Respect and non-discrimination
"You have a right to considerate, respectful care from your doctors, health plan representatives, and other health care providers" [such as the DEA]
"that does not discriminate against you based on race, ethnicity,
national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability,
sexual orientation, or source of payment.*"
*Or use or medicinal cannabinoids from plant source (You are looking at the future!)
The guiding principle of the PBR is that when receiving care for an illness, injury, disease, or disability, you don't feel that you must "do as you are told."
This means that, even if medical marijuana as a treatment does cause me harm, this also my right as a freedom of medical treatment choice.
your medical condition follows you wherever you go, so do your rights.
Your rights don't stop when you walk out of your physician's door. When
the clinic where you are filling your doctor-issued prescription for
is raided and closed by the DEA, patient rights are
being denied to our whole society. This violation of patient's rights on
a grand scale is stripping all medical marijuana
patients of their
right to choose their own medical treatment.
The PBR grants
patients the right to choose what medicines they will put in their
bodies to improve their level of discomfort from any illness, from any
medical condition, to preserve their health and overall quality of life.
statement is the very heart of what the Patient's Bill of Rights stands
for, the right to experience relief from pain and suffering due to poor
Will HHS protect me as
medical marijuana patient against the DEA? These two Federal departments
have a conflict of interest and of mission. Question: Why isn't HHS fighting to protect the rights of medical marijuana patients to choose their own treatment plan?
marijuana prohibition is backed up by DEA medical research, which is
then used to regulate drugs and drug abuse, the DEA is directly involved
in the field of medicine whose decisions affect patients and the
medicine they use. That being the case, the DEA is bound to respect the
Patient's Bill of Rights.
person and organization in the medical field, directly or indirectly,
even the U.S. government, is required to respect and not violate the
rights of people who receive medical care. Medical marijuana
directly violates this PBR, and causes direct harm to patients by
shutting down the locations where they receive their choice of medicine.
users are the last underground out-group against whom it is
still legal to discriminate, and that violation takes the form of
Schedule I and prohibition.
I causes direct harm by forbidding and criminalizing a valuable
medicine that directly treats cancer, neurological diseases, and other
By trying to prop
up and maintain such a detrimental law as Schedule I highlights that the
DEA has proven itself to be an obsolete organization and a barrier to
75 years of institutionalized discrimination against cannabis users can no longer be ignored or tolerated.
way sexual orientation made its way onto the PBR list will be the same
way medical marijuana
will added in the near future. "Marijuana is the
new gay." Schedule I takes away my right to make my own medical
decision; that is a fundamental right all humans are born with.
"PDFA [Partnership for a Drug-Free America]
was the subject of criticism when it was revealed by Cynthia Cotts of
the Village Voice that their federal tax returns showed that they had
received several million dollars worth of funding from major
pharmaceutical, tobacco and alcohol corporations including American
Brands (Jim Beam whiskey), Philip Morris (Marlboro and Virginia Slims
cigarettes, Miller beer), Anheuser Busch (Budweiser, Michelob, Busch
beer), R.J. Reynolds (Camel, Salem, Winston cigarettes), as well as
pharmaceutical firms Bristol Meyers-Squibb, Merck & Company and
Procter & Gamble. From 1997 it has discontinued any direct fiscal
association with tobacco and alcohol suppliers, although it still
receives donations from pharmaceutical companies. There has been
criticism that some of its PSAs have had 'little proven effect on drug
patients have the
support of 81 percent of the U.S. population! We are the new
supermajority. Let's put legalizing medical marijuana
to a national
referendum, and while we are at it, let's also vote on defunding the DEA
of its $26 billion budget, half of which is just for marijuana
fact is, this is the 21st century. The citizen of this country has
access to independent truth. And they are quite aware that the
prohibitionist scare tactics against marijuana are largely propaganda. "
is America, last time anyone checked. And the role of the federal
government is to serve the people. If the people vote overwhelmingly to
legalize marijuana, the founding principles of this great country demand
nothing less than respect for that majority."
~ Deborah Morgan / examiner.com, October 21, 2012
part of my PBR I also demand my right as a patient to hear my physician
discuss information about medical marijuana such as this:
potential effects of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer
include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and
improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology the health
care provider may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom
management but also for its possible direct anti-tumor effect."
Nature reviews Cancer / May 2012
International Journal of Oncology / May 2012
Seminars in Cancer Biology / June 2008
Oncology Reports / April 2007
Marijuana is not the answer, except for when it is!
Schedule I discriminates against and harms medical marijuana
patients in two direct ways:
It prevents patients from receiving life-saving medicines, and turns sick patients into criminals.
Marijuana prohibition is an industry, very much like Big Tobacco: both make a profit on creating misery for humans.
longest war in American history on its own people is starting to come
to an end, the two last roadblocks to fall will be Schedule I and the
coming tide of cannabis legalization in Oregon, Washington, and
Colorado. The writing is on the wall.
very ground is shifting under the feet of the DEA... this is a dying
"Drug War" that has been waged on our own citizens. The way that LGBT
community/culture was added to the Patient's Bill of Rights will be the
way medical cannabinoids will be added to aid our gentle green culture.
This post is dedicated to the patient's rights of Michael Safiotti, age 22 --
in jail for marijuana -- who died after jail workers served him oatmeal
containing dairy products, and then refused to help him when he had an
allergic reaction. Direct harm was inflicted on Michael by Schedule I.
Sleep well tonight, DEA.