IS ACCESS TO MEDICINAL CANNABIS A HUMAN RIGHT?

It should be.

 

Picture this: The seasons are changing, the flowers are pollinating and, after a long day at work, a man suffers from an asthma attack. He uses his inhaler, relieve the symptoms then heads to the pharmacy to refill his subscription. When he gets to the pharmacy, he finds it is not open for business and, upon peering through the window, notices that the store proprietor and lead pharmacist are both on their knees, in handcuffs, as police officers are bagging up all asthma inhalers as evidence.

 

Or how about this: A mother, in need of medication for her son’s learning disability, lines up at the grocery store pharmacy counter to fill her child’s prescription. When she reaches the front of the line she is told that the store (and all other stores in the country) no longer carry the drug she is after. Ignoring the benefits provided to children with legitimate need for the drug, lawmakers have designated it as a controlled substance, on account of the fact that college students are using it to get high.

 

And finally, this: An elderly woman, suffering greatly from glaucoma, heads to a local medicinal marijuana dispensary to receive the medication she requires. The store, which is the only one in her small town, has been shut down. The woman doesn’t drive, has no interaction with the street level criminals who traffic marijuana illegally and, even if she even knows how to operate a computer, cannot order marijuana online because the plant cannot cross state lines.

 

Although all three examples are equally ridiculous, the third is unique in that it actually happens.

 

Although cannabis has been proven to provide significant medicinal benefits, in far too many regions, the plants psychoactive effects outweigh that in the eyes of the law. The strange thing is, this logic is not applied to other products with medicinal value.

Prescription medications like oxycodone, diazepam and fentanyl are frequently abused as narcotics. Even common over the counter medicines and household products, such as cough syrup, glue and paint thinner, can be used to get the user high (and are considerably more dangerous than marijuana). Despite this, outside of states with legalization, the regulation of cannabis is much more restrictive than any of these products.

 

The problem, in our eyes, comes down to the fact that, in certain areas, lawmakers are either unable, or unwilling, to differentiate between medicinal cannabis use and recreational cannabis use.

 

Fortunately, attitudes are changing, and in more forward thinking areas, this no longer holds true. In 25 of the American States, medicinal cannabis is legal to some degree, and up north, Canadians have a charter right to access medicinal marijuana (though the places selling the marijuana are heavily regulated). In any event, regardless of how jurisdictions classify recreational cannabis, we believe that medicinal cannabis should be considered a basic human right, like other medicines.

 

Hopefully, the states that have not yet legalized the medicinal use of cannabis will do so soon. In the meantime, why not read up on CBD extracts (from non-psychoactive, legal hemp plants) over at the www.cannaviri.com blog.

SOURCE:

https://news.vice.com/article/is-medical-marijuana-a-human-right-in-canada

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/medical-marijuana-court-ruling-myths-1.3462819

 

AUTHOR: Matt Kyska
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