I follow President Obama on Facebook and have been impressed with the White House's savvy with the social networking website. Before today I had never posted a comment there...but a video they distributed this morning got me typing, mainly becuase of the title"The Cost of Inaction"...Here's my comment (1 of over 350)
There is one sustainable, community based health care solution already successful for hundreds of thousands of Americans - and available to millions more: Medical Marijuana.
Regulated in 14 states and the District of Columbia many who are under-insured, without insurance or those who cannot afford prescriptions have found relief with affordable, scientifically proven, domestically produced medical cannabis.
The cost of the federal government's inaction on medical marijuana is that MS, cancer and AIDS patients along with many others living with debilitating medical conditions are thrown in jail or made to be refugees: fleeing to states that do not persecute citizens for their doctor-recommended choice of treatment.
Medical marijuana has easier solutions than overall health care cost reform. Simply remove marijuana from Schedule I in the Controlled Substances Act. President Nixon's 1972 "Commission on Marihuana" led by Pennsylvania Republican Raymond P. Shafer asked that marijuana be placed in Schedule II of the CSA and that personal possession be decriminalized.
No matter the outcome of the current health legislation, medical marijuana will continue to be an important part of American's health care networks.
"The Cost of Inaction" is an irony felt most particularly by the millions who have already contacted you regarding therapeutic cannabis policy. We have felt the harshest 'Cost of Inaction' since 1970.
Chris Goldstein in New Jersey (a medical marijuana state)
Want to know what I really think about the health care debate and marijuana? Read: OS exclusive: Pot option left out of Health Summit