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Melissa Etheridge Endorses Medical Marijuana Ballot Measures

Posted on  October 22, 2012 by  News Admin

  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Citizens for Patient Rights has announced the endorsement of singer/songwriter and outspoken breast cancer survivor, Melissa Etheridge for its campaigns to allow safe medical marijuana access in Lemon Grove (Prop T), Solana Beach (Prop W) and Del Mar (Prop H). Medical marijuana is commonly used by cancer patients to combat the adverse symptoms related cancer radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Moreover, studies have shown that compounds found in medicinal marijuana may slow of the growth of cancerous cells. Melissa experienced first hand the positive benefits of medical marijuana during her own chemotherapy. According to Melissa, "Medical marijuana made a big difference, instantly, within a minute, relieved the nausea, relieved the pain. And all of the sudden, I was normal... I could get out of bed. I could go see my kid. And it was amazing." When asked how her doctors reacted, Melissa replied, "Every single one was, 'Oh, yeah. That's the best help for the effects of chemotherapy.' " The signer said she smoked marijuana every day for her pain and symptoms, and "the minute I didn't feel it, I stopped." Local breast cancer patients could also benefit from similar relief with marijuana medicine. For this reason, breast cancer survivors in Solana Beach and Lemon Grove have co-authored the ballot arguments for the propositions in their respective cities. (In Del Mar, a cancer survivor co-authored the argument for Proposition H). "Citizens for Patient Rights is proud to support Proposition T, Proposition W and...

Marijuana Patients Rally Nationwide Thursday Against Obama's Crackdown

Posted on  September 20, 2012 by  News Admin

  Advocates argue DOJ attacks unnecessarily harm over 1 million patients and may endanger Obama's re-election effort Hundreds of patients will hold rallies Thursday at 5 p.m. at local "Obama for America" campaign offices and other key locations in at least 15 cities in eight states across the country in an effort to draw attention to the Obama Administration's aggressive efforts to shut down legal medical marijuana dispensaries and obstruct the passage of laws that would regulate such activity. In addition to a lively rally in the nation's capitol, demonstrations organized by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) are planned in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. In Seattle, medical marijuana advocates are holding a press conference at City Hall on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. local time, featuring City Council member Nick Licata, State Rep. Roger Goodman, and State Senator Jeanna Kohl-Welles. The press conference, which will be a united call for the suspension of Justice Department enforcement actions in medical marijuana states, will be followed by a 2 p.m. rally at the federal building at 700 Stewart Street. Times and locations for other rallies can be found below. The national coordinated day of actions against the Obama Administration's medical marijuana policies is part of ASA's campaign "Camp WakeUpObama," which was launched this summer in an effort to draw attention to the Justice Department (DOJ) attacks and the disconnect between public statements made by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, and the actions of...