Denied a Liver Transplant for Using Medical Marijuana, and Dying for It -- The Heartlessness of Prohibition
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A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Any rational human being who has not been sleeping under a rock for the past 40 years recognizes the absurdity of classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance, but efforts to reschedule it have been met with ignorance and special interest fueled political hacks who oppose anything that would re-think the fallacious state of drug policy in this country.
Even though several states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, the plant still remains illegal to possess for any reason under federal law. Doctor's who recommend the substance may also risk reprimand from the DEA, and although it has not happened, the revocation of a doctor's DEA license is a real possibility for those physicians that recommend cannabis to patients. The federal government's continued prohibition against cannabis is a hallmark example of capture by special interests.
Prohibition undermines the civil liberties of Americans, and creates an irrational and irresponsible environment. This environment causes hospitals to remove patients from transplant lists, causes employers to fire otherwise good employees, and has put tens of millions of Americans into the criminal justice system. This debate ended long ago. The real winner has already been declared. There is no rational reason for Marijuana to be listed as a Schedule I substance or to criminalize its possession, sale, or distribution. By upholding the status quo, politicians show where their true allegiance lies, with special interests and uninformed culture-warriors.