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Worth Repeating: Marijuana As Schedule I Violates Patient's Bill of Rights

Posted on  October 29, 2012 by  News Admin

  The Patient's Bills of Rights guarantees you the right to make your own health decisions when seeking medical care, which includes all the medicines you personally choose to put into your body, in partnership with your physician's recommendations, to prevent, heal, or improve your quality of life due to suboptimal health. The Patient's Bill of Rights grants you the freedom to use medical marijuana to heal yourself!  People who are ill, injured, suffering from a disease or disability, and who are prescribed medical marijuana, are patients protected by this Patient's Bill of Rights (PBR) in or out of the hospital. Wherever your pain goes, so go your patient rights.   "You have the right to safe, considerate and respectful care, provided in a manner consistent with your beliefs." ~ National Institutes of Health/Patient's Bill of Rights Throwing medical marijuana patients and their caregivers into prison for their medical beliefs is a violation of the PBR and causes them direct harm. 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.*" ~ The American Cancer Society *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...

Worth Repeating: Update - Medical Marijuana As Schedule +1

Posted on  October 22, 2012 by  News Admin

  Worth Repeating By Ron Marczyk, RN Toke of the Town Columnist  "The DEA had ignored accumulating evidence of marijuana's benefits, and so acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in rejecting the rescheduling petition last year. Federal law requires the agency to take such evidence into account, accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of creating a Catch-22 for medical marijuana advocates by strictly limiting researchers' access to marijuana, then arguing there is insufficient scientific evidence to merit rescheduling it." The present day drug scheduling is an incomplete scale in that it only lists negatives! Medical marijuana does not fit into the present drug schedule; this unique medicine is so special that its multitude of many actions creates its own stand-alone category, a "positive side," mirror-image type of drug scheduling. Due to the wealth of new medical information that has been discovered about the endocannabinoid system, this update is overdue. The current scheduling of drugs, which classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a Schedule I drug, is an incomplete rating system. It is missing a corresponding equal positive or upside rating of the health benefits that a drug or medicine may bestow to treat an illness or disease.  The present "half of a rating system" that inaccurately classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug.   This chart is a negative scale. Starting backwards from 0 -5, -4, -3, -2, -1 the harm increases as the negative number gets smaller. Nowhere on this list do you see the word "health" or "wellness." What's missing is its...

Landmark Federal Medical Marijuana Hearing Begins In D.C.

Posted on  October 16, 2012 by  News Admin

  Advocates challenge marijuana's classification, present scientific evidence for first time in nearly 20 years For the first time in nearly 20 years, advocates will use scientific evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy to try to force a change in the federal government's classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value. Medical marijuana advocates will participate in oral arguments Tuesday before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the landmark case Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. Advocates contend that the government has arbitrarily and capriciously kept marijuana classified as a Schedule I substance and out of reach for millions of Americans by ignoring overwhelming research on the therapeutic value of marijuana "Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," said Joe Elford, who will be arguing the case before the court Tuesday as chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group. "This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy." "What's at stake in this case is nothing less than our country's scientific integrity and the imminent needs of millions of patients," Elford said. Tuesday's oral arguments are the culmination of efforts started 10 years ago by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC). In 2002, the CRC filed a rescheduling petition that the federal government refused to answer until last year when advocates sued the Obama Administration for unreasonable delay. After the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied...