Hello dear reader(s)!
Jeffy doesn’t like cannabis. Jeffy is a racist piece of shit who lies under oath, but Donny decided to make Jeffy the Attorney General.
Unlike Jeffy, I do like cannabis. I like cannabis quite a bit.
Why do I like cannabis?
Well, the use of cannabis oil during my cancer fight was an integral part of my survival, for one thing. It allowed to me eat when I had no appetite, and prevented a lot of nausea when I needed to gain weight. I had been prescribed every other anti-nausea medication but nothing worked until cannabis.
Then there is the way I used cannabis to be able to get off all of my other more harmful prescription drugs. During and just after my cancer treatment, I was on so much more narcotics than they would give anyone they actually expected to live. The transition to cannabis from those pills has been an immensely positive boost to my overall health. I also replaced the benzos with cannabis and now take a medicine that has no risk of physical withdrawal.
I like cannabis because my insurance denied my request for a safe medication to assist with the pain from the chemotherapy-induced neuropathy in favor of a less expensive medication designed to do the same thing that would have been more harmful to someone with the damage I have. That left me with no other option to treat that pain. The cannabis is more effective at controlling the pain of neuropathy according to many sufferers anyway, and does not have the risks of the pharmaceuticals.
I like cannabis because it prevents some of the recurring nightmares and memories of the horrors of my life. I like cannabis because it can stop me from obsessing over a thought or memory until the point I become disconnected from the moment I am in. I like cannabis because it allows me a chance to reset me mood when I find it heading in a downward direction.
Those are just some of the medical reasons I like cannabis.
But do you know what? Those aren’t the only reason I like cannabis.
It also feels good to get high sometimes.
Your chocolate, your coffee, your cigarettes, your alcohol, your prescriptions… all alter your mental state. The altered mental state that comes as a pleasant side-effect of my medicine helps me to be happy. It feels good. It does not hurt me or anyone else, and it does not make me want to hurt anyone or do anything more than smile, laugh, eat, and have sexy times with my lovely fiance. It is not only no worse for my health than most other substances, but there are numerous health benefits backed by real science the government chooses to ignore or even outright lie about.
When I lived in a state without legal cannabis, I considered attempting to obtain it outside the law. I decided against it, because I was the one who chose to move to an area where it was prohibited. There were many days I wanted it, but never did I feel like I would literally die if I didn’t have it. The benzos and opioids don’t work that way. While I lived there, I was in the ER more often than other places I had lived, and ended up having to take medication for headaches that was not as effective and had unbearable side effects. After moving back to a state with state-level recreational cannabis, I no longer have to tax the healthcare system with visits so often.
I like cannabis. I don’t like Jeff Sessions. I don’t like anyone who has a problem with me doing something that helps me with living happier and more comfortably in this world with all the issues it has given me.
You don’t have to like cannabis. I do. I think it is good for many people, and being able to use it makes me happy.
Don’t we have the right to pursue our happiness when it doesn’t hurt anyone else?
The genie can’t be put back in the bottle on this one. The people know the truth. We are tired of being lied to and denied that which can help us to lead more happy lives. We are tired of being steered toward ineffective and dangerous pills that end up creating more conditions requiring more pills. (Linzess, anyone?) We are tired of our government covering up the dangerous known properties of some substances that provide profit for those in power while hiding the benefits of others.
I like cannabis. The FDA and DEA don’t.
The FDA says cannabis has no medicinal value, in direct contradiction of the vast majority of scientific evidence. The FDA says that cannabis is dangerous. Despite extensive research in other countries (Israel has extensive studies of cannabis, and use good science we should recognize), and even some evidence in the extremely limited and biased US studies, the FDA continues think cannabis is more dangerous than substances other people can profit off of.
But as we have seen from all of the food recalls, the FDA, as anything other than a political arm of the industries they are tasked with regulating, has no real value or credibility. The Food and Drug Administration, can’t even protect our food supply. They rely on voluntary industry practices, don’t have nearly enough inspectors to know what is going on, and ignore science when the findings might hurt the deep-pocketed companies they are supposed to regulate. That is just the food portion. In the drug portion, they are far worse, and their lack of oversight and political motivation directly contributed to the opioid epidemic we see today. They allow biased industry studies to determine drug approval and as we have all seen, often allow unsafe drugs to be sold that they must later add a black box to or recall altogether. (After the unnecessary deaths, of course.) In short, the FDA is a fucking joke. The DEA, says they have to enforce the law, and pass the buck back to the FDA. The DEA are probably right about that, but who can even say anymore because they have so shot any credibility they could have had by brutally prosecuting a failed war on drugs that has done nothing but destroy lives?
I like cannabis. I do not intend to stop using my medicine. I also would like to pledge to vote for acquittal should I ever be placed on a jury for a cannabis charge. I would like if you would consider joining me in that pledge.
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