Petition Closed

• The right of a patient to unfettered and unrestricted access to the prescriptive advice from their physician is “unalienable”.

• The quality of life for people with serious illness is a freedom that cannot be measured and should be the basis for considering this action. It can mean the difference between life and death to a patient that has trouble withstanding the regimens of treatments for terminal or serious ailments.

• For all of us it means that our trust in our physician’s advice should not regulated by the Federal Government.

• The National Cancer Institute acknowledges the use of Medical Cannabis is a viable option for cancer patients who have limited or no response to standard therapies: "Marijuana cigarettes have been used to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and research has shown that THC is more quickly absorbed from marijuana smoke than from an oral preparation. However, any antiemetic effects of smoking marijuana may not be consistent because of varying potency, depending on the source of the marijuana contained in the cigarette."

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support/marijuana.

• Doctors and patients should have the right to decide this issue on their own.

• It should not be a crime to try and save your life or that of a loved one!

Letter to
President of the United States Mr. Barack Obama
Governor of the State of New Hampshire Mr. John Lynch
U.S. House of Representatives
and 5 others
U.S. Senate
New Hampshire State House
New Hampshire State Senate
President of the United States
New Hampshire Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: President of the United States of America.

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Please reconsider Medical Cannabis for seriously ill patients.

• The right of a patient to unfettered and unrestricted access to the prescriptive advice from their physician is “unalienable”.

• The quality of life for people with serious illness is a freedom that cannot be measured and should be the basis for considering this action. It can mean the difference between life and death to a patient that has trouble withstanding the regimens of treatments for terminal or serious ailments.

• For all of us it means that our trust in our physician’s advice should not regulated by the Federal Government.

• The National Cancer Institute acknowledges the use of Medical Cannabis is a viable option for cancer patients who have limited or no response to standard therapies: "Marijuana cigarettes have been used to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and research has shown that THC is more quickly absorbed from marijuana smoke than from an oral preparation. However, any antiemetic effects of smoking marijuana may not be consistent because of varying potency, depending on the source of the marijuana contained in the cigarette."

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support/marijuana.

• Preface from: "Marijuana as Medicine? - The Science Beyond the Controversy", by Alison Mack & Janet Joy, published by the National Academy Press, 2001 (ISBN 0-309-06531-3):

"The director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to review evidence for the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of marijuana. The IOM is a non-governmental, apolitical, non-profit organization of scientists whose independence and objectivity lead credibly to its studies and recommendations. The report of the 18-month IOM study was first released to both the ONDCP and the public in March 1999.

The study team sought and obtained opinions from both sides of the debate, learned of many personal experiences from public hearings, cannabis clubs, and correspondence; anecdotes and opinions were carefully weighed. The team was also informed by dozens of consultant scientists, particularly those engaged in the striking recent advances in the molecular biology, pharmacology, neurochemistry, and social sciences. Exhaustive literature searches led to the citation of over 500 selected scientific papers related to the broad scope of the study. There is remarkable consensus about the fast moving science that suggests the potential of cannabinoid drugs for medicinal use. There are far less convincing data about proven medical benefits.

This new book is faithful in every way to the original IOM report. The co-investigators reviewed the manuscript in detail. Symptoms if not diseases can be relieved, but for most patients there are more effective approved medicines today. On the other hand, the basic science suggests potential benefits of certain cannabinoids, delivered without the hazards of smoking, in combination with other drugs using different receptor systems in the brain. The report recommends continued research to elaborate that potentials and thorough epidemiologicalw studiesto define suspected risks such as lung cancer from smoking marijuana. Review of the science behind marijuana and cannabinoid convinces us tht the often emotional debate so far has been miscast. Medical use of potent, controlled psychoactive drugs has not led to their abuse. Rather than focusing on drug control policy, the medical marijuana debate should really be about the promise of future drug development. We hope this book will further such understanding.
~ John A. Benson, Jr., M.D.
~ Stanley J. Watson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D."

• Doctors and patients should have the right to decide this issue on their own.

• The DEA has a vested interest in keeping cannabis out of the reach of seriously ill patients and has repeatedly shown that their position is self serving.

• It should not be a crime to try and save your life or that of a loved one!
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Sincerely,