Last Friday (June 27th), NY became the 23rd state to pass a bill for the medical use of marijuana. It’s a very limited bill. It’s limited to only patients with certain maladies all because the Governor wants it that way.
does he feel he needs to pick and choose which patients will get
possible relief and which ones will continue in their suffering? How did
he choose which could get the treatment and which couldn’t?
he think that a child with seizures is worth more than a soldier who
wants to relieve the horrors of war that continuously run through his
brain in a torturous loop? That is what he implies when he allows the
child with seizures to qualify to receive medical marijuana, but ignores
the soldier who suffers from PTSD.
Is Governor Cuomo just plain cruel? I would hope not, but his actions make me question that.
I live in Pennsylvania, we face a Governor with an even more limited
stance and a governor that will not even meet with any families except
two that he hand-picked while ignoring scores of others. I guess I
should expect this kind of behavior from politicians. After all, they
really don’t understand what it is that we are all going through.
of them don’t even care. Their interests lie in other areas far away
from the entangled history and propaganda that surround this plant. They
do not feel comfortable being put in the position of having to decide
medical issues, nor should they be! But, they are also the ones that put
themselves in that position when they made it illegal 77 years ago!
The people who should be helping us make our medical decisions are our doctors. Where do they stand on this issue?
again, it depends on who you ask. It’s about as divisive a topic in the
medical community as it is in the political arena. The Pennsylvania
Medical Society headed by Dr. Bruce MacLeod announced that it does not
support legalizing the compassionate use of marijuana for medical
purposes in our state right now. He says that there is not enough
research and that he is concerned with unknown long term safety issues.
He even used an example that maybe it would help seizures but what if it
caused, for example, cancer of the esophagus five years down the road.
the mother of a child with intractable epilepsy, I find this position
to be very ill informed and insulting! Even a quick study would tell him
that cannabis was sold as a medication for 90 years in this country!
From 1850-1941, it was prescribed by doctors and regulated for safety
and content by the FDA. It was even made by reputable pharmaceutical
companies like Eli Lilly and Parke Davis!
further study, he would find that there has been a lot of research done
on this plant for the last 40 years. Most of it has been done in Israel
by Dr. Mechoulam with his research being funded by American dollars
through grants from the National Institutes of Health. The research is
so promising in both safety and efficacy that even a British
Pharmaceutical company is in clinical trials with a drug they made out
of isolated compounds of this plant. Trust me, if the medical research
was not solid, there is no way a pharmaceutical company would be putting
millions of dollars into making a drug out of this herbal powerhouse.
for long term safety issues, I think 90 years of previous medical usage
should point to the fact that it is safe. If that were not enough,
patients in California have been using cannabis safely for 18 years now.
Israel has been using medical cannabis successfully for many years in
children and adults with no safety issues. There was a federal program
in which several patients enrolled in from 1978- until the government
closed it in 1991. Two of those original patients are still receiving
cannabis every month from the U.S. Government.
of those patients, Irv Rosenfeld, testified at our recent Senate
committee hearing about how , despite having a disease that makes him
grow malignant tumors on his bones, smoking 7-8 cannabis cigarettes a
day has kept him pain and tumor free for over 30 years now with no
same long and short term safety standards be said for any of the 27
tried and failed pharmaceuticals my son has been on for seizures and
behavior over the last 17 years? No!
FDA approved medications have caused numerous problems in my son and
many others. Side effects like mouth sores, immune suppression,
agitation, aggressiveness, liver damage, hyperglycemia, hyperactivity,
insomnia, hyperlipidemia, increased seizure activity, weight gain,
psychosis and violent rage attacks have all occurred due to these “safe”
and clinically tested medications. As for long term safety, most of the
medications he has been on have never been tested long term. One that
he had taken for 11 years is now found to damage the synapses in the
brain with long term usage.
don’t bring any of this up to fault the pharmaceutical industry or any
of my son’s physicians, merely to point out the hypocrisy of saying
cannabis is dangerous when it does, in fact, have a better safety
profile than most pharmaceuticals.
in the end, really , what neither the doctors nor the politicians fully
understand is this: we are not asking for your blessing, we are not out
to just get high, we are not using this as a “trojan horse” to
legalization, and we are not interested in your war on drugs! We are
patients and parents of patients that want relief from the suffering
that tortures us every day! Relief that has NOT been found from current
pharmaceutical methods. Relief that has strong anecdotal proof to exist
when using cannabis.
In short, we want our plant back!
God so freely put on this planet, you had no right to take
away. Seventy – seven years ago, you took an effective herbal medicine
from us and you did it without one single solitary shred of scientific
evidence to back up your claims of its danger. As a matter of fact, I
wonder if Dr. MacLeod is aware that the American Medical Association of
1937 fought hard to ensure that cannabis stayed available as a medicine
or that the AMA considered it a very effective and safe treatment option
for patients at that time (a time when the medical establishment was
more beholden to the patient and healing rather than profits and pills).
So you can do your
research, and we encourage you to do so! But in the meantime, since that
could take years, please don’t waste one more solitary second playing
around with our lives. Years, months and weeks have passed while we have
tried to educate you and ask for your compassion on this issue.
you are counting the number of sessions you have left and what issues
to vote or not vote on, we are out here writhing in chronic unrelenting
pain, vomiting from chemo, and being tortured by horrible memories. We
are counting the minutes our children are contorted in seizures. We are
wiping the blood off of their heads from seizures that cause them to
fall. We are desperately praying and watching the second hand on a clock
while staring into their now blue faces begging God to let them breathe
We are doing this all while watching our counterparts in legal states experiencing the healing and relief we can only dream of.
Corbett and esteemed members of the General Assembly, please do not let
happen in Pennsylvania what is happening in other states! Please do not
play God by doling out this much needed plant to some patients but not
to others. Don’t restrict cannabinoids or delivery methods; to do so
would, again, leave many people untreated. It would be the cruelest of
fates to be the patient that can’t receive help because their disease
didn’t “qualify”. With all due respect, you really don’t have the right
to make that judgment call.
have an amazing bill with SB1182. It is inclusive, comprehensive and
has incredible safety and security measures for plant, patient, and
physician. It could become the gold standard model for other states to
follow. Please pass this bill and allow us to use cannabis in a
compassionate manner. The benefits clearly outweigh any risk to patient
ARTICLE CREDIT TO: Ladybud.com