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"Def. for it. If any substance is found to have the benefits of this plant, would it not be called a miracle drug? Its helping little children with seizures, epilepsy, cancers, as well as adults. Anyone who is against it should be ashamed and tell the next kid you see that you are against something that will make them not be sick"
"I agree! It has definitely stopped my seizures!!! And also changed my life for the better!!!!!"
"Marijuana is a gateway drug. It is the gateway for me to a pleasant pain free day. I almost died 2 years ago because stress and anxiety issues destroyed my body by creating Krohns extreme IBS and Ulcerative Colitis. I was even put on Remicaid which is the same as dialysis only with a horrible immune system destroying drug injected into my body. Nothing worked except for GOD given marijuana. I have my life back. I beg this country to please stop the BS and legalize medical marijuana as soon as they possibly can. Too many people are suffering or being forced to break the law because of caveman views from out of touch politicians."
"I really like that. Very True"
"I have ADD and when ever I smoke it, I feel so much more focused then I would otherwise. Normally my mind races a mile a minute, with weed my mind slows down to where I am able to relax and think and remember."
"I'm the same way. I have ADD too and when I was in high school doctors prescribed me adderall which was basically like legal crack. It didn't help at all and I felt HORRIBLE on it. I still have troubles sleeping, and deal with a racing mind as well. My stomach is upset all the time, I have anxiety, don't like being around people because they give me worse anxiety. It's hard to even keep a job. I can't focus on my work. It's a horrible way to live- if you can even call it that.The only thing that helps cure ALL of those ailments is marijuana. The only side-effect I get from it is an empty wallet... Please help health insurance companies!!!"
"I would much rather take one hit of pot to ease my joint pain (no pun intended) than even Ibuprofen or Advil that totally jack up my digestion. and. Natural is always the better option. Stupid that pot is illegal. I've seen alcohol destroy good folks, they should've been smoking dope instead. but we can't because we're responsible people who value our jobs. Look around you at how many people you know who drink daily to ease the stress of their day. Talk about addictive and destructive. I wish my it was legal for my husband to smoke pot and illegal for him to drink alcohol."
"I believe the racist reasons for prohibition are not looked at closely enough. To outlaw a plant because a group of people have discovered the medicinal qualities of it is, retarded. It is much the same as companies like Monsanto thinking they can tinker with the genetic structure of plants and discount the millions of years of evolution that has brought us this far. Bees start dying out and everyone calls it a mystery. Likewise cannabis was the original medicine used for thousands of years for a variety of different ailments. Small minded people can not comprehend that there can exist a synergy between plants and people. Plants evolve to fill a need, since they can not move. Cannabis has been one of the most successful at creating a niche for itself. The sad thing about racists is that they shoot themselves in the foot. How many children of racist people with Dravet syndrome have died? How many have suffered needlessly because of their narrow mindedness. How many resort to sleeping pills and other chemical pharmacopeia peddled by corporations that only care about short term profit. I believe that cannabis prohibition will go down in history as the dumbest, most inane thing humans have ever done."
""Plants evolve to fill a need" "Racist reasons for prohibition""...qualities of it is, retarded" Watch who you call narrow-minded. You have no logical evidence behind what you state, and you're clearly far too involved in this issue for the capacity of your brain to handle."
"You know what? Forget this side, I hope that you all see this, I tried my first joint at a friend's dinner and all of a sudden, I felt better than I have in months! I lost my stutter, I gained my balance, and I can TALK to people easily again. Sure, moderation people, but HEAR THIS MY CON FRIENDS: It worked for me. Stay Lit."
"There should be no question about it. Far worse drugs are allowed for medicinal purposes."
"Medical cannabis works! plain and simple to why it should be legalized. I have anxiety, and nothing soothes me better when I'm panicky than a nice bowl of marijuana. I have joint issues also and after smoking cannabis, my body doesn't recognize the pain I felt earlier anymore. I sprained my ankle a few months ago and couldn't get crutches so I continued walking on it. Marijuana definitely helped relieve the pain and after a while of using everyday, my sprained ankle went away. Its our right to use whatever medicine that works for us, and marijuana is a medicine. It is a plant that contains pain relief, it is not a drug that harms your body."
"For me, medical use can only go so far as to help someone through pain and stress. I'm only 15 years old, my mom is an addict and has been an addict since she was my age, she is now 32 years old. She has no medical needs for the drug, but seeing interviews on television and reading articles about this has made me realize. This was here out of nature, If marijuana was put here it might have been put here for a reason. Me myself, i don't use. i strongly believe in the medicinal purpose. Medical marijuana is one thing but recreational in another, although i do believe that if this country was founded on something like tobacco, why cant marijuana be the same concept, people get just as addicted to tobacco as they do to marijuana. It should be a choice and it does happen to be a product of nature. I'm no genius and i'm no pot head but something like this can be good and bad, but if its helping people then there should be no argument. It does not take an adult to figure that out."
"I think legalizing marijuana would make other drug use go down. legalize! #420"
"It is not dangerous, lifts your ,mood and calms you down"
"Yes. I wish I lived a state that allowed it. I suffer from chronic pain and migraines and nothing helps. I hope the state of Florida joins other states soon! My 88 year old mother has offered to go buy some illegally for me she knows how much I suffer and really thinks you should be able to buy it legally. I have medication overuse migraines from taking pain medications and now need hip surgery. I can not take pain medication after the surgery because I will get terrible migraines. What can I do! Doctors here do not have any answers! What do you do if you cannot take any pain meds, migraine meds, nasaids,etc! I'm out of options!"
"Sue, your personal health and well being are more important than what the gov wants. I too am in Florida and even though the majority of Floridians voted to approve medical MJ, it was not be a large enough margin to get it approved for medical use. Next election we will see a win by 80%+!"
"I am Pro because slight ingestions of vaporized Marijuana enable me to need only HALF as much Oxycodone for pain management. That means I do NOT have to suffer from the extreme constipation that occurs when taking such opiod medications. There is no "buzz" or "high" as such, just reduced pain when I inhale the vapors. To withhold such a beneficial herbal remedy is immoral."
"The medical benefits have been absolutely proved with many fewer side effects than pharmacuticals. Lobbyists from the drug industry have given billions of dollars to politicians to keep this natural remedy illegal, so that the companies that make the "poison drugs" keep a monopoly on the market. They continue to make billions. Let the voters decide and the federal government should take marijuana off the schedule two drug list. Tax it and regulate it as alcohol is regulated. Balance state and federal budgets, pour more funds into our schools and educate our children without the burden of decades of student loans. It will lead to eradicating the drug cartels, law enforcement will be free to capture murderers, prisons will be less crowded with more room for the violent offenders. Less money spent on criminalizing pot smokers means more money rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. This is and always has been a losing battle. Decriminalize this natural substance now and allow the truth to come out about the Pros or Cons of this experiment, maybe a five or seven year program and reevaluate it at that time and see how it has progressed. It could always be made illegal again if history shows it does more harm than good...but it won't!"
"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."
"I agree with legalizing marijuana for medical use. I have fibromyalgia. I have tried all the drugs that can be prescribed with no real relief from the pain. I started smoking marijuana and I am functional again. I have family members who have survived cancer like Multimyloma and other cancers. I have seen how it is good. I have also seen those who abuse it and I can not relate to them at all. God made it and it has been around for thousands of years being used medically."
"God made a Plant for every kind of disease or sickness, He just wants us to find them and use them. This includes Cannabis"
"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."
"Absolutely, really it should be legalized for adult consumption and have the same restrictions as alcohol. Keeping it illegal means that criminals are in charge of it. Legalize it and the criminals lose the power. It's definitely not more harmful than alcohol or cigarettes.That aside, I am seriously ill and it could help me. I'm on all these chemicals, several of the medications I'm on could be reduced, I could possibly stop taking some of them altogether. I can't understand why anyone would not want to let seriously ill people have such a viable alternative. Is it because of the social taboo that was created a very long time ago? I can only imagine that it's either a matter of ignorance or sadism to want sick people to have to continue taking so many damaging and expensive medications in place of a simple natural plant that could help us. We have no choice and that's really unfair. Either do it and have to deal with criminals and risk going to prison or don't do it and continue to suffer and continue to take strong chemicals in it's place. I don't think anyone is suggesting that it will fix everything by it's self but it can help and when you're suffering, anything that helps is worth it!"
"i suffer from many different things and weed seems to b the only thing that helps me through the day and nights of pain and misery"
"i hear you about the misery. 2 am can't sleep wanna end your life and a bowl of grade medical marijuana and the terror goes away for a while."
"I think if you compare the side effects of prescription drugs to that of marijuana that everyone would see how much safer marijuana is to any pill even an aspirin."
"I'm someone who lives in a state where it is not yet legal but hope and pray that it one day will . I suffer from M.S when I first started to lose the vision in they put me on I.V steroids one hour a day for what seemed like for ever it made me very tired and unable to function I just wanted to sleep also left the taste nickels in my mouth I shortly started smoking marijuana for pain and muscle spasmes now I'm able to work fourty hours a week and take care of my self when just years ago they thought I soon wouldn't be able to walk no crazy meds needed just strong well and the help of something natural so thank you marijuana"
"Many against MM say its addictive, really. I'm not addicted to it, and research shows a much lower percentage of people are addicted to using it than many other things like alcohol, prescription drugs, and overeating. So, if its addictive and that's why people are against it, then all drugs used for medical reasons and are addictive should be banned? There are many who abuse prescriptions, and alcohol, should they also be banned? I think MM should be legal, and research should be legal , and easier to accomplish in this country. There is proof it has helped many will a large number of illnesses, so why wouldn't the government want to help these people by legalizing it everywhere. Where is their compassion for those of us who have to suffer."
"I am 62. I have fibromyalgia , severe arthritis , burning scalp syndrome and post shingles syndrome. I was a ICU nurse for 30 yrs. One night at work I could not figure out where the delete key was when charting. I had searched most of my adult life for relief from my symptoms. Pain doctors wanted to make me an oxycontin junkie...I came out of a doctors appointment with antidepressants and narcotics. I endured horrible side effects and allergies to these drugs. I was taking 20 pills in the AM and 20 more at night with no relief. A friend got me to try medical cannabis. I got my license here in NM. I can function once again and take 2 pills a day. Cannabis saved my life but I had to quit working as a nurse because drug testing. Med. Cannabis has been developed so you don't walk around in a fog but the pain relief allows you to function. It is better for pain relief than any narcotic they ever put me on. My asthma is even better. So go figure,get rid of the FDA and allow people to be treated with something that does not kill you,does not make you an addict and is very effective."
"I have smoked 39 years on and off. Never abused or had addictive behaviors. Marijuana has helped me stay in remission, deal with pain, and stress. I do not drink or do harder drugs never had the desire. In fact; do not like to feel out of control like alcohol does. I have observed in 40 years, alcohol drinkers are more likely to be addictive and move on to harder drugs. I have seen abuse, violence, auto accidents, and death related to alcohol and the drugs they combine them with. A small amount of alcohol drinkers abuse medicine, drugs, and marijuana. I have never seen a person who only smoked pot move to harder drugs. When I smoke I am free of pain, stress, and my cancer stays in remission. Do to the fact I cannot smoke due to my job, types of people related to the sales, and the fear for being arrested for it I have suffered illness a great deal. It is very difficult to function when you have constant Charlie horses, and head aches, and you have male nutrition from not being able to eat. For these reasons I believe it should be leagalized."
"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.................."
"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."
"I am Pro. Many "years" being in pain. Surgery did not help and I am still on meds. Some of them very strong with serious side effects. Is this route better than medical marijuana? I would like the opportunity to see for myself. Marijuana is not the gateway for harder drugs the doctors are...lol. How I would love to give up my 25 pills per day if a couple of hits of marijuana could help alleviate the pain."
"I feel that Marijuana should be available for those that chose to use it for the many medical benefits that it possesses.As a pain sufferer myself and not helped by conventional pain killers, I feel it is my right to have quality of life."
"Yes, Medical Marijuana can help with so many issues. Also the Hemp from the plant can be used to save money and help pay back our debts as the country. Medical marijuana is a good choice because the people with cancer could have a better chance of living. Marijuana helps slow the spread and growth of cancer. Also there is no known deaths by the use of Marijuana."
"Army Special Operations Veteran. Never touched the stuff until I was 25 years old. A very close friend of mine was injured in Afghanistan and prescribed narcotic painkillers and sleep medication. Most of my brothers and sisters in the service are prescribed dangerous narcotic drugs left and right by DoD and the VA. After we both got out of the service we were both affected with chronic issues. His combat related injuries still do and will continue to degrade his life until the day he dies. I often have chronic lower back pain and insomnia (I would wager insomnia might be the most common affliction suffered by our Veterans) so he and I started using marijuana. It only ever helped us. Takes away pain, definitely helps you sleep and obviously boosted morale. After using marijuana regularly we both still made it to our college classes and part time jobs with zero issues. It can really only help people out there. Legalize it, regulate it, tax it. Regardless of your personal opinion of the morality of it, if there is something that can help people, why keep it from them?"
"legalize it its good for u"
"Its a simple freedom issue for me. if a person causes no harm or steals from another, mind your darn business. the tax argument is crap. tax the same rate as any other gardener/farmer. any diff is prejudicial,therefor unconstitutional. (id guess) How about the state and fed government let us be?"
"marijuana helps ease the pain(if any) i personally beleive that if you have high pain rate you should use marijuana to help ease the pain. Everybody beleives marijuana is a bad thing but i think that marijuana is a good thing because it helps the pain go away and if you have ADHD it calms you down and makes you a better person"
"I support Medical Marijuana why? I have never heard someone die from using marijuana. if medical marijuana is harmful how come some states pass the bill of medical marijuana.. Exactlyyy .. I believe patients should be able to use marijuana for medical and people can use marijuana without medical papers. There is no risks of dying, I believe smoking cigarettes should be illegalized instead."
"i think marijuana should be legalized because it can help many people in difficult times, it can also help them mentally and emotionally and especially physically. so"
"Nothing else is available, inexpensive, anti emetic? Nothing over counter. Under counter doesn't work as good.It doesn't require enough to get you stoned."
"For centuries herbal remedies have been used as medicine. Marijuana is a plant. I believe that certain components of this herb can have great medicinal benefits."
"Well let's put it this way I take 320mg of microphone a day and 1400mg of soma but now soma is now off the drug list Medicare will pay for so I'm in a state of pain most people could not endure due to a very severe closed head injury(although it took 13 staples to close me up not to mention the liquid stitch,3cervical vertebrae fused only one lumbar disc remains and I loose a disc or two per year ,so what leave someone like me in agony,pour more microphone down me,euthanize me leave me in a ball crying or find something that works medical pot is a great muscle relaxed but not a good pain med...but it will cost me my disability if I use it.....sound fair to you"
"I am for marijuana legalization because whether legal or not, it is still going to be used. Also, teens are more likely to use marijuana when illegal than legal. (Prefrontal Cortex) Im 13 and i do not support marijuana in a smoked type of way, but my science class have been doing some debating and a load of research. All of my class are against it inside, but the facts given show for the legalization. 1. Money( This is a total cash crop) 2. Medical Reasons all the way( Kid with epilepsy has 1000 seazures a day and it decreases by 90 percent after marijuana extract was given. 3. marijuana is acually less harmless than tobacco and alcohol especially. And they are both legal so why not? Marijuana itsel is not dangerous but its your decision to mix it with other drugs and make it harmful. And if going into religion : "Romans 13:1-3" and Ephisians 5: 15-18" those verses go along with each other. So really i dont like the idea of usage of marijuana but statistics and facts are statistics and facts and most of them point toard the legalization of it."
"I have been an avid smoker since my sophomore year of high school, the reason why i think it should be legal, at least medically, recreationally is because it can be used medically and they have been and still continue to reasearch the positive affects of medical weed. Im not saying smoke it, im saying use it for it right purposes and we might have a miracle drug. i forgot to mention my severe headaches and chronic back pain go away every time I use too, just another way to prove that it can be used medically."
"The World Civil Class & Race War on a Selection of Drug Users is America's longest war. Make no mistake-- this is a real war, a shooting war, with hundreds of thousands of real deaths and POWs. And it is at the same time a fake war, a manufactured war-- launched upon lies, without a scrap of evidence, and continued flying in the face of decades of reputable scientific research and good intelligence. It is also a civil war... which our own governments are fighting against the people of the world. With our own money.The future is far too dangerous for us to accept anything but a humanistic government that believes in science, and proceeds in its policies from that belief. Because it is the choices we make today, on scientific issues like this one, that-- taken together in the vast swirling whole of human endeavor across the globe-- will decide whether the future of human civilization rests in shining cities, or in drowned worlds.Any government in the 21st Century-- particularly one as large and powerful as the United States-- that does not proceed from a basis of scientific principles, is more than merely quaint or obsolete. It is a menace to the survival of the human species as a whole.Live free or die."
"yes because if it is effective in treating medical illness and pain... NO ONE has ever overdosed on marijuana , yet some people still believe we should advocate the use of more dangerous and legal pain killers such as man made synthetic opiets such as Roxycontin, that kill people every day and are physically addictive drugs.. which marijuana is not physically addictive."
"I am for, because there are less adverse reactions to marijuana then there is to pharmaceuticals"
"Its a fact Marijuana helps with many health issues, and I personally know that. It is another drug to be very useful for treating many conditions, and should be treated by the Government as such, and not continued to be unaccepted by politicians who either don't understand, or have choosen to protect Big Pharma profits. Until these anti politicians are voted out of office, we'll continue to have corporate interventions like this, while many go on suffering. Marijuana prohibition hasn't worked, and will never work, and the legalization isn't a matter of if,, but when it will become legal in all the country, and not just parts of it."
"As a person who has a incurable terminal illness, the regular pain medications either don't work, or have horrible side effects, so I have no other options available other than Marijuana. Has it helped me, YES! Will it stop the progression of my illness? Does it give me a better quality of life for whatever I have left, YES. Why wouldn't anyone want that for someone like me, and accept Marijuana as a much safer, cheaper, and really incredible new drug for medical use. Is it the big Pharma companies that are preventing it legalization nationwide? Where the compassion now from the politicians who are fighting its introduction, and passage in Washington DC. They're dragging this on while many suffer, including many children, while they do nothing."
"I think before someone passes judgment on those wanting to legalize Marijuana for medical reasons need to experience personally knowing someone with a horrible disease, disorder, or affliction that regular drugs won't work, or like myself can't take a lot of meds for many reasons. Until you see for yourself the results and how great the benefits are, you shouldn't be critical. It works, and helps me, and that's a fact, and nothing else has. Its greatly improve's my quality of life, until my disease ends my life."
"It's already been proven that Marijuana is medically helping thousands with a long list of illnesses, and yet this country drags its feet federally approving its use without the threat of legal prosecution. I think the politicians need to wake up and get this passed, Federally, and for once work for the American people, and to help the ones who are still suffering from they're inaction.."
"Medial Marijuana should be legalized, ask a Doctor, Medical Marijuana would be an asset, it can slow affects of Cancer! It should be legalized!"
"All prescription drugs today have some side effects if you read the warning labels. What's the big deal if this one should have a few...a few side effects, if any, would not outweigh the many benefits proven. Just because it was classified years ago, as having no medicinal value, doesn't hold water today. We have to be proactive in utilizing plants of all kinds for health benefits no matter what small side effects may come with it."
"I think it should and pot period should be leggalized"
"I have ashma and degenerative neck disease; I have been using MM for pain and to help me sleep. Until I found this, I would sometimes stay up for days not because of pain moreover I just couldn't get myself to sleep. MM helps me to sleep soundly and get the rest I need, I have yet to find a cannabis salve recipe that alleviates pain though."
"Yes, I will be the most happiest person in the world. As long as people keep their responcibilities, it should be no problem."
"Please pass the medical marajuana law in Ohio. God told Moses, "I give you all the fruits and seeds of the earth for your use" It really helps my pain from an accident!!!!!!!"
"Obviously anyone with enough pot in their system shouldn't drive. The same said for a variety of pharmaceuticals. Talk to people with horrendous illnesses who either take or smoke pot for relief. I worked hospice for years, and you don't have the control with synthetic pot as you do with maybe one puff. I don't understand why this is such an issue. Those complaining about it may very well be addicted to food."
"YEP. the opioids that the VA gives me says "DO NOT DRIVE" I can drive better on weed than MORPHINE!!"
"I suffer from PTSD and Concussive syndrome after I got hit by a dump truck in 2010. I suffer from headaches all day every day and the pill I am prescribed do not help. When I smoke marijuana the headaches go away completely. I also don't have suicidal thoughts, while on the pills I was prescribed in the past did give me those thoughts. Unfortunately I no longer smoke marijuana because it is not legal in NY state. So I suffer everyday."
"If it's God made, why not?"
"Its God made with a little human ingenuity."
"How many medical drugs have zero side effects? The pros of uses medical marijuana far out weight the cons."
"Well it's a medicine so if you need it then use it but if you don't abuse it"
"I smoked pot "schwag"(weak) in college everyday with roommates and for a few years after too and NEVER had a seizure. I began to slow down considerably for a girl I was with that didn't like it and had a grand mal seizure, woke up in hospital with a black eye from hitting the floor. I take meds that cost over $600/month to keep the seizures away when I could just smoke a little pot everyday. I still have had 3 grand mal seizures and over 20 partials on meds. Pot worked so much better and side effects of meds SUCK, side effect of pot: I slept better. Meds are increased every 6 months or so = more $ and more side effects. I can't wait until I can use nature to control seizures again and stop making a drug company rich."
"yes I think it should be used for people wo cant take medications and are allergic to all pain medications there is on market . and have tried all other alternative measures possible . speaking with experience . I myself am that person . But I live in a state that bans this herb and they will not pass it ."
"It would be a very good podiatric sports medicine because it helps with pain."
"Here's the bottom line.It's a plant. It grows. It lives.How can it be illegal? IT IS PART OF THE EARTH! We can't regulate the moon. Why are we regulating a plant?"
"weed cures cancer, point blank. legalize it."
"If people thinks Marijuana helps them to feel better, who am I to deny someone "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness""
"I'm a chronic pain patient living in NY. I can't legally smoke pot which is extremely aggravating when I consider people in other states can. I feel like this is discrimination. Why are they able to use and not me? Why do I have to resort to narcotic pain meds which cause such horrible side effects? Anyone here who recommends their use has never been on them. Why is everything so unfair? I have chronic glaucoma and have had five surgeries and more to come. I have shunts in my eyes. My pressures have been erratic lately, so who knows what the future holds there? Also, being on narcotics doesn't stop pain. It only masks it. I'm in terrible daily constant nonstop pain. I'm so angry it's hard to even control it anymore. I can't smoke because there's always the threat of a drug test. I'd lose benefits if I was found to be doing illegal drugs. I wish I lived in a state that allows medicinal use, but can't afford to pick up and move since I'm on SSDI. No one cares about us, either. We are on our own and who gives a rats a$$ if we suffer? I am so disillusioned that this 'great' country is going to the dogs and there is no compassion for those of us who suffer. Someday God will make it right and I'm glad I'm not a fatcat."
"Yes, because isn't laughter the best medicine? It would then follow that something which inspires and provokes laughter and joy would then be considered medicine, yes?"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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!!!!"
"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."
"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"
"I think marijuana should be legal, because it will allow the use of cannabis sativa to make products, and it has shown great promise for medical use."
"If it would help just one person live a better life than so be it. Who has the right to say no to a plant that has been growing naturally, placed on this earth by God himself. He obviously knew then what he had created. Now let the ones whom need it reap what has been sown."
"I've had many doctors ask if I ever tried this for my severe migraines because it would help pain and vomiting. They didn't give for 20 years!Obamacare price of meds with many side effects,my answer is yes. It helps many issues and pain is pain?"
"yes it should be legal in all states it helps with all kinds of ailments I know a lot of disabled people who have safe access to cannabis in all forms which really helps them,so make it legal,,,"
"The drug eases the pain of Multiple Sclerosis.THC slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease.It may decrease anxiety.It controls epileptic seizures.Marijuana can be used to prevent blindness from glaucoma.Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases.It relieves arthritis discomfort.??Really do I need to say more.. All yea..It can be a great cash crop for farmers & another tax item for the state."
"PRO Smokers always complain about the side effects of some drugs...then...they go on and on about how good it is to be high and how nothing else worked. Addiction?I smoked for 32 years...How many of my friends are still alive and healthy. 4 out of 20!!!"
"Im pro medicinal marijuana because it is impossible to over dose on it also its impossible to get addicted to it and there are little to no side affects when you stop using also id rather be stoned off of marijuana than strung out and possibly sick off of prescription pills and almost die"
"I have a right to my own person, and specifically my own body. I own my body, and I alone am responsible for what goes into it or what doesn't go into it. Any law that presumes to criminalize possession of a plant or makes it illegal to consume a substance violates my innate right of self-ownership. When a person or government tells me I can't put something in my body, they are assuming partial ownership of my own body. This is an uncomfortable perspective but it's an honest perspective. There isn't another light in which to view the criminalization of any "drug"."
"It's super helpful for my symptoms and pain! I would have never thought it would help until I started using it and my pain is so much more tolerable! Also my insomnia I've struggled with my entire life is helped all by just medical marijuana. It's not like I have to take 10,000 different pills. Nope. All just this one substance :)"
"yes, cannabis should be a medical option because it does help people get better. it has been proven to help cure cancer and helps sleep and helps with pain."
"personally, up until a few days ago, i was never a fan of marijauna....until i did my homework. i think that if people stopped looking at it from a "smoking" agent and look at it from a "medicinal" plant, things would be different. i have lupus, severe migraines that have been caused by head trauma, wide spread pain issues, among other things, and the doctors, not mine (but his hands are tied) do not want to give me anything that MIGHT help, and then again, there really isnt anything that WILL help. UNTIL i did my homework!! CANNABIS oil taken orally, not smoked would help me, WITH EVERYTHING!! it is PROVEN to cure childhood progressive cancer! the tests are out there!! so why can i not grow something and then make an oil that will help me? because it will actually help me? i might become a working person again!! thats all i want!! right now my life quality SUCKS...let me do something that might help!! we need to seriously look into this option! CANNABIS OIL!!! a BIG YES FROM ME!!"
"Before I became a medical marijuana patient, I was over 50 pounds over weight, and on 50 RXs a day. I am a CNA and medication tech who has passed and been ever RX know to man. Now 3 years later, I am off all Rxs, rid of all side effects, and the extra weight. I am happy and healthier. Cannabis saved my life. I love it for that. :)"
"its help people and there are people that have looked for meds but marijuana has bee the only helper"
"The more research I conduct into THC the more I want to take it. It does so much for our health over the entire body. I believe that if they could patent it it would be announced as a miracle drug. I know that the chemical (pharma) companies are trying to extract parts of what this God given plant has so they can market it as a new drug under patent. It amazes me that they acknowledge that we naturally have receptors in our cells specifically there to accept THC yet then say it's bad for us? huh?You can't have this natural product but we will give you poison as long as you pay us to kill you.Like cytotoxic chemotherapy, cyto meaning cell and toxic meaning poison so cell poison, they even put on rubber gloves to administer it! and these are the people that tell us its bad for us. Wake Up people before they murder you too."
"I have chronic hcv for the past 15 years and is getting worst I'm undergoing a regiment of interferon and sovaldi combination for my condition, but because I live in Flodida I have to deal with prescribed medications that makes side effects from treatment even worst, Medical marijuana will be my best option to manage side effects without damaging my liver even more."
"I was diagnosed with Crohn's at 6 years old and I noticed my symptoms get a lot better when I smoked marijuana. I'm on numerous medications which have a lot of side effects, some include certain cancers. Smoking marijuana helps my nausea, stomach pain, and bowel digestion. It also helps with my occasional joint pain and encourages my appetite when I don't have one. So, I am all for the legalization of marijuana if it it used in the correct manner. I am a 20 year old who is going to school and has a job and I believe I can handle the responsibility of juggling what's important for my future and my marijuana usage. It doesn't get in the way of my life and it certainly does not drive me to do other drugs. I absolutely support marijuana being an option for medical use."
"Because cannabis has clear benefits which have only begun to be discovered due to the racist and untrue government campaign against cannabis beginning to crumble from lack of success in stated goal of "winning the war on drugs" and change of U. S. People's minds as knowledge of it's proven benefits, and relative lack of negative effects especially when compared to legal alcohol, tobacco, and big Pharma "medicine" (drugs)! The U S govt. has a patent on Cannabis's "anti-oxidant and neuroprotectant properties, so the Feds don't even believe their own lies, and have patented a "plant" both to prevent others from benefiting from its future widespread medical use without the Govt. Making big $ on a plant who they have done everything they can to destroy it, and those of us who saw it's usefulness and fought for its re-legalization and recognition of its health benefits for many long years!"
"Pro.. bc the medicinal/recreational value ... FAR, far, far outweighs the potential negative health, social and or moral considerations..."
"it helps helps people with cancer and pain and plenty of other ailments"
"i think mariuana should be legalized for medical purposes only"
"I am a pro because marijuana changes life of children who are sick that have glaucoma,sezuires,cancer, and other things and it should also be recreatinal for it to prevent drug wars."
"I agree Because it not only helps you with your medical issues .. it also creates a sense of peace in your mind"
"I'm for the use of medical marijuana because of my medical conditions, i was put on a slew of pain pills, depression medication that was suppose to be for those who was schizophrenic also i suffer from restless leg syndrome and a few other problems what i'm getting at is i was taking all those pills and it was messing other parts of my body up i had dry mouth from the meds which those of you whom had to take meds knows that this can cause dental issues i had to get all of my upper taken out and had kidney problems as well, i smoke marijuana and it takes all of my aches and pains away without damaging anything else further and i can focus a lot better than feeling like a zombie and becoming addicted to pain killers"
"IT ALSO HELPS STABALIZE OUR ECONOMY BEING LEGALIZED, GIVING NEW JOBS TO PEOPLE IN ALL LEVELS OF EDUCATION, AND SOCIETY AS WELL AS TOUVHING ON THE "DRUG FRONT" IDEALS WHEN LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARAJUANA LOWERS THE CRIME RATES, GANG AFFILIATIONS, AND THE ENTIRE ILLEAGAL DRUG TRADE AS A WHOLE, MAKES IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR ILLEAGAL RECREATIONAL USERS TO FIND OR BE ABLE TO USE AT ALL WITH THE PROPER PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF DISPENSING IT. THE ILLEAGAL MARKET DISAPEARS. ECONOMY GETS A LITTLE BETTER. &&& THE DRAW TO USING RECREATIONALLY IS ALSO LOWERED. AFTER ALL, WE TRUST PHYSICANS TO DISPENSE THINGS SUCH AS MORPHINE AND METHADONE ALREADY AND THOSE DRUGS HAVE WORSE EFFECTS."
"3 reasons to be anti-marijuana , 1. you make money off it being illegal , 2. you are uneducated about it , 3. you are an a****** and like knowing someone with cancer can safely kill the cancer while not harming themselfs or anybody else"
"Yes Marijuana should be legal here in NY. I am married to a man that refuses to give in to his illness. He is not eating and he is in a lot of pain. He needs this just to get started. to help him put food in his body. He wants to eat and can't. He takes his medication and it makes him sick. This is not fair. I looking for a doctor here in NY to get him a prescription and I can't find one. They can't give him a injections for medical reasons. If anyone can help pleas I would appreciated it."
"I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since age 6. It flared to the point that I was getting $2,000, biweekly infusions of Actemra, an immune suppressing drug similar to chemo therapy. Eventually the RA went into remission when I was 18, but I was left with nerve pain that left me unable to walk but with no inflammation to treat. After being prescribed narcotics, Lyrica, Gabapentin, Cymbalta, topical creams, undergoing injections in my knees and back, I tried marijuana. The pain was gone instantly. I was able to finish school and walk on graduation! Medical marijuana legalization is not "druggies" looking to get away with something, it's normal people having their prayers answered after suffering unbearable pain and side effect filled drugs that offer little to no results."
"YES there should be medical marijuana all it did was help save my life. I suffer from Krohns extreme IBS and Ulcerative Colitis. When I get an attack nothing else has worked I even had Remicaid which is basically the equivalent to dialysis with a horrible drug injected into my body.When used properly marijuana can be a life changing life saving medicine. How can alcohol be legal and medical marijuana isnt?"
"can this help my neice who has body sours from here cancer,we were told about canaabis oil"
"Marijuana can certainly help with symptoms that occur in individuals with PTSD. For this reason all 50 States should pass a bill to make Marijuana legal for all combat Vets. All 50 states has veterans. Law Enforcment has high PTSD rates and will benifit from Medical Marijuana. The reason people use cannabis is becasue it makes them feel good and improves their life. Marijunana, consumed as a food or as a vapor is far superior to SSRI's in my opinion. The people who opose marijuna are more likley to turn to booze and they feel fine with that. Their perception of marijuna is skewed from propaganda and they are speaking from a place of confusion because they are sheep."
"medical marijuana for hardship patients I'm pro because I can think for myself and don't listen to goverment anti-marijuana propaganda. This works and makes me feel good."
"Because stupid stigmas are archaic. Big pharma can push opiates yet weed is oh so bad? Dumb."
"Yes people with depression, anxiety, epilepsy and other disorders have been known to have had done marijuana for medicinal purposes to calm their minds. And it's medical marijuana doesn't have as high a level of Thc (what gives you the high) people can breed down the THC in plants to have a higher level of Cbd ( cbd doesn't make you feel stoned) No one has ever been known to overdose on marijuana or even die because of taking. And the user using it for medical reasons does not have to smoke it, it can come in liquid form and can even be cooked to make desserts. There was even an entire show about a young girl who suffered from a severe case of epilepsy used medical marijuana, before using the marijuana she had nearly 2 seizures every hour. After taking the medical marijuana days would pass before having another seizure. The medical marijuana calmed the nerves in her brain and stopped the seizures. I do believe that medical marijuana should be used. This is because it helps in so many ways to help ease mental disorders and actual illnesses. The fact that it does ease pain and all that is what affects my opinion my most."
"I've been in the military for over 25 years and last year, I learned I've been lied to by the government. I'm furious. I have had friends and family die and disfigured from tobacco use, but that is legal. Now I hear that marijuana is not harmful, yet it is illegal. I don't understand the forces behind this lie.I'm am now retraining to become a personal trainer. I want to know the truth about nutrition and fitness."
"It's obscene, isn't it?! We all grew up governmentally brainwashed by this secret civil war, and people in police and military are being paid to shoot themselves and other good Americans in the foot-- this plant might be actually be THE most useful one we frakkin' have! Period!"
"It should be a Metcall its good its get u chill and makes u feel good"
"it's beneficial in SO MANY ways, that I can not list them. it is not recreational in anyway either it's completely medicinal and should be treated as such! The only reason why we have this debate is because of old propaganda and corrupt money hungry business owners. Do some research on it and you'll KNOW!"
"Medical marijuana extended my mothers life, from extreme pain relief to help with eating, nausea, headaches, natural body relaxer, you name it."
"I'm pro because it does't kill people like cigarettes"
"For those who say marijuana is "HIGHLY" addictive you need to stop, it has a different affect on everybody for you to say that everyone is addicted is ignorant and not recognized as true. Yes it is great and may be addicting but I think alcohol is another issue we need to look at instead of medical marijuana. People who need it like cancer patients and aids victims don't care if their addicted because they need it everyday."
"i am pro because it should not be illegal for medical reasons and for people w/ seashers"
"tired of people being in pain need to be pain free"
"I get real bad head pain. Been to doctors they cant find nothing. I was tacking tylenor pm butt it was messing my stomach up. My doctor gave me some pills like valiums n other stuff. Butt i get bad reactions my friend gave me a mariguana joint i smoke it n my pain went away i was so happy. I could go out play with my son and do things i could not do with my head pain. Know i smoke and i feel better. Liquor is way worse then (pot) and you could get it anywere. HELLOW."
"When everyone says that weed smoking causes a bunch of sickness and related things such as nausea, puking or vomiting. They are wrong. In fact, weed helps STAGE 1 cancer, and STAGE 2 cancer. I dont think it will ever be legalized, but is a small possibility."
"I come from a very stressed parent. So I am on a prescription for anxiety. Paxil, which is the most potent stress and anxiety medication there is. It is the cream of the crop, according to my doctors. But with such a background with stress,and a very stressful job in retail, I find that the only thing that helps my stress, is marijuana only after work, not during. Drinking eases the stress, but I feel, is way more dangerous to my system, than marijuana. That is why I am all for medical marijuana, as the "most" powerful drug, available to me for anxiety and stress. Totally relaxing, and way healthier to my existence. I do not believe it is because of addiction, only that it is the only thing, that relieves me totally... I believe stress is debilitating, and very dangerous. I watched my mother, all of her life, deal with the effects of it, and do not want the same for myself. She died from Altzheimers, and stress related problems. I honestly believe that marijuana, will be my saving grace...I don't believe that alchohol is the answer. I believe that alchohol is far more dangerous, than marijuana will ever be..."
"I have suffered with Trigeminal Neuralgia for 14 years. In December 2013, I had a glycerol Rhizotomy procedure to block the constant pain, but now I have severe numbness in my eye, nose, throat, lips, inside my mouth, gums, and the outside of the right side of my face. Can medical marijuana help to alleviate the discomfort of the constant numbness?"
"I have TM plus many other horrible things, and it has helped me, and stopped the pain, and helped me sleep. 32 hours in the last three nights, and before I was lucky to get 2-3 hours a night."
"i think marijuana should be legal there's a lot who suffer with health problems and marijuana is less toxic than other drugs that so the same job like curing aids, glaucoma and epilepsy"
"I think it should be ligal because im tired of getting aressted for it"
"Maybe if you stopped smoking it until it might be legalized. You wouldn't get in trouble. Think before you comment!!!!"
"This is a plant that comes from the Earth. Its many uses could significantly improve the world economy and help reach out to new patients. For recreational use marijuana should be regulated like alcohol and tobacco."
"It should be legal. It can help so many people who are sick and in pain,and the less use of pills. I know of way too many cases and people who this has helped. Including myself with my chronic pain I live with."
"i think that they should let people smoke marijuana."
"ok I agree that smoking marijuana can cause driving problems for all not just the people in uniform I agree that to smoke full on becomes a social problem I also agree that the drug is addictive so is heroin and it was and still is a large problem for all so lets try and make it safe for all as a medication lets get the social and anti socialists of today and make it a safe medication by transferring it to a tablet or a drinkable form of medication and reduce the trouble all have with the herb and remember there are many different strains and types of the plant marijuana has from memory 84 different species and this without going into the strains of the plant"
"i think that it should be medical because many people already use it, there would be no diffrence. This come from a 13 year old who actuly has an opinnon. I hope some people will think of this issue because i think that it should be medical. Some people say it is a drug. That may be true but have you ever personly tried it? it can use as a pain reducer and a relaxint. I think that is a oxymoron that people say its bad but yet they use it!!! Hemp is apart of many yarns. I and a beader and a hemp neckless maker and if i dont have my suplise i will go crazy. Haha but still the point is so many people use it and dont notice that are!! So all im asking is please take into consideration that so many people depend on it. My saying is ''peoples oppinons suck and dont mean a thing unless you acutluy give a damn'' So please give theses people another chance. Please. Sinserlsy..... Kenzie White of Salem,OR"
"It's important for those who can only use medical marijuana for their illness to have access to it and what better way to have access to it then legally. Also the States can earn the taxes they need so badly for their States without raising taxes across the board."
"I believe it should and agree that a better delivery system should be used that would eliminate some of the negative effects."
"Sorry to hear that their are still some people who are living in the far past....prohibition era or just to pig headed to let this topic lie to rest. I'm 71 years old and before die I want to be able to buy pot legally. Thanks for listening."
"Marijuana is more of a rights issue than anything else. All the research proves that alcohol and tobacco realistically pose a greater danger health wise and socially than pot. In the end it is a matter of people who hold empty moral rationalizations with no proof that the plant poses any greater danger than alcohol or tobacco. We should be less focused on saying no to marijuana and more concerned with the irresponsibility of individuals who use any mind altering chemical and then put themselves in critical positions of responsibility. Be it alcohol, pot or prescription painkillers. The concern should be educating people on the responsibilities of intaking chemicals of such a nature and then allowing them the Freedom of Choice to intake or not to intake on their choice, not on someone elses choice. People who cling to the argument that "it's a law for a reason" clearly forget that prohibition existed, and that slavery was a law too at one point. These things have changed, but that is because laws are the 'rights' of the time, not timeless Truths of reality. We once burned people as witches, doesn't mean it was right. Appealing to tradition is a failure of an argument here.Tradition is to be ignorant to new information and methods."
"every medicine has its place in the medical field. marijuana helps cure some of the most severe disease in the world"
"it should be legal becuase it can help alot of people with pain but however it should not be legal becuase people can abuse it"
"I have suffered from Chronic Migraines, muscles spasms, and anxiety, for 8 years. I have been on 12 medications that stop me from being to perform normal duties as a mother, student, and worker. I began to take medical marijuana and it absolutely changed my life. At first I would be a little tired or weird cravings, but I wasn't worried, vexed, in pain, or anything! I could finally clean my house without having to take a break every 15 min because my back was hurting. I could play with my kids without my head hurting from loud noises. It's a MIRACLE DRUG and everyone should have access to it if they truly need it."
"Being a Registered Nurse and having a medical background I have seen and experienced myself better relief of pain with the use of marijuana. The benefits outweigh those of ETOH, Vicodin, morphine and other man made substances. This is a known fact. For centuries it has been used as a treatment for those with acute to chronic pain. I believe the world would be a safer and better place if only those who are in need are allowed to use marijuana legally and without having the addiction and side effects of the costly drugs prescribed by physicians not otherwise allowed to treat their patients in an honest, healthy manner with medical marijuana. I stand with those who are pure and realistic. My physician also believes that marijuana has healing properties. Also please consider there would be less car accidents due to less dependence on ETOH. Being a Mother against drunk drivers I beg all to think about our children and the future of mankind. I do not understand why anyone would think the benefits of medical marijuana could be harmful. Statistics and research show better outcomes for those suffering from pain and loss of appetite and debilitating diseases. Better outcomes for those who have used marijuana to live a productive life, FACT!"
"Its a plant aren't most medicines made from plants? The police are not going to be happy now they can't put you in jail for one joint anymore."
"I'm a 63 yr. old single male, living alone with Parkinson's and would like to try treating my tremors."
"i think marijuana should be legalized, there has been so much research saying that it is not a primary cause of death,lung cancer or other diseases.in fact marijuana can help cure some diseases."
"I have struggled with grand mal seizures since 1970. I am now 63. I have been a lab rat for the best that the pharmacudical industry can think of. Often, through the "try this and that." Over more than 23 changes, causing liver disese and other serious reactions. I am a druggie. I depend on drugs just as any other addict. If the FDA is so concerned - Cannabis Sativa is inexpensive to produce without FDA screwing up the other compounds of the plant, as they have with so many other benificial herbs. What are they - FDA & AMA afraid of? Smoking tobacco has a label on the box, "The Surgeon General . . blah - blah - blah." Driving under the influence of alcohol is an offense - And yet across the nation, liquor is sold in grocery stores, sold freely in liquor stores. More people are killed annually by tobacco and alcohol by driving and cancer - and the American public pays the bill. Now, look up the death related to Cannabis Sativa? The number is smaller than people who die from the flu. What is there to fear? The only reason that Pure Asprin is still on the shelf - public outcry, and it has earned its place. Yet it is nothing but from White Willow Bark. Yes, depressed individuals overdose on it; but, you can overdose on any Rx Drug."
"I know it stops migraine headache immediately, stops IBS, and works wonders for pain and is not full of chemicals like pain pills. I hope Missouri hurries up so we can stop killing our bodies with pain pills!!"
"SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY"
"I suffered a brain tumor in 1996 and have had severe anxiety problems since. I have taken zoloft for years to try to help manage this, and for the most part it worked, the side affects proved to be a bit unpleasant though. Then at a friends suggestion, I took a few puffs off of a joint, and I was fine, no side affects, just stopped shaking, my nerves were calmed and it was a very liberating feeling to know that something could actually help me. It is easy to demonize something like this if you are a healthy person in the first place, I will now, NEVER support a politician who does not embrace medical marijuana, and I am a conservative voter."
"Marijuana prohibition was started by greed and racism. H. Anslinger and W R Hearst both conspired one for greed and second, racism.2- "Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men." H. Anslinger and another 3- "There are 100,000 (1930's figures, millions of Americans today) total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others." (Do you really think this drug only seeks Hispanics and blacks?) H. Anslinger Harry Anslinger got some additional help from William Randolph Hearst, owner of a huge chain of newspapers. Hearst had lots of reasons to help. First, he had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his newspaper chain and didn’t want to see the development of hemp paper in competition. Second (and perhaps most importantly), he had lost 800,000 acres of timberland to Pancho Villa, so he hated MexicansChilling our president does not act on overturning the racist law it is just on these facts alone."
"Marijuana should absolutely be, not only Medically but Recreationally, legal. Every individuals opinions and personal stories aside, Marijuana has be scientifically proven to be less harmful and less addictive to people both mentally and physically. Now taking into account peoples opinions and stories, and how they have known someone or witnessed someone abuse, overuse, and commit crimes while intoxicated from Marijuana...the same exact thing can be said about Alcohol. The same exact thing could be said about junk food, fast food, food with preservatives, other artificial ingredients found in foods. The same thing is said about Television, video games...this same exact argument can be said about a thousand different, already Legal, substances and activities currently being "abused" on a daily basis. Obesity kills, drunk driving kills, guns kill, diabetes kills, food allergies kill(although it is obvious not all people suffer from the same allergies). How many observed and documented deaths have occurred from Marijuana alone? "Indeed, epidemiological data indicate that in the general population marijuana use is not associated with increased mortality." http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.rGT9QdSB.dpufAny person that gets behind the wheel of an automobile intoxicated, marijuana/alcohol/prescription medications etc, is a dangerous and potentially deadly individual. It is not the substances fault, it is not the foods fault, it is not the guns fault for performing the task for which it was made, PEOPLE are the ones in control of their actions. A Person pulls the trigger, a Person uses intoxicating substance and drives, and People are the issue and always will be. Marijuana is often referred to, falsely in my opinion, as a "Gateway Drug". Meaning that by experimenting and using Marijuana an individual is now more likely to try other much more dangerous and damaging illegal drugs. Any person that has kicked or currently going through a withdrawal of a drug will tell you that, if they had smoked Marijuana first, that they had every intention of trying and experimenting with other substances. Calling Marijuana a gateway drug in my opinion is prejudice and misleading because the Individual is the one that makes the choice to try other substances, most of the time before having ever smoked Marijuana."
"I have had 2 Traumatic Brain Injuries, and I believe Medicinal Marijuana would help me tremendously with sleep problems, as well as focusing and concentrating!I believe God, the creator of everything, has given us everything we need to live healthy, Godly lives!I dont believe we would be blessed with having any of the natural resources we have right now if it weren't for Gods eternal mercy and grace, and I think we should show thanksgiving to him for all the things we have been blessed to use for our own health and well being!Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the sixth day.1Timothy 4:4,5 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.2Peter 1:3 As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness!"
"I think medical use for marijuana is a good thing due to the fact that some of the illnesses that people have, it makes them take many different types of pills and prescription drugs that can affect their liver and other organs. Marijuana on the other hand is only a herb that can help in many different ways and not cause any major problems with your body. Marijuana is not only a "drug" like society thinks, its a herb, and its a resource that can be used for more good than people ever thought."
"I agree that marijuana should be a medical option because it helps people with medical issues and might die. But with it they survive."
"If somebody wants to take marijuana every day, just to get high, then there are other factors at work that may need addressing... While cannabis is not physically addictive, it certainly has the potential to develop into somewhat of a habit for the user. Anything pleasurable can be used/abused in this way however... Just like gambling and chocolate, not to mention the legal drugs we already have that kill hundreds of thousands of people every year... We can't prohibit something purely because of the damage it may cause the user. Too much of anything is bad news.I would not want to see any of my family members smoking crack! But if it stopped their (hypothetical) seizures like no other drug did, who am I (or you) to say otherwise. What if it were you and no other drug worked?"
"Im not going to give the usual spiel on medical marijuana helping treat a long term disease, or keeping me off the prescription drugs. Marijuana is wonderful in every aspect, it makes you feel great, helps you relax when your stressed, its gods gift to the world, can the federal government really take that gift/freedom away from us? No they can't, because no matter how many millions of "our" hard earned tax dollars they pour into eradicating a plant from the earth, the people will take there freedom if its given to us or not."
"absolutely yes it should be legal for medical use, and I say this from personal experience. I suffered from severe depression for ten years before being diagnosed with bi polar disorder about three years ago. For 13 yrs, I rode the medication roller coaster. then I flushed my meds and fired up a smoke, and have been so much better since. I smoke at night before bed, I'm able to relax, sort through my thoughts, and sleep peacefully. There are no side effects, except for the munchies, which are controllable, and I feel healthier now than ever before. YES YES YES it should be legal."
"While cannabis retains a Schedule 1 classification, laws prevent full testing for medical benefits, hence the "shield" for laws against cannabis. Anecdotal evidence of positive effects from use are over-shadowed by "Reefer Madness" Cheech and Chong stereotypes. Change the classification, then make the rational, reasonable, sane decision to legalize with the same restrictions as alcohol. Add a restriction on the number of legal shops in cities/towns and let the law evolve from there. Over 40 years of prohibition have done little to stop enjoyment of cannabis, yet much damage to Society. Prove the effects of long-term use, good or ill. There are enough of us with a decades long history of use for several clinical trials. Ask us!Side note, none of the hundreds of people I've talked with have ever experienced hallucinations from cannabis in any form. Section 812. Schedules of Controlled Substances Schedule I (c) Unless specifically excepted... any material... which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substance... (17) Tetrahydrocannabinols"
"I know people that use marijuana for medical purpose's and it works. My mother used it and i know for a fact that it helped her. It should have been legaly available to her."
"I definitely believe in the benefits of medical marijuana, I've seen it first hand in family members who have resolved to using it instead of using a man-made drug for pain."
"When intelligent highly educated people are turning to alternative medicine to cure their own terminal diseases, shouldn't we pay attention? Dennis Hill graduated from the University of Houston and did his Graduate Work at Baylor Medical School. Dennis worked as a Cancer Researcher at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.Dennis Hill, who cured his stage 4 prostate cancer with Cannabis oil, explains how it works.http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/biochemist-who-cured-his-stage-4-prostate-cancer-with-cannabis-oil-explains-how-it-works/"
"From seeing reports on this issue, it is something that has been in our society for a long time and I have grown up with it around me and I see the benefits of helping people. But then you have the streets where it is sold, and there is no changing that no matter how much money is spent on the war against drugs. So learn from our neighboring country, where it has help them in their economy. So I ask if it can be controlled and maintain by the FDA, and the Government and it will/can turn around our Country why not. Cause I have seen the effects of it in Children, Elderly and those who are really genuinely sick get better and feel less pain etc... Do it!!!"
"Prescription drugs can kill. Zero overdose deaths from marijuana. Chemicals vs. Nature"
"Hiding behind the FDA approval argument is like saying garden grown vegtables are unsafe because the FDA has not approved your garden for growing edible plants. The argument is absured since the US Government owns the patent on cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants among other significant related patents, What studies has the FDA authorized to date to make such a statement? Patients here are clearly seeing the benefits or marijuana over other prescribed medications. If given the choice between a synthetic pharmaceutical and a natural plant medicine I'll take the natural every time. I think that idea scares the hell out of the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry. Compare the side effects of the pharmaceuticals you are prescribed and the side effects of marijuana. Which would you choose?"
"I wish it was legal in FL. It is'nt fair that it is only legal in some states."
"Hi Ruby, please sign the petition at unitedforcare.org and mail it in. Better yet, get all your friends that haven't done so to do the same. It is the best chance we have here in Florida to get medicinal marijuana on the ballot next November so we the voters can decide. 82% of voters in Florida polled in favor of medicinal marijuana in Florida."
"I support the legalization of marijuana for many reasons, first one being that it is a organic choice to relieve pain, nausea,and other ailments associated with chronic disease and comfort care of terminal diseases. You hear the arguement that there medicines that can give the same effects but why would you want all these chemicals in your body when you could go organic. The statement that it is harmful to your lungs and other organs the same can be said of alcohol and tobacco yet they are both legal to buy. Regulate pot like you would alcohol and tobacco, and use the profits to pay down the deficite and or use for research for treatments of cancer, aids ,MS and other diseases. Too much money is spent on putting people in jail for smoking pot and growing there own, instead of much greater problems in our country."
"I have been diagnosed with clinical depression and severe anxiety disorder. My doctor had prescribed Prozac, while on it I was having horrible nightmares and my mood was irregular. When I started smoking/using marijuana to control my mood, I began to feel much better. My anxiety has not been as severe and I am rarely ever depressed."
"I have suffered with Vasomotor Rhinitis for my entire life. Non-allergic rhinitis in which certain nonspecific stimuli, including changes in environment (temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, or weather); cause dilation of the blood vessels in the lining of the nose, which results in swelling, and drainage.After trying every antihistamine and steroid spray on the market over many years I found several years ago that the ONLY thing that reliably works is cannabis. I have found that after smoking cannabis the release of the fluid through the nasal passages and eyes stops almost instantly. I am convinced that there is a chemical in cannabis that blocks the release or the signal to release those fluids."
"Hi Les, I recommend you research the endocannabinoid system via google and YouTube. There you will find a wealth of information about cannabis that has been kept from us. On YouTube watch the True History of Marijuana. The laws against marijuana were never about protecting the public from a harmful drug, but all about protecting a few captains of industry from having to compete with a renewable resource that can't be patented for financial gain."
"Cannabis is a plant, made by nature, a part of a symbiotic universe, a component of mammal homeostasis. saying no to cannabis as a medical option makes as much sense as outlawing oxygen as a breathing option."
"Everyone prescription drug has side effects, some are even potentially lethal. Prescriptions drugs are the most abused drugs to date (more so than alcohol), and are prescribed for nearly every ailment. Doctors are quick to write scripts for lessening any symptom regardless of the severity of the side effects and often receive kick backs from major pharmaceuticals. How is this practice legal? How is the use of an organic natural substance (Part of God's Plan- if you must) even a legitimate Legal argument? Oh yeah, because possession of Marijuana charges are the only thing keeping young black men in jail for absurd amounts of time and away from the civilized folks. It's disgusting how racially bias our drugs laws are in the first place, and even more disgusting that a plant is criminalized when so many pills (approved by the FDA) have turned out to have fatal consequences. Note: no one has died from weed, nor is an overdose even considered possible. This country is beginning to look a lot like Rome 100AD. Shouldn't everyone have the legal right to any viable forms of medical treatment? If prescription drugs are the new Leeches for Bloodletting, then Cannabis would be Green Tea with lemon and honey, and a sliver of Ginger root."
"it should be recreational, decriminalized and medicinal because there would be less crime rate cuz everyone would wanna chill and it helps migraines"
"I'm pro legalization due to the fact that it has an endless number of uses not just for cancer or severe pain patients but also for simple things like headaches or depression. As well as its cousin hemp can be used to produce various medicines and materials increasing the amount of textiles we could produce here in the U.S. Knowing that your medicine comes from an organic plant is a lot more reassuring then taking a pill which I cant even pronounce made in a lab with random chemicals and molecular structures."
"There is no reason not to make it legal. Helps with medical problems and even kills cancer cells. It's no secret way it's illegal. The people who now make millions and the pharmaceutical company's who can't patent pot."
"I'm a PRO cause marijuana is not an addictive drug and it actually helps cure a lot of things like cancer it helps with MS and chronic pain it also helps with appetite I've seen people that have no appetite actually eat (it used to be me)"
"Marijuana is VERY addictive!!!!! I'm in heath class now and it is very dangerous!!!"
"I'm in an illegal state right now and don't use marijuana because illegal but I would I have a pritty aggressive case of rheumatoid arthritis and have been on most of the biological medicines and pain medicines and have yet sustained a painless comfort level .And marihuana has given me that when I use briefly but afraid of jail so I deal with medicines that kill me for mild relief! "Please world it is a extreamly binificial plant that does so much for so many"
"i believe so because it will reduce crimesimply reducing the ammount of marijuana related arrest should prove that people are still fuctional while medicated unlike tobacco witch makes people die slowly"
"I think medical marijuana should be legal. There is growing evidence that marijuana can help people with cancer. I helps with nausea. It helps with anxiety and probably with fewer side effects than any drug. New research is also beginning to indicate that it even helps in the control of the cancer itself."
"I think medical marijuana should be legalized. It has proven it self to be a positive treatment for many ailments. I personally suffer with a wide range of pain due to a near fatal automobile accident."
"marijuana is abused on the streets, yeah. And its illegal. but painkillers are abused as well. but those are legal. Only 9% of people get addicted to marijuana if used medically, which is lower than the 25% of people getting addicted to painkillers"
"The reasons against the legalization are weak with proponent attitudes based off of old brain washed beliefs. Some are as shallow as the good ol' boy of the 1950's south. Some still believe the propaganda campaign against marijuana, and some of power know that letting loose of control is the end of their job."
"I am pro medical marijuana because if it is legalized it will put street gangs and cartels out of business and less people will be killed in result of not being able to pay for it when bought and less people will be arrested for holding less than an ounce of marijuana."
"I think that Medical Marijuana should be legal, but with a catch;before the drug is prescribed, the patient should have some type of background check or something to make sure they won't abuse it."
"I don't care about anyone's opinion. I will do anything to have the opportunity for a choice. It's genocide and it am so sick of suffering. I was on morphine last week on vicodin 7.5 this week. They both cause respiratory depression which will kill me. I have to keep choosing from living vs pain. Legal High Cbd hemp oil has really helped but pain is caused by multiple surgeries and spastic muscles. I may die and no longer be my problem. It's yours! ignorant closed minde prevent terminal patients from all hope. My medical bills fell sharply on high Cbd hemp oil but I won't make it. I truly believe I could have a chance. The ans to Medicare is on my end table. Now if I didn't have to be subjected to opioids, I could live. . They knew my lung tumors I battled 50 years could have been resolved in 1974. It wasn't a genetic defect. It was being born w/o sufficient cannabinoids. I strongly believe children with cystic fibrosis could be helped. But self righteous think we want to get high. Have you been on morphine? Her ion is only 1 1/2 times stronger. My brother was a heroine addict and I never took drugs. I didn't want to hurt my parents. I would praise the person who came to my state to give me medicinal marijuana I could trust."
"I believe that it should be legalized because of the medical advantages that it has. I have severe scoliosis and osteoarthritis that puts me through extreme pain every day. I have been subscribed four different types of medications ranging from Flexiril to Baclofen. None of theses medications have helped reduce the pain I feel every day. Whenever I smoke, however, the pain is reduced to almost gone and I feel a great sense of tranquility. People saying that it can mess with your memory and other things need to do more research because my memory is just fine. In fact, I am in college and getting a degree as a Computer Software Engineer. On top of my back problems, I also have RLS, chronic heartburn (acid reflux), chronic migraines and rheumatoid arthritis. All of these symptoms might sound normal, but I am a 25 year old Navy veteran. The only way I have been able to feel any sort of relief from these pains is from smoking marijuana. I have registered to vote this year, and if it finds its way on to the ballot, I will vote yes to legalize marijuana."
"I'm against western medicine, nothing touches the pain like the marijuana does and I don't use it to get high.I voted no for recreational use in Washington state because I knew the government would get greedy and want to take over the medical marijuana and that've scary because the government already took over control of our food by putting GMOs on the shelf in the stores and now cancer and tumors are on the so who knows what they will do with medical marijuana when they are in control of everything"
"I live in Ohio, and I suffer from very bad migraines, a couple of times a week. Along will that I also suffer from nerve pain in my foot, that, radeates up my leg, almost to my knee. I believe that medical marijuana, would help both."
"Medical marijuana is the greatest thing that has happened to this country. I firmly believe medical marijuana has and will keep providing the needed medicine to patients such as cancer patients as well as people who have anger issues...I am 100% for the complete legalization of medical marijuana is this country."
"it helps my eczema greatly and has no side effects unlike the prescribed medicine. I'm 14 years old."
"well the top ten con bill frost says that marijuana is a dangerous drug and their are safer pain relievers but those same pain killers thousands of people o.d. every single year no one has o.d. on marijuana he is a politician not a Doctor they should have no say in medical laws that should be up to the people in the medical field and base it off of medical research"
"The FDA is a joke. Look at all the "medicines" that they approve with long side effect lists such as death. Who would want to use medicine like that. Cannabis has been used successfully for thousands of years. Do a little research before you put anything into your body. Don't be ignorant and don't blindly trust Government institutions such as the FDA who are there to serve pharmaceutical companies. Look who sits on the FDA, former pharmaceutical execs. Again, DO SOME RESEARCH PEOPLE!"
"I think it should be legalized. There isn't enough proven information or facts out there to make such a 'bad' thing. Marijuana is definitely NOT addictive. I am walking proof, I was a bad stoner for 4 years. I smoked basically everyday within those 4 years. I have not smoked in almost 2 years. I never once wanted or had a desire to do any other drugs. All of that depends on a persons personality. So it's not a 'gateway' drug either. As a Christian, I believe that God has put this plant on the earth for a reason. I mean just look at all of the medical benefits that this one plant can do compared to taking 4-5 or more types of medication/treatments. Yes, people do abuse things or 'overuse' things. The current pharmaceutical companies medication, alcohol, even McDonalds. People will always abuse things. That's just part of it. But it's their personal choice to use or do whatever they wish. Just because alcohol is legal doesn't mean everyone that chooses to drink is an 'alcoholic' or take prescribed medication a 'pill head' or just because marijuana is legal (Colorado & Washington) who chooses to smoke is a 'pot head'. Medical Marijuana should be legal in the US. There are just to many benefits & proven facts for it to be illegal."
"I had my card in Colorado. Moved to OK and am now on a regiment of loratabs and morphine.I was on no narcotics when I lived in Co."
"I've had remote tumors for decades that's led to my terminal situation. I took high Cbd hemp lately with amazing improvement (I'm out of bed doing things) but ache where tumors are. I want the thc for pain. When I hear neg on obamacare and neg on marijuana, it makes me want to scream until I fall dead. I've always felt the tumors and bipolar was connected and it is (cannabinoids). I dragged to work 4 30yrs to have ins. You can shove modern medicine. Give me what works accessible legally!! All I can think about is the children that will have their 1st lung surgery when they are six yrs old. Pls think about them!!!!! I know no one wants to pick up the tab mutilating them!!!! Just my thoughts from 1st hand experience of multiple surgeries since 1961. I worked until it was impossible hiding my weird bipolar thoughts. Now, I realize those thoughts far exceed the stupidity I see today. Genocide on unborn? Take a look at the living. I've been comparing my life to a horror film lately. I saw them get their hand cut off once. Not over and over again. The only weapon I have is my tongue."
"Where would Mari jane come from if government didn't sell. Gangs violent criminal syndicate. what would they do with the income received from selling med marijane, gangs would buy guns kill people and in mexico cut your head off. so tax it control it and let the people decide if they want a snicker bar or a carrot"
"Marijuna helps cancer and other diseases. It can be used in clothing even as fuel. To not legalize it in all states for all purposes is what an idiot would do."
"I am pro for marijuana being decriminalized and used for medical reasons, I smoked marijuana on a regular basis for about eight months straight to relax and wind down from work and just overall relieve stress. I don't understand why citizens and people who have a medical disadvantage and have to take medicine chemically put together that could cause the condition worse or cause more conditions, when they can do something that actually helps. I implore anyone who is not sure about it or does not know much about it to at least look at the facts and decide from there. even if you don't want to partake in its use, don't restrict people who could use it to live a better and more full life. I hope one day citizens of this Nation the LAND OF THE FREE(I might add) will at least research the topic and base their opinion on facts, science, and legitimate truth. Thank you for your time reading this and I hope you make your choice on how you feel and not what you have been told. Happy 420 and God bless"
"I say YES,YES and um YES!!! I have suffered from fibromyalgia, and several other medical issues for 20 + years now, my QUALITY of life is very poor. I take "Prescribed"medications, which help some. But have a lot of side effects.I would love to have the option of trying MM!, But if I get tested and marijuana shows up I am screwed! Not only would they stop the meds I take now,but I will be considered a criminal!?? It's not about what HELPS people that NEED it!! It's all about our leaders ( and I use that term very loosely ) being bullheaded people that are either too lazy to fight for what they know is right, or they don't want to go against others (peer pressure). It would stop drug dealers, keep innocent people for small infractions out of our prisons. Make room for the evil, murders,rapiest, pedifiles, and people that are drug dealers. Like herion,meth,cocaine, any many pills that our youth thinks is okay to take, Like molly.These are the kinds of things the DEA should be after. Not some poor soul just trying to cling onto a sliver of hope that they don't get busted for trying to find relief from chronic,life ruining pain. You don't have to smoke it. Edibles are a great option. IMO it should be OUR CHOICE. Not anybody else's!"
"need help with pain, without the hassle that comes with pain medication."
"the way I see it is if the Mexican .carttel wants to make money off the sale of pot, the us government should look at making the cash instead of spending it on putting pot users in jail and stop the export of us dollars.?? everything can be bad if you use it wrong....booze, food. ciggerates. prescription drugs,,,that doctors sometimes seem to over prescribe , ive used pot for 30 years and I never seen anybody that just used pot, cause fights ,or harm kids, or just get out of control . like booze does??? pot don't lead to harder drugs .its avalabity and people that want to make money. that have the harder drug,, that push meth. IS WHAT CAUSE HARD DRUG USE... that can only be stopped by WE THE PEOPLE....like the campaign of FRIENDS DONT LET FRIENDS DRINK AND DRIVE.... well my idea is FRIENDS DONT LET FRIENDS SPEED FOR ANY REASON AT ALL,, think that would work???? it don't make sense to make a big deal over pot use when it is really over the money.on both sides that could be put to better use .,, more treatment for the hard drug users.border control. make Mexican weed worth less,and honestly better education of our children.. instead of being bad examples...LIFE IS A FREEDOM OF CHOICE and nothing can really be perfect"
"I believe it should be legal, at least medically in all 50 states and US territories. There are so many with chronic illnesses that would benefit greatly. My husband has had chronic migraines with seizures since a suffering a head injury in 1998. Severe nerve pain from a spinal tumor. He also suffers from fibromyalgia.He takes 200mg of morphine plus 2400mg of ibuprofen a day and is still in pain. The "legal" drugs DO NOT HELP and b/c we live in backwards NC, he cannot get the medical marijuana that even his doctor believes would help him. He is tired of being in pain 24/7 and we are now considering leaving our home state and moving across the country just so he can get the medical help he needs."
"As a so called "legal user of Medical Marijuana" in the state of California. I am for the decriminalization of the use of Marijuana in general; and as an alternative treatment to many known medical aliments. Furthermore, I'd like to know what more I can do to get Marijuana legalized Nationwide. I know as part of this process we [Marijuana advocates] must get the right politicians in office. Those supportive to our cause."
"I am pro Marijuana. For years my doctor tried giving me different pills to help with my insomnia. Marijuana is the only plant that helps relax and put me to sleep without fail."
"I have several medical problems ranging from mental to physical. I used to take many meds that zombafied me. I live in a state where it is still illegal to use medical marijuana however a friend of mine suggested I try it in place of my medications. I was shocked to discover that all of my problems disappeared and it was no more addictive than taking Tylenol for a head ache. I think people should have a right to use this safe and god made cure."
"I am for medical useuse of M because I am addicted to Suboxone, a hardcore life mutilatIng drug to stabilize my opiate addiction that I acquired thanx to my Dr for prescribing me Violin 750s for prescribing2 yrs. I've been on Suboxone for 4 yrs, and am lliving proof that marijuana is a safer alternative to drug addiction therapy. It destroys some of the worst withdrawal symptoms that exist from opiate dependency. I know for a fact if I was prescribed a very potent strain of pot for at least 2 months, I could get through this addiction without suffering in agony like I have many days upon days. High quality pot can save addicts. I'm proof of it."
"I am pro because marijuana is an natural herb grown in the ground and provides natural relief in conditions of pain and muscular spasms. I have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I find that taking pain medication and spasm medication causes severe side affects. Taking marijuana causes no side effects and the effects of it only lasts for a couple of hours. I'd rather be taking natural mediations than chemically made medications. It's too bad that pharmaceutical companies are investing their time and money on laboratory chemically made products instead of looking into naturally grown remedies for diseases and sickness."
"I believe that making Marijuana legal would decrease the crime and imprisonment involved in the selling of it. There are a lot of people who need Marijuana for medicinal purposes. This should be made available to them without fear of going to jail."
"I have RA and I'm in alot of pain and Marijuana has no side effects"
"I am pro because as a person who suffers from chronic pain and chron's disease and diabeates who lives in GA some of the medicines that I need to keep alive are killing us financially. Only if GA would pass such a bill."
"MD Marijuana has been used for centuries as a means to relieve all sorts of ailments. I ask, "How would people in economically low countries help their own people with sickness?" I answer, "They went out into the jungle and grabbed a few plants to either ingest or inhale to relieve said so ailments, but they knew which ones to use or not to use." These people don't have doctors that can prescribed some bullsh** pill to make all the pain go away. God gave us "his children" all the necessary things we humans need to survive. Just think of all the fruits and vegetables we grow to eat. The animals that we hunt for meat. All the different plants that do different things. Making dye coloring, flavor extracts, "medicine", clothes, etc. An open minded, down to earth, person can easily relate to what I am saying. These people see through the lies that the government throws at them. One reason why I don't even watch the news. Just because it was on t.v. does it make it true? I don't think so. Don't get me wrong though. Some things on that t.v. box are true, but most of it is not. I ask one more question, "How could mankind regulate or control something that our creator gave to us? Shouldn't God be in control of his own plants?" I think so.Money Wise- Marijuana should have never been illegal in the first place. It is simply just a plant (weed) that is easily grown without maintenance. All the reasons for making the plant illegal was for money, money, and more money which the U.S. doesn't even have. Just think about it. High up officials made this plant illegal so that people would get caught with it and would have to pay fines that go toward the state aka government. I guess what they didn't realize is that people would start growing their own and have very big supply of marijuana. Therefore those people who got caught went to jail/prison and is costing the U.S. even more money. So while they maybe get the little crimes for profit, the bigger offenses lead to expenses with no profit which outweighs the income. "Debt" or "Deficit" for U.S. is $16,738,489,007,693 or more. But that is just a number. I have learned that all our money is already debt because we have nothing backing up the "paper" supply. They messed that up to. Changing our gold standard. All in all I'm happy that some people who are not corrupt, be very few, are fighting to make this simple plant, which could really increase profits to put towards this U.S. "Imaginary Debt", legal.""
"Marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol."
"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"
"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?"
"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. 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"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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 !""
"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 ??"
"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."
"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."
"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 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 ."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!!"
"I think that it should be legal bc of medical"
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"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!!!"
"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."
"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!!!!"
"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."
"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."
"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 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!"
"Severe chronic migraines w/ nausea,PTSD / anxiety requiring therapy due to childhood molestation for years,cancer in remission,experience prosecuting a stalker adds to same PTSD and anxiety-taught school 34 years-would now wish,deserve a medical choice that works for ME!"
"im pro because it seems to me that the subjects who support the con view of medical marijuana we seldom educated in health. some of them were DEA like positions that find much of their revenue from fines on drug charges."
"I believe it should be legal for medicinal purposes I have fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis torn disc and a compression test sometimes the pain is terribly unbearable I know this would help. I know people suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy suffer with pain from multiple sclerosis and I believe that if this were legalized the poor people would not be suffering. There are also children and adults suffering from and I know this will help them also."
"I believe it will help you. My life partner has tried it for her Fibro, and she takes a half of a cannabis infused gummy bear when she feels ity coming on. If she still feels the symptoms the next morning she will eat the other half, and it will give her relief from it, which can last as long as a week or so. This is from a total of 10 mg dose! Not 20 35 or 50mg of the pain meds which do not really touch the pain, but just make her sick."
"Im a combat vet that was medica discharged from back surgery and diagnosed with PTSD. After getting out I returned home in great back pain and couldn't get out of bed. I had no pain meds to help with the pain. Later my bestfriend came over and brought me marijuana and about 10 to 15 later I was pain free. That was the first time I ever tried it. I do hope and pray that Kentucky and all states legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use. After all God created all plants and he intended for his children to use them for what we could use them for in anyway we see fit in helping others health."
"Yes, definitely. I have seen and read so much overwhelming documentation from research, as well as hearing first person accounts, and my own experience with a topical balm/salve that worked amazingly where nothing else did. I don't see it so much as some hard drug that should be illegal as much as I do as a very beneficial and therapeutic PLANT."
"Marijuana is a natural plant that used to be used as a medicine before the 1930's and WAY before that. Now the topic of it having no negative affects isn't relevant!! The government is the only thing stopping it from being legal. If you think that weed kills brain cells, then please stop living under a rock. God put it on this Earth for a reason. Now I'm not cheering for those who use it plainly to get high. No it doesn't make you "dumber", although those who it use that way in the first place can be. Being high can make someone's depression disappear. It's a miracle plant. A lot of the medicine out there is used for a particular thing, marijuana, is for pretty much anything. It's been proven over and over again by highly educated scientists and doctors. It's not a concept that only hippies believe, it's not something with little proof or evidence to be effective. It's REAL. The government doesn't want to fund for it though, do you think congress has more knowledge of the health benefits of cannabis than actual scientists with 7 year degrees? Lets make cigarettes illegal, the real killers."
"Marijuana, at the root of the issue, is a plant. A natural plant, like tobacco, tomatoes, and poison oak. To make a plant, without chemical modification like cocaine, illegal is a nonsensical position. This is a naturalist argument, and I understand that there are those who find it a fallacious argument. However, I am appealing to the simple idea that a plant can not be illegal. No more than an animal can be illegal, and no more than a person can be illegal."
"Yes because the research is proving how beneficial the CORRECT type of cannabis can make such a difference for patients. I use it for my MS. It is the difference between me walking and not. I am reconsidering a trip to Hawaii with my husband because I am not sure I would be moving after 7 days without it. The most time I have been without is 4 days and my sister drove me home because she couldn't stand to watch me struggle so hard anymore without it."
"Yes and no.. The way I look at it I think Marijuana can't hurt anyone or take anyone lives like alcohol can.."
"I'm a 73 year old vet, resident of Upshur County, West Virginia, with a variety of health issue; successfully supplementing my VA hospital medications with cannabis with the knowledge of, if not the consent. of my VA hospital caretakers.That is, until march of this year, when a drug test ordered by a new provider at the VA, unaware of my cannabis use, ordered a drug profile in disregard of the medical consequences of my testing positive for cannabis, which did test positive. Consequently, my pain and sleep medications (Oxycodone and Ambien) have been withheld. This has reduced me to a bed-ridden invalid, my lifestyle in ruins, and unsure my aging body will survive the painful ordeal now being experienced. I personally accuse the VA of de facto medical malpractice.Given the efficacy of cannabis used medicinally in my case, I am firmly a pro for legal medical marijuana .Thank you for your interest."
"its harmless,if only used once in awhile"
"Marijuana is natural and far less dangerous than narcotics and alcohol. Drugs that often alter our body chemistry and cause addiction! People have been brain washed over generations by the Cotton Industry and Pharamceutical companies who would compete with marijuana. I think it is a shame! Marijuana should be legal for adults. There are children who suffer from seizures, cancer patients who suffer from pain and nausea and many, many others who could benefit from Marijuana. For those uncomfortable smoking there are several other ways to ingest it. Please stop the insanity. Legalize this natural, safe substance. Narcotics are the ones that should be illegal! They've destroyed so many lives."
"I'm pro because I've been fighting illnesses all my life and all the doctors want to do is give me one pill after another. The meds don't help and I'm in constant pain. It's ridiculous that the judicial system is punishing marijuana users, sellers when we are allowing rapists, pedophiles, and murders back on the street. If the "system" would stop incarcerating marijuana offenders there'd be room in the prisons for the people who actually pose a danger to society!!!!"
"Opponents of the legalisation of cannabis are being overtaken by science fact as more and more come in about diseases cannabis treatment is stunningly successful. The pharmaceutical business is trying to figure ways to patent it, and counting the cost of all the chemical coshes they currently makes billions from which are rarely even effective. Add a few months to someone's life and it's apparently a triumph of modern medicine. Cannabis threatens their very business core; the sick and dying. It makes them well again. And money still doesn't talk, it swears."
"Marijuana ABSOLUTELY should be considered an option to Chronic Pain patients who would/could have a medically proven effect from it. Considering Marijuana is a natural plant, just like the Poppy flowers used for the opium found is pain pills Rx'ed by Doctors already, anyone against Medical legalization, should look into the FACTS. It's proven help moderate to severe cancer or non-cancer pain. It does reduce muscle spasms, and aches. It does help people cope with anxiety, which can also add to a patients pain. Not only does it have a wide medicinal use, the plant itself, can be used to create paper, oils, lubricants, building materials, personal hygiene soaps and shampoos ( non-harmful to animals ), abrasive materials, and even boiler fuel, just to name a few... Sounds to me like a rather inexpensive, natural solution for pain patients, as well as a possibility to provide useful items to people who don't need the medical purpose of this plant."
"Having lived in pain, for the past 14 years, and after three surgeries, and being on narcotics for the past 5 years, I am absolutely pro marijuana if it will give people like me back their life! Please legalize!!I feel so out of options, and do not want to break the law, or lose my job, I'm so hoping that this will pass here in Florida very soon! I'm wondering for those who have used it for failed back surgery syndrome, what dosage and method are you finding successful. Thanks so much!"
"It's a non addictive plant that does very little damage to your lungs and has been proven to help people with serious health problems. All the negatives of marijuana are caused by it being illegal. Don't want young kids to smoke it, don't let a drug dealer decide who is old enough to smoke it. It's only a gateway drug because black market dealers sell the hard stuff too, it wouldn't be a gateway drug if it came from a licensed regulated facility.Seriously people need to learn to see through the lies about marijuana and realize the hypocracy behind the people who make it illegal but allow things like tobacco and prescription drugs that kill hundreds of thousands of people every year to b legal. I encourage everyone to watch the documentary "the union: the science behind getting high" and see if you still think it should be illegal."
"I know people who are benefiting from medical marijuana who appear normal when they are shopping, talking and general "going through life". All of them have been on strong anti-pain prescriptions that have an accumulative effect of dulling the "inner" brain perceptions that affect their "clear" thoughts performing their daily chores, activities and social interaction. One of them also resorted to abuse of alcohol trying to self medicate. Another resorted to abuse of anti-depression prescriptions. Another tried to be doing chores and wearing herself out trying to disassociate from pain. Recent introduction of medical marijuana cookies and ointments (none of them smoke) to them has reduced the alcohol abuser to an occasional beer, the anti-depression user back to normal medications and worker still working, but able to get a good nights sleep. I have become an advocate for medical marijuana in Solano County, California. As I learn more particulars about medical marijuana I recall my professional research as a prison correctional counselor never finding marijuana use of any significant factor in probation officer reports on developing youths in beginning their criminal life style. I am lining up with social marijuana now."
"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."
"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."
"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!!!:)"
"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!!!"
"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."
"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."
"i think it would be a great idea because doctors are responsible enough to keep it, it will cure many.i am for it"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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"
"Because of the proven results we see day after day. It's time to get legislature to step up and allow this to be a mainstream solution!"