Illegal plant, or needed medicine?

Why can our doctors prescribe sometimes dangerous chemicals, yet an abundant plant that can help so many is treated as a cancer on our society? I've known too many people suffering the ill effects of prescription drugs, or of no medication at all. Yet the one thing that could make there lives so much better can also make them a criminal.

Many of the legal alternatives proposed by opponents of medical marijuana are too expensive, too addictive, and have too many side effects to be good medicine for all patients. Many otherwise illegal substances, such as cocaine and morphine, can legally be prescribed by doctors. The same should be true for marijuana.

Ultimately, the decision of what medicine is best for an illness should be left up to the patient and the doctor, not to the government. Our Legislature should enact laws that protect patients from arrest and imprisonment. After all, it's just a plant.

Trent Osborne

Bullhead City