Sometimes a step in the right direction may not be the exact direction you want but it is better than where we are at...
"From a pharmacological perspective, cannabinoids are considerably safer than opioids and have broad applicability in palliative care. Had cannabis not been removed from our pharmacopoeia 7 decades ago and remained available to treat chronic pain, potentially thousands of lives that have been lost to opioid toxicity could have been prevented."
"The medicinal cannabis user should not be considered a criminal in any state and the DEA and our legal system should be using science and logic as the basis of policy making rather than political or societal bias."
[Carter et al. Cannabis in palliative medicine: improving care and reducing opioid-related morbidity. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2011.]
For many who use this plant as medicine, cannabis is not about “getting high.” Rather, it is at the end of a long list of medicines that have been tried but did not work. It is uncivilized, immoral, and barbaric to keep medicine from another who benefits from its use. Most who use cannabis do experience a “high” initially when using cannabis but are not bothered by these effects as they become accustomed to them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the use of cannabis does not result in a significant increase in traffic accidents. Please review these results if you have any concerns whatsoever about marijuana and driving. Apparently it is almost as hard to find cannabis deaths due to driving as it is to find lethal overdoses of cannabis. The people repealed one expensive and damaging prohibition, and we can do it again. Legalize and regulate like alcohol in 2016!
NIDA, the US Dept of Health, and the US National Cancer Institute ALL agree that this plant kills cancer (as such it is clearly a medicine, for those of you in the DEA). Take a minute and sign the petition to force the director of the DEA (Chuck Rosenburg) to resign for his outrageous statements declaring that marijuana is not medicine. If this disingenuous imbecile cannot play with the rest of the team he should stop trying to do the jobs of those far more qualified than he, and resign!
"Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
Jury nullification is the only way to deal with dishonest prosecutors as was done at the end of alcohol prohibition. No patient should be jailed for using this plant to heal themselves naturally. These disingenuous prosecutors are killing people who otherwise might be healed from many serious diseases, including cancer.
“It is little surprise that for a couple of decades at the direction of the multinational pharmaceutical industry, and more recently the for-profit prison and law enforcement industry, the federal government and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have concealed a highly effective and completely natural remedy and relief for cancer. In just the past two weeks, the federal government and NIH have quietly confirmed that cannabis (marijuana) is very effective at killing cancer cells without harming healthy cells like radiation and chemotherapy. In fact, on the NIH website devoted to the hideous disease, http://Cancer.gov, they published the truth about marijuana and its effectiveness at combating cancer in a stunning reversal of over four decades of deliberate fear-mongering and propaganda portraying the common weed as dangerous; all to satisfy the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, prison system, and law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level."
STOP LYING TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT LEGALIZATION AND REGULATION!!! To suggest that medical marijuana and legalization and regulation of marijuana is not having an effect on the cartels is a DAMNED lie perpetrated by Arizona prosecutors. Apparently they attended Arizona schools and are unable to read Time magazine:
"...the amount of one drug — marijuana — seems to have finally fallen. U.S. Border Patrol has been seizing steadily smaller quantities of the drug, from 2.5 million pounds in 2011 to 1.9 million pounds in 2014. Mexico’s army has noted an even steeper decline, confiscating 664 tons of cannabis in 2014, a drop of 32% compared to year before." Time Magazine, Ioan Grillo/Mexico City @ioangrillo April 8, 2015
"Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. ... The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents."
-- William F. Buckley,
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495
To help stop the flow of drugs into Arizona, legalize and regulate like alcohol in 2016.
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