Medical Marijuana Laws In California

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In 1996, California passed a medical marijuana law stating that patients in their state could grow, smoke, and obtain medical marijuana if they had a doctor’s oral or written recommendation to do so. Since then, thirty-four other states have passed legislation recognizing the value of medical marijuana. The passing of these medical marijuana laws in different states have caused some controversy between state and federal governments. Because of the current federal drug laws, federal agents are forced to prosecute and/or arrest these patients, and confiscate their marijuana even though their state laws allow them to obtain it. One particular case involved two California women who have chronic diseases, and say that medical marijuana is the only…show more content…
Our nation was made for the federal government and state governments to have their own separate laws, and that whatever federal law there is in place, states can’t make laws that affect the federal ones. In response to this, I feel that the federal government should let the state governments have medical marijuana laws, but work together to make the state laws legal on the stance that it doesn’t affect the federal laws that are already in place. Speaking on behalf of the federal government thinking that with state medical marijuana laws in place, will make the controlled substance act ineffective, my argument, which is also the state governments argument, would be that the state laws won’t make the act ineffective because the marijuana isn’t being sold from state to state. In addition, if it does end up effecting interstate commerce then the federal government can then prosecute those people not following the Act. All in all, if the medical marijuana is regulated properly then the federal government won’t lose oversight of illegal drugs. Now, my response to the drug trafficking issue. As stated before, the federal government…show more content…
This would not be the case if doctors and patients treat medical marijuana like any other prescription drug. If it is handled like any other prescription drug in the sense that a patient has to have a written prescription for it and it is disbursed through a pharmacy. If patients have a written prescription for it then that will also help federal agents to identify people that might be using it recreationally too. For a doctor to be able to write prescriptions for medical marijuana they should be trained on what illnesses they are allowed to write the prescription for, have testing for those illnesses to prove that those patients have an illness that is in need of a medical marijuana prescription, and have a rule stating that they are only allowed to give a prescription for medical marijuana if all other prescription options have been exhausted. If people try to make fake prescriptions for drug trafficking or their own recreational use then federal agents will be able to know what prescriptions are fake and then also who they are able to prosecute. In addition to people having fake prescriptions, if a person is caught with the possession of marijuana and they do not have it in their prescription package then federal agents can also prosecute those people just as if they would someone having another prescription drug in their
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