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ALCOHOL-VS-MARIJUANA. You Decide. Please sign the petition if you agree with this scientifically based information from MPP.org and the CDC.

Alcohol versus Cannabis(marijuana)

ALCOHOL-VS-MARIJUANA. You Decide. Please sign the petition if you agree with this scientifically based information from MPP.org and the CDC.
ALCOHOL-VS-MARIJUANA. You Decide. Please sign the petition if you agree with this scientifically based information from MPP.org and the CDC.
  • 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 Scientistreported 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.
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/decriminalize-marijuana-16
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/decriminalize-marijuana-16

Information from: MPP.org

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/decriminalize-marijuana-16

Freedom is an Illusion. Help Make it a Reality! Sign the online petition in support of medical marijuana! We Need Your Help!

The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution
The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution ~Thomas Jefferson
SIGN THE PETITION FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN'T. IT's not up to us what treatment an individual American feels works best for them and theirs! Thats Freedom!
SIGN THE PETITION FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN’T. IT’s not up to us what treatment an individual American feels works best for them and theirs! Thats Freedom! Give Americans the right to choose a medicine that humans have used for 10,000 years!

Todays politics are more like kindergarten class. Nothing really gets done and every kid has their own agenda. Temper Tantrums, name calling, fighting, bullying… It’s time for the adults, the working class and disabled, to make a change and show the politicians how adults operate!

I am a registered nurse, USMC veteran of Desert Storm and an insulin dependent diabetic with neuropathy, high blood pressure and PTSD. I am not ashamed of any of these health ailments. I embrace them. I am on 6 different medications, none of which, really work. The one NATURAL medication I can take, is ILLEGAL. Medical Marijuana, which is classified by the government in the same class as Heroin, LSD and PCP. Even Cocaine is a lesser class than Marijuana. I certainly would like the chance to use a natural medicine that has fewer side effects than the regimen I am on now, which causes muscle weakness, tremors and major gastro-intestinal issues. I had abdominal surgery just 3 months ago for complications related to diabetes. On one last note, the health ailments I do have, are related to chemical exposure while I was in the USMC.

My 7-year-old daughter, has severe Crohn’s disease. She is forced to take chemotherapy, which causes her hair to fall out, teeth to fall out, causes sterility, and increases her chances of cancer to 11%, which is quite high. The medication is approximately 18,000 dollars per dose. There are many natural oils derived from the Cannabis plant, that do not have the psychoactive component of THC, that PUT the life-long, auto-immune disease into remission without killing her!

Cannabis has been scientifically proven to treat inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, PTSD, depression, spinal injuries, anxiety and so many more conditions. I have many actual scientific articles in my archives on this blog!

I am asking everyone to PLEASE sign my petition at moveon.org forcing the government to listen to the majority of Americans. Close to 60% of all Americans support the medical use of Marijuana.

Please sign the petition. Not just for me, or for my daughter, but for all chronically ill and terminally ill patients that are forced to take dangerous pharmaceuticals. If you are a patient, then you understand how little control you have over what your doctor wants you to put in your body. Please help me change that and give Americans a choice. That’s what I fought for in the Marine Corps and that’s what I am asking you to fight for with me. Take a stand. We can make a change!

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SIGN THE PETITION FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN'T. IT's not up to us what treatment an individual American feels works best for them and theirs! Thats Freedom!
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Thank you,

Emery Myers “aka” Laney’s Dad

FACT! 10,000 proven years of human use!
FACT! 10,000 proven years of human use!

Petition for the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act. Petition to be seen by U.S. Senate, House and President Obama if we get the signatures!

Petition for the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act. Petition to be seen by U.S. Senate, House and President Obama if we get the signatures!.

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Medical Marijuana has been used for thousands of years safely. Big Pharmacy has made a synthetic form, which doesn’t work the same way. Please sign for those that can’t. Those suffering in silence. The voiceless. Give them a voice and sign so they have a choice in medical treatment that can bring them reduction in pain and symptoms. Comfort!