When it comes to marijuana and legalization, one of the most important questions
that is asked is "What about the children?"
That is our question too.
We feel that it is our children's future, their lives, and their world that we are jeopardizing by not utilizing this plant to the fullest.
We feel very strongly that we should stop lying to our children about Cannabis and trying to scare them into staying away from it. Education and open discussion will help our children learn to stay away from drugs, not fear.
We feel we can teach our children to stay away from drugs, while at the same time being honest in the education we provide. We can teach them that it is an adult decision to consume recreational drugs, and that they are allowed to make their own decisions when they become adults.
We feel we can help them to make educated choices when it comes to using recreational drugs and we want our loved ones, including our adult children, to have a safer recreational choice than alcohol and tobacco.
We are tired of hiding our own use, whether medical or recreational, while other parents can openly take narcotics, drink alcohol, and smoke tobacco. We feel we can teach our kids that drugs are not for children, unless the child is ill, and then, as with any medicine, you get it through the doctor.
We are disgusted by the toxic choices we are limited to through traditional pharmacuetical medications. We are tired of not having the option of a safer alternative for our families than dangerous prescription drugs. We are fed up with poisioning ourselves and our loved ones with these drugs because there is no other option "legally" available. We are tired of our medicine being on the streets, instead of a pharmacy where it belongs.
We feel that we can teach our children to stay out of the medicine cabinet or out of the alcohol in the fridge and we can also teach our children to stay away from of our Cannabis.
We are tired of our children being arrested and locked away. We are tired of seeing the lives of our children, their educations, and their futures ruined because of their decision to experiment with a harmless plant instead of alcohol or harder drugs.
We are sickened as we watch money being stripped away from our schools while the cost of this global drug war continues to skyrocket.
We are fed up with the violence, the cost, the risks, and the inaccessibility of the black market. We are tired of contributing to the blackmarket because it's our only option available.
We are disgusted by the capability our children have in purchasing this drug because drug dealers do not check I.D. and are fed up with our children being exposed to hard and dangerous drugs because the blackmarket is the gateway, not Marijuana.
We are sick of being afraid that our children will be taken from us because of our use of a nontoxic plant. We are fed up with having to justify our use, or even stop our use, because of our own fears of persecution.
We are done with society saying that we are bad mothers and are putting our children in danger. We know that we are good mothers, who care about our children, and this plant is not dangerous! The War on Drugs is dangerous.
We know that the Cannabis plant is not just about the drugs found in the flowers. We feel that its other uses also need to be discussed openly, and honestly, in every possible way. We are fed up with using non-biodegradable products derived from petroleum when there is a safe, renewable, biodegradable, sustainable, and versatile resource available.
We are tired of this issue being skirted around, and laughed at, by our lawmakers.
And we demand that it is time to take advantage of this valuable resource and provide our world with another crop, new "green" products, and a new source of jobs, taxes, and revenue.
We are moms and our number one concern is our children. We have done the research, we have analyzed all evidence, and after using logical and critical thinking, we have decided that we are moms for Marijuana.
But we are also more than just mothers. We are fathers, sons, and daughters, too.
We are of every gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, social class, education, and religion. We are everyone who cares about the future of our society, the future of our planet, and especially the future of our children. And we are fed up with the ignorant, hateful stereotypes and false stigmas that surround this plant.
It is time to thoroughly research and openly discuss EVERYTHING about the Cannaibs plant. It is time to make Cannabis consumption beneficial to our society and to start thinking about future of our children. It is time to talk about this.
This is a compilation of viewpoints and opinions from concerned parents around the world who want the war against the Cannabis plant and culture to end.
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Jayden was born on August 17, 2006.
As with every child he was a true blessing from God to his parents Jason and Katie. Four months later Jayden took a turn for the worst having his first Grand Mal seizure on Christmas morning. His siezure lasted close to an hour. This marked the beginning of Jadyens Journey with Dravet (Dra-vay) Syndrome.
The next year of Jaydens journey were filled with unanswered questions, misdiagnoses, and tons of synthetic drugs. Jayden continued to have 200-300 myoclonic seizures a day, and countless clonic and tonic seizures. Jason was desperate to find a diagnosise for Jayden. This strong willed, God fearing man never gave up hope. He spent countless hours researching, talking to parent groups, and countinuously asking questions. Finally Jason got the answer he wished he never would have heard, Dravet Syndrome.
What is Dravet Syndrome?
Dravet syndrome, also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI), is a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. Initial seizures are most often prolonged events and in the second year of life other seizure types begin to emerge. Development remains on track initially, with plateaus and a progressive decline typically beginning in the second year of life. Individuals with Dravet syndrome face a higher incidence of SUDEP (sudden unexplained death in epilepsy) and have associated conditions, which also need to be properly treated and managed.
Dravet syndrome is life altering and very costly. Most parents can not even afford to give their children the meds they need.
After 4 yrs of different combinations of synthetic drugs and hundreds of side effects, a doctor in San Francisco recommend Jason to try a form of medical marijuana called CBD. The CBD tincture he used was a liquid form and is non-intoxicating, meaning that Jayden would not have felt any side effects or a high. The first dose was given on national T.V.
The show WEED WARS on discovery channel did a small documentary on Jason and Jayden showing the world a little bit of what Jason deals with on a daily basis. Jason agreed to do this on national TV because he wanted to raise awareness about Dravet Syndrome and let parents out there know that there is another way.
After using CBD, Jayden went a full 4 days without one seizure.
Jason heard his son humming for the first time!
We are asking all of you to join us on Jayden's amazing journey, and to help us educate the uneducated, inspire the uninspired, and to give hope to the hopeless. Through God, prayer, and kindness ,we can as a community, help Jayden and others like him.
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Well, where do I begin? My family was very much military. My father was Air Force for 23 years and served two tours in Vietnam. He always told us stories about Vietnam, none of the bad things that he witnessed, but some of the "good" times they actually had. His first time trying marijuana was in Vietnam, the soldiers were not allowed to smoke normal cigarettes, because the enemy would find them pretty damn quick.
Of course as years went by, our parents were totally and completely against the use of marijuana or any drug for that matter, made us kids join the D.A.R.E. program. I tried marijuana for the very first time when I was 18. Figured I am an adult, I can handle it... man, I puked my guts out, got so dizzy and light headed. Swore I would never smoke the stuff again.
Well, I got married, had three kids, still never smoked marijuana, by the 3rd child I was 24. But I loved the smell, and always had a contact high at parties and gatherings.
After divorcing my husband, I remarried two years later. Of course I was living in Maine, where some of the largest hemp festivals took place. I told my second husband (before we married) that no boyfriend of mine was going to be a pothead. Needless to say... he explained why I got dizzy and puked my first time.
I trusted my second husband, and listened to what he had to say. He educated me on marijuana. So, second time of inhaling, I got dizzy and ALMOST puked. He gave me something to eat to bring me down a little, and I was ZINGING!! Man I felt all my stress release from my back, I was so relaxed and giggly. He was jealous, said he wished he could get that high.
Now I am 36, I am an advocate for the legalization of marijuana for all intent and purposes. I smoke on a daily basis, usually in the evening, to wind down after work, I smoke at parties, I rarely drink alcohol. I have been published in a local magazine, and educated others as to the many uses of marijuana, and also the uses of hemp.
I smoke because I have seasonal insomnia, I smoke while Aunt flow is in town for the week, I smoked with my own dad, behind my mother's back, because dad was struck ill with cancer. I am the designated pothead at parties and gatherings.
The point is, you can not become addicted to pot, there is no proof of this plant that it leads to harder drugs. I learned from my past that I was being blinded by the propaganda. I would rather my children smoked pot, than smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or even get involved in harder drugs.
I to this day will smoke until I die, I want to see this plant legalized not only for medical, but for ALL purposes. I am a Mom of 3 and a step-mom to 2, I am also a godmother to twin boys. I will educate all these kids and their friends on the truth of Marijuana.
I am a Mom and Proud to smoke marijuana!!!
I support the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana helps people in many ways. It helps me wind down after a hectic day of work. It's healthier than drinking alcohol. When I smoke marijuana, I become a much more patient and rational person. It is very beneficial and I believe as Americans we should have the right to do as we please as long as it harms no one. And I can say marijuana is harmless to those who choose to use it and to those who choose not to.
For years now, I have struggled with irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and overactive bladder. It is disruptive to my entire life and makes it difficult to have a normal job because of the frequent bathroom breaks I have to take and the unwillingness of employers to allow me to take breaks as needed. It is hard for me to get enjoyment out of anything in life because I am unable to do anything without having to interrupt it with frequent trips to the restroom. Almost anything that I eat sends me to the restroom immediately after the meal. I have gone from doctor to doctor with none of them able to provide any relief through prescription medications or procedures.
I had used marijuana previously, before I had these conditions and knew from experience that it had the ability to make me feel better regardless of what ailed or troubled me. I had a feeling that it would bring me great relief if I was able to get a hold of it, but I had not had a way to obtain it ever since I had graduated high school (2003) and entered the adult world.
I read about the medicinal benefits of Cannabis and had seen television shows about it. I learned that it did indeed help with the medical problems I have.
In the summer of 2010, I finally was able to obtain Cannabis and sure enough, it did help me. It dramatically eased my discomfort and greatly reduced my trips to the bathroom. It was the only thing that ever truly made me feel ok and more able to enjoy my life with a liveable amount of trips to the bathroom and the ability to eat without upsetting my stomach.
About three weeks ago, my source for medicinal Cannabis vanished and I am back where I started. I am devastated and have no easy way to obtain the medicine I need to improve my quality of life because the US government has deemed it illegal for no good reason whatsoever.
We must end this senseless prohibition so that people like myself no longer have to suffer from diseases that are easily treated with Cannabis.
I am a 55 y/o female that spent my teen years during the late 60's / early 70's during the height of the hippie era. Of course I smoked pot! Tried acid, cocaine and some things you no longer hear about but I only liked the feeling pot gave me. It heightened my senses, especially in listening to music, feeling the music and interacting with those around me. It seemed somehow more acceptable back then, people seemed to over look it. When the chemicals came along, drugs could no longer be ignored. As they outlawed everything one by one, people started using dangerous chemicals to get high. Now, the chemical drugs are just downright dangerous to your life. Pot is still, well pot, when left untreated with these dangerous chemicals.
I smoked pot off and on from the middle 60's until the present. In the late 80's I was married, raising two little ones and working 10-11 hours a day. I was so busy being mom, wife, employee, etc. that I had no time for me. I was sleeping 3-4 hours/night and was running on autopilot and borrowed time.
Throughout the late spring in 1998, we rehabbed a squirrel. In June she was ready to be released. That's when I noticed things changing within me. I ignored the weird feelings and crying and tried to act normal. I was anything but and deteriorating! A friend finally noticed and recognized Xanax. I went back to work but could barely function. My medical then referred me to a shrink. I had my first panic attack while driving to work on the day of my shrink appt. I had no clue what I was feeling. I shook from head to foot, sweated, had no idea where I was or where I was going. I somehow made it to work and my best friend happened to be arriving as well. She knew what was happening and encouraged me to let her take me home, which I did.
That afternoon I met with my shrink for the first time and she changed my meds and took me out of work for a week. I seemed to stay in a state of panic and didn't want to go out of my house. I went back to work after my week out, had another panic attack upon arrival and my husband came to take me home. I have not worked since late September, 1998. I have been on disability since that time. I have not been the same person since the series of panic attacks during that time. I continue to have panic, panic attacks lasting approximately 2 hours and take Cymbalta and Xanax. I have learned to deal with my symptoms but continue to have sleep issues. I have tried everything from nutrition to herbal meds to prescription meds and currently use a combination of the three.
In about 2001, a friend suggested that I smoke a little pot. I had not really smoked much pot since 1980 and willing to try anything to make me feel more 'normal'. I was shocked how well it worked! I could concentrate and absorb information so much better. It seemed to slow down my 'ticker tape' brain so I could think. I could think better so I got more accomplished although I was still a homebody. I started cooking and cleaning more (I had to relearn most things), I taught myself to play autoharp and was able to sleep without medication. Pot made me feel better even though I was a long way from being the 'old' me, but I felt this was the best it was going to get. I bought from my contact on a regular basis until his death in 2007.
Since his death I have been unable to find a regular, trustworthy contact. I haven't really asked a lot of people because I don't want to ask a cop, I don't want something that's been treated and I want someone that I can buy from regularly. I now have proof for myself how much pot helps me since I no longer have access to it. If I start a panic attack, I take 2-3 mg of Xanax then another 2 mg if I don't notice a difference in 30 minutes. The attack lasts about two hours or until I fall asleep. I then feel 'out of it' for a day or two. With pot, when I start an attack I smoke 3-4 tokes and take 1 mg of Xanax. The pot starts almost immediately and within 30-45 minutes later the attack starts easing up. I usually smoke a few more tokes after the shaking eases up enough and just chill for the rest of the day. I'm ok the next day.
I was a big supporter of medicinal marijuana approval because it helps me so much. I was then slapped in the face with the realization that if medicinal marijuana were approved, my doctor would not prescribe it. Now my only option is to pray for total legalization and, hopefully, trustworthy contacts will come out into the open. Tax it if they must, it's good medicine and I need it!
If I can save just one person from going through the horrors I have been through, I have made a wish come true for me and somebody else.