Loretta Nall: Compassionate Care Meeting Nov. 7th

Woooohooo, Big props to Rep. Patricia Todd and Loretta Nall.
Loretta Nall: Compassionate Care Meeting Nov. 7th

A breath of fresh air....

This is one of the best comments I've ever read, it was posted by "workingman1" on the BostonHerald.com. I just wanted to share it....

 --Start workingman1's comment---

Medical marijuana isn't a trick and it's pathetic to pretend that the people trying to legalize marijuana are behaving surreptitiously when we've been screaming "legalize marijuana" at the top of our lungs for a damn long time now. You can't blame us for the fact that the medical marijuana debate necessarily serves to illustrate so much about the absurdity of marijuana prohibition as a whole. Nor does it in any way undermine our credibility when we place the interests of seriously ill patients before those of casual users when setting our political priorities. Critics of medical marijuana advocacy often accuse us of demanding unusual regulatory exceptions for marijuana, complaining that it hasn’t been approved by the FDA and that the whole concept of medicine by referendum is absurd, as though there exists any other path for us to take. It really shouldn’t be necessary to explain all the ways in which endemic and entrenched anti-pot prejudice across numerous government agencies renders preposterous any notion that we could just play this out by the usual rules. We've been trying that for decades now and we get cheated at every turn, so you can save your appeals to procedure. Marijuana can't be treated like other medicines, because it's nothing like them. It was here first and it's vastly cheaper, safer, and more versatile than its modern pharmaceutical counterparts. It's a bush that just grows out of the ground and what we want is for the government to stop arresting people who've found ways to use it. There's nothing even the least bit complicated or disingenuous about that. Those who now lament the cascading political momentum of medical marijuana as some sort of grand conspiracy have it exactly backwards. Marijuana was prohibited through a vicious series of outrageous lies and perversions of science. We all know the history of racism, demagoguery, and blind hysteria that somehow turned a helpful plant into a scary satanic deathbush. From the very beginning, there has never been a time when any of this made sense. To now stand proudly atop the pedestal of prohibition while questioning our credibility and our motives is just insane. Yes, there is a massive lie at the center of this debate, but we're not the ones telling it. The drug war itself is the true Trojan Horse that masquerades as a symbol of health and safety, while harboring destruction within its folds. ---end comment----

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Now, let’s decriminalize marijuana - Ethan Nadelmann - POLITICO.com

Now, let’s decriminalize marijuana - Ethan Nadelmann - POLITICO.com

Obama fans medical marijuana flame - WSFA 12 News Montgomery, AL |

Well, I'm not going to say that this is the tide turning. It is a giant step in the right direction though.
Take time to register your vote on the legalization of Medical Marijuana in Alabama.
Obama fans medical marijuana flame - WSFA 12 News Montgomery, AL |

So, let's get started

Since 1992 I have been prescribed a multitude of narcotic pain pills. If you can name it, chances are, at one time or another I've held a script for it. Do they work? ... yes... and no. Pretty much all of the substances WILL help your pain.... but at what expense? 

Let me fill you in....
Taking opiates will manage your pain just fine, if your daily activities only involve sitting on the couch watching TV.... or maybe laying in bed all day. Two AWESOME activities you have no problem doing while on opiates!! These "legally" prescribed drugs turn me into a zombie, a shell of my former self. I can't think, or carry on a constructive conversation while under their influence. Hell, I have a hard time making my way to the bathroom while taking them.

Here's the rub...
I still work a full time job that requires my mental abilities. Being an opiate zombie isn't conducive to my work day. I may be a "light weight" but I don't feel under control enough to climb in my car and drive to work while taking my prescriptions. So I don't take them.... I don't even get them filled anymore. Cannabis has been my pain management for years now... So I'm a criminal.

I'm not going to sit here and say that inhaling the raw combusted product of a plant is "good" for you. I will say that, in my mind, it is SOOO much better than my opiate alternative. There are however many different ways to introduce cannabis to the human body that are better for you than smoking the herb. My favorite is a glycerine based tincture, 2 milliliters taken sublingually (under the tongue) starts my day most days. Another favorite is cooking with cannabis. Making "cannabutter" allows you to introduce cannabis to your body by simply using the cannabutter in place of "butter" in anything you cook. I'll post a crash course in making "quality" cannabutter in the next several days or weeks.

There you have it, I'm a criminal on several different fronts. The Government finds me a criminal for: 

  • Cultivation of this plant
  • Possession of this plant material
  • The medicinal use of this amazing plant
  • Providing sick people with medicine derived from this plant
  • ...and many others
It's not fiction but FACT, this plant has been considered medicine in almost every culture on this planet for thousands of years. Greed (money), Government bureaucracy, Racism, and bold faced lies led to the banning of both Hemp and Marijuana with the passing of the 1937 Marijuana Stamp Act. It's time to revisit this issue and give people the freedom to use this plant to the benefit of all mankind.

...and cannabis for all