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Visitor Comments: 52

(38) Beverly Margolis-Kurtin, January 10, 2015 1:22 AM


Please, tell that to the doctors in Israel who are using the drug for medicinal purposes. You are looking at this from a traditional "Reefer Madness" point of view.
Have you bothered to watch the program "Weed" by Sanjay Gupta? He had the same view as you do, he has been proven wrong as I hope you permit yourself to become.
I have CHRONIC PAIN. My doctors have failed to give me even one ounce's worth of relief.
Currently, I am on Methadone, a drug that has a bad reputation for being used by people who have misused drugs in the past. In my case, however, I am using it to control the incredible pain of neuropathy in my feet. It was caused by another drug, Dilantin, which is used to control grand mal seizures. My neurologist kept me on it too long and now I have to live with his error for the rest of my life.
I have osteoarthritis which is causing my spine to shrink due to the loss of cartilage between the vertebrae. FIVE PAIN SPECIALISTS have told me that if it were legal, they would prescribe medical marijuana for me. But I live in one of the most backward states in the union: Texas. It will never be approved for medical use.
Since NO DRUGS have worked on the pain in my back--not even oxycontin, morphine, short, NOTHING has worked, I've got three options.
1. Suicide 2. Medical marijuana 3. Spinal stimulation
Suicide is not even a thought, I love life too much. Medical marijuana, although PROVEN BY DOCTORS IN ISRAEL to be useful in controlling pain and even in curing some forms of cancer, I will have to undergo spinal stimulation which will require surgical implantation if a trial time works,
So let me ask you this: Since EXPERTS in their field think that medical marijuana works, who are YOU to say it doesn't?
I agree that youngsters should not have access to it unless it is the CBD form. Young people should be able to leave good lives, yes?

(37) sonia, January 7, 2015 9:31 PM

It's a substance that makes you unhappy

Marihuana is a substance that attacks your neural cellas, your memory, neuromuscular coordination, but avobe all, takes off your capacity to feel happiness... unless you take a little high... again. It rubs off your life. You can smoke a whole package of cigarrettes and study and work. And maybe get cancer at 60. Smoke 20 joints in a day.. .and you'll end in hospital. The problem is, there's a huge money sign behind legalization. Some people see great profit in legal marihuana, even the New York Times had an article about it. And we see young peolpe get killed every weekend because of alcohol and drugs... I agree with you. For a start, I don't vote candidates that support legal marihuana, and I say it in my Facebook page. Tats on thing we can do.

(36) Anonymous, January 7, 2015 5:25 PM

See report by CNN on World's first fully approved cannabis drug.

For everyone's better understanding of Cannabis, see this site for more facts about the drug. And be sure to see the comments at the bottom of that page too.

Also, realize that the strongest alternative non-Cannabis legal drugs currently prescribed for some health conditions today, (for example extreme pain, seizures, "spasticity" or very tight cramping that does not stop for months or ever and let the body part straighten out), are either less or completely non-effective for relief of the health problem. And those prescribed drugs can be extremely addictive and more damaging to one's health, especially when you consider many of these heath problems are chronic and would otherwise require very potent drugs taken multiple times a day for the rest of one's life. Cannabis, while still a drug, is much safer and actually works much of the time.

(35) Anonymous, January 7, 2015 4:26 PM


We should be more worried about junking up kids with Ritalin and other ADD drugs just so they can sit (forced to sit) and learn Torah. I would love to see the reports and statistics on the 'biochemical' problems marijuana causes.

Anonymous, January 7, 2015 8:37 PM

To commenter #35 anonymous

Please get your facts straight regarding Ritalin and other ADD drugs. For children and adults with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis, these medications are a lifesaver.

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