I bring upon you a new Dilemma. I have recently been prescribed medical marijuana to take care of my back pain. Only the pain has ceased, just a couple months ago. I have not told my doctor, and I continue to recieve the dope. I never was a heavy smoker, so I have been selling it to friends around town. Is this an immoral thing to do? I mean it's free for me, and if I don't supply it, my friends will just spend more money else where. A guilty conscience has been following me around, and this monkey on my back is killing me. Plus what is the penalty for getting caught? Thanks for your time.
I will suspend my disbelief in the validity of your letter because medical marijuana is an interesting and rapidly changing topic.
A Quick History of medical marijuana:
Marijuana has been legal in California since prop 215 passed by an overwhelming margin in 1996. The federal government does not recognize the legal right to distribute medical marajuana and continues to use the controlled substance act to prosecute distribution centers. Today medical marijuana is legally being prescribed in 13 states in the US and in Europe and Canada. The laws vary in flexibility from state to state in the US, and new states are legalizing medical marIjuana every year. For instance, in Oregon it is legal to have 24ozs in possession and up to 24 plants in the ground as compared to Montana which allows 1oz and 6 plants.
So you are telling me you are having reservations (morally) about your new plan of reselling your legally prescribed marijuana to your friends, and you are further asking about the legal ramifications should you be caught. I am not a lawyer and as such I have no interest in advising you of your legal rights regarding the redistribution of medical marajuana. In some states the penalty is as small as a traffic ticket. In other more stricter states you might be processed at the police station and have to go to court on a misdemeanor charge. The best reference for regional marijuana laws can be found www.norml.org. This being said you should know the cultural climate in the United States is changing. Just look at the evendence; things like medical marijuana vending machines are now availible in California. The laws are becoming less stringent, but it is still an illegal substance.
Now it’s time to address the question that you did not mean to ask but did.
“I NEVER WAS A HEAVY SMOKER, SO I HAVE BEEN SELLING IT TO FRIENDS AROUND TOWN. IS THIS AN IMMORAL THING TO DO?”
Are you really asking me if smoking and selling illegal drugs is immoral; by that I mean, are you really conflicted if these acts are contrary to divine law set forth by God? I don’t think you do. I think by immoral you really meant unethical or wrong. There is nothing in the ten comandments that suggests that smoking or selling contraband substances are immoral. I think it’s time to dig deeper on this moral dileuma, Cameron. Let me share with you a story. Steph Green was a successful corporate events planner in San Diego. Because of a severe neck injury she was forced to use liberal amounts of ibuprofin and pain killers to relieve her daily anguish. After two years of this regimen of prescription pills, her kidneys began to fail. She was six months away from dialysis before doctors then prescribed her medical marijuana. Steph found temporary relief from her pain as she began to use marijuana, so much so that she moved from San Diego to San Francisco where she could be closer to the legal dispensaries. All seemed well until federal agents began to raid and shut down the legal dispensaries. People like Steph find difficulty getting the help they need because the line between legal medical marijuana users and the recreational users is being blurred by people such as yourself. Further extrapolated, you are morally wrong by helping to condition the government into believing that medical marijuana is an excuse by recreational users to beat the system and directly preventing people who are living with chronic pain from getting the help they need. Yes, what you are doing is both immoral and illegal. Quit being a selfish asshole and knock it off.
The federal government needs to reclassify or decriminalize medical marijuana; people that need it should be able to get it safely and easily.