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A Toke a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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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 is recognized as an effective treatment for chronic pain or nausea caused by conditions like multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, and cancer. Canada, Chile, and the Netherlands have decriminalized or legalized it, and Australia and Belgium are conducting trials on its benefits.

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 purely 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.

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7:19PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

thanks for the interesting article

7:19PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

thanks for the interesting article

5:30PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Big pharma pressures the govt to keep it illegal so that they can make money poisoning people with useless pill.

4:11PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

If you've got 'em ( & I wish I did ) SAVE YOUR HEIRLOOM SEEDS !

I'd better go order me some peppermint plants a.s.a.p. !!!!

oh 4get it.

all potting soil will be infested with something GMO'd

& the government will be misting the whole country with human pesticides.

SO they can make more SOYLENT GREEN _____________ IT's PEOPLE ! PEOPLE !

Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things just don't seem the same,
Acting funny, but I don't know why,
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

3:40PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

thanks

8:39PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

I think that alcohol is more dangerous and is legal, eventually will be legal too.

5:42AM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

And meanwhile, big pharmaceuticals travel the globe misappropriating and patenting herbs other cultures have used for millennia to treat and heal themselves. 'Criminalizing' the use of a plant makes no sense whatsoever.

7:30PM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Thanks

6:52AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

When big business finds a way to monopolise the cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana then it will be legalised - or am I being too cynical? ...... I think not ....

6:44AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

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" please sign the petition asking the U.S. Congress to recognize the benefits of medicinal cannabis. "

Clicked the link & got the message: this petition is now closed.



Paul Harvey ... Good day.



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