Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment Update
The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which protects medical cannabis patients and caregivers in states where medicinal marijuana is legal, is in effect until the next round of budget negotiations, scheduled for Feb. 8.
Why am I so concerned?
Marijuana, including cannabidiol (CBD) extracts, is classified as a Schedule 1 drug.
The federal government defines a Schedule 1 drug as a drug with no medical use and high potential for abuse.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions believes that marijuana is a gateway drug.
If the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment doesn’t pass, many people will suffer, including some of my friends.
A January 18th, 2018 article in Alternet by Miriam Boeri, showed the results of sixty studies on medical marijuana. Sixty-three percent of the participants found positive effects for debilitating diseases including multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, and two major types of epilepsy–Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Medicinal marijuana has also been used to help with PTSD symptoms.
CBS News recently reported there are more than 40,000 veterans with PTSD.
People are using medicinal marijuana as a substitute for pain pills, and the medical establishment is acknowledging medicinal marijuana is a safer therapy for pain than opioids.
A neighbor read one of my previous blogs and emailed me. He’s given me permission to share his information, and the following is a summary of his experience.
Last year, I had my second major incident with Sciatica, but the pira formis kind, where the muscle in the butt contracts over the sciatica nerve. It began in December 2015 and ended in October 2017. Over the last four months of my infliction, I had constant pain at the 8-9-10 level. I could not sleep at night in any of the four possibilities—left, right, stomach, or on my back. I passed out for an hour at a time.
After someone suggested medicinal marijuana, I decided to get a prescription and met with a doctor. She was very professional and took great care to review my medical history. She explained the drug, different forms of it, different doses, and suggested where I might begin. That meeting took about 25 minutes, and cost $40. I filled my prescription. That night I slept about six hours, and every night for the next three weeks. I went from a steady 9+ level to zero pain. My “drugs” cost about $250 per month if I continued. I chose zero.
Who gains from criminalizing marijuana?
History offers a few examples.
Media mogul William Randolph Hearst supported the criminalization of marijuana, in part because Hearst’s paper-producing companies were being replaced by hemp.
Likewise, DuPont’s investment in nylon was threatened by hemp products.
Follow the money.
Whose profits will be diminished when a drug with many health benefits is provided without a prescription?
Who profits from imprisoning people for using marijuana?
According to the U.S. government, the war on drugs resulted in a 500 percent increase in incarceration.
Prisons are lucrative businesses. (From my novel, Busted.)
The tragedy is that decriminalizing drugs has shown to lower drug use – not increase it.
In 2000, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe.
Then, in 2001, a new drug policy decriminalized all drugs. Drug control was taken out of the criminal justice system and put under the Ministry of Health.
Statistics from the Transform Drug Foundation revealed that five years after Portugal’s decriminalization, drug use by young people declined. Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18, for example, were 27.6 percent less likely to use drugs.
What’s more, the number of people going to treatment went up, while drug-related deaths decreased.
Fifteen Years Later
In Christopher Ingram’s article in The Washington Post, Portugal has lower rates of heroin and cocaine seizures, as well as one of the lowest rates of drug-related deaths compared to the rest of Europe. And cannabis use in Portugal is the lowest among all the European countries.
Many people had used drugs to address social isolation, and emotional or physical pain, which led to addiction.
Portugal found that marijuana helped addicts stop using problematic drugs as well as reducing the side effects of withdrawing.
The Irony: Marijuana became a gateway out of heroin, cocaine, and crack and other deadly drugs.
Thanks for reading.
Warmest Regards, Michele
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