The Indiana General Assembly: Legalize Medical Marijuana For Patients
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The Indiana General Assembly: Legalize Medical Marijuana For Patients

    1. Bradley Nichter
    2. Petition by

      Bradley Nichter

      New Haven, IN

Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at SUNY Albany who believes marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes.

Therapeutic use of marijuana has a history spanning over 4,500 years.
The most humane and just approach to helping the sick requires that we continue the availability of medical marijuana. Evidence supporting medical marijuana for appetite loss, glaucoma, nausea, vomiting, spasticity, pain, and weight loss is quite impressive. Evidence for its use for arthritis, dystonia, insomnia, seizures, and Tourette's syndrome is also very promising.

Opponents of medical marijuana mention that other drugs are available for each of these disorders. Nevertheless, people differ. We have multiple treatments for almost every human problem. Some patients do not respond well to other medications and need medical marijuana to alleviate their symptoms. Many pharmaceutical drugs create aversive side effects that these patients cannot endure. In addition, medical marijuana is often markedly cheaper than these other medications.

Opponents of medical marijuana often point to dronabinol, the synthetic version of one of marijuana's active ingredients that is available in pill form. The use of only one active ingredient makes dronabinol less effective than medical marijuana. Many ailments respond better to a combination of marijuana's active ingredients rather than just one. In addition, because dronabinol is a pill, it is difficult for people with nausea and vomiting to swallow. Finally, like any medication that's swallowed, dronabinol takes a long time to digest and have its effects. Inhaled marijuana vapors can work markedly faster.

Concern over marijuana's impact on respiratory health is easily remedied. There are no links between marijuana use and lung cancer or emphysema. The associations between smoked marijuana and symptoms like coughing and wheezing can be remedied with the vaporizer. The vaporizer heats the plant so that active ingredients boil off into a fine mist but the plant itself never ignites. The mist contains no tars or noxious gases, making respiratory complications a thing of the past.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Marijuana Can Help Drug/Alcohol Abuse.....Thanks inorml.org for the link!

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Study: Marijuana Can Help Fight Alcohol And Prescription Drug Abuse - Toke of the Town

      A new scientific study published in Harm Reduction Journal suggests that marijuana is a safe and effective substitute for alcohol and prescription drugs. According to the researchers, substitution "might be a viable alternative to abstinence for those who can't or won't completely stop using psychoactive substances."

    3. Cannabidiol Turns Off The Cancer Gene + We passed 200 signatures!!

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      NBC News Reports that Cannabidiol (CBD) "Turns Off" the Cancer Gene Involved in Metastasis Findings - DailyFinance

      NBC News Reports that Cannabidiol (CBD) "Turns Off" the Cancer Gene Involved in Metastasis Findings by Scientists at California Pacific Medical Center gives Scientific Support for Cannabis Science Initiatives COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--( BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cannabis Science ( CBIS), a pioneering U.S.

    4. Reached 200 signatures
    5. Truth about the "Gateway Drug"

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Seven Studies That Debunk the Gateway Myth | Indiana NORML

      by on November 25, 2012 " Add the first comment. http://www.ukcia.org/research/gateway.php One of the first major studies to debunk the gateway theory was commissioned by New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1938.

    6. Pros and Cons....Tons of Information

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Medical Marijuana ProCon.org

      Features hundreds of credible pros and cons including scientific marijuana research and expert opinions on medical cannabis

    7. The flood gates are opening!!!!

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Marijuana Law Reform Bills to be Introduced | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

      The message from our big wins on Election Day has already begun to reverberate around the nation. Right on the heels of the votes in Washington and Colorado, several other states (and countries!) are already beginning to consider similar measures in their legislature.

    8. Cancer Killer

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Knowledge of Today: The Cancer Industry EXPOSED! Ways to Prevent and CURE Cancer

      It turns out, THC when ingested in highly concentrated forms (such as EATING CANNABIS OIL) will attack any mutated cells in your body while strengthening and rejuvenating the healthy cells. The PERFECT Cure for Cancer: it works fast, it works well, it works on many different forms of Cancer in ALL stages and it has ZERO harmful side effects.

    9. Just Be Norml!!!

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      "Michigan and four other states to introduce marijuana legalization bills" | Indiana NORML

      by on November 18, 2012 " Add the first comment. "House Representatives from two East Coast states will announce the introduction of legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana today, and two additional states have pledged to follow suit after the new year. The announcement will come via a teleconference hosted by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

    10. Movement Continues

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Ian Mulgrew: Drug dominoes begin to topple

      Call it the Marijuana domino effect. Less than two weeks after Washington and Colorado voted to legalize and regulate cannabis, lawmakers in five other states say they are considering similar bills.

    11. 100+ Signatures!!!! Let's Keep Going!!!!!!

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Legalizing some marijuana could be talked about during 2013 legislative session| WLFI- Tippecanoe County, Indiana

      TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - When talking about whether or not marijuana should be legal in Indiana some said yes. "In a way I can say I am for it," Lafayette Resident Holland Graper said. Others said no. "I don't think it would be a very smart decision on Indiana's part if pot was legal," Purdue Student Brandon Pearce said.

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. Reached 5 signatures
    14. Cancer Killer

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Cancer Killed by Cannabis - Weed - Pot - Marijuana finds UCLA research and others Full-length Doc

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    15. Step in the right direction!!

      Bradley Nichter
      Petition Organizer
      Indiana senator sets sight on legalizing marijuana

      (WHAS11) - On Election Day, voters in Washington and Colorado decided they wanted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In the wake of that move, lawmakers in Indiana are now discussing whether possession of marijuana should be decriminalized in the Hoosier state.

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    • Teigen Young CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      It's a simple change in ideals from generation to generation, except now there's scientific backing...and I for one am against the hindering of science.

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    • Jennifer Hayes SAN DIEGO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Many people are very, very sick. It helps them improve their quality of life, it shouldn't make them criminals.

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    • Alan Level BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am epileptic and pills cause more problems then they are worth most of the time. :-(

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    • MIKE REUILLE LAPORTE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a seizure patient i take meds daily that are hard on my liver just to be normal!!!!

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    • Bradley McKinney REMINGTON, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      The medicinal benefits outweigh any potential long term use, ten fold. Medications distributed by our government are far too dangerous to use, due to side effects that should never occur to begin with!

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