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John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Medical Marijuana?

Sunday's Arizona Republic had an editorial about medical marijuana.

It cited an evaluation of 79 studies about marijuana for medical conditions.

It relieved pain for multiple sclerosis. But there's little evidence it helped other conditions.

In other words, the evaluation undermined the so-called positive effects of medical marijuana.

My take on the reports is it doesn't make a lot of difference one way or the other.

People who want marijuana have been smoking it for hundreds of years. It's available everywhere.

And while evidence doesn't support its use as a painkiller, I believe there's a placebo effect for those who think it's helpful.

And a placebo effect can be effective for those who think they're having less pain.

The bottom line is that the government lost the war on drugs long ago. Instead we should legalize most drugs for tax and treatment purposes.

While that may seem radical, we have de facto legalization anyway - whether we like it or not. Let’s turn prisons into treatment programs.

That would help tear down our corrections and enforcement bureaucracy - which is ineffective at best.