The media’s attention on California’s legalization efforts is picking up steam, as the state has taken a big step toward opening up medical marijuana to those with certain conditions.
Here are some of the most notable stories: – “I am sick of hearing ‘if you want to be a patient, you have to have marijuana’ in medical marijuana” — The Los Angeles Times (ABC News) The Times published an editorial Monday on the subject of medical marijuana in California, and it seems the sentiment has spread.
“As a doctor and a patient who has tried medical marijuana, I have to say that the ‘if’ is the key word here.
‘If you want’ is one of the main tenets of medical cannabis.
It means ‘if it works, and you are a good patient, it is a good use of our medical resources,'” the editorial read.
“And while it’s true that many of us are sick of being told ‘if your symptoms are severe, then you have a medical condition that warrants medical marijuana use,’ it’s a hard pill to swallow when we know that medical marijuana can help us.”
The Times said it did not endorse any specific strain or products.
But it did say that it is “troubling” to see so many of its colleagues writing that medical cannabis is “the next logical step in medicine” and that “if you don’t want to have it, then don’t use it.”
– “Why do so many doctors and the medical establishment support legalizing medical marijuana?”
— The Associated Press (AP) The AP also chimed in on the issue Monday, writing that the medical profession and the federal government are “trying to put pressure on doctors to prescribe medical marijuana and the American people to support this legislation.”
In a piece on Tuesday, the AP editorial board said that medical experts in the U.S. and Canada have raised concerns that legalizing medical pot would allow marijuana to be sold to kids, which they say is a violation of the Controlled Substances Act.
“Medical marijuana is being sold at a point where the law does not require it,” the editorial board wrote.
“It is not being sold in a way that is in compliance with the law.”
-“California’s medical cannabis program is a mixed bag of policies” — NPR (NPR) NPR’s political team spoke with several medical marijuana advocates to find out what the issues are with the state’s program.
“There are many things that we are concerned about with the medical marijuana law, which is the fact that the state is making it very hard to obtain medical marijuana,” said Sarah Schaffner, a member of the California Medical Association.
“If you’re sick, and want to get medical marijuana but you can’t get it in California due to medical reasons, you’re going to be in a very hard place.
And it’s not necessarily going to work for everybody.”
“There’s no reason for people to have to go to the DEA to get marijuana,” she added.
“They’re going in a state where they have no expectation that they’re going back and getting their medicine, and then going back to jail.”
-The AP reported that a new poll has found that 54 percent of Californians are against legalizing medical cannabis, with 35 percent saying they would be open to it.
“We know that a majority of Californian voters are opposed to legalizing marijuana and it’s been a pretty hard pill for a lot of people to swallow,” said Kristin Sivak, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
“When you have the American Medical Association, which has been at the forefront of the effort against medical marijuana for decades, saying that this is the wrong direction to go in, that is something we’re not going to like.
It’s not surprising to hear them say that.”