Oxycontin and Percocet, for example, even when taken as prescribed by doctors, cause a patient to suffer from horrible side effects. These side effects cause constant vomiting or constant nausea at minimum. Other side effects cause a patient to fear violent withdrawal that could be caused from matters outside of patient’s or doctor’s control. You have heard of insurance companies denying coverage of medications after a length of time or the computers being down at the pharmacy. Cannabis has little to no side effects. It is time to give patients and doctors the first sound night’s sleep in awhile. The American Medical Association urges the federal government to reconsider its stance on cannabis, to change the classification of cannabis as a Class 1 drug. This means the AMA recognizes that cannabis has medicinal qualities that could be beneficial to a patient’s health. The AMA also states that cannabis deserves more research. Latest polling shows 65 percent of Americans support medicinal cannabis with doctor supervision. Doctors would much rather prescribe a plant grown in the most natural form meant by God, Mother Earth and the Universe. Do you feel these celestial forms of life would provide us with cannabis if said plant did not have benefits? Everything has its purpose and unless you are a doomsday scenario sort of human, you can see the fact that cannabis has medical purposes today. A randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted at San Francisco General Hospital (with) nine doctors and 50 patients involved. Patients suffered from HIV-associated neuropathic pain. “The first cannabis cigarette reduced chronic pain by a median of 72 percent versus 15 percent with placebo. No adverse events reported.” Throughout length of trial “pain was reduced by 34 percent.” Conclusion: “Smoked cannabis was well tolerated and effectively relieved chronic neuropathic pain from HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. The findings are comparable to oral drugs used for chronic neuropathic pain.” If comparable to pain pills, should not the doctor and the patient decide whether or not cannabis is the better medicine for them? Doctors and patients should not have to fear imprisonment or the horrible side effects of pain medications, especially when there is scientific facts that favor cannabis’s medicinal use. This matter is not about the legalization of drugs. We do not condone the use of drugs without doctor supervision. This is about compassion and understanding of others suffering and knowing cannabis can help them regain their lives and get on with living life to the fullest, not suffering from unnecessary side effects from pain pills. Cannabis can help America’s health and states’ finances. Contact your senators and representatives. Ask them to support medical cannabis. If you are still against cannabis in our health-care system, ask your doctor what he or she thinks. Maybe hearing the benefits from your doctor would get you to reconsider. Fifteen states have passed legislation in favor of medicinal cannabis. We are well on our way to helping all people understand that cannabis is not the harmful drug Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan demonized. The money generated in connection with medicinal cannabis would supersede their wildest dreams. Think about the possibilities! The state of California collects $8 billion in taxes a year, directly connected to the growth and sales of medicinal cannabis. Think of the benefits to schools or hospitals or infrastructure that state tax money could bring. The outreach of funds from the medical use of cannabis would benefit millions across our great nation. We must change legislation to support better medicine, to support medicinal cannabis. We must change the laws. We must free our countrymen and women from the ill side effects of pain medications. We must give patients and doctors the right to pursue happiness as stated in our Constitution. We must allow patients and doctors to regain the ability to choose the best course of action in medical matters without fear of imprisonment. Cannabis has proven itself time and time again. We have the evidence. Help us help our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters, our aunts and uncles, our grandmothers and grandfathers and people we don’t even know. This topic does not need you to agree or disagree. This topic needs you to be compassionate and understanding of others. There are people suffering this very second and cannabis can help. Get educated on the facts.
CHRISTOPHER DAVID MOORE