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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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