All of the US states and Territories have people who are discovering that marijuana is not only a good pain killer, but can do the job without the harsh side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
Marijuana has been used as a medicinal herb since before Christ, only in the last 70 years have there been laws against it. It's known to be non-toxic and in its natural form is among the safest medicinal herbs ever used. I hear concerns about dosage with marijuana which is much safer than aspirin, which is toxic:
"there are over 500 aspirin deaths in this country every year."
I also hear concerns about the number of medical marijuana users we have today:
American consumers spend $700,000,000 to 800,000,000 per year on painkillers (excluding opiates), especially aspirin and acetaminophen, the very common alternative that is marketed under names such as Tylenol, Datril, and Liquiprin
Marijuana would help many Americans to reduce their use of the addictive prescription painkillers, whose use has been going up at a alarming rate:
The amount of five major painkillers sold at retail establishments rose 90 percent between 1997 and 2005, according to an Associated Press analysis of statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration. More than 200,000 pounds of codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and meperidine were purchased at retail stores during the most recent year represented in the data. That total is enough to give more than 300 milligrams of painkillers to every person in the country.
These prescription drugs are the main cause of Over Dose Deaths in the US:
In fact, prescription drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year, says Leonard Paulozzi of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The number of overdose deaths from opioid painkillers — opium-like drugs that include morphine and codeine — more than tripled from 1999 to 2006, to 13,800 deaths that year, according to CDC statistics released Wednesday.
So marijuana is non-toxic and the dosage while not being set as with pills is simple, use what you need, as it is safer than any other painkiller being sold in the US! If the Federal Government would reschedule marijuana to represent its safe use. Marijuana would be a over the counter medicinal herb that could not only help tens of millions of American to safely manage their pain, but could save lives lost from Over Dosing on Pharmaceutical drugs.
Taxation not Prohibition!