More than a decade ago, my dear friend had a back injury that continues to cause severe pain on a daily basis. When the accident happened, her doctor prescribed a narcotic painkiller. She refused the prescription. That is why she is not addicted to opioids.
Instead, she decided to use marijuana (also known as cannabis) for pain relief.
At the time she turned to marijuana for pain relief, it was not legal in her state. Nonetheless, she was more willing to risk arrest than she was to risk addiction to a narcotic pain reliever. Since then, the law in her state was changed by voters approving a medical marijuana law.
As a witness of her success, I wish everyone had the freedom to choose. More than that, I wish we could get scientific data about the medicinal value of marijuana. I applaud the efforts of lawmakers in the State of Utah to at least research the possibilities before making a decision either way.
As citizens, we have the right to objective, proven facts without being hindered by the religious concerns of someone else. We would have those facts if marijuana was moved from the Schedule I list to Schedule II–this would enable research, and we need and deserve that research sooner rather than later.
The millions who are fortunate enough to live in a state where they have the freedom to use this drug instead of that drug are currently guinea pigs, guessing on how much THC or CBD (components of marijuana that have different effects) to use. It would be nice to know the truth about the effectiveness of CBD as an anti-inflammatory–millions who are taking Prednisone for chronic conditions would be grateful to have an alternative with fewer and less serious side effects.