Sunday, 6 March 2016

Cannabis: Medicalisation and Restriction of Rights.

It seems to me that recently more people are saying that they use cannabis solely or primarily as a medicine as if that should give them to right to do something that other people don't have the right to do: many live under the illusions that a "medical cannabis" campaign will lead to legalisation to grow our own cannabis.
Take a look at, for example, opium, a class A drug: medical opium = opiates has been available through doctors and pharmacies for many decades, yet the right to grow ones own poppies and make ones own opium, whether for medicine or not, is still ignored by the law.
Once the pharmaceutical giants jump on board the medical cannabis bandwagon, there will be plenty of extracts and other products from cannabis available if one can find a doctor willing to prescribe (many doctors in Holland, even, will not). But unlike Holland, we may not have coffeeshops.
Then there will be no "excuse", no mitigation, for people that grow.
BOTTLE is needed.
Groups and individuals need to put themselves aside for a time and all campaign for Justice and equal Rights for all - the right to a private life, to practice our beliefs (alone or with others), the right to property -- for everyone.
THEN and only then will those who consider their need to be primarily medicinal relief will be able to grow their own. cannabis.
THEN commercial outlets for all adults will follow, with quality control, consumer protection and tax of profits. 
THEN doctors will start to issue prescriptions.
Pharmaceutical medical cannabis is:
(a) already here (eg Sativex) and 
(b) inevitable.
Let the pharmaceutical companies campaign for their profits and by all means advertise medical needs, but don't call that legalisation.

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