Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cannabis. Yes or No?

I was chatting with a lovely lady in the waiting room at the hospital. While we were talking she mentioned she had a friend in Georgia who had stage four cancer that chemo didn't touch. After that they used cannabis oil and she is now cancer free. I said it's a good thing she was in Georgia and not NC and she said, "Oh, it's legal here isn't it?"
"Uh, no."
And my question is, why not?  If this drug can save lives why aren't we using it? We use addictive drugs for pain but not marijuana.  I don't get it. It's obvious that it doesn't work the same in its pure form or there would be a whole lot less folks with cancer--grin--but why aren't we using cannabis oil for our cancer patients?
On the issue of legalizing marijuana I'm ambivalent, I can go either way. There are pros and cons. The pros are the taxes the states makes off of it are a huge boon.  Maybe North Carolina could afford a pay increase of  its community college staff and instructors of more than 0 to 1.5% :)
The cons: I have heard that it draws a higher populace to the states that have legalized it and brings crime with it; and that there's a problem with children getting into food laced with marijuana, brownies, etc.
But I am a definite supporter of medical marijuana.   If it can save lives, lower the pain threshold  for cancer patients, help those that suffer from epilepsy, let's get it to those that need it.  Though if North Carolina runs true to form we will be the last state in the union to legalize medical marijuana.
What are your thoughts? For or against?
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Belated Happy BDay, Anne Marie!


48 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of it being a cure. Pain relief, and nausea relief. Both very worth while causes. And I am certainly in favour. It can also apparently be used for my disease (MS) and reduces the pain and the spasms. And isn't legal here. Yet.

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    1. I hope they do legalize it there, at least the medical. I've read a couple of articles now on the use of it for both cancer, as a cure, and using it for epilepsy.

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  2. Here it has recently been allowed for treatment in certain illnesses, and can then be bought from a licensed chemist with a prescription. Apart from that it's illegal. Over the border, in Holland, it's allowed. Crazy world, huh? Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Indeed, it is a crazy world, Val.
      I'm glad you can get prescriptions for it.
      Hugs

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  3. I think one has to be in that situation before commenting "Yes or No." It is legal in some parts but not others .
    Yvonne.

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    1. Good point. I trust we'll never be in that situation.

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    1. Hi Anne Marie,
      Philadelphia has medical correct? Do you know what their rules and regulations are for medical?

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    2. I FOUND THE BIRFDAY WISH; thank you! I'm not sure about the medical pot.

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  5. I don't see why the oils can't be used.
    I still have one problem with people smoking it for medical reasons - it's still smoking, folks! And that is bad for you.

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    1. Understood. Though, I think if it was a case of someone terminal and just looking for pain relief, I think that would come under the exception clause:)

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  6. I think it should be legalized both for medical and recreational uses. Monitor sales like we do with alcohol, and give all those young drug dealers legitimate jobs in the marijuana growing/selling business to get them off the streets. Maybe I'm naive but it seems like it would generate a whole array of new jobs and and a new tax revenue for the individual States.

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    1. You know I hadn't thought about it from that angle, but that's a very valid point.

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  7. They changed the law here for a little kid who had seizures 24/7 but it still is illegal to purchase. I asked my doc if he had any training and he said no.

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  8. The government has no business regulating it.. I would grow it myself if I could. Alcohol is worse.

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  9. Smoking it is, well may mask pain which can be a plus for those in super pain, mostly dumb. You can still get lung cancer and such and I have seen people get far stupider than they were before they started smoking it. But the oil, should be allowed everywhere. I've seen people get better from cancer by just using the oil. If I ever got cancer, legal or not, I'd find a way to get it.

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    1. I agree, Pat, oil should be available to everyone who would benefit from it.

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  10. Such quackery that cannabis can cure cancer. It can certainly ameliorate symptoms though. Smoking dope is probably illegal where you are, and it is illegal here, yet so many do use. Laws need to catch up with reality.

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    1. My understanding is it is the cannabinoids that slow the growth and kill certain cancer cells.

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  11. We have medical marijuana in Michigan. I'm not sure how many non-medical people are taking advantage of it. But that said, while I'm not sure about CURING cancer, I've heard that it is extremely helpful for symptom control -- and while I can't speak from experience, I suspect that the symptoms are pretty tough and if something helps, then go for it. As one with an incurable lung condition (and also one who has trouble with smells) I'm not big on the concept of smoking it. But oils? Why not. (In Canada last week I saw a sign that said "Gluten Free Marijuana Cookies!")

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    1. What I've read is that some scientists say the cannabinoids kill SOME cancer cells. It would certainly be worth doing studies on.
      Gluten Free Marijuana Cookies...heh heh

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  12. Medically I can't understand why it would not be legal. If you doctor thinks you should have it, then you should have it.

    And beer is worse when it comes to people. I'd rather them high at home than drunk behind a steering wheel. I don't do anything even having a drink but I think it should be legal everywhere.

    and our jails are crowded because of petty crap like that. Make it legal everywhere.

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  13. Governments take a long time to catch on to reality. Keeping something that gives relief to some, illegal just encourages the criminal activity and clogs jails. Guns are okay, hence we have another shooting in Texas, but not some herb that can actually help a person cope with diseases and pain caused by life threatening diseases. There's something wrong with the attitudes . . .

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  14. guys....noe BS heer two day.....it shuld be legull, itz known ta knot onlee help cancer patientz but thoz with anorexia, & glaucoma az well....

    de food serviss gurl dated a dood MANEE yeerz ago who had cancer oh de stomach N colon; docs toll him ...ya willna make it ta 25; he waz like... F ewe; I have yet ta see California....

    him smoked it when he could get it N thiz manee yeerz later, guess whooz livin large & in charge and IN ...california ~~~~~......codz trooth

    legalize it; sew de entire law system can concentrate on mor vizshuz crimez

    ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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    1. I believe it. It makes no sense not to offer it for medicinal reasons.

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  15. I don't get the problem with legalizing it if they've been able to extract the oil. That's not the "feel-good" part anyway, right? So make THAT legal. I think it should be legal anyway. Most of us won't do it and it can't be any worse than alcohol. But recently Tennessee police officers met with Colorado police officers and Colorado said crime was WAY up and marijuana had brought in more problems than good things.

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    1. My sister in law lives in CO and she too said crime has taken a jump, but I can't help thinking if it was legal nationwide you wouldn't have the criminal element jumping to the states it's legal in.

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  16. I have never been on the fence about marijuana. It should be legalized, bring in revenue for our schools, regulate it so it stays out of the hands of minors (unless they have a medical card), and put people like rapists, bank robbers, and murderers in jail, not marijuana users.

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  17. It doesn't make a lot of sense for alcohol to be legal and marijuana not.

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  18. I was dumbfounded to learn they could not create a prescription drug without legalization. That said, I have heard it is not the panacea that people think it is. However, to ease the pain of cancer or stop seizures in some individuals it is ridiculous that it is not available.
    Now for recreation, I don't believe in getting high. However, many are regular users and it would take some money out of the drug trade. Plus, jailing people for marijuana possession is about as practical for jailing people for being alcoholics.

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    1. Indeed, why wouldn't you ease suffering if you can?

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  19. I say legalize it. It has been around forever and so many smoke it and make fun of it in the movies that it just makes sense to legalize it. Heck alcohol is legal and when they tried to ban alcohol starting, I think, in 1919, they brought in the mafia, bloodshed and all sorts of mayhem. It has been proven that pot helps people with their pain, their seizures and all other sorts. There was an excellent report done by Sanjay Gupta from CNN which talked about this drug. One little girl was having so many seizures a day that the parents were told she would not live long. All the drugs they tried did not help their little girl. They found 2 brothers who were making medical marijuana but they didn't want their little girl to be high so they asked if the part that makes one high be taken out. This was never tried but they succeeded and now their little girl rarely has seizures and is doing well.

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  20. I support legalizing it. I'm personally not a fan, but I've had to use it medically and it's really nothing that should be that doom and gloom. But, if you want the reason as to why it's so hated, look up the marijuana smear campaign that happened a few decades ago. It's an interesting read.

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  21. I'll have to check that out, Robert.

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  22. Sandra, I am totally for legalizing it! In Canada, our Prime Minister is suppose to be legalizing it across our country next year. I have seen so many shows, of what weed does for people. When you see a child, that has over 100 seizers in a day, down to 1, it makes you think! The shows I have watched are based from your country and where people have sold everything, to be in the states, that have legal weed, just to have it for their family! I feel so bad for them! In Canada, right now, medical weed is legal. My mom takes the oil, which has none of the stuff in it, to get you high. Mom has very bad arthritis in her body and she has been on it for about half a year now and it has helped her so much!!!
    I think they people who hate weed, don't know anything about it! Personally, I would rather be around people who have been smoking weed, than drinking a lot!
    Big Hugs and Great Post!

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    1. Thanks for all the great information. And I'm right there with you about drinking being much worse for a person.

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  23. Truthfully, the reason, your country, like so many other countries don't want to legalize it, is because of "Big drug companies"!!! Imagine the drugs, that wouldn't be used anymore??

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    1. You hit the nail on the head with that one too.

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  24. I just read my first paragraph, sorry about the spelling mistakes! Hope you can understand everything! LOL!

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  25. Oh, you wouldn't believe the people in your jails, that are in there for weed! One gentleman had 1 joint on him and he got 13 years! So sad!
    I'm talking too much! LOL!
    Sandra, this is the show we watch over here! I recommend watching! It will open your eyes right up!!
    https://www.viceland.com/en_us/show/weediquette-tv

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    1. Sandra, don't know if you can connect to viceland for the show "weediquette", but seriously, if you can, you won't believe what you hear and see! Let me know, if you are able to watch any of the shows!!

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  26. Don't know why the link didn't work???https://www.viceland.com/en_us/show/weediquette-tv

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