical marijuana is a complex issue that can be riddled with pitfalls and with people trying to take advantage of the system, but your state has taken measures against that, requiring doctors to sign off on every step of the application. For this you should be commended. You have managed to strike a balance that helps patients, but weeds out fraudulent cases and individuals who would exploit the program.
Thank you Governor, you should be very proud of what your state has accomplished. You have taken a great stride forward for patients’ rights, medical marijuana, and healthcare in general. The lives of many sick Connecticut residents are about to be greatly improved because of the bravery and progressive thinking that your state has shown.
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