A Toke a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Alone in her Birmingham, England home, a woman stirs a half teaspoon of cannabis into her hot tea. By seeking relief from pain and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis in this way she is, in the eyes of the law, a criminal.

She doesn’t take this action lightly and is not out for a recreational high. She simply wants a reprieve from the relentless pain that plagues her and, after sipping her tea, generally experiences about three hours of relief. Only those who live in chronic pain can fully understand her anguish.

Speaking of her predicament she says, “I want politicians to be nice to me… I’m sick.” One cannot put it more simply than that. (You can read the rest of her story and view the heartbreaking video on BBC News.)

Medical marijuana enjoys legal status in many parts of the world, where it’s recognized as an effective treatment for chronic pain or nausea caused by conditions like multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, arthritis and cancer. Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium and 24 U.S. states have decriminalized or legalized it.

Patients report that use of medical marijuana provides relief from spasticity, nerve pain, tremors, sleeping disorders, nausea and depression, greatly improving quality of life.

In the United States and some other countries, social stigma and stereotypes twist the issue into a moral argument rather than a medical one.

Ironically, if you watch television for a few hours, you’ll be bombarded with ads for powerful prescription medications with lengthy lists of potential side-effects up to and including death, but they are perfectly legal… and encouraged.

The side-effects associated with cannabis are mild in comparison. Long-term smoking of marijuana has some of the same negative effects as smoking tobacco (a legal substance) and is associated with some short-term cognitive problems. For those living life in chronic pain, it is a fair trade for improved quality of life. It is a very personal decision, one that should not be criminal.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) insists that legal medical marijuana already exists, in the form of a prescription drug called Marinol.

According to some patients who have tried Marinol, it is much more expensive than traditional marijuana and does not effectively relieve their symptoms. “If I smoke a joint, the tremors go away most times before the joint is gone,” says one man with multiple sclerosis. “It makes my life a little easier.” Marinol, by contrast, “didn’t really do much of anything for me,” he said.

It is time for the United States let go of antiquated notions of marijuana and recognize its legitimate medical use. Stop penalizing the ill… please sign the petition to tell the DEA to stop ignoring the countless lives that have been destroyed by the War on Drugs.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran5 months ago


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Quanta Kiran5 months ago


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Lydia No Fwds M.
Lydia No Fwds M.5 months ago

To Suffer Daily & Have to Live in Constant Pain, is an Existence of Endurance, which Has to be Managed as Safely as Possible, as Naturally as Possible.. With the Least Amount of Side Effects, Coupled with the Most Benefits.. Marijuana is Proven to Improve the Quality of Life for Suffering People with Various Medical Conditions, What is Wrong with this ? This should Not be considered a Criminal Offence..
Yes, it's a Lifestyle Choice..! Without which, there is No Life.. This is the Real Crime.!
Walk a Mile, in the Shoes of Others... Feel their Pain..

S F.
Suzanne F.5 months ago

Those folks who are against the medical use of marijuana? Even though there is ample scientific, anecdotal and cultural evidence to support it?!? I PRAY THAT YOUR LOVED ONES FALL ILL. Only then will you understand.

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Jeffrey Stanley
Jeff S.5 months ago