I remember as a child my grandpa talking with me about the politics of the U.S. and around the world. I remember him rattling off different names of important people and all the scandalous things happening at the time. My grandfather was born in 1938 and has seen a lot change in this world. He’s followed politics longer than I have been alive and yet this passionate subject, for him, did absolutely nothing for me and felt more like a foreign language. Once I moved out on my own and got my first real taste of freedom I thought I was free to do as I pleased. I continued that blissful thought until my late twenties where I discovered cannabis.
I went through life not paying any attention to what was going on in politics because it wasn’t effecting me. Then I started getting blinding intense pain headaches. I went through a series of doctors, specialists, tests, machines, naturalists, chiropractors, medications, diets and supplements as well as a few other treatments. For 4 years I sought out a treatment, a cause and a relief from the pain! I subjected myself to all kinds of different prescriptions some that made my brain feel like it was on fire, made my body numb and on one occasion a near blackout on I-5 in the middle of Seattle from one drug that was supposedly safe.
It was then while at a party I discovered cannabis and all its natural benefits. After finding cannabis I finally found relief. I found something that not only took away the pain but lifted my spirits. In one aspect it was a huge relief that I was not looking at a life where I had to constantly remind myself not to think of the pain always keeping myself busy to distract myself. In the other aspect cannabis’ natural compounds helped with the depression that set in from being in pain for 4 years. It really was a prayer answered.
I was fortunate enough to live in a state that had legalized medical marijuana so I was able to obtain a doctor’s recommendation that allowed me to purchase or grow cannabis. It wasn’t until I walked into my first dispensary and started really talking to the cannabis community that I realized I actually needed to pay attention to politics. Having control over your treatment, over your medication is priceless. Having an option that is not fatal, that is natural and affordable is something everyone should enjoy.
Before legalization patients had to obtain their cannabis from the streets or risk growing it themselves. If you buy on the black market you do not always have control over what you get and typically can not ask what strain it is, does it have molds, pests, chemicals or if its organic. The streets also do not care if you are 37 or 15 only if you have cash. On the other hand if a patient decides to grow they risk life as they know it. If they are caught citizens face all kinds of situations from large legal bills, jail or prison time, losing their kids, job, house or assets as well as a stigma from society being labeled as a criminal. Even being raided by the police is very tramatizing to the family as they typically break down the door and treat you like armed drug lords, drawing their weapons on your family.
This is why Californians passed prop 215 and later SB420. This is just one reason why its important to at the very least check in on politics and whats going on in the world at least once in awhile. While I was out searching for a cure to my pain trying all different kinds of legal chemical narcotics millions of Americans were being shuffled through the justice system for using, possessing or growing a plant. Even after those two legislation were passed California patients are still having issues from the government with 2011 proving to be an aggressive year for the federal raids on patients.
It wasn’t until I started researching cannabis that I suddenly realized we are not free at all. When the government dictates what your medical treatment is and is not instead of you and your doctor, when they take your freedom of choice away that is not freedom and we need to ask ourselves “How can we stand by and allow it to happen?” We as citizens need to come together and demand our freedom back. It seems a little comical, if not for all the appalling tragedies, that we are fighting for our right to use a natural plant, one that has been used safely throughout the world for thousands of years.
I will probably never be like my grandfather rattling off names like baseball stats but I have learned to pay better attention to whats going on around me. Financial crisis, unrest among the people in countries all over the world, everyday living prices soaring, budget cuts are everywhere and raids and arrests for simple possession of a plant are abundant. 2012 is a year to pay attention and get involved. This year we could seize the opportunity to educate others and push for legalization and an end to this failed, immoral and unconstitutional War on Drugs. it is time we take back our choice, our freedom, our government! Contact your Representative or the White House and tell them its time for a real change. Spread the word Legalization is on the horizon!
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