Cannabis As Medicine
Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. The major active chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, has psychoactive and medicinal effects when consumed, usually by smoking, vaporizing, or ingestion.
Cannabis can provide relief for many conditions including insomnia, asthma, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, migraines, cancer, AIDS, appetite disorders, anxiety, IBS, glaucoma, menstrual cramping, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, or any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities, or if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient's safety, physical or mental health.
- California was one of the first states to legalize Medical Marijuana. In 1996, voters passed Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, legalizing marijuana for medical use.
- Proposition 215 permits seriously ill Californians to use marijuana, provided they first obtain a doctor's recommendation.
- Proposition 215 also gives doctors a legal defense against professional or legal sanctions for recommending marijuana use.
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Since I've been living in San Diego, there have been a few crackdowns on the local marijuana dispensaries. About two months ago, all of the dispensaries in the neighborhood I live in closed down, many of them I was told due to their failure to comply with local zoning laws. Although medical marijuana is technically legal in the entire state of California as a result of Proposition 215, local and municipal governments have attempted to hinder its realization through zoning laws, especially in San Diego.
Yesterday, there was another raid on a local dispensary, this time justified by the "land-lord" law:
For the fourth time in one week, a San Diego marijuana dispensary was raided and closed down under the so-called "landlord law."
Law enforcement officers entered the Green Tree Solutions Pot Dispensary on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday,
The law prohibits landlords from renting space to medicinal marijuana dispensaries. The U.S. Attorney's Office gave landlords a 45-day warning to close down the dispensaries or face prosecution and have their property seized.
Special Agent Amy Roderick said more raids would be coming in the following weeks.
"We will eventually close every single one down in San Diego County," she told NBC San Diego.
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Funny thing is, Proposition 215 addresses these issues specifically in Section 1 (B) and (C):
(B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction.
(C) To encourage the federal and state governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana.I must tip my hat to Ron Paul, who is one of the only politicians speaking rationally about marijuana and the Drug War in general.
It's truly stunning knowing the federal government is cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries that are completely legal under state law, at the same time they are laundering millions of dollars for various Mexican drug cartels. I guess it shouldn't surprise me though. Gary Webb detailed quite thoroughly how the CIA basically sold crack to street gangs in California to finance Nicaraguan rebels attempting to overthrow their socialist government. We all know how devastating crack has been to countless American communities...
And there you have it folks! Medical marijuana will be suppressed, with force if necessary, while criminal elements of the United States government work hand in hand with various drug cartels around the world, distributing extremely harmful and toxic drugs to vulnerable populations for extremely large profits, which likely fund covert activities, including false flag attacks and terrorist groups around the world. How backwards is this place? And how long are the people going to put up with it?