The Healing Herb

Even for those of you that don’t smoke pot and don’t support pot smoking, it is important to at least respect the fact the marijuana is a healing herb that many people benefit from. Marijuana not only has physical health benefits, but spiritual and psychological as well. Marijuana is more then just “getting high,” it’s a way of life in which the user can connect with nature or simply just relax.

Well enough mumbo-jumbo, let’s get into the facts.

1. Cancer: According to researchers at Harvard University and the California Pacific Medical Research Institute, marijuana has been found to reduce the tumor growth in common lung cancer by 50% and may be able to stop tumor growth in breast cancer. Researchers believe that marijuana can provide a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy without the painful side effects. Not only can it help prevent tumor growth, but marijuana has also been used by cancer patients as a way to alleviate the side effects and bring back their appetite.

2. Seizures: Marijuana has antispasmodic and relaxing qualities that have proven to effectively treat seizures. Marijuana allows the muscles to relax and therefore seizures are not as likely.

3. Glaucoma: This is one of the most well-known benefits of marijuana. According to studies done by the National Eye Institute, marijuana has been proven to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma.

4. Multiple Sclerosis: Marijuana has been proven to protect nerves from the damage caused by MS and therefore can reduce tumors and muscle spasms associated with the disease.

5. Tourette’s  and OCD: Similar to the way marijuana treats seizures and MS, marijuana’s effects slow down the tics in those suffering from Tourette’s, and the obsessive neurological symptoms in people with OCD.

6. ADD and ADHD: According to a study done at USC, marijuana can be used as a substitute for the dangerously addictive pharmaceutical, Ritalin.

7. Alzheimer’s: Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease, therefore concluding that THC “may be the most effective drug for treating the declining effects of Alzheimer’s disease.”

In addition to treating these diseases and disorders, marijuana is used by many as an herbal remedy for stress management, relaxation, tension, and just taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Marijuana is not designed to be a “gateway drug” or an addiction, it is designed for herbal healing and relaxation.

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Greens = Green$

I've found the missing piece!

For those of you that think in numbers, California currently has a $19 billion deficit. And I don’t know about you, but I think our taxes are already high enough. So what can be done to balance this out? Legalize marijuana. While it won’t completely fix our deficit, it will definitely play a huge role in getting things back to normal.

I’d like to specifically reach out to our state treasurer, Bill Lockyer.

Dear Bill,

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen requesting your support. As the California State Treasurer we are depending on you to get us out of this terrible debt. Californians are looking to you for guidance and advice on what can be done about this deficit. I am here to suggest a solution, legalize marijuana.

Marijuana is currently the #1 cash crop in California. Yes, you read that correctly, it’s  actually worth double the state’s vegetable and grape crops COMBINED! All in all coming out to about $14 billion in revenues a year. It’s time for that market to be taxed, and it can only happen if you publicly show your support for Prop 19.

“Marijuana already plays a huge role in the California economy.  It’s a revenue opportunity we literally can’t afford to ignore anymore. It’s time to end the charade of marijuana prohibition, tax the $14 billion market, and redirect criminal justice resources to matters of real public justice.”     – Stephen Gutwillig, CA state director for the Drug Policy Alliance

The proposition is already on the ballot, but I am requesting that you help ensure that it is passed by announcing your support. The missing piece to the puzzle has been found, but we need your help to put it in its rightful spot.

Thanks for your time,

A Concerned Citizen

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you don’t know JANE!

On this November’s ballot there is a very important prop, Prop 19: Control and Tax Cannabis. Before Californians cast their votes, it is important to reveal the myths about marijuana. I’ve chosen the top 3 myths that people seem to be the most worried about.

1.  Marijuana is a gateway drug.

This is a common misconception about marijuana. Many supporters of marijuana prohibition will use this argument to reach out to parents and scare kids, but it is simply not true! An example of this is when Holland legalized marijuana in the 70s. Rather then seeing a rise in the use of hard drugs like cocaine and heroine, the Dutch saw a substantial DECREASE in the use of hard drugs. This goes to show that marijuana tends to be a substitute for the much more dangerous drugs like alcohol, cocaine, and heroine.

2. Marijuana is addictive

Marijuana is not highly addictive like hard drugs or tobacco, but it can cause dependence. Someone that is dependent on marijuana is similar to someone dependent on coffee in the morning. While it may be easier to get out of bed with a cup of coffee it is not absolutely necessary.

3. Like other drugs, you can overdose on marijuana

FALSE! There has never been a single case of marijuana overdose. In order for a human to overdose on marijuana you would need to consume nearly 40,000 times the amount of THC needed to intoxicate you. In contrast it only requires 5-10 times that amount of alcohol to intoxicate to be fatal. For example, if it requires 3 beers to intoxicate you, it only requires 15-30 beers to kill you. However, if it takes 3 hits of marijuana to intoxicate you, it would require 120,000 hits to kill you. You can’t consume the THC fast enough for this to be remotely possible.

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