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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Response to Huffington Post Article about Legalization of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes

ORIGINAL HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE LINK

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/09/feds-rule-marijuana-has-no-accepted-medicinal-use_n_893894.html

MY RESPONSE - TO LONG TO POST AT THE ARTICLE END...I POSTED WITH THE LINK TO MY BLOG INSTEAD

What is to argue here ??? It should be legal on a Federal and State level...when medicine fails and it does constantly...and there is a natural plant that can help folks who are ill...including myself...it is obvious what needs to be done...in a democracy this would have happened very quickly.

WE DO NOT HAVE A DEMOCRACY...THE GOVERNMENT...we are lied too repeatedly, have our money earned taxed and then mis-spent, should be bankrupt as a nation, and are on the edge of a civil war and perhaps a world war...I was a conservative am now more liberal to very liberal however consider myself a realist...not a make believer like the major parties...we have a great Constitution and a crap government built on top of it...throw out the trash...all of it...and build anew on the solid foundation that we have.

I studied Police Science, in which I earned a degree, and most of my instructors, who had been police officers, stated many times that marijuana should be legal...that was in the late 80's and early 90's...the drug war has now been called a miserable failure, and most all legitimate studies prove that MJ has great medicinal purposes.

Who should we listen too...cancer patients, AIDS patients, and other severely ill to terminally ill folks...or...politicians that are clueless...we are quickly becoming a laughing stock in the world more then ever and seem to relish in the spotlight.

I love the U.S.A. and I love the citizens and their great spirit. However, if things do not change at a rapid pace never before seen...it is the end for this country...ROME IS BURNING AND HAS BEEN FOR A LONG WHILE...there are so many important issues.

The main issue should be how to rebuild government from scratch on top of the Constitution and doing it in an efficient and peaceful manner...for example...I have spinal stenosis, slipped discs in the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical regions, a broken vertebrae in my lumbar, and three vertebrates the doctors want to fuse in my neck (cervical region)...by legal definition from the Social Security Administration I should 100% be declared disabled...under all three sections conforming to spinal stenosis alone...but instead...I am suffering and losing my dreams before my eyes as I have to fight a legal battle for over two years now to gain social security disability...these laws are written very specifically and an MRI is definitive proof that any reasonable man much less a doctor can clearly see that I am a mess.

Here are the definitions from Social Security:


1.04 Disorders of the spine (e.g., herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, vertebral fracture), resulting in compromise of a nerve root (including the cauda equina) or the spinal cord. With:
A. Evidence of nerve root compression characterized by neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, limitation of motion of the spine, motor loss (atrophy with associated muscle weakness or muscle weakness) accompanied by sensory or reflex loss and, if there is involvement of the lower back, positive straight-leg raising test (sitting and supine);
OR
B. Spinal arachnoiditis, confirmed by an operative note or pathology report of tissue biopsy, or by appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by severe burning or painful dysesthesia, resulting in the need for changes in position or posture more than once every 2 hours;
or
C. Lumbar spinal stenosis resulting in pseudoclaudication, established by findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by chronic nonradicular pain and weakness, and resulting in inability to ambulate effectively, as defined in 1.00B2b.




I have other health issues as well that are severe...I am tired of watching this country trample its very own citizens and fight wars in places we have no business...the government creates the problems because the system is inefficient and we have pathetic foreign and at home policy...if the government was my friend and treated me like this...I would never speak to them again...why do we tolerate the BS that we do ??? I may be ill, but I am mindful, educated, wise and will put up a peaceful fight for the rights that are being stripped from us...this is not about political parties anymore...this is about the survival of The United States of America...go to care2 and sign petitions for what you believe in...write letters and use the net to make your voice heard with the masses that agree.

WE MUST DEMAND CHANGE...united and together...and if we believe in something keep working diligently on progress together, always peacefully, and stay steadfast to our principles...read the Constitution and Bill of Rights...paste links up everywhere so others may read these documents as well, and have candid peaceful argument and discussion...open the mind and work hard together and we shall overcome as before...OR ELSE...WELL, AGAIN...ROME IS BURNING.

History teaches that all things repeat themselves without proper intervention...so why does it appear no one is paying attention...or that lots are paying attention perhaps and are just doing nothing about it...or are ou proverbial hands already tied ? Civil Rights are a promise...however, they are constantly infringed upon and/or taken away through our despicable so called democracy...we are no where near a democracy, or even bureaucracy anymore...we are getting closer and closer to A POLICE STATE with the advent of modern technology, including but not limited to, computers and imaging for instance.

So back to marijuana...supposing I smoked a few joints a day and it helped my medical problems and caused no harm to anyone else, and I stay a citizen in good standing...and it is legal and it is taxed and it is a great marketplace for our currently stumbling at best, failing economy...hypothesize these things and then ask yourself...what is the logic any reasonable citizen can argue that makes legalization an issue.

Decriminalizing marijuana alone would take a huge onus off of the law enforcement agencies at every level and save billions of dollars...in 1990 while I was in college it was nearly $ 40,000 per year to keep a prisoner incarcerated!

That outdated number must be astronomical in comparison today. There are so many valid reasons or pros to this argument, and really no reasonable drawbacks, negatives or cons...however anyone prefers to say it....SPIN, MEDIA, DOLLARS, POLITICS...are all mostly despicable, minus a few great folks that understand the bigger picture...ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO are legal and kill far more then marijuana has or ever will !!! That is a fact.

...and I will close with this...how many FDA approved drugs have you seen being advertised on television lately for causing major complications and/or death with lawyers just lining up and begging patients to call so they can sue the drug manufacturers?

The FDA is a laughing stock and extension of this out of control government that is all about the dollar.

Capitalism is wonderful in theory when it is about creating solid marketplaces and selling great products that are useful to all and safe for all. It is wonderful when it creates jobs and increases cash through domestic and international import and export. It is a shame on the U.S.A. that greed now rules most all market places and is therefore thwarting the natural and pure and good course of capitalism.

Marijuana and its ongoing debate clearly show everyone our ineptitude as a collective stagnant government and can easily be overlayed upon most all issues we are confronted with today and parallels and corollaries drawn that are precisely or very closely related that demonstrate why we have become so clearly sluggish and ineffective at creating rapid change,...at a time when it is most needed for our countries survival.

NORML (The National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws) was founded by Keith Stroup an attorney, over 40 years ago...40 years!!! The organization has been the strongest proponent of legalization for medicinal marijuana...this is 2011 and it is clearly time to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

I am also an artist and hope you will listen to my tune, " LEGALIZE WEED 2011". I wrote and played and recorded this in a fun style that is twangy...but the words to the song say what needs to be said quite simply...enjoy the song, share it with friends, write letters and sign petitions and become active in a constructive and peaceful way that demand change and demands that change today!

Peace, Steve of MobiusTripz here is a link to the song...

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/song_details/6357547

It is free...crank it up, have a laugh and enjoy it...then help make a difference I urge you !...Peace Friends, Steve


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