With this highly divisive topic, it’s my observation that all too often you get one of two extremes. Either blind support and blind rejection. This has lead to the circulation of massive amounts of misinformation. However, I do believe there is a common ground of open-minded and rational thinking that provides the best path what’s best for our Bahamian society. So let’s look at the pros and cons of Medical Marijuana for The Bahamas.
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Some of the arguments for medical marijuana include:
Marijuana is effective in relieving nausea and vomiting. Studies have shown that pharmaceutical cannabis can decrease nausea caused by chemotherapy used to treat cancer and almost completely eliminate vomiting.
Marijuana can relieve the spasticity of the muscles that is sometimes associated with multiple sclerosis and paralysis.
Marijuana can help treat appetite loss associated with conditions such as HIV/AIDS and certain types of cancers.
Marijuana can relieve certain types of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain.
Marijuana is safer than some other medications prescribed to treat the same symptoms. For example, it may be used instead of opioids for pain management. Opioids are highly addictive and are typically not recommended for long-term use in treating chronic pain.
Cannabis does not need to be smoked to be medically beneficial. Products such as cannabidiol (CBD) oils, topical pain relief treatments, edibles, and other non-smoking applications are now available.
As research continues, more of the individual compounds in cannabis are being found to be beneficial. When isolated—such as CBD has been—these may lead to further advancements in medical treatment options without the “high” produced by the compound commonly known as THC.
Marijuana has been used for centuries as a natural medicinal agent to good effect.
Some of the arguments from the opposition include:
Frequent marijuana use can seriously affect your short-term memory.
Frequent use can impair your cognitive ability
Smoking anything, whether it’s tobacco or marijuana, can seriously damage your lung tissue.
Smoked marijuana contains cancer-causing compounds.
Marijuana carries a risk of abuse and addiction.
Marijuana has been implicated in a high percentage of automobile crashes and workplace accidents.
Marijuana is illegal under federal law. It is classified as a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), alongside heroin. This classification says that the substances have no currently accepted medicinal value
How does the path to decriminalization/legalization look for The Bahamas?
Can we just copy the laws of other countries that have legalized it?
What will the impact be on Bahamian society?
Should it be licensed and regulated and if so how?
Would any gov’t administration have ulterior motives or a hidden agenda in support of a kind of Marijuana Industry in The Bahamas?
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