Topic

medical cannabis

19 petitions

Started 5 months 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
217 supporters
Update posted 10 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 aware that this situation, 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 medically and lower gang violence/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 personally that it should be a controlled substance 18+ on private property/ some hookah lounges. If anyone is selling it they must have a permit or some sort of business license.  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 could be mixed in. 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, the hemp, the low crime and bring more money to the businesses around us. There is so many benefits. Something that we honestly need to think about is it a change that were willing to make or want to make?? To be able to go out and make this change and see if it helps the positivity around US our environment. 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
95 supporters