Posts Tagged ‘Medical Marijuana’

that old black hole, again

The police were flying over us bright and early this morning.  Normally that would have been somewhat irritating but since I’d been up all night with the now continuous breathing problems, I just shined it on.  They didn’t wake me up, after all.

We are in a bit of the epicenter of the “War on Drugs” here- that war which, if you even look at it through half closed eyes, you know is absurd and also? Not working one little bit.  People grow marijuana up here and a lot of it is not done in a proper sense of stewardship.  The Cartels are here, and even the religious right throngs the grow stores and then lies about it.  Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, careless water use, encroachment on National Forests- all bad.  But.  Just to be perfectly clear.  Marijuana is not a dangerous drug.  It should not be on Schedule I along with cocaine and heroin.  People should be allowed to grow it responsibly and be able to sell it medicinally if they so choose.  The research on the health benefits of this plant exists even if our government chooses to deny that fact.  Which I personally would find laughable if it didn’t make me so angry seeing as how they’ve obtained a frigging PATENT on one cannabis genome.  Explain to me how you PATENT something NATURE made?

In the meantime, a huge percentage of the populace up here is loaded to the gills on prescription meds or meth.  Or, of course stone drunk.  (The town of Red Bluff is the most dangerous place in the U.S. in terms of one’s likelihood of getting hit by a car, for example.)  It’s just a question of whether the person lurching toward you is rail thin and covered with sores or just simply totally out of it.  Makes driving really fun and eye contact totally out of the question.  My last time in the Emergency Room was a perfect example.  The tons of people in there were either grossly obese and in wheelchairs with oxygen tanks, or covered in sores and vomiting in those special tee-tiny bags they give you.  Everyone groaning at top volume over a TV show that featured forensic examinations in gooey and gritty detail.  Not a pretty picture.  But a real one.  So you have to ask yourself, just who benefits from the drug enforcement in this country?  It sure as hell doesn’t keep ANYBODY “off drugs” and from where I sit it does exactly the contrary.  Just a question of where the money goes and I’m betting we’d all be pretty disgusted if we saw that information.  What would be really great is a little realism for once.  There are indeed individuals whose chemistry inclines them to addictive processes.  And those processes cover the waterfront, Gentle Reader, and can be set off by just about anything.  If you don’t have that particular chemistry, it isn’t the same kind of issue.  Are we really concerned here with protecting people from themselves?  I don’t think so, judging by the evidence.  The same people who suck up all the money and keep it circulating around the top have a vested interest in things staying the way they are, and the money that circulates at the other end of it, in the “black market” somehow more than likely connects in key spots with that money at the top.  People refer to marijuana as an “industry” now and frankly it makes me sick.  It’s one more potentially positive thing that is being drawn into the monetized realm, ruined, and removed from any chance of being helpful.

It’s time to stop denying reality and stop living in a world visualized by a bunch of perverts.  You can’t get birth control because that would make you have sex all the time.  A top scientist says women shouldn’t be in labs IN ENGLAND because they’re too distracting?  REALLY?  Afghani women are covered top to toe because why?  It’s all the same miasmic sink hole.  I for one am beyond sick of it, and also would prefer my tax dollars be spent on things like environmental protection and repairing roads and bridges and oh yeah! SCHOOLS.  Not to mention doctors.  What a concept!

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Karl Marx had it pretty well figured out, I’ve always thought.  Good concept, poor execution in terms of what Communism became.  But really, we have an outstanding example of “false class identification” in Herman Cain’s revealed strong connections to the Koch Brothers.  I’m sorry, but really.  How any black person could, let’s just say it, get in bed with people who have, even if you don’t get it, an avowed program that on its’ face is racist and sexist and capitalist in the worst sense of the word and aimed at maintaining, nay exalting, the very things that are corrupting our current system unto death.  These very things that keep the rich rich and the poor poor and everything that goes along with that., all over the world and which, not to put too fine a point on it, keep people uneducated and hungry and how many of those people are “of color”.  Ever wonder, Herman?  How corporate manipulation and power and greed have brought our beautiful earth to within a hair’s breadth of destruction, no matter how dark your designer shades are?  So to me this means that the pursuit of money, or the American Dream, causes people to completely lose touch with themselves, what makes them human, what gives them heart and life meaning.  Money ain’t ever gonna do THAT.  So there it is, another presidential candidate who’s actually a Replicant.  Not a Republican, Gentle Reader, but a Replicant.  Downright scary, if you ask me.

In related news, the moneyed classes are once again waving their pitchforks at medical marijuana; the California Medical Association voted this past week to endorse the position that there is little medical value, apparently, flying in the face of actual FACTS. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Our bad! It was the NIH that expressed the no use concept, and the California Medical Association came out in favor of medicinal use, and expanded studies on same.  So, kudos to them! and we’ll try to keep the fluff out of our ears in future] But we don’t need to pay attention to those pesky things!!! No Way!!!!   The Department of Justice has spoken and once again determined that This Menace Must Be Stopped and the good Medical Association, thinking for itself as usual, falls right in line.  After all, people are now, at the moment anyway in 16 states, able to get medicine they really need, safely, and people can actually generate income for themselves and their families, safely and honestly, by selling this medicine to dispensaries.  What the hell is going on here???  You should be happy to be in pain, suffer from your chemo, and also be unemployed, instead of embracing something that provides a wide variety of good things (like fiber for clothes and paper, oil, nutrition, medicine)?  Because some person at some high level some where thinks it’s a bad thing, which means they are also ignoring quite a substantial amount of not only research and study but thousands of years of anecdotal evidence?   Admittedly since we are continually having to deal with human beings things get much stupider than they should but that is no reason to throw the baby out with the bath water.  Personally I think this continued ridiculous inclusion of marijuana as a controlled substance on the same level as heroin is because of one thing.  That one thing is that big pharma, big tobacco, big whoevers, haven’t been able to figure out a way to make all the money in this particular market.  They’re not likely any time soon to get a monopoly on seed stock.  They’re kind of shut out, so they’re taking their toys and going home.  Except they’re leaving their attorneys and tax collectors behind.

What else.  Let’s see.  Oh yes.  I went slightly berserk after last week’s Newsweek cover featured a plump, caucasian baby, with a related story about how people are getting sperm donated by using (ANOTHER FAVORITE AROUND HERE) social media to link up with sperm donors who arrive with penis massagers in tow to their local Starbuck’s, where…desired substance is produced and then strapped into place on the questing recipient’s interior region..So suddenly I saw in my mind’s eye another picture.  This picture was of another caucasian hand, holding in it an entire black forearm and tiny hand:  A small child, dying of starvation in Africa.  It seemed to me that your eyes would just turn to fire if you were someplace, where the babies’ arms look like twigs, going on and on past all that needless suffering, and those fire tears would turn into fury. All the people, all the animals, all the waters and land and trees, that are suffering needless agonies and desecrations.   And what do we do about THAT? Do we just continue populating and populating as though it doesn’t matter how many frigging people we put on this earth?  On this earth that is controlled by interests that both promote this situation, and care nothing for those in it, as long as their interests- financial of course- are served?  People who think they can sell RIVERS and patent potatoes?  The people and groups who do work to remedy these ills are surely overtaxed and although I am sure this is not a popular sentiment, wouldn’t it make better sense to contribute to helping the people who are already here instead of just continually making more?  This really is an issue that should be addressed in a serious and thoughtful manner.  So far I haven’t seen that happening.  Twenty percent of the children in THIS country live in poverty.  Think about the Congo.  Or Peru.  Isn’t that something that deserves attention?  What about everybody learning how to read? or having enough to eat?

Oh, dear.  I’ve ranted again.  But so many people never say what they really feel or think, and hide what they really are, and so many more appear not to really feel or think anything independently of what they’re propagandized about.  Sometimes one despairs.  Except my Rose of Sharon bloomed, finally, and it is BEAUTIFUL.  Hope springs eternal.

Don’t Confuse Us With Facts, Please

I’ve found I LOVE tag surfing. Fun!  And last week, I saw a blog about Representative Tom Ammiano’s proposal to legalize marijuana sales, so the State of California could tax it and increase their revenues.  Ahem.

While I am definitely in support of de-criminalizing marijuana, I have my reservations about giving another pipeline of tax dollars to the same fine folks who have led us onto the Planet of Insolvency.   Some restructuring would have to be done there, for sure.

What really concerned me, however, was the chorus of voices opposing legalizing marijuana at all.  The reasons cited are not well researched or even terribly factual.  Marijuana works on the serotonin in the brain (as does alcohol), NOT on the dopamines (as do hard drugs– and websurfing, as it turns out).  It doesn’t, as a result, automatically produce “addiction”.  If an individual has a brain chemistry organization such that addiction is a possibility, certainly any substance ingested can tip the balance.  But given its’ chemical constituents, marijuana is not going to be a dead bang “gateway drug”.  To say that it is, just is not true and does not lend credence or validation to what might be an appropriate comment.  Which is: Given the epidemic of addiction in this country, how can marijuana, which clearly has many positive uses, be productively handled?

There is, in fact, extensive research on the medical uses of marijuana.  These uses are many and varied and powerful.  It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial substance when used medicinally.  Medicinal use can include smoking, which activates the psychoactive properties due to the heat of burning.  In these cases it is quite powerful for nausea, anxiety and depression, and pain. But the medicinal uses of marijuana extend much, much farther than that.  Not burned, the plant releases its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions very powerfully.   Such uses include fresh leaves in juice, or in tinctures, or ground up in teas or in butters.  People with GI problems can benefit greatly from drinking the tea, or cooking their vegetables in the butter.  This use can be quite helpful for many anxiety issues as well, since the GI tract has the major portion of serotonin receptors in the body.    The tincture has powerful anti-bacterial actions.  The essence made from the flowers themselves is also an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient, that can be very helpful to people with leg problems due to diabetes, heart conditions, or other chronic illness.

A discussion should ensue about how to use this valuable plant.  It should be based on facts, and not a legacy of fear-mongering.  Medicinal marijuana should, indeed, be allowed everywhere, in my humble opinion.   The discussion must be based on facts, however, and they are indeed available.  As a planet, I don’t think we have time to waste on rejecting things that might help us.   This is a wonderful opportunity for cooperation, learning, and productive use of one of nature’s great gifts.