“I know I would not be here today without it. I want to tell everybody….I’ve beaten science…”
English woman Joy Smith, age 52, was given “just six weeks to live after being diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer in August 2016.”
Her friends encouraged her to obtain marijuana tablets to take along with chemo after doctors told her that chemotherapy would only buy her more time. Shortly after beginning chemo, she had to have the chemo line taken out due to Smith developing sepsis.
She also took CBD oil (which does not contain THC) alongside marijuana oil. She wants to see cannabis products legalized, crediting marijuana with saving her life.
After years of denying citizens even the lip service to their basic rights, the Tennessee legislature has moved one small step forward toward making one form of medical marijuana legal.
The new bill HB 1749 is no standard bearer for freedom, but at least it’s a baby step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, the bill faces an uphill battle with law enforcement basically goosestepping to the capitol, and sieg heiling the Drug War alongside their friends in the prosecutor’s office.
Indeed, the congressional committee heard from both traditionally freedom-crushing institutions who were unsurprisingly opposed to any form of medical marijuana. A few brave souls testified in favor of the proposal although their testimony was given less weight by the political class and the corporate media largely due to the fact that their occupations did not involve throwing peaceful people into cages over plants.
Still, the panel of the Committee was left evenly divided until House Speaker, Beth Harwell, broke the tie in support of medical marijuana.
Harwell’s decision to support medical cannabis was most likely influenced by the fact that her sister is a resident of Colorado and uses it to manage her pain.
Given the fact that her sister is not known to be an ax murderer, a school shooter, or a homeless drug addict begging for pennies on the street, it probably seemed pretty obvious to House Speaker Harwell that marijuana wasn’t as dangerous as her colleagues, who are known to be microphones for corporations and law enforcement, have pretended it to be.
(Natural News) President Trump announced last year that the opioid epidemic was a “public health emergency” and called for the medical community to look for alternative therapies to battle the growing crisis. The President cited the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics which places drug overdose as the leading cause of injury death in the United States, outnumbering both gun-related deaths and traffic crashes. It is estimated that 175 people die each day in our country because of a drug overdose.
The class of drugs most commonly being abused is painkillers or opioid analgesics prescribed to treat chronic pain. Of those who are given these drugs, medical professionals have stated that the elderly (or those 65-years-old and older) are the most at risk of overdosing. Doctors have warned that while older Americans represent only 14 percent of the total population, they comprise 30 percent of all those who use opioids.
This has prompted several health institutions to look for better and more natural ways to treat chronic pain.
A new study conducted by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(BGU) and the Cannabis Clinical Research Institute at Soroka University Medical Center concluded that medical cannabis could be the answer. Authors of the study observed around 3,000 elderly patients suffering from chronic pain brought about by various conditions including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, among other things. More than 60 percent of patients were prescribed medical cannabis to alleviate their pain.
The researchers saw that in only six months, 93 percent of patients reported a significant reduction in the amount of pain they felt. Moreover, 60 percent of the participants claimed that their quality of life was raised from “bad” or “very bad” to “good” or “very good” within the same time period. Seventy percent likewise reported moderate improvement in their condition.
More importantly, 18 percent of all participants lessened, or completely stopped, their prescription to their opioid analgesics.
Ohio candidate for Governor, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, stopped by the Cleveland School of Cannabis on Wednesday to announce his marijuana policy should he become the Governor of Ohio in 2018. As one might suspect from Kucinich’s history and by the location he chose to make his announcement, Kucinich’s marijuana platform is probably the most impressive ever put forward by a serious contender for the office.
In his short statement, Kucinich announced that he and his running mate, Tara L. Samples, would expand Ohio’s medical marijuana law while at the same time decriminalizing the possession and use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Kucinich stated that he would like to see marijuana regulated in a similar way to that which alcohol and alcohol sales are overseen in the state.
Linking marijuana policy to the opioid epidemic as a proven remedy (not an accessory), Kucinich also wants to see tax revenue from weed to be funneled back into communities, particularly those that have been so heavily devastated by the disastrous drug war. Kucinich also wants Ohio to begin growing industrial hemp as well as allowing medical marijuana patients to grow marijuana at home.
Kucinich pointed out that any regulation of marijuana should be focused on the health and safety of the patients, consumers, and citizens and not special interests, most likely hinting at the fact that Corporate America is already attempting to not only cash in on the growing marijuana market but also to monopolize it nationwide.
Kucinich spoke after a number of individuals who told their stories of how medical marijuana had improved their lives and the lives of those close to them.
Prohibition is a failed policy. Tara Samples and I advocate for replacing the disastrous War on Drugs with policies rooted in evidence, compassion, and justice for all Ohioans. Thirty states and Washington, DC, have enacted policy specific to the physician-authorized use of cannabis, while an estimated 63 million Americans now reside in jurisdictions where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. As governor and lieutenant governor, Tara L. Samples and I aim to:
Expand Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law
Allow Home Cultivation by Patients & Caregivers
Use Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Abuse
Treat Not Jail
Restore Communities Most Affected by the War on Drugs
Deschedule & Pass Common Sense Adult-Use Policy
Enable Participation of Small Businesses & Communities of Color
Use Tax Revenue for Public Health Allow Ohio Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp
A functioning, compassionate medical cannabis program should be patient-centered to increase access and safety. As we Expand Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law, we must stop treating patients like criminals. Education and access to high-quality medical cannabis should be readily available to patients, caregivers, and healthcare systems. The state should actively encourage and incentivize our medical community and research institutions to become educated in order to serve the patient population. There should not be any repercussions against patients who wish to explore medical cannabis as a treatment option, especially our veteran community. Students should not have their financial aid threatened or denied if they choose cannabis as a treatment option. People have the right to control their own health care and make their own health care choices. The law should Allow Home Cultivation by Patients & Caregivers to increase access in the absence of an adequate number of dispensaries for Ohio’s patient population and create a safe, affordable option to purchasing in a limited, uncertain market.
Everyday that Ohioans go without access to medical cannabis, the state adds to its body count of opioid overdose deaths, many of which started with a legal prescription for painkillers. The DEA knows there has never been a single fatal overdose from cannabis use as published in their “Drugs of Abuse” report. There is a growing body of state- and federally-funded research that demands we 2 Use Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Abuse. Building upon earlier research, a peer-reviewed study 3 recently published in the Journal of Health Economics funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that states that have a marijuana law with a legal, operational dispensary provision show a 4 statistically significant decline in opioid overdose death rates of about 25%. According to another recent study published by the Minnesota Department of Health, out of the patients known to be 6 taking opiate painkillers upon their enrollment into the state medical cannabis program, 63% were able to reduce or eliminate opioid usage after six months.
We must stop treating those who are afflicted by addiction like criminals. We must Treat Not Jail and stop the warehousing of non-violent offenders. There will be a renewed emphasis on rehabilitation that provides non-violent offenders with reasonable and appropriate opportunities to rejoin society, to find jobs, and get an education – to break the cycles of trauma that lead to addiction. Those who have paid their debt to society should not have to continue to pay over and over. We will also significantly increase investment in programs that help those in jail participate in job training and other educational programs to enhance their ability to successfully reintegrate into society. We will take necessary steps to reinstate state voting rights and ensuring funds for education for facilitating voting rights restoration. We will also make it mandatory that state prisons offer mental health, and, if appropriate, addiction treatment services for all inmates, regardless of offense. At the local level, we will review the circumstances of those being held in county jails to ensure that they are not being used as warehouses for the mentally ill, homeless, or otherwise disadvantage citizens. Jails are not appropriate places to hold nonviolent offenders with mental illness. Mental illness is a public health issue, not one of criminality.
We must Restore Communities Most Affected by the War on Drugs. The criminal justice system, in Ohio as well as nationally, has a shameful record of disproportionately targeting, prosecuting, jailing, and otherwise discriminating against the African American and Latino communities. In Ohio, people of color are more than four times more likely than whites to be arrested for “marijuana” possession. A system of “injustice” strips people of their freedoms based on color, class, or 8 geography; it also institutionalizes the permanent, lifelong imposition of negative consequences that affect family stability, employment, civil rights, voting rights, and any semblance of “equal opportunity.” Ohio spends on average $100M annually on “marijuana” possession enforcement and 9 with continued decriminalization efforts, we will be using those resources to restore these communities. We will incentivize our communities and law enforcement to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in “marijuana” arrests and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs. We will work to expunge convictions specific to “marijuana” possession and non-violent offenses and allow individuals currently serving time in prison for “marijuana-related” violations to petition the court for resentencing. Using cannabis or having a “marijuana” charge on an individual’s record should not keep them from accessing the means to a higher quality of life, or benefits such as student loans or housing. Ending prohibition should mean that everyone’s quality of life goes up, not just those who weren’t discriminated against by the War on Drugs. If we are going to have a legal market, cannabis career opportunities should be made available to everyone.
“Marijuana” should be be removed from the Schedule of Controlled Substances entirely, at the state and federal level, as it is safer than tobacco and alcohol, neither of which are scheduled. We will explore options to Deschedule & Pass Common Sense Adult-Use Policy that will Enable Participation of Small Businesses & Communities of Color. The legalization of cannabis use for adults 21 and over should be regulated similarly to alcohol. Cannabis businesses should be licensed by the state, with fair barriers to entry into the industry to allow small businesses to flourish and participate in community health initiatives. The regulations and application process should not cater to special interests, and should be unbiased and cultivate opportunity for those communities disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs. The product itself should be tested for both quality and safety. Strict measures to prevent diversion and sales to minors should be in place. Adults should be able to grow their own cannabis in a locked and secured area. We will convene a bipartisan panel of community activists and experts to develop a plan to move toward responsible legalization and taxation of adult-use marijuana in Ohio and Use Tax Revenue for Public Health initiatives and other valuable public programs for the state. Colorado has earned more than $500M in tax revenue since the implementation of their law in 2014, and Nevada’s new program implemented July 2017 made 10 $30M in tax revenue in six months. Ohio cannot afford to miss out on this revenue.
As we look to expand our rural economy also impacted by the failed policies of prohibition, we will Allow Ohio Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp. Hemp has remarkable health and wellness benefits and has the potential to build and restore soil health, while earning farmers more per acre than other agriculture commodities. The US is the largest consumer of Industrial Hemp as it is legal to buy, 12 sell, and consume—but not fully legal to cultivate without a permit. Domestic cultivation is permitted by the 2014 Farm Bill, and every state around us is moving forward with federally-approved research as their state policies support this development. Hemp was legally defined by congress as all parts of the hemp plant, whether growing or not, that have less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by dry weight, as distinct from marijuana. Ohio’s agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, energy, 13 environmental management, and public health sectors will greatly benefit by collaborating with neighboring state programs and sharing the developing research on cultivation, processing, marketing, and interstate commerce of hemp products in our region and beyond. We will be educating law enforcement on the differences between legal hemp products and other types of cannabis products to protect consumers. We will work with members of the state’s Congressional delegation to enact appropriate measures as cannabis regulation requires changes in federal policies or statutes.
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(NaturalNews) Those who support the nationwide legalization of marijuana for therapeutic use, were disappointed by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent failure to reclassify marijuana’s status from that of a Schedule I drug to another more appropriate classification.Since 23 states have now legalized marijuana for medical use, and since numerous studies have confirmed its value as medicine and have proven that it is safe, it seemed the logical next step to begin relaxing the laws at the federal level.
Is marijuana really more dangerous than meth or PCP?
After all, Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act are defined as those having “high potential for abuse; no currently accepted medical use; [and] lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”
Aside from marijuana, schedule I drugs include heroin and other drugs that can be considered dangerous. But to anyone with any semblance of an open mind, marijuana should not fall into this category – especially considering that Schedule II substances (which are legally considered less dangerous than Schedule I drugs), include methamphetamine, cocaine and PCP.
Could any sane person argue that marijuana is somehow more dangerous than meth, cocaine or PCP?
The truth is that the FDA does not operate on principles that could be considered sane. In fact, the agency’s long history of outlawing natural plant-based therapeutic substancesclearly indicates that its chief mission is to protect the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry.
For example, the FDA’s handling of one such plant-based medicinal substance – pyridoxamine – reveals the extent to which the agency is willing to stoop to protect the interests of drug manufacturers.
In 2005, the pharmaceutical company Biostratum, Inc., found out that pyridoxamine – the active ingredient of one of its new drugs – was already available as a natural supplement and had been on the market for decades.
Fearing the loss of profits, Biostratum approached the FDA asking the agency to declare supplements containing pyridoxamine as being “adulterated” – a move that would effectively prevent anyone other than Biostratum from selling the substance.