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Cannabis Scientifically Proven to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Epilepsy, Chronic Pain and Parkinson’s Disease Among Other Serious Medical Conditions.

Cannabis Proven to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease Among Other Serious Medical Conditions.

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Neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta was against Cannabis in a 2009 TIME magazine article. Now, he is one of the biggest advocates of the natural medicine. Image courtesy of Google Images.

This isn’t a new development. Ancient man used cannabis for pain relief, medicinal qualities and religious/spiritual rituals, among many other uses both medicinal and industrial.

Cannabis oil has been found in the mummified remains of Egyptians, ancient Chinese writings and cave drawings. For more information and timeline of Cannabis use in Human History, please click the green link:

History of Cannabis Use in Humans.

There are thousands of patient testimonials, physician testimonials and scientific articles on the health effects of Cannabis. Of course, every medicine has side effects and I would be remiss to suggest that this plant works for everyone or has no potential for abuse. Humans abuse everything from laxatives to alcohol to prescription drugs. I would also be irresponsible to suggest using Cannabis to anyone. Different states have different laws, and while 21 states have enacted medical marijuana laws, the U.S. Government still deems Cannabis a dangerous drug with NO medicinal use. The Federal Government classifies Cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which puts it in the same class as Heroin.

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This is simply an article presenting a history of the use of Cannabis in Humans throughout the centuries and also several videos of actual physician and patient testimonials. This article is intended to provide evidence and education on the anti-cancer properties of this complex plant known as Cannabis.

The following information was taken directly from http://www.cancer.gov.

Laboratory/Animal/Preclinical Studies

Anti-tumor Effects
Appetite Stimulation
Analgesia

Cannabinoids are a group of 21-carbon–containing terpenophenolic compounds produced uniquely byCannabis species (e.g., Cannabis sativa L.) .[1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. Although delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive ingredient, other known compounds with biologic activity are cannabinol, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene, cannabigerol, tetrahydrocannabivarin, and delta-8-THC. CBD, in particular, is thought to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the psychoactive effect (high) of delta-9-THC.

Anti-tumor Effects:

One study in mice and rats suggested that cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors.[3] During this 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by gavage. A dose-related decrease in the incidence of hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was observed in the mice. Decreased incidences of benign tumors(polyps and adenomas) in other organs (mammary glanduterus, pituitary, testis, and pancreas) were also noted in the rats. In another study, delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC, and cannabinol were found to inhibit the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo .[4] In addition, other tumors have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.[5-8]

Cannabinoids may cause anti-tumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis invasion and metastasis.[9-12] Two reviews summarize the molecular mechanisms of action of cannabinoids as anti-tumor agents.[13,14] Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their non-transformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. These compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in gliomacells in culture and induce regression of glioma tumors in mice and rats. Cannabinoids protect normal glial cells of astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1 receptor.[15]

The effects of delta-9-THC and a synthetic agonist of the CB2 receptor were investigated in HCC.[16] Both agents reduced the viability of HCC cells in vitro and demonstrated anti-tumor effects in HCC subcutaneous xenografts in nude mice. The investigations documented that the anti-HCC effects are mediated by way of the CB2 receptor. Similar to findings in glioma cells, the cannabinoids were shown to trigger cell death through stimulation of an endoplasmic reticulum stress pathway that activates autophagy and promotes apoptosis. Other investigations have confirmed that CB1 and CB2 receptors may be potential targets in non-small cell lung carcinoma [17] and breast cancer.[18]

An in vitro study of the effect of CBD on programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines found that CBD induced programmed cell death, independent of the CB1, CB2, or vanilloid receptors. CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancercell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on non-tumorigenic, mammary cells.[19]

CBD has also been demonstrated to exert a chemopreventive effect in a mouse model of colon cancer.[20] In the experimental system, azoxymethane increased  premalignant and malignant lesions in the mouse colon. Animals treated with azoxymethane and CBD concurrently were protected from developing premalignant and malignant lesions. In in vitro experiments involving colorectal cancer cell lines, the investigators found that CBD protected DNA from oxidative damage, increased endocannabinoid levels, and reduced cell proliferation. In a subsequent study, the investigators found that the antiproliferative effect of CBD was counteracted by selective CB1 but not CB2 receptor antagonists, suggesting an involvement of CB1 receptors.[21]

Another investigation into the anti-tumor effects of CBD examined the role of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1).[12] ICAM-1 expression has been reported to be negatively correlated with cancermetastasis. In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to decreased cancer cell invasiveness.

In an in vivo model using severe combined immunodeficient mice, subcutaneous tumors were generated by inoculating the animals with cells from human non-small cell lung carcinoma cell lines.[22] Tumor growth was inhibited by 60% in THC-treated mice compared with vehicle-treated control mice. Tumor specimens revealed that THC had antiangiogenic and antiproliferative effects. However, research with immunocompetent murine tumor models has demonstrated immunosuppression and enhanced tumor growth in mice treated with THC.[23,24]

In addition, both plant-derived and endogenous cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatoryeffects. A mouse study demonstrated that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation.[25] As a result, a hypothesis that phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids may be useful in the risk reduction and treatment of colorectal cancer has been developed.[26-29]

CBD may also enhance uptake of cytotoxic drugs into malignant cells. Activation of the transient receptor potential vanilloid type 2 (TRPV2) has been shown to inhibit proliferation of human glioblastoma multiforme cells and overcome resistance to the chemotherapy agent carmustine.[30] In an in vitro model, CBD increased TRPV2 activation and increased uptake of cytotoxic drugs, leading to apoptosis of glioma cells without affecting normal human astrocytes. This suggests that coadministration of CBD with cytotoxic agents may increase drug uptake and potentiate cell death in human glioma cells.

Many animal studies have previously demonstrated that delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids have a stimulatory effect on appetite and increase food intake. It is believed that the endogenous cannabinoid system may serve as a regulator of feeding behavior. The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide potently enhances appetite in mice.[31] Moreover, CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus may be involved in the motivational or reward aspects of eating.[32]

Analgesia

Understanding the mechanism of cannabinoid-induced analgesia has been increased through the study of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and synthetic agonists and antagonists. The CB1 receptor is found in both the central nervous system (CNS) and in peripheral nerve terminals. Similar toopioid receptors, increased levels of the CB1 receptor are found in regions of the brain that regulate nociceptive processing.[33] CB2 receptors, located predominantly in peripheral tissue, exist at very low levels in the CNS. With the development of receptor-specific antagonists, additional information about the roles of the receptors and endogenous cannabinoids in the modulation of pain has been obtained.[34,35]

Cannabinoids may also contribute to pain modulation through an anti-inflammatory mechanism; a CB2 effect with cannabinoids acting on mast cell receptors to attenuate the release of inflammatory agents, such as histamine and serotonin, and on keratinocytes to enhance the release of analgesic opioids has been described.[36-38] One study reported that the efficacy of synthetic CB1- and CB2-receptor agonists were comparable with the efficacy of morphine in a murine model of tumor pain.[39]

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References

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  2. Grotenhermen F, Russo E, eds.: Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, 2002.
  3.  National Toxicology Program .: NTP toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of 1-trans-delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (CAS No. 1972-08-3) in F344 rats and B6C3F1 mice (gavage studies). Natl Toxicol Program Tech Rep Ser 446 (): 1-317, 1996.  [PUBMED Abstract]
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  21. Romano B, Borrelli F, Pagano E, et al.: Inhibition of colon carcinogenesis by a standardized Cannabis sativa extract with high content of cannabidiol. Phytomedicine 21 (5): 631-9, 2014. [PUBMED Abstract]
  22. Preet A, Ganju RK, Groopman JE: Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits epithelial growth factor-induced lung cancer cell migration in vitro as well as its growth and metastasis in vivo. Oncogene 27 (3): 339-46, 2008.  [PUBMED Abstract]
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  26. Patsos HA, Hicks DJ, Greenhough A, et al.: Cannabinoids and cancer: potential for colorectal cancer therapy. Biochem Soc Trans 33 (Pt 4): 712-4, 2005.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  27. Liu WM, Fowler DW, Dalgleish AG: Cannabis-derived substances in cancer therapy–an emerging anti-inflammatory role for the cannabinoids. Curr Clin Pharmacol 5 (4): 281-7, 2010. [PUBMED Abstract]
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  31. Mechoulam R, Berry EM, Avraham Y, et al.: Endocannabinoids, feeding and suckling–from our perspective. Int J Obes (Lond) 30 (Suppl 1): S24-8, 2006.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  32. Fride E, Bregman T, Kirkham TC: Endocannabinoids and food intake: newborn suckling and appetite regulation in adulthood. Exp Biol Med (Maywood) 230 (4): 225-34, 2005.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  33. Walker JM, Hohmann AG, Martin WJ, et al.: The neurobiology of cannabinoid analgesia. Life Sci 65 (6-7): 665-73, 1999.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  34. Meng ID, Manning BH, Martin WJ, et al.: An analgesia circuit activated by cannabinoids. Nature 395 (6700): 381-3, 1998.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  35. Walker JM, Huang SM, Strangman NM, et al.: Pain modulation by release of the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 96 (21): 12198-203, 1999.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  36. Facci L, Dal Toso R, Romanello S, et al.: Mast cells express a peripheral cannabinoid receptor with differential sensitivity to anandamide and palmitoylethanolamide. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 92 (8): 3376-80, 1995.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  37. Ibrahim MM, Porreca F, Lai J, et al.: CB2 cannabinoid receptor activation produces antinociception by stimulating peripheral release of endogenous opioids. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102 (8): 3093-8, 2005.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  38. Richardson JD, Kilo S, Hargreaves KM: Cannabinoids reduce hyperalgesia and inflammation via interaction with peripheral CB1 receptors. Pain 75 (1): 111-9, 1998.  [PUBMED Abstract]
  39. Khasabova IA, Gielissen J, Chandiramani A, et al.: CB1 and CB2 receptor agonists promote analgesia through synergy in a murine model of tumor pain. Behav Pharmacol 22 (5-6): 607-16, 2011.  [PUBMED Abstract]   

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Article written by Emery Myers RN, DON-CLTC

This article is not a substitute for medical advice. Any decisions medically, should be discussed with your primary care physician. If you live in a state where Cannabis is illegal, then these treatment options are not available for any person legally.
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Majority of Law Enforcement Officers Want to Reform Marijuana Laws.

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

April 5, 2014

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Our Federal and State Governments won’t listen to science, physicians, the medical field or law enforcement. It’s in our antiquated politicians hands and they simply don’t care.

survey released this week by the publication Law Officer revealed that a majority of law enforcement officers want to see our country’s marijuana laws reformed.

The poll, which questioned over 11,000 law enforcement officers regarding their opinions on drug policy, revealed that just over 64% believed our marijuana laws needed to be relaxed in some form. When asked “Do you believe possession of marijuana for personal use should…” and presented with several options, 35.68% of respondents stated that marijuana be legalized, regulated and taxed, 10.84% chose that it should be be legalized for medical reasons and with a doctor’s prescription only, 14.24% said it should continue to be illegal but only punished via fines (no incarceration), and 3.68% said marijuana should simply be decriminalized. Only 34.7% believed marijuana should continue to be illegal with the criminal penalties that are currently in place.

“This poll reveals that support for marijuana prohibition is eroding even amongst those who are serving on the front lines enforcing it,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “When a majority of the American people and most of those tasked with implementing a law disagree with it in principle, it is time to change that law.”

You can view the full results of this survey here.

“Prohibition cannot be enforced for the simple reason that the majority of the American people do not want it enforced and are resisting its enforcement. That being so, the orderly thing to do under our form of government is to abolish a law that cannot be enforced, a law which the people of the country do not want enforced.” – New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia on alcohol prohibition.

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Monday, May 06, 2014

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK—An excavation in Lower Manhattan has unearthed liquor bottles, plates, and mugs from a nineteenth-century German beer garden that was known as Atlantic Garden, and the colonial-era Bull’s Head Tavern, built in the 1740s by a butcher near New York City’s first slaughterhouse. “The Atlantic Garden was actually a tourist destination in its day—it was known for its German food and beer, and as a place for music and parties. It was built over the Bull’s Head Tavern, a place where travelers, many selling their cattle, stopped in for food, drink, to socialize or spend the night,” Alyssa Loorya, president of Chrysalis Archaeology, told DNAinfo New York. The site is located along The Bowery, which was once the only road in and out of Manhattan.

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Oregon Congressman Blumenauer, 17 Members of Congress send letter asking Obama to Reschedule Marijuana

Congressman Blumenauer is right on point. Watch this video. About half-way into the video, he makes REAL sense that America needs!

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) along with 17 other members of Congress, sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama asking him to direct Attorney General Eric Holder to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, as is permitted by 21 U.S.C. § 811.

“You said that you don’t believe marijuana is any more dangerous than alcohol: a fully legalized substance, and believe it to be less dangerous ‘in terms of its impact on the individual consumer,’” the letter reads. “This is true. Marijuana, however, remains listed in the federal Controlled Substances Act at Schedule I, the strictest classification, along with heroin and LSD. This is a higher listing than cocaine and methamphetamine, Schedule II substances that you gave as examples of harder drugs. This makes no sense.”

If a drug is listed under Schedule I, it means that the federal government recognizes no medical use. Including marijuana in this classification disregards both medical evidence and the laws of nearly half of the states that have legalized it for medical purposes. A Schedule I or II classification also means that marijuana businesses in states where adult or medical use are legal cannot deduct business expenses from their taxes or take tax credits due to Section 280E of the federal tax code.

“Cocaine and methamphetamine are more dangerous than marijuana. Everyone knows this,” said Blumenauer. “Tobacco, which is a legal substance, kills an estimated 443,000 people a year, while there are no recorded examples of marijuana overdoses. The Administration needs recognize the relative dangers of these drugs if it wants to restore its credibility. The first step is to reschedule marijuana, which the Administration can do unilaterally. We can’t let this arbitrary and incorrect bureaucratic classification ruin any more lives.”

The signatories on the letter along with Congressman Blumenauer are Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Sam Farr (CA-20), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Mike Honda (CA-17), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), James P. McGovern (MA-02), James P. Moran (VA-08), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), Jared Polis (CO-02), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), and Peter Welch (VT-At Large).

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Physician and Licensed Nurse Driven Health Organizations Supporting Immediate Legal Access to Medical Marijuana.

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Health Organizations Supporting Immediate Legal Access to Medical Marijuana. 21 states plus Washington D.C. have enacted medical marijuana bills to date.

April 27,2014

Below is a list of some of the most prestigious health organizations and their endorsements for medical marijuana. Why doesn’t the U.S. Government listen to the majority and to the specialists; The doctors, nurses, scientists and patients.

AIDS Action Council AIDS Action Council “AIDS Action Council supports the elimination of federal restrictions that bar doctors from prescribing marijuana for medical use by individuals with HIV/AIDS. … AIDS Action Council supports reopening the U.S. Public Health Service’s Investigational New Drug Compassionate Access program to provide access to medical-use marijuana for greater numbers of qualified patients.  Reference: “Resolution in Support of Access to Medical-Use Marijuana,” adopted by the Public Policy Committee of AIDS Action Council: November 15, 1996

AIDS Treatment News “The scientific case for medical [marijuana] use keeps growing stronger. Far more dangerous psychoactive drugs, like morphine, are successfully allowed in medical use. Somehow marijuana has become a symbolic or political hard line to be maintained by anti-drug believers regardless of human cost. The costs will mount until the public can organize itself to insist that those who urgently need this medicine can obtain and use it legally.” Reference: AIDS Treatment News, #287, January 23, 1998

Alaska Nurses Association “The Alaska Nurses Association supports the passage of Ballot Measure #8 [which] … allow[s] patients to use marijuana as a medicine if they have a debilitating disease and an authorization from their doctor.”  Reference: ANA Resolution: September 1998

American Academy of Family Physicians “The American Academy of Family Physicians [supports] the use of marijuana … under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.”  Reference: 1996-1997 AAFP Reference Manual – Selected Policies on Health Issues

American Medical Student Association “The American Medical Student Association strongly urges the United States Government … to meet the treatment needs of currently ill Americans by restoring the Compassionate IND program for medical marijuana, and … reschedul[ing] marijuana to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act, and … end[ing] the medical prohibition against marijuana.”  Reference: AMSA House of Delegates Resolution #12 : adopted March 1993

American Nurses Association “The American Nurses Association will:… Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision. Support the ability of health care providers to discuss and/or recommend the medicinal use of marijuana without the threat of intimidation or penalization. Support legislation to remove criminal penalties including arrest and imprisonment for bona fide patients and prescribers of therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. ” Reference: ANA Resolution: June 2003

American Osteopathic Association “The AOA supports well-controlled clinical studies on the use of marijuana and related cannabinoids for patients who have significant medical conditions for which current evidence suggests possible efficacy…” Reference: AOA Resolution: July 2011

American Preventive Medical Association “Marijuana should be available for appropriate medicinal purposes, when such use is in accordance with state law, and that physicians who recommend and prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes in states where such use is legal, should not be censured, harassed, prosecuted or otherwise penalized by the federal government.”  Reference: “Medicinal Use of Marijuana” policy statement: December 8, 1997

American Public Health Association
“[The APHA] encourages research of the therapeutic properties of various cannabinoids and combinations of cannabinoids, and … urges the Administration and Congress to move expeditiously to make cannabis available as a legal medicine.”  Reference: Resolution #9513: “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis:” adopted November 1995

Arthritis Research Campaign (United Kingdom) “We think people who use cannabis to the pain of arthritis should be able to do so.” Reference: ARC Statement to BBC News: October 23, 2001

Australian Medical Association (NSW) Limited “The AMA (NSW) … encourage[s] the … Carr Government to introduce exemptions to current cannabis laws, which would allow the use of the currently prohibited drug, in specific medical cases to alleviate patient suffering and facilitate research.” Reference: Press release (“New Cannabis Exemption Laws Needed for Medical Use”) of the AMA (NSW) Limited: September 30, 1999

Australian National Task Force on Cannabis “Despite the positive appraisal of the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids …, they have not been widely used. … Part of the reason for this is that research on the therapeutic use of these compounds has become a casualty of the debate in the United States about the legal status of cannabis. … As a community we do not allow this type of thinking to deny the use of opiates for analgesia. Nor should it be used to deny access to any therapeutic uses of cannabinoid derivatives that may be revealed by pharmacological research.”  Reference: “The health and psychological consequences of cannabis use:” March 1994

Being Alive
“Being Alive has always supported a person’s right to choose their own treatment modalities including … efforts to legalize medical marijuana.”  Reference: letter from Executive Director Gary Costas (January 3, 1996)

Belgian Ministry of Health “[R]esearch has shown that cannabis can be of medicinal use…. This is an area where public health must prevail.” Reference: Statement of the Health Ministry, as quoted in Expatica.com (Brussels), September 4, 2003.

British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology “Cannabis can be effective in some patients to relieve the symptoms of MS, and against certain forms of pain. This evidence is enough to justify a change in the law. … The Government should allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for medical use: this is the conclusion of a report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, published today.”
Reference: Press release (“Lords Say: legalize Cannabis for Medical Use”) of the House of Lords: November 11, 1998.

British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology (Second Report) “We are concerned that the MCA [Medicines Control Agency] approach to the licensing of cannabis-based medicines … place the requirements of safety and the needs of patients in an unacceptable balance. … Patients with severe conditions such as multiple sclerosis are being denied the right to make informed choices about their medication. There is always some risk in taking any medication, … but these concerns should not prevent them from having access to what promises to be the only effective medication available to them.” Reference: Select Committee on Science and Technology, Second Report: “Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis:” March 14, 2001.

British Medical Association
“Present evidence indicates that [cannabinoids] are remarkably safe drugs, with a side-effects profile superior to many drugs used for the same indications. … [The BMA] will urge the government to consider changing the Misuse of Drugs Act to allow the prescription of cannabinoids to patients with certain conditions causing distress that are not adequately controlled by existing treatments.”  Reference: BMA report: “Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis:” November 1997 California Academy of Family Physicians
“[The CAFP] supports efforts to expedite access to cannabinoids for use under the direction of a physician.”  Reference: position statement adapted by the Academy’s Congress of Delegates: February 1994

California Nurses Association “The California Nurses Association supports AB (Assembly Bill) 1529 which would eliminate California’s prohibition against possessing marijuana or growing marijuana for individuals using marijuana for medical purposes. … This measure is a compassionate alternative for patients … to obtain relief.” Reference: letter from CNA President Kurt Laumann, RN, to Gov. Pete Wilson (September 21, 1995)

California Pharmacists Association “[The CPA] support pharmacy participation in the legal distribution of medical marijuana.”  Reference: AP Financial News article, May 26, 1997

Canadian AIDS Society (Societe canadienne du sida) “The Canadian AIDS Society’s Board of Directors believes that people living with HIV/AIDS should have access to cannabis for therapeutic purposes in the treatment of HIV/AIDS through a compassionate framework. … [We] favor a controlled legalization system for cannabis in Canada, where the production, distribution and consumption are regulated, designated cannabis distribution centres are established and recognized, and appropriate prevention messages and harm reduction strategies are developed.” Reference: position statement adopted by the CAS’ Board of Directors: May 20, 2004

Medical Marijuana IS in over half of the United States. The majority of Americans favor the legalization. Why won't the U.S. government listen to the people that make this country what it is?
Medical Marijuana IS legal in half of the United States. The majority of Americans favor the legalization. Why won’t the U.S. government listen to the people that make this country America? A handful of rich politicians decide for the millions what is best for the millions. How many times has the government been right, especially about healthcare!

Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs “The Committee is of the opinion that the potential therapeutic uses of marijuana have been sufficiently documented to permit its use for therapeutic purposes.” Reference: “Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy: Report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs,” presented to Parliament September 2002

Colorado Nurses Association “The Colorado Nurses Association recognize[s] the therapeutic use of cannabis [and] support efforts to end federal policies which prohibit or unnecessarily restrict marijuana’s legal availability for legitimate health care uses. … Marijuana must be placed in a less restrictive Schedule and made available to patients who may benefit from its use.” Reference: Colorado Nurses Association 1995 Conventional Directory and Book of Reports

Connecticut Nurses Association “[P]atients [should] have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” Reference: CNA Resolution: October 2004

Dean Edell, M.D. “Cannabinoids and THC also have strong pain-killing powers, which is one reason medical marijuana should be readily available to people with cancer and other debilitating diseases.”  Reference: statement of Dean Edell: March 2, 2000

Federation of American Scientists
“Based on much evidence, from patients and doctors alike, on the superior effectiveness and safety of whole cannabis compared to other medications, … the President should instruct the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration to make efforts to enroll seriously ill patients whose physicians believe that whole cannabis would be helpful to their conditions in clinical trials, both to allow data-gathering and to provide an alternative to the black market while the scientific questions about the possible utility of cannabis are resolved.”  Reference: FAS Petition on Medical Marijuana, November 1994

 Florida Governor’s Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS “Recommendations for care: The state should facilitate greater access to drug therapies for treatment as well as preventive therapy. This should include access to marijuana when medically indicated.”

Reference: Florida Governor’s Report: January 1993

Florida Medical Association
“The FMA urge the state and federal governments and U.S. Public Health Service to open limited access to medical marijuana by reopening the investigational new drug program to new applicants.”  Reference: FMA Resolution #97-61: adopted June 1997 French Ministry of Health
“Obviously, it should be possible to prescribe [cannabis.] For a doctor, that could be a real benefit.”
Reference: statements of French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner: Independent on Sunday, December 7, 1997 Hawaii Nurses Association
“[The HNA] support legislation to remove state level criminal penalties for both bona fide medical marijuana patients and their healthcare providers.”
Reference: HNA Resolution: adopted October 21, 1999.

Health Canada
“There is no problem, basically, with marijuana as a medicine. … Marijuana is no different than morphine, no different than codeine, no different than Aspirin.”  Reference: statements of Health Canada spokesman Dann Michols: Ottawa Citizen, December 19, 1997
* The Canadian government legalized the use of medical marijuana on July 31, 2001. Illinois Nurses Association
“It is the position of the Illinois Nurses Association to: Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision; … [to] support legislation to remove criminal penalties including arrest and imprisonment for bonafide patients and prescribers of therapeutic cannabis; [and to] support federal and state legislation to include cannabis classification as a Schedule III [non-prohibited] drug.”
Reference: INA Position Statement: December 2004

Kaiser Permanente
“Medical guidelines regarding [marijuana's] prudent use should be established… Unfortunately, clinical research on potential therapeutic uses for marijuana has been difficult to accomplish in the United States, despite reasonable evidence for the efficacy of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and marijuana as anti-emetic and anti-glaucoma agents and the suggestive evidence for their efficacy in the treatment of other medical conditions, including AIDS.”
Reference: Kaiser Permanente study: “Marijuana Use and Mortality,” American Journal of Public Health, April 1997

Lymphoma Foundation of America “Be it resolved that this organization urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need; and, Be it further resolved that this organization urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants.”  Reference: Resolution approved by Lymphoma Foundation President Belita Cowan: January 20, 1997.

Medical Society of the State of New York “Assembly Bill 5796A … would allow certain patients … to use marijuana to treat a serious condition that is defined as a life-threatening condition or a condition associated with or a complication of such a condition or its treatment. … The Medical Society believes that this legislation would provide physicians, in consultation with their patient, another treatment option for those patients who are facing a life-threatening condition.” Reference: MSSNY e-news: May 7, 2004

Mississippi Nurses Association “The Mississippi Nurses Association support all reasonable efforts to end federal policies which prohibit or unnecessarily restrict marijuana’s legal availability for legitimate medical uses; and be it Resolved that the Mississippi Nurses Association provide education to the nurses of Mississippi about the therapeutic use of marijuana and federal prohibition of its use; and be it Resolved that the Virginia Nurses Association encourage other health care provider organizations to supp ort medical access to marijuana.” Reference: Resolution for Marijuana Access for Therapeutic Use, adopted by the MNA House of Delegates: October 27, 1995

The Montel Williams MS Foundation “Marijuana has helped my symptoms so much that I have become an advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana for qualified patients like me — those suffering from debilitating and/or devastatingly painful diseases. … Because I do not condone breaking any law, I would like to see all 50 states and the federal government decriminalize medical marijuana. I would also like to see more research into its effects on MS — for the treatment of pain and spasticity.” Reference: Press release (“Taking Action: Montel on Medical Marijuana & MS Treatment”) of the Montel Williams MS Foundation.

Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada) “The MS Society of Canada welcomes Health Canada¹s initiative providing a more compassionate system of possession and production for individuals who feel they may benefit from the use of marijuana for medical purposes.” Reference: MS Society Viewpoint, July 2001.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom) “People with MS have claimed that [marijuana] has helped them to relieve a number of the symptoms of MS including pain, stiffness and bladder problems. … We urge the courts to deal sympathetically with people with MS who are charged with cannabis use when seeking relief from their symptoms.” Reference: Policy statement: “Use of cannabis for alleviation of MS symptoms,” adopted August 2003

National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM)
“Scientific data indicate the potential therapeutic value of cannabinoid drugs, primarily THC, for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation. … For certain patients, such as the terminally ill or those with debilitating symptoms, the long-term risks [associated with smoking] are not of great concern. … [Therefore,] clinical trials of marijuana for medical purposes should be conducted. … There are patients with debilitating symptoms for whom smoked marijuana might provide relief. … Except for the harms associated with smoking, the adverse effects of marijuana use are within the range of effects tolerated for other medications.”
Reference: “Marijuana as Medicine: Assessing the Science Base,” National Academy Press: Washington, DC. 1999

National Association for Public Health Policy “We … recommend the following … actions: The federal government should re-classify marijuana … out of the Schedule 1 category and allow their prescription where medically appropriate.”
Reference: Position paper adopted by the National Association for Public Health Policy: November 15, 1998. National Nurses Society on Addictions “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.”  Reference: “Position Paper: Access to Therapeutic Cannabis,” approved by the NNSA Board of Directors: May 1, 1995

Netherlands Ministry of Health* “Cannabis has a beneficial effect for many patients. From September 1, 2003 pharmacies can provide medicinal cannabis to patients with a prescription from a doctor.” Reference: Statement of the Health Ministry, as quoted by Reuters News Wire, September 1, 2003. * The Dutch government made marijuana available by prescription on September 1, 2003.

New England Journal of Medicine “Federal authorities should rescind their prohibition of the medical use of marijuana for seriously ill patients and allow physicians to decide which patients to treat. The government should change marijuana’s status from that of a Schedule I drug … to that of a Schedule II drug … and regulate it accordingly.”
Reference: Editorial by NEJM editor Dr. Jerome Kassirer, January 30, 1997

New Jersey State Nurses Association “The NJSNA recognizes the therapeutic value and safety of medically recommended marijuana and … supports legal access to medically recommended marijuana for patients in New Jersey who are under the care of a licensed health care provider.” ReferenceNew Jersey State Nurses Association Press Release (March 25, 2002)

New Mexico Medical Society “The New Mexico Medical Society … supports the medical use of marijuana for patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other serious or terminal conditions.” ReferenceLetter from Society President Allan Haynes (January 21, 2002)


New Mexico Nurses Association “NMNA has voted to endorse the concept of allowing the therapeutic use of marijuana in a variety of disease states … when conventional treatments are ineffective.”  Reference: Letter from NMNA President Ginny Guido (July 28, 1997)


New South Wales (Australia) Parliamentary Working Party on the use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes “The Working Party is in sympathy with the motivation and spirit of the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and House of Lords reports. Accordingly, it recommends the introduction in NSW of a compassionate regime to assist those suffering from [a] range of illnesses … to gain the benefits associated with the use of cannabis without facing criminal sanctions, pending the development of safer and more efficient methods to deliver cannabinoids.” Reference: “Report of the Working Party on the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes,” Executive Summary, Recommendation 9: August 2000

New York County Medical Society “The definitive review of scientific studies … found medical benefits related to pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation. … While there are a variety of ways of supplying marijuana for medical use, serious consideration should be given to the 1997 recommendation … that the FDA reclassify marijuana from Schedule I and provide a consistent, safe supply.” Reference: testimony of Zebulon Taintor, representing the New York County Medical Society before the New York City Health Committee: February 23, 2004

New York State Nurses Association “Marijuana has been found to be effective in the treatment of glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure and in reducing nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Marijuana has also been effective in stimulating the appetite of AIDS patients suffering from the wasting syndrome, controlling spasticity in spinal cord injury patients, and in controlling seizures for persons suffering from epilepsy and for persons with multiple sclerosis. …The NYSNA Peer Assistance Committee agrees with the intent and content of the resolution ‘Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Purposes.'”  Reference: “Position Statement on Medicinal Marijuana,” passed by the NYSNA Board of Directors: June 7, 1995

North Carolina Nurses Association “NCNA urges the Administration and Congress to make cannabis available as a legal medicine were shown to be safe and effective and to immediately allow access to therapeutic cannabis through the Investigational New Drug Program.” Reference: “Position Statement on Therapeutic Use of Cannabis,” adopted by the NCNA: October 15, 1996

Rhode Island Medical Society “The Medical Society supports H-7588, it is consistent with our belief that there is sufficient evidence for us to support any physician-patient relationship that believes the use of marijuana will be beneficial to the patient.” Reference: Steve DeTroy, Director of Government and Public Affairs

Rhode Island State Nurses Association “[We support] legislation to remove criminal penalties including arrest and imprisonment for bona fide patients and prescribers of therapeutic marijuana/cannabis.” Reference: Press release (“Two Rhode Island Medical Groups Endorse Medical Marijuana”) of the Marijuana Policy Project: April 6, 2004

San Francisco Mayor’s Summit on AIDS and HIV “Marijuana must continue to be available to persons living with AIDS and HIV and other diseases who wish to use it for pain management, appetite stimulation and other medicinal purposes.” Reference: “Mayor’s Summit on AIDS & HIV,” preliminary report released January 27, 1998

San Francisco Medical Society
“The SFMS takes a support position on the California Medical Marijuana Initiative.”
Reference: Motion passed by SFMS Board of Directors: August 8, 1996

Virginia Nurses Association “The Virginia Nurses Association support all reasonable efforts to end federal policies which prohibit or unnecessarily restrict marijuana’s legal availability for legitimate medical uses; and be it Resolved that the Virginia Nurses Association provide education to the nurses of Virginia on the therapeutic use of marijuana and federal prohibition of its use; and be it Resolved that the Virginia Nurses Association encourage other health care provider organizations to support medical access to marijuana.” Reference: Resolution passed by the VNA Delegate Assembly: October7, 1994

Andrew Weil, M.D. “I consider the most important recommendation made by the IOM (Institute of Medicine) panel [to be] that physicians be able to prescribe marijuana to individual patients with debilitating or terminal conditions. … I believe such compassionate use is justified.” Reference: “Why I support Medical Marijuana,” in Self Healing, July 1999.

Vermont Medical Marijuana Study Committee “There is medical value in using marijuana to ameliorate some symptoms associated with severe illnesses and the treatment thereof. … Marijuana is misclassified as a [federal] Schedule I drug and should be reclassified to permit physicians to prescribe and pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana.” Reference: “Report of the Medical Marijuana Study Committee,” preliminary report to the Vermont General Assembly: December 2002

Whitman-Walker Clinic “Whitman-Walker Clinic supports the valid use of marijuana, under a physician’s supervision, to help alleviate AIDS wasting syndrome and nausea associated with treatment regimens.” Reference: Whitman-Walker News, April 1998

Wisconsin Nurses Association “The Wisconsin Nurses Association urges the Governor of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Legislature to move expeditiously to make cannabis available as a legally prescribed medicine where shown to be safe and effective.” Reference: Resolution adopted by WNA: October 29, 1999

Health Organizations Supporting Medical Marijuana ResearchAmerican Cancer Society

“[California Senate Bill] 535 focuses on medical marijuana research. [The] American Cancer Society … supports S.B. 535 because it is consistent with our long-held position of supporting research of any agent or technique for which there may be evidence of a therapeutic advantage.”  Reference: letter from ACS to California State Senator John Vasconcellos (July 24, 1997)

American Medical Association “The AMA recommend that adequate and well-controlled studies of smoked marijuana be conducted in patients who have serious conditions for which preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy in including AIDS wasting syndrome, sever acute or delayed emesis induced by chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, dystonia, and neuropathic pain.”  Reference: Council on Scientific Affairs Report #10: Medical Marijuana

British Medical Journal “The role of cannabinoids in modern therapeutics remains uncertain, but the evidence … shows that it would be irrational not to explore it. The active components of a plant which has been prized as a medicine for thousands of years should not be discarded lightly, and certainly not through political expediency or as a casualty of the war on drugs.”  Reference: editorial of the BMJ, April 4, 1998

California Medical Association
“The CMA urge that carefully designed, controlled clinical trials of the effectiveness of inhaled marijuana for medical indications be allowed to proceed immediately. … The CMA immediately initiate efforts at the federal level to facilitate the availability of inhaled marijuana for use in conducting clinical research to determine the medical efficacy of marijuana.”  Reference: CMA Resolution #107a-97: Medical Marijuana : adopted April 1997

California Society on Addiction Medicine (CSAM) “CSAM supports controlled studies of the medical usefulness of marijuana, including all routes of administration, and especially supports studies on the therapeutic effects of the essential ingredients … of cannabis sativa. … CSAM urges the DEA to remove cannabis from Schedule I and move it to an appropriate Schedule, below Schedule I as determined by what is known about its therapeutic benefit.”  Reference: CSAM “Position on Medical Use of Marijuana in California” as it appeared in CSAM News, Spring 1997

Congress of Nursing Practice
“The Congress of Nursing Practice … support education for RN’s regarding current evidence based therapeutic uses of cannabis, [and] support investigation of therapeutic efficacy of cannabis in controlled trials.”  Reference: Motion passed by the CNP: May 31, 1996

Jamaican National Commission on Ganja “The broad range of potential therapeutic applications of cannabinoids reflects the wide distribution of cannabinoid receptors throughout the brain and other parts of the body. … Areas in which cannabis has been shown to have therapeutic use are: reducing nausea and vomiting, stimulating appetite, promoting weight gain, diminishing high intraocular pressure from glaucoma. … There is undoubtedly need for much further research into the potential of the medicinal use of cannabis and its extracts.” Reference: Report of the National Commission on Ganja,” presented to Parliament August 7, 2001

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
“[We] support … the authorization and implementation of clinical trials of marijuana for various aspects of AIDS treatment.”  Reference: Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Policy Statement #066-95-104: adopted May 1995

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana
“Marijuana looks promising enough to recommend that there be new controlled studies done. The indications in which varying levels of interest was expressed are the following: appetite stimulation/cachexia, nausea and vomiting following anticancer therapy, neurological and movement disorders, analgesia, [and] glaucoma. Accordingly, the NIH should consider relevant administrative mechanisms to facilitate grant applications in each of these areas. Whether or not the NIH is the primary source of grant support for a proposed bona fide clinical research study, if that study meets U.S. regulatory standards … protocol approval, … the study should receive marijuana.”  Reference: Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana: “Report to the Director:” August 1997

Texas Medical Association “The Texas Medical Association supports (1) the physician’s right to discuss with his/her patients any and all possible treatment options related to the patients’ health and clinical care, including the use of marijuana, without the threat to the physician or patient of regulatory, disciplinary, or criminal sanctions; and (2) further well-controlled studies of the use of marijuana with seriously ill patients who may benefit from such alternative treatment.” Reference: Resolution adopted by the TMA Council on Scientific Affairs: April 29, 2004

Vermont Medical Society “VMS” current policy on medical marijuana focuses on the need for additional scientific research, the need for free and open discussion between physicians and patients and the need to exercise caution in view of federal criminal penalties for prescribing marijuana or aiding or abetting patients to violate federal law.” Reference: VMS Legislative Bulletin: February 10, 2003

Wisconsin State Medical Society “The SMS urges the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to implement administrative procedures to facilitate grant applications and the conduct of well-designed clinical research into the medical utility of marijuana. …The SMS believes that the NIH should use its resources and influence to support the development of a smoke-free inhaled delivery system for marijuana.”  Reference: SMS Policy Compendium 2000-2001 – Alternative Medicine.

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The Latest Pot Myth, Smacked Down By Science. Don’t believe the hype.

 Those opposed to the legalization and regulation of marijuana for any purpose, including the plant’s therapeutic use when authorized by a physician, often allege that the adoption of such laws will result in a significant increase in pot use by young people.
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Teens use of alcohol compared to marijuana use. You can see a very large difference. Binge drinking leads to fatal car crashes, alcohol overdose and death. Marijuana, which should not be consumed by teens, does not cause the same physiological issues that the more dangerous drug, Alcohol causes. This is fact and the popular opinion of medical professionals and the American public! Graph courtesy of Google Images.

 “The damage of marijuana—and these laws—is clear,” claims David Evans, executive director of the Drug Free Schools Coalition, in a recent open letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder and DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “Legalization of marijuana for ‘medical’ use and recreational use in those states has resulted in more marijuana use, particularly among young people.”

Adds Kevin Sabet, co-founder of Project SAM and a former senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (aka the Drug Czar’s office), “Research shows that residents of states with medical marijuana laws have abuse and dependence rates almost twice as high as states with no such laws, and teen use rates are significantly higher in states with medical marijuana laws compared to other states. Moreover, youth perception rates of the harmful effects of marijuana have significantly decreased in states that have legalized medical marijuana.”

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Sounds scary, doesn’t it? It’s supposed to. But here’s the reality check: virtually every study to evaluate the potential impact of these laws on teen use rates proves these claims to be woefully false.

The most recent peer-reviewed smackdown of this stock prohibitionist claim appears online this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University assessed the impact of medical cannabis laws over a 20-year period by examining trends in self-reported drug use by high schoolers in a cohort of states before and after legalization. Investigators compared these trends to geographically matched states that had not adopted medical marijuana access laws during this time.

Here’s what they found. “[O]ur study of self-reported marijuana use by adolescents in states with a medical marijuana policy compared with a sample of geographically similar states without a policy does not demonstrate increases in marijuana use among high school students that may be attributed to the policies.” In fact, researchers determined that in some regions of the country, the adoption of medical cannabis laws was associated with decreased cannabis use by young people, a finding that led the authors to acknowledge, “[C]oncerns about ‘sending the wrong message’ may have been overblown.”

They concluded, “Our study suggests that… the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes has not increased adolescent marijuana use, a finding supported by a growing body of literature.”

And what a growing body of literature it is. Here’s an overview of other, previous studies dismissing the notion that medical pot laws are a catalyst for increased drug use by either teens or adults.

Writing in 2013 in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine evaluated the effects of medical marijuana laws on adolescent pot use rates for the years between 2003 and 2011. Investigators reported that the adoption of liberalized cannabis laws had no “statistically significant … effect on the prevalence of either lifetime or 30-day marijuana use” by adolescents residing in medical cannabis-friendly states. They concluded, “Our results suggest that, in the states assessed here, MMLs [medical marijuana laws] have not measurably affected adolescent marijuana use.”

A 2012 analysis of statewide cannabis laws and adolescent use patterns commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany drew similar conclusions. Economists from Montana State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Colorado at Denver examined the relationship between the passage of medical cannabis laws and rates of marijuana consumption by high school students. Authors analyzed state and national data from the Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risky Behavior Surveys for the years 1993 through 2009, during which time more than a dozen states enacted law allowing for the production and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Authors determined, “[T]he legalization of medical marijuana was not accompanied by increases in the use of marijuana or other substances such as alcohol and cocaine among high school students. Interestingly, several of our estimates suggest that marijuana use actually declined with the passage of medical marijuana laws.”

A separate 2012 study by researchers at McGill University in Montreal and published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology reported virtually the same conclusions. Investigators obtained state-level estimates of marijuana use from the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health for the years between 2002 and 2009. Investigators utilized difference-in-differences regression models to estimate the causal effect of medical cannabis laws on marijuana use, and simulations to account for measurement error. “Difference-in-differences estimates suggested that passing MMLs (medical marijuana laws) decreased past-month use among adolescents … and had no discernible effect on the perceived riskiness of monthly use,” authors reported. “[These] estimates suggest that reported adolescent marijuana use may actually decrease following the passing of medical marijuana laws.”

Medical Marijuana IS in over half of the United States. The majority of Americans favor the legalization. Why won't the U.S. government listen to the people that make this country what it is?
Medical Marijuana IS in over half of the United States. The majority of Americans favor the legalization. Why won’t the U.S. government listen to the people that make this country what it is?

Finally, a 2007 study conducted by a pair of researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics also evaluated whether liberalizing medical cannabis use might stimulate broader experimentation among the general population. “Using the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring system, data from adult arrestees for the period 1995-2002 were examined in three cities in California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose), one city in Colorado (Denver), and one city in Oregon (Portland). Data were also analyzed for juvenile arrestees in two of the California cities and Portland. Data on emergency department patients from the Drug Abuse Warning Network for the period 1994-2002 were examined in three metropolitan areas in California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco), one in Colorado (Denver), and one in Washington State (Seattle).” After crunching the data, researchers reported, “[C]onsistent with other studies of the liberalization of cannabis laws, medical cannabis laws do not appear to increase use of the drug.”

So, will the publication of this latest study put to rest the false notion that medical cannabis legalization stimulates non-medical pot use? Probably not, but it is a start. Notably, government officials seem finally to be getting the message. Speaking to the Tampa Bay Times last month, the deputy director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse acknowledged, “We cannot draw a clean link between medical marijuana and shifting drug usage rates.”

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Study: Enactment Of Medical Cannabis Laws Not Associated With Higher Crime Rates.

Marijuana Myths and Facts.
Marijuana Myths and Facts.

The enactment of medicinal cannabis laws is not associated with any rise in statewide criminal activity and may even be related to reductions in incidences of violent crime, according to data published online in the journal PLoS ONE.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas tracked crime rates across all 50 states between the years between 1990 and 2006, a time period during which 11 states legalized marijuana for medical use. Authors reviewed FBI data to determine whether there existed any association between the passage of medicinal cannabis laws and varying rates of statewide criminal activity, specifically reported crimes of homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and auto theft.

Investigators reported that the passage of medical marijuana laws was not associated with an increase in any of the seven crime types assessed, but that liberalized laws were associated with decreases in certain types of violent crime.

“The central finding gleaned from the present study was that MML (medical marijuana legalization) is not predictive of higher crime rates and may be related to reductions in rates of homicide and assault,” authors reported. “Interestingly, robbery and burglary rates were unaffected by medicinal marijuana legislation, which runs counter to the claim that dispensaries and grow houses lead to an increase in victimization due to the opportunity structures linked to the amount of drugs and cash that are present. Although, this is in line with prior research suggesting that medical marijuana dispensaries may actually reduce crime in the immediate vicinity.”

Researchers concluded: “Medical marijuana laws were not found to have a crime exacerbating effect on any of the seven crime types. On the contrary, our findings indicated that MML precedes a reduction in homicide and assault. … In sum, these findings run counter to arguments suggesting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes poses a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime and property crimes.”

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adults. Hope with Cannabis Treatment?

PTSD is not just a psychological injury. It is a physical injury as well. Changes in the brain in Adult survivors of child abuse have these changes in their brains. It is a painful disorder that is not physically visible but is debilitating!
PTSD is not just a psychological injury. It is a physical injury as well. Changes in the brain in Adult survivors of child abuse have these changes in their brains. It is a painful disorder that is not physically visible but is debilitating!

Veterans of our military are returning from war in desperate need of PTSD treatment. The problem is, there really is no medication that can be prescribed to truly treat vets and adults suffering from this terrible psychological and physical condition. Typically, a medication and counseling regimen is prescribed in victims that seek help. Effectiveness varies in individuals of course, but many have turned to the effects of cannabis and report this is “the only thing that helps”.

PTSD sufferers also avoid ANY stimulus that may cause flashbacks of the trauma experienced, whether it be war, child abuse, molestation, rape, assault and any other traumatic experience which may have happened.

 Symptoms of PTSD include:

“Reliving” the traumatic event through thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares (Flashbacks can be triggered by anything that causes a memory of the trauma. For example, a war veteran might experience a flashback after seeing a low-flying helicopter).

Experiencing a rapid heart beat and sweating while “reliving” the traumatic event

Feeling numb

Feeling emotionally detached from other people

Sleep disturbances

Irritability

Avoidance of anything associated with the trauma

Anger

Difficulty concentrating

Amnesia

A strong response when shocked

Extreme vigilance – Always feeling “on guard”

Difficulty working

Difficulty with social situations

Inability to properly care for loved ones

Every day in America, 22 veterans end their lives because living with PTSD is just too much for them to handle. It is not uncommon for the PTSD sufferer to have irritability, sadness, feelings of worthlessness and shame. Many PTSD victims never express or have a very difficult time expressing their emotions and especially, expressing the trauma. Very high percentages of PTSD victims have tried to commit suicide and many are successful. It is a huge public health issue in America.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...Not all wounds are visible. The worst wounds usually aren't visible!
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder…Not all wounds are visible. The worst wounds usually aren’t visible!

There are many triggers for the individual with PTSD. If the adult was molested or raped as a child, then perhaps, a violent scene in a movie may start the flashbacks. It’s the same for vets returning home from war. They may have flashbacks of the horrors of war. They may have flashbacks of dead bodies, piles of human parts…it really is a nightmare. The flashbacks leave a person fatigued, yet anxiety ridden, stealing any quality of life.

Nightmares are another common symptom of PTSD. These nightmares can be so bad, that the PTSD sufferer tries purposely, not to sleep. The insomnia exacerbates the PTSD and the cycle starts all over.

You can see the physical changes in the PTSD sufferers brain compared to that of a normal human brain in this image.
You can see the physical changes in the PTSD sufferers brain compared to that of a normal human brain in this image.

Studies have actually shown brain changes in the right temporal lobe of the brain in adults abused as children. The changes, are similar to those that would be expected in a person with epilepsy.

Recent research has shown that the human body’s endocanabinoid system is different in people suffering from PTSD. Researchers in Israel, think they may have actually found a medication that works with the human endocannabinoid system. Cannabis! Otherwise known as marijuana.

Cannabis contains THC and CBD. It is a complex plant to explain without getting very technical. The American Government has just allowed studies to be conducted on treating PTSD with cannabis.

Many veterans already treat the condition with cannabis, as it is much safer than the antipsychotic medications such as Seroquel, Abilify, Geodon, Thorazine and many others. Antidepressants can actually increase suicide risk in PTSD sufferers more so than in depressed individuals without PTSD.

Veterans and many other PTSD sufferers are reporting relief from almost all of the symptoms of PTSD and a reduction in obsessive thoughts and suicidal ideation. Science is backing this up in the studies that have been done thus far in other countries by Neurology researchers.

Hopefully, veterans and all PTSD sufferers will be allowed safe, medical access to a medication… a natural medication that does not elevate liver enzymes, cause life threatening syndromes such as Serotonin Syndrome and even death.

Victims of PTSD are not “bipolar”. They have ups and downs, sometimes several in an hour. PTSD victims are not crazy. They need love and support. Trust and empathy. PTSD affects so many children and adults in America. It’s time to address this epidemic.

For more technical research, please visit this link. Click Here.

Please click the “sign the petition” below to support the veterans and all who suffer from this terrible condition. The majority of PTSD sufferers are children that were abused at a young age during the development of their young brains. The symptoms slowly start to manifest until it becomes unbearable for the PTSD victim at times. Unfortunately, the suicide numbers are very high in PTSD victims. Please sign the petition and help those without a voice.


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Please, again, sign the petition for all who suffer.

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Please click and sign our petition to decriminalize a medicinal plant, cannabis and allow patients safe access to a medicine that has been used for more than 5000 years by humans.

Article by Emery Myers RN, DON-CLTC, Marine Corps Veteran.

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Real American’s Quotes From Our Petition for the Compassionate Use of Cannabis/Decriminalization for AMERICANs!

These are real quotes that I have copied and pasted. I have left the people’s names off for anonymity.

We all know the hypocrisy of the government allowing cigarettes and alcohol to be taxed and regulated. Both of which have NO medical applications, yet Cannabis is kept a schedule 1 drug, along with Heroin and PCP. Cocaine is considered a schedule 2 drug. Xanax and Lortab are schedule 3 drugs. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have NO medical benefit. 20 states have enacted medical marijuana laws and many more are working on medical marijuana laws right now…except KANSAS!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/decriminalize-marijuana-16Please click and sign our petition to decriminalize a medicinal plant, cannabis and allow patients safe access to a medicine that has been used for more than 5000 years by humans.

Politicians argue that Cannabis is “so much stronger now”. Well, what about 190 proof Everclear…which is an alcoholic drink that will kill you if you drink too much. It is impossible to overdose on Cannabis, unless you can smoke 1500 pounds of it in 30 minutes. If you smoke 1500 pounds of anything in 15 minutes, your probably not going to fare to well!

Here we go with the quotes from real people across America!

1. Erie, Pennsylvania: “marijuana has so many positive uses yet the government will not legalize it does that make any sense at all”

2. Glendale, CA: “Free the people!”

3. Helper, Utah: “Make it medically available..”

4. St. Joseph, MO: “As a nurse I have seen cancer patients writhing in agony, waiting for their next pain shot. Marijuana not only can relieve pain and mental anguish, but also stimulates the appetite to reverse the wasting and emaciation so common in terminally ill patients. Yet these people cannot legally obtain or use marijuana in most states to alleviate pain or improve their quality of life in the time they have left.”

5. Phoenix, AZ: “I have PTSD and it sucks, I think anyone with PTSD should be able to be prescribed cannabis, it’s helped me with my PTSD, I have PTSD from rapes and abuse in the past. I approve c:”

6. Edinburgh, Maine: “Do the right thing. By the way NO you’re not doing it at this time.”

7. Conway, SC: “We need to stop living in the dark ages and move forward.These people deserve the right to have medicine that helps them with out the serious side effects of. the drugs that’s out there now.”

8. Cambridge City, IN: “I strongly agree.”

9. Enterprise, KS: “It will not only help the people in the state, it will help our state! Please hear us!”

10. Salina, KS: “Please Please Please listen to the people! Majority of the people in Kansas are in favor of changing marijuana laws and we need your help!”

11. Glendale, CA: “I defer all questions to Dr. Sanjay Gupta.”

12. Sm, KS: “Put CHILD MOLESTERS and MURDERERS in PRISON for LIFE with NO chance of PAROLE. Let NON-violent “offenders” free or pay a nominal fee.”

13. Newton, KS: “It’s time for a more intelligent and compassionate approach to marijuana sales and use, especially for medical purposes.”

14. Wichita, KS: “I have a loved one with Crohn’s disease, and know that individual – an ethical, professional, and dedicated public servant – uses cannabis for the pain and nausea. I think we should give people access to medically necessary drugs to improve their functioning and decrease pain!!”

15. Wichita, KS: “Helps eye pressure for glocauma, cures cancer when injested, helps fibromyalgia. Get kansas into the 21 century.”

16. Wichita, KS: “Medical use should be permitted and regulated.”

17. Olathe, KS: “I have always been in agreement that marijuana should be legalized for medicinal uses as I was/am an AIDS patient. But the HIV is under control and have just now been diagnosed with cancer and will begin chemo radiation this week. I expect marijuana to be part of my refi mine to control nausea but more importantly, assisting with my appetite and make me want to eat.”

18. Auburn, KS: “I agree whole-hearted that this should be reevaluated and ultimately legalized. It is also a mood stabilizer that many people prefer to using prescription drugs. Yet another use…hmmm. :-)”

19. Sedan, KS: “We have spent billions of dollars on the war against drugs, learning nothing from our experience with the crime caused by prohibition in the ’20s. Lets help the people who can be relieved by the medical use of marijuana.”

20. Topeka, KS: “It’s time to walk back this ineffective, wasteful body of legislation and end the war on marijuana, particularly for medical needs.”

21. Overland Park, KS: “I completely agree. Our country should invest in cannabis – rather than villify and incarcerate those involved with its industry”

22. Wichita, KS: “With over 100 uses of the marijuana plant as of the 1930s, what could be created now with current knowledge and technology surely would be amazing and also very beneficial towards our needed economic growth. However, it takes open minds and open hearts to step out of fears and persecutions of differing others, and into loving wisdom for the advancement of ourselves into a more civilized and evolved culture. Hopefully Kansans are up to this opportunity for social and economic progress.”

23. Wichita, KS: “It’s been a long time comin and needs to be done now pmk”

24. Lawrence, KS: “This is the truth, and millions of people are recognizing it now. Be on the right side of history for once. Stop ruining lives and wasting money on prisons, and start helping lives to be improved while collecting tax revenues. It just makes sense!”

25. Inman, KS: “Time to stop the insanity! The medicinal uses of marijuana have been studied and it has been proven effective on many fronts including reducing intraoccular pressure in glaucoma patients which was not mentioned here. It’s said Queen Victoria used to smoke it to relieve menstrual cramps!”

26. Hutchinson, KS: “the government should listen to the American people. both science & medical evidence is to overwhelming and we need to act now. I also work in the healthcare field and totally agree.”

27. Wichita, KS: “LEGALIZE MARIJANA IN KANSAS”

28. Topeka, KS: “I have no problem with the use of marijuana to treat illness.”

29. Oswego, KS:  “I think the petition should be supported by MoveOn. Marijuana is proving to be a kind of wonder drug. It should, at the very least, be available for medical use. Even better, make it available through legal means so it can be a legitimate revenue stream.”

30: Topeka, KS: “If it can benefit medical conditions I say go for legalization. Save the war for drugs with much more harmful effects.”

31. Stillwater, OK: “I have just been diagnosed with Crohn’s. Please pass this bill for all of those who suffer.”

32. Salina, KS: “It’s time for change. What can be argued about using a plant that God has given us over man made pharmaceuticals!”

33. Westfall, KS: “I strongly agree with the act of legalization of medical & recreational use of marijuana.”

34. Longmont, CO: “Good idea ! It IS 2014 .”

35. Smolan, KS: “Marijuana, either medical or recreational, should be legalized and mandated in a similar way to alcohol. More people die from alcohol than marijuana and it makes no sense why it is illegal!”

36. Salina, KS: “End the racist drug war on the poor. President Nixon started this war and it has victimized millions of non-violent cannabis users ever since. It has ruined lives and families. End it!”

These quotes are all verbatim from Kansans and All Americans! The Silver Hair Legislation of KS. supports HB2198 and SB9; The Cannabis Compassion and Care Act.               (click on to read the very well written bill).

Please read the bill and I guarantee, if you are not sure, you will be. Also, if after reading the above quotes you are unsure, you need to look up the word EMPATHY in the dictionary!

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Emery Myers USMC 1990 -1998 Desert Storm Vet. I served America and will continue to serve as a registered nurse, father and advocate for all Americans, especially the chronically ill and terminally ill. Please, join this Marine in the fight for our freedom to use a medicinal herb!

Written by Emery Myers, activist, registered nurse, writer, artist and advocate for Americans and their constitutional rights!

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Letters to an Apathetic Senator from a Veteran of the USMC and Desert Storm.

 

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Senator Mary Pilcher Cook is TOO EXTREME to represent us! Tell her YES to SB9!

My First Letter to Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R) Kansas:

Poll: Americans View Cannabis/Marijuana As Less Harmful To Health Than Tobacco, Alcohol, Or Sugar.
 
Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses less harm to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released today. With the rise of obesity and Diabetes in Kansas, I would have to agree that sugar kills more people per year! That is just statistical fact! Alcohol and Tobacco, well we really don’t need statistics but, Alcohol kills 88,000 Americans per year.
Marijuana, well in America, the only statistics that can be found are from a man killed smuggling tons of marijuana over the Mexico border. One of the bales of marijuana fell on him and killed him.
Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most respondents said tobacco (49 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (15 percent).
Only eight percent of those surveyed said that they believed that marijuana was most harmful to health.
The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 3.10 percent.
Commenting on the poll results, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “These results once again reaffirm that an overwhelming majority of the American public understands that any potential risks associated with the use or abuse of cannabis are relatively minor to those associated with many other legal and regulated substances. Criminalizing cannabis and those who consume it responsibly is a disproportionate public policy response to what is, at worst, a public health issue but not a criminal justice concern.”
Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a schedule I controlled substance, meaning that its alleged harms are equal to those of heroin.
Also, as I am sure you are aware, Kansas families are moving out of the state. I have read two stories in two different newspapers. Here is a link to one: 
I could go on and on. My family is in the same situation with a chronically ill child. I myself am a Desert Storm veteran and long time Kansas resident. I have been prescribed all kinds of drugs for diabetes and neuropathy, which have made me very sick, elevated my liver enzymes and caused me more side effects than they were worth. Please, reconsider your stance. Kansas cannot afford to lose more population. All of the states surrounding us are moving forward with medical marijuana laws. Kansas doesn’t have to be stuck in the 1930s. Kansas could be a leader instead of a follower.
My wife is a nurse practitioner. I am a registered nurse. There are only 3 pediatric GI doctors in Kansas. We are moving to Colorado in May, along with several other families that need an alternative to chemotherapy to treat my daughters disease and their own families ailments.
This may not affect you but it affects a lot of Kansans. I am ashamed of the reception Topeka gave the disabled vets and Kansans that showed up to support Senator David Haley. The security guards and even some of the politicians made fun of the people that showed up.
I fought for my state and my country. Do you fight for Kansans or your own agenda?
I have worked as a Director of Nursing in the top Nursing Home in Kansas. I lost that job after 4 years due to undiagnosed diabetes… a result of contaminated water from Camp Lejeune and my deployments. I sacrificed. I have lost jobs standing up for the little guy. Would you do the same? It seems politicians hammer the same issues year after year.
Abortion is very important, but what about my 7 year old taking dangerous chemotherapy for Crohn’s disease? 18,000 dollars a dose. There are double-blind placebo studies showing the efficacy. I know Kansas is not big in Science, which is a shame. Most of the politicians believe the world is 2000 years old. The fact is, Cannabis has been used for over 10,000 years if you believe in science and Carbon 14 dating.
Please reconsider. ALL the other states are making this a priority for the sick and dying. Have you ever held a dying person’s hand? I have held hundreds as a registered nurse. Many, without adequate pain relief because the opiates cause nausea or don’t work. If you give too much, it will kill the person. Cannabis works on the Human Bodies endocannabinoid system. It does not affect the center of the brain that controls vital organs. You cannot stop breathing from injesting it.
The science is there. Senator David Haley needs some help. Why do republicans and democrats fight eachother like children? It only hurts the people you are charged with supporting and protecting.
Please, reconsider your stance. Kansas has already been the laughing stock of the nation for several ridiculous bills you ALL have wasted money on, such as the LGBT discrimination bill. It’s hypocritical to say SB9 would cost too much money.
Thank you Senator,
Emery Myers, Corporal-ret. USMC 1990-1994 and disabled vet!
Final letter after I sent 2 more pleading for her to at least let the bill have a chance in the legislature:
Dear Senator Mary Pilcher Cook,
I guess my service as a Marine, defending your freedom doesn’t warrant a response. My service as a registered nurse in the state of Kansas doesn’t warrant a response. I guess you have made your mind up on SB9, despite 70% of Kansans support the bill.
Burying your head in the sand doesn’t change the fact that Kansans use this medicine. I will not email you again. I will email other “conservative” Senators that respond and act. I will also contact the White House. I recieve responses from them.
Politics and the care of the sick and dying are sad to say the least in Kansas. My family, along with many other families that have already moved, will be moving to Colorado this summer after my wife graduates top of her class with her masters degree as an advanced practice registered nurse.
Again, religion and your personal views should not influence your decision to allow SB9 a fair hearing. I run several successful blogs and am a member of at least 5 organizations that represent veterans and Marines. I will be sure to seek support from those organizations also.
I serve 8 years for my country and you cannot even respond to a legitimate email. My 7 year old daughter has severe Crohns, I am a disabled vet. I guess in your book that doesn’t count. I will continue to fight as any Marine would.
If you are a bible thumper, do you know Genesis? You might want to read that again.
Sincerely,
Emery Myers, Corporal USMC-ret and nationally certified registered nurse.
I called her office and left a polite message weeks ago. No call back. I have sent her letters. No reply. This is government at its finest. The other Senators that replied want nothing to do with this bill. They use political terms and state it isn’t in their power or “no comment”. 70% of Kansans want medical marijuana. The government won’t listen to the people. This is a trend that is becoming more evident and more serious with all issues. We need to end this trend and quit electing these types of career politicians. Senatory Mary Pilcher Cook doesn’t even have education in health care. She was a publisher of software!
Please help me send this bible-thumping Senator a clear message. Please email her at: Mary.PilcherCook@senate.ks.gov and let her know that her treatment of her constituents is not acceptable. Please. You can copy and paste my first letter if you like and send that to her.
Please also click Uncle Sam on this website to sign the petition for Cannabis reform. Give patients a choice! Give Americans a choice.
Written by Emery Myers