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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Weed 2 Cannabis Madness. A must watch documentary! View it here!

Dr. Sanjay has put his reputation on the line as a top Neurosurgeon because he believes in this medicine. It’s time to listen to science!

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Peer-reviewed, scientific approach to a HIGHLY POLITICAL ISSUE.

Medical Marijuana is a popular subject in today’s medical and political world. It is hotly debated in most states. Several states have completely legalized Marijuana for recreational and medical use. These states, Colorado and Washington, have already seen millions of tax dollars from the sale of this plant. The states are planning to use the new revenue to improve public schools and for educational programs, such as drug education. The states have many other uses planned with the new revenue stream. Many Americans use marijuana regardless of the law and end up costing the states many millions of dollars for incarceration. Incarceration for petty, non-violent “drug” offenders.

The United States has classified Marijuana in the same category as man-made drugs such as LSD, MDMA and Heroin. If it is so dangerous, where are all the stories of over-dose? The war on Marijuana started in the early 1930’s, but during Impeached President Nixon’s term, he started the War on Drugs, which has turned out to be a War on the Poor and a War on Minorities.

In Kansas and Oklahoma, the laws against marijuana are completely draconian. People can face decades in prison and millions in fines for using Cannabis and/or growing Cannabis!

The War on Drugs is a War on the Poor and on Black people in the U.S.
The War on Drugs is a War on the Poor and on Black people in the U.S.

Big pharmaceutical companies know the benefits but haven’t figured out how to make money off of a plant that can be grown in your back yard.  U.S. Patent # 201130059018 proves that pharmaceutical giants know the efficacy of this plant. Big pharmacy has developed several medications that resemble THC, but they are synthetic and do cause more side effects than the natural plant.

CANNABIS CURES CANCER and Big Pharma Has the Patent to Prove it!
CANNABIS CURES CANCER and Big Pharma Has the Patent to Prove it!

States that have a more bipartisan government seem to be more concerned about the health and welfare of their chronically ill population. These states have already enacted law for Medical Marijuana. Research indicates that the Southern States, the majority of which, are definitely DARK RED REPUBLICAN, interject religion and personal views in government instead of listening to the constituents. This disservice to the  chronically ill patients keeps them from safely accessing a medicine that has been used for thousands of years effectively, with no deaths EVER reported from this plant. In cases where death occurred, the people  were medicating themselves with many other drugs and alcohol as well. Mixing all of these different types of drugs can be deadly.

Cannabis is literally one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. It is a Schedule I drug, which puts it in the same category as Heroin, LSD, GHB, Ecstasy, MDMA, Mescaline and Psilocybin (mushroom). Schedule 1 drugs are said to have no medical use. So why have almost half the states passed law that makes it legal for medical patients? Because it does have medical uses and I will prove that.
Cannabis is literally one of the safest, therapeutically active substances known to man. It is a Schedule I drug, which puts it in the same category as Heroin, LSD, GHB, Ecstasy, MDMA, Mescaline and Psilocybin (mushrooms). Schedule I  drugs are said to have no medical use.              So why have almost half the states passed law that makes it legal for medical patients?

The Cannabis plant is not manufactured. The plant is naturally grown, harvested, dried and then, ready to go. The oils can be separated and used for pain relief, inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s Disease, neuropathy associated with many diseases such as Diabetes and MS. PTSD, anxiety, depression and pain. It’s efficacy and safety far outweigh its risks and side effects.

There are many more hospital emergency visits for perfectly legal, over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Data compiled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked as many as 980 deaths in a year to drugs containing acetaminophen. The death toll for marijuana in a recent study… ZERO deaths!

This table represents the number of "legal" drug deaths versus "illegal" drug deaths in the America. Notice how many cannabis has? ZERO. Tylenol kills 1000 people per year in the U.S.A. and is not scheduled but Marijuana, even though much more effective and safer, is in the highest classification as a dangerous drug with NO accepted medical use by the government.
This table represents the number of “legal” drug deaths versus “illegal” drug deaths in the America. Notice how many cannabis has? ZERO. Tylenol kills 1000 people per year in the U.S.A. and is not scheduled but Marijuana, even though much more effective and safer, is in the highest classification as a dangerous drug with NO accepted medical use by the U.S government.

Marijuana or Cannabis, is last on the list related to deaths, with a BIG Death Toll of… wait for it… ZERO! This is because there are NO deaths directly related to using marijuana. Deaths from prescription drugs in America in one year… 38,000 deaths! These deaths are from FDA approved, doctor prescribed, medications.

There are phony stories floating around the internet, which indicate Colorado is having problems with Marijuana but these stories are all fictional. Colorado has reported no increased incidents involving Marijuana. Conservatives in these states are pushing against the new laws but the states are allowing their residents freedom to decide for themselves!

Now, there are people who use marijuana with other more dangerous drugs, like alcohol and cigarettes, that die from drug/alcohol use, but if one uses Marijuana responsibly to treat medical issues, the risk is almost 0%, unlike many prescription medications. Antibiotics kill more people every year. Aspirin kills more people every year. With any medicine, responsible use is paramount and one should always consult with their doctor before starting or stopping a prescribed medicine.

Annual Causes of Death
in the United States

Tobacco 430,7001
Source:(1996): “Smoking-Attributable Mortality and Years of Potential Life Lost,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control, 1997), May 23, 1997, Vol. 46, No. 20, p. 449.
Alcohol 110,6402
Source: “Number of deaths and age-adjusted death rates per 100,000 population for categories of alcohol-related (A-R) mortality, United States and States, 1979-96,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, from the web at http://http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/databases/armort01.txt, last accessed Feb. 12, 2001, citing Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System, Daadatmand, F., Stinson, FS, Grant, BF, and Dufour, MC, “Surveillance Report #52: Liver Mortality in the United States, 1970-96″ (Rockville, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology, December 1999).
Adverse Reactions
to Prescription Drugs
32,0003
Source: Lazarou, J, Pomeranz, BH, Corey, PN, “Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients: a meta-analysis of prospective studies,” Journal of the American Medical Association (Chicago, IL: American Medical Association, 1998), 1998;279:1200-1205, also letters column, “Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients,” JAMA (Chicago, IL: AMA, 1998), Nov. 25, 1998, Vol. 280, No. 20, from the web at http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v280n20/ffull/jlt1125-1.html, last accessed Feb. 12, 2001.
Suicide 30,5754
Source: Murphy, Sheila L., “Deaths: Final Data for 1998,” National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 48, No. 11 (Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, July 24, 2000), Table 10, p. 53, from the web athttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvs48_11.pdf .
Homicide 18,2725
Source: Murphy, Sheila L., “Deaths: Final Data for 1998,” National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 48, No. 11 (Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, July 24, 2000), Table 10, p. 53, from the web athttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvs48_11.pdf .
All Licit & Illicit
Drug-Induced Deaths
16,9266
Source:  Murphy, Sheila L., Centers for Disease Control, “Deaths: Final Data for 1998,”, National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 48, No. 11 (Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, July 24, 2000), pp. 1, 10, from the web at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvs48_11.pdf .
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory
Drugs Such As Aspirin
7,6007
Source: Robyn Tamblyn, PhD; Laeora Berkson, MD, MHPE, FRCPC; W. Dale Jauphinee, MD, FRCPC; David Gayton, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Roland Grad, MD, MSc; Allen Huang, MD, FRCPC; Lisa Isaac, PhD; Peter McLeod, MD, FRCPC; and Linda Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, “Unnecessary Prescribing of NSAIDs and the Management of NSAID-Related Gastropathy in Medical Practice,” Annals of Internal Medicine (Washington, DC: American College of Physicians, 1997), September 15, 1997, 127:429-438, from the web athttp://www.acponline.org/journals/annals/15sep97/nsaid.htm, last accessed Feb. 14, 2001, citing Fries, JF, “Assessing and understanding patient risk,” Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology Supplement, 1992;92:21-4.
Marijuana 08
Source: Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), available on the web at http://www.samhsa.gov/; also see Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., and John A. Benson, Jr., “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base,” Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, Institute of Medicine (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999), available on the web at http://www.nap.edu/html/marimed/; and US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, “In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition” (Docket #86-22), September 6, 1988, p. 57.

For more information contact Common Sense for Drug Policy
1377-C Spencer Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603
www.csdp.org — www.DrugWarFacts.org
info@csdp.org — phone 717-299-0600

The science is tangible and real. The studies have been repeated and the same conclusions are made: Medical Marijuana’s benefits far out-weigh its associated risks. It’s time to set the weed free and let people make up their own minds. The War on Drugs has been a miserable failure and full of inaccurate information. This “war” has been waged against the poor and ethnically diverse populations of the United States. The War on Drugs has taken a huge toll on Americans and continues to do so.  America imprisons more people than any other country. It is a BIG industry in America and getting bigger. America has a privatized prison system. Stocks are traded, bought and sold based on Americans being imprisoned. Something about this whole system is so Anti-American. It’s time to stand up and take back our freedom!

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“There is very little evidence that smoking marijuana as a means of taking it represents a significant health risk. Although cannabis has been smoked widely in Western countries for more than four decades, there have been NO reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana. I suspect that a day’s breathing in any city with poor air quality poses more of a threat than inhaling a day’s dose — which for many ailments is just a portion of a joint — of marijuana.”                                ~ Lester Grinspoon, MD ~                                                                            Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
“Puffing Is the Best Medicine,”
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2006

article written by Emery Myers RN, DON-CLTC

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