[tabi] Medical Marijuana

  • From: "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:48:13 -0500

Good morning and Happy New Year TABI,

I was recently informed of significant efforts to legalize medical Marijuana in 
Florida. Since there is evidence that it can assist in the treatment of 
glaucoma, I thought the below information might be of interest to some. If you 
are interested in learning more about this legislative initiative, read 
further. Should you decide to support this cause, you may visit 
UnitedForCare.org, complete a petition, print it out and mail it to: 

People United for Medical Marijuana
Post Office Box 560296
Orlando, FL 32856

Take care,
Sila 

Medical Marijuana is already providing relief and therapeutic value to residents
in 19 states and the District of Columbia where laws are currently in effect, 
working
well, and protecting both patients and doctors from arrest. A clear majority of 
the
public and many prominent religious and medical organizations support the right 
of
seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana without risking arrest and 
imprisonment.

Marijuana’s Medical Value
Studies show that many patients suffering with HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and 
chemotherapy,
multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other debilitating illnesses find that 
marijuana
provides relief from their symptoms.
“Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting and can 
be
mitigated by marijuana.”
— Institute of Medicine, Marijuana and Medicine: 
"Assessing
the Science Base," 1999
Evidence not only supports the use of medical marijuana in certain conditions 
but
also suggests numerous indications for cannabinoids.”
— American College of 
Physicians,
"Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana," 2008
Available prescription drugs often come with far more serious side effects than 
marijuana,
and many patients who find relief from marijuana simply do not respond to 
prescription
medications. Smoking or vaporizing marijuana are much more effective delivery 
methods
than pills for many patients: The drug works instantly, the dosage may be 
controlled
by the patient, and there is no problem “keeping it down” since it cannot be 
vomited
back up.
Cocaine, morphine, and methamphetamine may all be legally administered to 
patients
— so why not marijuana, which has a far lower rate of dependency and for which 
there
has never been a recorded overdose.

State Laws
19 states and Washington, D.C. currently provide legal access and protection 
under
state law for seriously ill patients whose doctors recommend the medical use of 
marijuana.
Generally, these laws are working well and providing patients with relief and 
protection
from arrest. Since 1996, when the first effective medical marijuana law passed, 
data
have shown that concerns about these laws increasing youth marijuana use are 
unfounded:
Of the 15 states with available before-and-after data, none have reported 
statistically
significant increases in teen marijuana use. In fact, 11 have reported 
decreases.

Support from the Medical Community
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 
•
The state medical societies of New York, Rhode Island, and California
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.”
According to a 2003 WebMD Medscape poll, 76% of physicians and 86% of nurses 
favor
“marijuana for medicinal purposes.”

Support from the Religious Community
United Methodist Church • Presbyterian Church • United Church of Christ • 
Episcopal
Church • Unitarian Universalist Association • Union of Reform Judaism • 
Progressive
National Baptist Convention

Support from the Press
The Economist • New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago 
Tribune
• Washington Post • New York Daily News • Las Vegas Sun • Roanoke Times • Los 
Angeles
Daily News • The Tennessean • Rocky Mountain News • Newark Star-Ledger • Los 
Angeles
Times • New Haven Advocate • Providence Journal • Hartford Courant • Honolulu 
Star-Bulletin
• Baltimore Sun • Daily Record • Reason Magazine • Scientific American

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