Letter to the Editor–Medical Marijuana Stigma

There’s a great stigma against people who use marijuana for medical purposes. It is hard for patients to use marijuana freely, even if it is legal in California.

Marijuana can reduce and help many conditions, including chronic pain, autism and A.D.H.D. It won’t cause overdoses or death.

Now, the Trump administration wants to crack down on marijuana use in California.

On the other hand, opioids are a legal medicine to reduce pain. And yet, “nearly 100 people are dying a day due to abusive opioid usage,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

If marijuana was legal federally for both recreational and medical uses, arrests and the black market for cannabis would stop. This might also lower opioid addiction and overdoses.

In order to end the stigma against medical marijuana and to reduce the number of people addicted to deadly opioids, the federal government should legalize marijuana.


Edgar Rodriguez, Oakland