Marijuana is medicine. It's a statement that I make over and over. Anyone that denies that marijuana is medicine needs to do more research. There's a reason why the United States government has marijuana patents. Medical marijuana reform is something that every state and country should be pursuing. It helps patients treat their ailments without the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
Costa Rica is the latest country to contemplate medical marijuana legalization. Per Inserbia:
The proposal, put forth by a Deputy of the nation's unicameral Legislative Assembly, already has a different feel to it compared to the Colombian and other Latin American initiatives, however. As with Santos in Colombia, the proposal has the backing of the Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, but unlike in Bogotá, the local guild of physicians has given their full endorsement for the plan. The medical establishment in Colombia and elsewhere, meanwhile, was politically swayed, although individual physicians voiced their approval. In Costa Rica, even the national chapter of the influental Catholic Church has given the green light for the discussion and debate of the bill, something previously unheard of in other nations in the region.
Polls show that a majority of Costa Ricans support medical marijuana. Legalizing medical marijuana in Costa Rica makes sense. It will help patients treat their conditions with a safe form of medicine, while eliminating the fear of prosecution for doing so. Plus, if there's a safe way to get medical marijuana, it will hurt criminals while at the same time ensuring that patients get safe access.