Using the Opioid Epidemic to prosecute medical marijuana providers and patients

Ten years ago, when I began writing Busted, I supported the war on drugs, believed all drugs were bad, and agreed with locking up drug users. After much research, I came to the conclusion the war on drugs is a colossal waste of money because prohibition doesn’t work, not all drugs are bad—i.e., medicinal marijuana; and drug users have a disease like alcoholism that requires rehabilitation, not to be incarcerated in our over-crowded prisons and left alone to suffer through withdrawal.

The U.S. is experiencing an opioid epidemic. Opioids are synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs that are similar to opiates and include drugs such as PercocetVicodinOxyContin, and Fentanyl. What’s an opiate? Wikipedia defines opiates as painkillers or analgesic drugs, including those naturally derived from opium, such as morphine and heroin.

According to Alan Pyke, the Deputy Economic Policy Editor of ThinkProgress, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking Congress for permission to prosecute medical marijuana providers and patients, and believes the government should crack down on doctor-prescribed marijuana. In other words, the prescription painkiller epidemic that medicinal cannabis helps stunt should be made illegal.

A bipartisan agreement in Congress has denied funding to the DOJ for such prosecutions, and Mr. Sessions is trying to undo that agreement.

In a June 22, 2017 Rolling Stone article, Matt Laso suggests supporting the new legislation being proposed by six bipartisan senators – the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act, or CARERS Act – which will formalize states’ rights to set their own medical marijuana laws.

What can you do? Tell Congress to protect medical marijuana from Jeff Sessions. Click the link below to sign a petition offered by Murshed Zaheed, the Political Director of CREDO Action from Working Assets:

Thanks for reading.

Warmest Regards,                                                                                                                         Michele

Michele I. Khoury                                                                                                                           Author, Busted                                                                                       


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