General · Health & Wellness

Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient’s Perspective

Recently medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan were raided and shut down by local law enforcement. A number of issues are now at the forefront of the debate. Proposal 1 which legalized medical marijuana in Michigan was only the first step. Now that it is clear the citizens of Michigan have compassion for patients. However, the question is just how far does that compassion go?

The first issue that every citizen should be concerned about is the fact that police were caught on video reading confidential medical files. This is a violation of the laws which protect patients’ medical records. The second issue is asset forfeiture laws which allow police to rob citizens at gun point, take their property and sell it for profit, without ever charging them with a crime. There are rumors that police agencies fund the majority of their budgets through this practice.

Citizens need to be informed of the threats patients face due to the fact that this is still considered a moral issue. Many people are not comfortable speaking up about this issue because they fear retaliation. Those who do not understand that marijuana is a proven medical therapy are holding on to an outdated sense of moral superiority.

If a patient with children speaks out on behalf of medical marijuana their parenting is called into question. If they hold a professional position they fear the possibility of loosing their job because of their medical condition and chosen treatment.

It is unfortunate that medical marijuana is viewed as a moral issue. The fact is that the moral objections no longer have any basis. The big secret the opposition doesn’t want you to know is that science proved the medical value of THC many years ago. Solvay Pharmaceuticals manufactures Marinol.

Marinol is an extremely expensive detox pill which a doctor can prescribe for patients who have problems with nausea; usually patients who suffer from cancer or AIDS. Yet doctors who would have no reservations prescribing Marinol still object to supporting marijuana because of the moral repercussions they may face from a career standpoint.

The vital fact few people know is that Marinol is synthetic Delta-9-THC. If this does not convince you that marijuana or more specifically its active ingredient THC are of great medical value then you simply don’t want to see the reality. The reality is clear; marijuana helps patients who suffer from serious illnesses. The key benefits are two fold; first, it helps to relieve nausea and second, it helps patients to take in food which is important for maintaining a healthy weight. A number of studies have proven the medical value of marijuana.

My experience made this clear to me. After returning from surgery, I weighted only 98 lbs. Marijuana helped me to gain 20 lbs within two months which would not have happened without some type of medical assistance. Previously, doctors had used TPN which is a formula or medicine feed through an IV in order to help gain weight.

Using medical marijuana rather than TPN is a much more natural and safer method. TPN has many dangerous side effects which is why marijuana was the safer option.

My experience, education, and research give me the unique ability to provide a first hand account. I have spent many years studying this issue and I can say without any hesitation that medical marijuana is a vital treatment for patients with illnesses that cause extreme weight loss. I feel that it is my calling, my responsibility, and my moral obligation to share with the world the truth about medical marijuana.

Health & Wellness · Weed Legalisation

Marijuana Should Be Legal in the United States

 

Ever since I was little kid the people around me have always talked about how marijuana is bad and to stay away from users. Today when you turn on the news that message is cloudy to say the least. There are countless movies with references to smoking marijuana, numerous celebrities that openly smoke the drug and states pushing to make it legal. Studies have shown that over 83 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once and that at least 12 million regularly smoke the drug. With all these statistics is our country missing the boat on a great opportunity to make marijuana legal?

One of the biggest arguments is the fact that marijuana has been proven to be less harmful than other tobacco products and alcohol as well. It is also worth noting that studies have yet to prove any addictive measure in marijuana while nicotine in cigarettes is extremely addicting.

I just find it hard to swallow that marijuana is illegal because of the dangers even though studies have proven it’s less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes? Perhaps the fact that weed can be easily grown and used in people’s homes is the reasoning as the government is afraid they may not be able to regulate weed.

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If our government could regulate marijuana then they potentially could bring in as much as $15 billion a year in profit from the drug according to some sources. It is estimated that our country spends over $7 billion a year on controlling the drug anyways. Imagine all the time and money this would save our country to spend on other issues. All the money our country is spending to support people in jail for weed would go somewhere else.

All the money and time spent tracking, arresting and prosecuting people for weed could go to better use. Of course there would be limits set on the drug starting with an age limit and other regulations.

It is possible that the legalization of marijuana could help our society. How many people go to buy marijuana from underground drug dealers right now and get exposed to other drugs in the process? In our society many good people get a negative image because they like to smoke weed.

The only difference between these people and smokers and drinkers is that they are breaking outdated laws. If you remember at one point alcohol was illegal as well and people came to their senses and realized it was a pointless law. I’m sure the millions of Americans that are currently smoking weed or at some point used to smoke the drug think it’s a silly.

I just look at the numbers and fail to see a single reason why marijuana shouldn’t be made legal. Judging from the studies it doesn’t look like our country is doing that great of a job keeping people from smoking it anyways. If that is indeed the case then why not make it legal and regulate it? Also drug testing should be stopped immediately in the states.

If people are gonna smoke it then at least make it safe and profitable for our country. I would love to hear some feedback on making weed legal so feel free to comment or ask questions below. Just for the record I’m pushing to make it legal but I do not smoke weed.