NIT – “Quite simply, it’s time to allow doctors and patients to use medical marijuana if they determine it is the best course of treatment.”
Those were just some of the words uttered by out-going Iowa Republican Party Chairman AJ Spiker in an opinion piece published Saturday in the Des Moines Register.
The Republican party – and to a lesser extent, Democrats – has fought the legalization of marijuana for years, despite a strong majority of the public who, in polls, say they want it at least made available for medical purposes and almost as often, for recreational use.
Admitting that he “didn’t fully understand the issue”, Spiker said that “there is no wrong in admitting we’ve made a mistake. The wrong exists in knowing we’ve made a mistake and refusing to admit it.
“I’ve never smoked marijuana,” Spiker continued, and “I’ve never gone to medical school either. I have no knowledge to tell a doctor or a cancer patient which treatments they should use and which should be forbidden.
“It is time to allow the use of medical marijuana,” Spiker concluded.