Please take a second and sign our petition. Just click on the sign below. Please, it’s time we take back our freedoms and our constitutional rights as Americans!
Americans are suffering because of the prohibition. The war on drugs is nothing but a miserable, horrendous, human right’s violation, that has endured 40 years! We are now the land of the incarcerated and under-educated! Our innovators, scientists, laborers…all endangered in this once great, FREE, country.
Please sign below after the quotes from Americans that have signed the petition. I have left their names off to protect their identity.
1.“My son has crohn’s and desperately needs this!”
2.“As a fellow Crohns sufferer this hits home. This could help so many people with this and so many other serious illnesses. Make this happen, we all know it’s the right thing to do, for humanity and for your soul.”
Article written for http://www.darwinsrightleftwing.com by an anonymous author, that wished to remain un-named.
PTSD Sufferers are physically and emotionally “changed” from the trauma and/or abuse they suffered from, even if the trauma was from an isolated event such as a tornado, natural disaster, car wreck, etc. you get the picture. The point is, both physical changes to the brain have been proven scientifically and subsequent changes to the PTSD victim’s health and quality of life are affected in various ways on the spectrum of PTSD symptomatology.
One life changing event…a car wreck, being a victim of the war on drugs, anything traumatic…and this trauma can affect those closest to you as well if it goes untreated. PTSD is a very serious condition. Record numbers of military veterans are committing suicide every day because of PTSD. Suicide, attempted suicide, impulsivity, irritability, depression with or without psychosis… cutting ones self… the list goes on. PTSD is like an invasive Cancer, that if not treated by psychotherapy, medication and a healthy support system, can be fatal on the far end of the PTSD symptomatology. On the end nearest the beginning of the spectrum, PTSD sufferers are prone to flashbacks of the painful event, so much so, it can be debilitating. I have had flashbacks this bad before. The flashbacks, in my own life, cause my obsessive thinking patterns to emerge, which can be scary by itself. It makes the day a real chaotic mixture of shame, horror, terror, depression and guilt. It’s these days that can make a PTSD victim feel so hopeless, that they question if life is worth living. These are the lonely and dark days. These are the days, when apathy seems to be a “workable” coping mechanism.
PTSD sufferers also may have been abused as a child, raped, or many other terrible things…Some people have PTSD from prison or from being “wronged” in our broken, judicial system. Some have PTSD from the sudden loss of a loved one. Others may have PTSD from a situation such as robbery. Many things can cause PTSD in the individual!
Adults abused as children often have many issues with the abuse. They all have a central symptom that is common to them, which is the feelings of shame and guilt. Many times people with PTSD will get labeled as “bipolar”, which couldn’t be further from what PTSD is. PTSD has occurred due to a traumatic experience to the individual or repeated traumatic experiences, such as in child abuse, molestation and rape. The changes in PTSD, scientifically proven are biological in nature. It is proven science.
This is an American epidemic and according to a government website, 7.7 millions are dealing with PTSD right now.
We learn to “deal” with the intense pain by “not dealing” with the painful memories. That is really how most of us with PTSD, deal with it…let’s be real. I know I have physical and psychological changes from PTSD. I am prone to be anxious, depressed and OCD at times. I am not ashamed of this like I used to be…this is just part of who I am and the small group of people who REALLY love me…don’t blame me for these “conditions”. My loved ones know why I am the way I am! That is me and that’s all that matters. I label myself not as “depressed” or “anxious”, but as ME, first and foremost. I am who I am, and I no longer need to feel shame or guilt for traumatic events I had no say in. I had no choice. I did what it took to survive the years of trauma. It’s as simple as that.
I still have flashbacks that play over and over some days. Flashbacks of myself as a 5-year-old trapped in a situation I had NO control in. The abuse lasted for years and took my childhood. That happened. I grew up quickly at the age of 4, as far as I can remember. Nobody should have to grow up in this kind of way…the way that takes everything human from a child and teaches victimized children that monsters aren’t real but real people can be monsters.
I’ll let you in on another fact of mine…YOU are, YOU! That is beautiful! That is human-art and the most beautiful sensation…your first chunk of REAL and earned Wisdom! A step closer to the top-tier of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. That is development and healing.
PTSD is treatable. More and more scientific data backs the use of medical marijuana for PTSD treatment. If you would please support this choice for all of us with PTSD by signing our petition, it will take all of us suffering from PTSD, one step closer to a real, natural medication that WORKs for #PTSD.
In 2014 numerous states have joined the movement to legalize at least some form of medical cannabis. This of course excludes states such as Kansas, which has a government made up of extreme, right-wing, evangelical christians that will not give HB2198 and SB9 the time of day. The House and Senate have dismissed the bill for several years now, despite the overwhelming numbers of Kansans, including the Silver Hair Political group’s endorsement and polls indicating 70% of Kansans wanting the bill.
In Utah, the governor recently signed a measure legalizing low-THC cannabis oil. In Kentucky, the state’s legislature has voted unanimously to legalize cannabidiol (a compound found in cannabis); the measure is expected to be signed by the governor.
In Mississippi, the state’s House and Senate has voted to also legalize cannabis oil that’s low in THC for medical purposes. The measure awaits a response from the governor.
In Maryland, the state’s full legislature has voted to legalize medical cannabis, including dispensaries and cultivation centers.
Alabama’s Legislature has approved a measure which establishes a million dollar study on medical cannabis oil, allowing the University of Alabama to produce and distribute it to those with seizure disorders.
Although these measures don’t go far enough – the whole cannabis plant should be legalized for example, and not just cannabis oil – they’re clearly a step in the right direction. The approval of these proposals is also numerous states admitting that cannabis has medical value, demonstrating that it doesn’t fit the legal description of a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
With these states recently passing medical cannabis proposals, it makes 25 states in the U.S. – half of the entire country – that has voted to legalize some form of medical cannabis (with the others being Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington). This is a huge achievement given the first medical cannabis law was passed less than 20 years ago.
Other state legislatures, such as Florida‘s, are also currently advancing medical cannabis proposals, and numerous other states have legislation being discussed. It’s only a matter of time before medical cannabis will be legalized nation, and worldwide.
To help Kansans in their fight please read the information below.
Earlier this month, Kansas Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City, Kansas) introduced SB 9, a bill which would allow Kansas residents with qualifying conditions to legally use and possess marijuana.
According to a recent SurveyUSA poll, 70% of Kansans believe that medical marijuana should be legal, but unfortunately, State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee), chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, intends to block the bill from receiving a hearing. Pilcher-Cook said in an interview with AP, “I don’t think the Legislature would be for it,” she said. “We have a very limited session. You have to look at the opportunity costs.”
Opportunity costs? What about the opportunity cost of denying every sick person who would benefit from marijuana the right to use it? Or how about the opportunity costs of someone taking addictive and dangerous opiates because they don’t have safe access to marijuana?
Lives are literally hanging in the balance and the opportunity cost of not allowing this bill a hearing is too great.
Please call Senator Pilcher-Cook’s office (785-296-7362) urging her to allow SB 9 to receive a hearing.
- To say that marijuana has been given a bad rap over the past few decades is an understatement. If you’re like most Americans, you have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens and adults. You have been encouraged to believe that marijuana causes lung cancer and is a “gateway” to harder drugs. The government has even tried to convince you that most people who use marijuana are losers who sit around on couches all day doing nothing.What we would like to do is wipe the slate clean and start over. Forget everything you have heard in the past and be open-minded to the truth about marijuana. We are not here to tell you that it is without harms or is some kind of miracle drug. We simply hope you will come to understand that it is far, far less harmful than what your government has told you.
Part of the problem is that many people are simply unfamiliar with marijuana. They have never tried it (or perhaps only tried it a time or two decades ago) and assume the worst. They have been conditioned to think that marijuana use is bad and that people who use it are dangerous or strange or maybe even dirty. They have visions of people using marijuana and being totally zonked out, unable to maintain a regular conversation.
The truth is that marijuana is widely used in a manner quite similar to alcohol. Adults might consume it before enjoying a dinner party with friends. Friends might have a little before engaging in a spirited game of ultimate frisbee. And spouses – yes, even some couples you know – might imbibe a bit while enjoying a romantic evening together. Concert-goers have even been known to have a puff or two before or during a show – which more likely than not results in them dancing or otherwise enjoying the music, not lying on the ground like lumps.
None of this is “bad” or “wrong” or “immoral.” It is simply something that these responsible adults choose to do. And frequently, it is something they choose to do specifically instead of alcohol. And for good reason! Alcohol is more toxic, more addictive, more harmful to the body, more likely to result in injuries, and more likely to lead to interpersonal violence than marijuana.
Below are just a few facts that highlight the very different impacts of these two popular substances on those who consume them and on the broader community.
- Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributed to alcohol use alone (this figure does not include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana.
- People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands of times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a case of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur in the United States each year.
- The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual health-related cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana.
- Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we’ve heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells.
- Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver, and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana actually had lower incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.
- Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance.
- Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not. Many people who have consumed alcohol, or know others who have consumed alcohol, would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury. Research published in 2011 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that 36% of hospitalized assaults and 21% of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associated with emergency room visits. According to the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, this is because: “Cannabis differs from alcohol … in one major respect. It does not seem to increase risk-taking behavior. This means that cannabis rarely contributes to violence either to others or to oneself, whereas alcohol use is a major factor in deliberate self-harm, domestic accidents and violence.” Interestingly enough, some research has even shown that marijuana use has been associated with a decreased risk of injury.
- Alcohol use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Marijuana use does not. Studies have repeatedly shown that alcohol, unlike marijuana, contributes to the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior. An article published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors reported that “alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship,” whereas “cannabis reduces the likelihood of violence during intoxication.”
- Alcohol use is a major factor in violent crimes. Marijuana use is not. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that 25% to 30% of violent crimes in the United States are linked to the use of alcohol. According to a report from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, that translates to about 5,000,000 alcohol-related violent crimes per year. By contrast, the government does not even track violent acts specifically related to marijuana use, as the use of marijuana has not been associated with violence. (Of course, we should note that marijuana prohibition, by creating a widespread criminal market, is associated with acts of violence.)
- Alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Marijuana use does not. Alcohol is a major contributing factor in the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is not to say that alcohol causes these problems; rather, its use makes it more likely that an individual prone to such behavior will act on it. For example, a study conducted by the Research Institute on Addictions found that among individuals who were chronic partner abusers, the use of alcohol was associated with significant increases in the daily likelihood of male-to-female physical aggression, but the use of marijuana was not. Specifically, the odds of abuse were eight times higher on days when men were drinking; the odds of severe abuse were 11 times higher. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) website highlights alcohol as the “most commonly used chemical in crimes of sexual assault” and provides information on an array of other drugs that have been linked to sexual violence. Given the fact that marijuana is so accessible and widely used, it is quite telling that the word “marijuana” does not appear anywhere on the page.
Information from: MPP.org