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"I have had glaucoma for 19 years and never had a problem until I stopped smoking marijuana. I was put on betopic then timoptic (glaucoma medicine that is possibly dangerous) then laser surgery twice. All very expensive treatments not to mention the discomfort. I started using marijuana again and my doctor told me my eye pressures were down (under 20) and I did not need to use the doctor prescribed medicine for now. No one can tell me I am doing anything wrong since I can still see and no one is affected by my using marijuana."
"I've also used it for p.s.d.,diabeties,and weight loss.Marijuana helps me to think and I move around a lot,and loose weight.With out it I get depressed and gain weight.Yesterday I didn't have any and my wife told me this morning my bad dreams came back and she couldn't sleep with me.I hope the Feds loosen their strong hold on it."
"That's great to hear. My dad has glaucoma also and I think that marijuana is a wonderful fix for this disease. And if your not hurting anybody and it's helping you I don't see the problem here."
"please forget what the law says and do what is best for you. why should u suffer just because of a stupid law that was passed for stupid reasons? pick up a joint and relix"
"I wish everyone could focus on the real issue: smoking anything has to have negative effects on the lungs. THC has been PROVEN to be of significant medical value, we simply need a better delivery system. How about VAPORIZING?"
"I know exactly how you feel, and thank you so much for writing this. We all know Marijuana helps immensely with so many diseases, disorders, etc. We just all have to keep telling our story, maybe one day people will embrace the medical purposes of such an amazing plant."
"im glad your better and you knew what was best for you"
"i completely unerstand where youre coming from. i have an eye disease that is making me go blind. there is no cure for me but the marijuanna makes my life a lot easier and comfortable."
"James, no disrespect meant, but I want to point out, after being on a drug for so long, 19 years, there's like no way your not going to have problems. These problems are caused because, you are now addicted to the drug (Yes, I have done extensive research) and your body depends on the drug. You body's want for the drug can cause things like serious pain and a weak nervous system. You are more prone to get sick, injured, and feel pain. Contrary to popular belief, Cannabis is addictive. Also, 19 years ago, the drug was still a schedule I drug...why did you have it? And if you had been smoking so long, why stop then? Again, no offense to you, and I am sorry if I have offended you in any way. Please respond respectfully, or I will disregaurd you comments. Thank you for reading this."
"I also have glaucoma,I'm being treated with eye drops;my Dr said marijuana wouldn't help. It is good to know someone it is helping; down the road I may need another option."
"Being high all the time may be affecting people you care about and you may just be unaware of it. I stopped hanging around friends who smoked because they started acting differently when they were high, and now, even when they aren't high"
"the experience shows that its impossible to find the negative effects of it in a while.The efffects of marijuama is a long term one.It starts slowly and comes into severity after a long time.I advice you to leave taking it."
"Really? Do you have lung cancer now too? why would anyone need to smoke to get benefits of marijuana? I don't think that it should be illegal, but lets not call it medicine when it's being smoked. Smoke it all you want, it's good you aren't bothering anyone but I hope you have enough money that you won't be on medicaid when you all start dying of cancer."
"I was severely injured on Nov. 13 2001, when a tree top feel and struck my skull, shattering the right front section of my skull and I nearly lost my right eye. After reconstructive skull surgery (6 plates and 12 screws) ... I was prescribed hydrocodone (morphine) for daily severe headaches and pain and dilantin for anti seizures. While on the prescribed drugs, I had two severe seizures and additional hospital stays. Unable to work or fully function. It has been now 2 yrs 14 weeks since i have used either prescribed drug, both have been replaced with cannabis daily use. NO Seizures - NO severe head aches any longer. Working Full time again !! :O) No Depression. No nausea. Gaining weight back :O) Total shame the govt calls people criminals when they have turned their lives around and improved their medical condition. Thank God for the plant God created.... Safe, Nature and Effective"
"I was diagnosed with MS in 1985 not only do I Have MS I also have Lymes disease got bit in 1980. I live in NJ and our Govenor Chris Christie will not pass. I am not a drug addict. Marajuana is the ONLY thing yhat helps. I only wish that for 1 day that Gov. Christie could walk in my shoes."
"You have a touching story, and for your sake and sake of others, the government should do what is right and legalize the PLANT (not drug) that.... as you sdaid GOD put here for medical use. King Salomon smoked pot, and he was the most blessed man ever, so that tells me that God did put it for our use. Thank you for sharing your story."
"Marijuana cured my epilepsy as well, THANK GOD FOR MARIJUANA! I have my life back and there is no way anyone can say "shame on you""
"This medicinal plant holds so much promise for this country, if they would just take their head out of the sand. I can vouch for its use for this purpose, because I have been a victim of severe joint pain since my teens... Having tried many, many other medications, it is the only answer to my problem. I am sure many billions of people feel as I do. The legalization and taxation of this one crop could bring our country out of financial ruin, clear out or prisons of it's offenders... I have never seen anyone high on pot do the horrible things I have seen drunks do..."
"hey im so sorry i hit dislike but i totally didn't meant to. I agree i live in Kansas and i cant wait till they legalize but until they do i will keep doing me and fight the fight:) and if ur high on pot the only thing u wanna do is sit at home and watch TV and eat/sleep and on the upside it helps my migraines unlike Excedrin and Tylenol"
"ive seen my friends act really stupid and goofy, they acted no different than being drunk.I pride myself on not doing drugs, apparently its bad to not do drugs in these days."
"I am 38 years old, and I suffer from degenerative disk disease. I live 99% of my life in moderate to extreme lower back pain. I am absolutely sickened by the fact that all mydoctor can do for me is prescribe pills . I have been on Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone, and was on Oxycontin for 4+ months before I was able to withstand the major withdrawals like vommitting, headaches, shaking, and nausea for 2 solid weeks in order to get off this horrible pill.After watching the Dr Oz show on medicinal marijuana about 2 weeks ago, I decided to give it a go. Wow, the pain was gone in minutes! I want to be able to get this drug from my pharmacy or dispensary and be able to enjoy most of a day again! I pray for med marijuana in MN soon!Jon"
"I have lived with low back pain for 20+ years. I had fusion surgery 1 year ago. I have been admitted to the hospital on 2 occasions for reactions to these pain pills they put me on. I have tried medicinal marijuana and it is a the only thing that really controls my pain. I too live in MN and our politicians are to liberal to every legalize this"
"me too. need awareness in PA."
"I am now 39 and am still suffering chronic back pain. I still use marijuana, but I have to hide it because it has not passed here in MN...yet. New Hampshire passed yesterday making it the 17th medicinal marijuana state. Last month I started getting active in the fight for legalization. If there are any MN potential patient reading this, PLEASE get active in the fight. Last week on 4-20-12 I was on 494 in Bloomington all morning with a 16 foot banner reading: MY MEDICINE IS SAFER THAN YOURS. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA. It was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life as hundreds of smiles, honks, waves, thumbs up, peace signs, and 4 middle fingers were made by my stance!It is going to be tough to get it passed here in MN. I am sure the Obama LIARS have threatened our Governor as many other Governors have reported the Administration doing.Obama has lied to us! He has gone from 1st to WORST in helping Americans who use medicinal Marijuana! He is making Americans sick and causing some Americans unnecessary pain during the last days of their lives!This should should NOT be tolerated!STAND UP AMERICANS! Send him letters, e-mails, twitter messages.Get active with MPP, NORML or just on your own!Please help me, help YOU! It's time!!!"
"Thanks for sharing. Like you, I have degen disk disease, and also hip disease, and shoulder disease, with 90% or more of my time IN BED in pain. My MD in Canada was willing to let me try marijuana but then changed his mind. Though legal here in Canada, many doctors refuse to let patients try it, and so he never signed my paperwork. In the meantime I am severely constipated, and suffer from that, and the weird morphine and/or Fentanyl side effects like memory loss (cant remember names of friends, my address!, phone numbers, and movie I saw two months ago, I get to watch again as though I never saw it!!) At 55, I feel like 85, and had to buy a walking stick because now my knees buckle and all my MD does is smile and shrug his shoulders! This is medicine in Canada, in Montreal. Heaven forbid you should ever be in this situation, living on welfare, friends in states abandoned me, etc. Oh well. I am inspired when I hear that I am not alone. Best wishes for you on your journey!"
"I'm like u bro.same thing on oxy's roxy's yuck and i still am because it is not legal in da south not yet,,but a friend from cali had og kush took 1 puff like it said on the bottle and for 6 hours i was free my body felt great man,,,,so i pray to,tc steve"
"The pain did not go away, you were intoxicated by the drug. it doesnt make anything go away, or make you heal it just numbs it while you are under the influence of Marjiuanna. If it is for 'medical' reasons or not, it is still a drug, there is no changing that."
"i believe medical marijuana should be legal becuase it helps people who cant eat ,eat and if you look through out history there hasnt been any deaths reported by marijuana it hasnt been provin to kill brain cells in my opinion acohol is more dangerous the marijuana."
"There are ZERO deaths recorded for Cannabis."
"I agree, but alcohal is not a medicine; it's a disinfectant.Here' a mind bender;we have a right to privacy in our own body when it comes to terminating a pregnacy but not when we need to terminate pain....still ...it is better not to compare with other things; better to let it stand on it's own merrits, good and otherwise."
"I don't understand how it helps people eat. When they get addicted all they can do is take more marijuana."
"there actually has been one recorded death and its because he ate marijuana and to much thc had been intruduced to him for the first time. i thought that was a needless fact, but i am on the same side."
"Personally, I think anyone sick enough to need a drug to ease their pain where ever the pain may be should have access to it without the U.S. gov. creating road blocks. Common sense should tell them there is a way to do good without letting so much bad get away. Marijuana should be legal."
"AND MOST OF US BELIEVE THE SAME,GOOD ONE KNOW JUST GET THE GOV'T OUT OF OUR LIVES."
"We are facing exponential growth in both medical care (including prescription cost) and numbers of aging Americans who will consume increasing amounts of medicine. To say that other medicines are available and not consider 'at what cost' is sheer arrogance or self serving obfuscation. As far as harmful side effects and toxic components of marijuana smoke, compare that to chemotherapy drugs, true opioids, and myriad medical treatments that cause severe harm (while healing) patients. It is not logical to separate marijuana into a 'do not use ever' category when there are so many more 'dangerous' drugs being prescribed hourly."
"I find myself wondering why no one esle seems to think this way."
"Medical marijuana should be a choice to those that truly need it. My mother has a rare disease and is in pain every single day of her life. I think that it is safer than some of the drugs that doctors want her to take... all those man made drugs are more harmful then weed. She would be more likely to get addicted to those pain medicines and it would be worse for her."
"Not sure on your mums condition mate but I totally agree, ive had a torn labrum for a few years now, still waiting for surgery and ive been prescribed medication ( Diazepam- far more addictive than marijuana, Meloxicam, WAY harsher on your liver and kidneys than marijuana, and Amitriptyline- an anti-depressant with side effects that include depression anxiety and possible psychosis! How are any of these 3 drugs im meant to pump my body with any better than an organic compound that is an anesthetic that increases blood flow and relaxes your WHOLE nervous system from your brain (usually the source of a neurological condition) all the way to your big toes??Man I dono hey"
"I am 17 years old, suffering from fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic nausea, kidney stones, possibly venus deficiency, and sleep apnea. I live in Florida so I have to take addictive and destructive pain pills to get through the day. Cannabis is the best medicine people like myself could get, instead of a concoction of pills. I am going to move to a medical marijuana state as soon as I can. I would likely die a slow death of starvation without cannabis. To those of you who say that it has no medical use, come back when you have a debilitating disease and then we can talk."
"Sorry Zach that you have so much to deal with at such a young age. I happy that you know what is truly best for you. My son has CVS Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome....and often has to go to the er to be re hydrated and given intervenous anti nausea meds...he goes pale, shaky and looses much weight. When he has Cannabis he can eat, gains weight, sleeps and is all around much healthier....Please continue to spread the truth, and stand up for what should be your right to a safer medication!Good luck to you Zach!"
"I live in Florida too, I just don't understand why they wont legalize it! Im sorry about your disease. All the best of luck to you!GO GREEN <3"
"I am personally for the legalization of medical marijuana. If the government can issue prescription synthetic drugs that could have permanent and fatal side effects, then marijuana, a natural herb, should be a prefered treatment. I know if you're already having extreme pains and nausea, you wouldn't want a "treatment" that may or may not cause internal bleeding, or fatal heart attacks. A natual remedy like marijuana is safer than synthetic, man made pill."
"you are right on Target!!! my husband suffer from a spinal cord injury and has spasms that really hold him back but all the Dr's want to do is give him more meds I read all the side effects on every one of them and they are very scary taking all these drugs that do not help only harm him!!!"
"'Should marijuana be a medical option?' Yes! In some cases, it helps people who have problems eating to eat. It helps people deal with pain when they can't take pills or get shots from doctors because they're allergic to those types of drugs. And I really believe it does help people deal with dying when they know they are. Some of it also helps lower blood pressure. I honestly feel it should be legal in every state."
"i am for the use of medical use because I can not take pain medications. I have burned a hole in my stomache for using tylonol, aleve, motrin etc... Pain pills like percocette etc... make my stomache hurt violently and will send me to the hosp. I am in Ny and am suffering in so much pain due to herniated and bulging discs compounded by an injury I recieved while working. I suffer daily and when I use Marijuana the pain immediatly feels better and I am able to be plesant because im not so tied in knots in pain. I am looking for a dr in NJ. I had one in CA. Now there is relief in sight!"
"I hear you Bonnie. I, too, have a herniated disc. Its from degenerative disk disease as a result from spinal fusion when I was 15. I am now 38 and the green takes my pain away in minutes! Please send positive wishes to legalize medical marijuana here in MN!"
"How could people have possibly rated this a thumbs down? Good luck to you Bonnie."
"Of course it should, why should people in the united states be forced to be in pain and take something synthetic to something that was put on earth to be used. The Drug companies are the ones apposing this because they don't want to loose money. I don't smoke myself but my mother could have used it before she died painfully from cancer and chemo treatments 10 years ago. Also, I know plenty of people that have smoked all their life and never went on to anything more dangerous. Alcohol is way worse then marajuana on your organs, like your liver for instanceIt is silly to fight against this because people smoke it anyway and bad people like the drug cartels and the drug companies prosper and that is why it isn't legal in the first place. Cause they pay all the polititions off. Also, most people take some kind of drugs weather it be antidepressants, or ibroprofin or diet pills aren't those people addicts too? (this is for the person that thinks more people will become addicts on the con side) Also, the so called FDA is paid off to they approved phen phen back 15 years ago and people were dying of that left and right FDA is a joke."
"I have a severe injury to my lower back due to a battle injury in Vietnam in 1969, over the years it became worse and worse. I was put on Methadone 10mg 2xday for over 5 years. The Methadone stopped the pain but there are many side effects like severe constipation, etc.......... So I tried Marijuana, while useing marijuana daily 1/2 gram a day and I have Reduced my Methadone intake to 5mg a day. which is a 75% reduction of hard narcotics for pain and the associated side effects. Marijuana is just a scape goat for the ill informed. It is a very good medications for severe pain and loss of appetite and nerves. Why on Earth the government is hounding this helpful herb in insanity at it highest...................."
"yes I tried and experimented it on my cocaine addiction I was in hell I saw the devil , after use of marijuana it turned my thoughts and feelings and I realized that I was very wrong bussy with cocaine .The vision I got was from a higher realm it told me to only use the green not the white stuff it was a promise . It was a change and the good thing is I can control the use I use to smoke 5 spliff a day . but now I smoke once and a while to keep me calm and well oriented .greetings from Curacao friend !!!"
"I'm wondering how the U.S. Government justifies providing marijuana to seven patients under federal guidelines and at the same time arrests anyone else for obtaining the same substance for the same uses within a state sponsored program. But more to the point - why hasn't the legality of this obvious incongruity been challenged in a court of law?"
"I agree totally!!! I am 56 years old,A mother of two & A grand mother of two & use medicinal for A tissue disease.I was on my way out of town last week & took one hit of very strong Cannibis as opposed to using A narcotic pill.Which I would never do while driving.I was pulled over for A traffic violation.The cop smelled the Cannibis.I was arrested,hand cuffed behind my back,treated like crap & the state cop was about 9 years old & had A nasty attitude problem! I have never been in trouble not even once in my entire life & now I am dealing with legal issues,which bring on monitary issues because i'd rather use A mild non invasive medicine as opposed to being all messed up on narcotics! What is this world coming to? People really need to educate themselves! Thanks Michael Greene,you rock! * J *"
"it was to my understanding that there are only 4 people left who recieve the goverment weed! 300 prerolled joints as it were called."
"it probibly was. But because they don't have their mmj card or drs. ok to do it to get their card they will be in for it if they get caught"
"The documented use of medicinal cannabis dates back to 2700 B.C. and in fact was part of American pharmacopoeia until 1942! It is HIGH time that level heads prevail and for use of the miracle plant to become an accepted practice in which you do not have to worry about losing everything you've ever worked for!!"
"I think that marijuana can be regulated to potency levels as with any other kind of chemistry. I think someway it can get the United States out of debt. Derivatives from plants have medicinal purposes, and are deemed from nature and are healthy. I say manufacture joints like cigarettes, and print on the label potency numbers and warnings, such as do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this medication. Exactly !!!"
"so is it . I hope they dont distroy this god plant , and it is such a beutifull plant when you look at it , full of power and radiate green . It make one realise to enjoy life make one stressless , instead there are so many more things worser then this plant , so much worser the worser is dying without knowing it . What a PITTY. My older sister insist for me to keep using those pills I never again need to visit those phsyciaters they only lie to me , after smoke this plant to break cocaine addiction I from myself I became a good man well centred . I smoked it I didnt never die in all those years...."
"I am a medical practitioner trained as a surgeon in modern medicine, presently engaged in clinical research in medicinal plants. I use cannabis in movement disorders and have observed several beneficial effects of the same"
"Marijuana has its good use, it helped me alot it helped me stop using hard drugs."
"I'm a licensed school psychologist in the state of Wisconsin and I can without hesitation, say that medical cannabis is medicine and needs to be available to everyone who needs it, no matter what state they live in."
"There is a lot of debating that goes back and forth over this particular topic. Quiet frankly, if you havent actually been around anyone who actually uses marijuana, then you are completely uneducated about the entire topic. Marijuana has been used for thousands of years. The declaration of independence for heavens sake is written on hemp paper. The ancient chinese used it as a pain reliever. In the bible it says that God gave man every seed bearing plant. Personally, I would rather use marijuana than a pharmasuedical drug, because I know whats actually going into my body, who really knows what they put in pills? The brain washing that our government has been feeding us is ridiculous. Studies have shown that Marijuana doesn't do half of the things as the US government claims. Anyone ever read any of those? A stepping stone to harder drugs? Ha, ignorance must be bliss. That's like saying juice will lead your child to alcohol. There is no basis for it (which means its untrue) So someone who would actually like to debate the issue with information that is not backed by the US government, I would be ever so happy to do so. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut about things you don't know about......"
"I agree the government over exaggerates on topics that they dont know much about. Marajuana is not going to lead to harder drugs if the government sold it and taxed it then they might actually get out of debt eventually. About half of all the Americans smoke marijuana, thats alot of money to be made."
"There is a reason that marijuana often leads to use of other recreational drugs. It happens to be because they come in contact with it when attempting to purchase marijuana on the street. Combine that with knowing all the "facts" that the government and schools give us about marijuana proving to be totally false, it leads one to believe the same thing about the rest of the drugs. If they legalized marijuana, less people would come in contact with street dealers, and be less inclined to try what those dealers had available to offer."
"Wow, you actually sounded educated there for a minute. I was reading your post and while I don't agree with your stance on medical marijuana, I thought, "well here is someone who did their research," ...for about five minutes while typing up your post. Your last sentence negated everything someone else typed up on a website somewhere. Actually, I have been around someone who actually smokes pot and actually I'm actually still against it. Actually."
"I'm pro, because, my great aunt died of cancer. She has breast cancer. They thought they removed it, but, it spread. It ended up being behind her stomach, behind her eye, around her spine; everywhere. If she had just a bit of marijuana, I could imagine her still being with us. It doesnt give lung cancer; it helps heal. it is NOT a gateway drug; and if heals problems with Autism and ADHD. We might have found the cure. If we use it the right way; we could change the World."
"You need to educate yourself. It doesnt heal and any burnt matter inhaled into the lungs has carcinogens. That is why there is a large movement to make non smoke-able marijuana things like candies and such. Using it or not using it will not change the world the only thing marijuana would have done for your aunt would have been to offer some relief from her discomfort, which would have been good too."
"Marijuana ,helped me to overcome my hard drug addiction and pornography adiction . I used it to calm me down instead cocaine use to make me nervouse and sexual active all times . Marijuana is not like hard drugs , I used hard drugs but this has other effect on the body and mind it make one think clear . It helped me out of addiction of cocaine and pornography. I feel so much better. Thank you mother nature....My cocaine cravings where controled by Marijuana reverse effect on my brain . It is much diffrent and for me it is the medecine. even the others think that marijuana is something bad. rolling it with cigarrete is bad it has the nicotine. For those who whish to quit cocaine I recomend replace it with marijuana , keep abstinence for a week then when you buy cocaine dont forget to buy your marijuana and you will be surprised the way it is."
"I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar. Prior to my diagnosis, I tried Medical Marijuana just for recreational use and instantly realized a drastic mental shift that can't be replicated by prescription medicine. I wish I could express how much medical marijuana changed my life alas I can't since I don't have a medical marijuana card."
"i believe that we should be allowed to use Marijuana as a pain control drug. It would help those that prescription drugs no longer help. I have Fibromyalgia & I believe that the use of marijuana w/ having young children is safer than using prescription Narcotics. It doesn't make you looping or foggy. It needs to be used in moderation but should be allowed. If the government would just legalize it & tax it like alcohol & tabacco then we would have less ppl in prison which would cut state & federal deficits tremendously. Yes, there are ppl who will abuse it just as ppl abuse alcohol but I believe we would be far better off. The pharmacutical companies don't want this cause then they would sell as much of their drugs. Get over it & let ppl use it whom need it for pain for their conditions when all else fails to work."
"I am pro because I have several medical conditions that i can no longer take pills for. I have GI issues, migraines, mild arthropathy, and 3 bulging disks in my low back with daily pain."
"I know of people who smoke because of the pain they suffer. I think they should make it legal for people who suffer from different issues who really need it. But if it becomes legal the government shouldn't use this as a way to change what it really is don't mess with how it's grown don't put additives in it don't mess with the real way it is."
"Only Organic. Who says the FED is gonna grow my medicine? I can grow it, or my friend next door."
"Exactly, if marijuana was to be legal; the government shorly will add additivies too it. Just as tabacoo isn't close to as harmful as an actual ciggerate."
"i think they should make marijuana legal period if they do that the goverment would make so much money instead of spending it on it to fight it."
"The government wouldn't have to spend so much money fighting it if the growers, users and caregivers were being honest and using it for what they claim they need it for. Give me a break Jordan. Marijuana is the only medical drug - and I use that term very loosely - that isn't approved by the FDA. Why is it that a felon is able to grow and distribute medical marijuana but he can't even vote???? He can't be trusted with a weapon but he can be responsible enough to handle a drug responsibly....right. If you medical marijuana people could get yourselves under control, NONE of this would even be an issue."
"I'm 54,been dealing with cluster headaches since I was about 15. 1980 had 1st knee surgery,1982 had 2nd,6 years ago had total replacement.Dx with ms 10 years ago,had back surgery 4 years ago.Had a dr to tell me that if it wasn't for the fact that we were in va. he would rather perscribe marijuana for my pain than the morphine he was putting me on.I said all he had to do was to say that he wanted me to be on it and I probably could find some somewhere in the city,but he said he like his license too much to tell me that.The morphine he put me on took away my appetite,I lost over 50 lbs.Couldn't sleep,had muscle spasms.2 months before back surgery I tried marijuana. Pain went away,had something of an appetite,no more muscle spasms and slept like a baby.The only problem is that the pain management program that I'm in will release me if they find any weed in my system,if it wasn't for that I would be a pot smoker in va,just waiting for the state to come around to it senses"
"I have experiences no negative symptoms or side effects from marijuana. I have cured my own flu, headaches, and marijuana has helped me to sleep as if I never had insomnia. Marijuana doesn't just help me mentally and physically but has also helped my musical abilities, education, and it feels freaking amazing."
"High blood pressure settles to normal after a single cup of tea made with marijuana. About 20 minutes for effect and lasts for 12 to 14 hours. With daily use (one cup) blood pressure stays with normal range continuously."
"Amazing......going to have to try this one.....it would go good with a blackberry mix......i would rather do this than take drugs that may have adverse effects"
"God created man, the world and everything in it. How we look at things and put there place in good and evil it is on your mind. This little Plant is all natural, it is like saying every tree in these planet is "illegal" which it's not so this is how you put it. Legalization goes whit me and it's they way that meant to be since the begging so why change your mood to trouble mood it's just wasting time!!!!"
"I'm pro because i think people should have the right to do whatever they want, and besides marijuana and other drugs have smiliar side effects, so why are the other drugs allowed and not marijuana?"
"I am agree that not everyone can use it at a moderate manner can create comotion in societies. But I think Marijuana should not be destroy because it serve other kind of people like myself . I use it in moderate way for years I had pleasure and it help me quit hard drugs. Not even my mother will tell me to stop marijuana moderate use ,marijuana is a gift of god it is good it is for many reason good .but I agree it can make for others.... I know the good and the bad results but marijuana is for others bad but for others good and for those who use it for good they are aware of what they do."
"I suffer with Spondilitis ,and spinal stenosis, Cannabis is the ONLY medicine that relieves my nerve pain. There is a difference between dependence and addiction and that needs to be taught to doctors as well as the general public. Yes I depend on pain medication to be able to walk and use my hands. However I have never and would never pawn my valuables, prostitute myself or steal to obtain the medication. The sick do not deserve to be prosecuted and persecuted."
""People with chronic pain shouldn't assume that they have to tough it out," says Russell K. Portenoy, MD, chairman of pain medicine and palliative care at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City and past president of the American Pain Society. "And they should not be satisfied with a doctor who doesn't want to treat it aggressively."http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/chronic-pain-11/prescription-painkiller-addiction-7-myths"
"You probably wouldn't do all of those things because studies have actually found marijuana to be only habit forming, NOT addictive. :)"
"I was recently diagnosised with MS .I have smoked marijuana all my life and never had any problems,had a great career of 22yrs. and then at 42 decided maybe i should give it up, because i was a cyclist up to 15 miles aday after 10 hrs. of work.Thats when it hit me , after 3mths.without pot. I woke up one morning with facial numbness, went to work thinking it was a virus, and got bad vertigo, and nasua, and more facial numbness. Left work and went to ER ,MRI showed several active lesions.Tomake a long story , I take a daily shot , but gives me littl relief, so i starting smoking marijuana again,new mri showed lesions have become smaller and i feel much better, less head aches, but is not legal in Ma. and I can't afford it, so I had to quit again, I feel awlful again,head hurts ,slurred speech.facial dropping,left hand weak and tingly again, deeply deppresed.Got my vertigo back and wish to die ...I hope they pass it in Ma. soon so I can have my life back....."
"have you ever thought al that might be withdrawl effects from all the chemicals in weed that have not been tests?"
"I think it should be legal!! it has helped me!! i had two strokes,in 2011 it has gotten me out of bed, and more motivated,it helps with my severe headaches,stomach ulcers,my eye sight,even my speech!! although it is`nt legal in missouri yet!! i think it will be soon!! pot is much better than pills with 'no' side effects!! what a amazing natural plant!!!"
"It is good for quiting hard drugs , This herb can help lot of hard drug addicts to quit using hard drugs and eventually stop using this herb to if they want . Marijuana makes the human spirit it lift the spirit but cocaine breaks it down and make one impossible for recuperation to stop using cocaine. With other words it strenghtens the human soul so one can say no to chemical hard drugs . Many people are against it because maybe it is so good herb and the law prohibeted it because they self as tradition might use it in the past and because they only want to feel good and stressless . It takes away stress and make one reflects its own fault in any situation . I will not ban marijuana use of my life , never , I use it when I really feel stressed and no one will stop me from using it ,it is my choice it make me feel as a true human. It helped me of addiction so why do I need to ban it and think it is bad? Marijuana is good."
"YES. Not only should Cannabis be re-legalized, but I whole-heartedly recommend that anyone who does not believe that Marijuana should be made legal, FIRST research why the AMA, FDA, DEA, ONDCP and others all publicy decry Marijuana as a "scourge". They have seen the world through only the eyes of the puppet-master. The MEDIA.The one place where conjecture is fact and opinion is law. Were it not for TRUTH, nothing else would be possible so learn the TRUTH about why, in 1937-While the AMA had been in full support of Cannabis as medicine for more than 100 years, to that point-is FACT. Harry Anslinger single-handedly wrote the MArihuana Tax Act of 1937. This "LAW" was ramrodded through congress with no oversight, review or knowledge of anyone but the author-and when it came to a voteon the Senate floor, only ONE relevant question was asked-"What is the position of the AMA?" upon which a Senator from Virginia, in cahoots with Anslinger, stood-up and said" They fully agree with us here". And with that LIE-Cannabis became illegal. America-you are hurtin, baby"
"I have a disease call Ankylosing Spondylitis. I also have Fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, herniated disk etc (that cant be fixed due to bone growth over my spine. I have developed an eating disorder caused by severe nausea, and loss of will to eat. I am on pain killers that seem to not even take the edge off anymore. Some meds have caused me to have colitis, gastritis and ibs. the pain never stops and u cant go to the bathroom!It seems to me that medical marijuana can solve all of this, No it will not cure my diseases but it will sure take the edge off and maybe make me hungry again, (everytime i eat now, the pain in my stomach actually makes me cry).I cannot understand why we are forced to edure medications that make you sicker and addicted yet not have the option to use medical marijuana. I think people are not understanding this will not legalize marijuana, it is for medical use!"
"Laura and Juergen: I am with you both on this. I have AS too along with Lupus, Fibro, Chronic Fatigue, Osteoarthritis, DDD, And about 6 others. I am on oxycodone that seems to have to be raised every other month. I just do not understand why they cant make a pill with it and monitor it through Doctors like they do the pain meds. And I do not get how they think it is going to ruin kids if it is in a pill form. I would be a prescribed pill and the kids wouldnt even know what it was. I guarantee it would be way safer than a lot of the choices out there now. I think the people that are on here saying that it shouldn't be legal obviously are not sick and/or in pain. They are screaming about how its going to hurt the kids of tomorrow but it hurts my kids more that I can not get out of my bed to take care of them. I am single with NO help. They have been left to pretty much raise themselves for the last two years that I have been sick. Sorry for the rant, I just get so frustrated with people that can not understand having sickness and pain, trying to act like they know what is best for us and our families. I also know that it is already legal in like 16 or 18 states so it wont be long before its nation wide. Anyways, have a blessed day!!"
"Laura, I do have the same problem since a prolaps of my disc in L4/5 whilst working hard. All prescription meds haven't helped me, instead they made all worse. Incidentally I found out that cannabis reliefs the pain and muscle spasms, since then i use it, this is now for 26 years, and still I don't need more and I can live my life in dignity."
"Exactly. And if there's anything you need to do while you're sick and injured, it's to eat and sleep. Food, water, and rest is what your body needs most of all to heal itself. Marijuana will make you hungry, thirsty and sleepy thus making you seek out all the things your body needs to get better. You're right, it's is not a curative but it does encourage and allow your body to care for itself."
"I think it should be LEGAL... I have epilepsy and it helps me from having seizures and also keeps me calm and stress free!!!!!"
"AMEN. I hate Epilepsey. it sucks and marijuna is better for you than carbatrol"
"Marijuana has been used to treat many illnesses and ailments for thousands of years. It is only illegal here due to the rise of Big Oil, and Big Pharmaceutical Company's!!"
"i think it should be legal i mean its just weed its fun! and it helps people with cancer what could get better than that and its not a manmade drug it came onto earth by itself god intended it too grow"
"1.We ALL have a endocannabinoid system just like every other living animal. 2. the Marijuana laws are based on racism,do a search for Harry J. Anslinger. 3. it is a schedule 1 drug according to the US gov, cocaine is a schedule 2. get real.If I want to use medical marijuana because I think it will help me then why not, I am not hurting anyone .I it NOT physically addictive, you can not overdose. Please do some research yourself before you condemn it for others."
"Medical Marijuana can treat patients that have sever pain, indejestion, and other problems. other drugs that are government give us can be harmful and dangerous, let us grow our own medicine so we know whats in it. other drugs can have side effects that are worse than what they are treating. not to mention legalizing marijuana can even help our government get out of debt. i think it should be legalized medicinally."
"im there with ya the goverment takews the canniabas away but there not exacly in the right place to do that they are trillions of dallars in debt, and sence they did that well they are stupid hipa crits thats all i got to say... STAY GREEN!!!!"
"The benefits of marijuana far exceed any negatives. I am a medical marijuana user and live in California where medical marijuana is legal.Yet the federal governmet continues to harass the Compassionate Care Clinics. I personally think recreational use for citizens should be legalized."
"marijuana should be legalized because there is nothing bad with taking a toke every now and then. marijuana is not addictive and very relaxing, i find nothing wrong with beign relaxed. it should be legalized!"
"I was a cop in a major metro city for 30 years. In 2004 I was diagnossed with MS I retired. I was put on 5 different medications, one once a month for swelling, one to amp me up in the morning, one to put me to sleep, one to stop the shaking in my legs, one to keep me calm and one for the pain associated with my circuumstance. I believed that all the drugs were very hard on my liver.. After a short time one Marinol (cancelled because the ins comp stopped covering it) I moved to the smoke. One by one I was able to stop using all narcotics except the monthly injection. I smoke only at night before bed. It has been wonderful. It also make me eat (munchies). I am so thankful that I live in a state that allows it. I grow my own. nobody gets hurt.As a cop I had been on 1000's of family fights, drunk and disorderly etc. and never once has marijuana been the culprit. ITS ALWAYS ALCOHOL"
"Larry, sorry to hear of your diagnosis. As law enforcement you've seen much of the down side of prohibition, and now as a MS patient you've seen some upside of the medicinal use. Please go to LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and see if you find a kindred spirit there. Thanks for commenting."
"Hi Larry, I was once married to a guy Named Larry, 20 years 18 yrs married. I am from NJ lived in south jersey.Let me tell you yhe senior citizens were the worse. I like you have tried all meds possible.MS SUCKS but we all have to deal with it. Since I was diagnosed I wake up every day and I tell myself you are not goin in a wheelchair. And by the way my husband could not handle it anymore. I wish gov. christie would approve it in NJ."
"I think if our law makers would get their heads out of their asses they would see that alcohol is legal and we all know that that is very dangerous I lost my brother in a drunk driving accident. I also have HIV since 1983 and the meds are awful marijuana helps me not throw it up. My doc knows this and wishes he could help for now I have to go threw some shady characters. If we would treat alcohol and sell it in controlled places we could eliminate these drug dealers and save alot of time in our courts"
"Didn't even know what marijuana was until adulthood. My doctors say to try to use it, even though we live in Indiana. I have wasting syndrome, and am in chronic pain, which prescribed narcotics can do nothing more than hospice can. What a shameful, big drug company controlled, ununited country! Have you read the side effects of EVERY new FDA approved drug? None but helpful, with marijuana, not to mention it is impossible to overdose. U.S. citizens must change this stupidity. Even our current President would if he could, but our system has been so flawed, and we do nothing about it. Stop the insanity of taking more away from us daily. For the average person, we live in a dictatorship. This is not right. This is not good. This is not freedom. We can not be servants, and free!"
"Weed is a great thing, not only for glaucoma patients but for many other excruciating illnesses, injuries, and diseases as well. People who want it illegal don't realize that by making it legal, the influence that it's cool to smoke and that people who do it are cool would be virtually taken away. My cousin used marijuana during her pregnancy for morning sickness. Her twin babies came out to be a beautiful pair of healthy boys. Weed, you're awesome."
"Your cousin should have her kids taken away simply because she chose to do drugs while she was pregnant. I had morning sickness for seven months. I went to work everyday and worked up until the day I gave birth. I endured it because that's just what you do when you're pregnant. My child also came out healthy! Good job me!"
"Because none of the arguments against it are valid."
"I believe that marijuana Should be a medical option in every state nationwide. It has been proven to have beneficial qualities that benefit people with illness. On top of the fact that you cannot overdose or die from marijuana in any way shape or form. It is smoke inhalation that causes lung problems not the drug itself. If you were to compare the pros and cons of alcohol and marijuana side by side marijuana would prove to be far better for you than almost any legal/non legal drug. To even call it a drug is outrageous, it is a natural herb grown from the earth with no man made produced chemicals or fabricated unknown substances. Make it a nationwide legal herb for medical use if it goes beyond medical it will only benefit this country more."
"They are already making (and banning) synthetic forms of Marijuana from a chemical base. Some of these 'blends' are unsafe and are harming people. If Marijuana was legal then we wouldn't have to worry about the chemical form harming people. Also.. Marijuana has been around for centuries but they are claiming that they don't have enough documented studies to legalize it, but they are legalizing EXPENSIVE prescription medications at an alarming rate that do not have enough scientific backing and usually end up being recalled because of deadly or permanent side effects. The LOBBYISTS for the pharm. companies are getting their drugs approved and the government is footing the bill by covering the medication costs of everyone on medicaid, medicare, SSI and any other government funded insurance. Many of theses VERY EXPENSIVE prescription drugs could be replaced by legalizing (at least) medical marijuana, but the BIG PHARMACEUTICAL companies are blasting millions of bribe dollars at our law makers to keep pot out of the system. They would rather people OD on scripts, or alcohol, die, kill others, molest, rape, cause suicide and many other morbid things people do under the influence of hard drugs or alcohol. Pot doesn't kill!!"
"Too true, and All of the pills and potions we are buying from drug stores are made by huge pharmaceutical companies who want to make a profit. And profit they do: a patent on a newly discovered chemical ("medicine") lasts for 20 years, and others have to pay to make or use it. YOU CAN'T DO THAT TO A PLANT. What does that mean? If cannabis was completely legal people would be allowed to GROW their own medicine for pennies a day, and have the same plant for years (maybe for the rest of their life). These companies don't want to see that happen, because cannabis has been shown time and time again to effectively treat symptoms from pain to glaucoma, to multiple sclerosis, to stress, to Alzheimer's. What are we doing by outlawing a plant that may even hold the key to curing CANCER? We are keeping money flowing to people in it for the money, and not actually to help patients."
"I don't want to sit around and get high all the time. I just want to have something besides pain pills to help me with the constant RLS I have at night, the chronic pain from arthritis and fibromialgiab. I have MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivities ao the chemical drugs make me sick most of the time. I know that marijuana helps with the migraine, dizziness caused by being exposed. I have to wear a respitatorn but still have leakage and my life comes to a halt bringing my unwilling family along for my miserable ride."
"My wife has been fighting a battle with stage IV, metastatic, breast cancer since 1994. We are slowly watching her whither due to the side effects from the clinical trial which she's been on for over two years. She has lost some 32 lbs since the start of the treatment and she is now losing an average of 1 - 2 lbs. per month. Recently, we were told that she has to start putting on weight or she will be taken off the trial that is keeping the cancer at bay. Regalan, Compazine, Marinol and a slew of others do not work. They take too long to take effect and they do not increase her appetite. She was given the opportunity to have a prescription for cannabis but it is not possible for us get the herb legally. The current law makes her a criminal if she uses marijuana to help relieve her symptoms. On one exceptionally difficult evening she tried some MJ out of desperation and was shocked at how fast and effective it was at relieving her symptoms! We need to come to terms with the reality of the situation and stop denying patients access to marijuana! There is no sense in treating someone who will literally die from starvation as a result of the treatment!"
"Google "Rick Simpson / Running from the Cure" He discovered a different way to extract it and treat skin cancer. Just imagine grow a plant one season and have a home made cancer cure on hand. Spread the word. Love all and be grateful for the blessings we do have. ps: don't let her consume cow milk, cow cheese, glutton (bread/ pasta), or sodas/sugars..at all serious. Juicing and Raw Veggies and Fruit will give her the true fuel to recover."
"That sounds like a fantastically inspiring story. I shed a tear hoping that your wife will be able to find a better and safer way of obtaining her medicine."
"So then by choice we call Marijuana a drug for surely chocolate which also stimulates certain areas of our minds and bodies inducing certain responses could be also classed as a drug because it changes your perceptions,Ah but now to a serious note,lol.Beleive me or not I am 46 yrs. old and have smoked for roughly 46 yrs or so,Mom smoked when I was in the womb.Now with that said I have been an avid smoker for medical reasons for the past 15 yrs.I have tried Vicodine(Opiate)and found it almost useless after a period of time,needing more and more just to block the pain outta my mind,pot on the other hand takes my mind to a place where pain doesn't live,lol well no pain killer will ever kill all the pain,that's fact.But without marijuana I would be just another pill popping zombie head.I grow my own as allowed by our state,doing so with natural foods for the plants.There are no fillers or extra added chems to help deliver THC,and for most the more natural the better.I will be glad in 20 more yrs that I pass from natural causes not kidney failure from too much pill waste. tyvm for your time :)"
"Yes! I have been on chemotherapy twice. I am on marinol, my son is on marinol for ADHD and it was amazing- the change! It definitely has made better our life. Medical marijuana works about 100 times better and I want to be in a study."
"God put Marijuana on this earth for a reason, and that reason is completely medical. There has been no reports of deaths by it, but there has been reports of it helping those who have AIDs or something like that. It helps you sleep if you have insomnia and it takes away pain. It chills you out too- and it`s good to be chill. :]"
"I am Bi-Polar & have arthritis, marijuana has helped with my anxiety & pain. I have used marijuana responsibly for over 15 years. I have tried all kinds of prescription medications yet marijuana works best with less side effects."
"medical marijuana actually helps cancer patients because it increases there appitite. and some people cant take pain killers because they have reactions to it sothe only thing thats left is madicinal marijuana. as long as its used responsibly, i think it should be legalized."
"Marijuana has recently (2005) been found to be ANTI cancer. Even better!"
"I'm a pro because not only have i had experience with it I've also seen the benefits of it. I've seen it used effectively for asthma, diabetes, PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, and AD-HA. I believe it could be used for much more if more studies were done on marijuana. I believe it should be legalized in every state for the benefit of people with medical issues instead so medications that have a name 30 letters long that cause strange and dangerous side affects such as suicidal thoughts or actions, drowsiness, anger, temporary paralysis, or possible loss of conciseness"
"It's actually a silly question as it plays into the court of politics and morality. It IS a medical option. Millions of people use it regardless of the medical or legal establishments deeming it otherwise."
"Both of the DEA's reasons for refusing to reclassify cannabis are outright lies, and not very good ones."
"very true but what do u expect from them,they need to be dismantled,the worst thing Nixon did was make the dea,they pick on pot because it is safe and easy money for them,let them go get meth,herion, but no to dangerous for them,"
"Just the medical benifits are great i have pain in my right leg from a screwed up vien removal for by-pass surgery the pain is 24-7 i get about an hour of sleep a night but with marijuana i sleep 5-6 hours and the pain is controllable.I have to use illegally because Ky. is a bible belt state and loves to spend tax money on finding and destyroying something they could be taxing and making the schools better for my grand kids but the way i see it those old polititians will be dead in a couple years and we can do whats right .If they could figure out a way to get kick backs it would be legal now but they are'nt smart enough to figure that out so i have to hide to get relief,"
"I am in favor of Medical Marijuana. I was a practicing RN for 17 years until my health problems mounted, including a facial pain called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It is nicknamed the suicide disease. I was able to discontinue narcotics, 150 mg. of Morphine/day, by using marijuana. I did not have the bad side effects of narcotics and was able to function better, think better, behave better, feel better. While two brain surgeries have helped, I still have pain. I don't feel man made drugs are safe. Marijuana has it's problems, but not like Lyrica, who's capsule is allowed to contain sls compounds, something banned by the USDA in the 70's. I do not trust the FDA, even though I do take many medications. Things are so backwards. If ever there was a gateway drug, it would be alcohol. The pharmaceutical lobby has created such a rediculous fear, fed to the American people by those who know nothing of the subject. Also, marijuana helps keep me off of zanax, phenergan, Ambien, and gut rotting anti-inflammatory meds. I pray sanity takes hold someday and the ways of nature are one day respected more than the ways of man."
"AMEN TO THAT!.I too have stomach bleeding from pain meds.Your right the FDA is a scam,and worthless.I hopethings get better for you,and best wishes.Doug."
"I've never heard of anyone overdosing on marijuana."
"To have alcohol legal, but at the same time have marijuana illegal is absolutely ludicrous! Marijuana should be legal for medical usage, or even just for recreational usage. Alcohol is by far a MUCH more dangerous drug. Anyone against legalizing marijuana should be against alcohol, BEFORE making any comments on marijuana. How many marijuana driving fatalities do you hear of??? All of the ones that I've heard also had alcohol involved as well. All of the comments that are against marijuana use a lame opinion to back up their case, where those FOR marijuana actually show that there is indeed several credible benefits."
"I am completely in favor of medical marijuana. I don't believe I'll ever have to use it, but I've done a reasonable amount of research on the subject, and it seems to me that cannabis succeeds where other painkillers have failed."
"Its all about money for the goverment.Ive had 2 back surgs.and the give me so many pain pills I was hooked bad but they made more money because I was hooked and had to pay to get off of them.Ive never been a smoker but if I could do it over I would have done that and no pills."
"YES, YES, YES, YES, YES......................................not only would it boost our economy,but it would get us out of debt. marijuana has never killed anyone, It should Be available to everyone"
"Far less addictive to alcohol as well as other addictive drugs. It allows one to find emotional well being in a culture and society in which promotes stress, anxiety and depression. The punishments are far too harsh, costly to the state, and to the individual. The unknown fear of politicians has caused severe overreactions of the law."
"It's good that people's lives can be improved by the use of medical marijuana. I, however, do not get medical marijuana. Who's to say that what I get does not improve my life as well? I may never be diagnosed with a disease that would qualify me for medical marijuana, but if you knew me or talked to those who know me I have some mental problems that "go away" when I use: anger management problem becomes manageable, high levels of stress go away, my anxiety goes away, thoughts of wanting to die go away, all my depression goes away. I have had these mental problems since I was 11yrs old, 7 years before I had even tried marijuana, so marijuana did not cause these problems as others have claimed. I believe marijuana should be completely legal."
"Just from watching and listening to everyone talk about marijuana bad or good- I do believe it should be a medical option because IT WILL help the economy with our trillion dollar debt we have and IT WILL help people who have problems sleeping, eating, or have physical pain in their body that is overwhelming. Yes, it is not good for children under 18 BUT we are ADULTS and should make sure WE lead them in a path of suitable ethics that don't conflict with their well being. So what if people use it for personal use to just get high, THEY made a choice to inhale so if they get caught THEIR fault but if someone REALLY needs marijuana to falter pain or help them in a POSITIVE way then why deny the person their right to have a better well being when all they have to do is inhale smoke from whatever they are smoking out of? I don't see any REAL reason to stop someone from smoking... No one is lazy or stupid or plain retarded on marijuana UNLESS THEY MAKE THEMSELVES be that way ... Everything you do is a choice after smoking and even before smoking -- IT IS A CHOICE .."
"I don't think people realize that these legal options can do just as much harm as good. I mean have you ever read the back of a pill bottle and looked at all the side effects? Those effects don't seem that pleasant, so if cannabis does have some negative effects, I don't see how they can be any worse than the side effects of the legal drugs that are so much better for you. To all you people that say it's bad because it causes so much violence and don't want it legalized for that reason, did you ever think what if we did legalize it? I bet all that violence would stop because we could regulate it. Not only that, but we could make BILLIONS off of it. It's not just a drug, the cannabis plant can be used for clothing, paper, medicine and more. So maybe if we make it legal we could take advantage of some of that profit and stop the violence that comes from it. If it's legal there is no reason to deal with the sketchy people that cause the violence. To those of you who think there are no medical benefits, go read some articles. It's proven to help sick people. The articles are there, you just need to sift through all the BS articles first to find the actual truth."
"It's the only medicine which does not harm the human body, instead it alleviates a lot of debilitating illness without horrible side effects, in many patients which have been given up by their doctors it works so good that they even survive their cancer. Per year thousands of patients die because of their treatment with dangerous drugs including chemotherapy, so far not one has been killed by cannabis.So far I have been treated for lumbar prolaps and chronic back pain, all the prescribed drugs haven't worked and worsened my health. Cannabis has taken away the pain within seconds and I could do exercises and work again without problems, without it I would sit now in a wheel-chair. So I choosed to go on and live my life with a little help from a plant. What is the criminal act in it?"
"Because nothing else helps with my insomnia. Solving that means my quality of life improves. Traditional sleep medications leave me groggy and negatively impact my memory."
"I had breast cancer and was told by three different oncologists that I HAD to have Chemotherapy. I was 100% against it but they sent me certified letters informing me that I was REFUSING medical treatment on their advice and they would not be held responsible. I was told Chemo was the "standard form of treatment". I almost died from it and now I can't walk or lift my arms above my head. It is slowly killing me and I can FEEL it. I know if would have used hemp oil I would not only be cured but I would not die this terrible agonizing death from the Chemo."
"HELLO THIS IS MIKE SPADE JR.I AM NOT AFRAID.I HAVE THE WORST FORM OF PROGRESSIVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS THAT INFUSION SPECIALISTS HAVE SEEN.BY THE TWO MAJOR HOSPITALS IN MISSOULA MT.PLEASE,THE PHARMECEUTICAL GIANTS ARE WANTING ME TO TAKE ONE PILL AFTER THE OTHER.NO.I DO TAKE PROZAC.WITH THIS FRIGHTENING PROGRESSIVE DISEASE,ONLY TYSABRI,IS MY PHARMECEUTICAL USE.IT DOES HELP TO STOP THE PRO GRESSION OF MY DISEASE.AS FAR AS MEDS......MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS THE MOST APPLICABLE MED. THAT IS POSSIBLE FOR ME.I,MIKE SPADE JR.,WILL DO AS I CHOOSE.PILLS.NOT HERE.AMERICA,WHERE ARE YOU NOW?"
"I was against this whole thing for most of my life. As long as you are not ignorant and open to BOTH sides to this, please read this.-Research it first. Dont post on feelings. How about we watch "The Union" or "Its a Norml Life" before we watch government propoganda videos like "Reefer Madness." -You MUST be willing to change. Medical marijuana is NOT about doping up, however, its about the truth that this plant ACTUALLY works. -Are you kidding me? all of you on the con side are going to argue with a product that WORKS?! there are costs to everything, its called a side effect. Guess what, these side effects dont kill people. -Were smarter NOW. not what your mother or father told you when you were younger. open your mind and do your own research. -You cant be so against it because its a drug. And you cant be afraid to speak out just because its illegal. Its people like that who give the govt power to do whatever they want with OUR lives. We do have rights.-After you research it, and look at it from BOTH SIDES, then comment. youre obviously not winning. look at this thread. theres 235 people who are pro and 32 agaisnt as I write this. Its only going to grow as people understand more. Its inevitable."
"the truth of the matter is that it is a much safer "drug" than most of the things/pills i get from the local drugstore...and from the liquor store for sure!!! i never missed a days work due to POT but sick from medications or booze hangovers have cost me a few thousand $ over the yrs. and i dont do hard drugs either...jail should be for criminals not stoners, duh!"
"I was diagnosed with HIV last year. I have been doing everything I am supposed to. I started the medicine for HIV in 2011. I am pro because I have NO appetite at all with HIV. I live in Colorado now, so I do have a medical marijuana license. It is the only thing that makes me want to eat. Please consider this!"
"Making it legal would be a tremendous boon for everybody. More tax revenue. Which means better schools, roads,etc.Screw how much is spent on the war on drugs, what about the lives lost in just the enforcement side of it. HOW MUCH IS a LIFE WORTH????? BS on that it leads to harder drugs. A person decides to do wharever drug they choose."
"I've been using medical marijuana since 2008 in the state of Michigan and it has been effective in relieving the pain I suffer from due to the degenerative disc disease in my spine. Cannabis is more effective, quicker acting and non-toxic, unlike manufactured pharmaceutical pills which are highly addictive, very toxic and hardly effective. Cannabis can be administered by ingestion, topically applied or smoked in a vapor form so there is no reason to use the excuse that smoking is bad for you, because there are safer ways of administering the medicine. The only reason cannabis is illegal is because of large corporations that are intimidated by this miraculous healing plant and it's ability to replace all of their products and cause them to lose profits. These corporations pay large sums of money to law makers in Washington to keep this plant's true potential from the knowledge of the general public."
"I have had fibromyalgia since 1995 and have been dealling with the after-effects of chemotherapy, mostly nerve damage, since 2008. I have been prescribed more drugs than I can remember. The side effects of most of them were worse than the problem they were meant to treat. I am currently using Fentanyl patches, Vicodin ES, and Soma 350mg. Since starting the Fentanyl several months ago, the only way I can tolerate this med is by also using marijuana. I have used marijuana for many years to help with the fibromyalgia but recently was not able to get any for several days. I soon became ill, the same as when the doctors increased the dosage of the Fentanyl, vomiting, chills and sweats, not a pleasant experience. Shortly after smoking again, ALL of these unpleasant side effects disappeared. This whole scenario repeated itself several weeks later, and again, marijuana to the rescue. I am convinced that there is definitely a major benefit to smoking marijuana for my medical problems. My hope is that the people of Ohio realize that there is a legitimite reason to use marijuana and that it is not just to "get high". Until they give me a good alternative, I'll continue to smoke!"
"The use for medicinal marijuana should be left up to the patents and doctors.The federal and state government would be better off taxing it and looking for more dangerous drugs such as meth,heroin,cocaine and crack cocaine."
"I believe that if the government legalized marijuana and put a tax on it and put it is gas stations and stores that America would eventually be out of debt. Marijuana is not addictive, and you cannot overdose on it. Anyone who tells you any different is wrong. Marijuana helps you be relieved of pain for a short amount of time. It is not bad for you and wont hurt you so i dont get why it is not legal."
"yes, i believe that marijuana should be legalize not only for medical purposes. harvest the buds use the stalk for clothes, ropes etc. this would also helped the farmer. tobbacco, way the GOVT. regs, the farmers is he farmer is just about out of business. i also believe it generate more income than alchol. alchol KILLS. MARIJUANA heals the body of menty things. i am a viet-nam veteran. i was introduce to marijauna in the service. i am disabled from the service. i suffer from P.T.S.D, i also have other problems. i take a bunch of meds. but i can smoke a joint , ans i'm totaly relaxed. my mind is more focused, plus maraijuana has never killed no one. make marriajauna avaiable like alchol alchol, and let each individual in the family have up to 7 plants. anything over that, mhe pays a fine, or something like that. we would have less violence, give our police depts to crack down on GRACK, METH, COKE, AND ANYTHING ELSE THATS NOT IN ITS NATURAL FORM. look around the world, people has been smoking maraijuana for very long time. and personally for me, i'm gonna get marijauna any way i have to. i'm from ky. back in the 70's we had a govnor JULLIAN CARROLL he got a bill passed through the house, that ky, would be first state to grow. 777"
"I am pro medical marijuana.I have A Rheumatoid Arthritis related tissue disease.When I take my narcotic pain relievers I cannot drive.They make me dizzy & tired plus they are addicting & can lead to stronger medications with worse results.Medical marijuana is A natural and mild way to keep the pain at bay! I used marijuana for recreational use back in the 1970's.I have since learned the medical benefits & it works immediatly for me. I can drive and function without any problems.I do believe that the people who say it's dangerous are not educated and are very narrow minded to think that anything is wrong with using medical for pain relief from several medical issues including severe pain from different cancers & many other conditions!seizures,muscle spazims,glaucoma,asthma (in A gestional form) Chrones disease,M S ,M D & many other conditions and diseases.People that think taking narcotics over using medical marijuana is A bad idea makes absolutly no sence!"
"I lived in a state were medical marijuana was legal and i am disabled an have been for over 10 years and i have to take a lot of meds and medical marijuana got me off of a lot like hydrocodone 120 a month diazepam 120 a month and more that is why I am pro medical marijuana"
"I am 51 and have been in pain since I can remember. I was born with scoliosis and not diagnosed till I had multiple ruptured disks. I did not use marijuana until after 30+ years of taking every pill, shot, injection, therapy, chiropractors, naturolpathic, acupuncture, consultations, accusations, NP's MD's DO's and Neurologist. With trying to stay off as many of those chemicals as possible. I have been lucky to always been able to take my self of off the drugs prescribed.I found Medical Marijuana 6 years ago. I eat it. I have a full time job now, 40 hours a week. I can walk again. I am not using my wheel chair at this time. I have been saved by this plant."
"I believe marijuana should be legalized for medical and recreational use . It is not addictive period . Compared to sugar , sugar is by far more addictive and has caused more harm than marijuana. Sugar contributes to obesity , diabetes , tooth decay . etc.... yet remains on market shelfs , in pop , candy , breakfast cereals and again etc.....To say John and Jane Doe should not be allowd to use marijuana because it is not good for them or may lead to other drugs but sugar is ok is a hypogritical statement .Marijuana has been used by man for both medical and industrial purpases for over 5000 years. There will always be some people who can't use it or choose not to and that is thier right of choice but to denie those who do wish to use is just wrong."
"medical marijuana should be legalized because it help those victim to cancer or other serious health problems. i guarantee that there is probably someone in the government that has used medical marijuana for some pain issue i hop for it to be legalized in illinois soon. i know a few people who could really use it.:)"
"I have terminal cancer, and from appetite/nausea issues, it helps with anxiety, depression, and pain (among other benefits). And no. The "marijuana pill" does nothing. NOTHING. And they cost, like, $100 bucks a pop. Gimme a break. What POSSIBLE harm could come of me growing 6 plants in my own home?"
"Of course I'm Pro! If I don't hurt anyone in the process and I get relief from pain that other forms of medication just don't relieve then what right does the government have regulating MY choice. Say for instance if someone grows their own marijuana for their own use then there is no drug cartel getting rich and there is no one getting killed. I for one do not like what I am hearing from TV commercials about drug side effects, many are worse than the condition they are for. I know many of you are saying smoking pot causes cancer. Options are- 1) Smoke it= fast relief about 10 min. last from 1 to 3 hrs. But may cause cancer. 2) Cook with it= weight gain, food may only last a few days. Time to relief about 30 min, should last 3-6 hrs. You may eat too much and fall asleep. 3) Capsules= Relief in about an hr. and lasts all day. After frozen for storage last 6-12 months. Can be taken any time of day. To share your ideas go to a new web site. "United States Medical Marijuana" www.usammj.com There you can share your stories and ideas with others. These are just 3 options."
"I think it should be legalized for recreational and medical use."
"I am pro medical pot because, my wife has MS and I've seen the effect first hand. For example, at night she sometime has tremors that are very painful and she will smoke a little pot and be back in bed asleep within a half hour. I live in the state of Tennessee and don't have access to medical pot so I have to get it illegally, which really scares me because I my-self do not partake in pot or any other illegal activity, I just by pot so my wife dont have to suffer. Plus all the medications she has been prescribed to her by her doctor do not work. If medical pot is available for my wife get, I wish some one would let me know."
".. .Matt, I live in New Jeraey, I was diagnosed with MS in 1987 1 month after I WAS married. Like your wife I geWHAT A BIG MISTAKEt tremmors at night too. I have tried EVERYTHING. For about 5 years I did Steroids. big mistake. I too like you have to get it illiagy (sorry about my spelling)"
"I wish that I could use Marijuana for my chronic severe pain. I have taken prescribed medications at prescribed levels for years, because that is legal. My kidneys failed and they have taken most of the muscle relaxants from me so my kidneys will survive. this wouldn't have happened with marijuana, I did not always obey the laws in 1968 and I know how it works. I hate current pain medicine, narcotics have left me unable to perform in my marriage bed and stopped the testosterone my body used to make. Please let medical use of this be opened up nationally!"
"The only reason marijuana is a drug is because the government says so. It's a plant that just happens to have properties that are helpful to the people who need it. Can you think of a legal drug that has more medical use than cannabis alone?Yes, it may have some cons, but if the public is informed about both the cons, and more importantly, the pros, they can decide themselves if the good outweighs the bad, or vice versa. If people have a choice to drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, and take legal medication that may be more addictive and dangerous than marijuana, then they should have a choice in this situation.Most importantly, as long as it is doing no one else harm, why are we afraid of it? In my opinion, legalizing marijuana probably does more good in terms of not only health, but economy and public safety. Gangs and illegal trades are booming because of this underground market, and so legalizing marijuana can decrease these numbers. Then it can be regulated and taxed! So KIDS can't buy it more easily on the streets and the money goes back into free healthcare. Yay, so many problems solved."
"I don't understand why there are people in this world that try and impose there believes on others. I don't try and tell peopledon't eat that cheese burger or don't have that drink of alcohol. I feel that marijuana should have regulation on who can legally use it. I'm a 35 year old father of 3 and was in the Marine Corps for 8 years. I work full time and go to school. Marijuana does NOT make me a irresponsible person and that is what it comes down to using it responsibly."
"I am a cancer survivor. I had Chemo, Radiation and Surgery. I was prescribed Marinol (THC) for nausea and it worked for me so much better than Kytril and Zophran which are 10 to 12 times more expensive (and basically non effective for me). To say marijuana has no medical use is ridiculous and is one more example of the government lying to us for the benefit of big Pharma."
"I use MM for chronic pain. To me, and probably thousands of people, it works, and I don't have to go down the Opiate trail that the government and Big Pharma want everyone on. The government, by keeping it on Schedule 1, is saying that Vicodan is Safe for chronic pain, but cannabis is not. Anyone with any common sense knows this is FALSE. All the negative things, including the gateway theory, have all been scoffed at by the medical and scientific community. Prohibition of any kind is a waste of time and resources, but arresting people for using a plant as medicine says a lot about who controls our government. The big Pharma Companies don't want a plant that anyone can grow to be considered medicine. If marijuana is, in fact, not medicine, then why does the FDA approve Marinol? Kind of contradicts their own Schedule, don't it? If Medical Marijuana is just a smokescreen for ending prohibition policies, GOOD! Its about time we stop persecuting addicts and start trying to help them overcome their addiction. Finally, marijuana works better for a HUGE list of ailments WITHOUT the ugly and sometimes fatal side effects of those pills that doctors are shelling out like Halloween candy. If smoking it is bad for you, eat it, it works better,"
"When I got back from two tours in viet-nam, I went through some bad bouts with ptsd. I found that when I smoked some pot, I was able to lower the amount of symtems I was experienceing. Without Marijuana my life would have been alot harder to get through. Alot of vererans found this to be true and are still using this gift from heaven on a regular basis.When I went through chemo therapy, Marijuana was again a godsend. If the medical establishment cared about the publics health and well being, they would promote pot on a daily basis. John"
"As many things in this world cannabis suffers from shear ignorance. Some will settle into the comfort of government propaganda which has been shown unequivocally to have been heavily biased and at times flagrantly misinformed. This country thrives on fear mongering so we need to quiet the dialogue down from the divisive tone it often has in order to inform the ill-informed that cannabis does have therapeutic value. Some will cling to their ignorance like a child to a pacifier, but we must encourage those brave enough to have an open mind to challenge their ill gotten beliefs. Nobody is saying cannabis is perfect, it does have some issues, but to dismiss it or label it as dangerous is foolish and devoid of compassion. Hopefully someday we can look back on this as we now do with alcohol prohibition and see it as just another dark chapter in our history."
"Medical marijuana is practical. Patients just can't rely on standard medical practices when more common place procedures are ineffective. Thankful that some states have already allowed medical marijuana usage. It could be a big financial agricultural business for the United States, as common as aspirin. Struggling in Ohio with the added pressures of unemplyment, I hope more states are in favor to allow medical marijuana."
"I have been a marijuana user on and off for 30 years.I havenever been addicted to it.I have been able to quit its use forperiods of 3 to 6 months at a time,with no withdrawl symptoms,what so ever.I have also been a cigarette smoker for the same amount of time.I have never been ableto quit for more than a day.Marijuana as a gateway drug is a lie.Furthermore,Marijuana should be totally legal,and usable by any legal adult.We the people,of this nation arefree to choose what we want to do.Despite the Federal governments attempts to take away our Rights.ENOUGH,WE the people,60 to 80 percent of us are the majority andWE are telling you to BACKOFF.THE so called FDA,andthe drug companys,have been allowed to advertise their dangerous drugs to ordinary citizens.THIS is WRONG.Provisions are made daily for alchoholics.If not forcurrent laws,I would rather see my own children use marijuana than alchohol,as it is non addictive and non lethal.If you look at history it was prejustice,by a federalpolitician that made it illegal.our CONSTITUTION gives usthe right to use it,not just for ingestion but other products aswell.Millions of jobs would be created with the legalisation of marijuana,to be grown by people for profit.ITS long overdue."
"Right on Doug Steele! I have used it for decades myself!I have never been addicted to it.I can smoke it for A while & stop & so on & I have never had A problem with withdrawl or anything like that ever! I now need it for medicinal purposes & these narrow minded uneducated rednecks need to back off.I know maybe they should become more educated,,,wow that's an idea! I have A very painful tissue disease & have had 5 surguries & more to come.When I use medicinal Cannibis,it works to relieve my pain,it relaxes me & I can drive as opposed to taking Narcotics & getting behind the wheel!Man these people get on my nerves!"
"Hey Doug, I hear you! I, too, use on and off as my pain used to come and go and have used for emotional problems as well. Unfortunately I have to use more frequently this past year because of my back giving me much worse chronic pain. Anyways, I want to suggest something for your cigarette addiction...go to e-cigmn.com I think. Its here in MN. I have been vaping with a GLV, its in the starter kit menu, for almost two months now.I was a pack and a half a day. I LOVE it! There are tons of great flavors- my favorite is dreamsickle. PEACE!"
"I'd rather take a natural medicine then question, I hope I don't have life threatening side effects taking my XYZ medication with the side effect warnings of:May cause serious side-effects of uncontrollable spasms, heart attack, increased blood pressure, permanent loss of vision, severe diarrhea, allergic reactions, not to mention risk of DEATH.I took a medication a few years ago for a cough I had that lasted over a couple weeks so I was prescribed a medication (this was a timed release medication that I took once and it increased over 2 days) that after taking I found out I was severely allergic to.I was finishing up at work and my vision went blurred and followed with nausea. Miraculously I was able to drive home hallucinating the entire drive home. After getting home I read the side effects of the medicine and there it was severe diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, blindness and in rare circumstances death. At this point I was on the toilet for literally the entire day vomiting and diarrhea, vision blurred, heart racing and thinking at any moment I could die. I went into the hospital and had to get treatment to keep me from potentially dying for taking prescribed medicine for a common cough! And they question medical marijuana???"
"all of you saying bad things dont realize that marijuana is the only thing keepin our economy alive its holding our country together and whats so bad about getting high to relieve strees. my dad almost commited suicide but luckily didnt and started using it to relieve stress and he is always happy. hes also had 4 surgaries and has been layed off for about 3 years were on food stamps but were still goin cause marijuana gives my dad the strength to pull through."
"People like Rick Stevens are helping people with cancer, why is there no mention of him or the fact that marijuana can cure cancer on here. I would suggest you at least reference the youtube link to the movie, Run From The Cure; full version movie about Rick Simpson Cancer Cure THC @ http://youtu.be/i7CKUmqXFVc"
"yes becuase it helps people in their own time of crisis within the doctors specific dosing. the medical cannabis plant subtance is included within 16 states for a reason it should be legal for the purpose of the needs of the medical field. every pateint should atleast have that option becuase if they do choose it they get the help they need but if they dont want it they may simply deny it. it will also boost the econmy thru the roof because of they high demand for it. politcal may be scared of the legalization becuse they think with everybody walkin around smokin weed the balance of peace may be lost but the truth is after the consumtion of cannabis the user is most likely to jus laze around within their homes. so to not have the cannabis plant to be atleast an option for the patient in dier pain with cancer or AIDS or anything else is denig them the right of choice."
"I have been on every narcotic known to man everyday for more than 17 years. I have substantial disabling crippling pain. The side effects from Narcotics, including addiction, death, ruin both men and women sexually, constipation, increasing tolerance, thus the need for more pills, the hassle to find a doctor who will even prescribe them, the state of confusion and loss of memory, even though I am one of 5% of humans who do not get high from narcotics, etc., are terrible. For all these years family and friends told me I should smoke pot but didn't until recently out of desperation. I got total pain relief after all these years. I am convinced marijuana is the most medicinal plant on earth, given to us by Mother Nature, and NO Government has the right to deny us of access to this. It already has been proven to cure many forms of cancer. And all the different medical conditions it helps is more than reason enough for the politicians to finally do what is in the best interest of the people, instead of worrying about Pharmaceutical profits and the deadly pills they make billions off of. Prescription Narcotic abuse is at epidemic proportions nationally. When will they learn???! Was doing 16 30mg Roxis a day, w/ 40mg of Valiums too."
"Never has pot been proven to damage lungs, often has removed cancerous lung tumors from tobacco.Narcotic pain killers has raised heroin addiction to an all time high. It's all about money people, Pharmaceutical profits and government taxes on alcohol, tobacco, etc.More domestic violence and death from booze than any other."
"Growing up I've had to deal with the struggles of having a mother with Multiple Sclerosis(MS). She was diagnosed in 1993 and has had several severe relapses over the years, ones that left her unable to walk or talk. Daily, she suffers from excruciating pain throughout her body and can't do much of anything anymore. Living in Kansas, medicinal marijuana is not an option and leaves doctors no other option than to prescribe pills. Pills that are very addictive and have several harmful side effects, such as oxycodone, which is the most recent one that they have put her on. Everyday I watch her intake an extremely, unhealthy amount of pills and I know she's addicted and can't go without them, which bothers me more than anything. Why isn't medicinal marijuana an option? Why should someone have to endure this kind of pain, suffering, and horrible side effects of current medicine, which is classified as an opiate or narcotic, when medicinal marijuana could easily be an option? An option that is potentially harmless to the human body. It makes no sense to me as to why it is the way it is but I have hope that someday the medicinal use of marijuana will be legal in all 50 states so all suffering patients, like my mom, may benefit from it"
"preston, I was diagnosed with ms in 1987 my son was born in1989 so I know what u are going through. Please do me a favor and help her in any way just like my son. BE STRONG FOR HER"
"Many people need to realize that medical marijuana is not meant to be used as a 'treatment' it will not 'heal' your ailment. What it will do is make you feel good. For those that have terminal cancer, it makes them able to live a life worthwhile. It lessens side effects of many diseases, ect. Western medicine is focused way too much on prescribed drugs in which are far too dangerous and potentially cause even more problems to someone who is already hurting. Because people with severe ailments feel better, their mental health will certainly be better, thus resulting in a higher chance of healing. The government shouldn't have the right to put a wall up against something that is like the 'cure all' drug. Marijuana will not cause such damage as alcohol does, in fact, I'm sure many wouldn't drink if they could legally use marijuana. That's outside the fact of marijuana for legal use, but same point being driven here."
"i think that it should be legalized because some people are in pain from a disease that they may have and i think it is wrong to know they are suffering and not do anything to help."
"Why is everyone so butthurt when it comes to marijuana? I mean, i can say the same things that all of you cons say about man-made drugs that actually have health risks rather than shoot down a natural way of medicine. Go blabber on about cigarettes or meth or something."
"while I admit that mary has some negative side effects, it has far fewer then most drugs the FDA allows us to put in our systems, it's benefits are far greater then its cons."
"Marijuana should be completely legal as both a medicinal and recreational drug. The government banned this wonderful plant after being manipulated by hemp competitors back in the day. The anti-drug moral panics later made marijuana a victim of scare-mongering. Now, the idea that it should only be allowed in the country if we can prove it has strictly medicinal properties is absurd. We don't extend the same sanctions to other pleasurable substances such as alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. And marijuana is less addictive than all of those!The United States is so backwards. The fact that we lock up young people to be gang-raped in high security prisons for selling something a drug less dangerous than alcohol is absurd, and I think evil.It should be freely sold to individuals over a legal age, and underage users should be prosecuted in a way similar to underage alcohol consumers. This shouldn't be an extremist viewpoint. It's common sense. Most of the nay-sayers have either never tried the plant, or have absorbed too much of the "war against drugs" propaganda to look at the situation fairly. That, or they're just good old angry puritans."
"I've used marijuana recreationally (30+years) and medical (2 years legally). My arthritis is relieved without all the side effects of OTC or prescribed drugs. Cannabinoid therapy helps a multitude of helath issues. It is time our government recognizes this. Elect candidates that are in tune with this issue. DO NOT elect or re-elect politicians that want to continue with "reefer madness". Elect the people that want to legalize and tax so that it can be regulated. The drug dealer on the street does not check IDs for age but just like alcohol and tobacco the stores will check IDs and prevent those without authorization to purchase. Educate our children about the true dangers in life not the propaganda that our government tells us about marijuana."
"I suffer from anxiety, depression obsessive compulsive behavior with money. I pay high co-pays for drugs that just touch these problems, I want my problems to be embraced by marijuana!"
"i just had my second day back at my old job that i hated because i cant deal with people. I had an anxiety attack and had to leave and i might possibly quite all together because it makes me so anxious i cant even breathe. I almost through a water glass at a groomsman at the wedding reception. My psychiatrist wont give me any more Xanax seeing as im 20 years old and she says "Too young to get dependent on a medication. All i want to do is work and be a normal member of society. I smoke pot as much as i can to feel normal. If not the anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and bi-polar come into play. I want to die every day knowing that i have to go through this with no help. Thats why i want to be able to say, "excuse me boss at work, im going to go smoke this joint so i dont throw a chair across the dance floor"."
"I have unstable angina,mid-stage glaucoma,reflex sympathetic dystrophy, post traumatic stress disorder,depression,chronic insomnia,and severe gastrointestinal problems.I am prescribed Opana,Oxycodone,Klonopin,Nitroglycerin,Ambien and Dexilant.Every drug I am currently taking causes more problems than they are worth.One will keep me constipated,another causes debilitating diarrhea.One makes me constantly tired,another causes days of sleeplessness.All of them are deemed by my cardiologist to be hard on my heart.When I have smoked marijuana,I will say that I am at the very least 95% symptom and pain free.I say tax it,regulate it,control its usage for medicinal purposes by all means.But for all of us in pain,legalize it nationwide.Prescription drugs are killing people every day.I am 45 years old and have never met nor heard of a single person dying from use of marijuana.Keep the hope of legalization alive all of you out there who know what helps you to be more pain free,stress free and symptom free.All my best to everyone,even those who are against legalization.May you all stay well,and never know the suffering some of us deal with every day of our lives."
"There is too much willful ignorance on not only marijuana, but also it's use in medical and in other areas, eg: clothing, etc. I have a condition in the area of my brain which isn't creating (enough)seratonin for me to fall asleep, and current alopathic drugs are not giving me enough sleep(5-6 hrs), but a medium sized pinch of clean herb not only gives me my neccessary 7-8hrs., but I don't wake up lethargic. I'm reading, 'THE POT BOOK- Julie Holland, M.D., (editor), with up-to-date research, addresses this subject, about a dirivative, CANNABIDIOL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND all (pro & con) to read this book .The prohibition is maintained by political skullduggery, but the educational barrier is fast dissolving. I agree that the current laws against all other chemically created drugs should be maintained, but marijuana should be federally legalized, if not at least, for medical use. Also the states should REASSERT their constitutional authority on matters which it involves them. The states created the fed; the states are the master over the fed, not viceversa! end of line........"
"Yes it should be , I a cancer surviver ,and in my state i cant get it . the only alterive is medadone ( which i've been on now scince 03 ) it doesnt control my pain ---needless to say it messes w/how i fuction . and a host of other problems-also PTSD - so as u can see problems compound . marijuana could help. people how dont -agree should read the artical on DEATH ON MARIJUANA VS FDA DRUGS SPAREthose who dont want to read 0 marijuana 10,000. ( dir related deaths) related 279 mar 11,000 >> NOT MY FIGURE FDA'S FIGURES.>THROUGH FREEDOM OF INFOMATION ACT."
"Instead of making just medical marijuana legal, they should just make marijuana in general legal to everyone. The only reason it's illegal is because the government cant get there blood money of out it. There just mad because they cant make money of it. Theres no health factors againist it. Anything you read about that is BS. The government just makes up BS, to make people turn againist it."
"of course it is medicine. My problem is living in Texas and think it will never change the laws or maybe after I'm gone. Is New Mexico or Arizona the better state to move to in a 100,000 house to retire in? I just think there is not enough support anywhere except Austin.Advice is appreciated. thank you. JG"
"I am a BIPOLAR dissorder patient wh finds enlightment in the moments of crissis. I have a kidney disseas that gives me dizzines and nausea which I control and eat with marijuana. I don't smoke ciggarettes or drink alcohol. My only choice are Rx pills that give me headaches,sleepiness,keep me at a level I can't work well. Since I smoke non of this effects are baddering. I don't find it to be harmfull at all. Since I was 15 I've smoked.I am 53 and i feel excelent.Age limmits have to be fallowed as any other RX. But otherwise is not harmfull at all. I studied and graduated in computers and electronics. Bipolr for some reason and it helps me a lot."
"my husband has been diagnosed with a 36 inch blood clot in his leg our state keeps denying him medicaid so that he can not get his medicines ,but marijuana makes him deal with his situation better than the damn medicine what the hell is wrong with people marijuana is at least alot better than the other drugs prescribed or even bought on the streets"
"I am very much for legalization of medical marijuana. Watch your young child suffer from brain cancer, which alone causes nausea and vomiting, have chemo treatments that make him so sick he throws up atleast 2 times every hour. His little body has bones protruding everywhere and nothing they give him seems to help. at this point I am considering moving to a state that has legal medical marijuana just to try it."
"The only reason there is any resistance for making this a legal drug for medical use is because of what we been told about it by our government, over and over. We hold on to what we have been told, and cannot see beyond that. when studies have shown it can be used to medical treat certain ailments, i think these people are scared and think about all of the bad and awful things that they have been told,( its a gateway drug, its addictive, it destroys your life). We all need to get better educated about the subject! its still alright for people to have a difference of opinion, but not stand in the way of helping sick people."
"examine ALL you have been told dismiss what OFFENDS your SOUL "Walt Whitman""
"I think cannabis should be legalized or decriminalized. Of course there will be some negative aspects but in the end the benefits outweigh the negatives. In this country the horrendous drugs that are prescribed by medical personnel are ruining families with their habit forming properties. I have seen marijuana successfully replace some of these medications which makes for a fuller, pain free or reduced life. From what Ive seen the major problem is the loss of drive and ambition. So you tell me which is worse...the loss of a family due to addiction or becoming a painless lazy functioning citizen."
"The United States of America has been proven to be one of the biggest producers of Marijuana in the world. America also imports more than 25 million pounds a year from various countries like Mexico, Columbia and elsewhere. We also have spent more than a trillion dollars trying to eradicating it from existence. What does that tell you about the efficiency of our "War on Drugs"? Actually, it was never designed to remove drugs from the streets, but rather to remove money from the US Treasury and put into the pockets of the politicians who refuse hearings on bills decriminalizing this harmless plant and LEO's that arrest those using it. All so a few greedy super-rich individuals can profit from building prisons, funding anti-marijuana programs and commodities that cannabis can easily replace and put them out of business. These commodities include, but are not limited to Clothing, Medicine, Paper, Food, Fuel, Plastic and the list goes on. These are things we can be producing right now here in America by Americans using American grown hemp and exported around the world to pay off our debts and eventually become a great nation once again."
"there are pros and cons in every thing that Americans do and i think that the people who get there medical cards for legit reasons and weather or not other people get them for false purposes is on them but people should no more about what there doing and you can find just about any business that has to do with everything green including medical marijuana along with all eco friendly businesses its a cool site i found check it out here is the link http://greenbookpages.com"
"why should i haft to be an addict? they prescribe pain pills to create a problem. when i had my open heart surgery i asked for darvecets because i`m afraid of becoming one. i took 1 pill, 2 alieve and smoked a half joint a day to kill the pain. i suffer from chronic pain a little aniety and even upset stomach. a doctor would presribe 3 or 4 meds for this, smoking a bowl would relieve all these symptons saving your liver.. i admit i smoke regularly it helps. i`m not a head waitin to rob you, or take advantage of someone in unfortunate circumstance. drop a seed wait till maturity. think about it, someone who is really sick and is prescribed lots of medications and how they damage the body when just by smokin a joint would save so much and damage so little..."
"Nice post! Simple an to the point."
"There are drugs that are leagal for medeical use that kill people everyday. I watch these drugs fall in to the hands of teenage kids just as easily if not more easily because they go to dirty doctors. Marijuana is not a life threating drug nor does it cause any kind of addiction. The people who say no to marijuana as a medical option are idiots. Why is it that we will still feed people drugs that kill your liver and hurt your body as well as cause an addiction. only for a little pain. Now for the ones who dont like to smoke, easy simple and a way to control dose. pills THC pills are an easy simple problem or what about making it into a food which we all know was been around for quite some time now. So please people open your eyes and stop letting the goverment kill our people everyday with their painkillers. it comes from mother earth and nothing needs to be done to make it into anything its natural."
"I think it should be legal. You don't get liver cancer over it like drinking. It would help pain and sick people. People smoking it don't get out fighting and the crime rate would go down also."
"MARIJUANNA SHOULD BE LEGALIZED IN ALL STATES. I HAVE A EYE DISEASE THAT IS MAKING ME GO BLIND. I WAS DECLARED LEGALLY BLIND WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER. I GET SEVERE HEADACHES JUST FROM EVERYDAY USE OR I SHOULD SAY WHAT USE I STILL HAVE IN MY EYES. IVE BEEN PRESCRIBED PAIN PILLS WHICH HELP A LITTLE BUT WEAR OFF TO QUICKLY AND CAUSE ME TO FEEL SICK AT TIMES. THEN I TRIED MARIJUANNA A FEW YEARS AGO AND FOUND IT RELAXED MY EYES AND TREATED THE PAIN BETTER AND LASTED LONGER.I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WANT THIS JUST TO GET HIGH AND PEOPLE LIKE ME NEED IT TO FEEL BETTER AND BE FREE OF PAIN. PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO FEAR ARREST BECAUSE IT IS ILLEAGAL. BOOZE IS LEGAL AND IS AN EVERYDAY THING FOR SOME PEOPLE. I CHALLENGE ANYONE WHO DRINKS TO DRINK SIX BEERS IN 15 MINUTES AND ANOTHER TO SMOKE A MARIJUANNA CIGARETTE THEN SEE WHO IS MORE CLEAR HEADED AND CAN WALK IN A STRIGHT LINE. THEN YOU WILL SEE WHY THE LAWS ARE BACKWARDS."
"I VOTE YES, I HAVE BEEN USING MEDICINAL MARIJUANA FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO TREAT (ADHD) ATTENTION DEFFICIT HYPER DISSORDER. BEFORE THAT I WAS PLACED ON RIDDILIN, AND ADORRAL, WHICH MADE MY HEAD HURT AND FEEL SICK. BUT WITH THE MEDICINAL I HAD NO SIDE AFFECTS AND LET MY MIND REST EASIER."
"i have been on so many pain pills that i am more sick from them then my real sickness i am in pain all the time and there is nothing that works it almost came to the point that i was ready for mind meds that would just keep me sane then i tried marijuana and it is the best for everything wrong with me with out any side affects..why should they not want us to be as pain free as possible to have some kind of life??"
"I vote pro simply because how it works to alleviate my pain associated with my MS....I also am taking Zoloft for depression associated with the disease, and I don't need it if I can illegally get some marijuana and risk everything since my state doesn't recognize cannabis as a medicine...."
"FACT 1 - There is no known fatal does of cannabis.FACT 2 - There is no known reliable evidence that cannabis causes any serious adverse health effects.FACT 3 - There does exist significant reliable evidence that cannabis is effective in treating dozens of medical conditions that currently are treated with drugs which cause adverse side effects; some of them serious or even fatal.FACT 4 - Full disclosure of cannabis medical value and complete legalization as medicine would result in economic losses to the drug industry in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Therefore, the political lobby toward federal lawmakers to protect the economic interests of the drug industry will continue to overwhelm the weaker and less financially potent lobby for legalized medical cannabis."
"There are NO legal alternative to Opioid pain relievers that are effective. The opioids have side effects which are intolerable to me. Marijuana is an effective, almost immediate acting option which do not have these bad side effects. It's only problem is the law and the DEA's intentional disregard for the order of Federal Judges."
"I've been in pain and on pain meds, anti-depressants, muscle relaxers for 20 years. Hated it, could'nt function. 10 years ago my doctor suggested that I try marajanua. I declined. I finally could not take the pain/depression and drugs anymore so I tried it. Unbelievable... It works. For the first time in 20 years the depression has lifted and it works wonders for the pain. What is wrong with our society??? Alcohol, legal, a DEPRESSANT is far more dangerous. choices: Wasted, depressed on alcohol.; Prescrip. drugs, unable to function, side effects.; slightly light headed, free of depression and pain.?? What would you chose?"
"I side with the Doctors who want this as an option."
"I have been useing it for p.s.d, diabeties,overcomeing alcholism,and believe it or not weight loss.When I cant get marijuana my sugar goesup,I get depressedand gain weight and dont feel like doing anything."
"My daughter has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. If you have ever had a joint dislocate you know it's extremely painful. Well imagine having your body subluxate or actually dislocate completely everyday all day, My daughter screams in pain as her body attacks itself. She tried marijauana and she cried to me saying how much it helped her and how she actually felt normal. Seeing my daughter free of pain even if for a sort duration was well worth the price. I say legalize marijuana. Until you have walked a mile in the shoes of someone who is ill you will never understand."
"If you take out all the Con Quotes that come from government officials or people who are on some sort of anti drug board they have close to nothing to quote. As for me, it helps me with my depression. I have talked to doctors and they all told me to keep smoking until my depression becomes too much that even cannabis cannot help anymore before switching to pharmaceutics. Why? Because MD's who actually treat patients and don't get a paycheck from government or pharmaceutics industry agree that things like lithium is much more harmful then some organic flower."
"yes it should be up to the person what type of medicine they should take"
"As a 30 year HIV patient cannabis has proven to relieve pain, help to create an appetite, and helps to manage the anxiety that comes with a chronic illness. I'd much rather smoke than take the narcotic I take but in reality the medicine and cannabis together make for a quality of life changing combination when used properly. It's not addictive and one cannot overdose on cannabis two more very good reasons to consider it as a medication. Best, Brian"
"Marijuana helps me sleep without pain. Without it I am up all night."
"yes it will be nice that if its legal in PA it will help with people that has depression problems crohn's disease like my bro has and for me it can help my depression and i just hate takeing pills for it."
"There is a Federal Patent on Cannabis and was granted back in 2003. The Department of Health and Human Services represented the US Gov! (Patent# 6630507) The title: Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Time for it to be legalized for all to grow, benefit from and help others with."
"I know literally dozens of highly functioning pot users, from judges, through professors, to neighbors and friends. I actually don't know anyone who has suffered from pot use, unless we include the humiliation and expense of a court appearance."
"My new medicine has taken chronic pain away from my first draw. Needs to be decriminalized, yesterday! I've damned near died several times in my long life just from the intensity of daily pain. God bless our corpsmen but I came home fully addicted to morphine from my injuries in viet nam, they really were trying to help, now all I need is maybe 3 draws in a 24 hour time frame and life is much better, quality wise."
"Studies about marijuana show both positive and negative effects of plant use. Many of these negative effects are seen in single substance prescription drugs available to the market today. However, studies have shown that the positive effects of marijuana by sheer number out compete any other drugs on the market today. From a single drug, hundreds of ailments can be treated, versus obtaining numerous prescriptions for specific ailments each"
"I am not very educated in this topic but I am doing a research project on it now. Through my limited knowledge I think it should be smoked in serious cases and use should be controlled. By serious case I mean a cancer patient in extreme pain or a mentally ill person that is suffering a lot. Marijuana shouldn't be as easy to get as it is currently. In california all you need is some money and a little imagination. If anyone knows any good sources I can use for research project, please reply."
"Think about it! If you had cancer and knew there was something that could help just a little. It don't really matter how much it can help you at the time. the thing that matters that it can help with the pain. Just think how much more we could help people."
"it is very important to those who have harmful diseases,it possibly could save lifes"
"In 2010 I had a benign tumor removed from my skull (temporal) and due to complications where it was located, I was left with an excruciating pain in the left side of my face/head (although they 'do not know' exactly where the surgery went wrong - they believe it to be in the trigeminal nerve), I have had several trigeminal nerve blocks inserted (both extremely painful and carrying a LOT of risk), and have been prescribed Narcotics, Topamax, Adderall (basically to counteract the Topamax) and have tried 4 different procedures. A valid argument from the con side is that they believe Cannibus can be addictive... however, have they been prescribed Vicoden/Percocet for 15-24 months?? Narcotics are derived in a laboratory setting and have a very high risk for abuse - while marijuana also carries a risk for abuse, it is not nearly as well hid (because it is 'illegal') as are narcotics.I am going to start a campaign in the next 6 months over this issue - I am not saying the government or my insurance should pay for anything I decide to take, however, let me choose to take a medicine that not only works for me, but that is more non-addicting than the man-made pills they are shoving down my throat."
"It is a natural grown plant. Every other drug has to be made. Everyone is saying that natural is better so why isn't a marijuana. It helps so many people who has so many problems. It helps people be calmer and helps with pain. So how is it bad. Asprin helps pain but it isn't natural and it is man-made and it doesn't work. So if it helps how is it bad?"
"yes if this is an easier way out then it should be an alternative! I think it would be alot safer and a lot less painless than the other medicine that they give for medical conditions. I have never smoked marijuana and i do not plan to. but this is my view point and i think it is quite valid."
"I believe that people who don't know, don't care, and just act like the rest of the population who likes to call Marijuana a schedule 1 drug. They don't understand how helpful it is for people who can't take opiates(the real killers). And they will keep on following the flock of naysayers because they are idiots who can't see outside the box. Its time the DEA wakes up and at the very least reschedules marijuana in to the schedule 2 or 3 category."
"i have leukimia it helps me i live in texas and a alj ssi judge allen ericson took away my disabilty of depression because he said weed causes depression knowing that a ssi doctor diagnosed me with that before i smoked i started smoking and my leukimia is almost gone any one know if weed causes depression ?"
"technically weed IS a depressant, & if one were to smoke it frequently, they may experience an ongoing "low", but usually it doesn't effect your emotions at all. from my personal experience, the only downside to frequently smoking marijuana is minor short term memory loss. i wouldn't worry about it :)"
"Im not sure where all these dis agreeing comments come from! Its clearly from one way sided streets! Keep ranting and raving about how horrible marijuana is. The plant was put on this Earth for a reason. Kinda crazy their are male and female plants that re produce, just like every other natural thing on this planet! Marijuana was never a problem when George Washington was around. These wonderful people who controlled our Country smoked weed! Holy S**T! They must have been some horrible people! On a lighter note how about we all take some opiates instead of marijuana because people made those pills for a reason! Helllllo! Lets take a man made pill instead of one natural to our planet. I would love to take pills for every single little imbalance I have in my body because they are OKAY! FDA approved! To make sure your stomach lining is ripped from your insides out. Gooooooooo man made!"
"I suffer from a severe anxiety disorder and lead an unavoidably stressful life having to juggle jobs to care for myself, my family, and my elderly mother. In the past I used to have anxiety attacks weekly. My doctor prescribed Valium to prevent the attacks, but a twice daily dose of Valium made me lethargic and unmotivated. I cared about nothing. The stress was gone, but so was I. I started smoking again for the first time since high school and I have not had one anxiety attack. I felt one coming on and smoked and the pain left immediately. (an anxiety attack feels as if, to me, I have been kicked in the testicles and can feel the pain in every nerve ending in my body.) my family has chastised me, my friends have criticized me, but I feel I would have killed myself if I had not found help. Marijuana helps me to do what I need to do and still enjoy life. It calms me down so I can think straight and do my work, which is creative (it helps with that, too.) I don't panic anymore"
"we are suppose to research an issue in america for a homework assignment and reading through some of these its sad to me how uneducated some people are. i understand the angry moms and i understand how people who say no to the legalization of marijuana because it is harmful in some ways. with that said, i believe it should be legalized, the benefits far outweigh the negative side effects. i am a senior in high school. to some out there, im just a kid who "doesn't know what hes talking about" but before you make your judgments and stereotypes hear me out. okay? if we legalized it, the taxes we would generate (nation wide) would be enough to get this country going again and keep simple things such as the US mail open. when compared to legal drugs that "arnt as bad" such as alcohol and cigarettes weed is not even in the same category. cigarettes have 56 known carcinogens, weed has 18, alcohol claims the life of over 20,000 people a year. the numbers for weed, i couldn't find any. im sure they don't compare either. if weed was legal, we also wouldnt be handing underground criminals millions of dollars a year in drug money, it would go to the government. im an 18 yr old kid. im on scholarship to a D1 school for soccer. i smoke weed."
"JDH i thank you for sharing your opinion too. i like this website because you can voice your opinion and have people from all sides of the spectrum comment. personally ive never smoked a cigarette so i cant speak from personal experience about that, but i have done research on them.. now weed, i have smoked, and it doesn't effect ME on a level where i cant concentrate, if anything, i feel like your example of a doctor operating on you while high being incapacitated is incorrect, because for me, marijuana helps me focus, i feel like if i was the doctor i would be so zoned in on what i was doing that i would perform and even better surgery.."
"I respect you for sharing your opinion and I think it's great you are confident enough to get on here but you are a smoker and therefore it's assumed by us "angry moms" that you would be pro. I don't think choosing one evil over another is what our country needs. I work very hard and pay my taxes and yet our country's deficit is astronomical. Yes, I would love a tax break - I would love to be one of those people who gets to keep more of my hard earned money, but I'd rather pay high taxes than see marijuana legalized. Things are already bad enough. How about we whip our country into shape so citizens actually respect authority. Then maybe they'll think twice about breaking the law. I may not agree with everything our government does, but that doesn't mean I am going to break the law in order to get my way. Cigarettes are horrible but if you choose to smoke a whole pack and get behind the wheel of a car, you won't be under the influence and MY life won't be in danger. If you choose to become a doctor and you smoke before you operate on my body...well, you'll smell like smoke but you won't be under the influence while cutting me open. Americans as a whole are gluttons. Legalizing a drug isn't the right thing to do."
"At no time in recorded history been one single case of a human death directly caused by using marijuana and any attempt to prove otherwise will be in vein because you will not find any evidence to prove it.I wish I could say the same for the totally legal alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs in which people die every year by the tens of thousands...look it up for your selves.Our government has been covering up the truth about mj since the 30's when a raciest named Harry A Anslinger decided to wage a personal war on black blues and jazz musicians and Mexican immigrants.Now day's, people are just kept as scared little pet's by our gov in an attempt to control every aspect of our lives and for what? so that alcohol, tobacco and big pharma can pad their wallets.I invite everyone to www.420 magazine.com to learn more and to try and change these unjust laws on a non-toxic plant!"
"yes think it must legal b cause for me is important am a epatit c disease n it cost a lot .marijuana is a soft drug .i thing is not more dangerous than the alcohol so why the people is not accept the reality giving by god .the reason is only to make money by giving us another drug to our pain.hope it will be legal for those who need it"
"I have never used marijuana or would I chose to but using it as a medical option should be considered. If someone I loved was dying of some disease, I would want their pain to be minimal as possible."
"yes. definitely. our current law makers say we don't know enough about it, but thats only because they won't listen to any private studies that investigate it. it should be an option, but sadly never will because no one can own the rights to it. sad isn't it?"
"I suffer from lower back pain that has been constant. Marijuana takes the pain away immediately. This is the secret that the drug companies and government do not want you to know - it soothes back pain - it soothes joint pain.Other benefits are a changed and sometimes clearer perspective on the world and a satisfying relaxation. You can skip the drinks at the end of the day to relax. No alcohol means less diabetes, less obesity, less accidents, and less violence.The plant is a gift to mankind that many are missing because of ignorance and brainwashing."
"Although I don't need medical pot yet, it is a real possibility that I will need it soon as I was recently diagnosed with stage II lung cancer. It makes mt blood boil that I may have to break the law where I line (New York) in order to get relief."
"I bellieve they should allow medical marijuana to the ones who need it. I believe whoever needs it should have to get a prescription for it from their doctor, this would be no different then a prescription for a needed drug.So what is the big deal? How many people are taking other prescribed drugs? so what is the difference between them and prescribed marijuana?"
"Absolutely Pro! I have life experiences with ALCOHOL and personal experiences with PAIN KILLERS. If MJ was passed by LAW for Medicinal Use, that would help me in my RECOVERY. I will no longer pay consequences for WHITE COLLAR DRUG DEALERS. People are DYING left and right due to SCRIPTS AND BOOZE. Wake up people! It's A Plant, It's A Choice that WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE TO HAVE. By the way, if it's good enough for OUR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, it SHOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US! Keep Hope Alive"
"My husband has been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and after eating two muffins with marijuana, we have seen a significant improvement in his well being. I strongly agree that NC should legalize so individuals can use without feeling they are breaking the law,"
"Im pro because in 10,000 years of known use of marijuana there have been 0 deaths attributed to marijuana and people die daily from prescription and over-the-counter drugs and over 400,000 people die yearly from tobacco which is backed by the government 100% and is grown radioactively...now that it ridiculous."
"I believe one mans drug is another mans Lifeline. M.B."
"I think if people are sick they should be able to use whatever is out there to help them feel better"
"i believe that medical marijuana is a good thing. It helps a lot of people medical wise. People who suffer from pain can use it. I also believe the government and states should all accept it and then tax it. That would take care of our issues and people would be happy."
"hell yeah evry time i fall off my skateboard and bust my knees or am just not feeling well ie tooth ache head ache i dont eat pain killer i have a spliff. i dont drink or take any other drug just weed and im fine smoke for almost a decade and im 23 it drunks who have bad hearts and livers"
"I am very ill with Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and more and the amount of pain meds and sleep meds seem to have to be upped every other month. They cause so many side effects that just makes it so much worse. I do not think that smoking it is a great idea but I would be very open to having it in pill form. I do not use it in any form so I do not know if it would help me, but I sure wish I had the choice to see for I am willing to bet that if I was able to use it I could get off all the anxiety, sleep, and a lot of pain meds. I just think it couldn't hurt to try and see if I get the kind of relief that I hear it can give to a person with the debilitating and excruciating diseases I have. ."
"Yes, but I do think that there is some insincerity from the Medical Marijuana advocates. I can't help but feel skeptical about these people in regards to when they claim that they truly speculate the true social and economical impact this drug can have"
"Cannabinoids have been proven to trigger cell death in cancer cells. They shrink tumors. They don't just help with the side effects of the chemical and radioactive poisoning that is the common treatment. They kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells around them. The NIH has known this since '74."
"Okay here's the problem. People aren't being smart. All the examples I'm seeing of the "horrors" of weed are just examples of people who do not analyze the situation correctly and think of themselves only. If you know you eat all the food, have your own stash. if you see it causing a problem with you or your family, either cut down or do it somewhere else. Simply fact is, people aren't smart. And what you guys are doing is just bringing your own personal feelings or w.e and straying away from the topic. What is marijuana, and how can it be used EFFICIENTLY. If you don't learn how to control it, OF COURSE it'll be damaging physically or mentally. Control, balance, and ordered chaos are the fundamentals of life. Get back to the main topic please and stop letting your own personal example interfere with the big subject. Is it really that harmful compared to all the other drugs? And stop acting like smoking is the only way to get high. We're in 2011, there's plenty of other ways to ingest it and healthier if you really want to. Smoking is just personal preference to most because it's the easiest. Be smart people. Stop being redundant and REALLY debate. And listen to what others have to say because they're just as important as you"
"I don't see the problem with people having marijuana...so what if they get high cause they like it or cause they have to. If they don't offer it to you, then be quiet. It's not like they're saying you NEED to smoke...so don't make it seem like everyone who has marijuana is out to get you to try it. If you think it's a gateway drug, prove it. My father smoked pot, too. He was an ass, but he was like that anyway. But that doesn't mean that its bad or that it's good. It just...IS. It's a plant. Just like morphine comes from a plant. Opiates are highly addictive. But you don't see morphine being taken off the market, do you? My grandfather is addicted to prescription pills...and while I'd rather him not be addicted at all, I'd rather have him on marijuana than Atavan. So, the question is, are you willing to legalize something that has the potential to save lives, OR keep it illegal and make no money off of it? the government could tax it sooooo much, and make sooooo much, but they're too busy saying it's addictive. See above for how that works out with pills that ARE legal."
"Cannabis helps with my high eye pressure and phases of severe depression. I am also a spiritual user and i do not smoke it often but when i do i use very little . I have abused Cannabis in the past but in the past year Cannabis has really helped me understand who I am and how I came to be who i am due to events in the my past. Although the smoke is dense nothing in my life has ever been so clear."
"Our government has waged a war on cannabis, while holding a patent since 2003, entitled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants". This patent states, "cannabinoids (are) useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases", and "in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia." (patent # 6630507) Since this statement would surely seem to be the truth as known by our government, this petition requests that our government 1), release and fully disclose all information they have regarding the healing and beneficial powers of cannabis and cannabinoids, 2) encourage and fund studies to further explore the potential benefits of cannabis, and 3) disclose all results of such studies.In the interest of knowing more about what benefits cannabis has, I've created the above petition to have the government disclose all known beneficial aspects of cannabis. If you think that might be a nice idea, please sign the petition at http://wh.gov/4y0. (Until there are 150 signatures the petition won't be visible except through this link.) Thanks, Don"
"Heck yeah it should be legal.Go after people making Meth,Heroin and crack.Booze kills more people in the US than anything else and you want to "control" marijuana.Control Cigarettes which killed my mother and father.Control meth which is the number 1 cause of crime in America.Control heroin witch kills thousands of people every year.You want to control a plant that is nature grown and is purely nature grown.That hasn't been proven to kill one single person.This is the tobacco industries fault and a bunch of lobbyist on their behalf spilling out millions of dollars to stop legalization of marijuana.Get off the people's back.Marijuana calms people down and lets them relax.Unlike alcohol,which enrages people to the point of murder.Hit and run driving and the immense killing of one brain cells.There's is no doubt about cancer killing people at an alarming rate and damaging and destroying other vital organs.But there's no bill outlawing tobacco.Spray the fields in Afghanistan where all the heroin poppies are.. grown. That's where our war should be right now."
"You just said what Ive been telling people but they dont seem to care about that.Thank you for spreading the thuth about this..David"
"I have arithrisits in back and spine diease . Marijuana ease my pain and helps me sleep without pain . I feel Marijuana is a lot more safe then some of the drugs proscribed by my doctor. I think Marijuana should be a prescription drug and more suffer then most drugs that are on the market. I wish the goverment would allow us this medicin that eases my pain but prescribtion use only . Maybe this will help ease the drug cartel who are here because of the money in marijuana. The goverment would be smart to get in the business . John"
"yes, the burning skin sensation I am experiencing ceases with a few puffs of cannabis..what a relief to have stumbled upon something that works !"
"If it is effective as a medicine it is obvious it should be an option. Why wait ??? I hope it is as effective as some say.. especially for cancer treatment"
"Marijuana saved my life from a horrible addiction to narcotic pain medication. I have severe- debilitating pain from spinal injuries as well as multiple head injuries which contribute to neurological problems. Had I not replaced the narcotics with marijuana as well as used marijuana through my entire withdrawal- my physical and mental state would have continued to deteriorate resulting most likely in my dying as a result of intentional or accidental overdose. This unfortunately almost became the case 1 yr 2 mos ago. Marijuana is a medicine and my quality of life has improved greatly as a result of using it to assist in the management of the pain I suffer daily as well as it relaxes the muscle spasms that contribute in part to my pain. Mentally- it helps relax my mood when I become anxious, nervous, angry- "bi-polar". The method in which I have been able to deal with stressful situations over the past yr. has improved incredibly according to my family and close friends- even my friends who oppose its use. I went from being abrasive to being calm, patient and far more rational. I strongly advise anyone against the use of marijuana to fully research its medically documented benefits from an unbiased source."
"It really helps with medical conditions, there are many prescription pills with too many side effects that doesn't concentrate on my illness, Medical Marijuana does...."
"i have broken my neck and it its the only thing that keeps me from getting headaches."
"Marijuana should most definitely be allowed for Medical use. I have been suffering for 20 years with MAJOR migraines, arthritis, degenerative disk, fibromyalgia, etc, etc, etc. I have been on so many pharmacuetical medications over the years that my stomach can no longer handle them. I am now VERY limited on the types of pharmacuetical meds that I can take and therefore am in more pain then ever and experience migraines on a continuous basis. The only thing that has ever really given me relief has been marijuana. Unfortunately, because of the drug laws and random employment drug testing, I am not able to take the only medication that provides me natural GOD GIVEN relief. I am EXTREMELY FRUSTRATED & TIRED OF LIVING IN PAIN. I pray everyday that marijuana will be a legal option so that I and others like me can finally have the relief they need.My true belief is that is should be fully legailzed as it would reduce expenses by eliminating DEA needs, prison/judical expenses and eliminate the criminal aspect while generating revenue in this country. It would create jobs from agriculture/fabrics/fuels/paper/building products, etc. and would help to turn this economic downfall around. It is a win/win."
"It is the best med for RLS and other painful joints I have ever came across in my senior years. I am for the use of marijuana for medical options 100%"
"I developed debilitating low back pain about 3 years ago. It began affecting me at work ( I climbed towers ). I began missing work, laying in bed in pain all day long. Doctors gave me Flexeril, Vicodin and Methocarbomal, all highly addicting and all of them made me lethargic and didn't help the pain. Months of worthless physical therapy left me wondering if it was ever going to go away. I decided to get a medical card and I'm happy to say I haven't had back pain in 7 months. My anxiety and stress due to PTSD have drastically decreased noticeably. The laws need to change."
"Many reasons to say yes. As the numbers here show, just do it and be done with it."
"I am a disabled veteran and due to my 20 years of service I now suffer from numerous maladies including migraines, TBI, PTSD, chronic degenerative spine, tinnitus, nausea, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), spastic colitis and skin cancer to name a few.For years I was prescribed a list of strong opiates by the Army and VA which left me in a state of dilution and paranoia. I was not able to drive a vehicle because the drugs were always in my system and was forced to rely on others (quite difficult for someone without a wife or children).The use of marijuana has helped me break the vicious cycle of prescription drug use and I no longer feel like a drug addict. Nor do I suffer from the nausea which helps relieve the migraines, which reduces so many other symptoms. I believe it numbs the pain receptors in the body making the body believe there is no pain. I'm able to sleep again and once again I'm able to volunteer in the community (and drive).I am appalled at abuses within our government that prohibit rescheduling in favor of synthetics, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals that cause more problems than they cure. How is it they clear drugs known to cause suicide? Cannabis was used long before these products were introduced."
"Greg, thanks for your service. I didn't serve anywhere near 20 years but I see how the vets are still treated. Everyone puts a smile on their face and thanks us now, but behind the scenes it's still the same old "baby killer" attitude. I'm not proud of what I did in Iraq and I don't know how to respond when people thank me for it anymore. The lingering mental issues can become very debilitating to say the least. I don't go to group sessions because I just find it depressing. Medical marijuana has become a savior for me. It helps me sleep, kills my pain, allows me to focus and digest one horrible thought after another without becoming overwhelmed, and I no longer have night terrors or wake up 3 times a night drenched in sweat having to change my sheets. I really dislike that there is a line being drawn, essentially dividing the entire country on this issue. Why are other people so concerned with what I or you put in our bodies? People want to know how to thank me for my service? Let me medicate how I see fit. Most of you know nothing about what goes on in the mind of a combat vet on a daily basis."
"We can all find data from different sources and come up with our own conclusions from this data, but lets look at it from a different stand point.I live in a state that does not recognize marijuana as a means for medical care, but in the last 3 years I have had 3 op's and 1 more to go. I was prescribed drugs such as oxy-contin, ms-contin and many other drugs, vicodin #10 being the mildest, i asked to be taken off of these, i did acupuncture and others means to lessen pain,but its still their. The pills that are LEGAL they prescribed to me have had an ill effect on me, far worse then marijuana. I do agree it can have effects on the lung, as cigarettes, but i can sit here in frustration in tears from the damage that these pills had caused me. These pills only mask pain, not end it. Marijuana does so much more for pain as well as for the mental stress that comes with injury.I dont smoke and go out...I smoke, I'm in for the night and i watch tv without wanting to kill myself from pain...oh, 1 more thing...it is true, tv IS a bit more entertaining while under the effects, a side effect, but a better side effect then what the legal pills they gave me caused...just another plus. Fed gov is our friend, it just needs change."
"i am a 17 yr old who for the last 4 yrs have had debilitating depression from the problems my parents have caused and my anxiety is a constant struggle for me to believe in myself but when i was 16 i was introduced to marijuana and i never looked back on my old problems until now i have been put into a substance program and now being 2 months clean i realize that the zoloft and effexor i have taken have caused mood swings and constant thoughts of suicide i am a victim of the system that wont let me have a medicine the lord has created to help alleviate my symptons that cause me not to function in a day to day basis without constant pain. im tired of ignorance"
"In 2001 I had emergency back surgery. Since then, I've had more surgeries, treatments, and therapies than I can remember. I have been put on every type of pain, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxing medication available. It's been horrible. I have no tolerance for prescription medications. I get nauseated taking Advil. I sweat, shake, vomit...repeat... all day long from one pain pill. The anti-nausea medications only make me sicker. I smoke a fairly small amount of marijuana and I don't get sick, I don't fall asleep, I don't run the risk of the side effects such as swelling of the throat, cancer, kidney failure...etc. associated with prescription medications. It doesn't end my pain. What it does do, is allow the me to relax the rest of my body which is tense and aching from trying to use the rest of my body to compensate for the muscles in my back...or lack there of. I'm not saying let's all get stoned. I'm a grown woman, a student, and someone who has found a real solution to a problem that my doctors haven't successfully treated for 11 years! I should NOT be made to feel like a common criminal for seeking relief that the government and pharmaceutical companies cannot profit from. It's quite ridiculous!"
"My mother had breast cancer along with HIV and Hep C, the chemotherapy ruined her body, she has a hard time eating and suffers from horrible migraines, Cannabis helps her eat and stops most of the head pains, my mother can actually get through the day when she smokes,Cannabis was used as medicine in the past, why cant it still be used as a medicine if it shows better results then most FDA approved medicine that destory's your liver"
"My 17yr old son has MS and I would let my son get the Medical Marijuna to ease his pain. He is in pain almost everyday and I feel for him cause nothing else work, anybody in sometype of pain would take something to stop it. sometimes pills do not work, I'm all for it and hope it will be legal to ease the pain for those who are suffering."
"I have glaucoma, I think marijuana should be legal for medical purposes only."
"Yes i believe marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes. yes people will argue that it does this and that, though marijuana is the only drug prescribed or illegal that has not been the cause of someone's death. in my opinion marijuana is god made. FDA drugs (prescription drugs) have been re-called and deemed unsafe to use or deadly. marijuana may impair one's ability to think straight or drive safe though so does alcohol and it is legal and a whole lot more detrimental to one's health. and quite frankly those who keep it illegal have a fair share of hypocrites because they themselves smoke it. weed is not a gateway drug sorry that excuse has expired, its a person's choice to try other things not a cause by the marijuana. its simple drugs made by man are deadly and cause numerous bad side effects, weed helps more than its hurts simple and plain."
"i have 6 family mmberswho have to smoke medical marijuana just to get out of bed in the morning and one of them is a docter who earns what he gets for his family so yeah it may have some draw backs but the benifits out way them"
"I think for people who have terminal,incurable diseases, and are in agony, I think it could be used. I think there should be strict guidelines that they have, so not everyone can just get marijuana."
"Yes it should be legalized for medical purposes. I have been using it now for 6mo. and I feel so much better I actually can get my work done because I have the energy to do it and I am no where near in as much pain, compared to when I'm not using it. I suffer with chronic back pain among arthritis,fibromyalgia,RLS, and a few other ailiments. The thing is I have to use it illegally though because they have not yet legalized it in the state of Ohio YET."
"yes it should because its not even about whether its a "drug" or not... does it help people?? if you were to ask me id tell you that the egyptians used it for medicine, and there is proof of that. that before and after george washington became president he FORCED our farmers to grow marijuana for clothing, rope and things of the like. if you research the reefer man its a song made in the 1930's... yeah u heard right 1930's and if you research why it was illigalized, the reason is because logging company's and paper company's and clothing company big corporations couldn't compete with the things you can make from it. its a cash crop and should be treated as such it shouldnt matter how people "feel" about it it should just be there like most of our laws."
"Finally Dayton is thinking ahead. People with pain that can be relieved without the terrible effects narcotics can have on the body and mind is a win-win for everyone.The uninformed and blaming our troubles on drugs is the next step.Anyone can buy anything they want to do.Til the mindset of( what helps me ,must help everyone} the war on drugs will be a continuing loss.War is over! Drugs won, sorry.People living in this country are supposed to have choices.We let our freedoms and choices be shown and told to us,not what we as individuals decide to do with our own minds and bodies.Isolate people.Lets take care of our own, and not worry what everyone else thinks or does.Its your family isnt it up to you to decide whats best for your own pain?Be it vicodin or xanax or a few beers and drinks? NO ONE has died from injesting too much pot.Arent you sick and tired of hearing about all these accidental overdoses ,lawsuits from Pill Injuries, because we believe the Drs. would never give out anything harmful. Yet here is a plant that kills pain, makes fuel ,paper products and clothes ,the constituition was written on it for Gods sake and we dont like it because of the negativity that bigots and racists have put upon it through misinformation"
"I'm a person who is terminal, and take all kinds of man made pill's. I am for the use of marijuana for medical use. I myself would rather take a THC pill or a puff or two, to ease my pain. But instead I have to put man made chemicals into my body. So untill they allow it in the state I live in I will keep taking the pills they have me on. And as far as an ID all they would have to do is put indorsment on a driver's Lic. or State ID. And if some one that is on THC and driving should be charge as if they were drunk driving. And if they sale there perscription then they go to jail and face charges. But in all, the doctor should be the one to make the choise to put you on marijuana, Not the state. And yes I do have liver cancer and CHF."
"it really helped me get through my bi polar and depression disorders when non of the other medication would, i had reverse reactions to all the pills the docs would prescribe for me, eventually in 09 i quit the pills for good and have only used merijouana since.. have had my conditions under controll. it also helped me with my eating disorder, it seemed like if i didnt have it i would go days without eating and loose so much weight but when i had it i would put the weight back on and begin to look healthy again.."
"PRO! I am currently 55 years of age. I have smoked marijuana in my youth. I did not get "hooked" or move to Heroin as the propaganda of the 1940-50's stated. However I do agree that uncontrolled use is a bad idea. I have seen the lethargic effects it can cause by misuse. If I could afford to break the current laws to obtain something that is less harmful than Acetaminophen, Vodka or Prescription Opiates I would do so immediately!!! It is my belief that clinical trial protocols sponsored by pharmaceutical companies be implemented by a legitimate entity immediately. I also question the validity of the current system that allows drugs on the market, that have side effects as death, kidney and/or liver failure, severe birth defects, while a natural drug used for thousands of years has never in recorded history been directly linked to such side affects by any legitimate, non-biased source. If marijuana was has harmful as Zoloft or even Vodka, Congress would be 1/2 full of retards.... never-mind."
"At the age of 18 I was struck by a car and experienced multiple injuries. That was 1980. By this point in life I live with constant pain. Having opportunity to smoke even just a small amount of marijuana brings relief and helps my ability to concentrate and accomplish work."
"yes, because my mother has multiplier sclerosis and it helps with her capability of doing things such as thinking walking and vision. so i think it needs to be leagle to have in any state. for those reasons"
"The people on the con side must not suffer enough where they would try or do anything to stop the pain. Or hasnt gone through getting life long side effects from pharmacy drugs. Using the marijuana to get high, for fun or as a kid that diddnt know better doesnt count! So please stick to what you know."
"Iam a 42yr old female and i have been dealing with M.S, diabetes, reflex sypothetic dystrophy, kidney disease, thyroid disease, rumatoid arthritis and in a few weeks will be starting chemo therapy to try to slow the progression of MS. The medications i take for pain have far more dangers then smoking a little marijuana to make someone deal with moment to moment pain and disscomfort. With marijuana i can sleep, my spasams are less frequent. I dont get stiffness, palpatations, panic attacks. There are so many benifits for people who are suffering all the time. We shouldnt have to suffer with pain, side effects from regular medication, and have to fight gov. When they allow tabaco, alcahol all the stuff they put in our food. Come on really!! I hope and pray for all who are in pain all the time and hope this will get resolved soon cause its just plain stupid."
"I have IBS as well as anxiety. I've tried multiple medications but nothing has worked for me (aside from Valium for anxiety, but we all know Valium is addictive) and that still leaves the constant nagging pain and nausea from IBS. The only thing that's ever reduced the pain enough to where I actually -feel- better and the only thing that's helped with my nausea/weight loss is marijuana. It needs to be legal. It feels so immoral that one of the best medicines for this as well as a plethora of other illnesses is illegal."
"I am pro because after breaking my back in 4 places it is the ONLY thing that takes the pain away without making me a slobbering idiot. The throw pain pills at me like they're candy and yes if I take 2 it takes the edge off but I also cannot function. I have trouble thinking and doing normal day to day tasks when I take the pain pills. I do not smoke it. I either vaporize or ingest it so it is not harmful."
"My Aunt was diagnosed with Breast Cancer over 15 yrs ago, the Dr's told her that she would not live til the next yr, it is 2012 n she is still here with us to see her grand children n great-grand children be brought into this world. Most people that dont smoke or that have never smoke marijuana does not know the effect it has on changing peoples lives n healing them from the pain Cancer treatment causes.... Alochol is one of the most dangerous "DRUGS", that kills people daily due to liver damage, kidney failure, stomach problems, car crashes, etc., and that stuff is legal. Mu Uncle had to have his stomach replaced due to Alcoholism... Marijuana has never been linked to the death of a person or many people, u never hear on the news, "a driver high off marijuana killed an entire family on the interstate." In all actuality majority of the untied states smoke Marijuana including city officials, govt officials, rich people, poor people, but you would never know it, why because marijuana does not impair your judgement or ability to complete a one or many tasks. U may be catch the giggles & who doesnt like to laugh, but u will never catch a murder charge for killing someone due to impair judgement.... It should be Legalized all over!!!"
"Im pro simply because of the fact that its better than the liver eating pills floating around the pharmacies now. I mean seriously you ever read the side effects on a medicine bottle? side effects may include: Nausea.Vomiting.Headaches.Depression.Muscle spasms or aches.Loss of appetite. *Weed helps them* But Then they got some side effects that are:blurred vision.. problems with coordination. allergic reactions. FAINTING! WTF?! Legalize it already."
"I'm a pro because it is so clear that it helps more than harms, when people say that it's a gateway drug I want to hit them. It's complete bull, there are many people who will only smoke marijuana and nothing else. The people who smoke marijuana and then chose to do other drugs are people who are stupid and reckless. All the government sees are the people who turn to worse drugs because the people who just smoke marijuana tend to be good, mostly law abiding citizens ."
"I think we should do away with patents. It is an obsolete system that is being abused by large corporations to stifle innovation and create monopolies. More profits for a few at the expense of society and progress. Without drug patents, marijuana and any other natural alternative would be on an equal playing field as far as profits are concerned. Focus would be forced on producing medicines that help people instead of acquiring extremely profitable patents on mediocre and dangerous drugs. Somehow these dangerous ones make it through the FDA. I wonder why?Once natural alternatives can compete with unnatural ones, marijuana will glide through the FDA like magic."
"I'm a mom, a grandma, a wife, daughter, friend, american citizen and medical marijuana patientI'm pro medical marijuana because it works for me. It is an option to control my chronic pain whether smoked, vaporized, eaten or applied topically. With medical marijuan I can control my pain and still function on a daily basis without the risks and problems that come from taking prescription pain meds. It's a natural herb and a blessing for me to be able to go back to living my life instead of spending my life in constant fear of pain."
"I Use Medical Cannabis to alleviate symptoms of my condition, known as pancreatits, its the only thing that has ever worked for me, no medicines or anything but cannabis has helped my symptoms, it relieves pain and helps me eat"
"I am 19 years old and was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 16. I know I am very young to try and have an opinion on this, but I tried medical marijuana and it made everything go away. My pain was gone, I wasn't thinking about the negative side to what I have, I was actually enjoying my day. I live in Alabama and was kicked off of medicad even though I need to get regular hormone shots and was going to talk to my doctor about pain management. Honestly, why would I get myself hooked on PRESCRIPTION drugs that can ruin your life and be dependent on pills for the rest of my life when I can smoke a plant that does the same thing? Plus, marijuana is actually helping the chemicals you already have in your systems by making them stronger or weaker to what it is your body needs. Your body already has endorphens and everything else in it. All it needs is a little encouragement is how I look at it. For the people who think it shouldn't be legal; maybe you should think of ALL the people who have things wrong with them, even young people have problems, and think about it this way if you don't have anything wrong or haven't atleast tried medical marijuana how would YOU know what's good or bad for someone you have NO IDEA what they're going thru."
"I'm a non user of marijuana, but I do support the legalization of it. If it's legal, I don't see why people against it should care. As most of you said, "it's America, your choices" that being said why should you care if your neighboor smokes it? Yes you can have set rules for your own children, but if this stuff really does help people medically, why not let them enjoy it? If it takes away the pain then I see no problem for people using it. Again, it is America people, and we hold the right to use it or not if it becomes legal. If its used right and responsibily, I do not have a problem with it, as well as a lot of other people."
"Honestly, I had a rough go with drugs in my teens. I totally stopped. After 16 years and 8 years Military Service, including 2 tours, I dabbled with JUST marijuana because my depression was unbearable. SNAP! Depression TOTALLY gone. I feel a whole world better. I already know, some people will say, "oh, you had an addiction that you just restarted". No. The immediate change is dramatic and undeniable. Within 2 - 8 seconds. It's so cool. I also have other physical pains. I have scholiosis to a heightened degree and it causes constant back and neck pain. It does a good job with that, too."
"I do not smoke pot I eat it. It helps me with my chronic pain and insomnia. Medications that were prescribed to me have far worse side affects, and withdrawal symptoms, than cannabis. I am 59.5 and if marijuana is available for me as a medication (which it is) I am going to take it over pharmaceutical drugs."
"medical marijuana is a great thing and saves many peoples lives. it is BS how its illegal because it harms nobody. all the information saying its bad for you is wrong. watch the union its a great documentary filled with info."
"Canabis has its healing properties for people who are ill. I say yes because technically it is not a drug it is an herb, and God created it. States where it is "legal for medical purposes" also collect state and federal taxes on the sales it is a win in situation."
"Dear all,consuming marijuana by oral preparation, means chewing and swallowing, will lead to medicine consumption only, some of my patients have been cured, diseases like:- in terms of cancer, arthritis, cold cough, fever, nausea, that to consumed in accordance of drug control act. by means of ouns or grams or quantity very little of 50 mg , 100 mg, 500 mg, 1k mg, based on medical prescriptions, it can be given in intervals, the overall prescriptions of the medical marijauna depends on the diseases, stage of the disease, studying the cases of the patients, it can be operated. provided our govt, or financial governs on this medical project. GOD MADE GRASS, MAN MADE BOOSE, SO WHOM DO YOU CHOOSE.....MARIJAUNA IS THE FINAL MEDICINE FOR THE MAN KIND.Dr.Ananth"
"ok why would you rather take pills for medical issues when the pills have side affects that cause more issues than you had to begin with. so in the end you in up taking more medication than need cause the pills made things worse, plus the pills damage your liver. But instead you could smoke a little maijuana and the medical issue you have stays the only one you have. Also marijuana doesnt not cause cancer, it is used to improve cancer patients. My mom had breast cancer started smoking marijuana an the cancer cells started declining by 35%"
"YES! My reasoning is this; so many people go to the doctor today being prescribed pills of chemical substance, 30 days later they need a refill and more common than not more and more people are abusing and becoming addicted to prescription drugs. Marijuana is natural, it grows from the ground just like most of the food we eat and products we use on a daily basis. If it doesn't grow from the ground it grows out of water just like seaweed. Not much of a difference. I would restrict use based on 18 years of age and for anyone who needed it for medical purposes. Marijuana is not something that people should be afraid of its something that should be embraced. Most smokers already know the risks they take when smoking and everyone should have the right to judge for themselves whether or not they've had too much-(Is there even such a thing?) Yes legalize, not to mention the increase in profit the USA could make from doing so!"
"I am a medicial marijuana patient. Every neg post that I have read says that marijuana isnt good for you and it have potential for abuse. Before I became a medicial marijuana patient I was being prescribed 90 #10 Vicodin per month. I now take about 5 to 10 per month and smoke about one joint a day. I admit that marijuana doesnt completely stop the pain but neither does vicodin. As for the trade off as to which drug does more damage to your body I think the amount of marijuana that I use pre month is far less damaging than the 90 vicodin that I would be taking. When I do use the vicodin I get very irritable, when I smoke the marijuana I get relaxed. Is there abuse with some marijuana patients ???? Without a doubt YES!!! Is there abuse with vicodin patients ???? Without a doubt YES!!!. Which drug would you rather see abused? Ideally neither should be abused but this is not an ideal world and we know that some people will if given the chance abuse. I cant see how people that have no experience with the need for the relief that marijuana can give are able to make the decision as to weather others can use it or not."
"these people who r the cons a lot of them don't know chit and they even think u can fake it to get it???stupid or what i told them they sounded jealous,,,"
"Im 22 years and have been smoking marijuana for 8 years. I know you argue that this is only coming from a stoner's point of view but i was raised open minded. I know there are a lot of people who are against the idea and I say "good, dont do it, stay clean", but its not for them to decide for everyone else because you dont know what good it can be for others. I have been fighting depression for years and not BS depression, I mean I was trying to off myself when I was 8 yo because I couldnt take the presure and the pain inside my head. I was almost comitted several times for cutting myself in my preteens. None of it was for attention either, I was misserable with my life but when I started smoking, it was slow, but it all went away. Now I am trying to help others who are going through the breakdowns that i was expierencing. Pot isnt for everyone, ive seen first hand the negative effects it can have on people. That doesnt mean it should be ruled out as an alternative to the other debilitating drugs out there. Drugs that are far more addictive and far more damaging than pot. Marijuana is a true medicine, better then any anti-depressant I know and thats just my story. I give many others that i know first hand for many other reasons."
"There are many ways to supplement Medical marjuana for another more dangerous substances for pain. something like morphine or Oxycodone. these medications for pain are harmful and also very addictive. if you take to many there is a possible chance of death as well. these drugs also derive from Opium. Marijuana, though is slightly addictive, it is not as addicting as those other pain medications and not needed to function like someone who is addicted to Oxycodone. the use of medical Marijuana should be approved in all states and i feel will open a whole new stream of revenue for the states and even the whole country."
"It is a God given herb vs: man made chemicals"
"Cannabis is a safer alternative to alcohol. Period."
"Yes. It kills cancer cells and shrinks cancer tumors. Why would anyone take their opinion and force it on someone else and further cause death? How else can we treat the Endocannabinoid System?"
"I am pro because as a sufferer of Lupus and Arthritis (ate age 33) I spent years doped up, constipated, depressed, and downright icky due to the Pharmaceuticals I was given by my Dr.s. I moved to Oregon and there became a medical marijuana patient, not smoking, but ingesting the oil. I have been 85% pain free and I no longer take ANY pharmaceuticals. My Dr is now using me as a case study to help others as a result of my "healing". You don't have to be a smoker because I am not! I am not addicted to it (unlike the vicodin that I was given before), I can function and I can actually remember playing with my children because I'm not doped up on morphene. I have an active lifestyle not, enjoying kayaking, hiking and biking with my family! In my life, i have seen alcohols and prescription drugs ruin more lives! I have yet to see someone die of a marijuana overdose or kill someone in a car accident from it."
"As far as smoking it goes, there are always alternatives. You can invest in a vaporizer which eliminates all carcinogens and CO2, or grind it up and bake it into a pastry. It is still an herb afterall, and we've been using them as spices, cooking ingredients, and medicines long before the human race even knew of weed.From a medical stand-point, this is quite possibly the greatest pain killer to ever be conceived by mother nature! You can smoke/consume as much as you need till whatever ailment you're suffering from quells itself, and there is absolute zero chance after 5000 years of recorded medical history of you overdosing. This way, the patient can experiment with how much or how little they need to take in order to find the alleviation that they need. While the doctor can rest assured knowing that under normal circumstances with other prescription medications, there is the chance that they won't work, and the patient might try taking even more pills in an attempt to ease the pain. Which can of course have severe repercussions on their well-being, not to mention the other side effects that come with most prescription drugs.This alone should be enough reason imo to legalize the use and regulation of Medical Marijuana."
"mm.. so many other things out there have similar effects on the body.. that r legal.. ciggeretts, alcohol.. and, medications impair with operations of machinery/cars yet thats all leagl.. mm.. ihave chronic pain illness Fibromyalgia, non of the medications ive tried thus far.. realy help. neuropathic pain, they might take the edge off.. but thats bout it.. but the use of weed, helps me too manage my pain a little better.. keeps me more clam.. my lungs r already screwed from smoking.. so smoking weed helps me.. we all going too die some time.. so.. meh.. watever.. less pain.. more weed :)"
"With the way the world is ran today, there's a lot of people that should be smoking marijuana. People need to be more laid back and not so up tight about every little thing. Some people need it for physical needs, some people need for emotional needs. Some people don't need it all, but were not forcing people to smoke. We just want to make sure that the people that are in need of it, are able to have access to it. Save your time and money, and end prohibition. Spend your time saving the world from wars, disease, and the things that are legal that kill people. (Cigarettes, alcohol, and pharmaceutical drugs)"
"Clearly, marijuana has medicinal value and should be used in therapeutic situations. Personally, I feel eating cannabis is healthier than smoking it, although the case can be made that some symptoms need the direct relief associated with smoking marijuana. Smoking marijuana can cause anxiety, and it is not good to put anything in your lungs besides oxygen. Eating cannabis is healthier for your lungs, but produces a slower onset and longer duration. However ingested, the medicinal values of pot are clear and undeniable. The war on drugs is a failure. Sick people are suffering at the expense of corporate profit. This is no way to direct a fledgling country. Common sense and compassion will rule."
"i understand that marijuana is potentally harmful but truthfully if your in pain from some crazy surgey or have an eating disorder or somthing along thoes lines why does the rest of america care if you smoke/eat some pot to deal with it, its your body and you are'nt harming others when you use the drug and truthfully it is safer then most pills you would be perscribed from your doctor and it is less addictive then the painkillers you would be given "i lost my aunt because of her addiction to pain killers" so truthfully what is more dangerous smokeing pot or takeing pills. One more thing no one has ever overdosed on pot but how easy is it to o.d. on pills? Think about it."
"medical benifits, taxes to help state and counties , and safer than alcolhal, and the fed gov has leagleised crack heads that is alot worse to me"
"i agree it works better than the other pain medicine"
"the pharmaceutical company does not want marijuana to be legalized because it actually works for many problems and think about it you take pill medication for a problem the medicine has side effects then you have to get another pill for that side and so on when you can take medical marijuana and not have to take anything else an also all the other things it can replace like paper so the people who cut down tree that take years to grow when they could do same thing with the marijuana plant and replenish it in less time than the trees and without all the chemical they use in the process with tree to make paper and there's a lot of thing that u can use it for check it out before you condemn it"
"Prohibition of marijuana (MJ) is detrimental to society on a number of levels:1. It does provide relief from pain, spasticity, nausea, seizures, etc. as caused by many disease processes. This is scientifically proven. To deny access to medical MJ is to have no compassion.2. Compare cost to adverse effects of traditional meds like OPIOIDS (addiction, withdrawal, nausea, constipation, OD, death, theft, etc.) and NSAIDS (liver disease, GI bleeds, ulcers, MI, stroke, bronchospasm, etc.)3. "War on Drugs" has cost more money than MJ ever could (both medicinally & recreationally.) $$$$ for law enforcement, trials, incarceration. Also, the separation of families for simple possession is inhumane and appalling.4. Lost national revenue for not legalizing MJ is $$$$$. The best bet for reducing national debt significantly.5. Not legalizing MJ supports the black market. Illegal MJ trade supports other illegal drug trades which are actually dangerous, especially cocaine and heroine. Illegal MJ trade also supports illegal weapons trade. Legalize MJ so that organized crime and terrorism are less funded.6. I've never met a pothead who beat on the wife.7. MJ will be legal when Big Pharma can patent it and make $ billions on it."
"i see people posting things on the con side, and they say "why would a doctor give you medicine to smoke and ruin your lungs" well 1. marijuana is not only smoked. there are other healthy ways to injest mariquana. & 2. what is oxycotten what is morphine? chemicals. just a bunch of random chemicals mixed together to get your body to feel numb. hmmm sounds very unnatural to me. if those pills are so bad for you that you cant even take them unless your in horrible pain, then how is that good on your body? Mariquana is a plant; that sounds more natural to me. im sorry but i don't want a million chemicals being put into my body because a doctor thinks its okay. screw pillls just stick to your marijuana its natural. the best medicain are things grown and natural to this planet. humans would be so much healthier if we used food and plants only as medicain not chemicals all over our food, antibiotics, and other random medicain."
"I have diabetic neuropathy. Nothing helps more. Not addictive like opiates that doctors give me.PLEASE LEGALIZE MEDICALLY IN OHIO!!!!!!"
"If any of the people who are against the use of medical marijuana ever experienced any of the conditions or symptoms that are eased by the use of marijuana, they may change their opinion. Who are they to say whether prescribed pain meds work better than pot? I know in my case, there is no medication I have been prescribed that helps me with the pain and other symptoms of my fibromyalgia! I totally agree that the politicians are NOT physicians and therefore should not have the right to say whether or not medical marijuana would be beneficial to a patient! If they are no studies showing the pros and cons of it, then why in the hell aren't they being done? Quit polluting and overpopulating our prisons with people with reasonable, personal use of medical marijuana and wake up and realize the benefits it holds! How can they ridicule something they have no experience with?! In my opinion, they all need to huddle around a campfire just once and pass around the peace pipe! Until they experience the pain and other symptoms these patients suffer from themselves, or they have a medical degree, it is completely illogical for them to assume whether or not it is beneficial!!"
"My wife has degenerative joint disease, with two cervical fusion surgeries in her lower back and three in her neck. She is on daily pain medication. If medical use of marijuana could help with the pain it would be a godsend."
"Yes! I suffer from chronic pain caused by surgical back procedures that did not help my original pain. I would use Med. Marijuana if it were available here in my state"
"If marijuana has many medical benefits why not?! They legalized tabacco and cigarettes.. do they have a medical benefit? No. So why are they legal and marajuana can barely even be used for medical purposes.. Think about it people!!"
"The reason I'm for medical marijuana is because the pros of it heavily out weigh the cons. It's as simple as that. Prescription drugs do have pros for certain diseases, but prescription drugs can help one thing while harming another. If someone rather have prescription drugs let them, but everyone should have the right to use medical marijuana."
"I am a big supporter for medical use because I have a seizure dissorder that I contracted while serving in the Gulf war. I also am in severe pain do to vertbrete degenerating in my back. Also caused from the military. I was a mechanic in the Army and had to retire because of the medical problems.. I no longer can work and 100 percent disabled from these problems. Marijuana greatly helps me but I live in a state where medical marijuana is not available. I have to resort to meds that impare me from doing daily activities. When I smoke weed my whole life changes. I am able to do the things I used to do. Let's get our heads out of our buts and legalize medical use for all of us who need it."
"i think it should be legal cause marijuana is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Marijuana should be completely legal , No one has died from it. Can't say that about the FDA approved drugs. Watch 'Run from the Cure' for a primer on why all should have the option to try the green cure before other forms of treatment. It is a crime and a form of prostitution to keep it from anyone- because of corporate self interests. ANYONE who wants it! Hemp for Victory!"
"It is in Cali were I live but my mom lives in GA and has cancer for 2nd time. I want to move her to ARZ legal there I think. Im worried about here. Meds just make her sick,"
"Im pro for ganja. why? If I didn't smoke weed. I would be in pain 24/7, and I would be stressed to the limit. But too BAD FLORIDA DOESN'T LEGALIZE. Cause we got the perfect state to grow in. it's sunny constantly, and 80 % of the time here its hotter than 85 degrees! LEGALIZE WEED, GO GREEN EVERYBODY! If everybody smoked weed, the world would be very peaceful.GO GREEN"
"I'm pro because I believe I should be able to do to my own body, whatever I feel I want to do, as long as I do not interfere or harm society. The right to self medicate needs to be that- a right."
"I have been going to "Pain Management "for over 10yrs and been perscripted so many different pain killers which some case did nothing to help my neorupathy ,back and neck pain were have left me totally disorientated . I finally tried marijana and cannot believe how much better physially I feel and how much less pain I am in !. I have gone thru a long detoxic and addicition of prescription drugs which was very painful in itself !. The quality of my life is 100 percent better due to use of marijana which I do not smoke but prepare food with it (or cook it in butter ) as a pain is now manageable without opiated based drugs that does major damage to ones liver over long periods of time in addition to other damaging effect to our bodies ! Lets stop the insane war against a weed that has helped mankind for thousands of years !."
"I like the idea that you could juice the leaves of marijuana, not get high what so ever, get the full benefit of ~thc~. This is a study being done in Luxumburg. Right Now.Did you know that one1 acre of marijuana (HEMP) can scrub oxygen compared to five5 acres of tree forest!!!!!!!!!!!so take that, put it in my pipe and share. Characters not needed, just a brain. also great for pain relief of arthritis!"
"I'm pro because its a drug that can actually help people not harm people."
"I am pro because I have epilepsy, conversion disorder, major anxiety disorder, disassociatve personality disorder, major depression, PTSD, chronic pain in my back and migraines. Medical Marijuana has significantly improved my over all health and has no horrible side effects like the other medications I used to take."
"My shoulder is so f***ed up, i had a car fall on me at work and crush my shoulder 3 years ago. I can still move my shoulder around like 80% on a good day. I have taken every pill in the book from Tylenol 3, to the best anti-inflammatory, percocets, cortazone shots (Three) etc. I really have a list 15 different prescriptions long. Ive taken therapy, stretching and it seems like Ive tyred it all, i go back to the hospital but doctors just look at me. I'm only 21 so a doctor wont operate, so i turned to weed. So it seems like after Ive tryed everything doctors could give me, my buddy rolled me a joint and i took it home. He said when no ones around, sit, smoke, enjoy. That's all he said, and here i am in my car, thinking... umm OK. Holly f***, ya i got stoned. Was great, the pain went away. Its been 3 years since my shoulder got f***ed and its been hurting everyday, everyday so bad that some days i figured it would be better to just kill myself, but the pain was that bad ! When i wasn't on drugs or a cortazone shot i couldn't even lift my right arm open my fridge. I mean i could scream and yell and try my hardest but nothing. Been smoking for a year straight. Shoulders never been better. Legalize it !"
"using marijuana for medical purposes only is sensible to me. They say it can help with anxiety and depression. My sister and i both have an anxiety disorder. She takes a pill every morning to help with anxiety attacks, i havent been put on the pill, yet. I've had experience with choking on pills and food, i try to avoid taking pills at all cost. I'd rather have medical Marijuana than have to take a pill every morning and be scared i'm going to choke"
"i think it is just fine to use it for rational porpuses. if someone is in need of treatment they should have the choice of what they think is best and if it harms them even more its their fault."
"It most assuredly not even as bad as even alcohol. As far as heroin and coke and all the other hard drugs, it isn't close to those drugs. It should first be put at a different level to even begin a discussion. I can tell you for a fact for the average person pot is okay and helps me now deal with some pretty acute arthritis pain. I smoked for recreational reasons at first but then grew tired of it and stopped for 20 plus years I would really be okay with decimalization of the drug. I would like to close by saying that I was reintroduced to pot after a 15 year stoppage for the second time in my life when I was fishing with a friend on the river and had forgot my pain meds. All the casting and bending was starting to aggravate my arthritis. My friend said smoke some hush out of my bong hid in my thermos. I thought about it a minute and thought man I don't think that it would help and it had been a long 15 years. But I did and I forgot about my pain and was thinking what was I feeling so bad about a minute ago,,oh yea, no pain meds. Yes, it even works on withdrawals from opiates Not for kids. Not for driving. Not for operating heavy machinery. But don't tell me it is bad for ME and don't say it won't help some people!!"
"you should be ashamed of your self. If it wasnt bad, it wouldnt be illegal. And i will tell you what to do because apparently you dont know how to take care of yourself."
"Oh Yes it sure should..!! Wouldn't bring anything bad back. It would mean Tax+ Money is what were lookin' for, right ?"
"When my grandmother was terribly sick with cancer, she could barely eat because the chemo made her nauseous. Medical marijuana treated her nausea & increased her appetite, allowing her to eat again. If this beautiful herb has the ability to relieve people of their pain, then it should definitely be legalized."
"Cannabis should be legal for stores to sell to adults regardless of whether they want to use it for medical reasons or not. Cannabis is FAR safer than alcohol and a great deal of violence, misery and loss of life could be prevented if alcohol consumers were given the choice to switch to the far safer recreational drug, cannabis. The federal government does society a disservice when it keeps cannabis criminalized and thus denies alcohol consumers the right to switch to the safest recreational drug in the world. Don't vote for any candidate not willing to legalize adult cannabis sales!"
"Literally -all- of the cons are based of lies and are simply propaganda. There is scientific backing, along with patient testimonials that dispute every single one of the cons listed. What I found most disturbing was "3-4 marijuana cigerettes a day.... is equal to 20 tobacco cigerettes and is linked with chronic bronchitis." The plant has been known to -cure- asthma and -alleviate- bronchitis. I can attest to this personally. I had been on a few inhalers for asthma myself and could barely participate in extraneous physical activity. I started smoking marijuana, and I was able to bike in the Florida heat 5-10 miles at a time without pause. Those listing cons have -no- clue what they're talking about. That, or they have an obvious bias.What I find so disturbing is those listing Pro's seem to have experience with it's healing capabilities, while on the Con's hand, they have no experience, scientific backing or -anything to back up what they are saying. There are 20 million Americans in privatized prison right now for Marijuana related offenses. This senseless war on drugs destroys our economy as well as the lives of our citizens. Fear mongering has to be abandoned in order for us to progress as a collective society. Wake up, people"
"I'm pro because it is none of what the cons claim. Cannabinoids have been proven to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. I was recently diagnosed with advanced MS. I have read several articles that they can help that too. The world can't wait for pharmaceutical companies to make synthetic cannabinoids that work. I can't wait for it. They've known this for 35 years and continue to bury it with ridiculous federal scheduling. It's quite obvious that several multibillion dollar industries do not want this even medically legal. Especially medically legal, for some industries. I am tired of having no voice in this. I received a Masters of Science and I just heard about it's cancer killing ability last month. Alcohol is THE gateway drug. And it's legal. I've never heard of anyone using marijuana then getting in their car and killing people. Alcohol does it all the time. But it's legal. Marijuana should be just as legal. Medically illegal is an absolute crime."
"This is the dumbest debate in the history of the United Stated!!! For all you religous freaks a quote for the bible "Every herb bering plant is for mans meet" (or use) if it is so bad for you why did "God" make it. Yes he made Popi and Coca but ther is a manufacturing process that actualy give you the cocaine or heroin or (opiate diretive) all man made. I have depressin,anxitey, and chronic pain and migrane headaches. If i smoke a lil pot i am fine. unlike the heavy pain RELEAVERS,( i say reliever b/c i dont think there is a total pain killer.) These heavy synthetic opiates ppl get addicted to and it is a terrable sight to see. JUST PERSCRIBE MARIJUANA IT HELPS ON 100'S OF DIFFRENT CONDITIONS, AND THERE IS NOT ONE DEATH CAUSED BY MARIJUANA. PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU SAY THAT IT IS A BAD DRUG"
"The people on the con side most likely are for the pharmacy companies that produce drugs that have at least 3-8 side affects. If man made it it will harm the body. Fact. the people against its use are idiots and lack compassion or empathy for the sick."
"I think it should be legal for eveyone"
"lets keep it natural better results then synthetic man made drugs"
"i think it should be legal for medical use and it would help out indivdual state economys"
"I'm a Vietnam vet. I suffer from PTSD (high anxiety). I have been smoking the herb since 67-68. I find it helps me to remain on an"even keel" during periods of stress.I do not use other drugs including alcohol. I have yet to run amuck, fly out of windows or experience any of the other negative effects attributed to the weed.It serves me well when I need to reduce my level of stress.My symptom of use is primarily a cough., Otherwise, at 65, I am in very good health.I do smoke it for recreation as well as for medical purposes."
"Thank you for your service."
"My father was messing with fireworks, and blew up his hand. While in the hospital, they had him on Oxycontin for pain relief. After he got discharged from the hospital, he became addicted to Oxy. That led him to try other drugs, such as crack. Then he moved on to other drugs, such as Adderall (ADHD medication). A few months ago, he died of a heart attack because of Adderall (spelling?). Previous to this, he was a pothead. However, he didn't get into drugs until Oxycontin. Therefore, from my observations, pot is a lot safer."
"I'm so sorry to hear about your father but maybe you would have been able to "win" your argument had you not mentioned his precious addiction to pot."
"I am 64 years old and have seen at first hand the effects of alcohol that should be the class one drug everywhere the drug companies don't want you to have a cure for so much that you can grow almost anywhere I do not use it but the need to take it out of the hands of politicians and church people and all those idiots who think everyone will use if it's legalised the people who condemn it have really no idea what their talking about you will never see to people who take it fighting put a bottle of whiskey there and they'll fight to the death as Judge Pickles in the UK all drugs should be legalised once you legalise then you can tax it then control it thanks"
"Marijuana is awesome as long as you use it properly!"
"i'm for it. it seems to be doing alot of people a lot of good."
"I have been using marijuana for nearly 40 years. I have tried dozens of medications and not one of them counters the effects of ADHD, anxiety and depression the way marijuana does. I spent over 8 years in prison for transporting it into Minnesota and now being on probation I face another 1 1/2 years for continued use. I am harming no one. The government is infringing on my right to my pursuit of happiness, not to mention the freedom to choose what I can or can't consume. It's perfectly acceptable to drink myself to death as long as I'm not driving a car. I can even eat razor blade sandwiches and down it with battery acid if I so choose. However, marijuana is benign but classified the same as anthrax. We need a revolution to change the status quo and to get our freedoms back..."
"Medical Marijuana provides a less risky alternative to prescription drugs, which kill hundreds of Americans through misuse. Medical marijuana reliefs many forms of chronic pain, and other types of illness for many of those that have tried all other options."
"I have written a Con statement regarding this subject and this is one of the few Pro statements that I can agree with. I honestly don't know the research as to whether Marijuana is "less risky" than other similar medications, but I do believe that it is possibly true. I also appreciate that you aren't trying to compare this to alcohol as alcohol doesn't profess to be some sort of pain relief, glaucoma treatment, etc. I continue to state that I look for controls (in Colorado the controls are very weak) so that my children have less access to yet another substance that they don't NEED for medical reasons. If it is controlled and distributed by standard channels and has severe penalties for misuse and unauthorized distribution, then I may be able to support it. As of now, our system in Colorado is nothing more than smoke screen to allow full distribution of a substance without regard to medical need."
"I am PRO Medicinal Marijuana legalization in Florida as well as the entire nation. I myself suffer from ADHD, OCD, PTSD, epilepsy, insomnia and so on. I am very grateful that such medicine exist. Marijuana has helped me far greater than any of the dozens of medications I've been prescribed over the past 6 years, since I was 12. Bottom line, Marijuana DOES INDEED provide medical relief and serves it's purpose. My story is living proof of just that. firstname.lastname@example.org"
"After a lifetime of self-medicating with various alternatives to marijhuana when the latter was sadly unavailable I can state with authority that of all the drugs (tobacco, alcahol, canabis, amphetamines, LSD, heroin, Extasy, and a short episode with prescription drugs); canabis is arguably the least dangerous in terms of addictive properties, adverse side-effects and/or after-effects, and adverse effects upon the society in which we stoners endeavour to exist in a sane manner: Marijhuana legalisation is, and always has been a no-brainer. It remains to be seen which Federal government will employ the necessary forsifght, initiative and courage to bring it about."
"Many pharmaceuticals are plant based. Currently, Dronabinol (Delta-9 THC) is available in oral form. However, it is extremely expensive. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug while Dronabinol is Schedule 3. What's wrong with this picture? Legislation making it illegal in the first place had no basis in fact. The government has no requirements regarding the information they use to make the laws they make. The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (the Shafer Commission) appointed by then President Nixon recommended that possession of cannabis for personal use no longer can be an offense and that casual distribution of small amounts can no longer be an offense and that the drug is not a danger to the public safety. Nixon and Congress were infuriated. Crazy."
"yes because it helps people that is ill"
"Yes because my dad has really bad back problems from when he played high school football and he had went to the Dr.s in the past but pills and medication didn't work but he found a new way to calm him down and take a away the pain with " Medical Marijuana ""
"How in the hell does Cocaine get listed as a Schedule II drug, but marijuana stays at Schedule I ??!! Can someone please explain this to me?"
"its because cocaine is a rich mans drug..."
"i am all for medical marijuana i use it to calm me down with my ADHD/mental health/etc.. N jail i have recently discover is the only place i can go to recieve help bc of a probation violation n i am headed there because i have lost my medicaid n marijuana is the only thing thats helps my nerves n mental health problems n i live n a state that cant treat me for my addiction bc of its not a drug problem but my probation officer is going to lock me up for failure of drug test wtf is up with that"
"i think pro means i like weed i smoke it everyday and have since the age of twenty four i am 49 and prior to my 24th yr i was locked up from the age of 15 reform schools prison mental rehabs all kinds of f***ed up places to be. after leaving huntsville tx on the bus a guy from cali got me high for the first time since the school demanded ridlin i felt ok & i still do in fact i am going to quit this note and smke some.loveing lie'f greatly with grand repore BILBO"
"To deny the reality that Cannabis, Marijuana and Hemp have been integral parts of societies going back many millenia is to admit ignorance of Truth. Unfortunately-politicians love to interpret the Truth as perversely as they interpret the Constitution. It is a ridiculous position to uphold, that Cannabis remain illegal whilst Alcohol and Cigarettes combined, kill more people each day than Cannabis EVER has, or could. It is no wonder why those opposed to reality are the same Potatoheads that are "gumming up" the works in government-My right to self preservation supersedes any governments "right" to prevent me use of my God given gift pf Free Will. A phrase NO republican likes to hear."
"Absolutely,100 percent fact based on my REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES that MMJ can be used as a safe natural non-addictive replacement for mostly all OTC drugs including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, almost all narcotics incl. opioides and stimulants, ect., as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-pyschotic, anti-depressant, and many more. I used MMJ to replace to cigarette smoking while using oxycodone, morphine, xanax, and more, as wel as random synthetic drug use for relief from the side effects created by the prescription drugs associated with an automobile accident on the job. After finding the keys to success I have come to eliminate all the OTC problems and to step back and recognize the true intentions of Marijuana created only after the heavens and the earth. With proper education about addiction MMJ is the only logical solution to most OTC drugs in conjunction with the proper tools to encourage wellness and health. There is far too many details to list all the facts behind this hypothesis, however, based on REAL Evidence I personally will vow that this subject must be heard by our leaders to promise life and future remain the primary goal for humanity in the righteous attempt at peace, love, and God...."
"Marijuana has helped me in times of sickness and pain. I am an athlete always getting beat up during sports. Marijuana helps relieve me of that pain. I've been smoking for a few years now and since then I my grades went from being B's and C's to strait A's. Another reason I smoked is it just helps get away from all the stress in life of being a youg man trying to make his way through life. I personally think it should be legalized. All those bad characteristics they say it has i've never had it happen to me or see it happen to anyone I know."
"there is a lot of money to be made by the government. taxation, regulation...instead the government chooses to waste money in trying to combat this. arrest, conviction, jail...millions wasted on this "war" the only people winning are the lawyers. oh yea...they need to keep themselves employed too! medical marijuana would put a lot of drug companies out of business. and thats' a no-no, too much money would be lost there.quite often pot is cheaper than prescribed meds.my own example: pain pill-nycerta-$85 for 30 pills30 joints-$75. goes a lot further....and the pain killing effect is about the same.;"
"If the government allows pain killers why cant they allow cannabis? Cannabis helps people with cancer/aids, and more, i used to never eat, i would go more than 3 days without eating and i got sick from it because i was never hungry, but i started smoking and now i am healthy and i eat on a daily basis, i haven't been sick for almost three years now. Legalize Weed Dispensaries!!!"
"Im pro because i have scoliosis...12 degrees still it causes pain from here to there depending on different sleep or sitting conditions...ITS ANNOYING...so to be able to pack a bowl of kush or any other medical strain takes ALL my back pain away...Tylenol, Aleve, etc. has never and will never get rid of all my pain...Not to mention i was diagnosed with ADD in the 3rd grade so its hard for me to focus on one thing. But marijuana allows me to do that and keep my appetite. Only the people who take those "aderoll pills" know the side effects of the pills...but one is appetite suppression. I took and and all im gonna say is i know my results, i dnt like them.I say all that to say this...FDA find me a better drug that can better suit my issues and then i might think about smoking weed and stop flaking us for using it when the facts are there and your doin nothing to help the ppl who use it medically.sorry for the grammar but i dnt have the time...one love"
"yes i do.... my name is blake brown i smoke weed every day just bout. i have very bad self asteam and axsity and eating and sleeping problems some bipolar problems. cannibas is my medication for it all i smoke a joint or a bowl and im happy, i talk to my girl friend and to the people i chill with and i eat, i never fight high i get pretty much all my work done. and its just been part of my life for a long time, the goverment is in some shit. if they want to make some fucking money like they need to. then they should legalize it also, i mean they get cannibas legal in every state and make it to where all u have to be is 18 and have theses problems and u pay 35$ for a card and pretty much do what they were doing in callie. with discounts. id say bout 80% of the unitedstaes have either smoked weed or will smoke weed or has smoked weed and would like to if it was legal , they would make mass amount of money real quick with in a few years we will have pulled are self out of this dept that we are in. and everyone would enjoy life just a lil more than befor. just wanted to put my 2 sence in. STAY GREEN!!!!!"
"I ABSOLUTELY WHOLE-HEARTEDLY believe that Marijuana should be legal. It is a naturally growing medicinal substance that has been used for thousands of years. Marijuana should be legal (more so than alcohol). The effects of Marijuana on humans are vast including happiness, laughter, smiling, sleeping, being hungry when you have a serious illness, pain relief, stress relief, and just general well being. I am sure their are many more POSITIVE side effects not listed. NO NEGATIVE EFFECTS EVER EXPERIENCED BY ME Personally."
"The only bad things that are in marijuana are what comes from the smoke... guess what vaporizers do? GET RID OF THE SMOKE! so you get more of the benefits, and much much less of the Bad things in marijuana."
"I believe that individuals should have the right to use this plant in ways that are suitable for them. There is no evidence that this plant alone is the cause of neglect, abuse, addiction, or death. Let's tax it and use the funds to make our space a better place to live."
"I have chronic pain from crohns disease as well as cervical spine injury and migraines. Traditional medicines seem to have bad side effects or are not very effective. I would like to see medical marijuana a legal option for those of us suffering with chronic pain and other bad symptoms."
"im pro because it helps me with my adhd and my arthritis it also helps me as a sleep aid and makes it easier for me to fall asleep"
"I'm pro because people benefit from its use, and it doesn't make sense not to offer this natural remedy to those who seek alternatives for their health."
"in montana we voted medical mmj into law in 2004,since montana is rural mostly it took a couple years to connect patients to caregivers,but we were growing and saving lives.then obama lied to us and dispensaries started to appear with all the bad press and a republican plant jason crist so much negative grew on that that our state took it upon themselves under the disguise of federal influence they ignored the voters and pretty much rescinded the law so bad that over 3,000 caregivers went underground now the patients were paying less then 200.00 now if they can find it 400.00+.they do not listen to the people at all and thats why you see the 99% fighting back and we got it back on the ballot for 2012 and w/language that will not let them touch the law without a peoples vote."
"compared to other recreational "drugs"... alcohol, tobacco, caffine, etc. ...? data comparisons are on going, developing and planned. why is the commerization of alcohol permitted when to my understanding the costs of its over-consumption is evident. consider present tobacco."
"Yes i believe marijuana should be legalized. There is no point in letting someone be in pain when u have an alternative! Marijuana is not different from morphine it just numbs the pain........... So yes i think it should be legalized for medical purposes"
"I suffer from Medullary sponge kidney (MSK) and i have kidney stones quite often. It is preposterous that a plant is illegal in this day and age. I support a Gaia way of life, self sustaining recyclable natural life."
"if everyone smoke one joint one night and drank a couple shots the next night im sure at least 80 percent of people would feel more in controll with the weed than the booze and not fell like junk in the morning"
"This is what we get when we let law enforcement decide how doctors should treat their patients! I was a pain management doctor until the legal eagles got through with me!"
"If making marijuana available for medical purposes keeps people out of prison, YAY! There is no reason people should be jailed for such a thing. Eventually, the use of marijuana, whether for medical purposes or "recreation" will be as inhumane as debtors prison. And YES, there are medical uses for marijuana, however smoking it is probably not the best. But even so, eating McDonalds every day for 30 days does more harm to a persons health than does smoking marijuana every day for 30 days."
"it should be legalized for medical as well as recreational. Isn't alcohol used as both? Not to mention the tax revenue that can be generated which can mean lower taxes for you and I. There are so many uses for marijuana that it should be criminal to not take advantage of this plant."
"Disabled vet, used successfully to lower very difficult blood pressure, prescriptions failed and continue to fail. VA doctor is aware of usage. Recently used to alleviate arthritis pain (70 yrs old) when I was virtually disabled from arthritis pain in hands an arms on a long motorcycle ride, simply amazing!. Someone should really study very small amounts of peyote for 24 hr blood pressure regulation! It is called "Heart Medicine" in the language of southern Native American tribes who use it to regulate the entire circulatory system. The amount required is far less than that necessary to cross some perceptual plateaus. I would like to participate in any such studies. Fred email@example.com."
"it has all kinds of uses for all kinds of iseases its not really a drug unless the person who uses it makes it a drug.i think it should be legalized cause it helps with depression its no wore than prescription narcotics or cigarrettes or even alcohol all it is really is an herb"
"After living in the shadows for several years using street grade marijuana to cope with the side effects from the AIDS drugs, with help from Sensible Colorado and S.A.F.E.R. I was finally able to become legal by becoming a registered medical marijuana card holder.This access allows me to continue to take my AIDS medications with fewer side effects so I may continue to lead a vague resemblance of a “normal life. I can walk to the store, read in the park, and even take occasion to ride a bike again. I am starting to feel like a real person again.I do not wish to join my friends I have lost just yet. I want to live, even if I am put on "the list" by using medical marijuana to help me cope with my HIV/AIDS drugs, which without a cure, I am sure to die if I stop taking them again."
"People who vote against the legalization of marijuana have never tried it. I bet not one of them knows why its illegal in the first place."
"I am epileptic and have been since the age of 16 ,I am now 40.Over the past 24 years my doctor has put me on several different meds and different combinations of meds.So far he has accomplished giving me a stutter,degenerative gum disease,low bone denscity,muscle fatigue,and a bad liver.Meanwhile I still endure grandmall siezures.If all you people on the con side of this issue could walk a day in my shoes your oppinion might change.This is a chance at a better life for me and my family free of siezures."
"Exactly, Jeff. I am also epileptic. I've tried 15 different medications, tried VNS (vagus nerve stimulator) and had 3 brain surgeries. I'm still having debilitating seizures. Side effects of medications make me sleep 13-15 hrs/day. I'm at wit's end. Those on the con end need to walk a day in our shoes (or anyone who needs medical marijuana) before passing judgment."
"The fact that there is still people in the world that think this natural plant is bad is the most absurd thing i can think of. The only reason it is called bad in the first place is the government made it illegal to plant back in 1937. It sickness me to know thousands of people, maybe more including me(Arthritis) , suffer from some type of medical condition and cant get this all natural plant that can reduce and even eliminate symptoms with no side effects, on way of overdosing, and can be ministered not only by smoking but in food, sprays, eye drops, and new ways that we will come up with as research develops.This plant in no longer just a way to get high. In fact some oral cannabis medicine doesnt even get you "high" making it safe for young children who have seizuresor other problems with parents that dont want to give potentially harmful pills to there children.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Stop the bullsh*t about how its not standardized, its just a drug, or its illegal. Its unconstitutional to say what seed we can plant and use what ever sprouts from that seed for either hemp, fuel, or cannabis. the time is here to either legalize it in its entirety or do it just for medical purposes."
"I can't understand how alcohol and cigarettes are perfectly legal, but marijuana is a no-no. Without a doubt I believe marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but why not for recreational use as well? A ridiculous amount of people die every year from smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. Sure I haven't done a super amount of research, but I haven't seen or heard anything to suggest marijuana is more hazardous than these and other legal (prescription!) drugs except for all the violence caused by its very illegality. Make 18 the legal age to purchase it, make it illegal to drive under the influence, make it illegal to smoke in restaurants, set whatever rules would be logical of course."
"I AM 62 WITH 7 DIFRENT DESESES PLEASE HELP IVE TRID IT AND IT HELPS ALOT SO INDIANA PASS IT ."
"I have severe migraines and suffer from insomnia. I know that medical marijuana would be helpful."
"i am a 15year old boy who smokes marijuana for medical reasons i have severe insomnia depression and i am epoleptic and my dad and aunt bought me a gram to help get through my cousins death and i have not had