Medical High Stakes

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BYCorridor Gillies

What year are we living in? It seems the world is run by pre-1960s ideologists.

Since the 1960s, there is a huge issue every couple of years about the legalisation of marijuana.

I really thought that I was an individual human/spirit born with free choices to create my own destiny.

For the sake of disclosure, I am a practising reformed cannabis smoker and alcoholic with a highly addictive nature. I was brought up to believe that I had low self-esteem, low self-worth, and low self-love.

After years of self abuse and numerous attempts, I gave up these addictions. Obviously, I was not in need of marijuana.

The wider debate of legalising marijuana interests me.

After 50 years and umpteen debates about why marijuana should be legalised, we as a society are still going around in circles. People with freewill forget that they are the voice and the real power.

I could write a million-page essay on the benefits of medical marijuana. I could write about the healing powers and properties, and the pain relief the herb offers the sick and terminally ill.

Dr Frankel of Green Bridge Medical prescribes medical marijuana every day, and reports it reduces nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients and helps them to eat so they can stay healthy.

In multiple sclerosis it reportedly helps to stop muscle spasms, reduce tremors, restore balance and bladder control, speech and eyesight. Many wheelchair-bound patients found they could walk after smoking cannabis without all the side effects of synthetic medicines.

The herb reportedly restores metabolism in weight loss and a reduction in interlobular pressure inside the eye. It reportedly helps people who suffer the symptoms of aids. Other reported benefits are that epilepsy can be controlled more effectively, and anxiety, depression or obsession can elevate your mood and expand your mind.

Shamans, healers and doctors have used this herb since the dawn of time for its mental, physical, emotional and spiritual properties. Like with tobacco and alcohol, modern man has over-indulged and has lost the natural way and intentions of the positive aspects and uses of this natural herb.

Marijuana has its positive and negative attributes. With new discoveries, I think, in time we will all find the balance

So, should people who could have a more positive reason to utilise this herb, especially those with high pain and are terminally ill and dying, be cut short an opportunity for better quality of life because of a lack of understanding of marijuana benefits? It should not be a discussion for others to have to determine whether those dying can live their last days in dignity and to some extent pain free, if they can.

Who has the right to say or stop someone from these choices?

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