Scientists Discover That Cannabis May Reduce Brain Damage Caused By Alcohol | Collective-Evolution

Chemicals within cannabis have powerful antioxidant properties, and scientists believe this can protect the brain from damage. Too much alcohol can lead to permanent brain damage, among other things. A recent study from the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland concluded that a chemical in marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD) could be used to prevent alcohol-induced brain damage. The study was published in September of 2013 in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. (1)

The study outlines how excessive alcohol consumption results in neuro-degeneration as well as behavioral and cognitive impairments that are hypothesized to contribute to the chronic and relapsing nature of alcoholism. As a result they aimed to study the transdermal delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of alcohol-induced neuro-degeneration. At the conclusion of the study, results demonstrated the feasibility of using CBD transdermal delivery systems for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.(1)

Just like THC, CBD is another chemical found in marijuana, the difference is that it doesn’t get you ‘high.’ Both chemicals are strong antioxidants.

These results justify further preclinical development of transdermal CBD for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration. It has been suggested that the neuroprotective effects of CBD observed during binge alcohol induced neurodegeneration are due to its high antioxidant capacity. (1)



The authors note that CBD acts as a stronger antioxidant than many well-known antioxidants. This new study was done on rat models, using both a skin patch and regular needle injection. Both methods produced similar magnitudes of neuroprotection, approximately 50 percent. Further studies need to be done here before human trials can begin. It’s surprising that human trials have yet to begin, it seems they should have began ages ago. Year after year we have credible published studies showing the clear link between cannabis and a healthy body environment.

The potential health benefits of cannabis are overwhelming, and potentially very threatening to the pharmaceutical industry. It is a shame that despite all of the evidence supporting the medicinal properties of this plant, it still has a negative connotation within the mainstream. Nobody can deny it’s medicinal benefits, and given the tremendous amount of information and research to support it, it seems pretty clear that this plant is a natural miracle.

Things seem to be changing, however. Last week, a European based pharmaceutical company called GW pharmaceuticals announced that they are set to commence its first ever phase of clinical trials for the treatment of brain cancer. You can read more about that here. A couple of months ago, I wrote an article presenting 20 medical studies that prove cannabis can cure cancer; I’ve presented them in this article (see below). If we want to stay on the topic of brain damage, dozens of studies have shown the potential benefits of cannabis on damaged brain tissue. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed that cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult hippocampus neurogenesis. (2) The list goes on and on, and it seems to be never-ending, especially when it comes to cannabis and the brain. If you would like to know more there is plenty of information that’s readily available.

Contrary to popular belief, smoking the Cannabis is not the most effective way in treating disease within the body as therapeutic levels cannot be reached through smoking. Creating oil from the plant or eating the plant is the best way to go about getting the necessary ingredients which are the Cannabinoids. Also, when Cannabis is heated and burnt it changes the chemical structure and acidity of the THC. This changes its ability to be therapeutic and anytime you burn something and inhale it, you create oxidation within the body which aids in free-radical production.

Humanity does not need to wait for a pharmaceutical company, or the medical industry to ‘OK’ its use for medicinal purposes. We constantly look towards these corporations for methods, approval and availability. This is something we can take into our own hands, the information is out there and if it’s something you feel can be of benefit you are free to try it. For medicinal use, it should be non-GMO, grown without pesticides and completely natural. In the hands of a pharmaceutical company, or future pill form, it might be hard to trust.

Below are links to more studies with regards to cancer and cannabis. (20 out of many more)
Brain Cancer

1. A study published in the British Journal of Cancer, conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid, this study determined that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids inhibit tumour growth. They were responsible for the first clinical study aimed at assessing cannabinoid antitumoral action. Cannabinoid delivery was safe and was achieved with zero psychoactive effects. THC was found to decrease tumour cells in two out of the nine patients.

2. A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience examined the biochemical events in both acute neuronal damage and in slowly progressive, neurodegenerative diseases. They conducted a magnetic resonance imaging study that looked at THC (the main active compound in marijuana) and found that it reduced neuronal injury in rats. The results of this study provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can serve to protect the brain against neurodegeneration.

3. A study published in The Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics already acknowledged the fact that cannabinoids have been shown to possess antitumor properties. This study examined the effect of cannabidiol (CBD, non psychoactive cannabinoid compound) on human glioma cell lines. The addition of cannabidiol led to a dramatic drop in the viability of glioma cells. Glioma is the word used to describe brain tumour. The study concluded that cannabidiol was able to produce a significant antitumor activity.

4. A study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics outlines how brain tumours are highly resistant to current anticancer treatments, which makes it crucial to find new therapeutic strategies aimed at improving the poor prognosis of patients suffering from this disease. This study also demonstrated the reversal of tumour activity in Glioblastoma multiforme.
Breast Cancer

5. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine, conducted by the California Pacific Medical Centre determined that cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion. They also demonstrated that CBD significantly reduces tumour mass.

6. A study published in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics determined that THC as well as cannabidiol dramatically reduced breast cancer cell growth. They confirmed the potency and effectiveness of these compounds.

7. A study published in the Journal Molecular Cancer showed that THC reduced tumour growth and tumour numbers. They determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce cancer cell apoptosis and impair tumour angiogenesis (all good things). This study provides strong evidence for the use of cannabinoid based therapies for the management of breast cancer.

8. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) determined that cannabinoids inhibit human breast cancer cell proliferation.
Lung Cancer

9. A study published in the journal Oncogene, by Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department determined that THC inhibits epithelial growth factor induced lung cancer cell migration and more. They go on to state that THC should be explored as novel therapeutic molecules in controlling the growth and metastasis of certain lung cancers.

10. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine by the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, from the Department of General Surgery in Germany determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell invasion. Effects were confirmed in primary tumour cells from a lung cancer patient. Overall, data indicated that cannabinoids decrease cancer cell invasiveness.

11. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine, conducted by Harvard Medical School investigated the role of cannabinoid receptors in lung cancer cells. They determined its effectiveness and suggested that it should be used for treatment against lung cancer cells.
Prostate Cancer

12. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine illustrates a decrease in prostatic cancer cells by acting through cannabinoid receptors.

13. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine outlined multiple studies proving the effectiveness of cannabis on prostate cancer.

14. Another study published by the US National Library of Medicine determined that clinical testing of CBD against prostate carcinoma is a must. That cannabinoid receptor activation induces prostate carcinoma cell apoptosis. They determined that cannabidiol significantly inhibited cell viability.
Blood Cancer

15. A study published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology recently showed that cannabinoids induce growth inhibition and apoptosis in matle cell lymphoma. The study was supported by grants from the Swedish Cancer Society, The Swedish Research Council and the Cancer Society in Stockholm.

16. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer also determined and illustrated that cannabinoids exert antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects in various types of cancer and in mantle cell lymphoma.

17. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine conducted by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology by Virginia Commonwealth University determined that cannabinoids induce apoptosis in leukemia cells.
Oral Cancer

18. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine results show cannabinoids are potent inhibitors of cellular respiration and are toxic to highly malignant oral Tumours.
Liver Cancer

19. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine determined that that THC reduces the viability of human HCC cell lines (Human hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line) and reduced the growth.
Pancreatic Cancer

20. A study published in The American Journal of Cancer determined that cannabinoid receptors are expressed in human pancreatic tumor cell lines and tumour biopsies at much higher levels than in normal pancreatic tissue. Results showed that cannabinoid administration induced apoptosis. They also reduced the growth of tumour cells, and inhibited the spreading of pancreatic tumour cells.

Sources:

(1) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305713002104

(2) http://www.jci.org/articles/view/25509

http://www.truthonpot.com/2013/09/12/marijuana-may-reduce-brain-damage-caused-by-alcohol-study/
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Feds raid Denver-area marijuana dispensaries, grow operations, 2 homes – The Denver Post

pot_raidHC2_2723Six weeks before the nation’s first retail marijuana shops open in Colorado, federal authorities on Thursday raided more than a dozen Denver metro area marijuana facilities and two homes.

In the largest federal raid on Colorado marijuana businesses since medical marijuana became legal, federal law enforcement agents with an assist from local police officers executed search and seizure warrants at multiple dispensaries and cultivation facilities — at least a dozen in Denver alone.

Agents also raided two private residences, according to sources speaking to The Denver Post on condition of anonymity.

Federal officials wouldn’t give specific reasons for the raids, other than to say one of eight federal concerns around marijuana have potentially been violated. Those concerns include trafficking marijuana outside of states where it has been legalized and money laundering.

A search warrant obtained by The Post identifies 10 “target subjects” associated with the raids.

James “Skip” Wollrab, an attorney for one of the targets, said his client did nothing wrong. He said he followed state regulations closely.

“They took $1 million worth of plants from his facility,” said Wollrab, who represents Laszlo Bagi, owner of Swiss Medical in Boulder. “They didn’t leave any instructions, saying don’t replant. There was no court order of cease and desist. No explanation.”

Outside Swiss Medical, agents left a pile of seized marijuana stacked in the snow like Christmas trees until a front-end loader scooped it up and a truck hauled it away.

Wollrab said the agents were also raiding Bagi’s grow facilities in Commerce City and the effect will likely bankrupt his client.

Another raid targeted one of the largest dispensaries in the state — VIP Cannabis at 2949 W. Alameda Ave. in Denver. Broken glass from a shattered front window littered the parking lot while masked agents hauled boxes of evidence into a U-Haul truck. Police turned customers away. The dispensary’s website said it would be closed on Thursday and Friday.

The president of VIP, which was formed in 2009, is identified in state records as Carlos Solano. Luis F. Uribe is identified as the vice president. Neither could be reached for comment Thursday.

Both men are identified as “target subjects” in the search warrant, which gave authorities the go-ahead to seize everything from pot plants and cash to financial records, safes and computer flash drives.

Also named in the search warrant were Gerardo Uribe-Christancho, David Furtado, Juan Guardarrama, Carlos Solano-Bocanegro, Jared Bringhurst, Felix Perez, John Frank Esmeral and Joseph Tavares.

Efforts to reach them for comment Thursday were not successful.

State business records tie Bringhurst to a grow warehouse at 4242 Elizabeth Street in Denver that was raided Thursday, according to a man at the property who declined to be identified. The grow is associated with a dispensary called Golden Goat Wellness in Denver, records show. Bringhurst is identified as the dispensary’s registered agent.

No arrests were made in the raids, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice in Denver. Dorschner said the raids were being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service criminal investigations unit, the Denver Police Department and state and local law enforcement.

“Although we cannot at this time discuss the substance of this pending investigation, the operation under way today comports with the Department’s recent guidance regarding marijuana enforcement matters,” Dorschner said in his e-mailed statement to The Post.

“While the investigation is ongoing, there are strong indications that more than one of the eight federal prosecution priorities identified in the Department of Justice’s August guidance memo are potentially implicated,” he said in a later statement.

MARIJUANA RAID


PHOTOS: Feds raid Denver-area marijuana dispensaries and grow operations

On Aug. 29, the U.S. Justice Department issued a memo to federal prosecutors revealing the federal government wouldn’t stand in the way of marijuana legalization. The memo warned the federal government would still “aggressively enforce” eight areas of concern surrounding the drug:• Preventing distribution to minors;

• Preventing revenue from marijuana sales from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;

• Preventing diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to other states;

• Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;

• Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana

• Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;

• Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands;

• Preventing marijuana possession on federal property.

It is unclear what areas are being investigated by federal authorities in Thursday’s operation.

In March, Kevin Merrill, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Denver field division, told The Post his investigators were aware of many instances of operators with pending license applications who would not qualify because of criminal records, failure to meet residence requirements or because they have registered the business in another name while they are in control.

At the time, he declined to elaborate, citing ongoing investigations.

Aaron Smith, the executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, noted that many of the raids took place at locations where a number of different medical-marijuana businesses shared space. It is not uncommon, for instance, for multiple dispensaries to share space in a single cultivation warehouse.

In that situation, Smith said, federal authorities would be likely to seize all the marijuana they come across in the facility, whether the business it belonged to was the target of the investigation or not.

“We know the policy of law enforcement would be to take everything at a certain facility, regardless of whose property it was,” Smith said.

That’s what happened in 2011, when federal authorities raided a north Denver dispensary called Cherry Top Farms after following a truck to the business while investigating an illegal cultivation warehouse. Four people were charged in connection with the warehouse, but no one at Cherry Top Farms was ever accused of wrongdoing. Nonetheless, federal agents seized 2,500 marijuana plants from the business as contraband.

Mike Elliott, head of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, which represents some of Colorado’s larger industry players, said the organization has always supported a robust and comprehensive regulatory framework and strict enforcement.

“Really, I see enforcement actions happening as a sign our industry is maturing and this program is working,” Elliott said.

Elliott added that details on the enforcement actions are not available and “it’s important to remember people are innocent until proven guilty.”

Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project, who pushed for legalization, said he doesn’t know what inspired the raids.

“The Justice Department said it would respect states’ rights to regulate marijuana, and that it would not go after businesses as long as they are complying with state laws,” he said in a statement.

“We hope they are sticking to their word and not interfering with any state-regulated, law-abiding businesses. … If a business is suspected of violating state laws, they will likely face increased scrutiny, and if they are found to be in violation, they will likely face consequences. That is how our society treats alcohol, and that is how we expect to see marijuana treated.”

Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal program that works with law-enforcement agencies to reduce drug trafficking and production, said he was glad to see the raid. Gorman’s program was not involved in the investigation or Thursday’s enforcement actions, he said.

Gorman said he does not think the timing is connected to the recent guidance to Colorado and Washington state from the DOJ, or to Colorado’s looming transition to recreational marijuana retail centers.

Typically, he said, such investigations last 18 months or longer and it just takes that long to gather information for search and seizure warrants.

“I have said it before and I’ll say it again — you cannot regulate this illegal industry,” Gorman said. “You can’t any time you talk about money and profits, and dealing with a customer base and selling product. There are too many loopholes, too many ways to get around it. You just can’t do it ….

“It looks likes we are becoming a stoner state.”

Andy Williams, owner of Medicine Man dispensary in Denver and a board member with the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, said he welcomed raids on businesses breaking the rules and doubts the federal government would target business indiscriminately.

“I want the bad actors gone, quite honestly,” he said.

Williams said he is confident the recreational marijuana industry will be well-regulated now that Colorado voters have approved taxes that will go to oversight.

“When the revenue starts rolling in, (state officials) are going to be able to hire the people necessary to make sure they are doing their due diligence,” he said. “I think the federal government is going to recognize that.”

VIP Cannabis on West Alameda Avenue is a Type 3 dispensary, meaning it has more than 500 patients and is the largest classification under state regulations. Fewer than 20 Type 3 dispensaries operate in Colorado.

Federal agents wore dental masks, presumably to protect themselves from the fumes, as they carried boxes from the store.

Workers boarded up windows that officers had broken during the raid and bolted shut the doors. A Denver police officer turned away customers who continued to trickle past, unaware of the police activity.

Among them was Ut Cobbin, who had been a customer for about five months.

“They were very fair, treated me like a loyal customer,” Cobbin said, flashing his medical marijuana card. He said frequent customers could earn points for discounts and valued customers were given a free “eighth” of pot each month.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said his department also was asked to provide security while the DEA served a warrant at a dispensary in Nederland. A member of the Boulder County Drug Task Force said the dispensary raided was Grateful Meds.

Colorado’s regulatory framework as well as Denver’s framework has been criticized in recent audits.

The state audit said regulators charged with watching over Colorado’s medical marijuana industry fell short on everything from tracking inventory and managing their budget to keeping potential bad actors out of the business.

Denver’s audit found serious problems with how the city licenses, tracks and manages the booming medical marijuana industry in the city.

Jeremy P. Meyer: 303-954-1367, jpmeyer@denverpost.com or twitter.com/jpmeyerdpost

Boulder Daily Camera reporter Mitchell Byars and Denver Post reporter Sadie Gurman contributed to this report.


Eight areas of concern

On Aug. 29, the U.S. Justice Department issued a memo to federal prosecutors revealing that the government wouldn’t stand in the way of marijuana legalization. The memo warned that the government would still “aggressively enforce” laws to prevent violations in eight areas of concern involving the drug:

  • Distribution to minors
  • Revenue from marijuana sales going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels
  • Diversion of marijuana to other states from those where it is legal
  • Violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of pot
  • State-authorized marijuana activity being used as a cover or pretext for illegal drug trafficking
  • Drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public-health consequences
  • Growing on public lands
  • Possession on federal property

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Petitioning Florida Governor And Congress: Dahlia’s Law: Legalize Medical Marijuana

Baby_needs_CannabisFor patients such as my daughter, who was diagnosed this May (at the age of two) with highly aggressive brain cancer, WE DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR POLITICAL AGENDA. This antiquated legislation MUST be rectified IMMEDIATELY. Marijuana is easily obtainable. The ONLY people these laws have kept the medicinal benefits of cannabis from are DOCTORS and PATIENTS. Having already polled the residents of the State you serve with a result of over 60% being pro-legalization, it is your responsibility as our representatives to present this leglislation on our behalf. Your denial of our request is indicative of the lack of obligation to work for us, and furthermore indicates your willingness to work against us.

TO CONGRESS:
The majority of drug addictions in this country are that of prescription drugs and legal alcohol. With that said, I never would have been an advocate for the medicinal use of marijuana had I not been forced into a situation which required my education on the matter. When my daughter was diagnosed in May, at the age of two, with highly aggressive brain cancer, my entire world, everything that ever meant anything, anything that ever made sense, dissipated overnight.

While we are led to believe that we have options in the care of our children, the truth is not so. Chemotherapy and radiation are the only treatments offered to cancer patients, and a parent does not have a choice in this treatment. While my daughter has received the best cancer care in the country, and perhaps the world, there are some things which need to be addressed. Medical professionals have no idea why a baby gets a cancer such as my daughter’s. The conventional treatment are low success and high risk. She may just be one of millions to you, to doctors, and to politicians, but to me, she is the only one. She is the only one of her, and she deserves every chance possible to survive.

I studied diets, supplements, foods, essentials oils, anything that has ever been reported to have any positive effects on cancer. After months of researching, of speaking personally to doctors, scientists, and researchers, I found that cannabinoids (found in cannabis extract) could not only replace a handful of drugs she is currently prescribed, including morphine (extracted from the opium plant- a legal, prescription painkiller that does not send knowledgeable people into panic that someone is going to go smoke opium), several anti-nausea, anti-vomiting, appetite stimulants, etc., but have also been shown to stop the growth of and even kill cancer cells!

Only one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis is psychoactive (THC), and this particular cannabinoid has been replicated by pharmaceutical companies and put on the market as Marinol. Unfortunately, this replication does not work as well and does not have any of the additional effects of the other cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC induces aptosis in cancer cells! When dosed properly, just as morphine or any other plant-derived drug, the drug can be prescribed in a manner that does not obtain the negative side effects one might fear in giving a child any drug. Additionally, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD, can be increased in order to counteract any psychotropic effects of THC. This cannabinoid also aids in the treatment of cancer cells. This is not propaganda- science is firm in these findings!

The United States Government patented cannabinoids as neuroprotectants and antioxidants! Why, when a two-year-old is diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, is this not available for a physician to use properly in order to help her? Does the Bible not state that plants are for nourishment and healing? Every drug has the potential for misuse. The supposed abuse by some can no longer deny God-given medicinal benefits to an entire nation! The bottom line is that politicians are not physicians. Please relinquish the antiquated legislation surrounding this demonized drug so that the anti-cancer effects of this drug can be further researched, and so that its many other medicinal benefits can be properly utilized.

We all know that marijuana is not hard to obtain. Therefore, who is the lack of medicinal use benefiting? This is only keeping the drug out of the hands of the people whose hands it should be in- the physicians! Allowing doctors to properly use and prescribe this drug for medicinal purposes will greatly assist those who fear stepping outside of the law, and will prevent many otherwise law-abiding citizens from doing so in extreme situations such as mine and that of so many others.

My daughter’s emotional and mental well-being are as important as and contribute to her physical healing in this horrible situation. I do not feel that moving away from our friends and family in order to relocate to a state where medicinal marijuana is already legal is the right thing to do. Rather, I believe that with the education of our own politicians here in Florida we can bring ourselves up to current time.

If you have never been put in a position to have to research this topic, I will be glad to assist. I have a proposed bill, I have hundreds of studies, and I will be glad to answer any questions you have. I can get you in touch with medical professionals, scientists, and researchers. I will do anything it takes to ensure our politicians are as educated as the parents and loved ones of suffering family members have had to become. The suffering residents of your state are awaiting this legislation, and for those of us in my situation, we do not have much time. Based on the urgency of this matter, I would request that you kindly decline from having a staff member return a generic response.

TO THE GOVERNOR:
My name is Moriah Barnhart and I am writing you on behalf of my daughter, Dahlia, who was diagnosed with a highly aggressive, life-threatening brain cancer this May at the age of two. As you may or may not know, childhood cancer research is largely underfunded and while the cause of cancers such as hers are unknown, the cure is even more debatable. She is currently undergoing the only treatments available under current legislation, and with a low success rate and high probability of organ damage, brain damage, later cancers, and many other ailments, I am seeking to obtain some humanity from our politicians with regards to the outdated legislation governing our current medical treatment options (or, more accurately, the lack thereof).

We are all aware that many of our commonly used medicines come from plants. Morphine comes from opium. In fact, some of the chemotherapy drugs my daughter is being given come from plants. I believe that, as the Bible says, God created plants to nourish and to heal. While the political agenda behind the outlaw of the cannabis plant, and the hemp plant (which does not have the capability of producing psychoactive effects), has maintained a stronghold in this country for decades, we are at a point where the people have become educated and will not stand for the continued stifling of science, research, and medicine. It is now well known and documented that this plant produces extracts which treat and show curative potential for seizures, neurological disorders, and cancer. In fact, it is also becoming public knowledge that the United States government patented cannabinoids from the plant’s extract as neuroprotectants and antioxidants. It is time lawmakers stopped playing God. We now understand that while politicians have maintained that this is a dangerous drug, the science shows otherwise. We see that with the majority of drug-related deaths being attributed to legal prescription drugs and legal alcohol consumption, there are no reports of death by cannabis.

In a position such as mine, I will leave no stone unturned with regards to potential treatment options for my daughter. After vigorously studying diets, supplements, and holistic approaches to helping her fight this deadly disease, it has become quite clear that cannabis is known by scientists and doctors to have medicinal benefits that outweigh those of the handfuls of dangerous and potentially deadly drugs my sweet baby is being given now, with none of the dangerous side effects. However, politicians contend that this is not so, and as a matter of personal and professional agenda refuse to reclassify it appropriately, leaving its use to those who would step outside of the law instead of placing it in the hands of medical professionals.

POLITICIANS ARE NOT PHYSICIANS. It is time this injustice be rectified.

I have attached a link to my narrated letter to Congress, as well as the bill proposal, for your review. While I will be bringing this proposed legislation to Congress on a federal level post-shut down, for the time being, it is urgent that our home state make its appropriate legislative modifications immediately. As I am sure Mr. Fabrizio has already advised you, Florida residents are already at a 60% pro position, and this number is rising. With my public outreach, and that of many others, the education of the residents should bring the statistics up drastically. I look forward to your action in show of concern and support for my daughter, as her emotional and mental well-being during this severe crisis are as important as and contribute to her physical well-being and healing. Therefore, I do not believe it is in her best interest at this time to relocate to a state wherein medicinal marijuana is already legal, but rather to bring our own state out of its antiquated legislation so that she may maintain her close bonds to family and friends here at home.

I am sure that upon being made aware of our situation, along with that of many residents of the State which you serve, as well as being privy to the science which shows the extracts of cannabis have great healing and treating potential, are not dangerous, and do not meet requirements to be falsely classified as a Schedule I drug, that you will kindly make a proactive stance in the legalization of a medicine my daughter and many others are in desperate need of. This is obviously a time-sensitive matter of the utmost urgency and I look forward to hearing back from you shortly.

Petitioning Florida Governor And Congress: Dahlia’s Law: Legalize Medical Marijuana.


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