In Pain and Dying? Let the State Decide Your Fate

Monday, May 19, 2008
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The lack of a free market for organs has long been the cause of needless deaths. And now, because marijuana is not a corporatist state-approved drug (unlike the overpriced pills pushed by Big Pharma), patients waiting for organ transplants, who smoke pot to deal with the pain, are being turned down for transplants. Medical marijuana, approved in some states, is not approved by the Feds, and thus the heavy hand of federal authoritarianism comes down upon those who dare to be prescribed marijuana (legally), by a doctor, because they are in unbearable pain. However, patients are free to fill up on all of Big Pharma’s powerful, prescription drugs that bring with them numerous health-destroying side effects. Marijuana, on the other hand, is a painkiller that doesn’t come with all of the hazardous side effects.

The UCLA Medical Center requires that patients get off of pot for six months before they can get back on the transplant list. Medical marijuana patients are put in the same class as careless drug abusers when it comes to granting possibility of a transplant. The federal government, under the Controlled Substances Act, lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, and still refuses to recognize the medical use for marijuana. Timothy Garon smoked some pot while he awaited a possible liver transplant. He was denied because of “drug use.” He died.

To quote William F. Buckley on this:

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