Why I grow medical marijuana?
I have been in the medical profession for two decades.
I have seen, first hand how prescription drugs can be misused and abused by people from all walks of life. This can result in dependency/addiction, rebound/withdrawal symptoms, and many times even fatal overdoses. I have also seen how ineffective pharmaceutical “medicines” can be, many times requiring additional “medicines” to cope with the side effects of the initial “medicines.” Note how I quote that term – “medicines.” If you detect a note of sarcasm, then you are both perceptive and correct. I too used to think that marijuana was just a recreational drug, just a phase you went through, or just “something you did in your teenage years,” then outgrew.
But when a family member started suffering from severe and agonizing health problems, I learned a lot that really opened my eyes. The one thing that helped them through the pain and depression of their illness was marijuana. When they were medicated with it was the only time that they truly felt comfortable at all, could eat, or felt happy. However, guilt over doing something illegal (as absurd as that law is) also loomed over them, with the constant threat of losing their job, their livelihood, and even their freedom. So they decided to forego using marijuana, trusted their physician and the “medicines” that they were prescribed by them, and began taking what they were prescribed. They experienced much less-than-satisfactory results from these “medicines,” especially when compared to the results they knew they got from marijuana when they were using it. The side effects of some of the “medicines” included increased suicidal thoughts/tendencies, their emotional well-being suffered, and the pain was not controlled anywhere close to what marijuana had offered. After a few weeks of experiencing the results (or lack of results) of modern “medicine,” they tragically took their life.
This loss was very hard on our family.
While they were alive, they talked with me often about the value of marijuana, recommended I watch some educational films/shows about it, and encouraged me to read about it. I watched a couple of the things they recommended while they were still alive. But after they died, I dove in head first, learning all I could about this truly amazing plant.
What I learned intrigued me, amazed me, and especially angered me. I could not believe that my government was so unwilling to legalize a simple plant that is so beneficial in so many, many ways. The more I thought on this, and the more that I thought on the loss our family suffered (that marijuana had successfully staved off for years), the more I began to adopt a mindset of wanting to “do what I know to be best” rather than “do what my government says it wants” out of greed and corruption. I am not trying to preach to anyone, but what it comes down to is I live in a country that has said it is legal to drink alcohol as much as you want (which causes great domestic problems, DUI deaths), smoke cigarettes as much as you want (that kill almost half a million in my nation annually), take any assortment of prescription meds from however many doctors you can con them out of (that can kill you), even kill an unborn child — all legally.
Yet a plant, a God-made plant that is so beneficial and has been throughout history, that is not legal. I do not agree. You see, man has an innate knowledge of right and wrong, and most things that are illegal are also wrong to him personally, such as murder, rape, stealing, hurting or endangering another person, etc. Even most people who may do those things realize they are wrong. Most cultures throughout history have acknowledged those as wrong and I feel the same. But nothing inside me makes me feel at all that a plant should be illegal, especially a beneficial one that cannot be used to poison thousands of people or anything terrorist-like or harmful.
I realized that most of the “medicines” that members of my family were taking (pain pills, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, nausea medication, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication) were not only ineffective and necessitating other meds sometimes, but could A-L-L be substituted for with a much superior and God-made medicine, a simple plant that was free and unlimited. I then saw, outside our family, how folks were coping with illnesses like ALS, seizures, and other illnesses that can be helped with medical marijuana. No dangerous side effects, no withdrawal symptoms, no dependency issues, no potential for fatal overdose, no doctor’s opinion or prescription required, and no refill limit. I realized that even though I have seen deaths from virtually every type of “medicine” in use over the years, along with many from tobacco, alcohol, and the “hard” illegal drugs, I have never ever seen a death from marijuana. I have never even seen a domestic abuse case involving marijuana.
I only thought about it seriously for a couple of days before discussing it with my wife. She was reluctant at first, but also realized the overwhelming validity of what I was saying and the truth about the pharmaceutical industry (the largest industry in the world, with 2 lobbyists in Washington DC for every 1 politician there)
….. So I started reading about how to do it and buying the necessary equipment. I have only started, so we have not yet realized the benefits of the first harvest. But I know that they will be tremendous. And no, I am not growing marijuana for me to use or get high from. Although I do not think there is any harm in it and would probably enjoy it, for me to remain gainfully employed it is too large of a risk to take.
So that is where I am, and that is why I am growing medical marijuana. I encourage you to also investigate and educate yourself on this amazing plant, not just medicinally, but for the multitude of uses hemp has.
Don’t just do like I did and mindlessly assume that if it is illegal there are valid reasons. Don’t believe what other people tell you, including myself, but find out for yourself what the truth is (listening to all sides). Don’t listen to the propaganda that has been force-fed to us since the 30′s, listen to your inner voice of reason. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where marijuana is voted on in any way, please make your voice heard. If you serve on a jury and the charge is marijuana possession, cast your vote with your heart and your conscience to send a message. Let’s stop imprisoning people for owning a plant.
Pharmaceutical companies and the multitude of privatized prisons (yes it is an industry) stand to lose a lot of money — that is why marijuana is illegal.
By Mj doctor
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