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"God made a Plant for every kind of disease or sickness, He just wants us to find them and use them. This includes Cannabis"
"Your right God did make everything for a reason but also gave us a commandment not to use anything that clouds the mind. Perhaps Cannabis is meant to make ropes or to only be used by the deathly ill."
"You forget that marijuana is not a natural plant. It has been intentional genetically mutated by people seeking profits.God made hemp. Profiteers made marijuana"
"Alcohol 300,000 related deaths annuallyMarijuana 0 deaths of overdose, Marijuana related deaths ratio is so small hospitals don't record it. That's why."
"Marijuana has been pointlessly demonized and an intensive anti marijuana campaign has been in place by the US government since 1937. It only became worse under a bigoted, racist President, namely Richard M. Nixon. His commissioned study showed that clearly there was far more good than bad and that actually there were no real downsides. He elected to have it placed in Schedule I for personal reasons only. I have RRMS, I am a disabled physician and I too was very, very skeptical about any real world use of marijuana. Then I watched the two WEEDS shows by Sanjay Gupta on CNN. After I had seen these shows and cried over the governmental lies, I decided to try it for my intractable lower back and leg spasms. Funny thing, I inhaled from a bag a friend filled from his vaporizer. I cried a lot this time; when the spasms in my leg and back just 'turned off', like a light switch. I was spasm and pain free for over 4 hours. Yes, it worked for me and has worked for me ever since. As a physician, I am extremely supportive of the use of medical marijuana, especially when it does not have all the negative side effects of 'real medicine'.Driving under the influence of marijuana, high in THC is not compatible with driving or managing any equipment. Used properly however, it should be viewed as just another good option for patient treatment, not the lie it currently represents."
"I smoked marijuana years ago and now am retired on diasbility due to neuropathy, diabetes & migrains. I live in PA, probably will be last state to legalize,what can we do"
"Your condition may be one of the few that actually should be allowed to use it, very sad that too many abuse the system making it harder to help the ones that need it"
"Yes this medical miracle would help my pain and make me feel whole again, I HAVE A PINCHED SPINAL CHORD AND NECK NEEDS TO BE FUSED.aLSO HAVE A FRACTURED BACK.wITH ALL KINDS OF HARDWARE AND i AM NOT STANDING UP STRAIGHT YET.i WANT TO SUE JOHN HOPKINS FOR WHAT THEY DID TO ME.i am in so much pain!!help!!please.................."
"I have MS, TM, uncontrollable type one diabetes, chronic pain, plus 50 symptoms that go with these diseases. I am 41 yrs old and am now in a wheelchair due to all my pain and weakness. I tried PT and it set off a bad ms attack that lasted months. I take vicodin and slow acting morphine. Plus prozac. None of these meds are doing much for me, or i wouldnt need a wheelchair. The side effectsof my meds do more harm than good. I cant get my doctors to scribe better meds due to being worried of getting in trouble from the govt. I shouldnt have to live in nonstop pain, being bedridden most the time when there is other, better options. Like medical marijuana and cbd oil. Healthy people should not be making these decisions for people like me. Especially with the proof how marijuana and the oil helps us. I have no quality of life like i am now. I shouldnt be denied any meds that wohld help me, which i constantly am. The govt should not have control of my quality of life. I cant even drive anymore. Ive seen 18 different docs, 40+ meds, SO many tests. Im doing what im supposed to be doing. Now its their turn to do what they should be doing. Helping us!!!!"
"It's what I used to stop drinking ,smoking and from doing meth. I do not want children doing drugs which is why it should be regulated. There are strands that do NOT. get you high but simply reduce pain and help control seizures or epileptic problems. AND if you have cancer and are going to die how could it hurt you. My sister died from pancreatic cancer as have several other family members so I got it for them to help them eat and keep food down. Also helped with diarrhea. It's not your place to judge or condem other's especially if you are ignorant of all the facts. So go have a drink and a cigarette and enjoy sitting on your high horse and I'll hope cancer invades your family and stops killing my loved one's. But why should you be compassionate. Judge ye not...."
"Great points you made, and I'm a Nurse whi can attest to the use of Cannabis. I'm sure many more states will adopt MM as legal treatment..... As in the statement 'We the people' we should make the decisions and vote it into Law. More power to the people!!!"
"yes it should be as legal as anything else that grows natural. helps with my nausea due to chronic pain from having herniated disk. I have no appetite unless i ingest marijuana."
"Legalize it for REC. and MED. use.1. Only people with a weak mindset will let other hard drugs get to be used by that person.2. More good than bad_ GOOD=All non-treatable/ non-curable diseases cured/ treated.; BAD= Breathing problems but barely reached unless someone some SMOKES it 35+ joints a day for 5+ years.3. If weed is legalized for MED. and REC. uses other drugs will go down. NOT TO BE A REBEL, BUT TO HAVE FUN AND/ OR TO FEEL BETTER!4. NOT MIX (no stuff added), ALL NATURAL= GOODP.S life story marijuana work for my stress and anxiety, before and after almost being dead from other stuff... Something to Think about to the people that Con."
"After watching my father painfully pass away from his battle with Lymphoma and having experienced marijuana ease my chronic migraines and anxiety disorder I have no doubt at the very least that medical marijuana would have eased his pain where as all the morphine and other "legal" pain medications were unable to do."
"Why don't you let the people who are in and have chronic pain try it for them selves and decide for them selves. I have chronic pain in a couple of places in my body. Why cant I try it and see for myself if it helps. I don't try it because (1) it is illegal for me to use.(2) I would loose my job if they gave me a drug test. Instead I am taking Prescription Methadone for my chronic pain. Are you telling me that Marijuana is worse for me as a person than this drug? I would like to be able to decide for myself but cannot. Just something to think about. I am just trying to share what my expediences is. Thank you."
"Cannabis has been part of human history for at least 20,000 years. There was never any adverse consequences associated with it's use until it was rendered illegal. Since 1937, countless billions of taxpayer money has been spent attempting to enforce the law, and yet, those determined to get there hands on the substance have hardly ever been deterred, in spite of the fact that thousands upon thousands of users and growers have been arrested and imprisoned. The illegality of cannabis has NEVER achieved it's policy objectives, and has set up two opposing camps, the producers, and law enforcements, who are BOTH economically dependent on maintaining the status quo, regardless of the cost to taxpayers, or the harm to individuals and their families. Going to prison is a far worse health impact than consuming the weed. And the weed is a complex chemical factory that has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands upon thousands of years. There are complex synergies in the way the cannabinoids interact with the consumer, to attempt to isolate the therapeutic aspects from the psychoactive aspects is both impossible and ridiculous. The current policy of repression is MADNESS. The TRUE reefer madness is the policy itself."
"common sense gives the user precise control over conditions that need to be treated. No one smokes till they get sick. The opposite occurs. Pharmacy drugs react too violently on your system and effects too long lasting. Rarely make you feel :Good Time for people to act humane for people with legit needs in our lives too."
"As far as the marijuana being medicinal, sure it did produce good results, but alot are just in their infancy. Let's wait until after the 10 year mark, but hey, alternatives to traditional medicines have been PROVEN to work at times, which is absolutely awesome, especially since there are alot of proof that the medical community has to look into.As far as brain damage, as the antis as I call them made, you can get more brain damage from prescription meds, but the FDA doesn't care, since rehab is big business, as well as private jails. I am personally speaking on a neutral side, and they should have a neutral area for this page. I am glad Colorado and Washington state (West Washington) have made it legal, but the moron Obama is crushing the movement, unfortunately, but I voted for the other candidate. Anyway, if it can help people with diseases and problems, why not, right?"
"yes. i have a eating disorder and i was not able to eat but at least once or twice a week and i was dying. then i smoked marijuana and i was able to eat and the pain i was having that made me not wanna eat went away and now I'm healthier than ever. but the problem i that my state has not legalized marijuana so i have trouble getting ahold of the plant and i also have trouble and problems with if the marijuana is safe or if it is not safe. when you buy marijuana on the street people could lace it with harmful drugs which could make you at risk of worst problems. so i recommend marijuana be legalized in all states"
"I have first hand knowledge that it works for Crohn's disease.Mine is in Complete remission after 25 yrs of struggles with the disease. I have been on the following . Asocall, ulsufazine, and the best yet CIMZIA, Humiria as well as a few yrs with Remicade. I'm no stranger to the disease and the pain of it emotionally as well as physical ."
"In my opinion, I think that medical marijuana should be legal because it simply can be a good way for our government to raise revenue and boost the economy. Also Marijuana has many medical affects for people who suffer from chronic pain and even terminal illness such as cancer and HIV. Although Marijuana is claimed to be a "gateway drug" to other more intense drugs, the medical affects of the drug outweighs this claim."
"Well, the fact that we had four more states LEGALIZE in this mid-term election, should show all of you in the right-hand column, that you are all stuck in the 1930's reefer madness. The majority of the people voted more for cannabis, than voted for Obama in either year he ran for office. prohibition does NOT protect our children from drug dealers OR from obtaining any drug they want. They will also be funneled thru the court systems, which can and will ruin their lives. Want to protect your children? Legalize it and keep your children out of the hands of the prison slave system."
"Recently, my grandmother suffered leg pain. The doctor prescribed oxycodone. When the oxycodone made her feel constant nausea, the doctor prescribed zofran. Meanwhile, her sleep became disrupted so the doctor prescribed her trazadone. Seems to me that may have been avoided with the use of medical marijuana. But then, every time I take my grandmother or my mother to that doctor there a pharmaceutical representative visiting. EVERY TIME. The illogical and inaccurate claims made in the commercials against legalization of marijuana are clearly biased."
"I do not want use pill pain medication anymore, I would like to use something natural."
"good job my brotha from anotha motha. jezuz put this plant on earth so ya boi could have a good time."
"Because I suffer from Daily Chronic Migraines and have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last year trying to get treatment that I haven't responded to. I have been on 30+ medications and there is nothing that is helping. I'm not sure I would use it but I think I should have the option. I have been in the bed for over a year with no relief. I'm hoping that South Carolina approves it as other states have."
"I believe that Marijuana should be legal because it does have a lot of benefits to it and it MUCH better than the narcotic, alcohol (spirits) even Cigarettes... now Dont get me wrong to much of anything is bad for u... But marijuana is a safer dose to take it relieves stress and its GODS CREATION NOT MAN MADE SH*T... I SUPPORT THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA..... LEGAL THE PLANT AND STOP DEMONIZING IT!!!!"
"Yes because it works! I am 60 years old and have recently moved from NJ to NC. The state of NJ currently has a medical marijuana program but NC does not. I was prescribed medical marijuana for chronic pain and debilitating muscle spasms associated with MS. While taking the prescription as directed not only did I have reduced pain but I had increased mobility and energy which improved the quality of my life. I was able to enjoy the things I love to do, my mind was clearer, and I was attempting to rejoin the workforce. After relocating to NC, which currently does not have a medical marijuana program in place as of yet, all my symptoms have returned and I have to remain on total disability. I know that introducing a medical marijuana program into a state stirs up a lot of controversy. This is why I feel that public awareness needs to be addressed and discussed with the public."
"I have a pinched nerve in my neck, trouble sleeping, pain in both arms, and have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and depression, and mild OCD; medical marijuana helps to alleviate all these issues. I'm am most certainly pro medical marijuana! It's much safer than all the pain killers that were prescribed for me that did more damage than help!"
"My friend with cancer uses oil which helps nausea, mood with no ill effects she is 70Many persons with HCV use marijuana for side effect maintenance on treatment. Increases appetite , mood, and reduce inflammation.A friend with myostena gravis (sp) uses it for chronic back pain also. Medical Marijuana research continue to affirm and list diseases that it can be safely used.I think it is horrid that in the USA Big Pharma's need for $$ will stand in the way of healing without extra toxins from prescriptions."
"I am 16yrs. old. Medical and Recreational Marijuana should be legalized I know you know, and our ancestors know. Why?? because we know it helps the sick it does more than that too! It also brings in a lot of money for the states to pay for things like roads, schools, new businesses within your state, flood damage storm damage. I believe that we all hear the bad about this plant that it puts a scare to some of us and from there they can't accept it even though it saves children. Ok Fine let me ask you something what if your 4yr old daughter needs this plant to survive but now you have to move from your state because you cant provide a medicine to her because the state wont allow it now that is complete BULL POO! right you shouldn't have too move too a whole new state to be provided with a medicine it is just uncalled for. Now how do you feel about yourself by saying it should be illegal, you should feel terrible knowing you are saying this that could be your child or grandma mom dad brother sister. Please see the good in it and how many people you could help by legalizing it no stop saying no and help!"
"Whoever said marijuana is bad is wrong, people need to learn it helps people, It SAVES people's lives. And to be honest it helps WAY better than some other medicines. You know how many kids and other people had bad troubles and MARIJUANA, yes, MARIJUANA saved them. Come one people, it's at least better than other medicines and drugs out there that do almost nothing to help. And doctors have proved benefits for marijuana so don't use that as an escuse to dis marijuana. Marijuana is bad not by itself, but the way PEOPLE use it. Just hear me out, marijuana does have some bad effects, I understand that but it's worth it for the good effects. But, just please hear me out, IT HELPS AND SAVES LIVES!!!"
"Marijuana is not the gateway drug alcohol is. I was introduced to alcohol at age of ten. I was introduced to marijuana at age of 14 . I was introduced to cocaine and crack at the age 17 & 18 . upon being introduced to crack I became addicted to crack & left marijuana alone.I robbed & stole to get crack ,I later went to prison for the robberies, Related to crack. After release from prison I've never touched crack or cocaine I went back to drinking alcohol then back to marijuana which helped with my nausea and vomiting due hpylori bacteria. At that time nobody believed that marijuana helped my stomach condition.so yes marijuana is good for the body not only for nausea and vomiting , but for pain I am now & 45 yes old & suffer from osteoarthritis that's in my hands , elbows, shoulders, & neck I was prescribed meloxicam but it upsets my stomach & highly addictive . marijuana needs to be legalized period . I buy my marijuana illegally from the cartels making them richer , when my money could goin to state taxes.state taxed marijuana could be beneficial for the schools like Colorado does and not to the cartels. So to all the hypocrites do the right thing & quit crying & legalize it for my benefit & the states benefit."
"I have PTSD and have been through therapy and on several different prescription medications, including Xanax, Zoloft, Seroquil, Respidal, Lamictal and Celexa. Xanax caused hallucinations, Zoloft caused suicidal thoughts, Seroquil caused dizziness, lightheadedness, and extremely low blood pressure, Respidal caused me to be an emotionless zombie, Lamictal didn't help at all, and Celexa made it impossible for me to focus. The only thing that has ever come close to working for me is certain strains of marijuana. It has never had any long-lasting side effects for me and has only ever kept me balanced. I don't use it currently because I'm not in a state where it's legal, and I'm afraid to buy it on the black market because if I get the wrong strain, it can make my symptoms worse. However, if it was legalized, I would not have that issue. I would be able to get the right kind for my needs and I wouldn't have to worry about possession charges. For now, I have to rely on therapy and working on my own coping mechanisms, which are not effective in all situations."
"Marijuana Helped people in my family struggling with chronic pain and cancer it truly is a great medication for those who are out of options"
"Today I was diagnosed with another health issue to add to the many I already have. I was in constant pain, unable to eat and would not sleep for days. I began smoking 1 cannabis a day and found that it truthfully helps. I can eat again and I get a full 8 hrs sleep at night. I strongly feel the need to purchase illegally would greatly diminish. I really wish the politicians would reconsider. It is an individual's choice just as alcohol or tobacco. They regulated tobacco which grows from the earth, why not mariquana? Some of us may not live to enjoy the rest of our appointed days because it is preferred that we consume man make medications that kill as opposed to a plant that helps. There is definitely a crack in the American (NC) foundation on a lot of issues. Let it be our choice. My choices are slim; suffer daily, take the pills and die, or mariquana. I prefer to live."
"It's inhumane to deny a patient who is legitimately in pain a relief, just because marijuana is a drug does not mean it's bad. It may come with some side effects, but so do all other narcotics, and the effects of marijuana are less severe than many of the other medicines."
"I have to say that the persons who oppose the medical marijuana stated in the first page "impairs driving,lead to harder drug use,causes brain damage" so on and so on. What the opposed have just described is the use of alcohol,prescribed pain killers. What they fail to accept more people try and overdose with tylenol per year and alcohol that any other drugs, but they are not taken off the shelf's. The big drug of choice is RX by doctor often prescribed or stolen from patients by kids grandchildren or just some one looking in your medical cabinet. So in conclusion prescribed drugs alcohol or over the counter meds do more harm per year than a few oz of marijuana. So with that said the opposed have no real ground to stand on since all the side effects are avail by your doctor,liquor store and medicine cabinets around the country. I know all this due to my past profession as an officer of the law and with one bad surgery that ended my career and the docs were and are more that helpful to get me as high as I want of prescribed meds for my nerve damage constant pain and constant muscle cramps and spaz. I would like to try the cbd or marijuana to see it would help me and thousands like me, but the big RX companies don't want that."
"Yes, marijuana should be considered a viable medical option. Because of THC's chemical structure, similar to the body's natural occurring chemical Anandamide, marijuana is able to communicate to the body's systems, altering moods and relieving pain. Some may also argue that smoked marijuana has a faster reaction time than taking a pill. The FDA has approved Marinol and Nabinol, because research is showing marijuana is an effective means to treat medical conditions, unlike other legal drugs, (alcohol, nicotine). Some of these facts can be found at the National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Also, the government should not be interfering with a citizen's personal choices, especially when it comes to medical treatment. As described in the Bill of Rights, Amendment IX, which established that unspecified rights, such as individuals being able to make decisions about one's body, shall be protected and not protecting them is a violation of our personal freedom. Considering the medical benefits and a person's personal choices, marijuana should be made available and decriminalized."
"yes, because marijuana is curing some people and it cure some people who had cancer. So , let them smoke if they want its not going to bother you in a harm way ?!. if it cures some people might as well let it be a medical option.people think its a bad thing, well its not !"
"Medical marijuana has been known to cure cancer! And it is a one of the best ways to medicate."
"Has it dawned on anyone, that even though we have a lot of medicines that help with diseases, there are NOT any meds. That actually cure anything. All of our meds. originated with natural plants and herbs, but you can't patent natural plants and herbs, so nothing gets done and more die. This is one thing that the dollar doesn't enter the picture. Those that wonder about what Marijuana will do, go on line ti Israel Research Center. My God, even Arsenic as deadly as it is, cures some things. This is something we need to do for us!!"
"Help me celebrate and thank the wonderful Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil that cured my Father who was diagnosed of A rare type of Prostate Cancer known as Neuroendocrine cancer in 19/09/2001, the Cannabis oil with high potency of THC and CBD content was successfully used in curing my father Neuroendocrine cancer under 4months and 3 weeks of full treatment circle. its a Miracle indeed, I thank God Almighty for Rick Simpson and his helpful Cannabis Oil that was used in saving my father life, Rick, You shall Blossom althrough your precious remaining days on earth. A great life Saver you."
"Marijuana does nothing, Is not addictive, Cures many illnesses therefore, it is great and should not be criminalized, you can't take something special away from a man."
"I have been in pain for over 10 years due to a stroke I had in May of 2003. The pain started in September of the same year and has continued to this date.I believe Marijuana would decrease the amount of pain medicines that i have to take that are causing problems with my body,which include very bad dreams,bad problems with stool movement and the future problems with my liver that my occur"
"I'm PRO for many good reasons. I will cite the main ones here. In a culture where alcohol is tolerated if not celebrated, not allowing adult people to use cannabis for whatever they want..even if purely to get high...is the height of puritanical hypocrisy and ignorance. Cannabis is not a particularly addictive drug (somewhere in the order of caffeine) but if it is prohibited for adult use, by a fear-mongering, anachronistic government, users may be forced to go to the wrong side of the tracks to get good cannabis. There they are more likely exposed to drugs that ARE addictive; like crack or heroin. Cannabis appears to be good for the health. I resent our government's dictating to most U.S. citizens as to the use of this drug. We are being coddled and deprived. In criminalizing cannabis the United States has prevented access to medicine (almost always safer and cheaper than pharmaceuticals) and potentially mind expanding recreation for citizens. Then, there's the wrongful jailing and creating of criminal records for otherwise law abiding young people...particularly people of color. We need to stop being knee jerk in our ignorance as a culture. Instead of arresting people use that energy to do research and regulate for safety!"
"To those who say marijuana is a drug: if anything is a drug its tobacco. Research tobacco before marijuana because tobacco kills daily while marijuana has a death rate of 0."
"I think EVERY state should legalize it. They say it is bad for you, well prescription drugs are just as bad, if not worse. Most people on prescription drugs are on more than one! Everyone would be nicer and less stressed if they smoked marijuana."
"Medical need. Less harm than narcotics for pain. Used in the general population in the 1800s, Whats the big deal. Proven medical help. Less risk than cut pot with laced synthetic pot for the youth. They all try alcohol and they will all try pot . Why not a medical govt approved drug with no poison added or laced drug of who knows what? Protect youth with at least your getting the real thing not a laced toxic poison."
"The historical use of cannabis for medicinal use is well documented as effective. The sheer Ignorance of those who see cannabis as a "non viable and effective alternative measure" for medical ailments astounds me.I would rather use a cannabis approach then become reliant on the pharmacy drugs that are not without their side affects and addictive potential. Patients deserve a choice in their treatment plan, and cannabis should not be prohibited from that choice.I am a medical card holder and cannabis is legal in my state for recreational use. Richard Nixon's "blue Ribbon" commission wrote that cannabis should not be a schedule I drug, yet the fear mongering about cannabis and narrow-minded thinking wrongly classified cannabis.Times are changing, as more states become proactive in allowing medical cannabis and recreational use."
"Its has been very helpful to those with multi celled cancer. Marijuana is know for killing brain cells but some people actually need that. Coming from someone who is awear of the out comes and the affects of marijuana from studying it that is has a lot of up barely any downs. When have you ever heard of someone dieing from it? never. I believe that medical marijuana is very helpful to those that seriously need it."
"Even though it is said that Marijuana can be harmful to you , it is a natural plant that has never killed anyone and has a better chance of doing less harm than most other medicine drugs."
"For people like my mother who have been left on their death bed from chemo, I apologize to you for all the dimwit idiots that are either stubborn and or just simply dumb. I'm sorry you won't get the cannabis oil you need in PA. Yes the senate approved SB1182. No, I don't think the house will pass it. Simply because Republicans should all have to live here, get cancer, and get the type of medical treatment legally allowed at this moment in time. My mom never smoked. Only had 1-2 drinks on holidays. Never abused drugs. Monday I got a message from my wife - mom was admitted to the ER and the DR stated she only had 24 hours to live due to an internal bleed. Well it's Thursday morning and she's still with us. That I'm thankful for. What I'm not thankful for is being misled, grief struck, lost time at work FMLA, confused kids, confused adults, Dumb ass nurses administering blood thinners 3x after my Mom was not to get more. The blood thinners could very well be the cause of the hematoma that currently begins at the top of her hip all the way down to her left ankle. PAC tried to blame a DR that drained her fluid from ascites. Only problem with that BS is the fact my Mom's fluid was taken from the right side. So PRO for cannabis. BOO GOP!"
"A positive effect that marijuana has had is that it's given me great relief in dealing with the withdrawal symptoms from quitting the smoking of nicotene/tobacco. I think it could be used as a powerful tool for those attempting to kick the habit for good."
"I came across a statement on Facebook that indica cannabis is good for sleep. As a chronic insomniac this interests me."
"i believe cannabis should be obtainable by adults 18+ and should definitely be available for medicinal purposes"
"These are the side effects for Xanax and children my age (16) have all access to it .... this has more side effects then marijuana will ever have for a RESPONSIBLE user. depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger;confusion, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations;feeling like you might pass out;urinating less than usual or not at all;chest pain, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;uncontrolled muscle movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions); orjaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).Less serious Xanax side effects may include:drowsiness, dizziness, feeling tired or irritable;blurred vision, headache, memory problems, trouble concentrating;sleep problems (insomnia);swelling in your hands or feet;muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination, slurred speech;upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea;increased sweating, dry mouth, stuffy nose; orappetite or weight changes, loss of interest in sex."
"Tx HB2165 FILED BY David Simpson to treat marijuana no different than any other plant such as tomatoes,corn ,etc.should be a model for the feds.safe for consumption,no restricitions,no laws preventing growth or consumption."
"I myself is a cronic pain suferer had a few surgery's but it doesn't help with all the pain. I been on hydrcodones and now taking oxycodones because the hydrocodones was not helping and the oxy's are working for now but I am also addicted the the pain killers now just like my tobacco and my coffee so whats the diffrence. They need to do a study on pain killers and the damage it does to the liver before they judge canibus."
"yes it should because the only reason its not is cause of people thinking stop think just do trust me its ok its not bad its good its amazing!!!:)"
"Marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol."
"All I can say about marijuana medicinally is I truly wish there were something to give me an appetite...I smoked it 30+ years ago and all it did was cause me to eat and go to sleep...now, at age 57 and cancer, post chemo and radiation x 2, II wish so badly there was something to make me hungryI force myself to eat 1/2 Michellina's TV meal and have lost 20 pounds, down to 98. I need an appetite!!!"
"yes it helps with health and is fun to be under influense"
"the only people against it are the people who haven tried it or have had it affect their lives in a positive way"
"It's time for America to legalize Marijuana. It's only real appeal to teens is that it's not allowed. I did it as a kid and hated it but did it a few time more just to fit in with the other kids who were aware not all rules are correct. The laws they pass are in place not to protect anyone but to make the courts, police and other government agencies a lot of money. All while destroying lives of the young people they claim to be protecting. Prohibition of alcohol didn't work. The MOB happens to be much wiser than they were back in the day but ALCOHOL was the #1 way these people got into very high levels of power. It's one of the saddest tragedies of our beloved nation's history. North Carolina is one of the places under an oz will not give jail time but I have a young nephew being ruined due to the courts not giving a stinks about the so-called law."
"yes it helps the pain of cancer"
"Oh Yes .I"am a 100% Disable Veteran and I take Morphine every day 3times for pain and it do not stop the pain .60 mg and 30 ir for pain."
"we made it! #HelpTheMovement #MakeLoveNotWar"
"I have done extensive research into Marijuana studies and recent research being done in the United States and Israel. Israel has done much, much more than anyone. It is amazing the diseases that Marijuana either cures or has a large impact on.There is not any money in it for the large drug companies, due to it being a Natural Stand Alone Plant they are not legally able to gather it up, bottle and sell it for hugh amounts of money, and the research here shows it. It is not the smoking of it that has medicinal qualities, but the THC inside the leafs. There is a lot of suffering out there going on, that doesn't have to be. It's only right that we be given access to this wonderful plants medical benefits."
"The fact that the FDA has not approved marijuana is not worthy of mention. The FDA states that it is addictive, harmful and offers no medicinal value. Every argument they use can be used on any of the numerous drugs the FDA has approved. Look at the side affects of every pain pill, anti inflammatory, anti seizure medication. Take a couple of hours and watch Weed and Weed2 both are CNN documentaries about the affects of marijuana on people and children. Look at how phenobarbital makes the children zombies and reduces their ability to function as normal children. Then look at what one dose of marijuana oil does for them. If I heard correctly during the filming of the documentary one child had been in the hospital with constant seizures for over 26 hours and on life support the child was eventually removed from life support and died.Is that really what the greedy politicians and drug companies want? How many people must die from the diseases before we all say enough is enough. Every drug company, oil company and timber company that is standing in the way of the legalization of marijuana and hemp should be sued and put out of business. This is all about money. Its time to follow the money and see who is being paid off."
"i am all for it God put this plant on earth for a reason i think it is a future end to war and is a great way for someone to get away from what they are going through such as cancer."
"It can help many people. And God said in the bible that he. Put all plants and a amiss here for our use!"
"YES YES YES. Medical Marijuana should most definitely be legal to the many people that find great benefits in it ! This plant is NATURALLY grown from the same soil our daily foods are grown from. So how is it unsafe? People can abuse marijuana by smoking too much but can't necessarily be injured from the plant intake itself. There's two kinds of smokers, ignorant smokers who also use other illegal drugs, and then there's the self-medicating smokers who are not abusers and are simply using to get through their day. People also can abuse the prescription drugs, like perks or xanax, given to us that CAN result in an overdose and cause injury or even death. I have chronic depression and anxiety and Marijuana has been a huge factor in my life mentally and physically. As i've had stomach pains since i was a baby, marijuana only instantly takes the pain away. Medical Marijuana is the healing and shouldn't even have been taken into consideration of being illegal. If there's a drug or substance we should be prohibiting, its ALCOHOL. Alcohol is the destruction. Marijuana is the healing!!!!!!"
"Marijuana is the best medicine out there. I was diagnosed with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer. I was told I needed radiation and chemotherapy. I started with 14 treatments of radiation (it changed my personality), and 4 chemo treatments. The chemo gave me neuropathy (hands and feet), put my heart into afib, and dropped my white blood cell count to .003 ( normal is 7.0 and up ). In short radiation and chemo was killing me. I told the oncologist that I was done with them both. She asked what I was going to do. I said I guess I'll go home and die. She then gave me a prescription for medical marijuana. ( we lived in Arizona) With just three months of marijuana treatment the lung cancer no longer showed up on the PET scan. In conclusion marijuana kills cancer, and continued use will help to keep me in remission."
"I believe cannabis has a much lower harm profile than other drug pain solutions and it's often effective. No one has died directly from a cannabis overdose while hundreds if not thousands have from synthetic and natural opium.The addiction rate with cannabis is under 10% and recovery is considered easy.If cannabis can improve the life of a suffering person it's immoral to deny them this treatment and prescribe a dangerous drug."
"I am for it because most of the cons they pointed out aren't true, because I smoke marijuana and I have a 3.02 GPA and my skills and health are fine."
"Marijuana itself should be decriminalized. The sales and taxation should be done just like any other business which deals in services to adults, such as liquor stores, adult book stores and strip clubs. Regulated, taxed, Sold at a cost lower than street value (including state/fed taxes) which would drive the street dealers out of business. The plant existed before mankind and no man or government 'owns" that which grows naturally. And there should be reciprocity between the states, so that no state will arrest another citizen who has in their possession the LEGAL amount as proscribed by their home state. Dealers will have to become legitimate businessmen and pay wages and withhold taxes, just like any other small business. It's time we put and end to WW3."
"i think it would be a great idea because doctors are responsible enough to keep it, it will cure many.i am for it"
"If it helps people medically, then it should be allowed. If it is used otherwise, then it should not be used."
"yes, it has helped me with all sorts of medical problems.my spelling is not that keen, I think you will know what I mean. artritis, glacoma, muscle spasms..my whole body lifts of the bed ..wow ! ptsd.. also war vet 2 tours in vietnam. trying to use coping tactics just don't work all the time."
"I am a strong believer of marijuana because I have bipolar predicted and many more problems and it has helped me more then any pill I've ever taken"
"Should Aspirin Be a Medical Option?We know of the yearly deaths due to common aspirin, but are we aware of the long-term effects due to eating them like candy? The same could be said of many even over-the-counter drugs. It's amazing how many people respond with "there are other drugs for nausea" (or lack of appetite, or pain) but do not mention each of those is a) only marginally better than placebo and b) fraught with side effects known and possible.I am for legalization for different reasons, namely freedom, but who cares about that anymore, right? No herb or tincture should be out of the realm of possibility for medicine if it means benefit to the patient. I find it presumptuous, to say the least, to think anyone can dictate what other people put into their bodies, based on conclusions derived from bad data and ulterior motives.BTW, the on-site chart that lists marijuana as more dangerous than all those other drugs (LSD, shrooms, synthetics...) must have been done by people who know nothing about any of those other drugs. Pot more addictive than cocaine? LOL."
"I agree it can be helpful in alot of terminal ill casesbut has the FDA done any studies to verify it is a good drug to give to patients?"
"There are countless potential benefits that medical marijuana maybe able to help with. People who suffer from chronic pain, certain gastrointestinal diseases and a plethora of other illnesses can be aided by being treated with marijuana. Although some people maybe abusing the drug, I firmly believe that the benefits out weight the drawbacks."
"I've been disabled for 10 years now. I've got a spinal disease, I've had surgery, had 2 have 2 discs taken out and they put in a titanium plate with rods. I've got alot of nerve damage and still confined to a entire leg foot brace & full back brace. I've been on every very strong opiod, the pills are way to many and still don't help. They are killing me,, not helping me. I see a pain management doctor that has already said that as soon as Indiana stops being ignorant, and looking at all the great things that will happen by legalizing. Jobs, revenue, lower crime rate, medicine that people don't overdose an die, and have alot more benefits than any poisonous pills ever will. I would love to be able to enjoy life again. I'm 42 years old & been disabled for 10 now. I haft to live off a disability check every month,, my life is very sad. I've also got PTSD, & Severe Panic Attacks/anxiety! Please make it legal Indiana,, or I will haft to move soon. I'm not getting any type of life of all these narcotic pills. Please Help Indiana,, Senator Tallian has a bill trying to be heard, but they want more studies for side effects! ! Look at all the side effects like Death, on The new meds on TV for depression! !! Please Indiana, Please"
"I take many medications for sever pain, it could not hurt me any more then the damage done to my body"
"In medical facilities i think that cannabis should be used. It benefits the human body by making them eat more if they have a severe eating disorder, arthritis, and some cancers. However, it only should be used if by spray or vapor. If smoked it can cause damage to the lungs. If taken by pill then it can be potential for overdose. In conclusion, i think that it should not be used freely, but only be used by people who actually need it."
"it saved many peoples lives"
"Hoping they will pass the Bill soon here in Florida. So Many Old People here includes me awaits for Medical Marijuana..Safer than Pain Killers that I was taken for Years. Please Help Us."
"I have severe depression and I'm bipolar, I have been put on alot of meds and they helped a little bit but if I smoke a couple joints a day I'm a completely different person. Why keep it from people that need it . Marijuana should be legal to those who need it medically . its really not that bad . God put it here. Its gods way of relieving all the s*** we go through. I kinda feel like people are disrespecting gods ways . he obviously put it here for a reason ."
"Yes! I have been told by several doctors it would help with my Migraines an the constant pain I'm in from my Back. I also suffer from sever case of IBS I know I've read a few studies on these conditions and couldn't be how promiseing it sounds. I was injured by a road side bomb in Iraq I suffer from TBI andPTSD I have a problem with understanding emotions I'm always on the edge of sever aggression it makes it hard when you can't remember and have to keep a journal of every thing. So it dose interested me and would like to know if it could help!"
"my dad died of cancer weed could have atleast dulled the pain"
"it should be a medical option because some medicines that the scientists haven't found yet cant help somethings like cancer and aids and the medical weed can help with other things that medicines don't help with. I found my information on http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=1325"
"Marijuana is the best plant/anything that was every created.....EVER.... and that's all I have to say lol"
"Its a natural remedy and its safe. Plus it works better than man made drugs that are far more dangerous than the disease that it supposed to be curing."
"I am a 45 year old mom of two. I went to college and work until I became ill. I had a surgery that they had to remove most of my female organs. My family doctor dianoised with Lupus. I went from walking, to a cane, to a walker, and now in a wheelchair. I now have lupus, fibromylgia, thrombosis, lower back pain, neck, shoulder pain, IBS, diabetes, anexity, and depression. I have never used drugs. I have always told by boys to stay away from drugs. If all the government employees could walk 24 hours in my shoes. They would pass it in a minute. Please show some compassion on us in pain. My pain doctor said I would never be pain free for the rest of my life."
"YES!! I suffered thru osteosarcoma (bone cancer), marijuana was so helpful with pain and my appetite. I also believe it helped the cancer from spreading. I also had traditional treatment with the natural herb, tinctures and edibles. It was my lifesaver 100%.I believe God put that plant on earth for several purposes. I am a 49 year Christian female."
"Medical marijuana has been proven to be an effective medication for patients suffering from cancer, AIDs, cataracts, arthritis, depression, anxiety, ect. These facts have been proven, the problem with this is that marijuana has not been legalized for recreational use. No matter how many laws you put on it, how many tax dollars you waste arresting people who mean no harm, people are still going to smoke weed. Even if you do manage to stop the sale of it, which will never happen, people will turn to synthetic marijuana, which contains almost 50 unknown chemicals. Some chemicals such as insecticides, formaldehyde, and god knows what else. There is only one active ingredient in weed, as opposed to 50 unknown ones. My point being that marijuana is not harmful. When was the last time someone was killed for weed or by weed? It is almost impossible to overdose on it, and it is not threat to anyone. While police are arresting stoners and weed dealers, crack dealers are watching and laughing as they continue to sell drugs to their children."
"What good is to be rich and have everything you want in life but not be able to smoke or eat pot ? Marijuana keeps you healthy, young, cancer free,keeps your mind clear, makes you into a more peaceful person and makes you smart and creative. I guess that's what the cons don't want !"
"These idiots that go against legalizing marijuana say it's bad because it's addictive. Try not putting food in your body for 8-10 days, you'll kill for food. Food is the most addictive substance that we and all living forms put in our bodies every single day. Are you gotta make food also illegal ??"
"I have severe anxiety attacks which turn into seizures that last 3-5 min. I cannot tell when Im about to have a seizure, therefore I currently have several scars on my face from falling from a standing position. The doctors cannot cure my anxiety without addictive drugs such as xanax, etc. I am currently trying to get off the xanax, and the only thing that cures my anxiety is medical marijuana. Since I have started smoking it I have not had one seizure. So if you ask me, I'm all for medical marijuana! I am still trying to get off of the xanax for my anxiety and don't want to smoke real marijuana. But the medical marijuana stops my anxiety and seizures. My doctors say I cannot get off of the xanax completely b/c my body is so used to it, it will cause me to have withdrawal seizures. So, once again, I think medical marijuana is a great substitue for prescription drugs. I know it has changed my life! I can now walk into a grocery store or department store without having to worry about hitting the floor busting my face open and having a seizure! bI vote YES!!!!!"
"i believe pot can relieve pain and nothing i have read or seen makes me think there is any damage to the body. i know that thc is stored in the liver but no studies have stated that it does any damage to it."
"i say yes because it can help you get rid of cancer and other medical reasons"
"Cannabis helped me get through PTSD from the gulf. Saved my life."
"Hello, i believe that medical marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes. Many people with medical issues have turned to medical marijuana for there illnesses and this has shown many benefits. Medical marijuana has shown to slow down the spreading of cancer cells. Many of the painkillers that are not marijuana show many harsh side-affects like no appetite, hard to sleep, headaches, etc. Well marijuana can help with all of these side affects. There are also many strains of marijuana that help different pains. This option for marijuana is very helpful to patients"
"Medical marijuana has been a controversial topic for years. However, the controversy needs to be put to an end. Medical marijuana should be legal for many reasons. First off, it is a natural remedy. Many pain killers given to people are created in a lab by scientists while marijuana is a non-modified plant. A second reason marijuana should be legal is because is it far less dangerous than most prescription drugs. Since 1997, there have been virtually no deaths due to marijuana, whereas the number of deaths due to prescription drugs per year is greater than 19,000. Overall, with the correct regulation and identification, there is absolutely no reason why medical marijuana should not be legal. If it works for people and is a safer alternative than prescription drugs, it should be legal. One of the main reasons that it is not legal is because it is considered a gateway drug, but for people who need marijuana for medical purposes, this reason is not even valid."
"In study after study, marijuana has proven its health benefits. Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders said in a Providence Journal editorial that marijuana can be used to relieve a number of symptoms, including types of pain, nausea, and vomiting. She also mentioned that marijuana could do all of these things, while still being less toxic than many other medical drugs prescribed today. However, marijuana also has some negative side effects, which, according to John Walker, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, include brain and lung damage, as well as judgement and memory impairment. There is one important thing, though, that Walker neglected to mention. Many of the symptoms that he listed are not brought about by one time marijuana usage, but instead by a continued, unregulated use. In my eyes, if this pain-abating drug were to be used in a medical setting, it would have to be seldom used. It would also have to be used in a controlled setting, no where outside of the hospital or medical center.Thus, I believe that medical marijuana should be nationally legalized, but only if it is very controlled."
"I believe that medical marijuana should be legalized because of the various benefits that come from it. It can help to decrease symptoms of nausea, improve conditions like multiple sclerosis, and cancer. Many mental disorders are also proven to be helped by medical marijuana. The only real downside is the smoke entering a patient's body, and even so, there are many other ways to consume cannabis."
"Marijuana is not a drug... its a plant. People that have illnesses like aids and cancer can use this "drug" very positively to their health. When they have to go through pain, no sleep, and not being able to eat, marijuana can help. When they have to overcome throwing up from chemotherapy, marijuana can help. Priorly from a health and medical stand point, marijuana has too many benefits. It has the potential to help thousands of patients, and that alone is enough to know it can help being legal."
"This is a plant that has had over 10,000 years of usage and over 50% of people admit to using it today. It is the safest drug being non-deadly and the least addictive of drugs, has over 200 known medical aliments, and could create a billion dollar industry. Yet our government chooses to claim it as a "gateway drug" even though hard drug usage has declined in Legal states having 120,000 less deaths. Then chooses to medically support hard drug usage such as oxy-cotton which is much more deadly then marijuana, Instead of creating a billion dollar industry the government will choose to arrest 800,000 people and spend 10 billion dollars instead of turning this into a billion dollar industry. All at the same time letting dangerous cartels smuggle it into streets resulting in crime and un-regulation allowing any 12 year old with 40 dollars to buy pot."
"I believe that Marijuana should be a medical option, and I know from experience. Being a two time survivor of Leukemia, I've had this drug. I had excruciating pain when I was getting treatment. One of my doctors offered to try medical Marijuana for the pain, and I tried it. After a few hours my pain went away, and I felt great. It helped me get my appetite back and put me in a much better mood. This drug can be used to help people with diseases or sicknesses. Even though Marijuana is refereed to as a harmful drug, it comes from the earth. While Meth, Cocaine, Heroin are all man made, and are made from harmful chemicals. If you smoke it, it's healthier than smoking cigarettes. There has been no deaths to the use of Marijuana. When there has been millions of death due to smoking Tobacco. Marijuana is not legal, while cigarettes are. Which one has the most death toll? Again the THC in the marijuana can weaken cancer cells. This can make chemotherapy easier on the patient. Marijuana is used as a medicine at hospitals, it should be legal, it can help lives. Also Marijuana is much better than alcohol. It makes you calm and relaxed. While alcohol can make you aggressive and crazy."
"I Believe that medical Marijuana is good for people who have cancer or other threatening life situation. If the doctor gives you a doctors note for medical Marijuana there shouldn't be a problem. Its been proven alcohol is more dangerous then Marijuana. A lot of adults drink alcohol and there worst side effects then smoking Marijuana. Marijuana is a good thing for people with conditions. Weed doesn't kill people alcohol poisoning does. I believe Medical Marijuana is a good thing."
"Medical marijuana treats those that need it. No, I'm not going to be naive and say that everyone that gets medical marijuana needs it. But if it isn't given to them legally, they are going to be determined to get it illegally. Thus, providing citizens with the medical option of marijuana would not only give it to those who need it, but reduce crime. It is no more harmful to the body than cigarettes, alcohol, in some cases, even soda or fast food. When being used, the substance isn't hurting anyone, most definitely not other people. Additionally, it will no longer be a gateway drug for those that can obtain it medically, as they will be far away from drug dealers, etc. In conclusion, it helps the people that need it, and if it wasn't legal, people would have a way of getting their hands on it, regardless."
"I think that it should be legal bc of medical"
"It help reduce the pain caused by my long-term peripheral neuropathy that came as a result of having a severe spinal injury. I tried Marinol and it provided zero pain relief. I also worked with several pain specialists (MDs) that focused on using prescription Opiod medications. That treatment regimen resulted in horrific side effects and caused me to become hospitalized due to a comatose state after months of use. I lost 30+ pounds, slept over 20 hours per day, and had no quality of life. Medical Cannabis controls my pain, allows me to get a good night's sleep, and I am functional during the day. To date I have not experienced any side effects. I have never been a smoker, so I ingest edibles as my form of treatment. In addition, I have never observed or even read about anyone becoming violent when using Medical Cannabis. This is preferable to alcohol which is responsible for countless violent crimes and DUIs across the country every day."
"Interesting how everyone focuses on smoking cannabis, and few if any discuss the intended use of this plant by the Creator. People simply like to smoke because it gives them something to do with their hands. CBD's, CBN's, THC and other cannabinoids in this plant are super beneficial to our bodies, IF THEY ARE CONSUMED APPROPRIATELY. All of these compounds are even more medicinal in a raw acid state. No psychoactivity involved in their raw state. Only healing. I'm completely for legalization and even more for education. We need to stamp out ignorance whose source comes from an ever corrupt government who cares very little about we the people. I've watched legal pharmaceuticals destroy lives even when used as prescribed. This is why doctors "practice" medicine. We have become lab rats at a tremendous cost. It's time for the people to make up their own minds about what they will put into their bodies. God is more concerned about what is coming out of our mouths than what is going into them. There is a place for this plant and many other natural remedies in our pharmacopeia."
"I'm willing to bet all the cons don't have chronic conditions.. I'm disabled and take morphine and percs, and marijunana does work for me to mask my pain.. I am willing to bet that the cons were to get a diabilitating condition they would change there minds not to mention that the politicians that vote on this subject, aren't medical doctors... And I am willing to bet the biggest opponent of medical marijunana is big pharma because it is lost revenue to them.."
"I have been using Marijuana for years too. I WAS TAKING prescription pills to help with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Effexor XR and xanax 3X daily DOES NOT HELP. However two-three hitters every 2-3 hrs DOES HELP and DOESNT make you stupid or dysfunctional. I want to live in a country where prescription pills are no longer needed and natural plants are used instead. Coming from a Certified Pharmacy Tech"
"Its a natural form of pain relief I'd take natural over pharmaceutical anyday"
"Currently, I have been experiencing symptoms that come from spinal cord injury. I take a pain medication about 4 times a day and heavy narcotic as well 6 times a day (which is above the recommended dose), and 6 extra strength tylenol. I find there is still a gap of relief with all of these meds. I undergo a lot of stress that causes the pain to increase and intensify until I the medication takes effect, which usually takes a minimum of 2 hours. During that time, the pain has been so intense that I have wanted to cut my arm off. Marijuana eases the stressful feelings and allows me to become calm while waiting for the effect of the medications. I believe we are missing the ability to collect taxes and fees on this product which would help our national budget; It would help produce a less stressed out society by making the product easier to obtain and legal; and give a new dimension to practicing medicine to help ease the stress, strife and debilitating pain many of us experience."
"Marijuana, medical or not, should be legal. If, as a lot of opponents say, "we should protect teens and children" or "it's unsafe", then maybe you should take a look at cigarettes. Cigarettes are highly dangerous and addictive and are perfectly legal and are in fact more popular than any other drug in the U.S. They can and have killed people, and continue to do so to this day. Now, we just claim to " make them safer", either by using better filters or using an e-cig. But the truth of the matter is that the only reason marijuana isn't legal is because it is a commercial threat to tobacco industries. For those of you who think our country is trying to protect us, you're dead wrong."
"After being diagnosed with colon cancer and batteling with the normal issues such as weight loss, nausea, pain, etc., I think that the patients in Virginia should have the option of obtaining medical marijuana. Let us push this thru while I still have a chance of survival."
"If I were you, I would NOT wait for politicians to get off their duffs, and move. We have the most useless government on record, right now, and I don't see it getting better anytime soon."
"Its the only thing that completely relieves my pain. It helps with my anxiety, nausea, and its the only reason i have an appetite and im able to eat most of the time."
"By ProCon's own words, proponents of medical marijuana "...cite dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, major government reports, and the use of marijuana as medicine throughout world history." And then you go onto list all the reasons given by opponents and not a single one is required to submit same sort of empirical evidence as the proponents. Are you beginning to see the blatant insanity yet?!"
"It's all natural. Nobody has dies from an overdose. It's proven to be effective in reversing the effects of MK Ultra Mind Control."
"Cannabis is truly one of the best natural herbal treatments for many centuries of its use. Used for Nausea and as an appetite stimulant, I can honestly say its efficacy is unmatched with standard antiemetics and appetite stimulants on the market. I've been a registered nurse for over 15 years and know from personal experiences and objective observation. Also, cannabis is highly effective in reducing seizure activity in epilepsy and its management. Epilepsy medications are often ineffective and highly toxic to the liver, cannabis is not toxic to the liver even in very high doses. Its proven efficacy in reducing inter-ocular pressures with glaucoma. There are hopeful studies coming out that shows reducing cancerous tumor sizes and many more medical uses too many to mention here. Cannabis is real medicine and used responsibly recreationally is much less harmful than alcohol, tobacco or other more dangerous and illicit drugs that it currently is classified among."
"I also have been a RN working for the over 10 years also. I agree completely"
"help kill cancer cells and AIDS cells. Proven to be a better medical drug than pills."
"marijuana is not a gateway drug I have never smoked and thought hey let's go to meth!! it will be on the polls again in this time I guarantee it will pass we have legalized alcohol and it kills people I have never heard of marijuana killing someoneso I don't understand why we shouldn't. and it also helps with ADD it slows the mind down you can actually think.you just like ADD medicine would."
"Cannabis is non-addictive. What people are considering addiction is the dependence they have on the relief that cannabis brings them. There is no direct chemical dependence associated with cannabis.Prohibition is the main issue at hand. Prohibition brings money into the equation and money means contamination. Massive contamination, in the case of cannabis. Health issues? No, we have contamination issues related to cannabis, not health issues.You can track every health issue related to cannabis back to contaminates and prohibition. Prohibition has bred the CBD out of cannabis and made it rather easy to have a manic episode, the same as with marinol use. High CBD cannabis actually improves memory, motor skills, mood control, focus, attention span, pain tolerance and so much more.Educate yourself fully regarding cannabis and you always vote in favor of lowering restrictions on it. The more you know, the fewer restrictions you believe it should have.Educate yourself and help educate your neighbors! :)"
"In Virginia,08-30-2015.I have had Multiple Sclerosis for 4[known] yrs.The worst type-Primary Progressive.Of all the research info.that I have read,M.S.ranks as #3 in benefiting from Cannabis use.I know that it does alleviate so many of the symptoms;however,since it has not been legalized here I must refrain from its use.What I would like to know,is how can the Governor here choose what conditions can use it?It seems quite unfair,unrealistic for this to be RIGHT.What deems one condition worthy & another not?M.S.is such a painful,disabling disease;life as I knew it,is so gone.I truly believe that the lawmakers should make Medical Cannabis LEGAL for All chronic conditions. There is a lot that could be said,yet it is nothing that hasn't been said many times before."
"I have no idea, why this is even up for debate. Doctors prescribe narcotics for pain, that can become addictive, but they are worried about marijuana. In my 20s, I smoked marijuana every day. I worked, raised a son and finally just decided that I didn't want to smoke anymore. I don't believe marijuana is addictive at all and I don't think it leads to taking other drugs."
"I am working with one of my friends who has stage four ovarian cancer. She is the first person I have coached through in taking the RSO. She's was in pretty bad condition and I was pretty sure we were going to lose her. I started her on the oil a month ago and her tumor markers have been progressively going down and the color of her skin is coming back. She looks and feels better. We both can't believe it and are feeling very grateful. She has not told her doctor for fear of not being treated by them. Shame on our medical establishment. I also have used cannabis to get off the opiates prescribed to me after my hysterectomy. What a difference! When I was on the pharmaceutical prescribed pain killers, I did too much and it set me back a few weeks. It masked the pain too well. The cannabis allowed me to feel less pain yet know when to sit down and rest. I was pretty depressed at the time and it helped tremendously to lighten my mood. It's non toxic to the body, and since we have receptors in our body, it takes it in like food. I am thankful I live in Colorado where I can obtain it easily. We need to all be pro active in getting this legal all across America."
"100% yes. Think medical marijuana will ease pain more than meds I am taking: Percocet,SOMA,Valium, Tylenol during the day with Val or SOMA"
"I am pro because it helps children and adults with devastating illnesses without horrific side affects. There is enough proof of some experiencing a better quality of life to justify legalizing it. Not to do so is, in my opinion, out of ignorance, greed, or lack of control over ones children. Why punish those that benefit medically from it. That is cruel!!!"
"I think that it is a disgrace that we continue to treat marijuana the same as heron and dangerous substances. As a country we do this while allowing very dangerous and addictive drugs to be produced and filter into our communities. Alcohol and tobacco are good examples, not to mention the pain killer epidemic that is currently ruining many lives. I think a person should have a choice in how they are treated and with what substances. Marijuana would be the choice of many if available, instead of the chemicals that are being created and handed out."
"For those of you who think medical merijuana is only for smoking you are wrong , pearents could bake or make the marajiuana edibal and it is proven to enhance the humans systems"
"I support medical marijuana I have arthritis and would like to be able to use it but I can't because people feel the need to keep it ileagal but its OK to take all kinds of meds that who know what's in it or drink beer and destroy your liver so get it done stop the harsament toward people that can use med marijuana in a responsible way"
"I suffer from Chronic pain in my back, I know that Cannabis helps a great deal. I wake up in a huge amount of pain,nausea from the pain & I must lay there for my meds,(painkillers & a relaxer) to kick in before I can move. Now,I take a couple puffs on cannabis, & I'm good to go in 10 min. I don't get ridiculously high, there's no point, I'd rather smoke a little cannabis, then suffer because my meds are addictive, & they don't clear the pain completely. In conclusion, Cannabis Vs yet another addictive pill? I'll go with cannabis & a couple pill to take care of breakthrough pain, & I'm good... I was even able to stop morphine because of cannabis! If only NEVADA would get with the program, & the rest of the country...people that are hurt or suffering or need some stress relief, it helps them a great deal...I'd say that's a good thing!! And no, it's not a gateway drug!! If you have half a brain & decent will power! Anyone that moves up the chain from that, they made their choice all on their own, with their big girl/boy pants on!! We know how it works, side effects, etc for over 30 - 40 years now! It's safer alternative than alcohol & more effective. This is my OPINION ONLY, If anyone reads this, & they learn something great!"
"I'm a current medical cannabis patient in California. I'm terminally ill and an amputee. The use of this medicine I'm able to change depending on my pain. The more CBDS or THC levels if my anxiety level is up. I want to move home to the east . Government needs to listen to the PEOPLE and legalize it. People have a right to use the medicine that works and live where they want . It's been approved since 1975 for medical use. Really President Obama, how much more do disabled and I'll people have to suffer before the government does what's right."
"My daughter was or has been taking about 11 different meds. When she gets marijuana she sleeps better and is less depressed. She is more active with her kids. She feels better about her self. she feels no pain and able to clean house and go for walks and ride bikes with kids."
"The original placement of marijuana on the level one drug category was an executive order made with racial underpinnings by then President Richard Nixon. His personal selection of drug addiction experts had NOT included marijuana in their list because they knew that it had positive medicinal value and there was not valid research that could show it to be addictive. The carcinogen value was low in the general use as smoked since the amount normally consumed by a regular user was too low to be of consequence. The primary value was to keep the "Drug War Money-go-Round" up an running as a profit to the criminal justice system, the psychosocial AA model in treatment and the drug cartels. THC stays in the system long enough to be identified as having been used for up to 30 days prior in persons with a higher body fat content. The end of the "Money-go-Round" for all is at hand. Stop worthless "so-called" treatment, the waste of criminal justice dollars, and drug cartel profiteering and legalize, tax and regulate marijuana as should have been done long ago. As a 30 year science base addictions professional, I am well aware of the truth along with the corruption."
"I live in Washington and I go to school in Colorado. In both those states, medical and recreational marijuana use is legal and prevalent. Yet, I haven't seen the massive loss of common sense that some parties predicted before 2012's I-502. The black market for marijuana is down a large amount, crime rates are dropping. The federal government should drop the pretense that marijuana use is dangerous and should look to the precedents set by Washington and Jefferson, who grew cannabis on their property while leading our amazing country."
"marijuana should be 100% legal even to kids under age because many kids around the world could be depressed have pain and also kids that have to leave school to go to work have pain in different parts of the bodies."
"Yes, because marijuana is very helpful why not marijuana be legalized."
"Genesis 1:29 explains it all. The US says in God we trust until it comes to turning the pages"
"It should be legal for all adults. It is not as harmful as alcohol and has some benefits such as cancer fighting. Good grief. The war on drugs is a waste of money."
"Medical marijuana is great. No one has ever overdosed from it. Its not even possible. If we know all these positive research behind why not legalize it. I am a proud marijuana smoker. It helps me with my ADHD, helps my boyfriend with is sleeping disorder, and one of my friends also uses it for her seizures. Not only that, it doesn't have taxes on and the cost is cheap. You are completely aware of what your doing so there is no reason to blame marijuana for you actions. Its a great way to help many people. So lets get our smoke on!"
"HOW MY ELDER SISTER MELANOMA CANCER WAS CURED WITH CANNABIS OILMy name is Jenny Clarke, I live New Zealand. My Sister was diagnosed of melanoma cancer and she have done many chemotherapy and it did not work, the cancer keeps returning. A friend of the family told us about cannabis oil and its curing ability in treatment of any type of cancer. I purchased the cannabis oil from London and they gave me instructions and a video recording disc to teach how to use the cannabis oil for the treatment of melanoma cancer. After using the oil for the duration of time given, my sister was totally free from cancer but i was advised she takes the oil continuously to maintain good health and reduce high blood pressure. I am so happy now that my sister is free from cancer and if you are suffering from cancer and the family is happy again. Cannabis oil is a natural treatment for cancer without any side effect.Jenny Clarke"
"I am disabled,with cronic pain.Cant count meds. Ive been prescribed and none of them work .I have used marijuana it helps with my PTSD and depression and suicidal thoughts.I know it works and I wish I could afford to use it on a regular basis."
"I have a rare form of cancer and would like to treat it with canabis oil, but I live in Florida. Struggling financially, and little to no equity in my home, I'm stuck here and therefore the option isn't even on the table."
"As a person who has had asthma since birth, I am in support of legalized marijuana use but, as a Christian woman, who loves the Lord, I feel that there are benefits to the medicinal use of the drug and for NOTHING ELSE."
"I THINK MEDICAL MARF. SHOULD BE LEGAL IN EVERY STATE,UNDER THE MEDICAL CONTROL BOARD NOT DEA.PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED MARJ. SHOULD BE ABLE BUY IT AT A LICENSE DEALERS SO YOU CAN HAVE GOOD AND SAFE MARJ."
"These idiots that go against legalizing marijuana say it's bad because it's addictive. Try not putting food in your body for 8-10 days, you'll kill for food. Food is the most addictive substance that we and all living forms put in our bodies every single day. Are you gotta make food also illegal ??""
""What good is to be rich and have everything you want in life but not be able to smoke or eat pot ? Marijuana keeps you healthy, young, cancer free,keeps your mind clear, makes you into a more peaceful person and makes you smart and creative. I guess that's what the cons don't want !""
"I believe that any type of marijuana should be legal. I feel it helps mentally, physically and emotionally in everyday life. I don't think people should smoke marijuana and drive. Yes I do smoke almost daily no I am not a dealer. Yes I'm still in high school but I have more energy and am more focused in school."
"Yes, I not only support weed being legal for medical use but I also support it for recreational use. It's not addictive, and honestly it has no negatives besides sometimes laziness. Though that depends on whether you smoke sativa or indica. If you have ADHD, it can be hard to concentrate and get stuff down though when you smoke you can actually do it all but it has to be a specific strain of weed. Also it can be used to kill cancer cells. It also helps with many other disorders like seizures and terrets. Weed can not kill you, for centuries people have smoked it and never had a problem. There are many other harmful drugs like alcohol and heroine that we should be focused on getting rid of. Alcohol kills thousands of people in America every year, and it's legal when you turn 21. Which means younger kids in college and even in high school have access to it. I think alcohol should be banned but now were getting off topic... I do not believe weed is a gateway drug. The real gateway drugs are pills, no one smokes some weed and says, 'I want to inject some heroin'."
"The argument against medical marijuana can easily become ridiculous due to others not being educated as how medical marijuana is actually used. Firstly, many naysayers tend to use the phrase "smoking marijuana" when, in actuality, medical marijuana is not usually smoked. Medical marijuana is often converted into an oil form which can be used in a variety of topical creams. In addition, many don't understand the medical use of cannabis. Cannabis, like many other prescription drugs, is a painkiller for various diseases. A friend of mine suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and no doctor could find any medication to help her. However, she began trying cannabis oil, and she recovered from this disease shortly afterwards. Finally, many people argue that people have negative motives in gaining medical cannabis. However, can't you argue the same for other legal prescription drugs? Many people overdose from narcotic painkillers every year. Painkillers are dangerous, but just because these drugs have the potential to harm doesn't mean they also have potential to benefit many. If those who argue against medical marijuana knew more about these three facts, among many others, they might change their opinion towards medical marijuana."
"Very good Noah. It is a sad commentary on the knowledge base of the general public, along with the media, regarding the myth and misconception regarding addictions and the related chemicals tied to the topic. The world is full of "Lemmings" that will never take the time and effort to gain the awareness. What they don't know is that it is costing them well over $1000.00 per person per year for their lack of understanding. Stop the so called "War on Drugs" and all of the wasted money can be put to practical use."
"I think medical marijuana is something that should be legal, but only sold through very strict circumstances. People should not be able to get licenses to buy/ sell the marijuana as easily as they do right now. Right now the system they have going is way to easy to be taken advantage of. People can easily get a medical marijuana card so they can go buy if off sellers, but some of the people are not actually in need in of the drug. A simple "back pain" or "depression" can get people a card that they really do not need. People growing "medical marijuana" is also a growing problem. People are able to grow the drug and act as if they are going to sell it those in need of it medically when in reality they can sell it on the side to those who do not need it. This has been a growing problem with growers being busted for selling to people without a medical marijuana card. I think the regulations must be much stronger on the buying and growing of medical marijuana or it should not be allowed at all. Either get it under control or don't let it happen at all."
"I had aids for a long time now and smoking marijuana has really helped me feel better... Thank you god for making this plant!! We all could use it."
"For many many years I have suffered with multiple sclerosis fibromyalgia and Migrains.. During different types of my treatments especially nausea and chronic pain I found that the pills got me cigarette times but never did the medicinal marijuana ever get me sick on the contrary it you should he took away all of my nausea.. Unfortunately the federal government has control over this in certain states and thank God that half of the United States of America has a ready legalized it.. This is over 60 years overdue people with chronic pain diabetes cancer AIDS glaucoma multiple sclerosis and even L a S should have access to medicinal marijuana and paid by the federal government... What I used to take in medications close to 10 years ago was an excess of six to $8000 monthly... How much money would I be saving the government every month if I was able to use creams bombs infusions cannabis oil cannabis candy different things to take my pain away I guarantee you I would even be close to less than 800$ a month just saying that's my opinion and hopefully people understand my point of view and as I said it's just my point of you"
"I suffer from flashbacks from the war in vietnam and I take med for my ptsd and they make me spaced out in left field. I think that a couple tokes off a medical marijuana cigerate would be alot better and I could keep my sence."
"Please consider the facts, such as the Anglo-Indian Hemp Report of 1894, which must have been known to Harry Anslinger, who disregarded the findings of the finest British and Indian physicians of the day.And there were more reports that Mr. Anslinger had to know about if he was performing his job.I don't know why the US government insists upon refusing to recognize an ages old medicinal plant, used continuously for over 4 thousand years, as medicine, but the decision is NOT based on facts and experience."
"I am pro because medical Marijuana helps with many psychological illnesses such as depression. Also, medical marijuana has never killed a person, making it the safest drug out there."
"No body died from this that"s what makes it good the drugs and all that stuff my gramma warned me about that stuff and she said medical marijuana is okay to use for pain."
"Marijuana is simply a plant and people treat it like a dangerous weapon"
"im pro because I smoke pot"
"My wife is dying as I type this letter. My long visits to the hospice where she lays has me thinking about life and not death. Along with watching The Truth about Cancer, my thoughts turn to medical marijuana and it may help her. We have talked about cures of any kind within reason, we are not stupid. If this can help her then I want her to try it, I'm none sure how to do this yet, but I have the need so I will find a way."
"I have chronic pain and it is better for me than pain killers"
"Im pro to this only because I have a mother-in-Law who broke her back working in the field of taking care of people and now She and I smoke it almost every day and we can move and do the things that wont use to do. I started smoking because for one it helped me get those class because when i was high i didnt all of my work and plus it helps me with pain and stress and to talk to people which im every thankful for. So yes Im every PRO for this."
"There are so many medical benefits. I think that the "anti-drug war" and "gateway drug" brainwashed many into believing "if its a drug its bad". I wish that more educational material would come out to the general public and explain in "simple terms" why medical marijuana is a necessity."
"Here's the thing. Only in the last 50 years has marijuana been vilified, and told that it has "no accepted medical value". However, that's going against 5,000+ years of recorded history, in which this PLANT has been used medicinally. You have numerous cultures, both modern and ancient, that realize the value of marijuana for medicinal reasons. Who are we to all of a sudden argue with recorded history? Who are we to decide that this all of a sudden has "no" value, when a vast swath of recorded history says otherwise? Shame on us thinking we're "superior" to history."
"I have seen first hand the benefits of medical cannabis. My wife suffers from a degenerative spinal condition which has her in much pain and discomfort. The strong and addictive medications her doctor perscribed for her had scary negative side effects. After trying cannabis for her condition, she is able to function much better, live nearly pain free and enjoy her life much more than before. While not a cure for her condition, it has helped in ways pharmaceuticals have not"
"Since I have cancer, I definitely need this. I chat with people all over the world that are successfully treating their cancers. Many terminal cases are now fully cured.Those who are opposed base their opinions of inuendo, half truths and out right lies."
"The use of Marijuana. I have 16 screws 12 pins & 3 braces in my spine! WHY can't I use Medical Marijuana to ease the pain instead of; Gabapentin (3) X daily, Tramadol (1) X daily & NORCO (4) X daily! 22 years military & 16 years DAI! Can anyone HELP!"
"Pain medications have so many severe side effects, excess cost. It's a caring helpful thing to help people in need of crippling pain relief. Get the politics and money greed out of the decision."
"My husband passed away in 2002 from cancer. He would not take any pain killers. He smoked marijuana for his symptoms. He passed on very peacefully. Marijuana was the only thing that kept him comfortable."
"My son now 20 has tried every drug, been to mayo clinic, did diet and has no other options. He has grand mal seizures weekly and nobody can help. Please legalize medical cannabis for epilepsy in Missouri or Kansas."
"I have suffered from migraines for over ten years. As many migraine sufferers I have not been able to pinpoint the cause. It is a debilitating affliction and like many I live in fear of the next attack. I have been prescribed Imitrex and due to side affects am limited to its use. If the imitrex does not work the only other option I have is to take pain pills and hope I can sleep it off. On a visit to the Northwest I was stricken with an attack. As the medication wore off and migraine returned I was limited on what to do. I was offered marijuana (it is legal) and decided to try it. To my surprise it had a positive affect and I was able to enjoy the rest of my trip. I have used it as a back up since that time and have had about a 70% success rate. Although it is not a cure it does have a positive affect with limited side effects. A little laughter sure beats lying in bead with a knife in my head"
"It can Help with the symptoms of cancer"
"marijuana has been proven time and time again to help with so many things these people that think that it kills people should be more educated on the subject because to this date it has never killed anyone... ever yet it has saved many lives so before we say its bad really learn the facts first because im sick of all the false allegations marijuana gets"
"cannabis is a miracle plant in all respect. my friend told me to google kushstormcannabis and order from them directly. i did and got some top quality marijuana which worked magic for my chronic pain. i think its useful for medicinal use. But i don't encourage its consumption by kids"
"marijuana is fast growing and has many uses such as, paper (it makes 4x the pulp of trees), it can be used as fuel, and also plastic. It helps with anxiety and depression and has been used for centuries. There's no reason it should be illegal. It is a plant for gods sake. It is more useful in its natural state than tobacco and alcohol will ever be,"
"It is not about whether cannabis is good or bad medicinally or recreationally. The issue is that no government entity should have the powerful authority to rule prohibition of any substance personally used by an adult in the U.S. I believe that cannabis has proven to be a valuable medication for more than 6,000 years."
"I believe that it should be if its going to be a medical marijuana and that it should make people"
"I have degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis in my feet, bone loss in my jaw, and muscle spasms along my spine. I need something for pain. I've under gone through a discectomy, two total knee replacements, epidural-cortisone treatments, nerve blocks in my neck from several bone spurs, two torn rotor cuffs. I am allergic to asetominaphin, tramedol, mobic and a few others. Maybe my body is just telling me I need something natural, instead of synthetic drugs. I'm all for medical marijuana."
"marijuana is alot safer that alcohol . you mite get sick if it is strong but you do know your name . as with alcohol you can get in a wreck and you dont know if the person you hit is dead or alive and you dont care and you cant even call for help"
"no side effects like current meds used for pain."
"it's good for nausea, Pain, Stress, and not as lethal as Alcohol and Pills. Do you really know when it became illegal and why, this is a natural grown herb.. No Chemicals, Look at the statics and see. How many people are killed and fights and car crashes, from marijuana will make it legal just like everything else. I suffer from Pancreatitis and I can eat and not throw it up. Takes the nausea away. and the pain."
"Yes, yes, yes!! i suffer from depression and i would love to get my hands on the marijuana powder you turn into a milk shake or smoothie, ingest it that way and, hey presto, this could be my magic wand. i understand marijuana and cannabis are the same things. not sure what hemp is.YOURS FAITHFULLY, DESMOND, THU-OCT-22-2015."
"YES! Please Legalize Marijuana! In My work as Law enforcement, also as a Vietnam Veteran. I Never saw anyone do the crazy things that I saw when someone was on alcohol!!!, Also having a Chronic case of Degenerative Spinal Disease Marijuana would help with the many Pains that I endure! Also Glaucoma! and many other Disease'!"
"It is a medicinal plant, that is not life-threatening when used with care. Much more dangerous drugs are legal. I've used it personally for pain relief while residing in CO, and found it also alleviated my depression & anxiety."
"Pro I've had many members in my family died of cancer with all the pain that I believe marijuana could have help them.Now it's my turn."
"Some people probably focus alot better when they are high. Some people come up with creative ways & idea. My thing is, the cons that are involved with marijuana are not major.If marijuana leads to other illegal drugs, Do you ever think that cigarettes may lead to marijuana ?Why are cigarettes legal, If they give you cancer & y'all are working so hard to put a stop to cigarettes ? MARIJUANA IS NOT CRACK !! Its not even that bad . If DC and California can legalize marijuana , and nothing bad has yet to happen , whats the problem. In order for some of us people to stop marijuana , we need a legit reason to stop. So far as im concerned, i can walk in a straight line while high. At the end of the day, id rather do marijuana than other drugs, cigarettes, alcohol ect."
"I'm definitely for medical cannabis.I spent 10 years of my life on narcotics of the worst kind until I used cannabis and now thanks to cannabis I no longer use the narcotics as of 18 months ago.I feel much better,my pain is under control and much happier.The only down side is cannabis is illegal in TN.Come on TN lets take care of our people and get a cannabis law."
"Its time to put down the antiqued belief system concerning the killer weed. And move forward toward a more intelligent solution than locking up our sons and daughters for it, along with supporting the Cartel Nation."
"As an individual who has used marijuana in the past but no longer does due to family responsibilities and the threat of imprisonment, I can say that when I used marijuana it stabilized my seizure disorder and help relieve the chronic pain I live with. I shattered my spine in an automobile accident which lead to a spinal fusion and subsequent seizure disorder. Knowing my family history of dependency I refused prescription narcotic pain relievers out of the fear I would end up like other family members dependent on them and abusing them by taking more than prescribed therefor I would occasionally consume marijuana when away from my children to control the pain. I have also found that in the times I was under the influence of marijuana I did not have nearly as many seizures; whereas,without marijuana I have up to ten seizures daily which medication has little control over."
"I'm 58 and began using medical cannabis last year for arthritis pain in my knees and neck. Within weeks I weaned off opiates and haven't touched them in 8 months. I've also been treated for depression with Cymbalta for over 6 years...don't need it any more. My depression is completely gone. Yes...cannabis is a miracle drug and has changed my life significantly. I now have a pain free, joyful life and each day is a new adventure. Sure hope I don't get caught since it's completely illegal in my state. Now THAT'S the real crime."
"First and foremost, marijuana needs to be removed from the schedule one list of drugs so that more research can be done and published and we can all be educated with the truth. From what I have read from what I believe to be very legitimate sources, marijuana has has tremendous possibilities to be used successfully in the field of medicine and in multiple facets. Let's remember that most of the major pain relievers in use for years and still in use today are derivatives of opium from the opium poppy and they are deadly, as are alcohol and tobacco! We need to look at marijuana scientifically and as a possible new amazing medicine that can be used to help numerous Illnesses rather than just as a social drug."
"because I have had 28 surgeries I know pain. im allergic to Tylenol its in my medical files. I have PTSD and ADHD. i feel like it could help me in more than one way."
"I have fibromyalgia and none of the current medications out there work for me. Opiates were a disaster. I need help now. I can't move. This needs to be done nationally. Please."
"I have Chrons disease and my abdominal and back pain became so bad by January this year that I tried marijuana and CBD oil.. My PCP said if I didn't get some help I was going to die. I weighed 83 lbs. I could not eat or do any of the daily activities I usually do and was very sick. My two doctors said my intestines were so inflamed I could not have surgery but also they could not give me any pain meds. All the current meds available were not helping and I've never got any relief in the past (21 years) so medical marijuana was my last hope. Since I don't live in a legal state I did not want to chance buying cbd oil overseas so opted to take Humira but am scared to death of the side effects. I continue smoking medical marijuana, though I have concerns about having an illegal substance, it has helped me so much with my debilitating fatigue, appetite, weight, eyesight, nausea and vomiting and the chronic debilitating pain in my stomach is gone. I am no longer depressed, either which is awesome to me. I am glad to be on the road to recovery and would become a huge advocate in favor of medical marijuana."
"I am pro medical marijuana availability because the THC in marijuana actually has effects that can be helpful to people. Such as epileptics and chronically depressed people. Marijuana's effects are able to help people like these."
"I am not an avid user, mostly just for recreational purposes but I know for sure that marijuana is not bad. It help cancer patients, my brother n law has back pain and it relieves him of that burden, helps with psychotic issues. It's just the government trying to make more money off of the drug laundering! If they legalize, they won't be making as much from the drug lords and they won't even do real scientific research so it can be approved by the FDA because they know they will only find benefits of the plant! People back in the day used the plant for paper, clothes, ingredients in food, and plain old recreational purposes. They FDA won't approve because they would have to approve it, and then lose money. So lets ultimately keep it illegal. If it's legal, marijuana will be more expensive and we may know exactly what we're getting form trusted places (clinics even now are very trusted), but I'm fine with keeping it illegal. Let's just get over the cons guys, they're non-existent!"
"Yes cannabis is medicine. In the studies that have been published, positive effects have been noted. The side effects from cannabis are less than that of many other medicines already approved by the FDA. One can listen to television commercials any day of the week, and see pleasant scenery and nice music while terrible side effects of new pharmaceutical drugs are read off in a long list. Cannabis is a safe and effective alternative medication especially in terms of providing some pain relief, in terms of reducing anxiety, and reducing depression among others."
"Better alternative to manmade chemicals."
"Yes I has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis along with chronic back pain. I also suffer from migraines and blurred vision and I was told it would help I and tired of taking narcotics for the past 19 years"
"I have a SCI in other words my spinal cord is smashed so I've nothing but pain daily. Everyday I need TO TAKE 5 1000 mg of Hydrocodone (Vicodin) 4 10 mg Diazepam (Valum) plus 6 20 mg of Baclofen just to be able to wash cloths,cook, etc. After I was in a trial group of Medical Marijuana using 2 grams (about 2 joints) for 1 month i was able to drop the Vicodin to 2 500 mg stop the Diazepam totallyan drop down to 3 20 mg of Baclofen with a total cost drop to Insurance of $234.00 monthly not to mention the damage its doing to my liver an kidney. The people saying but our children will use it take a good look around THEY ALREADY ARE. I'd much rather take a couple hits then take 15 pills daily. The only down fall I see is those that make the pills won't be able to charge high prices to give you liver damage so they can charge you again for that treatment"
"I am for it because it slows down cancer and helps slow down breast cancer."
"My son has autism, severe autism and has been on every FDA regulated medicine that has messed him up so much more than he already was, all u hypocrites u have no idea what a life like this is and if liquid medical marijuana helps him u better believe I will use it, I watch him him himself daily leaving bruises all over from hitting and biting himself and then attacking me on a daily basis, if marijuana stops that and whatever pain he has u damn well better believe I will use it, what its gonna be worse than psychotic meds they give him, he's either a zombie or out of control taking those and we have tried them all, u people r just scared of finding something that works, yet drinking is fine, u ban one u should ban all, make alcohol illegal but noooo can't do that one can u, it kills brain cells and people every single day way more than marijuana ever has, compare them then tell me I am wrong cause I am not marijuana should be legal in all states to anyone who wants to use it for pain or anything else, so what they like how it feels so do people who drink, how's it any different I say ban one ban all"
"yes it should be in tenn"
"Guns are legal, alcohol and prescription drugs are legal. All of this in some form of fashion have and taking the lives of humans. They all are man made as well. But, marijuana that comes from the earth and can be grown just like any fruit or vegetable is illegal. Makes me question our government and their reason that it is illegal. Maybe because they cannot control it and control the amount is grown by someone at home that will use it for medical purposes."
"My dad was recently diagnosed with alzheimer's. He's 84 and in excellent physical health and a widower. For the past couple of years, he struggled with words as we all do then two months ago, he essentially fell off a cliff in one week so no, this was not a gradual, get used to it, progression. This was sudden and shocking. Two years ago, there was an article in Huffington Post "Low Doses Of Marijuana Compound Could Slow Or Stop Progression Of Alzheimer's". Four days ago another article, "Marijuana Compound Removes Alzheimer's-Related Protein From Nerve Cells" discussed findings from a new study. I challenge anyone who is against medical marijuana to say 'no' to me personally as an individual and not hide behind an excuse or a group. Pretend you live in a rural area with limited or no resources. Imagine what its going to be like when you have to change your dad's diaper, or call the sherrif to locate him through his ankle tracker. I don't know your dad and maybe you don't deem him worthy but my dad is and you don't have the right to deny him life."
"I am pro because there is evidence that it could actually cure cancer, but we will never get the proper studies unless it becomes legal. Right now my brother has metastatic liver cancer. He will die in a short time. Shouldn,t it be his decision whether or not he uses it for pain relief and possibly more? I have chronic pain due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Shouldn't it be my decision if I want to try some oral form to relieve my pain? There is no evidence that it won't work or that it will harm me. That is the problem. It cannot be reasonably studied unless it is made legal for medical use."
"Shout out to my boy The high life. weed is a privilage to have and i have aids which it helps out a lot. this world needs more love and peace and it is here for a reason. Marijuana is not dangerous. our lord and savior put it here for a reason."
"Thanks man and i hope that you get better soon. Good luck and take care!!"
"Marijuana should be legal because it helps with diseases. God put this lovely plant on earth for a reason. It can save so many people, if we just make it legal."
"i agree my brotha. its such a lovely plant to this world. i have aids and it helps with many of the symptoms. we have this plant because our lord and savior put it on earth to protect us. much love to u and marijuana :)"
"I had cancer and i smoked marijuana through treatment. It helped me more than all my doctor prescribed meds combined! I think its a crime that people cant have access to something so useful and helpful. I would go almost 5 days without eating sometimes before i used cannabis because i was so sick and would throw up everything i ate. Marijuana saved me from having to get a feeding tube, it allowed me to eat and feel normal. It made me feel free of the hell that is cancer and yet still people are against it. I have nothing against people having opinions, but shouldn't our biggest focus be to help people? Peace ."
"Marijuana should be available to all with severe pain, not limited to only certain medical conditions as States see fit. A lot of synthetic drugs do not work for high numbers of people, why make fake when there are plants. Medicine began with plants, There are other delivery systems than smoking it. What is their alternative? There is none, they are forced to accept Lortab, etc. that do not work for their conditions or are considered refusing to comply with physicians orders. This causes yet another problem for persons with painful conditions. They have to suffer pain constantly, forced into taking an addicting drug just to satisfy their physician, and the State if they have applied for SSD. What kind of country lets their poor go hungry, live in squalid conditions, and forces them to live in physical pain? Our country, the good old USA, who's citizens know that Government does not care nor work in the best interest of "We the people.""
"I am tired of being broke due to the 19 scripts I take and the thousand dollars monthly for Obama care!. And all the horrible side effects. I'm waiting for them to kill me. I'd like to have the freedom of choice for MY body. So ready for the chance to dump big pharma and use cannabis. I'd be saving thousands dollars, one fix instead of 19. This has to stop, they are robbing me blind, literally."
"My husband has parkinso's desease ad I have to watch him suffer daily from the terrible shaking, then comes the nausia from the prescription medication, it is a horrible circle he must endure every day. If They would pass this bill I believe this would help him, Please WV more people abuse alcohol all over the world and it is leagle"
"This is way to long in coming to fruition. I personally was given multiple narcotics for the pain...NOT TREATMENT, just pain. How much of my life cold I have back going thru 24/7 pain maybe cutting my meds in half to lead a better day, week, month and year. I have been to the best clinics for 30 years yet never once was treatment an option for me. So instead, I get treated like a junkie. I would give it all back, I don't even want them, for one day without pain. Society is so quick to judge, label and pt s i one pile. I dare you to walk a day in my shoes. I have never like marijuana when I was young and it was cool. I felt like I was no longer in full control so, obviously I was not a drinker either. Now that the Doctors have put me on Disability, there is no reason for full control but maybe some relief. I should be able to try. I have NO quality of life, like this, so whats the point."
"Medical mj should be illegal TO BE ILLEGAL"
"My cousin has suffered from severe epilepsy his whole life and over the years he is unable to walk, talk, eat most foods, sleep at night and cant do many other things we take for granted. Starts a trial of Medical Marijuana and sleeps through the whole night with no seizure for the first time in years!!!!!!!!"
"Actually marijuana should be a medical option, it is a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, labor pains, muscle spasms and cancer. As of me I have muscle spasms regularly that's why I should always turn to www.420evaluationsonline.com I got the card here and efficient consultation. The guys are responsible for their service."
"Cannabis or marijuana, should be left to the people and the medical professionals since it is medicine and has been for nearly 5000 years. Read a little history...."
"It was then President Nixon who sealed the deal on the criminalization of marijuana. Given the dishonesty that was Nixon what does that tell you about his judgement. In my opinion it is time to come out of the stone age and do what is right for all of the people who suffer from chronic pain and other severe ailments. ."
"I am pro for medical marijuana because, it can help in very many ways. Some people are having constant seizures and do not even know their own family brother son etc. Medical marijuana can stop that though and it can stop epilepsy there are 1,000 of reasons why it should be legal. It can destroy cancer cells and no one likes cancer and everyone wants it to be gone out of this world right? So why not legalize the alternative to the cure marijuana even if it wont completely cure it, it will stop it destroy the cells or slow it down. There are endless possibilities why it should be legal. It should not be legal for recreational use though. People may say they are in pain and need the marijuana but the doctors need to do research before they do that. They shouldn't just prescribe to anyone that says there in pain because then that would practically be making it legal for recreational use and, that's not why it needs to be legal it needs to be legal for medical purposes only and get rid of cancer, epilepsy, seizures if it can do all this stuff why wont the government make it legal I all states. No one knows but them and they need to make it legal really fast and quick before its to late and a lot of people start having cancer, seizure."
"Anxiety, PTSD need I say more? Insurance is cutting rx of benzos monthly so..."
"safe and effective for my spinal cord injury induced spasms and pain"
"I have a chronic pain condition that prohibits surgery. I am taking opiods and methadone for releif. I get much more relief from medical marijuana."
"Yeah totally we should make Mary Jane legal for medicinal purposes. That would be psychedelic for sure. When medical pot becomes legal in my state, I'm gonna get soo baked outta my mind like each and every day. I'm gonna be so stoned. Like all day every day! So everybody let's raise a bong for legal Mary jane! Stoner out, peace"
"Yes it should absolutely be available to all or any of us suffering from chronic pain. I think the large Pharms are probably standing in the way because this plant can actually "heal." I am 64 & was diagnosed 30 years ago. I have moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. My hands are crippled, my knees swell, my back constantly aches. I have been on any & all so-called medications to help with the symptoms of this disease. They have just about killed me. My lungs are damaged, my hair falls out, I am nauseous all day, I'm so fatigued I can hardly move. Nothing the medical world has given me has helped. It is my Gid given right to seek help on my own. I would like to try medical marijuana & my Dr. Had the nerve to say, " your pain should not be that bad. If it is we just haven't found the right medication for you." Are you kidding me? 30 years or close to half of my entire life I have been in moderate to excruciating pain! 30 Years! This is a plant. I should be able to buy it like any other plant. I am a vegetarian & want to add this to many other vegetables that I eat for health reasons. For vitamins, antioxidants to name a few. The government should not be able to stop me from buying a vegetable to eat/drink."
"It's safer than prescription meds"
"Because there are people that have arthritis and Marijuana can help re leave the pain"
"I have RA and I have the option of taking Medical Marijuana or a life of pain killers. I can take 5 mg. of HHH and go throughout my day without being stoned. What's wrong with that?????"
"My son has ADHD, Bipolar, Disgraphia, Can not deal with crowds of more than 3 to 6 people. He was angry his entire life. They tried medications, they either made him sick, or he slept 20 hours a day, or they made his anger intensify. Learning was a real struggle. I started giving him pot to smoke at 16 and a whole new world emerged for him. he very seldom gets angry, he can think cause it makes things slower so he can focus. he watches UTube and learns all about science, black holes, dwarf stars. And he remembers every single minor detail. He wants to run a forge to make things of Iron. He not only learned how to build one, but how to make the charcoal. and he listens to all kinds of things and he never forgets any of it. He is amazing and all because of the marijuana. It has given my son a life he can understand and learn to cope in. All because of weed that has been used for medical purposes all around the world for many centuries. They never regulate the rest of herbal medicines so why do they have to argue about harmless natural herb. They have no problem giving morphine or any opoid that destroys our bodies and they argue about an herb that heals. It stupid."
"Marijuana should be aloud to be medical.Because Marijuana can cure symptoms of cancer,AIDS and all those dangerous things and we don't want that in are world we want to be safe and live normal."
"I have chronic back pain and PTSD"
"because it will cause a boost to the national economy"
"I think it should be used for treating patients ,with eating disorders, eye problems. cancer and for peoples with nervous conditions ,high blood pressure to make them relax."
"My name is Michael Powers and I live in Indiana...I have PTSD and I have 5 piece's of metal in my Back from a Surgery in 2015.You all should know that my state is not for this type of medical treatment!!I have smoked marijuana since I was a teenager!!That was even before I was told I had PTSD.I feel that Marijuana should be Legal in all 50 states !!Most recently they took my nerve medicine that helps with my condition!The federal goverment said that this medicine and pain medicine was a deadly combination so my Doctor took it away!! That's when I turned back to Marijuana to help with my PTSD.I knew it was wrong because I was in a Pain Management Facility!!But I really didn't care cause the PTSD was kickin my ass at the same time the pain in my back was killen me too!!I got kicked out of the clinic for having Pot in my system!!I think it is so unfair!!Here are all these states with legal medical marijuana and I leave in a state that doesn't.I always thought that it was the united states!!Not State by State!!I would love to see every state in America legalize marijuauna. THANK YOU. Michael s. Powers"
"There are many medicinal uses for marijuana. It isn't about getting high. Yes, there are sometimes legal drugs that will treat the same conditions but they also carry side effects that make them unsuitable for some people. Legalization just gives doctors one more option to help their patients. It also reduces our dependency on man-made concoctions and gives a more natural approach."
"I say yes because it never hurt anyone smoking marijuana versus smoking cigarettes causing lung cancer. It isn't a drug that will hurt someone internally, more like an herb."
"completely for it. for starters any studies done on marijuana in the past to prove it kills brain cells, has only been done a small testing group. also that testing group were students with low IQs and/or high school drop outs...aka people who didn't have many brain cells to lose in the first place. these people were doing nothing else to increase brain activity during the day except smoke marijuana, all in all, not a very accurate study. it has been proven to relieve intense pain without the side effects of drugs and reverse the effects of epilepsy. it does more good than harm and it is ridiculous to not take full advantage of it."
"I have found that it helps my arthritis and the stress of living with old injuries. Am 57 yr F. I don't get high as much as it relaxes the stiff sore muscles"
"In my point of view, honestly, I don't know who brought marijuana to America. But hey, we gotta be glad unique has shown up to this nation. If you get my gist. i guess what I'm trying to say is that most of the bad stuffs we use in the U.S, are now being developed into good ways to use it."
"I am suffering stage 4 ovarian cancer. The tumors in my bowels have made prescription painkillers impossible. The constipation they cause has caused impactions, and hospital stays. The next step will be a colostomy bag. I cant use street marjuana due to the chemicals placed on it. My cancer has caused serios chemical allergies. Clean medical grade would be of great help to my pain, but alas the state of Penn. has no access to it."
"I think it should be legal for severe medical injuries only because it alleviates pain better than most other things"
"Yes! Was against it but a friend with cannabis oil freed me of pain for almost 24 hours. I take opiates for chronic pain. On that day, I needed none of my 90/60/90 mg dose until 5pm for withdrawal symptoms only! It is tragic that our government has hidden this wonder drug and the effects on the severely ill. This man was cured of stage IV cancer of the lung due to the oil. So I tried it & it allowed me to reduce my dose to one 30mg MS Contin for the day!"
"Yes it should and doctors should say who gets it to uses"
"I think that Marijuana is the best and cheap medicine for some uncureable deaseses. It should help more ill people."
"People with health issues should be able to benefit from its use"
"I all for it.weed is awesome."
"what if you only have one month to live? If hey legalize marijuana you could prolong that sickness."
"I make a salve that help with muscle spasms and back pain. I rub the salve on the affected area and it helps relieve pain, plane and simple. It is also great for arthritis or dental pain with no funky side effects. No constipation, no addiction, and I don't get stoned. I think alcohol is more of a gateway drug than marijuana, it's just more socially acceptable."
"Marijuana is a very useful tool in relieving stress, pain & the daily rat race that the American government has put us in! We the people no longer have control of our country! The preamble says we the people. It really should read, "this is how it is going to be"! Because we the government said so! So what is next! You are now (75) years old & you are no longer allowed to live any longer, & we the government say you are to be removed from society! You are to be executed tomorrow! We the people need to rule our country & our lives! Vote to legalize marijuana! Help us help ourselves!"
"The components of marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol, Dronabinol and nabilone have been proven to be effective to treat symptoms of diseases like multiple sclerosis, cancer, AIDS, and epilepsy. They also help patients that are undergoing chemotherapy and decrease the side effects of nausea and vomiting. The legalization in 23 States including the State of Columbia show the attitude towards the use of medical marijuana and also the potential to develop remedies that can be helpful to treat severe illnesses."
"it could help cure people who do not eat alot and allow them to start to eat normaly"
"As someone who suffers from a chronic painful disease, and has no relief from the ultimately toxic FDA approved drugs, I am strongly for legalization. The drugs I take cause liver and kidney disease and failure over time, because of this I have to see multiple doctors and have multiple test just to check the health of these organs--all because of FDA approved drugs. As for the concern of getting others high with your prescription, many strains are used for edibles, not smoking and do not produce the "high" of street drugs. They are designed for pain relief as well as relieving symptoms of many other illnesses.There are many resources and studies done that prove the effectiveness of marijuana. I also know folks who have access to medical marijuana and one person in particular has amazing relief for her bipolar disorder (lives in CO.) and no longer needs the toxic FDA approved meds which have worse side effects than the marijuana. My hope is that it will be ultimately approved at least as a medicine nationwide.What many don't understand is with chronic pain many are put on opioids which by the way are very addictive and expensive. Side effects are horrible and require more drugs to relieve side effects-a vicious cycle."
"I think Marijuana should be legal weather it be Medical or Recreation, look at all the Drug addicts on all the pain killers, Alcohol does more damage than Marijuana, No one has every died or killed anyone using Marijuana."
"Cheaper, safer, better option vs pharmaceuticals for patients suffering with MANY illnesses. Marijuana is not the gate way drug, pharmaceuticals is.The only patients that die from marijuana are those with a sever allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)."
"I am for it I have M S I am in so much pain today if it would help than yes"
"The pain medications that Iam on cause severe constipation, bruised skin, depression , loss of libido, feeling warmth (hot flashes, I am male ) and many more.I've had bleeding lesions in my digestive system. Too many DANGEROUS, Life threatening side effects from NSAIDS, Check it out !"
"I am Pro. I have pernicious anemia which caused spinal and nerve damage. I can not walk very far without loosing the feeling in my legs. I am in constant pain caused by the nerve damage. My doctor would recommend marijuana if it were legal in the stat of Texas"
"I agree with legalizing marijuana because i have a lot of things i use it for. I use it because i am anorexic, i have insomnia, i have major depression, i have a bad cause of anxiety, for pain, etc. Point is marijuana is like any other type of medicine, it helps cure many things! I'm not addicted to it, but i do need it, its a lot better than taking 6 different medications at the same time in my opinion. I rather smoke twice a day (which i don't i smoke once every month- 3 months) than go back to those pills."
"I am 16 years old and have been using cannabis for over 2 years now. I was diagnosed with panic disorder at 12. I was put on Xanax at 14, and not even 3 months after being prescribed, i tried to commit suicide. In an attempt to rebel against my parents, i began to expirement with cannabis. Not only did this help cure my benzodiazepine addiction, It had almost eradicated my panic attacks. It really ticks me off when people say "cannabis isn't for you." Granted, cannabis is not for everyone, but who are you to say it's not for me?"
"marijuana is a good way to get things out of your mind such as being depressed or if your recently heart broken,have no friends... i have been smoking marijuana since i was in 5th grade and i was only 10 years old ....marijuana is addictive but it only causes a person to have a huge appetite, and the relaxation if it. From what I see and what has happen to some of my friends is that Marijuana can lead to other death drugs but it ONLY happens to the weak minded people. I to was falling for other drugs such as cocaine but i had realized in the next 2 weeks that what I was doing is No good for me and I'm not getting nothing out of it but loosing money.time.and of course brain cells. I realized that smoking marijuana doesn't make you loose anything because if you can control your high and manage the other things that goes on your life then i say let marijuana open your eyes to the real world...."
"Marijuana should be legal because it can save lives. If I was sick, marijuana could save me, I would love to have it!"
"Medical marijuana is good despite what other people say it could help for a lot of medical reasons such as severe headaches, cancer, and can help cure epilepsy and seizures."
"I am all for medical Marijuana. I have been in the medical field for over 20 years and have NEVER seen a patient get cancer from smoking marijuana. 90% of my patients smoke it whether legal or not. It's way cheaper and less harmful than all the pills the pharmacies distributeIt is best way to help anxiety. We have to quit thinking old and get on board open our minds and accept the change for the better."
"Yes I'm 100% for it being a medical option, I'm living proof it cures breast cancer and other cancers, and living proof it helps with pain people should do more research on the Internet to find real truth about it and learn of how many years it's been proven to cure and help it is not a gateway drug"
"pro, because I was a sceptic proven wrong. I had to prove theeffective pain killing effects and did!"
"yes it fights cancer and helps bowel diseases and helps anxiety+"
"I used to wake up in pain due to breaking my back, they prescribed me strong pain killers, I was supposed to take 2 at a time but then it got to the point where I had to start taking 3 or 4 and somedays it didn't even help, I was always throwing up I was depending on something that would only help me on a good day, my body grew a tolerance. I'm only 18 years old and I have never been so depressed in my life at that point in time, I laid in bed, I got sick all of the time, I lost friends and I didn't want to be here anymore as soon as I found out about medical cannabis I wanted to give it a try, the first time I tried it I was so relieved, my back didn't hurt and it got better and better each day, I finally got the spirit to get up and go back to physical therapy, I believe that medical cannabis saved my life, I am back to myself! Please legalize, everyone needs to know what amazing things this plant can do. Also, if you have never tried it please don't judge it."
"I I am with the majority of you. Suffering is no joke. I have attempted suicide numerous times while in pain! I don't want to die. Although I do want to kill the pain. My way of killing the pain is through Marijuana. Every time that I have told the truth to the doctors to let them know what works and what doesn't for my body I was given the boot. No one no doctor wants to work with a person who is using cannabis even though it is for a medical reason. Sorry to say I really don't care how other people use it, as long as it's healthy. And from what I have gone through I laugh at the commercials when they tell the risk of taking their medicine. It is comical that they would tell us how harmful it is, but not listen to how important cannabis is in more in over the World. I will no longer hide behind a wall, my home, my face, nor my name, to hide that I am in need this medication, or I surely will die!! Thank you for listening!!!"
"I strongly believe it should be a medical option. The medical properties in the plant can help with many conditions some of which we have no cure for . Yes it can be a gateway drug but only if you abuse it and use it beyond the necessary need but that is like every drug such as Vicodin or OxyContin ect. I read one of the cons being that marijuana caused their kid to go in a path that killed him but was he using it medicinally or as a drug any perscription drug is dangerous if you use it excessively. If you're against marijuana just because of the gateway factor think any drug is a gateway drug really. Medical marijuana isn't just used to smoke you can create healing sav the targets back, knee, join pain ect. A lot of people are focusing on the few negative factors of it and that's why they're against it but they are so many positive ones. Pictures this a girl as sleep anosmnia no sleep medications are working so she starts using medical marijuana and she gets 7 hours of sleep witch may not seem like much except the most sleep she has gotten in one night I'm 3 months is 4 hours ,now it seems like a medicine, now it seems good."
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"I have PTSD from childhood and it helps majorly. I have almost constant anxiety and it calms me down."
"yes it could help a lot of people"
"yes they should. Because it helps the person who wants it. and it makes the pain go away."
"i am for it because it helps the patient.it helps calm your mind.it helps take away stress."
"I know first hand the benefits of THC for Pain, Gastro. issues and arthritis. Also way less side effects of the pharmaceutical drugs that the V.A. prescribe me."
"I am for the use of medical marijuana for the simple fact that not only is it useful but causes less harm than what is being used now. Drug companies create pharmaceuticals that cause issues needing you to take other pharmaceuticals. A never ending cycle."
"yes it should,it works for people ,and the only reason states wont want it is,because they want to give harder prison and jail time for gov who have privatized your prison systems, period, i live in michigan where gov snyder wants more people in jail ,why else would you not do this"
"marijuana is ggod for your health it should not be controlled and should be grown like corn, grown everywhere"
"Because of the documented benefits and the front row seat I have had to see the benefits and the frustration of patients that struggled with using it because of the illegality of it. Shame on those that take a stance against without putting themselves in the shoes of those it benefits or could benefit."
"I have had two operations in my left knee, one in my right knee, and two in my left shoulder. I also have sever arthritis in both knees and shoulder. Pain is an every day thing and until 2015 I just lived with it. Now I wake up and take Aleve which helps a lot but now I bleed a lot from just a scratch. I have tried marijuana recently and find I sleep great and the pain in my knees are much better. I do not smoke very often only when I really need a good sleep. I am 61 and live in Texas and really believe medical marijuana should be legal."
"The medical reasons for it clearly outweigh many of the drugs given today for various conditions. Opium based drugs kill and addict, cannabis is the better alternative."
"I thing marijuana use can be good or benefits for us, if it can relief some different symptoms, then we can use it, but we need to be carefully."
"To be honest yes i have smoked it one or twice but it was stupid because i used it for no reason just to feel good. marijuana is bad unless any one puts bad stuff in with it. People lace it and put other liquids with the marijuana. You can die from smoking i understand but no one has over dosed on it. i believe is should be legal to have if your at least 21 though."
"Because the united states is supposed to be about freedom. The government took away our rights to a plant that natural grows in our soil and slapped strict laws and restrictions on it. Which has cause the reputation for pot to be demonized and become the blame for society's problems. During that time we have lost out on learning more about a plant that has great potential in helping people who are sick. So much time wasted by not studying it to the fullest. The people who have lost out the most our sick children that might have benefited from this plant if the prohibition of it never occurred. I don't understand why people are still not accepting of this plant."
"You don't have to be on the street corner, you can get it delivered or go into a dispensary to buy your product. No worries about the cops, can get it anytime, can see the menu, the prices are mostly the same when compared to their own kind of buds, despite all the fake reviews. You get to meet other weed heads which can lead to a date, unless of course your amongst rockers from west Canada who are not used to you NOT looking or sounding like an immigrant and in fact YOU may respond or regulate which they might not be used to from your kind of people in the west-coast Canada and dispensary are protected by police. may even be an ex-cop as the owner. The doctors are making money, dispensary making money and our province are getting tax dollars that's with the assumption they have all the books."
"I think that this is good because it has helped a lot of people. Medical marijuana saved a lot of peoples lives for a long time. There would be a lot of deaths if medical marijuana."
"Yes because it can help people that have cancer get cured faster and people that are really sick can also get cured faster."
"marijuana is not a bad thing they should legalize not tobacco like why band something that actually helps people instead they make something that can give cancer like really your going to band a plant that naturally grows from the ground and is also a medicine. Like who idea was it to make it band in the first place and make tobacco legal like really?"
"I almost feel s if some people are ignorant to the fact that medical marijuana can be ingested without smoke and without the psychoactive high. This makes it safer than an Asprin. Perfect for most people. Or would they prefer we digest prescribed drugs being that they have the highest morbidly and mortality rate? So, what the objection now?"
"I have ALS"
"Yes, it should be available to anyone that just wanted to use it instead of drinking alcohol. We all know that in moderation it is no where close to any kind of damage to your body like we know that alcohol is and now there are medical facts that Pot helps many people with medical problems. In Canada and Europe it is legal, but yet here in our U.S. our politicians are worried that it may cost them so under the table kick back money and continue to sit on their hands instead of passing a Federal Law to make all Marijuana in the U.S. legal. Again it shows just how out of touch and uninterested Congress is in doing what the people that they work for want and demand to be done. I just hope all of the voters will remember and vote them out when their election time comes around."
"I was run over by an SUV 8 years ago and almost killed, I am also a cancer survivor, had several surgeries, chemo 6.5 hours a day that destroyed my body and heart. I have neuropathies, migraines, my MRI report is literally 16 pages long. I have several health issues that ruin my life, chronic pain everyday. I never sleep. It bothers me to complain. Sometimes it just gets really difficult, and I am tired of taking opiate analgesics, but all other options are exhausted. I cannot stand being married to these expensive medications. I also have heart damage which gets a lot worse because my BP goes way up on bad days, and I am at the point where I would try the marijuana, if there is even a chance to help with some of this. My headaches are severe, and I am just in constant pain even with high dose analgesics, I would have to consume it because I cannot smoke, but I read it works that way too. From what I understand it will be legal in my state soon. It seems stupid to me that you cannot buy a plant. Has anyone had experience with marijuana and severe chronic pain? If you have had any success, or negative experiences, I am interested to hear about either. I am only 37, I just want some quality of life back, and live my life. Thank you."
"Yes, it helps with pain but it works differently than other meds. I think it acts on the mind and makes other things more interesting and important, and the pain goes more to the background. My guess but it does work as so many attest."
"Have tried every other options for migraines; it helps when other options DO NOT with other multiple medical conditions;And also I do not feel that ETOH- should be legal & pot which can actually prove of benefit IS not acceptable!!"
"I feel marijuana should be used for medical things only. It should still stay illegal for people that don't need it. So it should be used for cancer and other things it is needed for"
"Even tho I can agree that people with sever conditions could benefit from this being legal, it is a sad truth that too many with no medical issue find a doctor to lie for them and abuse the system. I had a friend who used to drive a garbage truck and he had the medical marijuana licenses, unfortunately he would smoke a little before work and a little during lunch until one day while he was high he ran a red light and killed a family in a small car. Too many ways to abuse it when it is legalize."
"anything can be abused, are you a pro or con of helping people? the weed didn't kill that family, your buddy did."
"I have tried over 25 different plants/flowers that are medicinal and I must be honest and say that the majority of them were not flushed properly by their grower. There is an after taste, it does not burn properly and it is always 2 out of 5. Whereas your dealer may sell 5 out of 5 level. They are serving mostly certain groups of people in our society who are different then others I.E. Torontonians VS out of towners for sellers and elite class, rich and medical patients as buyers. They charge tax and they are working with Govt to hype the prices per gram which is an insult to weed heads all across Ontario currently pimped by Vancouver/British Columbia. Mafia really suck up north so does their products. Bikers also are not consistent and these gangs are mostly posers. Again, if your new to Toronto or can't find a dealer and are cold, have arthritis issues then dispensaries is cool but honestly it seems like a gimmick set by Govt/ Growers and distributors who now get to make up fake prices. So how is it i can get 5 out 5 for same amount and for lessor = no tax? Support dealers and gain confidence of all these weed heads in Toronto, in fact dealers have closed down shops for good due to the invasion by Calgary. British Columbia etc"
"Because people can use the products irresponsibly."
"The exact same thing can be said about alcohol but yet it's still legal."
"The same can be said about lighters, sharp objects of any kind, cars, anything heavy enough to cause physical harm (let's say 10 pounds in weight), etc. Would you prefer we all live in plastic bubbles?"
"You are asking the wrong question. I don't care if cancer patients or patients with AIDS or someone with another debilitating illness that causes them pain relieves that pain with medical marijuana. What I DO care about is the fact that dispensaries all over the place are dispensing "medical marijuana" to addicts who simply want to get high. And many of these "patients" get in their cars and drive home (or where ever) and are high as a kite when they're behind the wheel. I completely object to children being exposed to marijuana (medical or otherwise)--and know perfectly well that the "high parent" is not an attentive parent who is adequately cognizant of his/her responsibilities. Also, having "medical marijuana" in the home leaves the door wide open for children to have access to it directly--or be psychologically induced to use it on their own in the future. No one should have to ingest anyone else's second hand smoke--whether it's from a cigarrete or from a joint. I haven't met too many people who use marijuana who necessarily care whether or not what they are doing is impacting or affecting others around them--particularly older people and/or children. Employees who use medical marijuana should never be stoned at work!"
"How do you feel about pharmacies doing the same thing with worse drugs? There's more people that leave bars after drinking and drive, a lot more deaths also. You obviously have no experience first had with this 'medicine' and probably have never been affected personally by a 'stoner' or drug addict that just smoked weed. This isnt meth, or heroin, or cocaine, All of which have been "legally" given through pharmacies in the past. You will never be safe from everything Sindi, marijuana users should be the least of your worries nowadays. Peace."
"It will give people reasons to take it, and if it does take effect and helps them, who knows what will happen after the effect takes place? Why are people pushing marijuana use but instead not trying to administer another remedy? We could be studying the effects of other plants, not some leaf with a deadly history. Lives crumple by the effect of addiction, and what a way for others to find a loophole into it."
"I like how you have used "deadly history". There has not been one recorded death from using marijuana. As for alcohol, has an average 88,000 deaths a year."
"People are force fed Lortab, etc. to comply with doctors. These drugs are addicting, so its better to force feed synthetic drugs that cause addiction and do not work for a lot of pain conditions? Do some research into why Marijuana was made illegal in the first place, remember the "Just Say No" program has done nothing to stop the use of very dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine, crack and meth. People die every day from the use of these drugs and prescribed medicines by overdosing as what was prescribed is a dose that no longer works. Plants are the first medicines man ever used, what do you say to a person who has taken synthetic medication for a particular problem for years and still has no relief from symptoms only to find out there is a small fraction of medication in the pills manufactured? Taking useless medication and paying for it, what do you think that person should do?"
"People can use it for non-medical reasons."
"of course they can use it for non-medical reasons but the purpose of this article isnt about that. its about the medical reasons"
"Medical marijuana lacks FDA approval.Although it is used for medicine and specific dosages are given, it is easy to consume too much, which can harm a patient greatly.For a drug to be legal and marked as beneficial, it has to be tested many times with hundreds to thousands of human subjects.However, there have only been a few tests made and within the data that the government does have, here is a lack of consistent, scientific data proving the benefits, so it is risky to use.Some of the health risks are that it impairs ones thinking and memory, lowers reaction times, increases the risk of heart attack, heightens the risk of getting respiratory infections, suppresses the immune system, makes one potential for withdrawal symptoms, and causes depression. Too little research has been done on using marijuana as medicine, and the results are unstable. Although there have been positive effects, there is still too much risk involved and may have more disadvantages than advantages. For example, a cancer patient may use cannabis as medicine, not knowing that it is altering his/her brain and sense of balance or memory. However, with the amount of information that the United States has so far, it would be boorish to legalize it now."
"The side of effects of alcohol are far worse. Marijuana does not have to be smoked, it can be ingested, nebulized or used as a topical rub. Marijuana has been used for thousands of years, up until 60 years ago it was a common weed grown on all 7 continents like a dandelion weed, In fact you could purchase it over the counter at your local pharmacy. Marijuana has been used and studied longer than any pharmaceutical. The reason it's not legal is pharmaceutical lobbyist. The only report deaths are those who have a sever allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).Yes it makes people lazy, alters their reaction time, and short term memory but so does Benadryl (sold over the counter), so does melatonin, camel mil and many more.Marijuana is life saving for the right patient.It should be regulated and there should be consequences if it's used while driving, or at work. It should be legal and we should tax it. Think of the revenues that your state could benefit from. That money could go to our school system to raise teacher pay, get our country out of debt and much, much more.You have to choose between kids taking pharmaceuticals or marijuana, marijuana is the safer choice."
"Many "drugs" have been voted FDA approved and killed millions of people over the years. I don't put faith in FDA."
"Medical marijuana can be used in pill and food forms rendering your info about lung damage inaccurate. Are you not aware of the dangers of opiods, they far exeed that of marijuana. I have known a dozen people in my life that have died due to opiods. I do not know of a soul that has died due to marijuana use. I am a stage 4 cancer patient unable to use opiods due to there chemical make up and side effects. Marijuana would be an option for me to not suffer from serious debilitating daily pain."
"Not sure where you are getting you information,but you couldn't be further from the truth. for one you can not consume to much and the risks you say are all unsubstantiated.In-fact all the literature shows the complete opposite. you have definitely been listening to the bogus propaganda the government has been forcing down the public's throat for the last 50+ years. the united states government has been doing research behind the scenes and in fact has put a patent on medicinal cannabis.there are many countries who have been doing research since the 1970's and have been successfully treating 100's of thousands of patients with depression,cancer,lupus,dementia,MS,chronic pain,arthritis,and many many more ailments."
"Every other "drug" you get from doctors have side effects to and many of them can cause other health problems. They also have a tendency to become addictive. You can also overdose on every over the counter medicine you get."
"Marijuana should not be legalized, because it could cause major disrupments in our community. There are people who would take advantage of this and abuse it causing chaos all because of one decision."
"Mj is useless!!! The only reason why people want it to be a medical drug is because they are already addicted to it!!! People are just gonna try to find a way to get it as a medical drug so they can use it as an illegal drug."
"its impossible to get addicted to marajuana....."
"What have you been smoking??? My cousin died from it"
"It is a drug, it will cause addiction and with addiction comes the smashing point. We are not allowing such powerful substances into society."
"are you kidding me, marijuana is not addictive at all; tobacco can be accessed by anyone who goes to public school and that is completely legal. Tobacco is one of the most addictive drugs out there anyway"
"No because people with an illness could just give their marijuana to people who just wanna get high!"
"What about pharmaceuticals? Those are sold and given away every day. People actually die from pharmaceutical over doses. When people smoke, or ingest to much weed, the solution is sleep it off. People don't die unless they have an allergic reaction."
"I don't want to get high with THC, but that's not the pain killing chemical in mj. It works. God forbid you ever need it. Educate yourself."
"The only con I can think of is we need to be able to control the sale and distribution of marijuana like we do for cigarettes for children under 18 or 21 years old. We have to protect our children from all substances."
"Try parenting. I hear it's not easy but you reap all kinds of rewards by helping your children have as much information about the world and the people in it, so they can make proper determination about how the proceed in as many situations as possible."
"Well, then, we better prohibit alcohol huh? There is nothing more dangerous than a drunk driver to us all. 50% of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Did you know that cannabis is considered to be a performance enhancing drug and that athletes are sometimes forbidden to use it in competition because of the edge it gives. I don't think you can say that about alcohol. So, if you want to prohibit cannabis you might as well prohibit alcohol which is so much more impairing and to which so many young people become addicted."
"John, Do you think that sellers on the black market check ID's before they sell cannabis today? My kid is in an A rated public middle school in Florida and he has witnessed kids selling cannabis at school. Only legalization can stop this."
"It is a gateway drug #googleit"
"No it is not a gateway drug. Having a party mentality and using alcohol is where that all begins. Marijuana is not addicting either, only if persons add other substances to the marijuana can it become an addicting drug. There is so much misinformation floating around and people never do research on what is fact and fiction. Therefore the ignorance is in abundance."
"it only is if you let it"
"This is outrageous! Who in their right mind would sponsor this! It is like waving a flag in front of kids to use drugs!"
"Dude it might be drugs but there's no deaths from it and it helps people, the only reason it would be bad is if people use it the wrong way. Marijuana helps people and it's better to have a drug that will make you be able to fight certain diseases than a pill or other medicine that won't do much. It's not the marijuana that's wrong it's the way people use it."
"Interesting. The drug of choice now is heroin as well as "cocktails" from Mom and Dad's stash of prescription drugs. I am a parent of 2 teenagers who are anti drug. One of them is a licensed EMT and guess what? She has had to administer narcan many times in order to save a life. She has also seen kids and young adults overdose and die from heroin and PRESCRIPTION meds, but never has had to respond to someone overdosing on marijuana. Medical use of marijuana is safer than opioids for relief of chronic pain."
"The flag has already been wildly waved in front of the kids and it was named the DARE program. This program gave the kids more info then they needed and made many of them more curious."
"Well, maybe parents should get off the drugs they are using such as nicotine, alcohol, meth, cocaine, heroin, Lortab, Oxycodone, etc and see what their kids are doing while they are unsupervised by their parents who are just too busy with their own drug use to even bother feeding their kids.Where do you think these kids end up? Repeating the things they learn from Mom and Dad!"
"So if your dad was sitting in front of you dying of cancer, and majauana is a option, and you declined it. you would see him dye.BTW weed is great.."
"It probably need more research to transform a bad plant to useful plant. It probably need more scientific research to transform such addictive plant to medical purposes like something for a cure for desease, cancer like breast cancer, diabetis, HIV and soforth."
"Marijuana is not addictive. It has no addictive additives. There are even strains of Marijuana scientists have created that make it to where the user doesn't even get a high but it relieves the pain from things such as arthritis."
"Roland,Bad plant? Addictive? Did you know that every day hundreds of people die from legal alcohol and drugs? Did you know that no one has ever died from cannabis? Please get better informed. Cannabis can not cure cancer or HIV. It can, however, help people tolerate the strong drugs that they have to take when they are getting cured for these diseases. Why should they have to suffer??? What if it were YOU that was in pain and only cannabis helped? What would you think then?"
"I just got certified for medicinal marijuana use for generalized anxiety disorder. It took me 22 minutes from the time I opened the front door to when I left the building. Wow."
"Medical marijuana definitely has it's medical benefits to it's patients but, it is too easily accessible. It seems that by just having some lower back problems can get you a card these days and that can be dangerous. The people that claim to have back issues can sometimes not actually have pain and just use the card to smoke and not get caught. This brings a bad reputation to card holders that actually use marijuana to ease their pains. States that allow medical marijuana needs to develop a better plan for stricter rules on getting a card. Card holders who don’t use marijuana for medical reasons often sell to people who want to smoke which cause a problem for the public. If the government and medical associates can figure out a better plan to permit card holders than medical marijuana can expand throughout the country and benefit those in proper need. Until then, medical marijuana should not be permitted because it is too easily accessed and falls in the hands of average people to easy."
"So, in your mind it is better to let someone suffer when they do not have to. Taking a lot of peoples pain away can enable them to get a job and feel productive, have less anxiety about their living situation. There will always be people that fake symptoms if they can, no stopping that. But there are plenty that are in severe pain and have horrible quality of life that should not have to live this way."
"I'm a patient and use medical cannabis. Properly used it has helped with my vascular disease by helping the circulation in my body it also aids in he phantom pains from my left leg being amputated. Until you can walk in someone else's shoes and truly understand the benefits of this GOD GIVEN plant that can in it's plant form as well as other forms such as concentrates edibles and topical rubs, that provide relief for MANY ailments. The side effects are none compared to manufactured medications. Why deny people hope and a better quality of life. Educate yourself more."
"Natalie, do you mean that it would be easier to access with a medically verified reason than it is today on the black market? Last time I checked drug dealers weren't carding their buyers! Why should one person have to suffer just because a different person is afraid of what's already happening? What if YOU were the unfortunate person who had to live in pain that only cannabis could relieve? Would you still feel the same way?"
"I work for a publicly funded mental health board and in the past few years we have seen an increase in psychosis symptoms in young adults that correlate with marijuana use. I don't question the potential medical benefits to address symptoms for some diseases; the active ingredients could be extracted by pharmaceutical companies and sold with a prescription. The fact that wealthy "pro" opponents are behind the legalization makes me that much more skeptical. There's no logic to legalizing a drug that has to be smoked and clearly damages lungs."
"Wrong, marijuana does not have to be smoked, it can be consumed or even vaped which shows no negative effects on lung use. Vaporizing marijuana is the procedure of heating up the drug to a point where a vapor is realized. This does not damage lungs. Please get informed."
"Well, Chris, the logic in legalizing cannabis is that it will no longer have to be smoked since it will be available in edible form.As far as 'pro' legalization being behind the legalization, isn't that one in the same? I mean, who do you think is behind legalization if not the 'pro' legalization people? What exactly are you skeptical about? That makes no sense. It's like saying that you're skeptical about Pepsi retailers wanting Pepsi to be legal. Do you know what makes me skeptical? The fact that the FDA isn't acknowledging the useful benefits of cannabis. Why aren't they?If you don't question the benefits of cannabis then why wont the FDA reschedule it out of Class 1, where meth and heroin reside?Working backwards from your comment, maybe cannabis provides relief to folks with psychosis, which is why you're seeing a correlation in cases with smokers with symptons. If only the FDA would allow proper scientific studies we would know more about how this works. But alas, they sit on their hands and keep the drug war going. How else can they justify paying the DEA $70,000,000 a day??"
"When you educate yourself on the psychological effects of CBD you will realize why there is an increase in psychosis.Prohibition pressures have literally been breeding the CBD out of cannabis strains, resulting in the most commonly used strains having 1% or less CBD.This is the same thing as using high amounts of marinol, synthetic thc without any terpenes or additional cannabinoids.When your kids with psychosis issues start using high cbd cannabis, all those issues will go away. Period.Number 1... the only reason people SMOKE cannabis is because it's too freaking expensive through prohibition. Those of us that are free to grow and use it without restrictions always move to eating cannabis in some form or other, drastically reducing the 'smoking' to more of a pleasure based activity.Your opinions are based on your awareness, which comes from a position of prohibition biased information streams. Those of us with the freedom to use cannabis are beginning to know and share the truth.Educate and free the people. Free cannabis."
"I work for the National Cancer Society. Your information is entirely fabricated or delusional. Its the other way around. Marijuana was originally suppressed by pro synthetic pharma and cotton ranchers, because mmj was a better product and cheaper to get. And today the AMA is still against pot because it alleviate all the deadly symptoms caused by major pharma prescriptions. It outperforms all synthetics they make money on."
"It does not "have to be" smoked. You can make it into oil and cook it into food. THC has been synthesized and made into pills as well. It's called Maridol. You should really do some more research, especially considering you work for a public mental health board. It's also been known to help cases of psychosis, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD when the correct strain and amounts are used."
"Yes. Medical marijuana is a large help to cancer treatments and more but that isn't the problem. How easy is it to gain much a drug? You walk in, complain about a back pain which won't go away and you can be prescribed such a drug after a simple security check. Not only is this easy to obtain, it's a gateway drug for parties and an easy abuse.I had multiple kids, my age, who had to undergo such a scary thing with their parents getting into marijuana for medical and enjoyment reasons. Both ended badly. Let me point out that every human body is different and reacts in different ways with different stuff. Drinking and Allergies are only one example. Drugs are no exception to the human body. Results of medical purposed marijuana comes out inconsistent. Why risk such a thing on an easy pain which some strong medical drug can easily obtain? The rest should be self-explanatory.As Robbie Darden states of being ashamed to such a problem, I would like say I agree. Something so bad needs such help, but for a pain in adults?"
"You are so wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to begin.Just know that all your experiences and those around you that have been negative are due to prohibition and ignorance. Ultimately you've been sold a bad bill of goods (and apparently contaminated/wrong cannabis) and you're taking it at face value.Educate yourself, some comments will stay online for decades. Long after you've educated yourself and feel bad for posting such tripe.Be good to yourself!"
"My journey Of 11 years on opiates is killing me I didn't choose this,a person on a cell phone did when they tboned me.I think opiates are the gateway drug, and killing thousands.THC is a proven pain killer, get a grip on reality.Check the side effects on the NSAIDS. What how many ads for drug comp. on the evening news...."
"That's why we have medical marijuana doctors who are trained and have studied how to deal with things like side effects.But I guess we should all take opiates and prescription barbituates instead?These types of comments infuriate me with how stupid and brainwahsed our society is when millions die from alcohol and tobacco while we give our children methamphetamines to treat ADHD. but no, weed is the problem obviously."
"How easy is it? Certainly not any easier than getting a prescription for any other medicine from a doctor. The fact that parents can't control their children, or that the children don't respect or agree with their parents decisions is another problem. Cannabis has been medicine for thousands of years, it's as old or older than any other medicine, and proven effective for something over the years or it would have been forgotten. To prefer chemotherapy and radiation to cannabis if it is at all effective, which could be true, is not good thinking to my mind."
"The only way is if it is prescribed by physicians and dispensed be pharmacies."
"You should consider educating yourself on the subject. MMJ is a natural drug than in now injected with smoke and without psychoactive effects. Physicians only dispense synthetic drugs with horrible site effects and the highest rate of morbidity and mortality,"
"I believe that it should be heavily regulated by the DEA and dispenesed by pharmacies not dispeneseries. I also believe that it should be in a form other that that to be smoked. It should be prescribed be doctors. And all of this would have to be done at the Federal level. No one said anything about buying it at schools or on a corner to me and what little I know about the law that is illegal not to mention immoral."
"Mary, you mean as opposed to today where you can buy it at school? Or at the corner? Fact is that it's easy to get weed today. Legalization would be a barrier between kids and cannabis which does not exist today! You're correct though, through pharmacies would be a good start."
"There are other natural alternatives besides marijuana, that are not FDA approved but have been effective in relieving pain and in reversing some cancer symptoms. One example is pine Bark use. It is not addictive. The side effects of marijuana are too risky. The current marijuana plants are also more potent than the old fashioned 60's plants. Many studies were done without the newly propagated varieties."
"Josephine, So what if pine bark is not effective? Do you have any other suggestions for what I should and shouldn't be allowed to try for my pain? How about if I tell you that you can't drink your favorite drink anymore because this other drink also quenches your thirst? That's pretty much what you're saying. Yes, cannabis is stronger today than it was 20 years ago and it will be stronger still 20 years from now. What's your point? The fact is that we have no idea what strength we are getting because the only way to get it now is on the black market, which is just as easy as ordering a pizza! The side effects of cannabis are but a fraction of the risk you expose yourself to with legal alcohol, tobacco and drugs! Hundreds of Americans die every day from legal drug overdoses according to government sources. ZERO die from cannabis. How are the side effects more risky for cannabis?"
"The FDA is as corruptable as any government department. They approve dangerous medicines all the time. Adderall (which is literally methampethamine) to 11 year olds, yea no, that's cool.Instead of telling cancer patients to chew bark, how about you leave them alone, stop getting in the way of positive change, and let them have a medicine that is proven to work for both pain and appitite?"
"LOLSorry, but high cbd cannabis is so ridiculously effective for so many different things your post made me laugh.The biggest problem is that prohibition means almost none of you have ever come in contact with truly clean and awesome cannabis. This has influenced every experience you and those around you have had.Get educated and you'll be much happier about the whole thing :)"
"No. marijuana is bad for you, i don't understand why people haven't been taught in gradeschool that marijuana is one of the prime drugs that is damaging for the lungs and affects the brain. there are several other cons to the drug but the main worry is the lungs. yes, the drug is smoked. it affects the lungs the same way a cigarette does. Don't just use this opportunity as an excuse to get high for fun. we all know that this is the only thing they want. this is a terrible idea because no child wants to grow up and spend their life in a city where you can pick up some pot in a pharmacy. this is an easy way for anyone to have access to the drug, with or without any medical problems. this debate needs to be overlooked. there are so many things people haven't thought about. there is absolutely no logic in legalizing a drug that just hurts the lungs and possibly worsens the problem. It isn't even fully proven that this drug even helps major sicknesses, so why would anyone take the risk?? I'm sorry for my opinion but I am a very logical and thinking person. this is a terrible idea. don't ruin the future."
"Cannabis is one of the safest plants you can put in your body. It has never killed anyone and our bodies are designed to take it in without nasty side effects. It's non toxic, and works instantly. I can only think those who are against it are working for the pharmaceutical industry or have swallowed the reefer madness-madness. Thank God there are studies being done in America even though it has been studies since the 80's in Israel and Spain. National Geographic, Newsweek and more main stream media are reporting it as a legitimate medicine and millions of people have testimonials how it has helped them. Enough with the "it's bad for you" nonsense."
"That's not true at all though. Effects of Marijuana Smoking on the Lung by Dr Donald Tashkin is a study that covered 20 years and over 5000 patients and found that the only harm caused by marijuana smoking is bronchitis - inflammation of the throat caused by the hot air you're inhaling, which results in increased mucus and coughing and goes away shortly after you cease burning your throat.No cancer. No lung disease. Better lung function in some cases.Why the demonization of cannabis? It's far less harmful than alcohol for recreational use, and it is proven to help many things.I suppose you enjoy seeing cancer and AIDS patients suffer? How about little children dying of seizures? MS patients in terrible spasms and pain? Even if it was only creating a placebo effect (it's not), who are you to tell another human being what they can do with their own body?"
"It can be ingested (eaten), nebulized or used as a topical rub. I hope you'll do more research on the subject with an open mind. Google CNN Sanja Gupta report on marijuana. He was very out spoken against weed for many years, the more he researched it with and open mind, the more his views changed. He has 3 documentaries explaining how we've been lied to all our lives from D.A.R.E.Weed saves lives!!!"
"Medical marijuana is not for smoking????????? DAH! it is in pill form, research it, if you get Cancer you will be begging for it to be passed, I do not smoke nor would I smoke but I have had Cancer twice and I Pray for it to pass!"
"Your comment " it affects the lungs the same way a cigarette does." is not exactly accurate. But this is not the point..... Cannabis IS medicine, or was until outlawed in 1937, and still is to those who use it to their benefit. There have been no recorded deaths from cannabis, and in a few situations there is no other medicine that works as well, or it is the 'least bad' of other medicines. Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's highly informative videos please....."
"This is only the first step in getting marijuana legalized. I would hate to think that our children would be raised in a world where its normal or OK to smoke pot. Think of what it will do to our children inhaling second hand smoke. It slows the brain down where people don't function in a normal way. Their ambition slows down. Even if medical marijuana passes with all the laws and stipulations you know there will always be people that find a way to get the drug by falsifying an aliment to a physician such as lower back pain etc. I hope for the future of our children this bill never passes."
"Alcohol has ruined way more lives than marijuana. Yes, if you use marijuana all day every day, you probably won't have much motivation, but that's not how most people who use it recreationally use it. Most people use it the same as alcohol, to unwind after a hard day of work or over the weekend. And it comes without the liver damage and potential other chronic health problems that come with alcohol. And once again, you do NOT have to smoke it. There are plenty of edible options."
"Only a mentally defective puritan would want to constantly bitch about what other people are doing. The British had the right idea round up the defects and send them out to sea.You need to wake up and stop being a defect. Booze and prescription pills kill Millions yet I don't hear your defective high pitched whine about them."
"Cathy, I hate to ruin your day but that world is already upon us. I would rather have my kids in a world where cannabis is normal or OK than have them in a world where cannabis is 'cool' like it is now. Don't you know that ALL kids go through a rebellious period in their lives where they want to do something that they're not supposed to? I would rather have a doctor stand in the way of my kid accessing cannabis like kids can right now on the black market. Do you think that sellers check ID now? Right now you don't even have to falsify an ailment. Right now there's NOTHING standing between kids and weed. In fact it's the kids that are selling it! I want it unavailable to kids! Legalization is the only way to make that happen. And if you're worried about second hand smoke then don't smoke in front of your kids and they wont have to deal with any."
"Maybe look at children who are given methamphetamines to treat ADHD instead of bitching about people who are dying and lives are made a bit better from cannibis.Things people take for granted like being able to eat solid food or not having panic attacks and migraines every day are allowed to have a higher quality of life thanks to this.Alcohol and Tobacco deaths are about 500,000 DEAD EVERY YEAR due directly to use of these drugs. And yes, they ARE DRUGS. That is 1 in every 5 deaths being due to alcohol or tobacco.How many deaths from marijuana do you think there are? Have you ever heard of anyone you know, or someone they know dying from marijuana? It does not happen.And as far as overdose, there is not one single documented case of a human being ever dying from a cannibis overdose in all of recorded history. Not one."
"Who goes around telling kids that it's ok to smoke pot? My Uncle smoked cigs. like a chimney. Doesn't mean I decided to do it. Liquor, cigarettes or pot, how about teaching kids nutrition and responsibility for their actions, so when they grow up they have knowledge and can make their own choices that are proper for themselves. If you are going to complain about what pot does to the brain, how about speaking out against the garbage food being offered everywhere you go? The crap being sprayed on your produce! How about the nerve agent Organophosphate and thousands of other chemicals you come in contact with and consume that you don't even know are there?"
"90% of Medical Marijuana is not smoked and does not have psychoactive effects. Your obviously not aware MMJ facts. In any event Nation Cancer Society did a 15 years study on thousands of pot smokers. In all, not a single case of Cancer or lung disease. Matter of fact because of the benefits of CBD when studying lungs of heavy pot smokers they found them lungs to be void of the same diseases found in Americans who dont smoke pot. Pot smoker are healthier by a wide margin. How so?"
"This is where good hands on parenting comes into play. Be with your kids when you are not working, supervise them, keep them at home and in your hair. My parents were hands on, we never went anywhere without a parent, never left the yard. Did not spend the night with other kids. It is your responsibility what your kids are exposed to."
"Medical Marijuana certainly has positive effects on users, increasing immune system function and increasing quality of life for those who suffer from diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Thus, with proper- heavy- regulation medical marijuana is positive. However, it's too accessible in its present form. It's too easy for someone to get a medical marijuana license by citing back problems and begin dealing the drug. Medical marijuana should only be provided to people with a serious need-- people with impairing and life threatening diseases that can be proven by a blood test. In addition, it should be provided by dispensaries rather than made available for "patients" to grow the drug. Because for those who lack more serious health problems, marijuana has negative effects on users and society. Not only is it proven to cause lackadaisical behavior that limits potential for productivity, but the gateway effect (studies show that most drug users started with cannabis) leads to the use of hard drugs that incite violent behaviors."
"Tommy, you sound like you just read a brochure from the gov propaganda dept! Want to talk about 'gateway drugs'? You can start with tobacco and alcohol. Did you know that cannabis makes people feel mellow and happy? Just the opposite of what you fear! Legal alcohol, on the other hand, make people act reckless and violent!If it's too accessible in it's present form don't you think that maybe we should try taking it off the black market and regulating it? I do! If you lived in chronic pain that was only relieved by cannabis what would you do? Live your life in pain or break the law and smoke cannabis? Cannabis is not illegal for public health reasons. It is illegal for political reasons. As you so accurately stated it does have positive effects on people who need it. Whether it's legal or not users will use it and non users wont. The only question is who will get the money? Mexican drug cartels or the US economy?"
"Sorry I insulted you Tommy, the truth has to hurts. As to your argument, no thank you, I don't need anybody telling me what naturally occurring substance I can take or not take. Before you make your DEE DEE DEE argument "Go ahead and eat poisonous mushrooms then". Read carefully, I can make a determination as to what is, or is not good for me. I don't need sub humans telling me, or heavily regulating, what nature has provided."
"As someone who suffers chronic back pain, I am praying my state will someday see the light and legalize medical marijuana. Traditional drugs don't work or, if they do, the side effects prevent me from functioning. My brother suffers from the same condition I do and he has used marijuana for years. He is not an addict. He has a technical, highly demanding job that he is very good at. Narcotics left him dopey and unable to work at all. So which one of these has a "negative effect on users and society"?"
"The economy will definitely benefit directly from marijuana. The only problem is that drugs such as weed can easily make people need to rely on it. Just like alcohol in the early 1900s or opium in early China, drugs and alcohol make people lazy. During the early 1900s in America, men were arriving to work drunk or not coming at all. This unproductivity does not help stimulate the economy but halt's our economic growth. Furthermore, the opium addiction that China faced in the 17th century had people relying on it to the point that there was a war that fought for opium. Next, weed is a definite gate way drug. Weed can lead people on to trying stronger substances like heroin. Say we were to legalize weed. In 10-50 years would be have to leaglize heroin as well. There has to be a point where we know when to hold our temptations. Cigarettes and alcohol kill millions of people. Whether that is lung cancer or drunk driving, do we really need another substance to kill more people?"
"Stanley it's not like we're going to ever "get rid" of the plant! It is a weed! It kills nobody, and no, it isn't for everyone or the lazy. In fact, the Opium Wars you speak of are alive and well today, with a billions-a-year business in opiate derivatives for common "safe, FDA-approved" drugs like Oxycodone.In fact, much of today's Eastern "politics" is involved with it.That marijuana is a "gateway drug" is a parroted statement almost always misleading, if not untrue. If it is a gateway drug, that is because after smoking it, or eating it, users realize they did not want to go rob a bank or start climbing up the walls. They realize they have been lied to by the authorities for the first time perhaps, all the the things they were told about the "devil weed" just weren't true. WHY would they lie and put these thoughts into peoples' heads?To protect the existing order of drug distribution, i.e., doctor-pharmacist-Big Pharma (Merck, Phizer, etc.)-patient. Marijuana makes many of their pills unnecessary they know business would take a big hit. Even at high street prices you get more green medicine dollar for dollar than everything except perhaps baking soda and aspirin."
"yes it has its cons . there are ppl who abuse it . I lived with a few . But there are ppl I have taken care of as a nurse that I thought should of had it instead of shooting them with needles when they had no place to shoot them at . It would ofhelp more way than one ."
". I was also on the presidents list 4 times and an honor student with a bachelor's. I was never a couch potato. It helped me feel better and focus on my work."
"I think not .Would you let a pilot to fly your plane or a doctor to do surgery on you after he/she taking their medical marijuana?"
"Tamara, would you let a pilot fly your plane or your doctor do surgery on you after he/she drank alcohol?"
"Silly Tamara. Medical Marijuana does not have to be smoked or THC ingested. Its done safely by CBD and THCA. No smoke and no psychoactive ingredients. Look up CBD and THCA."
"you stole that from an old Drug commercial in the 80's where a doctor is doing an procedure on a kid, while on pot. Don't take your evidence or support from people paid to say its bad for you! If i paid you to say that our blood is actually blue in our body, you'd be saying that 24-7! We live in a money hungry world, dont be a mindless sheep. Look into things for yourself."
"No but would you let your pilot/doctor fly or do surgery on you while they were drunk ?"
"Medical marijuana should not be legal. Despite the fact that it may relieve some pain, there are many other safer FDA-approved medicines currently in the market that can achieve the same purpose. Smoked marijuana is dangerous, toxic, and unsafe for use. It damage different systems of the body, including the immune system. In 2014, the FDA backed up the federal government's decision to list marijuana in schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. The FDA also said that marijuana has no "real additive medical benefit." They clearly stated that marijuana is harmful. It's not logical to use a substance that can cause a lot of potential harm in return for benefits that can easily be achieved with other medicines. Not only is this not logical, marijuana is addictive and can be used as a "gateway" drug to other more dangerous and highly addictive drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and ecstasy. Also, if medical marijuana were legalized as is has been in various states, it could be used as a cover for more recreational use, which is definitely illegal. Overall, the evidence is clear that marijuana is harmful and that there are better and more effective drugs, meaning medical marijuana should not be legalized."
"The FDA takes private monies from big pharma to fund the testing and approval of our medications. This is a major conflict of interest. FDA approved drugs, particularly Oxycontin, a man made hospital grade form of heroin, classified as Opiates, are currently neck and neck for deaths with methamphetamine and heroin. Don't let them fool you. FDA approval is about money, not our health. Beware of anything you are told to put into your body by anyone! The CDC shows that opiate overdoses are decreasing in states with MMJ. If the gateway theory were true, we would be seeing the opposite. The CDC also shows that in areas of states such as Washington where people have a lower socio-economic status and are therefore on state/federal health insurance they get prescribed methadone for pain control. This has been a travesty. Ever since they allowed methadone into the state formulary heroin has made a come back and so therefore has overdoses. No ones addiction issues can be laid at the feet of a single substance. It is choices that lead you down this path and bad information does not equal good choices. You can never legislate away addiction or people's choice of vice but we can wake up and treat addiction like the medical crisis it is."