When It Comes to Personal Health, We Should Be Free to Choose

It is the job of the politician to separate the policy from the lives of the people affected by the policy. That may go a long way towards explaining why people hate politicians. They try to pretend that higher taxes, stricter regulations, and prohibited substances are good for “society”, while ignoring the very people who make up that society.

In fact, “society” is a red herring. What matters are people, their freedom, their ability to prosper, and above all their suffering. Right to Try is a policy designed to lessen human suffering, and which can only be opposed by ignoring that suffering.

The interviews above involve people who are suffering, and who have found a way to lessen their suffering, albeit one not approved by government at large. Their stories might well be the stories of any of us.

The activism of these men and women on behalf of themselves, their children, and anyone who might find himself in a similar situation, is no less than breathtaking. Through their efforts, they have persuaded Utah, a state notoriously resistant to intoxicants in general, to hold a ballot initiative this year to legalize medical cannabis. If it passes, countless people will enjoy relief from unnecessary misery.

I encourage you to watch these interviews, to share them with your friends, and to imagine what you might do if you were in a similar position to that of these patients. I hope you’ll come to see, as I have, that when it comes to personal health, everyone should be free to choose.

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Logan Albright

Logan Albright is the Head Writer and Sound Engineer at Free the People. He is the author of Conform or Be Cast Out: The (Literal) Demonization of Nonconformists and Our Servants, Our Masters: How Control Masquerades as Assistance.

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