Yes Yes Yes Yes for Medical Marijuana!

So tomorrow is election day, which means we in Florida will FINALLY get to see if the medical marijuana initiative passes. Sadly, there’s been a push of scare tactics and money thrown by a gambler wanting this initiative to fail (so he can try and move a casino to Florida) … and sadly, a lot of folks still seem to live in the prohibition era, where they drink the stupid Kool-Aid that faux news (aka Fox “News”) pushes out, that stupid propaganda. Marijuana is a gateway drug! Caregivers will be drug pushers! My teenager will get a script for pot and I’ll never know! And this one … A coworker will get high and I’ll end up testing positive for drug use. Huh? What? Did I read that right?

Yes, you did.

Are some of us really that dense? That, forgive me for saying this, stupid? I guess so.

Okay, so how about this? Every person on heroin has had alcohol before, so alcohol MUST be a gateway drug, so how about we take away your beloved booze? A caregiver is just that, if you want to vote no for compassionate care giving, go ahead. Just pray karma doesn’t get you. Your teenager? Already gets pot, and without a script! As for the coworker’s cannabis use getting making you fail a drug test? Can’t do anything for that other than say try again.

I don’t need to preach to anyone on here about how this PLANT would do wonders for this pill-popping society. It’s the other side, but sadly, they’ll never read this. They wouldn’t care anyway.

Bah humbug!

Why do I live in Florida again? Because one day I hope we get it RIGHT for once! Please, please, please, vote YES YES YES YES! #voteyeson2

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Top 10 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana

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10.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, including more than 1,400 in Colorado, are caused by alcohol use alone. Did you know that the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of medical marijuana? Why? Because there are none.

9. Marijuana Used for Illnesses

Our ancestors used marijuana for thousands of years to treat people with medical maladies; today, medical marijuana is encouraged for use to aid people suffering from cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and a litany of other conditions. It’s a safe, natural alternative.

8. Stop the War on Drugs (A Lost Battle)

According to herbalmission.org, the war on marijuana costs $42 BILLION per YEAR. Think of all the better ways we could utilize this money. Teachers, education, homelessness, just to name a few. But we literally piss it away.

7. Reduce the Flow of Money to Gangs

If we legalized marijuana, it would drastically decrease the amount of money going from the American economy to international criminal gangs. Let’s keep it in the United States and beef up our own economy!

6. Decrease Crime Rates

In countries that have legalized marijuana, their crime rates are very low; the USA leads in number of crime rates. Let’s rid the prisons of marijuana users and focus our police on REAL criminals. Marijuana users are NOT criminals.

5. The Oldest Agricultural Commodity

For almost 5,000 years, marijuana is the oldest agricultural commodity for industrial purposes. It used to be against the law NOT to grow hemp, as it was used to make rope, which was utilized in the shipping industry. President George Washington cultivated marijuana, as did Thomas Jefferson!

4. Causes No Physical Harm or Addiction

Marijuana is a natural plant that does not cause cancer (it helps prevent cancer), does not have nicotine (highly addictive chemical in cigarettes), and is not addictive.

3. Law Enforcement

If we legalized marijuana use, law enforcement officers could focus on catching rapists, murderers, thieves, and serious criminals. Again, marijuana users are NOT criminals.

2. Declaration of Independence

When our founding fathers created the Declaration of Independence, marijuana was just a plant and used for medicinal and probably recreational use. Again, Thomas Jefferson cultivated marijuana. So did George Washington, our very first president of the United States. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is supposed to be a right. We are supposed to be free.

1. People Need It!

People who suffer from illnesses, ranging from mild to acute, could all benefit from the use of marijuana. It was proven thousands of years ago to benefit humans. No side effects, no addiction, no cancer, nothing. So why is this plant illegal?

LEGALIZE IT!

Thank you to the folks at herbalmission.org for most of this information. 😀

Wanted: God – The Cannabis Chronicles

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I try to imagine a bottle of booze growing off of a plant in the woods, but I just cannot see it. Why? Because booze doesn’t grow. But cannabis does. Let’s continue learning about marijuana’s many benefits, and how for over 4,000 years, this naturally growing plant was used to treat medical conditions.

I believe that many people today aren’t even aware of the truth about pot, they just believe the many untruths that were spread in the early 1900’s in the United States. For example, the Bureau of Narcotics Commission Henry Anslinger said that it was “a public enemy seeking to destroy the community …”

Hmmm. Let’s think about that for a moment. I, for one, volunteer regularly in my community. Come to think of it, most of the volunteers I work with also use marijuana. Nope, we are not out to destroy society, we’re trying to make it better.

Now let’s jump all the way back to 1213 BC. That was 3227 years ago. This time the Egyptians learned the value of this naturally growing plant. Cannabis pollen was found on the mummy of Ramesses II, and ancient Egypt prescriptions for cannabis included treatment for the eyes (glaucoma), inflammation, as well as other treatments. My mother and grandmother suffered from glaucoma, and along with regular checkups (and administration of $80 eye drops each night), my mother’s ophthalmologist told her to drink wine or smoke marijuana to keep the eye pressure down.

Why aren’t we using marijuana to treat glaucoma today? Perhaps the pharmaceutical companies want glaucoma patients to continue paying for the $80 prescription of eye drops (and it’s a very small bottle). And yes, my mother had insurance. Instead, we could be using a natural growing plant, such as cannabis. It was proven 3227 years ago to be effective. (And it would be free! After all, raindrops are free!)

Jump to 1000 BC, where we’ll go to India. “Bhang,” a mixture of cannabis and milk, was used as an anesthetic in India. It was also an anti-phlegmatic. During this time, cannabis was began to be used to treat many maladies in India. They, too, learned that marijuana should be used medically.

In 700 BC, the medical use of marijuana was recorded in the Middle East’s Venidad, a volume of ancient Persian religious text, which was written around the 7th century BC. This text mentioned “bhang” and listed cannabis as the “most important of 10,000 medicinal plants.”

In 200 BC, cannabis was used in ancient Greece as a remedy for edema, inflammation, and earaches.

For over a thousand years, humans discovered the benefits of using naturally growing marijuana to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Let’s end this walk through history with a quote from Genesis 1:29, from the Bible:

Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. …'”

For God’s sake, it’s a plant. It’s a weed. It’s an herb!

P.S. A thank you to weedlist.com for this absolutely ironic poster! I’m not sure of the creator, but this is where I found this gem. And a huge thank you to medicalmarijuana.procon.org for the fun history lessons.

It’s a Weed! It’s a Plant!

It’s marijuana, a plant/weed (whatever you want to call it), which grows naturally. For those who believe in God, guess who’s responsible for putting that plant here? How many hundreds or thousands of years has marijuana been used to treat medical conditions? Western medicine, after all, has existed – and worked – way, way, way longer than the pills that pharmaceuticals push out. I just heard today that legislators are concerned that doctors aren’t qualified to know how much marijuana to prescribe, when and if the medical marijuana initiative passes here in Florida. OH MY GOSH. REALLY? It’s a weed. It’s a plant. You either smoke it until you feel better (usually just a couple of puffs) or you consume it through food. In some Caribbean islands, woman boil the marijuana leaves and drink the tea to help them after childbirth or with menstrual cramps. It’s just we Americans that seem to be so afraid.

Afraid of a weed. Of a plant. Afraid of something that grows naturally!

But it’s certainly okay for companies to distill alcohol, which is man-made. Nope, you can’t just go out in the forest and find alcohol. Now you might find a moonshine operation (which is also illegal, because those alcohol companies want all the profits for themselves)! Alcohol is so very dangerous. I know what alcoholism can do. I know what drunk driving can do. I know what alcohol poisoning can do.

I’ve seen a lot of people do very stupid, idiotic things while being drunk on alcohol.

I once dated an alcoholic (and his addictive choice was readily available EVERYWHERE), my brother was in a serious drunk-driving accident (which affected our entire family, particularly our poor mother), and I myself, have had alcohol poisoning. That might be why I rarely ever drink alcohol, and if I do, it’s a drink that tastes fruity, not all jacked up with that man-made vice. (Okay, I’ll admit, I do enjoy a good Irish Coffee with Jameson Whiskey.) I don’t have any marijuana horror stories to share. There are none.

So why is alcohol, which is so potentially damaging, legal –  but marijuana isn’t? That’s just “back asswards” if you ask me. What does marijuana do? It makes people feel good. Yep, just like alcohol makes some people feel good. But marijuana is natural. It’s a weed. It’s a plant.

“But it’s a gateway drug. If you do marijuana, you’ll do all drugs! Next thing you know, you’ll be injecting heroin!”

Bullcrap. Of all the people I know who use marijuana (and it’s quite a lot of people), none of them use other drugs. Not one person I know has ever done heroin. Heck, I could turn that argument around and say that alcohol would do the same thing. And you’d tell me that’s bullcrap. Yep, point taken.

What does marijuana do? I’ll tell you what it does for me. It lessens my chronic pain. And when I say “chronic pain,” I mean ALL THE TIME. In pain. Got it? Okay, so it helps me survive like a normal human being. It helps my appetite. I’ve discovered since giving up marijuana (to pass a drug test), I have a very hard time getting hungry. But marijuana doesn’t give me the infamous munchies, it really never has. That’s a myth, folks. If all of us “stoners” had such bad munchies from using marijuana, wouldn’t all of us be fat? I shop at the petite department. Yeah, not buying that munchie bull.

Marijuana also works as a sleep aid (a natural one I might add, nothing like Ambien), and since I’ve discontinued its use, I have severe insomnia. For a fibromyalgia sufferer, this is the worst thing that can happen. See, those of us afflicted with this condition never reach the Stage 4 sleep, where our muscles and body are supposed to relax. So when we throw off our sleeping patterns, we end up in a “fibro fog.” It just makes my pain worse. And I have a very difficult time focusing because I am so, so, so tired. It sucks!

Marijuana has many virtues, and its benefits medically shouldn’t be ignored anymore.

Because after all – marijuana is a weed. It’s a beautiful plant.

That’s my point! It’s a weed! It’s a plant!