Target: Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois
Goal: Commend Illinois for becoming the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical use.
Illinois has just legalized the use of medical marijuana. Individuals with serious illnesses such as HIV, multiple sclerosis, and cancer can now legally possess “limited qualities” of cannabis for medical use. In addition, RT reports that there will be twenty cultivation centers located throughout the state, where plants may be legally grown. Patients will be able to legally purchase up to “2.5 ounces of marijuana every week.”
This is an important legal breakthrough. Significant evidence shows that medical marijuana is safer to use than many prescribed opioid painkillers. Unlike painkillers such as Percocet or Oxycontin, it is almost impossible to die from an accidental overdose of marijuana. Furthermore, medical marijuana has been shown to help stimulate appetite and support restful sleep for individuals undergoing difficult medical treatments such as chemotherapy. As medical marijuana legalization increases on an incremental, state-by-state basis, the federal government will soon be forced to listen to the will of the people. Illinois has taken a brave step in signing their new medical marijuana bill into law, especially since the Drug Enforcement Agency has recently “launched four simultaneous raids” on medical marijuana growers, distributors, and users, according to RT. Commend the state of Illinois and Governor Pat Quinn for standing up for the health and well being of their citizens and against the prohibitive measures of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. More states must follow Illinois’ progressive lead.
Dear Governor Pat Quinn,
Thank you for legalizing the medical usage of marijuana in the state of Illinois. There are far too many people addicted to and reliant on dangerous opioid painkillers in the United States, and allowing the medical usage of marijuana in your state offers sick Illinois citizens access to safer methods of pain management. It seems cruel to stigmatize cancer patients and HIV sufferers with arrest and imprisonment simply for seeking for a safe way to manage their illnesses and improve their overall quality of life.
By legalizing the possession, distribution, and usage of medical marijuana, you have taken a big step forward against the overbearing prohibition methods of the United States federal government and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Furthermore, by doing this, you have also taken a large risk; the Drug Enforcement Agency has raided dispensaries and made arrests in states where medical marijuana use and distribution is supposedly legal. Thank you for standing with the health and well-being of your citizens. Illinois is the twentieth state to sign such a bill into law; it is our hope that other states follow your lead and legalize the medical usage of marijuana.
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