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Facts about medical marijuana:

  • 7 out of 10 voters surveyed across all parties support Medical Marijuana in Florida.

  • Many patients and their doctors find marijuana a useful medicine as part of the treatment for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, and other ailments. Yet Florida laws treat all patients currently using medical marijuana as criminals. Doctors are presently allowed to prescribe cocaine and morphine — but not marijuana.

  • Supporters of Medical Marijuana include: The American College of Physicians , Institute of Medicine, American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, American Medical Student Association, and the state medical societies of New York, Rhode Island, and California.

  • A few of the many editorial boards that have endorsed medical access to marijuana include: Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Orange County Register, USA Today, Baltimore’s Sun, and The Los Angeles Times.

  • Since 1996, a majority of voters in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state have voted in favor of ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for seriously ill people who grow or possess medical marijuana.

  • The American Medical Association  believes that “effective patient care requires the free and unfettered exchange of information on treatment alternatives and that discussion of these alternatives between physicians and patients should not subject either party to criminal sanctions.”

Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. No one has ever died from an overdose, and it has a wide variety of therapeutic applications, including:

  • Relief from nausea and appetite loss;

  • Reduction of intraocular (within the eye) pressure;
  • Reduction of muscle spasms; and

  • Relief from chronic pain.

Marijuana is frequently beneficial in the treatment of the following conditions:

AIDS. Marijuana can reduce the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite caused by the ailment itself and by various AIDS medications. Observational research has found that by relieving these side effects, medical marijuana increases the ability of patients to stay on life-extending treatment. (See also CHRONIC PAIN below.)

HEPATITIS C. As with AIDS, marijuana can relieve the nausea and vomiting caused by treatments for hepatitis C. In a study published in the September 2006 European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, patients using marijuana were better able to complete their medication regimens, leading to a 300% improvement in treatment success.

GLAUCOMA. Marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure, alleviating the pain and slowing—and sometimes stopping — damage to the eyes. (Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It damages vision by increasing eye pressure over time.)

CANCER. Marijuana can stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea and vomiting, which are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Marijuana can limit the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease, as well as relieving tremor and unsteadiness of gait. (Multiple sclerosis is the leading cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged adults in the United States.)

EPILEPSY: Marijuana can prevent epileptic seizures in some patients.

Marijuana can alleviate chronic, often debilitating pain caused by myriad disorders.

INJURIES: Since 2007, three published clinical trials have found that marijuana effectively relieves neuropathic pain.

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commented 2013-06-12 20:05:08 -0400 · Flag
WHAT if CANNABIS attacks and KILLS CANCER Cells According to American Free Press HEADLINE & Article Effective AGAINST Brain Breast Pancreatic Colon Skin Blood CANCER’S also a DVD title by Len Richmond (“What If Cannabis Cured Cancer”) Search Engine Browser Google Bing DO Own Research at U tube Face Book Stumble Upon G+1 My Space and MORE THANKS in ADVANCE for HELP with REEDUCATION’S Efforts Effects NOW & PERHAPS A GAIN
commented 2013-06-05 18:29:25 -0400 · Flag
I feel for you Sheryll. I was on a high dose of morphine combined with methadone for two years. It was a living hell. I would have to be in hospice the next time I agreed to take morphine. I would just rather deal with the pain and be cognizant of my surroundings. Cannabis, I am told ;) provides relief for many chronic pain conditions to the same level as morphine without the horrific side effects. Getting medical cannabis legalized in Florida would save people from that hell.
commented 2013-05-22 08:57:48 -0400 · Flag
DEBUNKING SOME NEGATIVE PRESS: “Drivers under the influence of marijuana retain insight in their performance and will compensate when they can, for example, by slowing down or increasing effort. As a consequence, THC’s adverse effects on driving performance appear relatively small.” – U.S. Department of Transportation study; Marijuana and actual driving performance, 1993
commented 2013-04-25 19:51:24 -0400 · Flag
New article in Orlando Weekly on John Morgan talking about United for Care:
commented 2013-04-24 07:31:02 -0400 · Flag
Regarding the relative safety of cannabis, former US DEA chief administrative law judge Judge Francis Young said:

“There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality….Despite [a] long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity….Marijuana’s therapeutic ratio is impossible to quantify because it is so high….Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

Here’s an official report finding from Judge Young:
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