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 July 1, 2013

tennessee marijuanaI was sent the following petition from a reader and Facebook friend. Below is the message of the petition, and a link to sign it:

Medical Cannabis refers to the use of the drug cannabis as a physician-recommended herbal therapy, most notably as an antiemetic.

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for approximately 4,000 years. Writings from ancient India confirm that its psychoactive properties were recognized, and doctors used it for a variety of illnesses and ailments. These included a whole host of gastrointestinal disorders, insomnia, headaches and as a pain reliever frequently used in childbirth.

In the 1970s, a synthetic version of THC, the primary active ingredient in cannabis, was synthesized to make the drug Marinol.

Due to the prohibition of marijuana however; it’s use as a medicine is restricted. However, recent state government legislation have made it more available to patients. Patients are now able to apply for personal possession and even a limited cultivation license.

Few herbs offer a wide variety of therapeutic applications like these:

Relief of muscle spasms

Relief of chronic pain

Reduction in interlobular pressure inside the eye

Suppression of nausea

Weight loss – increase and restore metabolism

AIDS – Marijuana can reduce the nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting from the condition itself and the medications as well.

Glaucoma – Marijuana relieves the internal eye pressure of glaucoma, and therefore relieving the pain and slowing or even stopping the condition.

Cancer- Many side effects of the medication to stop cancer can be relieve with Marijuana, some studies suggest that Marijuana tends to slow down the progress of some types of cancer.

Multiple Sclerosis – Muscle pain, spasticity, tremors and unsteadiness are some of the effects caused by the disease that can be relieved by Marijuana.

Epilepsy – in some patients, epileptic seizures can be prevented with Marijuana use.

Chronic pain – Marijuana helps to alleviate the pain caused from many types of injuries and disorders.

Anxiety, Depression or Obsession – Even though mild anxiety is a common side effect in some users, cannabis can elevate your mood and expand the mind

“With the expansiveness that occurs with marijuana, the subject may begin to notice infinite possibilities to raise the quality of his/her life that would otherwise have remained hidden from normal, defensive consciousness. And feelings of health and happiness naturally lead to hope, which of itself can be curative.” – Joan Bello

Many obsessions or quick fixes to psychological problems can be eleviated by Marijuana as well. Many people eat because they’re depressed. If the depression is treated, the obsession to eat should be gone as well.

Any of these phycological conditions can be treated by a psychiatrist; marijuana should be an alternative therapy, used in conjunction with psychiatric therapy.

Physical Addictions

There have been testimonies from opiate users that report an easing of addiction cravings. Some cannabinoids in cannabis are believed to have similar effects as ibogaine, a medication used to treat heroin addiction.

The cannabinoids in Marijuana mimic the healing effects of a naturally occurring chemical in the brain called Anandimide. However, this naturally occurring cannabinoid also produces the negative effects that one would experience from high concentrations of cannabinoids in marijuana.

Medical marijuana can also benefit you psychologically and spiritually.

Marijuana can be used to enhance personal Spirituality. The herb tends to reveal your true self. It uncovers inner confusion and reveals your true direction – if you let it. Marijuana offers an effect that is both energizing and relaxing at the same time. This balanced effect will help some to think more clearly and more efficiently afterwards.

“Marijuana will not tolerate repression. Tranquillizers and depressants relax the body and release tension, but the state of mind associated with these drugs is “unconsciousness” whereby we escape rather than resolve our dilemmas. Alcoholism is an extreme need of both the body and personality sometimes to release the nervousness that has accumulated and continues to build up to an unbearable degree. It serves the same function for the collective personality for the society, as well A culture in which alcohol and tranquillizers are the prevalent form of release prefers not to witness internal confusion and actually choose to act without conscious participation, maintaining a semi-numb condition.” – Joan Bello

“Marijuana can act as the loosening agent, so that whatever has been banned from consciousness may come cascading forth. To uncover our deceptions without our usual rationalizations can be unpleasant, an experience that has turned many psychologically fragile individuals away from marijuana despite its therapeutic catharsis.” – Joan Bello.

Cannabis also acts as an antispasmodic and anticonvulsant and is indicated for neurological conditions such as epilepsy especially complex partial seizures, multiple sclerosis, and spasms. As an analgesic and an immunomodulator it is indicated for conditions such as migraine, arthritis, spinal and skeletal disorders.

As a bronchodilator it is beneficial for asthma. It also reduces the intraocular pressure and is indicated for glaucoma.

Recent studies have shown the drug to be efficacious in treating mood disorders and mental health issues such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and bipolar disorder.

It is also indicated for premenstrual syndrome, hypertension, and insomnia. It is also reported to be an effective treatment for constipation and alcohol hangovers.

A pharmaceutical product, Marinol, is widely available through prescription. It comes in the form of a pill and is also being studied by researchers for suitability via other delivery methods, such as an inhaler or patch. The active ingredient of Marinol is synthetic THC, which has been found to relieve the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy for cancer patients and to assist with loss of appetite with AIDS patients.

Its time to step up and give medical patience the choice between medical marijuana or pill form medicine. I am writting to you on behalf all Tennessee, it is time to step up and legalize medical marijuana.Other states have legalize medical marijuana and it’s our time.

Click here to sign the petition

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About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Matao

    More states coming. Nice. Legalize in Maryland!!

  • Thomas Cross

    I stand for the legalization of MEDICINAL Marijuana in Tennessee. I even went as far as getting myself UNHOOKED from the Pain Killers my Doctor had me addicted to for the last eight (8) years, and substituted Indica for the pills. It’s worked out GREAT and now the Acute Gastritis is slowly being quelled and the Sciatica and Neuropathy are under control. Legal or not, it works, and I will NEVER go back to the Governments Pill-Mill of Death by the Dose ever again.
    Respectfully,
    Mr. Thomas C. Cross
    Kingsport Tennessee

    • Jean Anne Lewis

      Best of luck to you. I wish people’s health was as important to the goverment as money.

      • Thomas Cross

        As soon as they can figure out the tax thingy…they will make it as legal as liquor and just as available. All that’s held them up on it until now is that very same thing…how much tax can they get off of it and still allow it to be semi-profitable to the Farmer, Transportation, et.cetera…

  • Adam House

    I signed the petition and believe cannabis is a better choice for me than multiple pharmaceuticals for ptsd. My body, my healthcare, my choice. I still own myself, regardless of what any government says…period.

  • thereaper01

    the whole bible belt

  • Berry Ladd

    The NORML.ORG Benefit Concert is TONITE, 12TH and Porter 7pm!

    Greta Gaines-7 to 730
    The Newberrys 745ish to 830ish
    All The Little Pieces 845ish to 930ish
    MD and Cobalt Blue 945ish to 1030ish
    Auto Defiance 1045 to 1130ish
    Uberphonics close out the night…..

  • Thomas Lee Howell

    We have considered relocating to Tennessee but I am afraid of going to jail for using medical marijuana. I have a severe spinal cord injury and cannot take prescribed drugs at all due to very low tolerance. I am also allergic to anti-inflammatories.

    • A Critic

      I want to move there but won’t, legal risk + difficulty in obtaining CBD = awful Southern hospitality.

      • Thomas Lee Howell

        what is a CBD?

        • A Critic

          cannabidiol, the other major active ingredient in marijuana. It doesn’t get you high, prolly not so effective at relieving depression or some of the things THC excels at treating, but superb for seizures/epilepsy (my problem) as well as some types of anxiety, quitting cigarettes, pain relief, etc. projectcbd.org has some more info. It’s usually most effective combined with some THC, and it’s also great for rounding out high THC varieties so the buzz isn’t too speedy, paranoia type, etc.

          • Thomas Lee Howell

            I use Indica for pain and have been an excellent grower for several years. I am not in it for money, fame or fortune. I want to grow my own medicine so that doctors can not addict me with their KILLERS for pain. I vaporize but find that the taste and smell of great marijuana brings about a relaxing state of mind from the start. Habitual smoker? I think not. But I am 60 and have used it recreationally since age 11 (music career began that year). I have gone for months and years without it. Addictive? No. Am I addicted to the freedom to make up my own mind? Yes.

      • Brown Sugar

        I think I am nice and I am in Tennessee. lol . But, I don’t blame anyone not wanting to come here. The cops are bust happy here still. Wish I could move , but I can’t. Tennessee is dragging around on legalizing , but I think eventually it will happen. But, I don’t blame anyone not wanting to take a chance on ruining their life , when there are other states that you can live in freedom. I say, go for the freedom, and wish us here in Tennessee good luck, we sure need it .

    • Rhonda Cobb

      As an almost lifetime resident of TN. I have given serious thoughts of moving from here. I suffer from severe arthritis chronic pain and muscle spasms due to MMD. I’m also bipolar with GAD. I don’t see marijuana ever being legalized even though the benefits outweigh the risk of the narcotics currently prescribed. Also, I know the repercussions of simply being caught with just a small roach. I spent over $1,000 in fines, court costs and probation.

  • Whit

    After watching several people I love become addicted to narcotic medications because of surgeries and physical issues I wish this had been the option all along. Because it isn’t I get to watch them continue to struggle. Narcotic medications are the danger yet pain clinics thrive and after working in a pharmacy myself i see how easy it is and how massive that problem is. Marijuana is nothing like those pills and let you still function as a person and continue to be yourself while aiding to the depression aspect where narcotics don’t.

  • Jake Doty

    I was n a bad car wreck and had a tbi. Marijuana is the only thing that will kill the pain. Now I believe GOD put anything here for US to use. Marijuanais a natural substance that comes from a plant. So my question is how’s it a drug and illegal but beer and whiskey is man made legal substances. Man made bull shit doesn’t work

  • Chris Bible

    I was hit by a car in gatlinburg tennessee, cause they don’t enforce the crosswalk’s in a tourist town, and yes it’s the gatlinburg where dollywood is, I was in the hospital for a 2 days shy of 2 months, with a severe concussion, fractures in my neck and spine, my back hurts all of the time, plus I can’t keep my back straight, the muscles in my upper back stay stiff and cause me to look slightly hunchback, but I refuse to be the next pill head and take pain pills and muscle relaxers, I easily get immune to pain pills, and would have to take more and more monthly to be able to function, I drunk wild lettuce tea and have to take naproxen the days it rains,

  • patman37745

    ive been smoking since I was 15 years old and now im 46 all the bull of the gov makes me sick ive stopped for years then started back up again years later due to back problems it helps so much I can get threw my day and enjoy the high and wish the government would listen to the people I feel our government is all about who can pay the most to play big booze is doing everything possible to block due to losing money to the weed industry so they pay congress to block and let people die due to there product

  • Brown Sugar

    Marijuana should just be legalized for every purpose. Can anyone tell me what beer cures ???? By keeping marijuana illegal, it is only bogging down our court systems, crowding jails, ruining innocent people’s life’s. It is ridiculous that in 2013 marijuana is still being treated like a deadly substance in Tennessee. Everyone knows that marijuana is harmless. If people can drink a beer to relax or drink a glass of wine, then why can’t adult people have the freedom to smoke marijuana if that helps them to relax ? Marijuana should be legalized and taken out of the drug category altogether.

    • MrPC

      Please take your concerns to the state legislators that represent your district. If enough people tell them the facts about marijuana, and threaten to vote them out of office if they won’t listen, things will change. Contribute to NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project and other groups that are working toward legalization. And to answer your question, beer cures being too skinny or too smart.

      • Brown Sugar

        I have done that. Just did it once more today. They better believe I will not vote for any of them that are not for the legalization of marijuana. And I am a member of Norml . I post on three sites any information I can find about marijuana. Every day . And your right about beer cure, LOL

    • applewood

      Alcohol is considered a drug as well as tobacco.

  • Jean Anne Lewis

    Legalize Medical Marijuana In Every State In America! Nuff Said! :-)

  • Buddy Dank

    The only thing that’s dangerous about marijuana…is getting caught with it. That aint right!!

  • Jeff Lowe

    leaga;izw weed!!!!

  • a.ran.

    legalize it .mid .tn . here

  • Kevin R.

    legalize weed never heard of someone odeing on it .

  • Jerry R.

    Plant a tree save the earth.Legalize..

  • bud812

    My family is in the process of selling our realestate holdings of aprox.$500,000 and moving to Colorado for the freedom! If TN.wants to make me a criminal for using pot ill move to a state that wont and im sure there are many others doing the same!

  • Concerned Parent

    I am all for the legalization of Marijuana. Throughout the many years, I have enjoyed how it relaxes me, calms my nerves and effects my decision and thought processing, without having to take chemical made medicine. I have always worried about my job or jobs in the past. About a year ago, my fear came true. It effected not only me, my career, my social status and my family. I was judged for doing something I enjoy, that wasn’t on company time. Eventually, because of it, I lost my job, but insurance for me and my family. My son is a Type I Diabetic, which has lead to him having many seizures, and thyroid problems. He not only has to take his Insulin shots, but meds for seizures and for his thyroid. I have read many articles and seen many documentary shows about the abilities of the Medical Marijuana being very affective. If it would help our son and many others with their medical problems, then I would say, “I think it is time to make a change.”