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"Has killed NO ONE"
"For many many years I have suffered with multiple sclerosis fibromyalgia and Migrains.. During different types of my treatments especially nausea and chronic pain I found that the pills got me cigarette times but never did the medicinal marijuana ever get me sick on the contrary it you should he took away all of my nausea.. Unfortunately the federal government has control over this in certain states and thank God that half of the United States of America has a ready legalized it.. This is over 60 years overdue people with chronic pain diabetes cancer AIDS glaucoma multiple sclerosis and even L a S should have access to medicinal marijuana and paid by the federal government... What I used to take in medications close to 10 years ago was an excess of six to $8000 monthly... How much money would I be saving the government every month if I was able to use creams bombs infusions cannabis oil cannabis candy different things to take my pain away I guarantee you I would even be close to less than 800$ a month just saying that's my opinion and hopefully people understand my point of view and as I said it's just my point of you"
"I agree im in the same boat. Ky needs to get up to where Ohio CA and so many other states have voted POT or PILLS. No one has ever OD'D on pot."
"God gave us every green seed bearing plant on the face of the earth. Genesis 1:29"
"Chandler The scripture clearly says "... it shall be food for you" it IS God given, it IS a green seed bearing plant, it IS food, it DOES yield fruit, it IS edible."
"Actually it says "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;".Marijuana is not food."
"I have used marijuana over 30 years with no health problems except some gum and tooth loss. After battling with alcohol since the age of 12, marijuana is a safer alternative, and greatly helps me from relapsing back to the misery caused by alcohol. Marijuana allows me to avoid prescription drugs and the addiction and death associated with them. Over 100,000 Americans die every year from prescription drugs while marijuana remains at 0. I currently take no prescription or OTC drugs. I cured my skin cancer with oils from marijuana. I've lost so many friends to alcohol and chemical drugs I've lost count. I don't know anybody that died from using marijuana unless they were shot by the police for having some. Marijuana is illegal based on decades of lies from the government only to protect pharmaceutical, alcohol, tobacco and law enforcement revenue. The lies are being exposed and people are waking up that marijuana is a very safe, medically beneficial plant that should be available to everyone. I am very proud to be associated with this change and will fight for the truth until my feet hit the grave."
"It definitely should be allowed."
"To all the people writing writing cons, how many of them are certified doctors with degrees? Probably none of them. Of all the doctors that have prescribed marijuana, how many of them have doctor degrees? Every single one of them."
"I am not a doctor; however I am a teacher with 42 years of experience and advanced degrees. I am also a licensed psychotherapist and a certified drug and alcohol counselor. As far as the medical doctors who prescribe medical marijuana---it's about the easiest thing in the world for a physician to write a prescription. They do not have to deal with the sociological aftermath of the prescriptions that they write, or the future repercussions of what the "medicine" they prescribe may do to the patient him or herself, not to mention the patient's immediate family members (including children)--or others over whom the patient has influence. Children learn what they live. If they are exposed to parents who are under the influence (for whatever reason/s)--then it affects those children for the remainder of their lives. Period. I grew up with a mother who was constantly prescribed psychotrophic drugs by her medical doctors. Often, many of these drugs were later found to be harmful to other parts of her body (such as her heart). She died at a very young age--in large part because of the many drugs she took throughout her life--all of which were "legal". I grew up in the sixties and seventies. Many of my friends took drugs and died."
"Of course, cannabis IS a medicine, and should be the people's option."
"Well, as far as marijuana goes, it may work with medicine. After all, Alternatives have succeeded where traditional medicine has failed. It is still in its infancy, and has shown to be potentially good for society. After all, the FDA only protects pharmacy profits, not the society. Unfortunately, rehabs centers are privatized and probably traded on the NY Stock Exchange. Think about it. They always push medication, and not try to do things the right way. People suffer side effects such as neurological, cognative, speech impediments due to hearing loss, and the worst, have to take ADDITIONAL MEDICATION, because of the side effects of the previous ones. It is sad. If marijuana is used in oil and edible form, being legalized, it just might work for people, and people might actually get better.It is worth a try, right? And this is from a NEUTRAL stand point, so it could be something people may agree with. After all, you can get addicted to ANYTHING. The real question is, as far as addiction, do people have a physical addiction, or a psychological dependence on it. Which is worse, right? But again, that can be to ANYTHING. Peace out."
"It should not be used for recreational use, but it should be a medical option if absolutely necessary."
"Buying cigarettes at a gas station can lead to other drugs as well but those people have a strain"
"i think just like any other drug it can be addicting but its up to you to control it not to let it control you"
"I,m 65yrs old an have smoked quite a bit never wanted anything stronger,it seemed to pinpoint where I needed it .my body is bent an filled with arthritis,an now have onset of parkinsons.i see no harm in this wonderful plant thanks."
"We are pro YES for legalize Medical Cannabis all over the country. We believe we all should also be allowed to grow at least 5 plants if we are patience or caregivers. We can testify that we have had awesome results with edibles and oils of cannabis due to medical problems with out the side affects from from prescription drugs. Stop the BS! Cannabis has been researched in Israel with U S funding. And Cannabis got a thumbs up/"
"I think I've noticed a pattern to some of these quotes and comments, they say "smoking". What about putting cannabis into food? Would it not yield similar results without the problem to lungs?"
"That is a really good question. I know some people have tried just that. I can't remember what the said results were, but maybe it can be administered in other forms, such as oil, or whatever. As far as eating it goes, I've heard some people tried it, and I can't remember, but the results I believe they told me weren't all that different, but I am sure it would be something that can realistically be looked into. Anything can be a possibility. After all, in some area, hemp is used for food products, so it could just work. Maybe one day, in Colorado, they might try that, if they haven't already, right? There might be more pro for it, if people could try it. Good call.Have a great 2017 and beyond."
"Absolutley!! There are many forms of edibles for medical use. In fact the tinctures are definitely used in children with epilepsy. presription medicines dont work for them. But the medical marijuana has left many chidren cut from up to 200 seizures to afew to none at all! With out all the nasty side effects. States that try to restrict medical marijuana use should reconsider. It will save people 100s of millions in costly prescriptions every year. Marijuana use internally does not cause cancer."
"An estimated 1,685,210 People will get diagnosed with cancer in the united states in 2016, Nearly 595,690 Will Die.Lets Change that."
"I'm a disabled vet from Viet-nam I was exposed to Agent Orange while in country, and my health is deteriorating. Cannabis helps relieve the constant pain I have, AO is a nerve agent that significantly reduces my muscles to work. This medicine should be reclassified to a class 11 substance, so that myself and many others can get relief,Thank you."
"Is cannabis dangerous some say yes some say no but nobody really knows. There are argument about every little bit about it. Even know that there are people dying of cancer right now as you read this. But doctors can't help that much with the pain and the side effects of chemotherapy. They try and try to help but can't even know there is a plant out there that can. Who cares if someone uses it a little much you can't overdose and die. As long as the loved ones are at your side happy without pain why bother. If there happy there happy isn't that what the government is supposed to do. Let's stop researching other ways to stop cancer and research the plant that already helps get rid of cancer."
"How many of anti people know that for 40 + years the NIH, using our tax dollars, financed marijuana research in Israel. Israeli citizens, thanks to our tax dollars, are recipients of legal marijuana. Israel has done extensive research on marijuana and our government claims we know nothing about it. Shame on them for holding back from their citizens how non-dangerous marijuana is for adults.And those who say the FDA should study it shame on you too. The FDA allowed a drug that killed over 60,000 people before they acted to take it off the market. Read the warning labels on prescription drugs. Many of these legal drugs can kill you, or destroy your liver, kidneys, etc. and we have the audacity to say marijuana is dangerous.I also wonder if these anti-marijuana people know that God created the endocannabinoid system in us as well as the herb, marijuana. Genesis 1-29 has a powerful message too about the plants and trees God created. Maybe you should read it."
"Most people on the CON side of this agree that it should not be legalized for medical purposes because it's a "gateway drug"The funny thing is that people who smoke marijuana don't even get into smoking marijuana."
"Yes it should cuz it helps most people with a sickness"
"I had cancer and i smoked marijuana through treatment. It helped me more than all my doctor prescribed meds combined! I think its a crime that people cant have access to something so useful and helpful. I would go almost 5 days without eating sometimes before i used cannabis because i was so sick and would throw up everything i ate. Marijuana saved me from having to get a feeding tube, it allowed me to eat and feel normal. It made me feel free of the hell that is cancer and yet still people are against it. I have nothing against people having opinions, but shouldn't our biggest focus be to help people? Peace ."
"With all the states legalizing marijuana what is taking Texas so long."
"Actually, according to the news, Arizona was the one state that was against legalizing it."
"I think marijuana should be legalized on both parts recreational and medical. say if you had a child and they were using more addictive drug that screw up his mind set id say that you would rather have him or her on a natural drug that's not even addictive and helps him focus in school it would be better to have it legalized because it also helps out with cancer and a.d.h.d. then when your on pills or chemotherapy for people that are sick helps them eat and helps them sleep. I vote yes and I hope some of you think the same"
"It would Benefit me! I I have so many medical problems, I take so many meds. and counts and it's killing me."
"Yes helps with Crohns disease. Relaxing stress relief."
"has been used for centuries , is safer and as effective as pharmaceuticals, with less side effects."
"Its just practical. Grows naturally, many studies show it helps anything from parkinsons,diabetes.cancer,cataracts, anepilipsy. The other states that have legalized have proof of reduced hard core drug use and less illegal drug crimes"
"Yes cannabis is medicine. In the studies that have been published, positive effects have been noted. The side effects from cannabis are less than that of many other medicines already approved by the FDA. One can listen to television commercials any day of the week, and see pleasant scenery and nice music while terrible side effects of new pharmaceutical drugs are read off in a long list. Cannabis is a safe and effective alternative medication especially in terms of providing some pain relief, in terms of reducing anxiety, and reducing depression among others."
"I had aids for a long time now and smoking marijuana has really helped me feel better... Thank you god for making this plant!! We all could use it."
"Shout out to my boy The high life. weed is a privilage to have and i have aids which it helps out a lot. this world needs more love and peace and it is here for a reason. Marijuana is not dangerous. our lord and savior put it here for a reason."
"Thanks man and i hope that you get better soon. Good luck and take care!!"
"My body, my choice."
"Medicinal marijuana is beneficial in small doses, and although can be misused, offers less hurtful side effects."
"i agree that medical marijuana should be legalized in all states it helps people with terrible migraines, cancer, anti depressants, and so one it is better for your body then pain killers it has less side effects and it can be used for yoga classes by the oils it may be the next upside in medical history its making the companies a million."
"I say yes because it can ease cancer pain. My grandma died 2 years ago because of cancer. If marijuana was legalized then my grandma's pain would have been eased."
"Marijuana should be legal because it helps with diseases. God put this lovely plant on earth for a reason. It can save so many people, if we just make it legal."
"i agree my brotha. its such a lovely plant to this world. i have aids and it helps with many of the symptoms. we have this plant because our lord and savior put it on earth to protect us. much love to u and marijuana :)"
"yo people we need to legalis marijuana because it has helped people and yes stupid people have used it for their own stupid reasons but that is because they don't need it and use it only for the thrill. i take the side that marijuana should be legal because of all the attributes it has to help people with problems such as aids, cancer and muscle seusuers. IT HELPS PEOPLE IT DOESN'T HURT THEM!!!"
"I believe medical marijuana should be legel. Let me tell you his story. From the beginning of his life I have never experienced a personality like his. Drs would say its just the terrible two's, attention deficit, dyslexic mood disorder drug addiction I finally found a Dr of Neuroopsychology. My son has a serious thought disorder. My son was receptive from the beginning getting help he never resisted and tried conventional meds. People like my son are misdiagnose and they self medicate with with alcohol and drugs trying to get relief from their tormented minds. He has gone to nourmous drug addiction facilities several hospital stays. The 15 + meds blew his weight up to close to 300 lbs, he began to have a fatty liver had severe trimmers was put on meds to stop the shaking . I have had to fight for my son for his wellbeing for 26 years to find answers. My son took himself off all his meds cold turkey. He knew it was killing him. He knows marijuana helps him to have some sort of normal life but with his disorder it has to be regulated a mind like his can not regulate his own meds left to him to do it on his own becomes excessive. There is no meds that will cure him but there could be medical marijuana a life saving drug. Help my son"
"Marijuana helps the sick and increases their life span if patients feel better and get treated due to medical marijuana why should it not be medicinal?"
"I think it is good. It can help tons of diseases."
"Marijuana is really good for you!!!"
"Yes, Yes, Yes... It's less stress on the body and mind. You can do it as needed and it's natural. It's not just the pain or physical issue, it's the stress that goes along with the pain. When medical cannabis can create pain free days, it also relaxes the mind to focus on the physical issues and really heals you.Yes, Yes, Yes"
"My dad was recently diagnosed with alzheimer's. He's 84 and in excellent physical health and a widower. For the past couple of years, he struggled with words as we all do then two months ago, he essentially fell off a cliff in one week so no, this was not a gradual, get used to it, progression. This was sudden and shocking. Two years ago, there was an article in Huffington Post "Low Doses Of Marijuana Compound Could Slow Or Stop Progression Of Alzheimer's". Four days ago another article, "Marijuana Compound Removes Alzheimer's-Related Protein From Nerve Cells" discussed findings from a new study. I challenge anyone who is against medical marijuana to say 'no' to me personally as an individual and not hide behind an excuse or a group. Pretend you live in a rural area with limited or no resources. Imagine what its going to be like when you have to change your dad's diaper, or call the sherrif to locate him through his ankle tracker. I don't know your dad and maybe you don't deem him worthy but my dad is and you don't have the right to deny him life."
"This is a medical debate, not recreational. Marijuana has never killed anyone. It is very hard to become addicted to it, and the addiction is mental, not physical meaning that there are not any harsh withdrawal symptoms when you stop using. To the people who are worried that doctors will be lied to by patients so that they can get the cannabis, news flash, people already do that now for opioids and its only the corrupt doctors who allow it, otherwise doctors can tell who really needs it and who doesn't. Whether it is legal or not, people will get their hands on it, so why not legalize medical marijuana so that when someone who really needs it can without facing penalties for only wanting to reduce their physical, crippling pain. If we have a way to manage pain for cancer patients, the seizures that are caused by disorders, the memory loss of a grandparent with Alzheimers, or to help increase the mobility of someone suffering with arthritis, why don't we make it legal."
"it helps me with migraines i have migraines like 20 times a day and every time i do weed"
"i thank you should be 18 to use this herb ITS NOT A DRUG"
"you should allow weed to all ages"
"I am a patient with fibromyalgia. The medications I've been introduced to in my own treatments amounted to decades old anti depressants Commonly prescribed for off label use with fibromyalgia. They made me not care about the pain or anything else, and I was soon suicidal. My other option is lyrica, and you can watch a commercial to see why I may not be chomping at the bit to try it. Opposing arguments tend to make a big deal about the safety and efficacy of drugs prescribed to patients; Agreeing arguments point to opioids as how that's not nessisary true but I'd say that even the pills that have little to no addictive natures can have detrimental effects that you will never get from marijuana. I spent the better part of 2 years unable to move while trying conventional treatments. Weed gave me my life back. I can work full time (part time in the winter) instead of leeching off the government. I have most of the independence a healthy 22 year old has. So law or not, you absolutely cannot dispute the medical efficacy of something with the ability to restore life and Liberty to someone who by medical standards is disabled"
"I know someone with cancer and they have used medical marijuana and the cancer has not grown since they started using it."
"Literally is impossible to overdose on."
"I believe that marijuana should be allowed as a medical option. The CBD in Marijuana can help lessen the amount seizures a person gets. People with certain symptoms should be given the option to use marijuana to relieve themselves. Marijuana can help people in ways standard medications can't."
"I believe that marijuana should be legal for a few reasons. First is the fact that there has been no documented cases of anyone dying due to an overdose. Second would be that there does seem to be benefits to people with chronic pains, ailments, and mental issues. There also is less side affects then some other typical medicine. People that have to go through the constant pain with medication that can cause other problems should be able to try medical marijuana as a possible solution."
"While marijuana smoking is not found to be entirely useful medically the various extracts certainly are not only are not as addictive as many other medications in many occasions they have fewer side effects. Marijuana extracts can also be used to treat a variety of health issues and it is rather good a removing pain. Also if doctors have the ability to prescribe highly addictive opioids then why not the less addictive substances like marijuana that relieve pain. All of that being said those things do not mean that we should exclude marijuana from testing and getting approved by the CDC"
"Medical marijuana should be legalized due to many cases showing that it does treat medical conditions. It also less harmful such as Vicodin. There should also be less strict laws for criminal prosecution. It also shows reducing chronic pain and other serious conditions."
"I believe that marijuana should be legalized due to cases proving that medically it does tend to treat patients. It is also less harmful then other medical drugs like Vicodin."
"I'm not pro weed but I'm also not con but if I had to choose one I'd pick pro. I see better reason to have it legalized than to not legalize it. It really does help people with diseases or serious conditions. For example, like glaucoma, it releases the pressure in your eyes and relaxes them. Also, if you're an insomniac, the CBD helps you sleep."
"I think that most people associate marijuana with being "high". In marijuana you have CBD and THC. The THC is what makes people high. The CBD is what eases the pain and lowers anxiety. The THC can be taken out so the user cannot get "high". The people who use the CBD will be helped, but for those who don't need the CBD, it will have no effect. Another thing that makes people have the wrong idea is that everyone thinks marijuana is smoked, which is WRONG, most people in a scenario with an illness will eat edibles or take liquid CBD."
"Yes it should because some people really need it."
"I take prescription pain killers and blood pressure medicine. My state does not have legal marijuana laws. But when I can get my hands on marijuana my pain is manageable without pharmaceuticals and I am able to get off the pain killers. My blood pressure becomes normal and I don't need the two prescriptions I take for it. There are no lasting side effects from using marijuana.I also believe that legalizing marijuana would benefit society by eliminating the shady untrustworthy deals you have to involve yourself in just to get a way overpriced sack."
"The con sides here are completely idiotic, at least abusing marijuana doesn't lead to death as anyone could easily get addicted to the simple aspirin pill and overdose and DIE. Marijuana has eased my depression for many years, it is not a cure, it is a great help. There is no cure to depression but i've never felt better with this plant."
"I believe marijuana should be a medical option because it has so many benefits and it is a better alternative to most drugs. It has been proven that it has helped many people who face anxiety and depression amongst other things. Even if marijuana is used only for recreational purposes, the drug itself is nowhere near the dangers of meth, cocaine, etc. You don't hear about people dying from smoking a lot of weed or getting lung cancer from smoking weed or anything like that. In fact, Marijuana is better than smoking cigarettes or even drinking alcohol. It is such a better alternative to most drugs out there."
"I think it should be legal for two reasons one because of all the criminals that do it to control others and it would help the economy but I also think that ordinary people should be able to grow sell or trade to stop all this poverty but it should be tested and also I think that people in the military should be given the opportunity to get jobs protecting the growers and there property after they finished there tore so they have the opportunity to work when they get back and that way there not getting depressed and going crazy thank you"
"Clinton, Bush, Obama - smoked "weed" and became Presidents. Multiple friends/relatives used "weed" for pain and cancer issues.In college (my first use) - focus and concentration improved, so did my grades. As a now age 60+ person, "weed" allows me to sleep deeply, relieves aches/pains and anxiety. Research indicates a significant drop in pharmaceutical scripts in CO, since "weed" has been legalized. It is not addictive. I've never seen anyone "high" on "weed" become aggressive or drive like a maniac. It is time to: 1) end drug testing for weed 2) release all non-violent "weed" offenders from jail 3) put a serious DENT in 'big Pharma's" profits! (one can only hope)!"
"I believe in help for medical reasons but what is the contact levels for others in household that have to work"
"I personally would never use marijuana for any reason, recreational or medical, but I believe as long as it's being used safely and in a way that won't harm others it should be available to be use medically (although there are better alternatives)."
"If the only arguements are addiction and side effects, then conventional medicine meets both of those criteria. having this disease, I am willing to try anything that will work. I take conventional medicine, working on the 6th one and while it is working, the side affects are bad. If your not dealing with this, your opinion is worthless! As with all illnesses, each medication works differently in each patient. What would it hurt to try it and document the results. If I could take a natural remedy and stop taking these expensive, manufactured drugs that already hurt my body, what is the downfall? The old, formed opinions about medicinal marijuana need to change. If addiction and side effects are the test, then alcohol should certainly be illegal, along with cigarettes........"
"My brother suffers from epilepsy. His medication helps but doesn't get rid of it. Whenever one of his episodes begins all we can do is wait for it to subside and hope no damage is inflicted. Medical Marijuana can stop the heart-wrenching gut-churning experience of being completely helpless as a loved one lays, twitching and shaking, and the horrifying aftermath of an episode. The usage of cannabis should be legal for medical reasons only. Marijuana has been turned into a derogatory term and has made people think of the teen troublemakers causing chaos instead of the multiple medical benefits we can gain. According to CNN 1 out of 8 adults in the US have said that they have smoked cannabis, of which, no deaths were reported or any negative side effects. Cannabis can cure the pain and nausea of chemotherapy, postoperative recovery, pain from a spinal injury, epilepsy, dementia, the list extends to almost anything in the medical field that causes pain. Along with medical reasons, it can help people with chronic depression, severe anxiety, anorexia nervosa, and other threatening mental illnesses. It can also reduce the deaths from preventable medically-prescribed drug overdoses, which costs more people their lives than illegal drugs."
"Marijuana should be legal"
"I don't think it should be because many people lie about having weed couches etc."
"Marijuana provides a pain reliever to many with diseases and injuries and gives people the option when in a medical center to choose marijuana in instead of opioids and risk a far worse addiction."
"cigarettes legal but weed isn't and cigarettes kill people everyday."
"I believe marijuana for medicinal purposes should definitely be allowed. There is a plant that is capable of making those in pain feel better, why should we deny them that? However, I think there should be certain restrictions and regulations for it. For example, the cbd, thc, and strain could be altered to better treat patients."
"i believe that medical marijuana should be legalized. Throughout research scientist have proven that with the correct dosage can benefit those with certain medical problems. Such as people with ADHD, ADD or bi-polar disorder it can help them calm down and relax. Some say it is not right to start at such a young age but some medical cases call for such a thing."
"I am not really pro or con marijuana i personally do not want to use it as medication but if it helps thousands of ill Americans get better then i have no problem with it being a medication drug. as long as people have the choice to use it as medication and it does not have any fetal side effects its mostly harmless if you are 21 and older."
"I think we just need to get medical marijuana FDA approved, and many more people would be open to it. Right now, what prevents most people from being supportive of marijuana is how experimental it is."
"Medical marijuana will help stop the pain of someone experiencing a condition that cannot be controlled."
"Yes marijuana should be legal. I am a person who were im at it is illegalized I have been called a Drug addict for using a medicinal plant that helps me with my depression. I do not smoke crack, take pain pills, I rarely drink, never wanted to do meth. so in essence it is not a "gate-way" drug. I would take it in pill form but either way they illegalized it. it helps me deal with life and makes me think clearly. marijuana has really helped my life."
"The Feds pretend they want to reduce opioid use on the US. Why haven't they studied and espouse medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids? Please support this effort to change the federalization of MM. Thank you."
"should be a medical option"
"marijuana should be a medical option"
"It's much safer and more effective than many medications being prescribed."
"I love how literally every CON comment has at least 5 downvotes no matter what it says. I guess its because everyone who comments is left or something?"
"I am a well educated person that has grown and used cannabis sativa and Indica with periods of no use for maybe add up to 20 years of my 60 year old life today.As a 13 yr. old I smoked but still maintained a b average in School. Pot was something in my life that I could handle / not alcohol.. Now at 60 I again use pot to keep away my nausea after a real bad outcome from a gallbladder removal . Here in Hawaii marijuana was the choice of drug until ice [meth] made it's ugly appearance . We now have 2 or 3 Medical marijuana dispensary. I will attest pot is not for everybody ,, many cannot handle it's ability to think outside the box."
"weed is good it helps you a lot"
"Medical marijuana should be legal because if you were the president and you made it illegal you could be killing hundreds maybe even thousands of people."
"I think it should be legal in any way"
"I think it should be legalized because there are so many things it could for research and people."
"I am on the pro side simply out of hope, hope that I can find pain relief from a major back injury 10 years ago, Im a CA res, and have my card just trying to find a clinic that sells something other than an over whelming amount of a bud, i don't smoke, i have a number of friends and family that have always smoked here in CA. and as soon as it became legal they all ran out and got cards conjuring up mysterious ailments now they smoke more than ever, anyway right or wrong legal weed in CA is here. I'm just looking for pain relief not to get high! if anyone responds to this please don't quot rehashed internet info just a real life pain program that does not include smoking weed thanks. in a few years big pharma will step in at some point and take advantage."
"Either way, I've heard many comments on how people will get addicted to this "Drug" but if you haven't realized, there are worse medications on the market for pain. Comming from a man who has experiance with pain meds after a broken leg; The meds they gave me are extremly strong that make my body go numb. They are many recorded deaths due to pills and other pain kills but not nearly as many when under the influence of "weed.""
"marijuana is amazing those who disagree OBVIOUSLY have not tried it before ..."
"Pro There are many prescription pain meds that are seriously more harmful and addictive (in a brain-destructive manner) than is Marijuana. Marijuana has been specifically, negatively targeted, whereas the other prescription drugs never received such publicized negative bias before being approved. Those persons with serious medical conditions and injuries - such as our combat veterans & cancer patients - must not be denied the pain relief that Marijuana affords them. The AMA could expedite approval of Marijuana, but is being politically correct in response to SOCIAL non-acceptance. There must, of course, be strict set parameters for its use, just as there are for other addictive pain medicines.... the main one being the patient's own accredited physician, who knows their medical history."
"This is sad for Texas as I neede the medical marijuana to get off the opioids. I thought our fellow texans cared about us, what happened were you paid off by the big drug companies? So tell me what is better for us to be doing, marijuana or opioipds? And this is strictly for medical use."
"WOW, the large majority of the article in the CON column are biased uneducated comments. They continually repeat lies that the US government have spewed for years. Unbiased and non government funded studies all have the same conclusion. Weed is not a dangerous drug and it has far more pros than cons. About the only con that has any validity is that smoking it can be harmful to your lungs. Vaporizers and edibles completely eliminate that issue. Clueless politicians are responsible for far too many folk having criminal records.Here is a fact: Alcohol causes far more serious harm than weed. It is not even close, yet it is legal. Dumb yanks, no wonder your the laughing stock of the world."
"Pot is not a medical substance its a freaking plant that has been proven to help with lots of things. i shouldnt have to explain myself. it shouldnt be the goverments desision to legalize a plant. you cant get addicted to it so wth people. this world would be so much better with weed."
"Unfortunately, with people using the "abuse" arguments, is that they don't realize that people don't police themselves saying "I know I have an addictive personality", or "I am the person who has that kind of thing", and not know when to say "enough", or "no." Once that part is resolved, people can throw away the addiction argument. First, people have to police themselves and tell themselves when enough is enough. We don't need the federal government to be mom and dad, disciplining us. We have to be able to say no when it is right. If people learn to police themselves, then there will be less addicts out there, but marijuana could be beneficial to people with certain ailments. After all, before modern medicine was imposed on us, people used other forms of medicine, and there was never a story of addiction, or problems. Now, the federal government stepped in, and did their bull****, and look what has happened. Western medicine has made some generation of addicts and people who are basically messed up, because of both the FDA, and the other things in our lives. Traditional medicine has failed on many levels, but what can you do, right? Hopefully things will change one day. Boo me if you want, but you know I am right. Peace out."
"I'm all for the use for legalizing medical marijuana, but we've all got to understand the true reasoning to why we all want to legalize it. I've seen some "Pro" comments in this thread, and I am honestly distraught by people's thoughts, saying they want to legalize it not for medical purposes, but because it's "fun" to be under the influence. It's "fun" to be high. Medical marijuana shouldn't be used for that. It should be used for people with serious illnesses and diseases, not for personal pleasure. Hopefully people think this way."
"it shall be leagalized bc it helps people"
"its can help alot of people out and by their choise"
"After my surgery I was told that I was the ninth person in the whole history of Uracheal tumors that mine wasn't cancerous. I didn't recieve chemo because ther is no chemo for this kind of particular Cancer. My only medicine I took was cannabis oil. I'm pretty sure it saved my life. Now I work with people and cannabis and it's clear that it saves people's lives. The people who are against it are politions, pharmacutical companies and law enforcement. The people who are pro are people who have recieved therapeutic effects from this plant. I say it's time to legalize so we can study it and bring down the cancer rate that is now one in three people."
"Absolutely yes, I have multiple mylenoma, for the last eight years. For the first three years, all my doctor's pushed Opiates. At the end of the third year I was a full blown Heroin addict, buying Heroin off the streets of Portland Oregon. I dropped to less than 130lbs, angry to everyone. I quit that Thanksgiving cold turkey,10 day's of living hell. For the last 5yrs I have only used medical marijuana. I have started chemotherapy last week and have been given percocet and fighting not to take them. One at night helps to sleep. But I'm scared to fall back to bad habit. I have to pay for my marijuana, but I feel more comfortable with it and a lot less stress. No withdrawals????"
"I think it should because when I was young my mom was really sick and the doctors did not know what was wrong, and they tried everything. so they came to the decision to prescribe her medical marijuana and slowly she got better and now she better than before she got sick and she cut her self off once she got better. but if it wasn't for that medical marijuana I would have grown up with out a mother so I do think that it should be legal but watched very carefully because some might not want to cut themselves off and the they would get addicted and that's not gonna help anyone."
"Marijuana:in my opinion is one of the most over criticized herbs in history. Hemp has been a very good product for centuries. Clothing, paper, sails,rope,spice, shelter, medicine, and grows faster than wood, less ecological damage, and you can run your car on the oil. Reefer madness, and not being able to tax something that grows naturally ,is why it was made illegal. I couldn't function today if it wasn't for pot. I would have died four years ago of opiate addiction, on some street corner. Or worse, in jail, like my 25yr old youngest son, with a TBI @16,now heroine addicted, homeless, going schizophrenic from the drugs. Not knowing right from wrong. !!! Garibaldi pothead. Feeling better"
"I vote yes on legalizing"
"Absolutely, unequivocally YES! For the record, I am a 62 yr old RN and have never tried cannabis in any form but the science is valid. It should be totally deregulated now and also decriminalized."
"Ok i believe all states should have medical marijuana im 30 yr old have four bad disc's and a pinched nerve on my lower spine and PTSD from a bad child hood plus bipolar i wont lie i have tryed it in the past and my pain and everything went away and my mood was better my wife was glad. But i am an adult and when i did smoke it that time my kids were asleep and it just really help me sleep i aint a parent that if it went legal i would smoke around my kids i wouldnt i hate cigs anyway so they would never know ya know i just think people like me and others should have to right to have so peace or should i say relief from pain without using pills in which i dont like i take medicine and if i had marijuana i wouldnt be on this crap that makes me fell worse"
"Cannabis is the best natural therapeutic medicinal plant known to man and it's our right to possess and grow it, or obtain it from a dispensary, yes."
"I suffer from fibromyalgia and a laundry list of associated ailments that have been proven to help in reducing pain or lowering the dosage or ending the need for the use of narcotic medications."
"Give me the choice to make my own mistake. Instead of buying unsafe drugs from dealer with bad intentions."
"Medical marijuana is to be used as medical reasons , if you don't have anybody you love that has depression or in pain due to cancer then don't say marijuana is bad for you, cause it keeps tears out of their face and pain from them."
"I have pinched nerves from spine disease. Surgery has helped but I still have pain and muscle spasms. I would like to try something besides alcohol and opiods along with the anti-inflammatory medicine I currently take"
"Its better than heroin... simple..."
"Yes I am on morphine Not by choice If this herb can relive my pain bring it on Has to be better than morphine which is taking a toll on my body Please Ohio get off the POT!!!!!!!"
"I am Pro because for the last 3 years I have suffered w/knee and back pain. I have heard that the pain meds have negative consequences but I won't go that far. Consequently I suffer daily. Not standing for more than 10 min has me quite close to my bed and I need relief!"
"The medical use of Marijuana for pain is better than drugs with bad side effects. Marijuana is a natural plant."
"My son has autism, severe autism and has been on every FDA regulated medicine that has messed him up so much more than he already was, all u hypocrites u have no idea what a life like this is and if liquid medical marijuana helps him u better believe I will use it, I watch him him himself daily leaving bruises all over from hitting and biting himself and then attacking me on a daily basis, if marijuana stops that and whatever pain he has u damn well better believe I will use it, what its gonna be worse than psychotic meds they give him, he's either a zombie or out of control taking those and we have tried them all, u people r just scared of finding something that works, yet drinking is fine, u ban one u should ban all, make alcohol illegal but noooo can't do that one can u, it kills brain cells and people every single day way more than marijuana ever has, compare them then tell me I am wrong cause I am not marijuana should be legal in all states to anyone who wants to use it for pain or anything else, so what they like how it feels so do people who drink, how's it any different I say ban one ban all"
"yes it should be in tenn"
"Guns are legal, alcohol and prescription drugs are legal. All of this in some form of fashion have and taking the lives of humans. They all are man made as well. But, marijuana that comes from the earth and can be grown just like any fruit or vegetable is illegal. Makes me question our government and their reason that it is illegal. Maybe because they cannot control it and control the amount is grown by someone at home that will use it for medical purposes."
"I am pro because there is evidence that it could actually cure cancer, but we will never get the proper studies unless it becomes legal. Right now my brother has metastatic liver cancer. He will die in a short time. Shouldn,t it be his decision whether or not he uses it for pain relief and possibly more? I have chronic pain due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Shouldn't it be my decision if I want to try some oral form to relieve my pain? There is no evidence that it won't work or that it will harm me. That is the problem. It cannot be reasonably studied unless it is made legal for medical use."
"Marijuana is a great pain reliever but unfortunately its seen as a gateway drug, because its so easy to obtain. being a natural growing plant anyone can buy seeds and grow their own or just buy some from someone else and after smoking teens get ahold of them they get into harder drugs to get a better high like xanax. i guess thats all i can think of, weed no bueno."
"Actually statistically most poeple who have tried marijuana dont even continue smoking"
"Why is it comments about whether it's harmless from long term use is never by an actual long term user?It's always by a "professional" who only has myth-based anecdotal information to draw their conclusion from.Here is a comment from a long term user of 50 years.I find no evidence that in fact there is harm from the long term use of marijuana."
"That alone is the $64,000 question. I guess since both sides aren't as well educated or unbiased, it has come to that particular part. With not just pot, but everything, you're going to have that, because some are pro, and some are con regardless, and neither side is willing to give both sides a fair hearing for whatever reason their is. People can only judge based on personal experiences, rather than logic, which most of the time, society's viewpoint is on...well that and the media. What needs to be done, in my not so humble opinion is listen, or put into this site a NEUTRAL category, where the ones who are neutral can speak, this way, you ca have a side that will truly speak as well as listen. Food for thought. Peace."
"i hate drugs drugs are stupid they always result in suicide the only drugs i like are the ones that make me feel better when im sick."
"i hope you realize that drugs dont always result in suicide. Prescriptions kill more people then marijuana. 1st cause of prescription deaths are thousands and thousands. Marijuana has actually 0!!!"
"Did you even read the pro section? This can be used to make people feel better and can be used as an antidepressant. Which means that if you take this you won't be driven to suicide, and only a small percentage of people who take drugs end up taking there life."
"Nobody has overdosed on marijuana! And also, nobody gets depressed from it. Cannabis helps people with depression!"
"Okay thats true. But marijuana IS NOT A DRUG AND WILL NEVER KILL SOMEONE OR MAKE THEM WANT TO KILL THEMSELVES> Matter of fact, marijuana helps people. Your opinion is your own opinion and thats fine. But my comment is also my opinion which is fine."
"weed is bad for you people"
"oh fr? im gonna keep smokinf it though. HA"
"YES THANK YOU PEOPLE YOU SEE THE WORLD THE WAY I SEE IT THANK YOU!!!"
"marijuana should not be legalized because that would mean all the people who went to jail for possesion of marijuana went to jail for no reason. And I also think that people would abuse this drug by using it without there being anything wrong."
"there have been so many reason why it should not be used but multilpe more that that for good reasons why it should be used"
"So instead of finding justice for people who by all means are being wronged, we should keep making the same mistakes to save face, keeping those people imprisoned and doing so in the knowledge that we will send more people to prison for something there may be absolutely no reason to have them in there for? Even when it's been proven multiple times that federally prosecuting small time drug offenders actually makes hardened criminals more likely to commit more, and more potentially harmful, crimes? On your second point you do know how many legally prescribed medications are abused on a daily basis? If its something that gets you high, there's someone abusing it. Not only that but dependence forms in people who are taking medications that they actually need (opiates) leading to today's opiate epidemic, marijuana is both less harmful, AND less addictive. So so what if a couple teenagers get a hold of their parents pot from the medicine cabinets, maybe there won't be so many 14 year olds doing Xanax"
"that means that all the people that went to jail for marijuana will be freeeeeeeeeeeeeee, also us economy will increaseee, and alcohol is worse because it makes you agressive, while weed was made you calm you down"
"they went to jail since they broke the law and street weed isnt as safe as medical"
"Many people will use it and sell it for not medical use"
"This was when it is used in the wrong sense. When used right it can help and is a good option for most."
"IF marijuana becomes a medical use, people will take advantage of it and use it for personal use."
"Even tho I can agree that people with sever conditions could benefit from this being legal, it is a sad truth that too many with no medical issue find a doctor to lie for them and abuse the system. I had a friend who used to drive a garbage truck and he had the medical marijuana licenses, unfortunately he would smoke a little before work and a little during lunch until one day while he was high he ran a red light and killed a family in a small car. Too many ways to abuse it when it is legalize."
"anything can be abused, are you a pro or con of helping people? the weed didn't kill that family, your buddy did."
"i disagree because that is your friend's fault. He should have realized the risks of getting high, and monitored how much he smoked."
"Like alchohol, I believe there should be dwi or dui crimes and charges. That is a shame. But from being a medical users perspective... I think that its the individual who makes bad choices. Should we make alchohol illegal. Because more people die from driving drunk. I never drive when I have partaken in GODS beautiful medicine. Another point I have is that hundreds of oeople who have been legally put on opiods have switched to marijuana in place of pain pills. With the rise in opiod prescriptions and deaths in our entire country. Marijuana can be a more natural alternative for chronic pain sufferers, this is also true for many illnesses. Glaucoma, cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, chronic back and neck pain from blown discs, pinched nerves even epilepsy. There have been many kids that have up to 200 siesures a day. With no avail from the many prescription drugs never work. They tried marijuana for their child and it stopped the seizures dramatically."
"Don't blame the cannabis for your buddies own fault. A little research will show you that Medical Marijuana has ZERO THC in it which is the psychoactive part of the plant. Medical Marijuana contains CBD which contains the Medical properties all patients look for in their cannabis. Doubtful he was smoking Medical Marijuana. Do you blame the Gun? The Alcohol? The Cigarettes? Don't blame the Cannabis blame the user."
"The only con I can think of is we need to be able to control the sale and distribution of marijuana like we do for cigarettes for children under 18 or 21 years old. We have to protect our children from all substances."
"Try parenting. I hear it's not easy but you reap all kinds of rewards by helping your children have as much information about the world and the people in it, so they can make proper determination about how the proceed in as many situations as possible."
"Well, then, we better prohibit alcohol huh? There is nothing more dangerous than a drunk driver to us all. 50% of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Did you know that cannabis is considered to be a performance enhancing drug and that athletes are sometimes forbidden to use it in competition because of the edge it gives. I don't think you can say that about alcohol. So, if you want to prohibit cannabis you might as well prohibit alcohol which is so much more impairing and to which so many young people become addicted."
"John, Do you think that sellers on the black market check ID's before they sell cannabis today? My kid is in an A rated public middle school in Florida and he has witnessed kids selling cannabis at school. Only legalization can stop this."
"Medical Marijuana should not be legalized because it's causing more bad than good. In Colorado were people act happy because marijuana is legalized. The real truth behind it is that more people are getting in to car accidents because their under the influence of marijuana. In the news it might show you all the pro's of marijuana and how much its helping out people but that's all smoke and mirrors. The truth behind it is scary."
"What about the drug rehab centers being built from tax money from marijuana?"
"How manny ppl die from addicting pharmaceutical prescription drugs? I would rather be in a state where people are happy because marijuana is legalized than a state where it's illegal and everybody is all doped out on prescription pils. And then when they can't be prescribed there opiates anymore by a doctor they move on the heroin or more dangerous things and when they don't have money for it they will do w.e it takes to not be sick " withdraw " they will steal from there become violence or even prostitution. With marijuana there is no withdraw and all you have to do is plant a seed in your backyard."
"Marijuana should not be legalized, because it could cause major disrupments in our community. There are people who would take advantage of this and abuse it causing chaos all because of one decision."
"Mj is useless!!! The only reason why people want it to be a medical drug is because they are already addicted to it!!! People are just gonna try to find a way to get it as a medical drug so they can use it as an illegal drug."
"its impossible to get addicted to marajuana....."
"What have you been smoking??? My cousin died from it"
"It is a drug, it will cause addiction and with addiction comes the smashing point. We are not allowing such powerful substances into society."
"are you kidding me, marijuana is not addictive at all; tobacco can be accessed by anyone who goes to public school and that is completely legal. Tobacco is one of the most addictive drugs out there anyway"
"Dude you ever tried weed because if you haven't then you need to and you will understand how it will help."
"No because people with an illness could just give their marijuana to people who just wanna get high!"
"What about pharmaceuticals? Those are sold and given away every day. People actually die from pharmaceutical over doses. When people smoke, or ingest to much weed, the solution is sleep it off. People don't die unless they have an allergic reaction."
"I don't want to get high with THC, but that's not the pain killing chemical in mj. It works. God forbid you ever need it. Educate yourself."
"Medical marijuana lacks FDA approval.Although it is used for medicine and specific dosages are given, it is easy to consume too much, which can harm a patient greatly.For a drug to be legal and marked as beneficial, it has to be tested many times with hundreds to thousands of human subjects.However, there have only been a few tests made and within the data that the government does have, here is a lack of consistent, scientific data proving the benefits, so it is risky to use.Some of the health risks are that it impairs ones thinking and memory, lowers reaction times, increases the risk of heart attack, heightens the risk of getting respiratory infections, suppresses the immune system, makes one potential for withdrawal symptoms, and causes depression. Too little research has been done on using marijuana as medicine, and the results are unstable. Although there have been positive effects, there is still too much risk involved and may have more disadvantages than advantages. For example, a cancer patient may use cannabis as medicine, not knowing that it is altering his/her brain and sense of balance or memory. However, with the amount of information that the United States has so far, it would be boorish to legalize it now."
"The side of effects of alcohol are far worse. Marijuana does not have to be smoked, it can be ingested, nebulized or used as a topical rub. Marijuana has been used for thousands of years, up until 60 years ago it was a common weed grown on all 7 continents like a dandelion weed, In fact you could purchase it over the counter at your local pharmacy. Marijuana has been used and studied longer than any pharmaceutical. The reason it's not legal is pharmaceutical lobbyist. The only report deaths are those who have a sever allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).Yes it makes people lazy, alters their reaction time, and short term memory but so does Benadryl (sold over the counter), so does melatonin, camel mil and many more.Marijuana is life saving for the right patient.It should be regulated and there should be consequences if it's used while driving, or at work. It should be legal and we should tax it. Think of the revenues that your state could benefit from. That money could go to our school system to raise teacher pay, get our country out of debt and much, much more.You have to choose between kids taking pharmaceuticals or marijuana, marijuana is the safer choice."
"Many "drugs" have been voted FDA approved and killed millions of people over the years. I don't put faith in FDA."
"Medical marijuana can be used in pill and food forms rendering your info about lung damage inaccurate. Are you not aware of the dangers of opiods, they far exeed that of marijuana. I have known a dozen people in my life that have died due to opiods. I do not know of a soul that has died due to marijuana use. I am a stage 4 cancer patient unable to use opiods due to there chemical make up and side effects. Marijuana would be an option for me to not suffer from serious debilitating daily pain."
"Not sure where you are getting you information,but you couldn't be further from the truth. for one you can not consume to much and the risks you say are all unsubstantiated.In-fact all the literature shows the complete opposite. you have definitely been listening to the bogus propaganda the government has been forcing down the public's throat for the last 50+ years. the united states government has been doing research behind the scenes and in fact has put a patent on medicinal cannabis.there are many countries who have been doing research since the 1970's and have been successfully treating 100's of thousands of patients with depression,cancer,lupus,dementia,MS,chronic pain,arthritis,and many many more ailments."
"Every other "drug" you get from doctors have side effects to and many of them can cause other health problems. They also have a tendency to become addictive. You can also overdose on every over the counter medicine you get."
"I just got certified for medicinal marijuana use for generalized anxiety disorder. It took me 22 minutes from the time I opened the front door to when I left the building. Wow."
"If there is value in medical use of Marijuana we should study the effects, find a dose rate response, and made a formalized drug study like any other medicinal intervention. If there is value in the inhaled delivery, make an inhaler. Allowing people to smoke or ingest a non-standardized drug does not advance medicinal principals. We should spend the money to study the drug and create a standardized dose response format for prescription use."
"I agree with this 100% and health insurance should pay for it. I have epilepsy, i do not use pot for recreational purpose. But if I knew it would stop my seizers and I did not have to take the AED that are so harmful to me, I would use it in a heartbeat!!!!"
"Emily, Marijuana has been researched and studied for over 50 years. It is safer then alcohol . Let this issue go away."
"Marijuana could be considered as one kind of drug. As we know, life of people could be easily ruined by drugs, or even getting worse.Therefore,overusing could lead to a major issue. By that time, drug abuse would be thought as severe public health problem instead of medication purposes."
"If doctors try to use marijuana as a medical option. It will only make people more and more addicted to it. It is even worse because some how or some way, there is a possibility that people can make the medicine on their own, and they will sell it. This is going to be very bad for the community, world, people, and all for what? Just because some doctor wanted to help someone but actually made it worse."
"Just a few things wrong with your post. 1. Cannabis has absolutely ZERO addictive properties associated with it. 2. CBD which is the other compound found in Cannabis is not a psychoactive compound; that would be THC.3. Medical Marijuana is CBD ONLY which means it has no traces of psychoactive property THC in it at all."
"how would they make their own marijuana with no seeds its not like people get seeds with their marijuana so they can grow their own."
"people are just going to take advantage of it and use it for their own intentions. because if it becomes a medical supply, those that do the drug are just going to go to the hospital to get it for "medical" reasonings so that they can't get in trouble for it."
"they can still get in trouble for it no matter what"
"So? Let them go get a prescription for Medical Marijuana.. What most uneducated people fail to realize is that Medical Cannabis is CBD only and has no traces of the Psychoactive THC compound in it. They wont be able to get high of of the medical stuff."
"There isn't enough research to legalize it everywhere."
"Not enough research in the United States because what the Government is using as research isn't real Cannabis; they are using a mutated version of the plant. If they where to use actual Cannabis they would see that the results would be much different."
"There is plenty of research, have been for years, especially outside of the US. The Government has lied to you for years and you bought it hook, line and sinker."
"Oh man but there is the reader has. It's been researched for a little over a century and get in america (forgive me if I have the terminology wrong) the DEA has it classified as a class A drug with NO medicinal usage. Cocaine is a class C controlled substance. Powerful narcotic with high abuse potential, with some emergency medical use. Now they are right about cocaine's classification, but it begs the question with all of the research that's been done, patient testemonies that have come to light and simple logic. Why is marijuana still classified as having absolutely no medicinal use when it's been proven to be beneficial in multiple medical applications (smoking pot for glaucoma, the oldest excuse in the book consists as having a medicinal use, therefore making a class A scheduling nonsensical)"
"Latest studies indicate there are many health risks. My niece was an addicted pot smoker for over 30 years. She died a week ago of lung cancer at age 55. Never a cigarette smoker. She used medical marijuana following radiation and chemo. Caused severe throat irritation, and upset stomach. It controlled her entire life to the bitter end. Lost her job, friends, family relationships, and became a recluse. It's a drug, not a medicine. How many proponents would be willing to recommend the efficacy of this drug to their children, grandchildren, or any family member?"
"Julie is correct in that there are NO; ZERO addictive properties associated with Cannabis. It may have psychoactive properties but upon stopping its use your body does not go through regular withdrawal symptoms. What Julie was incorrect about is that although Cannabis is a plant and a naturally grown plant it is still a drug, hence why we have medical cannabis."
"There is absolutely no proof of addiction with marijuana use. None! It's not a drug it's a plant. You can't blame everything that happened to your niece on pot. Her being a recluse could have been her hiding from a trauma you have no idea that happened. Family and friends should have helped her seek help for the real reason she felt she need to stop feeling and hide. Don't blame the marijuana for someones weaknesses. Do your research. There is more good that can come from the CDB extract that all the chemicals that the pharmecutical companies push and make billions of dollars from!"
"I absolutely would. I am so sorry to hear about your niece but unfortunately fellow proponts like to be as selective with their research as the opposition when even with all the information available at hand pot comes out on top. Now I've already commented my reasons for supporting the usage of pot, but I will say that research has shown a VERY small percentage of pot smokers do become highly addicted, that being said there are usually other extreme psychological stressors that aren't being addressed during that period of time. Now the story you've shared isn't unheard of in the MJ community, but think about how much more common stories like that are for something as widely available as alcohol (ranked consistantly as one of the overall most dangerous substances on the planet insofar as common drugs, obviously plutonium is worse) so while yes your story is sad, it's incredibly rare pot, everyone knows someone with a bad drinking problem and in the case of absolutely anything we put in our bodies we need to be looking for a lesser of the evils (in pain management compare it to opioids) instead of the perfect cure all"
"She wasn't using it for medicinal purposes....this is about medicinal, not recreational."
"There has been research that marijuana does not tie with any sort of cancer, cancer has a lot to do with genetics too. Test your genes, you might be at risk too. In fact the CBD in the marijuana led her to live up to 55, that was pure luck."
"IT causes harm to the body"
"Pro for medical use without THC. Con for recreational use because how are they going to protect babies and children from exposure from their parents. And what about pregnant women smoking pot and delivering babies addicted to THC or with birth defects. It is known that brain damage occurs from exposure to THC in the developing brain."
"THC shrinks cancer tumors -- research!"
"How do people protect babies and children from exposure to alcohol? What about pregnant women drinking alcohol and giving their children horrible defects. You can't be addicted to THC, it's not physically possible; however, you can mentally become addicted to it with overuse of the substance. You also can't pass a mental addiction, or any addiction at that to a child through birth. Now it is true that the use of cannabis does damage under developed brains, but so does alcohol, which is legal! We have laws to keep those kinds of things from happening, but as everyone knows, there is people out there that chose not to follow some laws. Also, why would you condemn the use without THC, the THC is what the medical purpose comes from."
"Do I want it to be a normal option for my grandkids, no I do not. In society the families that vote yes will certainly be creating a different way of life and will reflect on how children are raised. I was raised in a house with blue smoke from tobacco and thought it was normal. I wonder what will happen to the generation that is growing up in a pot smoke filled home, which is very concerning because this drug will mess with the brain.I do believe, life threatening illness, a better way to probably die, is not clenching your fists, but on a drug high that can relieve your death….but there are prescription drugs for that as well.I do believe that medical marijuana should be used only in medicinal ways, and not being exploited like it is. Studies are still being researched but it is hard to say where they are with this conclusion, will cbd alone help with the pain? Do I think the marijuana plant is good? Yes it probably can help, with oinments and salves as they say, just like other herbs that can help. They say it’s a natural plant, well so is the poppy plant. It depends what you get out of it. If it just messes with your brain... no I don't believe it's good."
"Marijuana is a total gateway drug--it is a DRUG and anyone who uses, sells or embraces drug use is a danger and a drain on society. They begin small; but always find a way to push the envelope further to include growing, selling and before we know it; all neighbors are drug-users, sellers or friends of and whether we like it or not, we are forced to be subjected to drug living--having homeless addicts come and go in our neighborhood because all the other neighbors either use or sell themselves or are afraid to say something that may offend neighbors that do. Theft is rampant& I heard a child under 12 years of age tell his parents that this neighborhood is no longer safe to live in due to drug use, drug visitors and DRUGS, period! It's sad when a child under 12 years can spot unhealthy living and is afraid in his home or neighborhood. In a small environment like our trailer court or mobile home park-we are constantly bombarded with drug use, drug selling and drug-seeking homeless deviants that only have one goal in life--to get drugs at the exclusion of all else--including the innocent people they prey upon and use in their quest for getting more drugs. I know these things because this was my life before I was saved from addiction!"
"I would like to know first of all, do you have the same harsh judgement on people with chronic pain that take DRUGS every single day? They are called "prescription drugs." So are these people a drain on society? These "druggies"? They fall into addiction because the doctor says these drugs are ok. Pharmaceuticals have so many side effects, they will make your head spin. And it is close minded thinking that stops people from getting relief from a plant. Not a drug. Do some research with an open mind. Look up the side effects of Lyrica, a drug used for seizures. Then look up the side effects of marijuana when used for seizures. Educate yourself before you start yelling about DRUGS. Research what happens to a treatment that actually helps instead of masking the problem."
"I understand where you're coming from, however if it is restricted only for cancer and tumors, or certain diseases that will be healed from that, it will be better than chemo."
"Out of curiosity, what is alcohol then? What are prescription pills? Did you know that the most commonly abused drug in white women are prescription medication. Did you know that anything prescribed to you by a doctor to heal an ailment is a drug? Cigarettes are also legal. So is coffee and energy drinks. Wouldn't cigarettes or alcohol be the gateway drug then because most people do not use marijuana before the two."
"Yeah, because all those doctors and physicians and people with PhD's are a danger and a drain on society.Stupid people will find any way to justify their completely false viewpoints."
"Glad you got away from drug abuse. Marijuana is a drug. You're right on that. But i honestly use marijuana for chronic pain. I live in pain every single day. I got off of 12 years prescription opiates. Feel better...less side effects , excelent on my pain. With greater relief than opiod prescriptions having me like a slave to it. Now My life is better and I love using medical cannabis."
"So; out of more curiosity--does this make anything right? The question was not how they are obtained; if so, that is a whole discussion in itself! However, fact remains that DRUGS are a total drain and curse on society(how ever they were obtained). Probably every addict, will admit themselves that addiction is a horrible, dark, pit of hell to be in or around! Every person in or near suffers in one way or another for other follies and the rampant disregard of other peoples rights, property and values. Kathy Manos"
"You are asking the wrong question. I don't care if cancer patients or patients with AIDS or someone with another debilitating illness that causes them pain relieves that pain with medical marijuana. What I DO care about is the fact that dispensaries all over the place are dispensing "medical marijuana" to addicts who simply want to get high. And many of these "patients" get in their cars and drive home (or where ever) and are high as a kite when they're behind the wheel. I completely object to children being exposed to marijuana (medical or otherwise)--and know perfectly well that the "high parent" is not an attentive parent who is adequately cognizant of his/her responsibilities. Also, having "medical marijuana" in the home leaves the door wide open for children to have access to it directly--or be psychologically induced to use it on their own in the future. No one should have to ingest anyone else's second hand smoke--whether it's from a cigarrete or from a joint. I haven't met too many people who use marijuana who necessarily care whether or not what they are doing is impacting or affecting others around them--particularly older people and/or children. Employees who use medical marijuana should never be stoned at work!"
"How do you feel about pharmacies doing the same thing with worse drugs? There's more people that leave bars after drinking and drive, a lot more deaths also. You obviously have no experience first had with this 'medicine' and probably have never been affected personally by a 'stoner' or drug addict that just smoked weed. This isnt meth, or heroin, or cocaine, All of which have been "legally" given through pharmacies in the past. You will never be safe from everything Sindi, marijuana users should be the least of your worries nowadays. Peace."
"Dear Mickey:In response to your response: Yes, of course, I am just as opposed to people who drive under the influence of alcohol and kill innocent people. And, of course, I feel the same way about addictive "legally dispensed drugs" that addict their users and cause a myriad of problems everywhere. We are probably the most addicted country in the world. But you are wrong. I have experienced the affects of people who have driven stoned. In fact, I am lucky to be alive after a head on collision involving someone who was not drunk; rather was high as a kite. No, I can't be protected from everything in life. But using that as an excuse to expose the most fragile people of all to other persons' choices--is just wrong. My little four year old (on my watch) is NOT going to be exposed to or breathe in other peoples vape, cigarette smoke, or marijuana. And when we drive, we are as far away from other people's cars as we can get; since 10 to 1-whoever is in front of us, behind us, or on the side of us is loaded on something (prescription or otherwise).That's the world, unfortunately, that we live in. And as long as I'm still on the planet,I'm going to do all I can to make it safer for kids and elderly people. I'm 64. Peace!"
"You are aware that Medical Marijuana is composed of CBD which has 0% of the psychoactive properties that are associated with the other compound found in Cannabis called THC. CBD is what helps patients with their ailments. It is IMPOSSIBLE to get stoned from Medical Marijuana."
"I have tried over 25 different plants/flowers that are medicinal and I must be honest and say that the majority of them were not flushed properly by their grower. There is an after taste, it does not burn properly and it is always 2 out of 5. Whereas your dealer may sell 5 out of 5 level. They are serving mostly certain groups of people in our society who are different then others I.E. Torontonians VS out of towners for sellers and elite class, rich and medical patients as buyers. They charge tax and they are working with Govt to hype the prices per gram which is an insult to weed heads all across Ontario currently pimped by Vancouver/British Columbia. Mafia really suck up north so does their products. Bikers also are not consistent and these gangs are mostly posers. Again, if your new to Toronto or can't find a dealer and are cold, have arthritis issues then dispensaries is cool but honestly it seems like a gimmick set by Govt/ Growers and distributors who now get to make up fake prices. So how is it i can get 5 out 5 for same amount and for lessor = no tax? Support dealers and gain confidence of all these weed heads in Toronto, in fact dealers have closed down shops for good due to the invasion by Calgary. British Columbia etc"
"People can use it for non-medical reasons."
"of course they can use it for non-medical reasons but the purpose of this article isnt about that. its about the medical reasons"
"people can use hard perscription drugs for non medical reasons"
"It will give people reasons to take it, and if it does take effect and helps them, who knows what will happen after the effect takes place? Why are people pushing marijuana use but instead not trying to administer another remedy? We could be studying the effects of other plants, not some leaf with a deadly history. Lives crumple by the effect of addiction, and what a way for others to find a loophole into it."
"I like how you have used "deadly history". There has not been one recorded death from using marijuana. As for alcohol, has an average 88,000 deaths a year."
"People are force fed Lortab, etc. to comply with doctors. These drugs are addicting, so its better to force feed synthetic drugs that cause addiction and do not work for a lot of pain conditions? Do some research into why Marijuana was made illegal in the first place, remember the "Just Say No" program has done nothing to stop the use of very dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine, crack and meth. People die every day from the use of these drugs and prescribed medicines by overdosing as what was prescribed is a dose that no longer works. Plants are the first medicines man ever used, what do you say to a person who has taken synthetic medication for a particular problem for years and still has no relief from symptoms only to find out there is a small fraction of medication in the pills manufactured? Taking useless medication and paying for it, what do you think that person should do?"
"Yes. Medical marijuana is a large help to cancer treatments and more but that isn't the problem. How easy is it to gain much a drug? You walk in, complain about a back pain which won't go away and you can be prescribed such a drug after a simple security check. Not only is this easy to obtain, it's a gateway drug for parties and an easy abuse.I had multiple kids, my age, who had to undergo such a scary thing with their parents getting into marijuana for medical and enjoyment reasons. Both ended badly. Let me point out that every human body is different and reacts in different ways with different stuff. Drinking and Allergies are only one example. Drugs are no exception to the human body. Results of medical purposed marijuana comes out inconsistent. Why risk such a thing on an easy pain which some strong medical drug can easily obtain? The rest should be self-explanatory.As Robbie Darden states of being ashamed to such a problem, I would like say I agree. Something so bad needs such help, but for a pain in adults?"
"You are so wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to begin.Just know that all your experiences and those around you that have been negative are due to prohibition and ignorance. Ultimately you've been sold a bad bill of goods (and apparently contaminated/wrong cannabis) and you're taking it at face value.Educate yourself, some comments will stay online for decades. Long after you've educated yourself and feel bad for posting such tripe.Be good to yourself!"
"My journey Of 11 years on opiates is killing me I didn't choose this,a person on a cell phone did when they tboned me.I think opiates are the gateway drug, and killing thousands.THC is a proven pain killer, get a grip on reality.Check the side effects on the NSAIDS. What how many ads for drug comp. on the evening news...."
"That's why we have medical marijuana doctors who are trained and have studied how to deal with things like side effects.But I guess we should all take opiates and prescription barbituates instead?These types of comments infuriate me with how stupid and brainwahsed our society is when millions die from alcohol and tobacco while we give our children methamphetamines to treat ADHD. but no, weed is the problem obviously."
"How easy is it? Certainly not any easier than getting a prescription for any other medicine from a doctor. The fact that parents can't control their children, or that the children don't respect or agree with their parents decisions is another problem. Cannabis has been medicine for thousands of years, it's as old or older than any other medicine, and proven effective for something over the years or it would have been forgotten. To prefer chemotherapy and radiation to cannabis if it is at all effective, which could be true, is not good thinking to my mind."
"I work for a publicly funded mental health board and in the past few years we have seen an increase in psychosis symptoms in young adults that correlate with marijuana use. I don't question the potential medical benefits to address symptoms for some diseases; the active ingredients could be extracted by pharmaceutical companies and sold with a prescription. The fact that wealthy "pro" opponents are behind the legalization makes me that much more skeptical. There's no logic to legalizing a drug that has to be smoked and clearly damages lungs."
"I work for the National Cancer Society. Your information is entirely fabricated or delusional. Its the other way around. Marijuana was originally suppressed by pro synthetic pharma and cotton ranchers, because mmj was a better product and cheaper to get. And today the AMA is still against pot because it alleviate all the deadly symptoms caused by major pharma prescriptions. It outperforms all synthetics they make money on."
"Wrong, marijuana does not have to be smoked, it can be consumed or even vaped which shows no negative effects on lung use. Vaporizing marijuana is the procedure of heating up the drug to a point where a vapor is realized. This does not damage lungs. Please get informed."
"Well, Chris, the logic in legalizing cannabis is that it will no longer have to be smoked since it will be available in edible form.As far as 'pro' legalization being behind the legalization, isn't that one in the same? I mean, who do you think is behind legalization if not the 'pro' legalization people? What exactly are you skeptical about? That makes no sense. It's like saying that you're skeptical about Pepsi retailers wanting Pepsi to be legal. Do you know what makes me skeptical? The fact that the FDA isn't acknowledging the useful benefits of cannabis. Why aren't they?If you don't question the benefits of cannabis then why wont the FDA reschedule it out of Class 1, where meth and heroin reside?Working backwards from your comment, maybe cannabis provides relief to folks with psychosis, which is why you're seeing a correlation in cases with smokers with symptons. If only the FDA would allow proper scientific studies we would know more about how this works. But alas, they sit on their hands and keep the drug war going. How else can they justify paying the DEA $70,000,000 a day??"
"When you educate yourself on the psychological effects of CBD you will realize why there is an increase in psychosis.Prohibition pressures have literally been breeding the CBD out of cannabis strains, resulting in the most commonly used strains having 1% or less CBD.This is the same thing as using high amounts of marinol, synthetic thc without any terpenes or additional cannabinoids.When your kids with psychosis issues start using high cbd cannabis, all those issues will go away. Period.Number 1... the only reason people SMOKE cannabis is because it's too freaking expensive through prohibition. Those of us that are free to grow and use it without restrictions always move to eating cannabis in some form or other, drastically reducing the 'smoking' to more of a pleasure based activity.Your opinions are based on your awareness, which comes from a position of prohibition biased information streams. Those of us with the freedom to use cannabis are beginning to know and share the truth.Educate and free the people. Free cannabis."
"It does not "have to be" smoked. You can make it into oil and cook it into food. THC has been synthesized and made into pills as well. It's called Maridol. You should really do some more research, especially considering you work for a public mental health board. It's also been known to help cases of psychosis, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD when the correct strain and amounts are used."
"i honestly agree"
"The only way is if it is prescribed by physicians and dispensed be pharmacies."
"You should consider educating yourself on the subject. MMJ is a natural drug than in now injected with smoke and without psychoactive effects. Physicians only dispense synthetic drugs with horrible site effects and the highest rate of morbidity and mortality,"
"I believe that it should be heavily regulated by the DEA and dispenesed by pharmacies not dispeneseries. I also believe that it should be in a form other that that to be smoked. It should be prescribed be doctors. And all of this would have to be done at the Federal level. No one said anything about buying it at schools or on a corner to me and what little I know about the law that is illegal not to mention immoral."
"Mary, you mean as opposed to today where you can buy it at school? Or at the corner? Fact is that it's easy to get weed today. Legalization would be a barrier between kids and cannabis which does not exist today! You're correct though, through pharmacies would be a good start."
"Medical marijuana should not be legalized because not everyone is going to use it for pain relief. It does have it's uses and is apparently good for relieving pain. But there are still the drug dealers that can get ahold of it and distribute it to anyone. Marijuana is a gateway drug which can and probably will lead to more serious drugs in teens and adults. Also, there is no way of telling if the person is actually in pain or if they just want some marijuana for smoking purposes. Marijuana is just junk and if someone is in pain, they can always take a pain killer or something other than marijuana. The last thing we need is the legalization of a drug in the disguise of a medical tool. When you hear marijuana, you think of drugs, not medical stuff. If people are able to get this stuff with something as simple as a card which is apparently easy to get, you can bet everyone is going to start having "back pain". Look at Denver. That state legalized marijuana and everyone is just hanging around on the streets smoking it. There is no way if marijuana is legalized that it will just be used for it's medical purposes. Marijuana has no medical purposes. It's just an excuse for people to get marijuana. The stuff is a gateway drug"
"Pills are worse than weed and your more likely to overdose and get addicted my abut found out the hard way so weed over pills for a change"
"Dear Josh D, who should tell me how I live my life?If I want to smoke anything, why would you want to pretend that you know what is best for me? If it is an excuse, why do you care? Are you doing anything to control people from drinking alcohol, or tobacco? Both kill over 100,000/year.How many from MJ?"
"Medical marijuana definitely has it's medical benefits to it's patients but, it is too easily accessible. It seems that by just having some lower back problems can get you a card these days and that can be dangerous. The people that claim to have back issues can sometimes not actually have pain and just use the card to smoke and not get caught. This brings a bad reputation to card holders that actually use marijuana to ease their pains. States that allow medical marijuana needs to develop a better plan for stricter rules on getting a card. Card holders who don’t use marijuana for medical reasons often sell to people who want to smoke which cause a problem for the public. If the government and medical associates can figure out a better plan to permit card holders than medical marijuana can expand throughout the country and benefit those in proper need. Until then, medical marijuana should not be permitted because it is too easily accessed and falls in the hands of average people to easy."
"I'm a patient and use medical cannabis. Properly used it has helped with my vascular disease by helping the circulation in my body it also aids in he phantom pains from my left leg being amputated. Until you can walk in someone else's shoes and truly understand the benefits of this GOD GIVEN plant that can in it's plant form as well as other forms such as concentrates edibles and topical rubs, that provide relief for MANY ailments. The side effects are none compared to manufactured medications. Why deny people hope and a better quality of life. Educate yourself more."
"So, in your mind it is better to let someone suffer when they do not have to. Taking a lot of peoples pain away can enable them to get a job and feel productive, have less anxiety about their living situation. There will always be people that fake symptoms if they can, no stopping that. But there are plenty that are in severe pain and have horrible quality of life that should not have to live this way."
"Natalie, do you mean that it would be easier to access with a medically verified reason than it is today on the black market? Last time I checked drug dealers weren't carding their buyers! Why should one person have to suffer just because a different person is afraid of what's already happening? What if YOU were the unfortunate person who had to live in pain that only cannabis could relieve? Would you still feel the same way?"
"It probably need more research to transform a bad plant to useful plant. It probably need more scientific research to transform such addictive plant to medical purposes like something for a cure for desease, cancer like breast cancer, diabetis, HIV and soforth."
"Roland,Bad plant? Addictive? Did you know that every day hundreds of people die from legal alcohol and drugs? Did you know that no one has ever died from cannabis? Please get better informed. Cannabis can not cure cancer or HIV. It can, however, help people tolerate the strong drugs that they have to take when they are getting cured for these diseases. Why should they have to suffer??? What if it were YOU that was in pain and only cannabis helped? What would you think then?"
"Marijuana is not addictive. It has no addictive additives. There are even strains of Marijuana scientists have created that make it to where the user doesn't even get a high but it relieves the pain from things such as arthritis."
"Medical Marijuana certainly has positive effects on users, increasing immune system function and increasing quality of life for those who suffer from diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Thus, with proper- heavy- regulation medical marijuana is positive. However, it's too accessible in its present form. It's too easy for someone to get a medical marijuana license by citing back problems and begin dealing the drug. Medical marijuana should only be provided to people with a serious need-- people with impairing and life threatening diseases that can be proven by a blood test. In addition, it should be provided by dispensaries rather than made available for "patients" to grow the drug. Because for those who lack more serious health problems, marijuana has negative effects on users and society. Not only is it proven to cause lackadaisical behavior that limits potential for productivity, but the gateway effect (studies show that most drug users started with cannabis) leads to the use of hard drugs that incite violent behaviors."
"Tommy, you sound like you just read a brochure from the gov propaganda dept! Want to talk about 'gateway drugs'? You can start with tobacco and alcohol. Did you know that cannabis makes people feel mellow and happy? Just the opposite of what you fear! Legal alcohol, on the other hand, make people act reckless and violent!If it's too accessible in it's present form don't you think that maybe we should try taking it off the black market and regulating it? I do! If you lived in chronic pain that was only relieved by cannabis what would you do? Live your life in pain or break the law and smoke cannabis? Cannabis is not illegal for public health reasons. It is illegal for political reasons. As you so accurately stated it does have positive effects on people who need it. Whether it's legal or not users will use it and non users wont. The only question is who will get the money? Mexican drug cartels or the US economy?"
"Sorry I insulted you Tommy, the truth has to hurts. As to your argument, no thank you, I don't need anybody telling me what naturally occurring substance I can take or not take. Before you make your DEE DEE DEE argument "Go ahead and eat poisonous mushrooms then". Read carefully, I can make a determination as to what is, or is not good for me. I don't need sub humans telling me, or heavily regulating, what nature has provided."
"As someone who suffers chronic back pain, I am praying my state will someday see the light and legalize medical marijuana. Traditional drugs don't work or, if they do, the side effects prevent me from functioning. My brother suffers from the same condition I do and he has used marijuana for years. He is not an addict. He has a technical, highly demanding job that he is very good at. Narcotics left him dopey and unable to work at all. So which one of these has a "negative effect on users and society"?"
"If people don't know, marijuana is a drug. It's a gateway drug to me. If it wasn't a drug. Then why do people abuse it take it more then there supposed to. Marijuana is an addiction. Something that is addicted like marijuana is a drug. People who do it obviously will be against it. But it's just another way to deny it. I am just here to explain my facts. Marijuana for a lot of people make a whole lot of other people want to move on to a harder core drug. It happens it happened to people in my family. It burns your brain cells. Almost every cell in your body. So please tell me how is that good for you. If you didn't know for the people who do it. It makes dysfunctional later in the years. It did to my uncle. Pot should not be used as a medical issue because if it was so good for you. People don't need to keep taking it over and over and over everyday of your life. The way people talk about it makes you all look stupid. I'm sorry I am just stating the facts and this is my opinion. I'm just saying marijuana isn't the best thing for you. It messes with you head, loss of concentration. It happens to a lot of people in this world. Kids are taking it and your brain isn't even fully developed. Just think about what your doing to your body"
"marijuana is not a drug, its a plant. also you cant get addicted to pot because it has no addictive substance. yes it does kill brain cells but very few and it doesnt make you disfunctional later on in life and if that happend to your uncle he was doing something else. you cant overdose from weed and you dont have to take it every day and even if you do its not bad for you its proven to be an effective pain med and it cures epileptic seizures and different kinds of cancer. it also helps with lots of other things. you say your stating the facts but your not."
"Marijuana IS a Drug; but it is also a plant. To say that a plant can not be a drug is just dumb. Cannabis has absolutely ZERO addictive properties associated with it. The fact that people move on the harder drugs is their own fault not the Cannabis fault. Caffeine is 100% legal and is 100% more addictive and more deadly than Cannabis. How many people have you heard of overdosing on Cannabis? ZERO. How many overdosed on Caffeine? Thousands. True that the THC in Marijuana can mess with your head and create loss of concentration but it can also make you more proactive it all depends on what type of person you are, prime example being Michael Phelps. CBD which is what Medical Marijuana is composed of does not do anything to physically alter your brain as it has no psychoactive properties."
""The way people talk about it makes you all look stupid. I'm sorry I am just stating the facts and this is my opinion."Let that sink in for a moment. You are either "stating the facts" OR it is your "opinion". It can't be both. "Pot should not be used as a medical issue because if it was so good for you. People don't need to keep taking it over and over and over everyday of your life."This would apply for 'regular' pharmaceutical drugs as well - right? I mean, just pop one pill for high blood pressure and you're cured?"
"I'd also just like to inform you that you'd need to take medical marijuana over and over just like any other prescribed medication."
"This is outrageous! Who in their right mind would sponsor this! It is like waving a flag in front of kids to use drugs!"
"Dude it might be drugs but there's no deaths from it and it helps people, the only reason it would be bad is if people use it the wrong way. Marijuana helps people and it's better to have a drug that will make you be able to fight certain diseases than a pill or other medicine that won't do much. It's not the marijuana that's wrong it's the way people use it."
"Interesting. The drug of choice now is heroin as well as "cocktails" from Mom and Dad's stash of prescription drugs. I am a parent of 2 teenagers who are anti drug. One of them is a licensed EMT and guess what? She has had to administer narcan many times in order to save a life. She has also seen kids and young adults overdose and die from heroin and PRESCRIPTION meds, but never has had to respond to someone overdosing on marijuana. Medical use of marijuana is safer than opioids for relief of chronic pain."
"The flag has already been wildly waved in front of the kids and it was named the DARE program. This program gave the kids more info then they needed and made many of them more curious."
"Well, maybe parents should get off the drugs they are using such as nicotine, alcohol, meth, cocaine, heroin, Lortab, Oxycodone, etc and see what their kids are doing while they are unsupervised by their parents who are just too busy with their own drug use to even bother feeding their kids.Where do you think these kids end up? Repeating the things they learn from Mom and Dad!"
"So if your dad was sitting in front of you dying of cancer, and majauana is a option, and you declined it. you would see him dye.BTW weed is great.."
"This is only the first step in getting marijuana legalized. I would hate to think that our children would be raised in a world where its normal or OK to smoke pot. Think of what it will do to our children inhaling second hand smoke. It slows the brain down where people don't function in a normal way. Their ambition slows down. Even if medical marijuana passes with all the laws and stipulations you know there will always be people that find a way to get the drug by falsifying an aliment to a physician such as lower back pain etc. I hope for the future of our children this bill never passes."
"Alcohol has ruined way more lives than marijuana. Yes, if you use marijuana all day every day, you probably won't have much motivation, but that's not how most people who use it recreationally use it. Most people use it the same as alcohol, to unwind after a hard day of work or over the weekend. And it comes without the liver damage and potential other chronic health problems that come with alcohol. And once again, you do NOT have to smoke it. There are plenty of edible options."
"Only a mentally defective puritan would want to constantly bitch about what other people are doing. The British had the right idea round up the defects and send them out to sea.You need to wake up and stop being a defect. Booze and prescription pills kill Millions yet I don't hear your defective high pitched whine about them."
"Who goes around telling kids that it's ok to smoke pot? My Uncle smoked cigs. like a chimney. Doesn't mean I decided to do it. Liquor, cigarettes or pot, how about teaching kids nutrition and responsibility for their actions, so when they grow up they have knowledge and can make their own choices that are proper for themselves. If you are going to complain about what pot does to the brain, how about speaking out against the garbage food being offered everywhere you go? The crap being sprayed on your produce! How about the nerve agent Organophosphate and thousands of other chemicals you come in contact with and consume that you don't even know are there?"
"Cathy, I hate to ruin your day but that world is already upon us. I would rather have my kids in a world where cannabis is normal or OK than have them in a world where cannabis is 'cool' like it is now. Don't you know that ALL kids go through a rebellious period in their lives where they want to do something that they're not supposed to? I would rather have a doctor stand in the way of my kid accessing cannabis like kids can right now on the black market. Do you think that sellers check ID now? Right now you don't even have to falsify an ailment. Right now there's NOTHING standing between kids and weed. In fact it's the kids that are selling it! I want it unavailable to kids! Legalization is the only way to make that happen. And if you're worried about second hand smoke then don't smoke in front of your kids and they wont have to deal with any."
"Maybe look at children who are given methamphetamines to treat ADHD instead of bitching about people who are dying and lives are made a bit better from cannibis.Things people take for granted like being able to eat solid food or not having panic attacks and migraines every day are allowed to have a higher quality of life thanks to this.Alcohol and Tobacco deaths are about 500,000 DEAD EVERY YEAR due directly to use of these drugs. And yes, they ARE DRUGS. That is 1 in every 5 deaths being due to alcohol or tobacco.How many deaths from marijuana do you think there are? Have you ever heard of anyone you know, or someone they know dying from marijuana? It does not happen.And as far as overdose, there is not one single documented case of a human being ever dying from a cannibis overdose in all of recorded history. Not one."
"This is where good hands on parenting comes into play. Be with your kids when you are not working, supervise them, keep them at home and in your hair. My parents were hands on, we never went anywhere without a parent, never left the yard. Did not spend the night with other kids. It is your responsibility what your kids are exposed to."
"90% of Medical Marijuana is not smoked and does not have psychoactive effects. Your obviously not aware MMJ facts. In any event Nation Cancer Society did a 15 years study on thousands of pot smokers. In all, not a single case of Cancer or lung disease. Matter of fact because of the benefits of CBD when studying lungs of heavy pot smokers they found them lungs to be void of the same diseases found in Americans who dont smoke pot. Pot smoker are healthier by a wide margin. How so?"
"Because people can use the products irresponsibly."
"The exact same thing can be said about alcohol but yet it's still legal."
"The same can be said about lighters, sharp objects of any kind, cars, anything heavy enough to cause physical harm (let's say 10 pounds in weight), etc. Would you prefer we all live in plastic bubbles?"
"I also don't think it should because it is a gate way drug into doing other types of dugs"
"that depends highly on the personality of the user"
"Its NOT a gateway drug, if so why would God have put it here how do you think people survived and lived in the olden days please do your research look up government studies medical cannabis you will see how they have lied for many years and have known many years it cures cancer etc. I'm living proof to."
"No. marijuana is bad for you, i don't understand why people haven't been taught in gradeschool that marijuana is one of the prime drugs that is damaging for the lungs and affects the brain. there are several other cons to the drug but the main worry is the lungs. yes, the drug is smoked. it affects the lungs the same way a cigarette does. Don't just use this opportunity as an excuse to get high for fun. we all know that this is the only thing they want. this is a terrible idea because no child wants to grow up and spend their life in a city where you can pick up some pot in a pharmacy. this is an easy way for anyone to have access to the drug, with or without any medical problems. this debate needs to be overlooked. there are so many things people haven't thought about. there is absolutely no logic in legalizing a drug that just hurts the lungs and possibly worsens the problem. It isn't even fully proven that this drug even helps major sicknesses, so why would anyone take the risk?? I'm sorry for my opinion but I am a very logical and thinking person. this is a terrible idea. don't ruin the future."
"Cannabis is one of the safest plants you can put in your body. It has never killed anyone and our bodies are designed to take it in without nasty side effects. It's non toxic, and works instantly. I can only think those who are against it are working for the pharmaceutical industry or have swallowed the reefer madness-madness. Thank God there are studies being done in America even though it has been studies since the 80's in Israel and Spain. National Geographic, Newsweek and more main stream media are reporting it as a legitimate medicine and millions of people have testimonials how it has helped them. Enough with the "it's bad for you" nonsense."
"That's not true at all though. Effects of Marijuana Smoking on the Lung by Dr Donald Tashkin is a study that covered 20 years and over 5000 patients and found that the only harm caused by marijuana smoking is bronchitis - inflammation of the throat caused by the hot air you're inhaling, which results in increased mucus and coughing and goes away shortly after you cease burning your throat.No cancer. No lung disease. Better lung function in some cases.Why the demonization of cannabis? It's far less harmful than alcohol for recreational use, and it is proven to help many things.I suppose you enjoy seeing cancer and AIDS patients suffer? How about little children dying of seizures? MS patients in terrible spasms and pain? Even if it was only creating a placebo effect (it's not), who are you to tell another human being what they can do with their own body?"
"It can be ingested (eaten), nebulized or used as a topical rub. I hope you'll do more research on the subject with an open mind. Google CNN Sanja Gupta report on marijuana. He was very out spoken against weed for many years, the more he researched it with and open mind, the more his views changed. He has 3 documentaries explaining how we've been lied to all our lives from D.A.R.E.Weed saves lives!!!"
"Medical marijuana is not for smoking????????? DAH! it is in pill form, research it, if you get Cancer you will be begging for it to be passed, I do not smoke nor would I smoke but I have had Cancer twice and I Pray for it to pass!"
"Your comment " it affects the lungs the same way a cigarette does." is not exactly accurate. But this is not the point..... Cannabis IS medicine, or was until outlawed in 1937, and still is to those who use it to their benefit. There have been no recorded deaths from cannabis, and in a few situations there is no other medicine that works as well, or it is the 'least bad' of other medicines. Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's highly informative videos please....."
"Maybe it would be good if you sourced your statements. I cant think where you might have received this information."
"Dear anonymous,Will you please provide the data which proves your point?"
"There are other natural alternatives besides marijuana, that are not FDA approved but have been effective in relieving pain and in reversing some cancer symptoms. One example is pine Bark use. It is not addictive. The side effects of marijuana are too risky. The current marijuana plants are also more potent than the old fashioned 60's plants. Many studies were done without the newly propagated varieties."
"Josephine, So what if pine bark is not effective? Do you have any other suggestions for what I should and shouldn't be allowed to try for my pain? How about if I tell you that you can't drink your favorite drink anymore because this other drink also quenches your thirst? That's pretty much what you're saying. Yes, cannabis is stronger today than it was 20 years ago and it will be stronger still 20 years from now. What's your point? The fact is that we have no idea what strength we are getting because the only way to get it now is on the black market, which is just as easy as ordering a pizza! The side effects of cannabis are but a fraction of the risk you expose yourself to with legal alcohol, tobacco and drugs! Hundreds of Americans die every day from legal drug overdoses according to government sources. ZERO die from cannabis. How are the side effects more risky for cannabis?"
"The FDA is as corruptable as any government department. They approve dangerous medicines all the time. Adderall (which is literally methampethamine) to 11 year olds, yea no, that's cool.Instead of telling cancer patients to chew bark, how about you leave them alone, stop getting in the way of positive change, and let them have a medicine that is proven to work for both pain and appitite?"
"LOLSorry, but high cbd cannabis is so ridiculously effective for so many different things your post made me laugh.The biggest problem is that prohibition means almost none of you have ever come in contact with truly clean and awesome cannabis. This has influenced every experience you and those around you have had.Get educated and you'll be much happier about the whole thing :)"
"No, Meri-Juana should not be legal in the Medical Fields because smocking weed is bad for your health. Meri-Juana can cause lung and respiratory cancer. Encimade"
"Marijuana used for medical purposes would not be smoked, it would be administered in a safer fashion that reduces harm to the patient and has a better way of delivering a more exact dose. Doctors are not going to tell their patients to "light a blunt.""
"What a total fabrication. You clearly invented that. National Cancer Society approves the use of MMJ because in the 10's or thousand of studies it shown not a single case of Cancer or respiratory disease. Matter of fact pot smokers show healthier lungs that the average American. CBD is the strongest anti-tumor compound in the world. NCS loves it as do the people that use it."
"Obviously, you don't have to watch your child, mother or sister or yourself Suffer!! Chronic pain or any debiliting sickness and the only Meds that doctors offer them is Opioids which is easy to accidentally overdose more people have died on Meds than heroin and cocaine mixed!!!!! Do you research then make an educated post!! You think smoking weed is harmful to health It has not ever killed anyone. (Main point) CBD oil is found in cannabis from marijuana has low to know THC which gives the high in MJ BUT HAS WONDERFUL MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR SUFFERING PEOPLE NO NEED TO SMOKE IT JUST A FEW DROPS NO OVERDOSE!!!"
"That is EXACTLY why it SHOULD be legal. Smoking anything is bad for your lungs but if legal, it would be available in edible form. All that is available today is smokable weed of unknown strength, on the black market. Lets get it quality controlled, taxed, regulated and available ONLY through licensed retailers which will keep all the money from sales here in the US economy instead of having our money sent to Mexican drug cartels!"
"no it does not, actually those who smoke pot are equal to non-smokers. Have a great Day!"
"The economy will definitely benefit directly from marijuana. The only problem is that drugs such as weed can easily make people need to rely on it. Just like alcohol in the early 1900s or opium in early China, drugs and alcohol make people lazy. During the early 1900s in America, men were arriving to work drunk or not coming at all. This unproductivity does not help stimulate the economy but halt's our economic growth. Furthermore, the opium addiction that China faced in the 17th century had people relying on it to the point that there was a war that fought for opium. Next, weed is a definite gate way drug. Weed can lead people on to trying stronger substances like heroin. Say we were to legalize weed. In 10-50 years would be have to leaglize heroin as well. There has to be a point where we know when to hold our temptations. Cigarettes and alcohol kill millions of people. Whether that is lung cancer or drunk driving, do we really need another substance to kill more people?"
"Stanley it's not like we're going to ever "get rid" of the plant! It is a weed! It kills nobody, and no, it isn't for everyone or the lazy. In fact, the Opium Wars you speak of are alive and well today, with a billions-a-year business in opiate derivatives for common "safe, FDA-approved" drugs like Oxycodone.In fact, much of today's Eastern "politics" is involved with it.That marijuana is a "gateway drug" is a parroted statement almost always misleading, if not untrue. If it is a gateway drug, that is because after smoking it, or eating it, users realize they did not want to go rob a bank or start climbing up the walls. They realize they have been lied to by the authorities for the first time perhaps, all the the things they were told about the "devil weed" just weren't true. WHY would they lie and put these thoughts into peoples' heads?To protect the existing order of drug distribution, i.e., doctor-pharmacist-Big Pharma (Merck, Phizer, etc.)-patient. Marijuana makes many of their pills unnecessary they know business would take a big hit. Even at high street prices you get more green medicine dollar for dollar than everything except perhaps baking soda and aspirin."
"I truly wish the medical marijuana legislation was about medical treatment. There are more than just people who are truly in need as what can be viewed as a viable treatment option obtaining access. This is just a thinly veiled attempt to legalize recreational use."
"US Veteran here, it helped me overcome PTSD. You are wrong."
"If drugs derived from marijuana can be used to treat the medical conditions, then why do we need to legalize marijuana. One of this dichotomies of our current society is that smoking is harmful... unless it is marijuana. Any proponent care to rationalize this for me?"
"It is true that smoking marijuana contains much more carcinogens than tobacco, however marijuana has an "anti-tumor effect" that stops growth of cancerous cells in the body. Furthermore a person doesn't have to smoke marijuana to feel it's effects.. Why keep a plant illegal that has the potential to solve many problems.. If it were legalized there would be a lot less environmental damage caused by "illegal grows" because they wouldn't have to hide it in a forest on national land. Why make drugs that imitate a plant that we could be using right now? It would make sense to make marijuana legal because it has all the health benefits a person could want."
"Hi Mike, I'd be glad to help you out. The few drugs that have been synthesized to be like marijuana or cannabinoid molecules include Marinol and Nabilone. They have not been found to be as effective by patients in medicinal marijuana states as ingesting cannabis preparations. Dr. Ronald Drucker explains why synthetic drugs based on naturally occuring phytonutrients are not as effective as the real thing in his book titled "The Code of Life." It is a short 200 page book available on line in .pdf format for you to read on your tablet or pc. Smoking we know is bad for us, as we know it causes lung cancer. However, smoking cannabis itself does not increase the potential for getting lung cancer. In fact there has never been a documented case of anyone dying from ingesting cannabis in any form, smoked or otherwise. See the research by Dr. Donald Tashkin, professor of pulmonary research at UCLA School of Medicine. I also recommend looking at Biochemist Dennis Hill's story of how he cured stage 4 prostate cancer with cannabis oil. http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/biochemist-who-cured-his-stage-4-prostate-cancer-with-cannabis-oil-explains-how-it-works/Research the endocannabinoid system for more."
"No, Phil, I think the drugs derived from marijuana should be prescribed for the medical reasons that recreational marijuana activists are claiming as justification for legalizing marijuana. -- Because, as has become clearly evident in California, "medical marijuana" is being prescribed, grown, sold and used overwhelmingly, for other than medical reasons. Thanks"
"So then you feel it should be a schedule 1 substance"
"yes it has its cons . there are ppl who abuse it . I lived with a few . But there are ppl I have taken care of as a nurse that I thought should of had it instead of shooting them with needles when they had no place to shoot them at . It would ofhelp more way than one ."
". I was also on the presidents list 4 times and an honor student with a bachelor's. I was never a couch potato. It helped me feel better and focus on my work."
"using marijuana is crap, this shi% started my son on the path that finally killed him at 44 yrs of age, he had a very tragic and painfully death , i will not listen to anyone that defends this crap after seeing what it did to my family, if you use it I hope that you all suffer the same fate as my son, go get hooked and suffer"
"Tthis medicine helps many people who are dying and suffering right now because they cannot eat without puking normally and have pain so bad they cannot sleep. It works when other things like opiates do not provide relief. So before you condemn, perhaps consider that you are not the only person effected by this and that not all of those effects are bad.Perhaps focus your efforts on alcohol and tobacco. Which actually do and have killed millions of people."
"im sorry to hear about that but thats his own faut for getting addicted to other substances, may he rest in peace<3"
"Medical marijuana should not be legal. Despite the fact that it may relieve some pain, there are many other safer FDA-approved medicines currently in the market that can achieve the same purpose. Smoked marijuana is dangerous, toxic, and unsafe for use. It damage different systems of the body, including the immune system. In 2014, the FDA backed up the federal government's decision to list marijuana in schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. The FDA also said that marijuana has no "real additive medical benefit." They clearly stated that marijuana is harmful. It's not logical to use a substance that can cause a lot of potential harm in return for benefits that can easily be achieved with other medicines. Not only is this not logical, marijuana is addictive and can be used as a "gateway" drug to other more dangerous and highly addictive drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and ecstasy. Also, if medical marijuana were legalized as is has been in various states, it could be used as a cover for more recreational use, which is definitely illegal. Overall, the evidence is clear that marijuana is harmful and that there are better and more effective drugs, meaning medical marijuana should not be legalized."
"The FDA takes private monies from big pharma to fund the testing and approval of our medications. This is a major conflict of interest. FDA approved drugs, particularly Oxycontin, a man made hospital grade form of heroin, classified as Opiates, are currently neck and neck for deaths with methamphetamine and heroin. Don't let them fool you. FDA approval is about money, not our health. Beware of anything you are told to put into your body by anyone! The CDC shows that opiate overdoses are decreasing in states with MMJ. If the gateway theory were true, we would be seeing the opposite. The CDC also shows that in areas of states such as Washington where people have a lower socio-economic status and are therefore on state/federal health insurance they get prescribed methadone for pain control. This has been a travesty. Ever since they allowed methadone into the state formulary heroin has made a come back and so therefore has overdoses. No ones addiction issues can be laid at the feet of a single substance. It is choices that lead you down this path and bad information does not equal good choices. You can never legislate away addiction or people's choice of vice but we can wake up and treat addiction like the medical crisis it is."
"I have smoked on an off for years since i was 17 im currently 34 an have never tried or attempted to try any other deug. Im currently disabled an take 120 mg of morphine a day an up to 80mg of oxycodone a day for back pain, neuropathy pain and necrotizing pancreaitits pain but didnt need any of those meds when i smoked but now im in pain management an the weed is available in pill form i see pain pills more dangerous an addictive than pot! They also talked about putting in a morphine pump cause in sc its not legalized for medical use i cant stand to be on all these drowsy narcotics that only dim the pain some. On pot im pain free an more energetic."
"I do not believe that medical marijuana should be legalized. This is for an array of reasons, one being that I am sure that there are other drugs someone can use to relieve their pain of whatever ails them. Use a drug that is less harmful to your system. There is not consistent scientific evidence that supports the use of medical marijuana for any type of illness. There are better more useful drugs on the market that can help you with sicknesses. Why use such a controversial and addictive drug? Why use a drug that causes such havoc and disagreement in our society? Marijuana is very horrible for a persons immune system. Not to mention is highly addictive. Also, by making this drug legal in numerous states, this shows the teen generations and generations before them that using such a drug is okay. It breaks the social norm that drugs are bad."
"Are you insisting that these 'other' drugs wouldn't wreak havoc in our societies? Open your eyes, the other drugs, percocet, hydrocodone, Vicodin, Oxycodone... these are the real drugs that are actually doing the damage. Not only are these chemically filled drugs terrible for your body, they are also extremely addictive. Also, you call marijuana addictive.. It isnt. Studies have shown that emotional and mental dependence is the only real argument for addiction as it is not physically addictive. Also, have you looked into how this 'disagreement in our society' was started, William Randolf Hearst.. blah.. blah.. It should not have been banned in the first place and we need correction to the laws now before the 'disagreement' can be settled. The first 40million dollars from colorado recreational sales go directly to public education. Also, drugs ARE bad.. cocaine, heroine, pills, even tobacco and alchohol. Marijuana is the least bad by far and under the right regulation can be very profitable for the State, and enjoyable for responsible adults"
"I agree with welbyTodd, I'm SCI take most every drug he stated by noon i'm like the walking dead, don't eat right due to don't feel good at all. Been to a College lately? How many family's have been killed due to a drunk driver crossing the yellow line but yet on every corner you can get Beer, whisky watch a mix of drinks be made as you hear Chug Chug Chug...."
"How medical, is medical marijuana? It only takes back pain that won't go away to get a medical marijuana card, and in a state which is already struggling (RI), we do not need half the state high. To make my point very clear, it is obvious that by legalizing medical marijuana, you are legalizing marijuana for everyone. Marijuana since the 70's has been part of a high school student's culture, and is that a good thing? Marijuana is a gate way drug, it promotes bad qualities, and it makes you incapable of doing anything productive for society for a number of hours. Is it fair for someone who works hard, is productive, and therefore makes more money since they are not under any influences while working, to pay a higher percentage of taxes than someone who smokes marijuana, making them less capable of working and thus making less money? The whole medical marijuana is a joke, anyone can get a medical card. It is a bad influence on the youth, and it will rip the country apart by creating economic flaws. The people of America are already falling behind in knowledge compared to other countries, so how far would we fall if we were high?"
"Really? Well maybe if you were in my situation and have a face full of scars from having uncontrollable seizures... not knowing when they are coming... falling flat on the floor from a standing position... walking around with blackeyes and having people look at you crazy...then maybe you wouldn't feel so strongly aboput it!!! Since the doctors cannot cure my seizures, they prescribed me medical marijuana and I have not had a seizure since... this was 2 yrs ago!!!! I can now go in public and not worry about falling in the middle of a store, having little kids completely freaked out, saying "mommy, what's wrong with that lady?" Maybe you need to do a little more research before you are so against something. I'm not being ugly, just trying to Educate."
"You sir, are incorrect on all points. Your false 1950's propaganda wont stop the truth. Marijuana will be legal in every state by 2020. Get used to this, you will have lower blood pressure."
"Steve Jobs smoked it everyday of his adult life.He made lots of money, was very creative and revolutionized the tech industry."
"You are so right America is behind the times the reason pharmaceutical companies make to much money on the addictioning drugs they push like opioids that people can easily accidentally overdose on thousands die every year from accidentally I'd. Medical MJ such as cannabis oil which has no (THC )the chemical that causes the high but gives medical benefits and no one has lost their life from it !!! Just gained a somewhat normal life praise God!!! Do you research on how medical MJ has helped suffering people"
"Austin V , you are so far off on everything you said, i assume seeing as how you are so much more productive then anyone who use medical marijuana that you don't drink nor never had a shot you know the answers to all. I MYSELF am a SPI hit by a drunk driver that he was able to get from any local bar that walks fine today,me I need a Cain forced to take 15 pills a day,2 of which help me to go to the bathroom. Took part iin a program to see if it helped or not, i was able to cut my med's in half went from 112 lb to 125 lb due to the pain went way down so i could get up to cook, eat, dropped the 2 pills that helped me go to the bathroom. Once the study was over i had to go back to a state that don't have it legal so now i'm right back where i was before i started. As far as taxes goes guess what, they are high due to the med's that are covered by Ins. which get the money from taxes that run higher so the state can cover the high cost of med's every Dr. hands out so they collect money from drug manufacturing them. Not to be or sound rude but i buy it and do custom wood working in my shop that earns very good money"
"There is a student in my class who smokes mj. I immediately have lung problems. I feel my bronchi closing off immediately and have to take something to reduce swelling but I continue to fill a hard substance at the top of my lungs. Why do I react? Is it the THC on his clothing. How can I resolve issue? Why should I have to suffer significantly when he could take something else?"
"Marijuana opens airways and is prescribed to help people with breathing problems. The smell from marijuana would not be any more damaging to your lungs then the smell off a cigarette smoker's clothing or someone with strong perfume. I suggest you talk to your doctor, they may even suggest you begin to eat marijuana to help with your breathing problems or you carry an inhaler around since you can't outlaw smells from other people."
"it is an allergic reaction my aunt smokes but not around her kids her youngest was allergic what was on her clothes would set her childs reactions off ask him to wear a smoke free shirt or to smoke after class instead of before stoners are usually pretty peaceful just explain it to him"
"I have a friend that is allergic to mj he cant touch it with his hands or he breaks out in a rash, it could be from his clothing or if eh is smoking right before class it could even be the scent. Can you have a private conversation with him and ask him to refrain from smoking until after class?"
"You could be having a severe allergy reaction. This can sometimes become "life threatening" asthma. My granddaughter has been hospitalized several times from "life threatening" asthma from just being around areas where dogs have been or a similar condition exists. Sometimes people have to take charge of a situation to make sure their lives are obstructed by others. You can do this indirectly. There is a police "tip" line you can call and just say what you wrote. If no police number, call the highway patrol and ask them to pass the word on. Nobody will ever know you called. Never tell a buddy or friend you called. It's one of those things you set in motion, observe the result and let it go. Do a repeat call if it reoccurs. You could be training the police to do a better job. You could also rescue a person from a miserable life. You don't have to give your name. Do say the other persons name. He is in need of getting an education that his behavior is not acceptable. You are in need of a health environment. God Bless and take care."
"To: Atnoinette A, and other (s). If she started smoking Marijuana at age 10 she was prone to being an addict. Who supplied her with weed at age 10? They should be in jail for contributing to the deliquency of a minor. Alcohol (booze) is controlled; and for sure no one should ever offer a minor booze. Her story[Antoinette] is one of the multitude of reasons/stories that people use to prevent the legal use of weed, pot, marijuana etc........!"
"Marijuana is unaddictive."
"CANNABIS is NON Addictive SHE should have BEEN Given Foods Drinks EVEN a VAPORIZER APPLICATION examples of ALTERNATIVE uses of BOTH PLANTS Let your FOOD be your MED. Let your MED. be your FOOD"
"I think not .Would you let a pilot to fly your plane or a doctor to do surgery on you after he/she taking their medical marijuana?"
"Tamara, would you let a pilot fly your plane or your doctor do surgery on you after he/she drank alcohol?"
"Silly Tamara. Medical Marijuana does not have to be smoked or THC ingested. Its done safely by CBD and THCA. No smoke and no psychoactive ingredients. Look up CBD and THCA."
"you stole that from an old Drug commercial in the 80's where a doctor is doing an procedure on a kid, while on pot. Don't take your evidence or support from people paid to say its bad for you! If i paid you to say that our blood is actually blue in our body, you'd be saying that 24-7! We live in a money hungry world, dont be a mindless sheep. Look into things for yourself."
"No but would you let your pilot/doctor fly or do surgery on you while they were drunk ?"
"People may use it for something other than medical uses."
"Oh my God! Somebody might use it to make themselves feel better?! We've got to stop them! They don't know what they're doing! It's up to responsible people like you and me to police our communities and assign morality to victimless activities like marijuana smoking; if we don't, some people might get high! And clearly that has a dramatic impact on yours and my daily lives, so all marijuana smoking that isn't for approved medical reasons (it's only moral if the State approves, right?) must be stopped!"
"Pharmaceuticals kill more people the any other option. Alcohol kills more, here's a truth for you 5 gallon buckets kill more babies than medical marijunana ..."
"That's true of pretty much any medication. So, you want to take it out of the hands of people who are suffering because it 'might' fall into the hands of someone who isn't? And even if it does, it's much less damaging than cigarettes or alcohol. If you were to break your leg and while you were screaming in pain the doctor said, 'Sorry, can't give you anything for pain because some people might use it for something other than medical necessity.' how would you feel at that point? You're essentially saying that you don't care if it helps people because someone might have fun with it. Why don't you go see someone who is truly suffering sometime and sit with them for awhile. Be sure to let them know that you think that even though there's something that can help ease some of their suffering, you don't want them to have it because someone might get their hands on it and have fun with it."
"I understand what you mean. Many people -who do not need it- will use it just to get high. I would bet doctors will see many more people complaining of "chronic pain" or "anxiety" although thy have NO history of such things. The comments on here saying 'any drug can be abused' are all right but they're taking comments like yours way out of context. I understand what you mean and it's a valid concern. I see people abuse adderal all the time. They doctor shop and claim they have ADD even though they just want to lose weight or have extra energy for work. I think people who want weed for mental illness should be put on other antipsychotics first. Ones that don't make you high! I wish there was a drug test for Paxil, Wellbutrin, serequel, etc and they MUST try those other alternatives before being given pot. Also, I worry about these types of people giving all people with serious mental or physical problems a bad name. It undermines what's really going on with the patient who truly suffer from the illness's other 'pot heads' are claiming to have. I believe medical marijuana can be very beneficial to those who need it but I'm worried about all the frauds."
"The topic of the legalization of marijuana in our country is a hot one right now. Some say that it could lead to new medical advanced including cures for cancer, arthritis, and other life threatening diseases. Those who are against it argue that the side effects are unknown and we cannot publicize a product with unknown side effects. The bottom line is that The FDA, the CSA, and the FCC have all stated that this product is unstable and can cause severe damage to one's body including lung cancer, brain damage, heart disease, damage to the immune system, as well as many more if not used under a controlled environment. That is why to this day the product of marijuana has not been legalized among the entire country."
"Then why have the approved multiple dangerous drugs that are used as medicines?"
"What in the heck does the FCC have to do with cannabis???IT has been used for centuries, if there are any unknown side effects, they are unknown to most of you in this category. This plant is used FOR it's many "side effects". At the turn of the last century, it was used in over 40% of the tinctures and included in the United States Pharmacopeia, which dictates what substances doctors can prescribe in this country's health system. The study done in California (for over 5 years, following cancer patients, cannabis and tobacco smokers and the like) shows it does none of what you stated in your 'Bottom Line' statement. This product was vilified by a man who was tremendously racist, and ignorant about this plant. Back then, we didn't have the science to learn about and test the activity of this plant. We have been testing this plant in California since it was first decriminalized back in 1996. Everything Harry J. Anslinger said about cannabis which he starting calling marijuana, was a made up lie, and his people working under him were taking his garbage and spreading it gospel truth. They didn't mind having no facts when they lied about it back in the 1930's, did they? They made it all up."
"Unfortunately what you call the bottom line is based on propaganda not science. Your last sentence is false. The reason for prohibition is profit and control of the people. Research the science that is peer reviewed rather than published by pharmaceutical corporations and government agencies whose budgets depend on prohibition..."
"and if you belive the government you need to get some help because all they do is lie all propaganda the first president of this country grow hemp and marijuana so their belive me I do my research"
"It is a gateway drug #googleit"
"wow it must be true if you googled it!"
"No it is not a gateway drug. Having a party mentality and using alcohol is where that all begins. Marijuana is not addicting either, only if persons add other substances to the marijuana can it become an addicting drug. There is so much misinformation floating around and people never do research on what is fact and fiction. Therefore the ignorance is in abundance."
"it only is if you let it"
"oh yeah, because Google has all the answers, right? NOO. The people who consider marijuana a gateway drug, are those who are against it. "#googleit" mad dumb man. You're seriously so wrong about that. I've been smoking for a good 4 years now & never once have I considered doing hard drugs. It depends on the person, don't blame it on the marijuana. It isn't forcing you too do cocaine and shit. It's really just the type of person"
"No, I don't believe marijuana should be a medical option, for several reasons. When I was younger; one of my family members had cancer and was eventually put into hospice. My family thought that medical marijuana could help ease the pain of the cancer,and make it easier to eat, but were informed by the doctors that there were better and more efficient drugs for these problems.Also, many of the widely renown effect of marijuana come from CBD, the compound of marijuana that is not responsible for promoting a psychoactive response. This is the compound that is used in the miracle stories about curing seizures. So instead of legalizing all of marijuana plant, psychoactive compounds included, it might be a better option to extract and use the truly medicinal part of the plant. This is similar to the theory currently used with opiates. Pure opium is illegal, morphine is not."
"You can't just extract CBD because the whole plant works together to do the magic its called the entourage effect"
"THC connects to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptor site on the cancer cell, it causes an increase in ceramide synthesis which drives cell death. A normal healthy cell does not produce ceramide in the presence of THC, thus is not affected by the cannabinoid. My Mom went from 240 to 175 in 2 months on CHEMO. Educate yourself before you go trying to convince people of something that's complete nonsense please. I want my mom to have a chance to live, not die because people are misinformed. Oh yeah did I mention the chemo just made her cancer worse?"
"So they don't know if it helps because they did not try it? There are good drugs for a person in hospice care and when a person is in hospice care this is very serious. My mom and dad were in hospice before they passed away. I thank God we have hospice care."
"No because using weed regularly over a long time can lead to a state called "burnout." A person who is in this pattern tends to be inattentive. They can be described as dull, and being burned out from marijuana abuse affects their performance at work or at school.Personal relationships suffer because the user just doesn't have the ability to fully participate in them. When burnout is especially pronounced, the pot user may not be able to respond to other people at all. They are in their own world."
"More lack of education here. The 'burnout' you refer to, is caused by using the indica strains, which absolutely stone you to the point of being "in-da-couch". The Sativa strains do not have that effect, but rather are preferred for the alert and aware effects, of the mind and body. There are only three strains of cannabis, indica, sativa and ruderalis. Too many people spread incorrect information, due to a profound lack of knowledge, and a total belief that the government is totally telling the truth. The DEA is required by law to block and counter any and ALL attempts to change anything about the status of this God given plant. Our own bodies have the anandamide signaling system that takes advantage of the components in this plant. I hope this has helped you to at least, SEE that the government has an agenda to keep people in the dark about the only plant that naturally kills cancer cells, and restores proper function to the systems of the body (as long as our barbaric medical community has not destroyed them with chemo, or butchered the body with surgery)."
"It will be more expensive when taxed then if I just buy it off the street today. Thank you America."
"That tax money is going to support our government that is in debt, not to street gangs, cartels and other criminals. I'd rather spend my legal money my on that! Use your brain!"
"Not if you can grow it yourself then it free!"
"Wow, really? All some people can think of nowadays is money. How about the people who are going through life threatening dieseases and suffering with pain every day? If marijuana can keep even one child with cancer pain and nausea free, I'm all for it."
"The states will learn to undersell the black market, just as they did with alcohol. Eventually, street dealers will be out of business and all other businessmen have to account for their stock, pay their employees, stake out distribution centers and sell what the public is wanting in order to remain in business. Complete decriminalization for possession an usage is the main goal. Legalization is the first step in the right direction. The FDA has no problem with your doctor prescribing you morphine or oxycodone. So why do they continue to protect the income of the Drug Cartel. This has been going on for over 70years. It's time the government threw in the towel on this issue"
"Eve,Did you know that the DEA pays itself $70,000,000.00 a day and they have not succeeded in keeping ANY drug off the streets?"
"i say no because some of medical marijuana may be kill you sometimes"
"the only type of marijuana that has killed anyone is synthetic which is fake marijuana cooked up in a lab, the government are trying to bring in the synthetic s*** legally and make the all natural stuff illegal still, because then they have control over the legal market of marijuana and everyone in government can give themselves a nice pay rise from the money made off the synthetic marijuana, NO ONE I repeat NO ONE has ever died from smoking natural marijuana it is impossible to overdose on while someone could have one joint of the synthetic stuff that the government is making and it could kill them or do serious brain damage which has happened already, don't believe your government when they say that synthetic marijuana is better than natural marijuana they are lying right to your face because they know that they can grease their palms and control the synthetic marijuana market which is something they can't do to the natural marijuana market."
"No i dont belive it should teenager should be able to do it to."
"A teenager can take morphine. Is that acceptable to you?"
"okay but the law consequence is the same penalty as cigarettes to minors law will crack down on it and less teens will but at use of them unless on the streets and that would still be a crime if legalized"
"Teenagers and young adults should avoid substances that can harm the development of the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This is the area in which the Cause and Effect development occurs. Without this development a person engages in more risk taking behaviors."
"I know that marijuana can and is used to help those who have been injured, but that is not what I am worried about. I am only fourteen years old and I can tell you right know that I know the effects it can have on you if you use it improperly. I also know that the parents of kids that go to my school give the drug to their kid for misuse. The kids use it at parties and to get high all the time. They even come to school smelling like it. I messes with their mind so that they can not focus during class. So as you can see there is a domino effect that happens when someone uses it for the wrong purpose."
"Anything can be misused. Should baseball bats be illegal because it can hurt people or break things? Should the internet be illegal because some people use it to hack other people? If you don't think that all things that can be misused should be illegal then why do you think that this one thing should be? Even when marijuana is 'misused' it doesn't cause any real damage. At worst someone could get a buzz from it for awhile. Even though it can help people who are suffering and/or seriously ill, you think they should continue to suffer, to use strong chemicals w/ no other options, that destroy their organs over time.I have epilepsy, narcolepsy, major nerve damage, constant migraines and fibromyalgia and much worse issues. Basically, I'm in pain all the time,it is torture all the time and the struggle is constant. The meds will end up shutting down my liver and kidneys and I still continue to suffer nonstop even though there's a pretty harmless plant that could help me because some kids at your school get high? Obviously keeping medical marijuana illegal doesn't stop the kids at your school from getting high, all it does is prevent law abiding, seriously ill people like myself from having relief from suffering."
"i know exactly what you mean Ive been around people like this my whole life and im only fourteen and i cant beleive how people could use it inproperly even though i grew up around it i still never touched it"
"majority of people who are for medical marijuana use just want it legalized period. Medical marijuana is just a ruse!! We already have enough problems with the legal drug alcohol why add on more problems with marijuana. 80% of all violent crime is alcohol related. Why on earth do we want to legalize another dangerous drug."
"Medical marijuana does NOT increase crime, it may even REDUCE crime..... According to a new peer-reviewed study of all US States."
"legalize marijuana and illegalize alcohol. happy world"
"from a different point of view sir, respectfully, i am not saying to legalize smoking it, im saying legalize the ability to use the oil of it. only to medically approved people...not for pot heads.. GOD bless you sir,."
"The medicinal use of marijuana is addictive and leads to even harder drug use! It interferes with many things people enjoy doing, including fertility and driving ability. Marijuana can injure a large amount of your chest and area around the lungs. In all, I find the use of marijuana for treatment as not a very good option."
"a.) It's not for everybody, but there is no evidence it is a gateway substance. b.) Users won't drive and do it, they are using is for medical reasons, and aren't driving around town. c.) True, it's not the best thing for your lungs, but there are other ways of getting it in the body, and with the overwhelming body of civil consensus it ought to be brought back into legal proscribed, possession for patients to decide ( if they want to lower their fertility of not ) which many other "legal" pills also affect."
"I'm con because why do we have legalize it? It's not safe and kids like 12 and up, are getting into smoking weed! It's not safe for teenager! Yes they do smoke at school or somewhere or even sale the weed! But, is it even gonna ruin their mind and not thinking, in their class! Why does someone have to make this more difficult! Even pregnancy girls what's gonna happen to their child? Will they be handicapped? This is not fun smoking weed! Once you smoke, you can't get enough of it. I think the president should put Marijuana illegalized! for my opinion."
"Why legalize it? Easy, because as long as it is illegal, people who use it medically can't get it legally. It can't even be studied because it is illegal to grow it. Even legal marijuana used for recreational purposes, would never be legal for teens. Kids have the same challenge with alcohol. Your kids can die from alcohol poisoning, drunk driving, and brain damage from alcohol. The double standard here is ridiculous. Hell, they can die from huffing cleaners and stuff. Everything has a chance for abuse. At least marijuana is not as addictive as caffeine."
"I'm sorry, were you smoking when you wrote this??? I feel the children from the 'pregnancy girl' could make a better argument than that. 1. Kids do it anyways... along with smoking cigarettes and drink alcohol. Yes, they do, its on the parents to stop them from doing it. I'm not condemning them to, but thats when someone should step in and say no. Like how there's age limits to drinking and smoking, kids should know not to do it.2. PREGNANT WOMEN should not be smoking anything in the first place. You know how there's labels on cigarette packs and signs in the bathroom saying NOT TO smoke and drink, that would also apply to this... If you're too stupid to keep doing it, you're putting your own child at risk."
"Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are harmful to children yet many children do this too! These substances are legal for adults yet kids do smoke and drink.both which are very addictive yet people like you get uptight about legalizing marijuana! I think maybe people should teach there kids what harm tobacco and alcohol and marijuana. Legalizing marijuana has nothing to do with why kids are smoking pot, but if it was legal there maybe less crime in the streets because the drug dealers would would be taken out of the whole equation.."
"Ah, to John, you're wrong. It has been proven where I live, that medical marijuana actually increases the illegal distribution. It is like addictive pharmacy drugs. There is always a known medical practitioner who will freely prescribe them."
"The topic is medical marijuana, which can only be obtained with a doctor's approval at government approved clinics. Medical marijuana sales will not affect the illegal distribution of the drug for recreational use. Basically, making it available for patients won't increase the amount of kids who smoke it."
"I am a recovering addict. I used marijuana since I was ten years old and I am 26. I been clean for a year. it has never been a gate way drug for me but marijuana makes you a couch potato you have no ambition in life and I believe it's a reason to why majority of young men and woman can not find a job."
"I think you're problem is that you started using it at 10. I started at 18 and I'm one of the most productive people you can meet but at the end of the day I like a nice rolled joint."
"I too had addiction issues, I was on meth for 30 years, I have been clean off of meth since January 16, 2012. However, I use marijuana to manage the pain from bone-spurs in my neck. I also am a full time student, hold down a job,and have a ton of ambition."
". I was also on the presidents list 4 times and an honor student with a bacholors. I was never a couch potato."
"I think the problem is you started at 10! Where were your parents? Also it makes you lazy, speak for yourself."
"for one it is impossible to be addicted to marijuana because it lacks the chemical properties to be addictive for 2 only if you are a lazy person are you a couch potato i smoke everyday and i get up and work afterwards yeah sometimes i set back and relax but weed itself does not make you lazy and third the reason a lot of young men and woman cant get jobs is the economy and marijuana if that was the case everyone who drinks would be in the same scenario..."
"Get educated. Not all pot is the same anymore. If a couch potato is made by smoking some pot then that pot is indica strain dominant. If that effect is not wanted then a person needs to smoke a sativa strain, which will have a different effect. Don't talk about a subject that you don't even know about."
"If you would try using a sativa instead of Indicas, you may find that you can stay off the couch, clear-headed and productive. This is just another way to show how little you know abot this amazing plant."
"People with no motivation are couch potatoes from marijuana. People with ambition and motivation still do something with your lives. Please don't blame marijuana for making you lazy. Try a sativa, instead of an indica. Just ask the judges, CFO's. CEO's, Doctors, civil servants, business owners, etc. who are my patients. I've used marijuana off and on since I was a teenager. I went to culinary school; I went to medical school. People should stop blaming their laziness on cannabis, but on the type of cannabis they're choosing."
"I think you should have smoked a sativa strain then cause what your explaining the whole drugged out couch potato vibe that's an indica strain, that is what indica does to you but sativa can boost creativeness and give you energy to get up and do things basically the complete opposite of the obvious indica strain you were smoking at age 10 to 25"
"I strongly disagree legalizing marijuana because people might use it for something else like getting high or something else that's really bad"
"That cannot be used in an argument, of course people are going to use it to get high but its not stopping anybody from doing that right now. Also using for "something else that's really bad" would be lacing the marijuana which is a lot worse."
"People will obviously smoke it to get high whether its legal or not.Legalizing it will only help people who need it. For the people who dont need it, it wont do them any harm."
"I do not recommend the smoking of marijuana"
"If you live near any form of industry, which most of us do, then you are breathing some form of pollutant 24-7, resulting from commercial industry the goverment steps in here and lets the manufacturers get by with xxx amount of carcinogens released into the air. If you think the smoking of Marijuana or anything else is harmful enough to stop the medicinal usage of it being legalized, then research the pollutants. I think you are in for a big surprise. These carcinogens are allowed and have absolutely NO medical value, but they are legal."
"It's a drug that is harmful to your body, already illegal, and makes others think less of you. It can get you kicked off a sports team, and affect your performance in other activities. If marijuana is illegal, then there is obviously a legitimate reason for this; congress wouldn't have it illegal just for the fun of it."
"Just so you know some people who use Medical Marijuana could not participate in sports teams and other activities would be near impossible without it. people are not using it to just get high they are using it to stop pain and ease discomfort that some people could not even imagine, and if you remember most drugs that doctors prescribe are harmful and in some cases fatal."
"Smoking cigarettes are extremely harmful. Are they illegal? Alcohol poisoning kills people all the time. Is it illegal? Both of these are the primary cause of hundreds of deaths, but the use of medical marijuana has been the primary cause of no deaths. You should realize that drug does't always mean bad."
"Jordan, read some history on prohibition. When it was repealed the man in charge had to find something else to kill or he would have lost his job."
"I think they should allow nfl players to use it."
"A serious thing that can happen at this time is all companies and institutions must recognize that marijuana is federally illegal and the companies cannot risk federal prosecution, hence, occupational drug testing. Read the "for profit" reason for congress keeping marijuana illegal at solanopost.com. Marijuana is federally illegal because congress wants it that way, not the majority of their constituents. The U. S. does have to work through our treaty with the United Nations (U.N.) to correct marijuana assessments and remove marijuana from the U. N. controlled substance schedule I. I found one person who is "harmfully" affected by marijuana who is a bipolar youth "triggered" by marijuana. Epilepsy grand mal seizures and resulting injuries from several a day can be reduced to one or even zero in a week with marijuana. You don't want a fork lift driver under the influence of prescriptions, over the counter medications, medical marijuana or controlled substances. Work, driving or operating machinery is hazardous under the influence and the mind must function at full level, hence anti-pain pill medications, taken as prescribed, need to be used until a non-active period of several hours is needed for medical marijuana treatment."
"Really!!! That is the most naive statement I have heard yet. Learn about how laws are sponsored by Lobbyist like big pharmaceutical companies, logging companies, (yes they had a part in it because of hemp), and racism (marijuana was seen as a part of Latino culture and the black culture at the time of the law). The harmful affects have not been proven, but there has been many studies proving the benefits of the plants as medication. Marinol is legal. It is a synthetic form of THC which is the part of the plant that causes the "high" that everyone is the concerned with. Why is it OK, but not medical marijuana."
"I think that our world is already crazy enough without more drugs. If you legalize something I think that people will definitely take advantage of the marijuana by knowing that they can't get into trouble by smoking, eating it..etc..it is highly addictive and I'm afraid that people will get going and won't be able to stop. Marijuana impairs thinking ability and with how stupid people ago day, that is the last thing they need---impaired thinking! I think the government is just asking for more trouble by legalizing it. Drug addicts can kiss my rear for all I care! No drug addict deserves to love if they are just killing themselves anyways.who do you think is paying for their nasty habit!? We the taxpayers are! I refuse to do so any longer! I his is my opinion. If you don't like it, I'm sorry but oh well. You can't fault me for having an opinion. This is still a free country (for now) no matter who is running it. And if you do agree with me....then cool :) stay drug free people! It's bad for you! (And the rest of us who put up with drug addicts)."
"alicat: that is not true, there is nothing to say that Xanax users have more damage done, because of marijuana's severe long term effects. Xanax users aren't ever seen 'doing more crimes', and the Xanax does not necessarily make them violent. I know. My dad takes it."
"you could be a little more respectful. drug addicts are people too. you dont understand why they do drugs or what theyve been through. try to have an open mind and an open heart everyone deserves love!"
"well anyways that's my opinion and I am entitled to it. And anyways, I wrote this on my phone several months ago so it messed up some words. Heck even I didn't know what I was saying when I read it just now, but I sure as heck did when I was writing it. I didn't realized my phone screwed it up so bad with that freaking auto correct! But just in case anyone missed this, IT'S JUST MY OPINION."
"Poor dear, please stay in school. I have some non narcotic drugs you should ask your doctor for if you should ever become a victim in an accident that will totally ruin your life and body. Let me help you, not only will your doctor, and your local drugstore love you, but so will the pharmaceutical company. Among a few are celebrex,ultram,vioxx,bextra,elvavil,paxil etc, these helpful drugs, will help with "pain management" by tricking your brain to not feel pain, since "your brain does not know if its your mind or body that feels pain" Never mind if you have never had anxiety or taken drugs before, these will be of great use. The best use is the money making for the ones who told you to take them, will ruin your liver,stomach,heart,kidney's and mind Once you have caused damage that is permanent, paid loads of dollars to find they were not helpful to you at all, then think about whether you want to try something natural that will not harm you in any way except if you use to much at once and either fall asleep or do something that cough medicine etc warns against, operating dangerous machinery or drive. You also are kidding yourself if you think pot smokers are drug addicts, they are code word for sucking taxpayer dollars!"
"If it were a free country marijuana would be legal along with all drugs. What about freedom to choose what you want to put in your own body? Or are we only free to do what you tell us is okay?"
"you seem quite ignorant and hatefull do you think we should make Xanax and pain killers illegal to they cause way more damage to your body than pot does and there are more people addicted to those than pot also those addicted to pills are far more violent and do more crimes"
"No because there are many other options than marijuana and its also the same as smokers of tobacco face may also threaten marijuana users over a long period of time. There are cancer-causing chemicals in marijuana that can be in higher concentrations than tobacco"
"You should try it yourself before criticizing, It does not cause cancer."
"I think that it should be used in a hospital only and a patient should stay to be monitored so the doctors can learn from and keep track of the patient's health."
"no because it is bad"
"i have never picked up drugs in my life and i still wont"
"I have never done a lot of things. This isn't an argument to stop other people."
"Really? So you've never been put to sleep for a procedure, taken an aspirin, used pain killers for an injury, taken antibiotics or used any number of medications that are necessary? Never had a flu shot or any kind of immunizations. Never used birth control? If you were sick and in pain, suffering, you mean you would die before you used drugs? Even if you were born in a cabin out in the woods and never had contact with any medications, do you think it's fair that because you don't want to use medical marijuana ever in your life that other people who are in serious pain or have other serious illnesses can't use it? It should be their choice! No one is going to force you or anyone else to use it if it's legalized.... other people should also have a choice."
"I'm glad for you! I hope you never do. But for those who suffer from illnesses, why prevent them from finding relief? There are children who suffer over a hundred seizures daily! Cannabis has been proven to minimize and often stop them all together. How can you tell these babies NO? The other medications don't work as well AND they cause horrible side effects. It's insane that we deprive them because of years of brain washing. I do applaud you for not using drugs. I hope you never have to!"
"So you never picked up medicine in your life ever when you had an flu or a cold?Get out of here . theres no possible way you never been sick in your life ever."
"It's good that you're staying away from drugs, because some are harmful. However, it's obvious that marijuana is not that bad, it's been legalized in 23 states and DC. You don't ever have to do drugs if you don't want to, but don't you find it even a little inhumane that we are denying people in real pain a safe way out?"
"i meant illegal drugs yes Sarah i do take prescribed drugs but i don abuse them like people do with any drug"
"again i am fifteen honestly if you think it should be legalized okay thats what you want thats what you believe. Im just saying that im not for it for recreational uses and although i take claritan i hate taking it im just saying how i feel and we are all titled to our own opinions."
"Have you ever drank a beer, a glass of wine or a taken a shot?.If you answered yes then you have done a drug that has killed hundreds of thousands of people since it was conceived and introduced to the population as a population control tactic. Think about your answer here and use some common sense. If you have taken tylenol for a headache or tums for acid indigestion, you have used a drug. ;-) mind blown, right?"
"It is addictive."
"Studies have shown it to be far less addictive then even caffeine. Cigarettes, prescription drugs, and alcohol are all much more addictive. Check your facts before posting maybe, when you don't you only discredit yourself and your argument."
"Star, so is coffee. So is overeating."
"It is not addictive.More and more studies are proving that cannabis that cannabis addiction is a dependence on the "RELIEF" that cannabis brings to a person's issues.Cannabis itself is not addictive. Without cannabis, people who want to escape do things to excess including golf, video games and watching movies.Without cannabis, people turn to other substances that relieve their pain or tone down their social anxiety or lower their pain levels. The difference is that cannabis does no harm to the rest of your body and actually helps heal in most cases.With proper cannabis, people are happier, more productive and intelligent people. Prohibition makes it extremely difficult for people to have access to clean cannabis of the proper strain for their personal needs.Keep it Clean! :D"
"Real medicines get approved by the FDA, and marijuana has never been approved. Why not? Don't tell me some conspiracy theory about big pharma or inherent bias against marijuana. There have been plenty of studies showing marijuana has medical value but until it can be properly standardized (dose, chemical composition, strength, etc.) and then approved by the FDA then I don't see how making exceptions to a well functioning drug formulary makes good sense. I feel bad for people who seem to benefit from marijuana, but it ain't a medicine until the FDA says it is, so for now, my position is CON."
"So, you blindly trust the FDA to be moral. Do you know that they allow companies to finance the studies that determine whether or not they approve something? You probably also support wars and drone killings."
"A record breaking majority of America is FOR medical marijuana, FDA says yes, so go find a fork, because you are about to eat your words."
"The FDA also approves small amounts of parasites, mold, and insect feces in your food.Wonderful, isn't it?"
"You obviously have never taken any time to research yourself. You put all you belief in a federal agency who only motivation in $. If you used you own mind to research things you would see the simple cycle of the FDA approving drugs that "HELP" people then a few years later after they have profited BILLIONS that same drug is the center of the next big lawsuit because thats same drug that the FDA approved that was helping people has been KILLING them. So I ask you, if that drug harms so many people how did it become legal in the first place....the FDA, why? $$$$. Not to mention have you ever heard a commercial that does not have more negative side affects then the one things it helps?? No you have not."
"Vioxx was approved by the FDA, Marinol was approved by the FDA, Neurontin was approved b the FDA, Tramadol and Seroquel were approved by the FDA. Do you know the death rate of those drugs alone? No black box warning on them nor were they pulled from the pharmacy shelf until a certain amount of deaths were associated with the drug. Tramadol when taken with Serotonin enhancers or uptakes cause Serotonin syndrome which can kill, cause patients seizures and the list goes on. I would strongly suggest you really think about the FDA as it doesn't have any patients best interest at heart literally!!! It's all a money making business plain and simple!"
"doctors used to prescribe marijuana in the US untilit was banned and replaced with Marinol (a pill, of course) which people have died from. Don't just blindly let the FDA make desicions for you all they want is money & power."
"I'm guessing that most people feel the FDA is really trying to help the people but they just like all your politicians are paid or bought to give good reviews or allow certain products to be sold as a good safe products. Just look at all the law suits out there for all the newer medicines that the FDA approved!"
"The Controlled Substances ACT was invented by Richard Nixon in 1969 in response to the striking down of the Marijuana Tax Act by the Warren Court. He was being bugged by Baby Boomers who were then being drafted right out of HS to fight in Vietnam. Nixon knew his young critics were dope smokers and he wanted to reestablish federal authority over them. His Controlled Substances Act has been a disaster, particularly because "herbal" marijuana is a treats both physical and psychological symptoms more safely and effectively.than the toxic substitutes being cranked out by Big Pharma."
"for no because i have seen wat drugs can do to u"
"Do you realize marijuana is an herb and no one is trying to force any one to smoke marijuana."
"it is not really a drug it is grown where as real drugs are man made this is not man made. and you can get no higher then high."
"like what can it do literally it has never killed anyone ever in history so you tell me what it does to you"
"right "2005" get updated on your facts how about 2014"
"A drug doesn't refer to a man made chemical, beaker. It refers basically to the hormones released by it. Thinking about it that way, even your body produces drugs. Besides, Quote: "Marijuana is an unstable mixture of over 400 chemicals including many toxic psychoactive chemicals which are largely unstudied and appear in uncontrolled strengths." -- California Narcotics Officers Association Official policy statement "The Use of Marijuana as a Medicine"Oct. 31, 2005Thanks, A_A_T"
"Marijuana has no standard dosing available. Someone with Parkinson's disease may need a high CBD and low THC strain to help. Sometimes the wrong strain can aggravate symptoms. This is a fact.The doctor has no idea what strain to get. The guy behind the counter at the marijuana shop is clueless. If the patient reads that OG Kush strain has high CBD and low THC, then they'll have to blindly trust that what the local dispensary calls OG Kush is actually the exact same strain they just read about.Real medicine is not smoked. Real medicine has standard doseage. Real medicine is the exact same whether you buy it in LA or Cleveland or Miami. Real medicine is not illegal. Real medicine comes from people with MDs and not burnout white dudes with dreadlocks and toe rings.Marijuana may have valuable medical properties, so let's isolate them and make safe and effective medicines. Until that happens, marijuana should not be a medical option."
"the fact that you referred to the people who obtain and sell marijuana as "burnout white dudes with dreadlocks and toe rings" discredits your whole argument. you might want to edit your statement and remove such generalizations, because even a high school student knows that the picture you painted is highly inaccurate. If you've ever been to a dispensary, you'd know that the staff is highly knowledgeable about what strains they are selling, their effects and what they are most effective in treating."
"seriously realist? There are university's dedicated to the study of cannabis, and you honestly believe that they dont know whats in this plant?Most of the food you eat has more chemicals and man made fillers that are doing more harm to your body then cannabis, most of the pills proscribed by doctors have so many awful side effects, I smoke cannabis and never once have i went thorugh withdrawal, my mother had cancer and they told her she had TB they put her on heavy pills, she got highly addicted and ripped our family apart, after we sued the doctor she had to go to many rehabs to kick the pills, and now is happy smoke cannabis that relieves her migraines, and helps her eat, when she cant get it, she has no withdrawal symptoms and gos through her day the best she can."
"Face the facts, K. Dispensary workers are not trained medical professionals. They may be well intentioned, nice, and know something about marijuana. So do I and probably so do you. That doesn't make either one of us qualified to give people medical advice or medicine. There are no common standards of knowledge, care, strain consistency, doseage, or even analysis of what the heck is in each strain beyond "it's a sativa. pretty strong but not foggy" or "it's an indica. It took third at the cannabis cup. Definite couch lock." You know what I'm saying is true.There are 400 compounds in marijuana. How many dispensaries know the amount of any one of those ingredients? They buy marijuana in bulk from illegal growers. C'mon K. Face the facts. We've got a lot of work to do before marijuana can be a real medicine. We could and we should try to get there. Until we do, dispensaries will remain maybe one notch above recreational use coffee shops."
"That is incorrect actually, about the thc levels and stuff. There are people that grown and control levels, with todays technologies you really think we cant figure that stuff out?And theres also 2 kinds of weed, sativa wich is for people who work and smoke because it works as an uplift, and indica wich is like a downer mellow high. I love how you people come up with these amazing facts that are not even facts theyre fake..do your homework guys and gals"
"legalize it and these complaints will be things of the past. The only reason these things are not true is because it is illegal therefore can not be regulated and distributed as ordinary medicine. If legalized it would be."
"You sound like a Dr. whos more worried about the money than the people."
"K makes a good point. Your stereotyping of pot smokers pretty much discredits what I would otherwise call a good argument. I am very familiar with high CBD, low THC strains, as that is what I prefer to use for my PTSD and back pain. As far as quality control, it really is a huge issue. The only solution is to grow your own if you wish to use it legitimately. As for your comparison to "real medicine", people have been self-medicating with herbs, since the dawn of time. If it works for me, why should I not be allowed to use it? Look at China. Doctors in China use roots, herbs, even elephant tusk and rhino horn to treat patients. If the patient perceives a benefit then it works, no matter what it is."
"I'm not sure that you've ever stepped foot in a dispensary based on that description. Every one I've been to in this state is the exact opposite of what you describe, as they have precise information about the effects of particular strains. It sounds like you've been to a pretty run-down dispensary in my opinion."
"Thats stupid unless u have smoked it then u cant and shouldnt comment on nothing. Look at all the MD's thats killing people. All the legal medicine that has harmful side affects..."
"some of this is true and some i do not agree with. it should be regulated. dosage information should be prevalent, understanding "smoking" is not the best medical benefit."
"mr. realist, you do realize with out a prescription that "real medicine" is also illegal. do you also realize that doctors constantly guess on dosage for patients and have to find the proper dosage by trial and error. because "standard dosage" is bullcrap! if you think im wrong then i guess we all are 6'3" and 185 lb males? everyone is different and it takes different dosages for everyone! all most of us want is for it to be an option for treatment. a doctor can prescribe anything under the sun for any illness but cant prescribe marijuana? doesn't make sense. did you know that the US is the largest importer of opiates? did you also know that we get most of them from Afganistan? oh and did u know that those profits go to funding terrorism? wake up and stop listening to rush limbaugh and think for yourself! 17 states, 6 pending. oh and our nation's capitol, you know that place where the white house is, can use marijuana for medicine."
"You two are making my point for me. Marijuana clearly has some useful properties. Some labs have identified and isolated them. Cannabis clinics are not labs, pharmacies, or anything even close. They are stores that buy marijuana wholesale and sell retail and make money on the margins. A doctor may recognize that marijuana has useful properties, but he has no idea whether the local marijuana dispensary has the right strain with the right components in the right proportions. That's like telling a patient, "Take some medicine." Which one? How much? How? The doctor cannot answer which one because strains vary dramatically and there is no standardization in names anyway. The same strain might be called OG Eden in LA and Northern Lights in NYC. The doctor cannot answer how much because it depends on the potency, user, and method of consumption. The doctor cannot answer how because depending on the strain, edibles may be too strong or slow to act, vaporization may be too difficult or costly, and smoking may be too hard on the lungs.Marijuana has medical potential, and it should be explored vigorously. It is not a medicine yet."
"Ron Paul has an MD, and knows much more about it than you, and you simply need a smoke test to determine CBD or THC levels."
"it is already easily accessed with a medical marijuana card, the MD will give you it for some really light problems. So let it be."
"IF IF IF IF your state permits it. I'm dying from breast cancer with lesions that press on my spinal cord sending shockwaves of pain but I live in Florida. I'm so terrified of being caught, I go to willing friend's homes, I keep my stash at other houses and pray I won't be caught and the little time I have with my child is cut short because I've been arrested so I can have so quality of life, painfree."
"so you can drive a car on medical marijuana just hand the cop your med card and its OK. I get a bad back ache when I am working all day out in the hot sun could I get a card for that then I too can be happy all day."
"You people r putting down doctors like u can walk in and say hey doc im sick i need MMJ doc say's ok son u look sick, r u nuts people think"
"Legalize it, but there isn't much data behind using it as a medical therapeutic. Checkout http://toxtalk.org/archives/120 for more info"
"Not much, Matt. Just three thousand years, across cultures, across time, across the spectrum of disease, and in a civilization that, by learning to advance, the way to advance is to shrug off the ignorant and unproven, and stay with what works....like, marijuana. The oldest known prescribed drug."
"yes there is, people that used it got better. One example, an autistic boy has been given marijuana and he became more talkative and more happy(he weighed only around 90 lbs). He was on ABC. There are no deaths from cannabis. Tylenol around 15-20,000 deaths."
"Thank you. I have not found a place to learn other than this site."
"People with a Lewy body disorder can become very agitated and it would be helpful if they could use legal MJ to calm them down. However, they tend to be very sensitive to many drugs. If MJ is on of those drugs for that person, it could increase their confusion and the result might me permanent! I'd be afraid to use it."
"I don't know if it's the same for Lewy, but there are studies that have been performed in controlled environments with mice that have proven cannabis promotes brain cell regeneration in the areas affected by Alzheimer's Disease. Cannabis could quite possibly provide a permanent solution for these types of diseases."
"Your point is well taken. This is why it should be legal. Medication that does wonders for one disorder is disastrous for another. We do not know which is which until it is tested and tried on patients. Most people are left to find a solution to an unanswerable problem (which is the primary way people find medical marijuana.) It does work. We are forced to discover this on our own, because doctors are not allowed to manage it. If physicians could prescribe marijuana -actual marijuana, not the synthetic pill that's well known to be crap- then perhaps it's an actual treatment. Wouldn't it would be wonderful if mj was an actual treatment for Lewy? I imagine different patients are different even within the disease. I know very little about Lewy, only that it is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimers or Parkinsons. What if the Alzheimers and Parkinsons patients helped by medical marijuana are actually Lewy patients?Everything about science is hit and miss. Your concerns are valid, but your hopes should be high. If we don't keep searching, we'll never know. It needs to be legal.Many are afraid to have surgery for epilepsy. It could help, but the effect is permanent. I chose to take that chance. It didn't work. I'm glad I tried."
"Let's just put it like this, no on needs to smoke anything to get medical benefits. People have been getting marijuana for ages quite safely. Why would you put a dispensary in the hands of high, uneducated hillbillies. There need to be regulations on education levels for people to even open these things. They know nothing about medics."
"I agree. Screw dispensaries. Legalize it and I'll grow it for free in my backyard. All this talk about legalizing and taxing it is a ruse. Once it's legal, no one is going to pay the prices that stores will charge after they figure out how incredibly easy it is to grow."
"I presume you are referring to Marinol. However Marinol is not the same as smoked marijuana. Marinol only contains THC. Marijuana contains many other helpful chemicals that are good to relieve many types of pain."
"There are other ways of reaping the medicinal values of marijuana other than smoking it.. you really need to do your home work before posting. You can use vaporize,bake or cook with it, or even use the hemp oils which is very well known to cure cancer! baking and cooking will not give you a high.. but will give the same results in a milder form.Please don't deny me or thousands like me that need this as medicine, just thinking we are stoners, we are not! I am a senior citizen that is tired of being a zombie by the hands of the drs and their drugs. I want to have a better quality of life, and cannabis gives me this.The big Pharma companies don't want to cure you, if so they would loose money, they want to keep you addicted to their products. Please tell me what is the difference. Thanks for the listen!"
"no you dont have to smoke it but people choose to, you can bake it in almost anything to receive the benifits of the two main reactants CBD and THC."
"Medical marijuana is available in forms other than smoking. And I know that you KNOW that most medical marijuana users are not "high, uneducated hillbillies.""
"Not sure what you mean here. Are you saying that, historically, marijuana has only been distributed by licensed medical professionals? Because that is far from true."
"no because it does not make a diffrence for any other person it would not be fair"
"Your jealous of people with life-changing, sometimes life-ending ailments, because others wouldn't be able to take it? You need a real disease, then you'd think twice about making petulant comments like this."
"it's the same thing with script medications. you have to have a legit reason for needing xanax or oxycodone, the doctor isn't just going to hand it out. it's the exact same thing with medical marijuana."
"I've read through most of the comments on this site pertaining to medical marijuana. I see all these posts about how "marijuana has never killed anyone," or "there are drugs worse than marijuana." If you guys actually did research on the effects of marijuana you would see that it DOES in fact have many negative side affects which don't necessarily hurt just the "patient." For one, people are being robbed, beaten and murdered for their drugs. Children are being subjected to harmful chemicals and house fires due to faulty wiring (apparently these growers think they are electricians too) from the lights being set up to grow their drugs. You people are bringing violence into our neighborhoods and that DOES affect those around you. Of course we don't get a choice in the matter because as long as you can take your medicine, the rest of the world can kiss your A$$ right?? Please stop with the ignorant comments about how their are no victims with medical marijuana use. We all know full well that there are dangerous prescription drugs out there but geez people, there will always be those who abuse even FDA approved medications. It doesn't make it any better."
"You realize, of course, that if it's legalized, almost every reason you gave for it not be is basically voided. No one would be killing one another for it, because it would be at the corner drug-store. "Faulty lights" would be out, because people would grow the stuff in their backyard. The main reason why it's a problem right now? It's illegal."
"the reason people are robbed or murdered for marijuana, which I doubt truly happens that often, but if it does, it is solely because it is illegal and means to get the drug are difficult. Legalizing would reduce a lot of crime."
"WOOAH. I think someone needs to educate themselves on marijuana. Maybe if it was legalized, those things would stop. Just like people who sell Tobbaco products & alcohol their would have to be a type of license needed to sell it & an age limit. Drug dealers don't care the age of who they sell their drugs to, and the ONLY reason it's a "gate way" drug is because those drug dealers scoop out naive kids who are willing to try to new stronger stuff & ask them if they want a "better" high but, & medical use of marijuana could help SO many people. There's an ENDLESS list of things for example; Alzheimer's diseaseAnorexiaArthritisAutismChronic PainCrohn's diseaseCachexiaDepressionFibromyalgiaGlaucomaMigrainesSeizuresand more. So please before you say "ignorant comments" reread yours & educate yourself."
"If marijuana were legal you wouldn't have the underground negative effects. There are criminals out there that rob banks, liquor stores, etc.. If you could legally buy marijuana there would be no need for faulty wiring; You could get it at the drug store and have police protection. Again, the violence is due to the control of the illegal dollar."
"all of those harmful things are a result of marijuana being Illegal. People get robbed over money. Should money be illegal? houses burn down do to cooking food. should cooking food be illegal?"
"Really, I have had times I was low on cash after smoking cannabis daily for extended periods of time (6+ months) and it never caused me to go and steal from someone. That's horrible! You must be thinking of the meth heads. I pay my bills before I spend my money on my medicine, and if I'm out then thats too bad, I wait for my next paycheck, and everybody who smokes does the same. We know where our priorities and morals are. You don't say that everyone who drinks beats his spouse, and im sure that in your neighborhood you have a few of those as well."
"you sir need to listen to yourself, you said not one negative thing specifically about marijuana. electrical fires and chemicals are completely unrelated to the sybject"
"You completely miss the point. People abuse lots of things. People inhale the fumes from gasoline, airplane glue, whiteout, markers, paint...etc. The fact is there are many people who, for whatever reason, look for an escape. So we should make all of these things illegal?Alcohol is abused and can cause death by toxicity. Or it can be used responsibly and cause no harm. Statistically, states that have passed medical marijuana laws have lowered fatal car accident rates. Why? I don't know, but that is an interesting occurrence.You have a bias against pot because you believe what you have been told your entire life and there is nothing wrong with that. You don't have the right however to tell me I can't get cannabis for my wife who is currently using many toxic drugs to treat several auto immune diseases and the "legal" precribed drugs she uses will eventually harm her liver. Cannabis would replace most if not all of these drugs, with NO harmful effects. So with that in mind, piss off! The opiate based drugs she has to use now impair her much more than pot ever would. Oh, and btw, I have never smoked pot, so the theory that "everyone wanting it legal is a pothead" at least has 1 dissenter. Me."
"marijuana is safer than ANY other source of medicine."
"Ok ahaha maybe your right about the violence part but thats the same with everything cars get robbed money gets robbed not just people with weed, and the fire thing with the lights come on bi like,....ahaha there fires all the time. What your saying can be said about every thing anyone dislikes or does not approve...must be americans on here>? Come up with some actual information that will suprise me."
"there are people out there that do't give a dam about anyhing, Be it booze perscription drugs or what ever. Pot is not adictive,! The drs. will tell you that and stand on it"
"Would you rather have people gettin it on the streets or in a regulated safe facility. I'm a Oregon medical cannabis patient and people like you give me headaches. Its not just about legalizing it for medical and/or recreational use. Its about our freedom. If the man tells us we can plant one seed he can say we can't plant any type of seed."
"Where do I start?The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug AbuseMarihuana: A Signal of MisunderstandingCommissioned by President Richard M. Nixon, March, 1972 http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/nc/ncmenu.htm"Now, more than 30 years later, many observers are skeptical about the existence of a cause-effect relationship between marihuana use and antisocial conduct.""We have carefully analyzed the interrelationship between marihuana the drug, marihuana use as a behavior, and marihuana as a social problem. Recognizing the extensive degree of misinformation about marihuana as a drug, we have tried to demythologize it. Viewing the use of marihuana in its wider social context, we have tried to desymbolize it.Considering the range of social concerns in contemporary America, marihuana does not, in our considered judgment, rank very high. We would deemphasize marihuana as a problem.The existing social and legal policy is out of proportion to the individual and social harm engendered by the use of the drug. To replace it, we have attempted to design a suitable social policy, which we believe is fair, cautious and attuned to the social realities of our time."40 years ago and STILL true today!!"
"You are right when you say that cannabis causes violence, but it only causes violence because it is illegal, and most people would rather ensure that they dont go to prison by doing these violent things, if we legalized cannabis our country's economy would go up so much, crime would decrease, i mean when people can afford to buy cannabis that leads to murders and robberies,if the government supplied it people wouldn't resort to violence."
"your "research" is so biased by the news media and the propaganda of the 1930's, it's laughable. Booze is far more harmful..do the "research." The FDA approved Zoloft and hundreds more that have DIRECTLY caused immediate death."
"Your only do in half the reasearch and/or watching to many documentries that just show the negative effects do a little more research and i might approve you con remark. Most of your murders are not from pot its the heavier drugs."
"yes there is alot of violence because of drugs. but most of it is because of money. we do not live in a perfect world but if mm was legal these people trying to be electricians would have to be inspected. do you know of anyone who uses mm for their medical issues? my dad is 78 years old he does not smoke mm but he does take rick simpson oil and i truely believe he would not be here today if it wasnt for that oil. please look up rick simpson oil and read about the people who have benifited from this. mm may not be for you but some day you or a family member may need it. everybody is different some like to smoke but some dont. if this benifits them please dont take that away from them ."
"Hey JDH, why are you not going after big pharma and the FDA too? I guess no one in you community are being robbed for there pain pills, no one is robbing you local pharmacy for oxy, theres no tweekers buying all the sudafed then going home and blowing up there homes or trailers depending on you respected locations lol. Yes there are negative to everything in this world but when you take a stance on a topic based on stupid people action (THE ROBBERS for the slow people out there who have trouble keeping up with intelligent conversation) then you are no more intelligent then the dummies committing the crime."
"I think it's the PEOPLE, not the drugs causing a problem. Those same criminals would be doing that even if they weren't smoking pot."
"I wasn't going to say anything, but your comment about doctors coming into work stoned to perform a brain surgery pushed me over the edge. Perhaps you were the unfortunate patient that received "stoned brain surgery" and now you are out to settle a vendetta?"
"Al Capone and his boys didn't make any money from alcohol AFTER it was legalized again."
"Your correlation makes no sense. In many countries, like Nepal, the use of marijuana has little to do with crime, dilapidated infrastructure, or violent neighborhoods. Those side effects are not from a plant, but from your culture and the way you choose to live your lives."
"Well now, you obviously are a very good little boy or girl. Never have tried it, Have you? Read the studies before you accuse others of 'ignorant comments'."
"Listen to yourself, Marijuana did not cause those things to happen, people trying to do underhanded things caused those things to happen, but when u put a bottle to your mouth n get behind the wheel of a car thats you possibly killing someone. drunk people fight, have u ever seen crackheads fight, i have, i've seen people fight & neither party smoke marijuana.. there are always gonna b bad people in this world. Maybe you dont have a family member whose life Marijuana saved, i do & i would like that person to be here a lot longer than what she has already been. i want her to smoke her weed & recover frm her Cancer treatment, yes she may still suffer frm Cancer but she is still here to love her family n protect them, she is able to wake up everyday n kiss her great grands, nobody understand until it hits home. had she stopped smoking marijuana over 15 yrs ago she would have been dead over 15 yrs ago.... it may not cure the cancer but it helps with the appetite, it helps her to regain her composure frm the pain, it gives her a sense being able to move forward & push past the pain, my aunt is not a bad person she has never done any of those things u speak of she's just trying to live longer to see her family progress.."
"if marijuana was legalized people would not kill each other for it, but i think that you are painting a picture in your head of that happening because that is very extreme, people might kill each other over cocaine or heroin but not weed, plus most people are killed for money but you don't even think of removing that from your little neighbor hood. people who say marijuana has never killed anyone are dumb because many people have gotten lung cancer due to smoking weed. "Children are being subjected to harmful chemicals and house fires due to faulty wiring" that is the fault of the person setting up the lights entirely, has nothing to do with weed being a medical option."
"First of all, I live in Oregon where it is legal so your comments about stealing/robbing don't pertain. I reread my own comment and I failed to see where I mentioned that EVERY SINGLE "medical" marijuana user was an abuser and a thief. Bring me some facts people because your arguments contain the same old garbage as most of the other pro statements. Statistics are statistics. I read and watch the news every day. Yesterday there was an apartment fire in my town because the mother and father of 3 children were cooking hashish and didn't know what they were doing. Luckily, the neighbors were able to help the family out of the home and no one was hurt but they lost everything they own. That sounds really fair to the children. No matter what, it needs to be regulated. What other medical drug are we able to produce and distribute from our homes?? I find it so amusing that all you Pro people swear there's nothing wrong with marijuana and that it produces no ill side effects (crime included) but when you defend it, you always compare it to something worse. Why is that? If it was really as great as you make it sound, why would you need meth or alcohol to make it look good?? Shouldn't it speak for itself??"
""ME" I've done plenty of research and I was really hoping to find something that would convince me that my child is not in harms way when he's under the care of his "medical" marijuana growing father but the cons outweigh the pros if there's even a chance that my baby could be harmed. If you're a parent, then you should be able to understand that."
"Yaaaaaawwwwnnn....As I said, you can color it up however you want to but it doesn't change the facts. Drugs on the street vs drugs from a medical facility??? Is the neighbor's backyard a medical facility?? And it doesn't matter if meth is worse or alcohol is worse, the fact of the matter is that marijuana is bad too. Would you rather lose a limb in a car accident or a train wreck? Either way, you lose a limb. Drugs are drugs...period. Oh and I am a good girl - woman actually - but it doesn't mean I always have been. I smoked pot when I was younger and I've also taken prescription narcotics for migraines. I'm not just some ignorant jerk who speaks out of turn and I have had friends sick with cancer who have tried to smoke but subsequently quit because they didn't feel any benefits. I don't rely on the media for all of my information and I actually have real life experiences to back up why I feel the way I do. Dumbing me down on a website doesn't change my opinion of "medical" marijuana but instead makes you look like a left wing jerk who hates anyone who doesn't agree with you. To each his own I suppose. Legal or not, it should be regulated and right now, it's not. Perhaps the problem really lies with the affects of addiction."
"So I guess it's better to just have doctors performing brain surgery stoned out of their gourds? Pun intended. This is what I get for trying to have an intelligent conversation with stoners."
"it is dangerous you get addicted and you take it a bit too much and poof there goes your life"
"you cant over dose on marijuana, you will pass put before you even get close to over dosing"
"In thousands of years of history, not once has marijuana been confirmed as the primary cause of death in anyone. Sugar is more likely to kill you than marijuana."
"you're thinking about drugs, not cannabis. ritalin, vicodin, xanex, those are what makes your life disappear"
"Chris it has been scientifically proven that you cannot over dose on marijuana."
"It's not addictive. I smoked it everyday for over 5 years and stopped easily when I wanted to. You can't overdose on weed because there are no cannabinoid receptors on your brain stem, which controls your heart and breathing."
"What a stupid comment, with NO verifying proof of what you say....It is much less dangerous than alcohol and should be regulated and taxed as alcohol is now."
"what a joke all these young kids with bad backs just to get some weed what happens in a couple years from now when the weeds not strong enough and they go to a stronger more addictive drug will they start making that legal next why dony you start making your meth labs legal too.lol"
"Ruben,I wouldn't quite say its a joke. I have had a legitimate "bad back" since the age of 12 in case you are wondering so you are clear I have 3 bulging discs and if you don't know what that feels like sit on your leg until it is numb and try to walk. That's what it feels like all day long never goes away. I have taken pain pills and muscle relaxers and steroids most of my life... Now my liver is enlarged and I have to take more meds thanks to the meds I was taking. At least with medical marijuana, which I eat by the way not, smoke I can function and am not all jacked on pain pills. As for your drug use comment... I have never done an illegal drug my whole life and don't plan to start... I hope you never have to go through the pain that I have so you won't ever have to find out what it feels like to depend on anything that will help just so you can get out of bed each day and be mobile."
"I guess you think we should continue giving people opiates and have them use a legal "stronger more addictive drug" right from the start? What evidence do you summon that suggests cannabis becomes "not strong enough?" In fact was does that even mean? Just because an individual can become accustomed to the psychoactive effects of cannabis does not mean that the therapeutic benefit diminishes."
"Marijuana is not a "gateway" drug. It is a medicinal drug. It helps more than any other prescription drug on the market, it has MANY uses. I don't really understand what meth and marijuana even have in common other than the fact that the government wrongly included Marijuana in the "hard drugs" category."
"the drugs the fda approves now are addicting and have many major side effects. they are also man made. medical marijuana is a plant made from God not everyone smokes it for medical use my father uses rick simpson oil and it has been very effective. there has been no cases that i know of of any one over doseing on mm. do you have any health issues? if so you try it before making a personal decision."
"Maybe you should require a prescription."
"What is sad is you just compared a natural substance to a chemically, all the way, man-made drug. Just saying your comment about that is very naive. You should do really try being less closed minded and do your research about the history and where Marijuana started. Think about it, over the years everything improves so why are you making comment on how its going to get stronger and stronger? Pharmaceuticals will get stronger and stronger more chemically made and such. So really over the years what are you going to choose? A pill where if you take to many you can take your own life? OR Marijuana where if you have to much you'll just pass out and have a great nap, not overdose? I still can't get over how you compared marijuana to meth. Marijuana is no where near METH, Marijuana was found growing in the grown. Meth was made by Man. Don't compare the two if you don't even know where or what the two are. Know What marijuana is and what it is capable of before you start putting your close minded opinions out there. But I will agree there are some ungrateful people who make up excuses to get some marijuana. I personally feel it should be used as a medicine, rather than just for recreational use."
"Ruben people like u and others thinks for some reason u can fake a bad back or anything else r u crazy it's not like that at all,do u think a dr. is gonna lie,NO he won't"
"where can i sign up id rather do cannabis then take almost eqivalent of 450mg of oral morphine a day i could cut that in thirds with the proper shatter i have damaged nerves in the l3-l-5 areaa lamenectomy,discetomy with fusion and i had 5 yrs physical therapy still doenst help at least im not weak ,b ut anyway cannabis help take the pain away that opiates cant do it a totally different system cannabis will never kill anyone directly because it doesnt go in areas like the medulla oblongata which controls breahting. It stays in the body becuase it not a poison (anadamide in breast milk a natrually occuring cannibiniod) unlike toxic drugs that body furiously tries to get rid of within 72 hours. say someone vacations in colorado partakes in some cannabis then goes back home doesnt touch it again and get in trouble for having in his/her blood or urine what crime did he commit? GET RID OF THE THOUGHT POLICE PLEASE !!!! by the way methampethamine is SAFER then pot according to gubbermint controlled substances chart check out desoxyn i think we can thank hitler for that,"
"Why would marijuana not be strong enough in a couple of years? Does the very nature of humanity suggest that over time everyone's illnesses will take a dramatic leap into something that can't be controlled with marijuana? Or are you saying that marijuana is slowly dropping in potency (which would also be wrong considering the potency of marijuana has quadrupled since the 70's)? Why not legalize a natural product that has many medical benefits and zero clinical additives as opposed to pain and sleep medications with a VERY high risk of dependency. Side effects of marijuana: appetite increase, euphoric state, drowsiness. 0% risk of dependency. Side effects of Oxycodone (one of the top prescribed class of pain killers): memory loss, fatigue, anxiety, hypotension, circulatory collapse, respiratory arrest, and death. I think Id rather just take the marijuana, whatever form it may be in."
"to anna: magic mushrooms. Must I say more? They're natural. If they had some 'magic' unproven healing power, would you take them???"
"i thought they where illegal already im confused! aha"
"I should know what I am talking about I started off smoking pot and kept on smoking while trying other drugs the only thing that got me off of smoking pot was meth because I wanted to spend all my money just on meth yeah thats all this country needs a bunch more pot heads living at mommas house til there dead and you cant live off them no more."
"i think that medical marijuana should be illegal cause anything that goes into your lungs that isnt oxygen not could but will poison and kill you"
"this is why there are edibles i am sick of the ignorance, there are so many other ways to ingest it"
"so do you only breathe in pure oxygen from a bottle all day of just hold your breath 24/7? breathing pure oxygen would kill you."
"First off... you wake up everyday, and breath car exhaust, second hand smoke, weed helps people. Havent you heard of a medical marijuana card. and explain why 16 out of 50 US states made it legal."
"Joshua really?? "will poison and kill you" ....are you serious???? There is NO ONE who has died from marijuana...be it from an overdose, from lung cancer or from driving while stoned."
"Buddy the Canadian air i live in is unhealthy and bad for my lungs, people smoke ciggaretes everyday why arent they illegal?Go green or go home."
"I'm so tired of hearing this argument. Vaporizers and edibles do not destroy your lungs. If that's really the only beef you have with pot then just go away."
"The lethal dose of marijuana is 1:40,000. This means that a person would have to smoke 15,000 joints in 15 minutes to bring on death. Marijuana smoke causes muscular relaxation in the muscles of the lungs thereby relieving asthmatics of their symptoms."
"What about inhalers? It must clearly not be good for asthma attacks because its not oxygen!"
"Marijuana smoke is not poison... a UCLA study presented on May 24, 2006 found no association between marijuana and lung cancer, and it suggested that marijuana may even have "some protective effect"."
"oh u mean, like cigarettes, that are legal. And alcohol that kills thousands annually?"
"That is why there are edibles and vaporizers."
"I agree Joey and what about pain pills. The bottle even says liver damage over a certain amount of time. People inhale tobacco, we drink alcohol and do not care. I bet Joshua doesn't think anything when wolfing down a Tylenol for a headache."
"the air you breath every day is harmfull to your lungs if you had to be in pain everyday you wouldnt think like that and just cause it wouldnt work for you so what thats you"
"The air you are breathing right now is 78% nitrogen. Educate yourself or shut up. I am honestly getting tired of dealing with simpletons in this lame excuse for a "debate." There is a clear answer. Making a plant illegal for private consumption infringes upon the rights of American citizens and it is unacceptable. If I want to fill my lungs with the so called poison it is my own choice and I should be allowed to make that choice without persecution."
"Yes I agree that smoking is bad in the long run but now that you can Vaporize it all Carcinogen's which damage your lungs is removed and delta-9 THC enters your system so you have some of the facts correct.Also when you eat it or ingest it your liver converts it to delta-11 THC which again does not damage your longs. So it has come a long way but even with people who do smoke it most do not get cancer which is always a positive thing. Please respond if I could answer a question or talk on the subject, it all starts with learning as much as you can from as many independent sources.Have a nice day."
"You are able to access the internet, reply to something that you disagree with, and you can't google the studies on marijuana and the effects on the lungs. Follow this link, should you choose to open your eyes. http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/top-anti-drug-researcher-changes-mind-says-legalize-marijuana/"
"bleach is poison that is inhaled when it is opened around you... should that be illegal?"
"Such as corticosteroid inhalants for asthmatics, perhaps, or Vick's VaporRub?"
"I think the pursuit of legalization in marijuana for medical use is a sham. If you look into reasons that would benefit from its use, you would find that their often three times as many legal options with all the side affects that can also be found in high quality pot. Truth is that weed is no better at healing ailments than morphine (high grade pain medication) is to broken bones, just makes u feel better and past hard times with more ease... A campaign for decriminalization is what should be the topic of debate when it comes to marijuana and not its recommended use. it's not illegal to be an alcoholic and it shouldn't make u a criminal to smoke pot; frankly speaking from experience pot is not for everyone, especially young developing minds. Use With Coution... El Moto On La Moto"
"Morphine is a potentially highly addictive substance. It can cause psychological dependence and physical dependence as well as tolerance, with an addiction potential identical to that of heroin. The difference between strong opium based pain killers, like morphine, and marijuana is that marijuana is not physically addicting. It causes a habit (psychological addiction), but does not bear detrimental effects. Legalizing medical marijuana will allow people in serious need to get a time-proven medication. People who say 'Weed is not needed, there are other medicinal drugs on the market for cancer/AIDS/ect' are retarded. More people die each year due to prescription drugs than people due to illegal drugs. Those drugs are not safe, I repeat, not safe. NO ONE has died due to cannabis (marijuana) and no one ever will. It's safe, proven, tested, perfected. It's been used as medicine since 2500 BC. It will become legal, get over it. I have the choice to put what I want into my body."
"While many people like to pretend that there are no dangers associated with marijuana use, there are a wide variety of credible medical studies that list danger's of marijuana. There may be select cases in which the benefits outweigh the dangers, but even in these cases I question the availability of other medicines, even those derived from marijuana, and their ability to have the same benefits."
"Mark, You are badly mistaken! The only Dangers of Marijuana is when it is smuggled into the U.S. whereas this illegal source of that product is very Dangerous because it has been treated with many harmful pesticides and herbicides like DDT, Malathion, Diazinon, chloridane and paraquat, as well as this year the Mexican Marijuana where the U.S. gets most of it's illegal weed from. It MUST be re-legalized and regulate. Take it from a retired cop...you can't regulate it if it is illegal."
"your statement would be credible itself if you provided links or the names of these studies. death from prescription medicine overdose now surpasses the number of deaths every year from car crashes according to CNN. those medicines have more bad effects than marijuana. for me, i can't use them as much because i only have 1 kidney. marijuana is a safer alternative for me, and does a better job."
"So if you think marijuana is dangerous. Fine, don't use it, it's your right. I will certainly not try to make you use it. I think it's great for me and I hope for the same courtesy from you. It's a free country, right?"
"Your comments make no sense as you quote no credible proof for your opinions. Your "I question the availability of other medicines, even those derived from marijuana...."is based on what?"
"There has been a strong fight against MJ legalization and it is continued by the US gov't which has so much $ to lose in payoffs from pharm. cos. that know the power of MJ and alcohol cos. that will lose $ in sales.MJ dangerous? Maybe, but there are dangers with coffee, sugar, so many other things that we consume every day and even give to our children.I have seizures that didn't start until shortly after I stopped smoking MJ. I smoked for over 5 years and NEVER even felt close to having a seizure. I smoked at home; not affecting anybody but me, it was great.How can our government officials that we put in office tell me that I can't take advantage of a plant that grows from our earth to STOP my seizures? Without any refining or additions this plant stops my seizures so much better than all the meds I've had. Meds cost me $600/month and sometimes make me hate my life with the side effects and they STILL DON'T WORK all of the time! I could be growing a plant at home for free with a side effect of making me sleep better. Sounds a lot better than the stuff I deal with now.Mark, people like you will feel really stupid ten years from now. You will all realize how wrong you were for being so close-minded. Wait, it's coming..."
"Your argument is invalid unless you cite the aforementioned studies. Unless you can support your statement with evidence of some form, your statements remain your opinion, sir."
"Mark, I respect your view point, but my adult son is chronically ill, possibly with a terminal disease. He has had life threatening allergic reactions to many pharmaceutical drugs. In 2007 alone the CDC accounted for thousand of deaths 1 every 19 minutes from unintentional drug overdose, that was six years ago. That was most likely dealing with people who were not allergic to the drug. My son can't take most medications without serious side effects. He is under the care of six doctors trying to determine what is wrong with him. We are racing against time. The ONLY thing that gives him an appetite and makes life remotely bearable for him at this time is medical marijuana. I was raised ultra conservative, don't drink, don't smoke... I barely drink caffeine, but I would risk my life if need be to defend him being able to use the only thing that is sustaining him right now until a diagnosis and treatment is found. You would never want to be in his shoes so be careful not to speak ignorantly about "other synthetic medicines". Some people can't tolerate them. Thank God for the safe alternative."
"I agree, I mean I'm allergic, so that's a danger right there. But I think this is well worded."
"okay mark for your information weed is not what affects your health. its the smoke part that dose so get your facts straight. and sometimes its either weed or pills that people rob your pharmacy for because they are that addictive."
"PROGRAMED by PROPAGANDA fraud fabrications LIES"
"Medical marijuana, just a legal way for a Pot Head to get marijuana.There are legal medications that will help people with medical problems. If you really looked into medical marijuana you would find that the majority of the people who are getting medical marijuana are just pot smokers who found a legal way to get it. Sounds like I'm against legal marijuana, just the contrary. I'm all for legalizing all drugs just to get rid of all the idiots that were stupid enough to try it in the first place. It's called DOPE for a reason, HELLO!"
"I guess I know a lot of 'DOPES' that use it as medicine then! It's funny that 90% of them are outstanding Business Owners, Law Practitioners, Officers and Veterans! Calling us Pot Heads is a sign of being uneducated of the facts. Do you you use alcohol? And does that make you an Boozer???"
"It's called "dope" because it releases dopamine into your system to block out pain and ease stress and anxiety, genius."
"Okay -- put yourself in my place1. suffer a head injury in an auto accident2. the head injury gives you epilepsy 3. 15 'legal medications' (as you call them) don't help.4. you've tried a 'brain pacemaker' (Vagus Nerve Stimulator) 5. you've had 3 brain surgeries Absolutely nothing helps.You tried a brownie once, thought the high was strange. You're not against trying it again, but it isn't a big deal.You don't care about the high. You care about finding relief and being able to return to a normal life. Does that make you a "pot head" looking to get marijuana?The majority of people on medical marijuana are like me. I find people who are against mmj are those who would take advantage of the opportunity. They would take advantage of the systems it in the way they believe most people are taking advantage of it.Attitudes like yours keep people from true relief when all "traditional" treatment has not helped."
"HELLO! Alcohol and cigarettes are DRUGS. So are the people who smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol using DOPE? In fact, any substance that modifies a behavior is a drug. Think aspirin for headaches.Did you know that 1500 people die from cancer every year? And yes, there is REAL research that marijuana kills cancer cells--not people, cancer cells. Think about that when you sneer at medical marijuana users. Misuse occurs with everything--even food. Think OBESITY."
"The called it Marijuana from Cannabis and then called it DOPE for the same reason. To SCARE people like you. The plant has not changed very much in the last 100 years. People back then knew it was safe that is why they changed the name. Regan came out with this is your brain on drugs(Marijuana) except we found out that it improves brain function."
"Marijuana is not DOPE. George "W" Bush Boy is a DOPE. Marijuana is a very useful plant that God put here for our use and intended for it to grow. And he made this plant a simple weed....how funny. Weeds are hard to kill."
"Marijuana is a plant. If you want a chemicaly made "medication" that is supposed to help you then be my guest and pop all you want, pills kill people and turn people in to nasty addicted idiots. Just becaus the government tells you that it has one thing in it that will help you, you beleve that it is the only thing that is in the pill. come on get real"
"I pray you are a supporter of medical cannabis that is trying to cleverly sabotage the credibility of the "cons" section of this website. If not, you are clearly unable of rational thought so allow me to assist. First, I am a senior studying biophysics at Temple University. I have tried "pot", but contrary to your assertions I am far from being an idiot. I am not sure what you mean when you say legalizing medical cannabis will get rid of me... perhaps you couldn't think of anything to write that makes sense. Second, Please name some of those legal pain medications you are in support of. I will respond by presenting you with a large list of proven harmful side effects and statistics showing the deaths per year due to overdose from opiate based pain killers. I will then explain how a human being has to smoke literally tons of cannabis in order to overdose, in fact oxygen deprivation would be the more likely danger if you were to smoke that much."
"I guess you do!"
"God also created grass, but I don't see any body on their knees eating it. Cocaine is also a plant created by God should we make it legal too? and why not? I smoked marijuana for to many years, started at 16. I don't for 20 years or so, now I wish I never had. It was fun at the time that is why I did it, or so I thought it was. This is america it is your choice but the wrong choice and as long as it is illegal well you will pay the consequence. R2 says "please don't smoke""
"Cocaine is not a plant, it's extracted from the Coca plant and concentrated and refined into Cocaine. The Coca plant is often chewed by the local peoples to relive the effects of high altitude sickness. In it's natural form it's harmless as marihuana is and of much benefit. It's uninformed people like you that cause hate and lack of compassion to the plights of others. You would have me take Morphine before marihuana wouldn't you. I hope you get sick and need it and your denied."
"first of all, cocaine is a chemical derived from a plant. Its different because marijuana is NOT chemically changed in order to make you feel a certain way. Whereas cocaine you have to mix with several different things to have the effects work. If you want cocaine legal why not just say METH? And marijuana isn't hurting anyone, the only bad outcome is you lose brain cells. You lose cells in your brain from breathing or even moving your head. And they grow back, whats the difference there?"
"Maybe marijuana was the wrong choice for you, but not for others. I can drink myself to death as long as I'm not driving. I can smoke myself to death as long as I don't pass on the second hand smoke. This is America and it is your choice."
"Cocaine - you failed to mention that it is synthesized with gasoline and other petrochemicals. Cannabis is natural."
"Cocaine is addictive. Grass (lawn) has no therapeutic value. And lastly, I'll call your bluff on smoking. I doubt anyone as judgmental as you ever smoked anything in your life."
"read a book you dont snort cocaine plants, cocaine is man made after chemicals break up the plant."
"um since when is cocaine a plant? plants grow out of the ground, cocaine is made from the coca plant, mixed with acetone, hydrochloride, among other awful things."
"cocaine is a plant yes, but it is mixed with many things that are not natural. do some research next time..."
"Cocaine is processed with different dangerous chemicals when made. Marijuana is just raw dried plant material not mixed with anything. The national cancer institute kinda came out and said cannabis kills tumors (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4) All ligitimate science coming out is telling us its harmless..more harmless than beer, with no overdose and withdraw from the drug would be more mild than coffee. No one is coming out saying cocaine is great for you. 16 states plus DC have it medically available.If it were legal there wouldn't be cartel violence because we would take the market out of their hands. Just as in alchohol prohibition and the mafia. Just because you don't like cannabis doesn't mean you have to be ill educated on the subject. This isn't 1989 anymore."
"cocaine is used in alot of prescribed pain medicaine but you wouldnt never know it, because they aint gone tell you that, if you smoke Marijuana once and u cant handle it dont continue to use it, it's just that easy.. but if u stick a crack pipe to ur mouth then u stuck, drink a bottle of vodka go get in your car n kill someones entire family, does that sound safe, maybe it does to an alcoholic. So i ask you, what made you stop smoking marijuana, because you lost your job, or what, you cant say it defected your brain, your typing looks to be correct grammar & you sound very educated?"
"Yes "God" created marijuana plant but it it just dried and smoked. You Coca plant and dont forget heroin the Popi Plant are also made by "God" but you have to have human intervention to make the cocain or heroin"
"Marijuana is a drug, there is no changing that. This was all started by someone who was tried of gettng introble for possesing an illeagal drug. It does not cure anything like pain or make you heal faster. It is a drug, the side effects that some describe to ahve 'worn off' or 'vanish' are only things they feel while they are under the influence of the drug. Blood presure will drop yes, because it is a different kind of stimulant, it can make people relaxed or more dangerous. it all depends on the person. but im not willing to legalize it and play frogger for keeps to find the one pot head who decides that he will behave himself, in public and socioty. If someone who is using 'medical' marijauana and goes and kills someone in a car crash, it wouldnt matter if it was a medical drug or an illegal drug, they still did it, the drug still caused it, this doesnt change the fact that they were using a DRUG behind the wheel. Drugs cause more harm to your body than it does 'helping it'"
"But Pills and alcohol is better? What about all the pill heads that rob cheat steal or OVER DOSE? How many people od on pot? 0, thats how many. How many on pills? Thousands in the US alone. It's a "Drug"? I don't know where you're from, but i've only seen it as a plant, that my God, the father of Jesus, put it here for us. King Solomon used it, and he was the most blessed man EVER. The pills the dr. hands out cause ullsers, liver damage, kills brain cells, cause people to "crash their cars, addiction and eat your stomach lining out, so what does more harm?"
"WOW. Your statement, "It does not cure anything like pain" is a complete misstatement. There is actual research to prove it does help with pain. I use to be against medical marijuana and because of pain and running out of options I resorted to marijuana and I was pleasantly surprised how well it DOES WORK. You cannot tell me the people taking 100mg of methadone along with 100's of mg of other opiods are better off than someone using marijuana. Try talking to people in pain most of the medications they are taking are destroying them on the inside literally damaging organs."
"After having read your post I wonder if you have ever drank alchohol or currently use alchohol or any other mind/body altering substance even for occassional purposes like surgery or pain or headaches? Marijuana is way way down on the list of substances( its even natural, unprocessed, drugs are processed material, the coca plant is not considered a drug until processed into cocaine) that are harmful. Alchohol is number one on the list..even before heroin, so society has learned to live with alchohol rather than outright ban it. The most harmfull effect of marijuana is the legal repercussions a medical patient faces when they are injustly litigated against and or incarcerated. How many billions of our dollars has our Gov. spent in the failing war on marijuana? That, my friend, is something so detrimental to this country its impossible to comprehend. How about instead of more jailtime for using medical marijuana we use those billions of dollars to educate the masses about substance abuse and that would be money wisely spent."
"tell me how you feel once you are diagnosed with glaucoma, ms, cancer, or have been put on too many prescription drugs with awful side effects such as nausea, pain, insomnia, weight gain, acne, hair loss, loss of appetite etc. believe me sir or madam, you will welcome the munchies.love the name by the way..."
"No disrespect, but it is uninformed opinions like your own that that impede sensible progress on drug reform. You seem to be so hung up on the fact that marijuana has been arbitrarily labelled a "drug." It is also a naturally occurring plant, and is certainly more natural than NSAID's and other RX's that virtually everyone takes. The one pot head that behaves themselves? All stereotypes aside, it someone consumes marijuana they will likely spend the remainder of the evening on a couch watching a movie."
"educate yourself marijuana helps a lot and when in the world have you heard of some one killing any one in any kind of way under the influence of marijuana??? and i don't mean cartel and gangs i mean have you ever heard in the news well today these person killed these person for been under the influence of MARIJUANA noooo you havent never not driving or walking or angry or anything you are what's wrong with people today. and yes you are aloud to have your opinion but it has to matter and make sense. smoke some herbal and tell me it dont change the way you think. Educate yourself before talking."
"how would you know if it doesn't cure anything like pain? obviously you have never smoked it. because if you had you would know it helps people with insomnia, or migraines like me. those are just small problems. it does wonders to others with bigger problems"
"Yes marijuana is a drug! Duh! So is the FDA approved drug morphine. People drive cars and take that prescription too! Guess what they could cause and or be involved in an accident too! But do you condone morphine because it is FDA approved? And then there is alcohol! The worst legal drug of all, kills more people in accidents then I care to write about! No one said marijuana cures anything. It does ease pain that other so called FDA approved meds don't touch! Apparently you or someone close to you have never suffered in such severe pain that nothing else works! You should really do some more research on this topic, not everyone who uses it is a "pothead" they are real people that just want a sense normalcy back in their lives. Because marijuana is a natural drug and not regulated by the FDA there is no money to be made. I guarantee once the FDA gets involved and they start making money on it, taxing it, ect. it will be considered a "new drug"! More people will suddenly "wake up" and support it for what it really does and who it really helps. There are more ways than just smoking it, for it to be beneficial. I encourage you to empower yourself with education and knowledge!"
"Prescriptions are also drugs, and most of the time are a temporary fix. For those individuals who have chronic pain and are taking .. maybe Vicodin for example, IT'S STILL GOING TO BE A TEMPORARY FIX! All prescribed drugs need to be taken multiple times because it isn't just a one time fix. It is physically impossible for artificial hormones or those drugs that block the neurotransmitters to prohibit an excess amount of hormones, to work all the time because those hormones eventually have to recycle or go to the waste naturally. Because when your body makes a proper amount of hormones like seratonin or dopamine naturally they still have to recycle, and your brain will make more of these hormones. If your brain cannot naturally make these hormones than you need to replace them, everyone needs chemical balance within their brain. a chemical imbalance can create diseases, for example: a lack of dopamine causes Parkinson. if marijuana can add dopamine or seratonin or add a euphoric feeling when it is hard to naturally have that, or to even temporarily get rid of the pain why not use it?! I personally have depression and insomnia, and nothing cures those, there are only drugs that temporarily fix the problem. you're an idiot."
"what planet are you from?? Look at alcohol and the deaths they have caused on the roads,If you did any research at all cannabis drivers have a better and more safer driving results in the researches that have been done simply because they drive slower and are more coherent to their surroundings. Alcohol which is a legal drug, alters both mind and visual impairments.I would much rather be on the road with folk smoking cannabis than a bunch of drunks..I know it would be far more safer."
"You should probably educate yourself before you make silly comments like this. You just look uneducated and simple. There are hundreds of studies proving the efficacy (I know, big word, look it up) of marijuana for pain, anxiety, nausea, glaucoma, etc. Synthetic drugs have many negative side effects. I know. I have tried them all. Marijuana is the only drug that deals with all of my problems with no negative side effects. And stating that marijuana is a drug and therefore should be illegal is the most inane comment of all. People used to be lucky to live to 70. Because of modern medicine, people live much longer and better quality lives. Do you mean to say that you take no drug at all? How about caffeine? I hope you are never in a position to make medical decisions for anyone who is suffering. You obviously lack compassion and empathy. I feel sorry for you. You must have a hard time having quality relationships. I will send positive thoughts for your enlightenment. Namaste."
"Wow you are so highly against medical marijuana. Hmm do you drink? Now, let me ask you this how many people have died from drinking and driving and killed someone from drinking. Now a DRUG is a man made. However this is a plant that God put of this earth it can be used for someone that has i dont know has Cancer. Also Textiles: Diapers, twine, rope, carpets, clothing and apparel, fabrics, denim, shoes, etc.Paper: newsprint, cardboard and packaging, specialty and fine papers. Personal Hygiene: shampoos, soap, makeups.Building Materials: Fiberboard, Fiberglass substitute, cement blocks, stucco and mortar. Also, if you have Cancer and know that well hey i will be able to eat maybe even hold it down you might change your mind. Ps look up how many people has died from Marijuana and how many people has died from prescription drugs... We the people have the right to choice how we life are life and do it in a more natural way.I hope after you ready this you might understand and are even just alittle bit more opened minded."
"I am not sure that you are aware that this kind of prejudice you base your comments on creates suffering. i would urge you to find out more, be curious: referring to 'pot heads' killing someone etc, its silly. there is no evidence there is an automatic link here, and its more likely that alcoholism causes damage and suffering - itsa far more dangerous drug and its legal. if you wish to prevent the problem of alcohol addiction then get involved in supporting the causes of addiction, you know, help people."
"just so you know, the 1st president of the united states grew marijuana in his backyard and marijuana became illegal because some white guy named Harry J Anslinger in the 70s thought that smoking marijuana would make you act black, dont believe me, look him up yourself, once you see his reasons you'll understand and im not sayin its ok for everyone and their mothers to do it, just let the people who really need it especially for eating because guess what there is no medication to help to eat. i should know because ive still been trying to find one for 2 years now."
"Does anything cure u from a dr NO except antibiotics etc,pain no cure except to take Opiates addicting as everMJ is not addicting and is better,u can't drive on alcohol at all,Marijuana u r more caution,drive more slowly it will heighten ur awareness,a drunk driver killed my 16yr old brother, Pro for MJ it's gonna stay to,like it or not"
"So when u get script from your dentist for loratab do you drive your car? Cause it says not to operate heavy machinery.... Can u lift a car? I would say that's heavy. Be careful what you Label DRUG cause you could be eating those words one day. It should be up to a doctor and the person being prescribed the meds. I don't take my kolonapin anymore cause I have grown tolerant to it but smoking marijuana, good stuff medical grade has worked for my panic attacks and I have talked to my doctor and I don't live in a legal state. I don't drive on any meds and I don't drink."
"Migraines? Really? You need to smoke a drug, that kills your braincells because your head hurts? Well. There is a word for that. With Drawl."
"Medical...marijuana?!?! LOL that sounds stupider than a circular firing squad. And Melissa, I'm sorry for what you had to go through. Drugs have devastating impacts on a lot of people. So many people will say, "it's my choice" without realizing that this "choice" impacts a lot more people than just the person abusing them. Some people just want drugs so badly they will say anything to get them, even if it means not feeling any sort of sympathy for poor girls like you."
"Stupider is not a word thank you."
"Have you tried marijuana? Do you realize it's less harmful than tobacco or cigarettes. As an American, do you believe in free choice? Drunks kill more people than marijuana ever will. Not to mention that tobacco is a legal poison. If you don't want free choice, why don't you move to a communist country? I'm sure they'll accept you."
"although there may be some people that use it to get high, most people who use it for medical purposes helps them in their everyday life time. Imagine if you had a chronic disease or illness of some kind and had to take a bunch of pain scripts for the rest of your life just burning a hole in your stomach. question: Would you rather be an addict to pills or use medical marijuana?"
"The US department of health and human services disagrees with you.....They own the patent on medical cannabis.....also theres no such word as stupider....US Patent 6630507 us government owed patent you can read it here http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect2=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PALL&RefSrch=yes&Query=PN/6630507"
"Marijuana is an addictive drug that to many people misuse. Plus, there can be side effects. There has to be a better way."
"Marijuana is less addictive than caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. On top of that is is addictive mentally not physically...ie it has no withdrawal when use is stopped. I have never used it. EVER. Whether you believe that or not, I could care less.You want to assume all users are the Cheech and Chong variety and therefore only want it legal so they can get it without risk.Shame on you. Come spend a few quality hours with my wife and I so you can see first hand how "legal" pain drugs work. They are addictive, toxic, and their effect diminishes over time. What do you do after that? Imagine how you feel after an injury and then imagine having that kind of pain over your entire body 24/7/365.Marijuana is a drug. So is penicillan. You want that outlawed too? The word "drug" is being used as a defacto negative. Geez, why are humans so pathetically stupid."
"marijuana is better than a percocet or zanex the FDA approves medicine that kills people, Marijuana is natural and has many benefits just like with anything everything has side effects some of people can take certain things and others can not. Marijuana doesn't kill people it has many great benefits with very little side effects"
"theres no addictive properties in marijuana"
"There is another way for pain relief - hemp. There is anti nausea natural remedies and marijuana is not a cancer cure. I have a relative who died of cancer and she took marijuana while doing chemo. What people don't understand is that chemo lowers the immune system, but coupled with marijuana, the immune system is completely paralysed, rendering the body completely incapable of fighting disease."
"why dont you try it bud"
"it is not an addictive druh u dnt kno wut ur talking about"
"there is no other way,,,"
"Marijuana is not addictive like Alcohol or Nicotine. Marijuana is only mildly Psychologically addictive...if you let it. Oh, yes the side effects like sex feels much better, sad things are hilarious, and bad foof tastes great. have I missed anything. Side effects of Alcohol include DEATH."
"most ofl the drugs the drs prescribe are misused and they have side effects . those drugs are man made and alot of the time after the fda approves them and people get the side effects there is commercials on the tv for lawsuits. mm is a plant grown by nature and put here from God. the fda approved cigarettes which kills people to you really think that the fda has us in their best interest."
"You're talking about street marijuana, which drug dealers lace with god and the devil knows what to make it more addictive. And on your side effects note, you know what else has side effects? Aspirin, and morphine, and beans, and cough drops, and a bout a million other things."
""Medical marijuana, just a legal way for a Pot Head to get marijuana.There are legal medications that will help people with medical problems. If you really looked into medical marijuana you would find that the majority of the people who are getting medical marijuana are just pot smokers who found a legal way to get it"
"oh and oxycodone and xanax or far worse for you than weed it doesn't have to be legal to smoke it so that's just a bunch of bs do some research educate yourself"
"Just like a prescription is just another way for junkie house-wives to get their fix of drugs like valium which are clinically proven to be highly addictive..."
"I am wondering where you have gotten your facts on this. The Medical marijuana can treat so many problems that people are facing today..if you look on alot of the legal medications..they have so many side affects...any drug can be abused..it can be legal medications too and they have really bad digestive side affects."
"I disagree with you layuuum, being a person with chronic pain and do not smoke marijuana. I have to take narcotic pain medication which is very rough on me. I take the natural plant over all the pain prescription drugs I have taken, they feel toxic to me. Not too mention I have a friend who is dying a horrible death, she needs to use marijuana to get through the day. If anything I feel alcohol needs to be illegal because it has killed many people, I rarely ever hear marijuana causing that problem. This is considered an herb, which is more healthier than the toxic narcotic drugs. People get addicted to those than marijuana. The drug company are making lots of money with these toxic prescription drugs and they fear that marijuana will out do them. This will always be two sides debating this issues."
"If you really looked into it, you would see that marijuana not only saves lives, but prevents seizures, relieves pain, and allows people to return to their normal lives and get back on track."
"Synthetic drugs have many negative side effects. Trust me, I have tried them all. I have degenerative disc disease, fused spine, arthritis, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Marijuana is the only drug that deals with all of these maladies with no negative side effects. I doubt my post will help you to open your mind, but you never know. I hope no one judges you like you judge other people. We do not choose to have these medical problems."
"I am on all those legal drugs you speak of,oxicotin,loritabs,fentanyl patches..do you realize that all they are are opiates? another drug that is harsher 100 fold than cannabis? and those drugs the big pharma loves to dish out causes liver and kidney damage?? where cannabis has no ill side effects. Google them all, they all say can cause death. not one person has ever died from the use of cannabis. Cannabis has been used as far back as 5000 yrs and chinese still use it. out very own USA apothacaries carried it as medicine until the prohibition in 1937. I would suggest you do some homework before making statements like that.I am not a stoner.. I use it as for medicinal purposes, and it does work."
"Amazing really. "If you really looked into medical marijuana you would find that the majority of the people who are getting medical marijuana are just pot smokers who found a legal way to get it". You sound like you are a regular user of something that does melt your brain. The fact is, if you research medical marijuana you can easily get pissed off that the feds have pushed a complete lie to us for a long, long time.And just so you know, I have NEVER smoked pot or any other "illegal" drug. Keep the rest of them right where they are. Cocaine, Heroine, LSD, etc.....but cannabis should be removed from the list of illegal drugs. Turn off your parental blocks if you want to actually do some research. You sound like a uninformed child."
"I am a cancer patient who uses cannabis to treat several associated symptoms including pain relief, loss of appetite, insomnia,anxiety, and depression. Further Canibidial, or CBD - one of the cannibinoids in cannabis, has been shown to strangle the blood supply to cancerous tumors, cause the cancer cells to commit suicide, and helps prevent metastisis. CBD is not psychoactive and does not produce a high. I use a cannabis variety called Cannatonic which is high in CBD and extremely low in THC. I don't care one tiny bit about getting high. I know of numerous others like me who prefer high CBD and low THC cannabis. Please get your facts straight."
"why is it that misinformed people do not know what they talk about,it is obvious u had a run in with a dummie pot head in the past,and u don't smoke so e1 is crazy,And u sound jealous because as u say we found a way to get (hi)what a joke,Marijuana is not bad and u know this????"