Regulate medicinal marijuana in Indian states.
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Cannabis has a long history with India, dating thousands of years back. It was criminalized under western pressure in 1987, since then all we have been told about it is that its bad. Many efforts were made on criminalizing it before but were all mooted. Ever since its prohibition, cannabis has been frowned upon by many people simply because it is illegal, there is no understanding. The same people that pressurized our government to criminalize our sacred plant, are now enjoying all the benefits of the plant by legalizing for medical use themselves. By regulating medical marijuana, the government would also benefit from the taxes it would generate.
About a year back I sent a write up I had prepared on the reality of cannabis to the Prime Ministers Office, surprisingly, I did receive letters in reply stating that cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes. Why hasn't it been regulated till now then?(links to the write-up and the letters are at bottom of the petition) Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the whole of India will require citizens to understand the benefits of it, and currently is not possible, but cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana should be legal for medical patients in real need. If lethal pharmaceuticals are easily available over the counter, why arent we allowed to use natural remedies by choice? Regulating medical cannabis would not make it easily accessible to everyone and anyone but to those who really need it, physicians should be able to prescribe it and the pateint can buy their medicines from licensed dispensaries. Being a personal user of medical marijuana for many problems, and having known many people who have used it as a medicine for their entire lives, I could say that it is a much safer, better and natural remedy to many problems that pharmaceuticals make worse.
By signing this petition, help me regulate medicinal marijuana in Indian states. Help me ensure that seriously ill patients have the right to
obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that
medical use is deemed appropriate and has been
recommended by a physician who has determined that the
person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the
treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity,
glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which
marijuana provides relief. Also to ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the
recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal
prosecution or sanction and To encourage the state governments to
implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable
distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of
marijuana. Help us establish a voluntary statewide identification card system, so that every patient can buy their medicine in peace, also to license medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivators to provide high grade medication specific to the patients symptoms.
Let us take the final step and legalize this medicine, let us help our country's economy and its citizens to benefit from this holy plant. Help citizens get proper high grade medicine instead of the laced poison they get today. Our state government has the authority to make this happen, let us start with a state like Gujarat or Odhissa, where the consumption of marijuana is more or less legal and has been used as medicine by its citizens for a very long time. The other states would follow seeing the benefits from it. Help me correct the mistake we made 30 years ago, Help me Legalize.
I request you to read the write-up and the letters before making any decisions.
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