medical cannabis

18 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to Forward Thinkers

Accept Anxiety as a qualifying condition for Medical Marijuana in Illinois

A huge number of people deal with chronic anxiety, either in the form of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, or both(close to 40 million in the US). Many people in the Cannabis community believe that Marijuana can be used to help people treat and manage their Anxiety. For years, Benzodiazepines were the go-to medication for anxiety treatment. However, the addictive potential of Benzodiazepines as well as their toxicity presents real risks to patients and over the last 20 years or so physicians have moved away from common use of Benzodiazepines to other effective medications like SSRIs and in some states, even medical Marijuana. There is growing data to support the use of medical marijuana to help treat these kinds of illnesses. If you have used it yourself you may have experienced anxiety upon ingestion, even trying it just once. This in itself has turned many people off to the topic due to a lack of understanding and or a negatively impacted perception related to one's own personal experience. Though you or someone you know may get terrible anxiety from ingesting this powerful medicine, I am asking you to be open to the idea that for many people it can actually do the exact opposite. Research psychologist Carrie Cuttler recently found that anxiety "was the number two reason medical cannabis patients reported using cannabis". A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, had participants smoke medical marijuana at home, and rate their symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression using an app that’s designed to help people track how different doses affect their symptoms. The team found that high CBD/low THC was best for reducing short-term depression. Low CBD/high THC was most effective for reducing stress, while any type worked on anxiety. One of the most important underlying reasons that this change is being called forth is that those who do choose to use cannabis as a means of anti-anxiety treatment regardless of the current legal status, do not benefit from it as well as they potentially could. The reason for this is that when a person purchases cannabis from the street they have no idea which one out of nearly 800 strains that they are actually purchasing at the time. The study above explained how different strains with different levels of CBD or THC have different effects on people. A Sativa dominant strain with High levels of THC may very well greatly benefit one person while another would respond better to an Indica Dominant strain with higher levels of CBD. If someone so chooses to use this alternative medicine, we should at least allow them to have the ability to use something that would be most useful to each unique individual.  Adding Anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions would solve this particular problem completely. While other states in the U.S. are becoming more understanding and open-minded to the cause, Illinois residents are sitting by and watching outdated and unreasonable laws being amended all around the country. This petition has the power to incite a much needed change in this state. Our country is coming to it's senses and realizing that maybe allowing people who would prefer to medicate with a more natural alternative as opposed to the traditional prescription choice, isn't such a bad thing. On behalf of all the people that you would be helping, I ask that you please be a part of this much needed change in our state and help us to do something that will greatly benefit countless people. Do your part & help incite a real change!

Armand Mondragon
186 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson

GO GREEN! South Carolina/Georgia - Ganja ,health & peace!

I'm trying to make this petition to make it aware that  it isn't what the media makes it out to be there is actually people with health issues that would rather use this as an alternative than using pills or many different cases. Helps people with extreme anxiety will lower gang violence and crimes . It will make everyone  a little more relaxed. It is not just smoked it is used in oil that is used in lotions creams face scrub food  anything  you can imagine  but the thing is why is it illegal if it is so useful and helpful in many ways. I believe that it should be  controlled substance  18 and older  on private property  or and some hookah lounges . It should be allowed to be discounted  to the patients depending on  how critical their condition May be . If anyone is selling it they must have a permit  or some sort of business license and pay taxes each year  like a regular store .  state and local governments struggle with rising costs and decreased revenue, many are looking for creative ways to increase income to pay for everything from road repairs to new parks. Some believe that marijuana legalization could be a windfall in the form of new taxes applied to its distribution and sale. In Colorado, for example, analysts suggest that taxing the drug could raise between $5 and $22 million annually . More effective law enforcement and criminal justice:Many advocates for legalization note that by decriminalizing the substance, police officers will have more time and money to pursue criminals for other crimes, including those involving violence. They also argue it would create wiggle room in the criminal justice system, allowing prosecutors and judges to focus on violent crimes while freeing space in crowded prisons. One study estimates that nationwide marijuana legalization would save governments $8.7 billion each year . Less money supporting organized crime:Legalizing recreational weed cuts off an important revenue stream for many in the illegal drug trade. Advocates of legalization contend that by making the substance less profitable for criminals, it will decrease the violence associated with the trade. The result could save lives while taking pressure off of law enforcement. Safety controls:When a person buys marijuana off the street, there’s no way to know exactly what dangerous substances are cut into the drug. While current legalization efforts don’t directly address safety issues, they do create a framework for a safety control system, which would work to eliminate some of the risk that comes from smoking a substance potentially laced with toxic ingredients.  for medicinal use Some people from inside and outside the medical community argue that the drug is an effective treatment for a range of conditions, including epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, anxiety  ,eating disorders , insomnia ,posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and multiple sclerosis (MS) etc... also helps out so many  people daily cope with their health issues to be able to smile and  laugh  to be able to let the negativity fade away for them to get an ounce of hope. more than a dozen states, including California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, medical marijuana use is already legal under certain guidelines. The decriminalization of weed would allow more people to use the drug for its believed health benefits.    I mean I could go on and on about how the health benefits plus the hemp Plus the low crime and bring more money to the businesses around us by making the people happy. There is so many benefits that this could help and Save some people's lives. Something that we honestly need to think about is it a change that were willing to make. To not do the norm. To be able to go out and make this change and see if it helps the positivity around us our environment and how peaceful people become and push to bring more money to the businesses around us. Happy people = longer lives / safer environment for the generation coming... Go green ganja peace.<3 If you support for you or a loved one please sign the petition!!!!!

Angelina Casas
94 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President Donald Trump, Georgia governor, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Trump: PLEASE listen to the will of Americans on (Medical) Cannabis.

A Million signatures Nationwide would be difficult to ignore.Greeting Fellow Americans, Mr. President. and Governor It is with respect and sincerity that I write  urging you to consider our words. Any discourse about the subject of Cannabis (Marijuana), has to start with the documented facts and an understanding that we as a Nation have been lied to, targeted, manipulated and oppressed by political enemies through the prohibition of Cannabis (Marijuana) for over 70 years now. It's amazing that we are in the year 2018 and Cannabis prohibition is still being used to keep people oppressed and Cannabis categorized as a schedule 1 narcotic.It has done nothing less than made millions of Americans "criminals" and ruined millions of lives. This madness must come to an end.We must press relentlessly not just for "legalization" but towards decriminalization of personal cultivation and use of Cannabis. Not just in the name of Liberty, but to remove Cannabis from the control of exploitation including the criminal black market, wresting it from the hands of corrupt politicians, corporate carpet-baggers and their lobbyists working for corporate interests. Like many other products, medicines, property, the hopes & dreams that all human beings have ingenuously discovered, invented and developed, are seized by selfish crooked, profit driven who lie, cheat and steal our dreams, only to re-package, tax and sell them back to us. This is how  a non--toxic plant Cannabis ended up where it is.This must stop. One good way of doing this is the demonetization of Cannabis by restoring the Freedom for us to all "grow our own tomatoes " (Monsanto "round up"- free) REMOVING their ability to profit (unjustly), including over-taxation from the use of legislation, the monopolization of a "market". This is the best way to watch the greedy disappear from this equation. It also still allows for the enterprising among us to pursue the art of "farming". Essentially, we would reduce the presence of Cannabis to the status of a very important, life saving Fruit/Vegetable.I truly believe this to be a great solution for Cannabis.A company that makes and sells Cannabis Medicine could still produce, control, test and (reasonably) profit from the quality and manufacture of Cannabis medicines but not the way it is being done now. People would ALSO have the Freedom and option to cultivate THEIR OWN, for THEIR OWN USE. That is what real Liberty guarantees.. This "marketed" monetizing and legislated monopoly is the root of corruption in an honest free trade system of "Capitalism". It's often what gives free market trade a "bad name". Free market trade & barter was never meant to create a "playing field" where the citizenship competes with corporate greed in the way of domestic market control and monopolization. It truly IS the bane of ALL civilization, source of criminal enterprise and the main reason for most of the problems in this world, really. Let us not continue to allow them and their controlled media to divide, ostracize or otherwise distract us from relentless pursuit of these time tested, precious and true principals; Love, Charity, Fraternity/Sorority of all human beings. Without unity compassion and Love for one another we have nothing.A personal Testimony:This issue is not about me, but it affects me and millions of other people with dozens of various illness & diseases. I spent a good part of my life in the service of mankind both as a Professional & Volunteer Firefighter/Medic, businessman and Volunteer Civilian. Several of my acts and self-risk in the behalf of others resulted in decoration & awards for "heroism and unselfish service to fellow man"  from Congress, internationally recognized groups and others."If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." - Attributed to Thomas JeffersonAt some point in time ('87), I became ill. My illness compounded and I endured 20 years in agonizing pain, illness and discomfort from a mystery disease, while trying to live life. After exhausting traditional medicine, a dozen doctors, pain management, terrible treatment, disrespect and some of the darkest, loneliest time of my life when I just about gave up: I wanted to die. I just wanted the pain and hopelessness to end. If you do not know what pain is like, you can not imagine what I am talking about but there are people who do.After 25 years of laughing at "potheads", as skeptical as I was that pot could help me, I tried Cannabis. After finding, researching, experimenting with Cannabis I spent five years recovering lost ground. I was helping to heal myself,  a.n.d. others making very simple, organic inexpensive medicines effective in soothing symptoms and pain with Cannabis. All done with no intention ever of ever making a profit off of anyone. Just about every Medical Patient I helped get access, whether it was education, information or Cannabis itself, who gave it a proper chance benefited from their use of it. Some of the sick with terminal illness's still passed away but enjoyed a BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE in their end. They told me so and expressed their gratitude. If people didn't have to hide their use, this would be more publicly known. I have seen the effects of what I was able to do for others. You can not imagine how this (what I thought was) small act of Love & charity affected me, and still to this day is a driving force behind my commitment to this issue; The memory of loved ones lost. Their voice echoes in my mind. Everything I did was purely out of LOVE and an effort to share healing, information and hope with  others who were sick, sicker and in more pain than I was. They were the happiest, healthiest and most productive years I could have possibly hoped for. To the sick: I UNDERSTAND your pain.In short, for this effort, I was eventually arrested, my property (that had nothing what so ever to do with Cannabis) unlawfully, unreasonably seized, and never returned. I faced 15-30 years in prison. I was blackmailed, intimidated, unlawfully arrested for contempt of court, and threatened with more prison time IF I stoop up and fought for my rights. My life and everything I have ever worked for was taken away and I was given a ten year prison term of which I have done a 1 1/2 years of even more agony & medical neglect in Prison. I still have 8 years of probation, lost all of my rights as a citizen and am now a convicted felon. I may as well have robbed banks.In closing:My efforts to support education, advocate for Medical Patients and Cannabis left me broke, in prison and starting all over again at 56 years old. My petition; efforts to save myself from prison and promote sensible treatment of this issue by the legal system got less than 1,000 signatures. I am asking everyone in this country who supports the issue to help me do better than this, by signing this petition and really letting the president and these "elected officials" know where we stand: Will you add your voice to the WILL OF THE PEOPLE on this issue?A Million signatures Nationwide would be difficult to ignore.Forever grateful to be American as I love this Country and people of the World.Warmest Sincere RegardsThomas S.

Scott Negron
88 supporters