Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'M A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT!

How many people are feeling a strong case of post-traumatic stress? I know I am because of this crazy economy. Well, there is definitely a sure sign of relief coming your way now!

"A bill giving medical-marijuana patients better access to the drug won final approval from the state Senate Tuesday, sending it on to the House for consideration.

The Senate passed the bill on a 28-22 vote, picking up some additional support since the measure won preliminary endorsement Saturday by a 25-24 margin.

Senate Bill 326, sponsored by Sen. Ron Erickson, D-Missoula, makes several changes to the medical-marijuana law that Montana voters put into place by initiative in 2004.

The law allows physicians to recommend that certain patients suffering from chronic pain be allowed to smoke or ingest marijuana to relieve the pain or otherwise treat their disease, such as glaucoma.

SB326 increases the amount of marijuana that a patient or "caregiver" can possess from one ounce to three ounces; allows patients to get the drug from more than one licensed caregiver; allows licensed growers to have six "mature" plants rather than just six plants; and adds some additional medical conditions or diseases that can be legally treated by marijuana, such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and post-traumatic stress syndrome."

I definitely wonder how many people will take advantage of this new bill. It is quite interesting. I know that there are some people that seriously do need medical marijuana. However, I know that there are some people that use their conditions as an excuse to get a fix. What amazes me is that there is a big argument that smoking is bad for you? Yet, marijuana is an exception. What do you think?