It is a difficult subject to discuss without getting a little fired up and at the same time heartbroken. Cannabis legalization either for medical use only or for adults 21 years and older seems to be in the same category as discussing the latest pop news. Nonchalantly, with a laugh and without much regard. It seems that every time the subject of medical cannabis comes up it is either ignored or discussed with a laugh. With high numbers of support and more states lined up to join the 17 states that have already approved medical cannabis legislation this subject will need to be seriously discussed.
While some have the luxury of getting stoned for the hell of it millions depend on cannabis for serious medical issues. Many of them wish they could only use cannabis for recreation instead of the necessity with which they find themselves. Yes cannabis can be a lot of fun to use recreationally. Yes it can be fun to eat pizza and zone out on the couch with friends. For those losing their livelihood, their children, their freedom or their life I am sure they have a much different outlook.
What about the cancer patient in pain? The one who is looking death in the face and decides to take a chance with cannabis treatments to ease the pain, nausea and other horrific side effects. The patient who uses a state legal dispensary to safely access trusted raw cannabis or cannabis infused products. The patient who uses the concentrated RSO oil that not only helps with the side effects but actually helps fight the cancer including inducing cancer cell death. Is it still funny when that patients house is raided, when they are terrorized in their own home, when they are taken to jail? Is it funny that we are keeping a PLANT from citizens who have gone through the state approved process to obtain state legal medication that not only helps cancer but hundreds of other medical issues as well?
What about the hardworking top student who gets drug tested or is caught with a small amount and loses their scholarship or funding? What about the employee who otherwise is known as a perfect employee but comes up positive on a drug test? There is too much known evidence to date that beyond proves cannabis has medical value. Every week new studies are published attesting to that fact. Should the federal government really be dictating to the states how to run a state program? Should we still take such a hard stance against a versatile natural plant that not only helps millions but is already being used by a large percentage of the country?
We are allowed to vote, drive, consume alcohol, raise children, build large corporations and many other highly responsible activities and responsibilities so why are we not allowed to choose how to treat our illnesses or relax at the end of the day? Why are we not allowed to choose natural cannabis instead of the more harmful choice alcohol?
Cannabis effects us not only socially but financially as well. The cannabis related industry has grown during the recession. We would save billions in wasted efforts trying to stifle a growing industry. We would save lives and instead allow tax revenue and other positive residual effects to spread throughout the communities.
We have to take a serious look at this subject and come to the table as adults. Its time to put away the pizza, quit the giggles and other tired cliches. This effects everyone from children losing their parents to the loved one with an illness prosecuted for using a natural herb used for thousands of years. If we are truly free adults then we should be able to discuss this in a serious manner. I urge all of you to speak up and let your representatives know it is time to seriously talk about cannabis legalization.