Government’s War on Its Own People
Dr. Mark Sircus, Contributing Writer
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A medicinal marijuana user should not be considered a criminal in any state. Most major medical groups, including the Institute of Medicine,agree that marijuana is a compound with significant therapeutic potential. — Dr. Gregory T. Carter
The United States government is at war with its own people (war against drugs) and is stubbornly facing down governors of states, state legislators and, through the years, a host of organizations.
The rebellion against federal fanaticism against marijuana started with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the country’s largest public service workers’ union, which passed a resolution years ago endorsing medical marijuana at its national convention in Chicago. Then the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Citizens Against Government Waste came out publicly for humane medicine and the legalization of medical marijuana.
Leading medical, religious, and legal organizations that now support physician-supervised access to medical marijuana, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, include the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Student Association, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, and the American Bar Association.
The American Bar Association “recognizes that persons who suffer from serious illnesses for which marijuana has a medically recognized therapeutic value have a right to be treated with marijuana under the supervision of a physician.” Religious organizations in support include the United Methodist Church’s Board of Church and Society, the Presbyterian Church, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Union of Reform Judaism.