Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ARLS WANTS YOUR OPINION: FOR or AGAINST? Medical-Marijuana Bill Passes in N.J.

A bill that would allow patients with certain types of illnesses to legally use marijuana to ease their symptoms has passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature and is headed to Gov. Jon Corzine for his expected approval.

The New York Times reported Jan. 12 that the bill would permit individuals with cancer, AIDS, ALS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and certain other serious, chronic illnesses to obtain the drug from six planned dispensaries that will be regulated by the state.


Anonymous said...

I'm all for it. If you counsellors really care so much about reducing the number of addicts (wouldn't that cut into your bottom line, though?), then you'd surely be for legalizing a painkiller that isn't so physically addictive it causes the patient to become violently ill and depressed once they're taken off it. (Only to be further degraded by having their basic human dignity and liberty trampled on via forced institutionalization??)

Of course, Big Pharma hasn't and never will corner the market on Mother Nature. I'm almost opposed to legalizing weed simply because the Nanny State government will then 'sin tax' it to death, black market prices are much lower. I'm only for it so that americans suffering from terminal diseases and chronic pain can have a more legal, healthy alternative to what amounts to synthesized heroin (and Pharma charges dearly for real treatment, methadone or even better Suboxone....8 bucks a pill!) They're raking in cash on both ends, making addicts of people then charging them whatever those who can afford are desperate enough to pay in order to cure them. What a racket.

Addiction Recovery Legal Services LLC said...

Anonymous - first of all - I am not a counselor. Also, with the following stats, I don't think that I have to be all to worried that I will "cut into [my] bottom line" as you have so delicately put. There are plenty of people to help out there. According to the National Institute of Health, drug and alcohol addiction “[a]ffects approximately 14% of the American Population.” That means of approximately 304,059,724 Americans, a staggering 42,568,361 currently suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.1 Globally, the number is staggering.

Also, we don't "institutionalize" anyone. You seem to have some distorted view of our services as-well-as some firsthand knowledge of pain meds / suboxone (and, their wholesale/street sale costs). Please do elaborate from your perspective. Have you dealt with addiction personally / civil commitment / incarceration for drug use or possession?