Richard Nixon launched the controversial war on drugs just over ageneration ago. Now, 1997, the state of California has taken a new step inthe “wrong direction” in the war on drugs.
“Yes Proposition 215” won a56% victory in the November 6, elections. Dennis Peron is a two timefederal convicted felon. If he is convicted one more time, Dennis will bemandatoryly sentenced to death under California’s “three strikes and yourout” law. Dennis is the head of the Cannabis Buyers’ Club in San Fran. Hehas been arrested many times for following his heart to help those in paindue to various medical treatments for deadly diseases. California Attorney General Dan Lungren is the head ringleader of San Fran’s undercoveroperation to bring down the clubs.
Lungren has had a grudge againstPeron ever since there fighting together in Vietnam. Lungren is the chief ofthe opposition of Prop. 215. He has contrived many destructive parties andwarrants to try and bring down Peron and the clubs. Despite all ofLungren’s efforts, he has lost a major battle.
His dirty and partially illegalfight against the medical use of Cannabis has yet to gain him a pointscoring victory. Dennis Peron and the Cannabis Buyers’ Club plans toexpand their knowledge with surrounding states and eventually make itnationally legal for medical patients to use “Marijuana” for their treatments. Who are we to play God? A doctor is obligated to perform any actpossible in order to save a patient. If the act necessary includes the use ofCanabis, “Marijuana” , then by all means we should provide them with it.
We are playing with the lives of people who are in a lot of pain and aregoing to die soon. We should make the last days of their lives aspainless as possible. The “war on drugs” is a impediment for those infavor of the medical use of marijuana. It comes down to the whetheror not we want to be passionate and help those overcome the painassociated with dreadful diseases.
Unfortunately our society todayturns everything into a battle. Why can’t we work together hand inhand, and make the last few days of these fellow Americans, whomsuffered so greatly, painless ones. We are not talking about drugdealers. These people have given everything asked of them to theircountry.
In return, I feel that we should allow them to take what evernecessary actions needed for there own comfort. If this means theuse of marijuana for 77 year olds, then so be it. also . .
. Who are we to play God? A doctor is obligated to perform anyact possible in order to save a patient. If the act necessary includesthe use of “Marijuana” then by all means we should provide them withit. We are playing with the lives of these people who are in a lot ofpain and are going to die soon. We should make the last days of theirlives as painless as possible. Marijuana has been proven to help those patients who sufferfrom chronic disorders such as multiple sclerosis, AIDS and epilepsy.
Marijuana, “Cannabis”, contains a substance called THC. This is thekey ingredient in this wondrous drug. Chemotherapy, which is oftengiven to cancer patients, causes severe nausea and extremevomiting. The THC in Marijuana reduces the vomiting and nauseawhile alleviating pretreatment anxiety.
Cannabis also helps boostappetites for aids patients. George Santos says, “Smokablemarijuana allows a better dose control and stimulates my appetitemore effectively than Marinol (synthetic THC)” Morganthau 23 . This miracle drug is savor for those who suffer from pain and musclespasms associated with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Marijuanareduces muscle spasms and may ease the incontinence of bladderand bowel and relieve depression. The drugs normally used to treatthese patients have many sideffects including liver damage, seizuresand spasticity.
One other adversity is the cost of the conventionaltreatments. We are dealing with elderly people who do not havehundreds of dollars to waste on partially effective drugs. Susan Nelson has spent a large part of her life watching herhusband, Don, fight to expel the chemicals used to treat his testicularcancer. After eighteen months of therapy, his esophagus ripped andcaused severe tissue damage. This effect was one of his body’smany reactions to the Chemotherapy treatment. It was just a decadelater, 1988, when Susan developed lymphoma.
She too underwentthe chemotherapy. Instead .