Recently medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan were raided and shut down by local law enforcement. A number of issues are now at the forefront of the debate. Proposal 1 which legalized medical marijuana in Michigan was only the first step. Now that it is clear the citizens of Michigan have compassion for patients. However, the question is just how far does that compassion go?
The first issue that every citizen should be concerned about is the fact that police were caught on video reading confidential medical files. This is a violation of the laws which protect patients’ medical records. The second issue is asset forfeiture laws which allow police to rob citizens at gun point, take their property and sell it for profit, without ever charging them with a crime. There are rumors that police agencies fund the majority of their budgets through this practice.
Citizens need to be informed of the threats patients face due to the fact that this is still considered a moral issue. Many people are not comfortable speaking up about this issue because they fear retaliation. Those who do not understand that marijuana is a proven medical therapy are holding on to an outdated sense of moral superiority. If a patient with children speaks out on behalf of medical marijuana their parenting is called into question. If they hold a professional position they fear the possibility of loosing their job because of their medical condition and chosen treatment.
It is unfortunate that medical marijuana is viewed as a moral issue. The fact is that the moral objections no longer have any basis. The big secret the opposition doesn’t want you to know is that science proved the medical value of THC many years ago. Solvay Pharmaceuticals manufactures Marinol. Marinol is an extremely expensive medication which a doctor can prescribe for patients who have problems with nausea; usually patients who suffer from cancer or AIDS. Yet doctors who would have no reservations prescribing Marinol still object to supporting marijuana because of the moral repercussions they may face from a career standpoint.
The vital fact few people know is that Marinol is synthetic Delta-9-THC. If this does not convince you that marijuana or more specifically its active ingredient THC are of great medical value then you simply don’t want to see the reality. The reality is clear; marijuana helps patients who suffer from serious illnesses. The key benefits are two fold; first, it helps to relieve nausea and second, it helps patients to take in food which is important for maintaining a healthy weight. A number of studies have proven the medical value of marijuana.
My experience made this clear to me. After returning from surgery, I weighted only 98 lbs. Marijuana helped me to gain 20 lbs within two months which would not have happened without some type of medical assistance. Previously, doctors had used TPN which is a formula or medicine feed through an IV in order to help gain weight. Using medical marijuana rather than TPN is a much more natural and safer method. TPN has many dangerous side effects which is why marijuana was the safer option.
My experience, education, and research give me the unique ability to provide a first hand account. I have spent many years studying this issue and I can say without any hesitation that medical marijuana is a vital treatment for patients with illnesses that cause extreme weight loss. I feel that it is my calling, my responsibility, and my moral obligation to share with the world the truth about medical marijuana.