I write this here today for my teenage granddaughters. Advocating for medical marijuana to be legal in the world is important to me because:
1) My best friend Patty successfully avoided opioid addiction by using marijuana for pain management.
2) My daughter–your mother–was referred to a CBD clinic by her oncologist and it helped.
3) I watched a documentary series called Weediquette, in particular the “Stoned Vets” episode about relieving PTSD symptoms so our wounded warriors can function better at home–something I personally care about because your momma’s daddy, my first husband, M. Arndt, suffered tremendously from PTSD. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, which triggered the crisis that tore us apart.
4) In 2016, I stopped using Zoloft and started using medical marijuana to calm my nerves. I have struggled in ignorance with depression most of my life. In 1993, I was diagnosed with PTSD, and started using Zoloft to treat the constant anxiety I felt because of many traumatic experiences that happened to me, starting in childhood, in my teen years, and into my life as a young adult. Finally, when your Uncle Keath nearly died in the womb but was born three months early, and for 73 days I visited him in the NICU and witnessed horrors happen to other families too, it changed me forever.
These are the core reasons I follow and read news such as this Forbes article about the U.S. Congress proposing a bill to protect medical marijuana from Jeff Sessions.
First, I want to talk about why Jeff Sessions’ name appears in the title. Sessions hates marijuana and refuses to see any medicinal value, even though it has been scientifically proven effective in treating seizures and many other problems. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. That means, according to federal law, nobody has the right to use marijuana for any reason at all. Even if their doctor prescribes it–it is illegal to prescribe it, it is illegal to research it, it is illegal to grow it, distribute, or use it. “But Gramma Carmels,” you might say, “it has been legalized in many states!” True. Voters in many states have moved to legalize it for medical use, but it is still breaking a federal law and can be prosecuted in a federal court by a federal law enforcement agent, such as a U.S. Attorney–the public servants whose focus and priorities are directed by Sessions.
Sessions, as the U.S. Attorney General, could have decided to let it be, to let the states’ laws rule in their land, but instead, he has declared war on medical marijuana. He is actively trying to enforce the federal law banning all marijuana use, disregarding the U.S. Constitution’s provision for States Rights. What makes that especially wrong is that Sessions, in other matters of law and order, has been an advocate for States Rights–when it comes to matters he personally favors, but when it comes to medical marijuana, he tramples on States Rights. That is a classic example of hypocrisy–saying you are for something and your actions say the opposite. He is either for States Rights or he is not.
The reason this matters is that, as long as marijuana remains on the Schedule 1 list, universities and scientists in America cannot study it. That may be too simple or too broad a statement, but basically that is the fundamental problem. In order to really get the research needed to discover and prove all of the potential medical uses, marijuana must be removed from the Schedule 1 list. Until that happens, we are relying on the research of the international community, and fortunately, countries like Israel and Germany are leading the way.
I hope this helps to provide some light as you make up your own mind about how to vote for your future.