Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehab in Phoenix Arizona As the medical marijuana debate heats up daily across the US,Journey Healing Centers a drug rehab and alcohol rehab center in Arizona (http://journeyrecoverycenters.com) raises more concerns over incr
News-Antique.com - Jul 13,2010 - Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up - Journey Healing Centers Opposition
As the medical marijuana debate heats up daily across the US,Journey Healing Centers a drug rehab and alcohol rehab center in Arizona raises more concerns over increased addiction, crime and economics oflegalizing marijuana. Based on 30 years of experience working with clients fighting drug and alcohol addictions, Journey Healing Centers' licensed doctors and therapists oppose the Medical MarijuanaPropositions on the Arizona and South Dakota ballots, along with California's proposed legalization for 21 that will be decided by voters this November.
While Journey Healing Centers supports the limited use of medical marijuana for critically ill or terminal patients, the legalization risks outweigh the benefits. "Requests for medical marijuana have increased 50-300% since Obama took office and announced that he won't use federal marijuana laws to override state laws"(MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30217044/), which leaves a lot of room for abuse. Dr Ravi Chandiramani, Journey Healing Centers Medical Director, explains, "We are concerned about the abuse and addiction potential of cannabis, which has been proven. In California, prescriptions have been provided for a wide variety of reasons, some legitimate and many not so legitimate."
Without any federal oversight for medical marijuana, there are no FDA approvals or standard regulations. The proposed Arizona regulations will allow patients with a prescription to grow their own marijuana at home if they live more than 25 miles from 120 dispensaries, and each of the 14 states with medical marijuana approved have different regulations. Aubrey Barrow, Journey Healing Centers Admissions Director, adds, "It will be impossible to control the distribution and cultivation, not to mention the illegal transporting increase into the US. We don't need additional drug challenges with our loved ones, and the possibility of the US importing marijuana from Mexico that's grown in farms that are run by drug cartels."
And where are the medical doctors behind this medical marijuana movement? The reality is that only 2% of patients really need medical marijuana, and the remaining prescriptions are primarily abuse or recreational use. Some clinics in Venice Beach, CA, even have a doctor inside the dispensary who can write customers a prescription for almost anything (PBS Need to Know). It's not "only marijuana" either. According to a National Instituted of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Research Report, "The use of marijuana can produce adverse physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral changes, and - contrary to popular belief - it can be addictive." Marijuana is also considered a "gateway drug" that often leads to addictions to harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin. The potency of the marijuana now available has increased more than 275 percent over the last decade (SAMHSA), making it much more harmful than what baby boomers smoked in college.
The tax revenues versus costs of legalizing marijuana are also debatable. According to the LA Times, the City Counsel of Long Beach is considering a proposal to levy a 5% tax on medical marijuana. Another tax of up to 10% would go into effect if California passes Prop 19,