Here’s a story out of Michigan that illustrates the resistance we all experience in this time of change. In 2008, that state’s voters passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, which allows state-registered patients to use the herb to treat certain medical conditions. A Senate Bill approved in committee last week would prevent the state licensing agency from issuing medical marijuana cards for glaucoma and remove it from the list of debilitating conditions. Glaucoma, really?
State Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) sponsored the legislation. “I have met with multiple medical professionals, and not one of them has been able to tell me a benefit of treating glaucoma with medical marijuana,” Jones said in a statement. “In fact, a large problem is that many patients forgo the use of approved treatments such as eye drops and exclusively use medical marijuana which increases their risk for permanent visual loss and blindness,” he continued. People don’t take medicine when they need it?
Tim Beck, political director of the pro-medical marijuana group Michigan Association of Compassion Centers, disagreed with Jones’ assertions. “Used in combination [with prescribed medicine] it’s proven very, very effective,” he told City Pulse, a Lansing-based publication. “Anyone silly enough not to use their eye drops, well, maybe there’s something else wrong with them besides glaucoma.” Thank you.
Matthew Abel, is executive director of the Michigan chapter of NORML and the campaign director of Committee for a Safer Michigan, a group trying to legalize marijuana in Michigan by a ballot initiative. He told The Huffington Post that Sen. Jones was less motivated by health concerns than by his conservative agenda. “I think Senator Jones is completely opposed to medical marijuana law and is attempting to chip away at it by any means necessary,” he said, though he doubted Jones’ ability to sell the bill to his colleagues. “Nobody I’ve talked to in the legislature expects his bills to pass.”
As always, there is much more at The Huffington Post.
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