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The cannabis industry continues to face threats from Attorney General Jeff Sessions as his campaign against cannabis continued this week.

The AG recently said, “I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”

Sessions should take a lesson from Joe Rogan. In a YouTube video, Rogan said, “The only reason why marijuana is illegal is because of economics. If marijuana was legal, it would cost pharmaceutical and alcohol companies billions of dollars every year. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is funded by alcohol companies. Alcohol is a sanctioned drug”

Marijuana can treat several debilitating diseases and improve the daily life of millions of people around the world.

Ten illnesses that can be treated by marijuana

1.Marijuana can be used to treat and prevent glaucoma. According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye. “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.”

2.Marijuana helps reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improves lung health. In January 2012, a study was published in Journal of the American Medical Association which said marijuana does not impair lung function and it can even increase lung capacity.

3.Marijuana can help control epileptic seizures. Charlotte Figi suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome and a strain of marijuana called “Charlotte’s Web” has decreased Charlotte’s seizures from 300 a week to just one every seven days.

4.Marijuana can decrease anxiety. In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that that some of marijuana’s benefits may be associated with reduced anxiety.

5.THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. A study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute suggests that marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2006, the study published in the journal of Molecular Pharmaceutics found that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques are what kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s.

6.Marijuana helps ease the pain associated with multiple sclerosis. GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) has developed a drug derived from cannabis called Sativex which helps patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

7. Marijuana relieves arthritis discomfort. In 2011, researchers said that marijuana alleviates pain, reduces inflammation and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

8.Marijuana can potentially eliminate Crohn’s disease. A study in Israel showed that smoking a joint significantly reduced Crohn’s disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients. Marijuana caused a complete remission in five of the patients.

9.Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD. The Department of Health and Human Services recently signed off on a proposal to study marijuana’s potential as part of the treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

10.Marijuana reduces some of the pain and nausea from chemotherapy and stimulates appetite.

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Marinol – a synthetic pharmaceutical that was approved by the Federal Drug Administration thirty years ago. At the time, in 1985, Marinol was the solution to legalizing medical marijuana. The issue was, however that the pharmaceutical did not help many people. There was not, and still is not, any synthesized medicine that is as efficient as the medicine derived from the entire cannabis plant. With this knowledge, many companies have been trying to get a product derived from the cannabis plant that will be extremely beneficial, rather than a replicated synthetic.

According to the Huffington Post, some fears are going to be made real in just a year:

“Look for the first naturally-derived, Big Pharma-produced cannabis product to be on the market by the first half of 2016, perhaps even sooner.
Epidiolex is a liquid formulation of pure, plant-derived cannabidiol (CBD) manufactured by the British company, G.W. Pharmaceuticals. It is currently on the FDA Fast Track and has entered its final Phase 3 study for pediatric epilepsy disorders such as Dravet’s and Lennox-Gastaut’s syndromes with results scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.
Barring an unlikely catastrophic finding, there are plenty of signs that Epidiolex will breeze through this final stage and will thus have cleared the FDA’s testing requirements. For any other drug, the remaining details would be purely administrative but Epidiolex is derived from cannabis and that puts a few more hurdles in the way before marketing can begin. There are, however, plenty of signs that government officials are literally paving the way for this new player.
Among the most significant occurred on June 24, 2015. Before a packed hearing room, the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, established in 1985 to “expand international cooperation against drug abuse and narcotics trafficking” took on the decidedly domestic issue of what to do about medical cannabis. The meeting was chaired by two unlikely medical cannabis proponents, Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).”

The issue is this: many people care about patients getting relief, but the pharmaceutical industry does not. The pharmaceutical industry does not care much about helping people feel better; they care more about getting people to buy medicine, and at the same time, keep them sick enough to keep coming back to buy. Because of this, people are pushing for the pharmaceutical businesses to stay out of marijuana and its medicine. Activists must get in front of this new product to ensure that it is not used corruptly.

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There a countless testimonies floating around from veterans who illustrate how medicinal marijuana has helped them handle PTSD. Dr. Sue Sisley is a doctor from Arizona who is pursuing research on PTSD and medical marijuana and has also been conducting business around the country championing medical marijuana for PTSD.

At the beginning of this month, Dr. Sisley was in Colorado where there was and attempt to add PTSD to the list of qualifying medical issues to be considered a medical marijuana patient. Different states currently have added PTSD to the list of qualifying medical issues to be treated with medical marijuana, and many thought that Colorado would follow the same path. Sadly, that displayed a different reality. Colorado is a national leader in many ways when it comes to cannabis, yet helping individuals that suffer from PTSD is not one of them.

So with so many testimonies out there from various people who suffer from PTSD and obtain relief from medicinal marijuana, the testimony of a doctor who is heading up the investigative study to prove that PTSD helps suffers, and many other places across the US who have now added PTSD to their list, Yet how didi this valid attempt fail? Dr. Sue Sisley has an idea its because o the heavy level of influence from the pharmaceutical industry.

“Sisley has her suspicions about what happened behind the scenes at the Colorado hearing, where of the fifty-plus speakers, only two testified in opposition to the proposal. “Several members who voted ‘no’ cited the fact that APA and other organized medicine groups oppose this initiative,” she says. “I am concerned that these organized medicine groups are heavily influenced by big Pharma….. Obviously, Pharma has a vested interest in suppressing these initiatives because they have the potential to harm their ‘business model.”

Representative Jonathan Singer has offered to run another bill through the Colorado Legislature that would add PTSD to the list of MMJ approved complaints “but I think the best approach is probably to go through the court system, as we did successfully in Arizona,” Sisley says, noting that several Colorado attorneys agree:  ”So look for a court case this fall.”

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