If Israel Does It…the US Agrees With It: But Why Not Medical Marijuana?


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I’ve been keeping my eye on the news of how Israel has decided to grow, cultivate and make medical marijuana available for patient use. The story is only a few weeks old; I began to see it during mid July.

Strangely enough the country has already did whatever type of magical decision making that goes on behind closed doors and have now announced a country wide effort to make medical marijuana part of the available remedies for doctors and patients.

Of approximately 6,000 Israelis currently being treated with medical cannabis (aka medical marijuana), most suffer from chronic pain and terminal illnesses. The therapeutic potential of cannabis has been known for many years and is recognized by the Health Ministry.

While the United States is over here still debating something as contrite as the usefulness and effectiveness of medical marijuana Israel took mere weeks to move in creating a social policy that addressed the needs of the people.

My question to you is when do we begin to question the motives and qualifications of our elected officials when they either refuse to address or are unable to address the demands of the citizens in our country? This conversation is not just about marijuana, my friends, you can pose this question to dam near anything you’re having a problem with…jobs, healthcare, education, housing cost, weed use….shall I go on?

At the very least, the United States and Israel are close allies. I wonder what it would take for the American government to follow the lead of a country that we sometimes refer to as an ideal? I don’t know but I do know some of Israel’s civil liberty policies are the least civil and liberating; can’t say the same about ours.

If Israel can accomplish all this in a matter of weeks than can someone tell me why we aren’t even having the discussion about it?

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Author: TRJ

Political pondering as seen through a smoky purple hazed shade. A poet and provocateur who won't remember how and why I may have offended you yesterday...so please refrain from complaining. I love the kids; nature and I promote peace and humanity as mush as I can when not fighting domestic terrorist aka 'The Man'.

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