- Floridians for Medical Rights
1999 - 2000, www.medicalrights.org - Floridans
for Medical Rights
you Suffer From Arthritis, Depression, Chronic Pain, Muscle Spasms,
Multiple Sclerosis, Glaucoma, or AIDS?
the medicine your grandmother used: Marijuana!
On February 19, 1997, the National Institutes of Health convened
a panel of eight experts to examine the existing evidence of marijuana's
medicinal value. Anyone who had previously expressed support for
medical marijuana was excluded from participating. For an entire
day they heard testimony from scientists, health care professionals,
patients, and the general public. On the following day in a roundtable
discussion, seven of the eight panelists agreed that marijuana
was medically effective for specific indications.
| No One
Has Ever Died From an Overdose of Marijuana!
In a case filed before the Drug
Enforcement Administration by a glaucoma patient seeking legal
access to marijuana, the DEA's own Chief Justice Francis L. Young
agreed. In 1988, after hearing years of expert testimony and scientific
evidence, Chief Justice Young ruled in part: "Marijuana
in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active
substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana
can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.".
The findings of this court were ignored by the Drug Enforcement
Weil, best-selling author of 8 Weeks to Maximum Health
has long acknowledged the medical benefits of cannabis sativa
(marijuana). In the case heard by Chief Justice Francis L. Young
of the DEA, Dr. Weil testified that he accepts marijuana as
having a medical use, and would prescribe it to selected patients
if it were legally available. He is not alone. Half of the
cancer specialists surveyed in 1991 said they would prescribe
marijuana if it were legal.
When nothing else helps...
In a 1990 study of cancer patients in New Mexico, 75% of the 169
subjects who had rejected other forms of nausea suppressants were
aided my marijuana.
Seeing new hope...
In a 1970's UCLA study of marijuana users, 80% of subjects experienced
significant (25% - 50%) reduction of intraocular pressure - offering
new hope to glaucoma patients facing a blind future.
A legacy of Compassion...
in 1975, a glaucoma patient named Robert Randall was arrested
for growing his own marijuana. Citing "medical necessity"
as his defense, Randall won his case. The courts then forced the
government to provide Randall and patients like him a legal source
of their medicine through an Investigational New Drug (IND) program.
But, compassionate access was closed to new applicants in 1992.
Only eight surviving previously approved patients are now permitted
compassionate access to marijuana. Three of those patients live
marijuana help you? Use of natural marijuana has been deemed
legitimate, safe and effective for:
from nausea and increased appetite
of introcular ("within the eye") pressure
of muscle spasms
from chronic pain
also report that marijuana is useful for treating arthritis,
migraine headaches, menstrual cramps, pruritus (itching), alcohol
and opiate addiction and depression.
know that until 1937 marijuana was one of the most commonly
prescribed medicines in America? It's true. Thousands
used it on their doctors' advice. The y found it safe and effective
for a variety of ailments; and because this common weed often
grew wild along the nation's highways, anyone could afford to
fill the prescription.
Tax Act of 1937 changed all that. Dr. William C. Woodward, then
president of the AMA testified before before the Congress against
its passage. He urged the lawmakers to consider marijuana safety
and non-addictive qualities. He warned that the Marijuana Tax
Act would lead to the prohibition of cannabis sativa 1. for
medical use. Dr. Woodward was right.
The Nation Arthritis Foundation reports that 492,000 Floridans
now suffer from arthritis. Before 1937 Cannabis Sativa was
regularly used in ti's treatment.
Sclerosis: More than 3500 Floridans are registered with
the MS Society. Marijuana can limit the muscle pain and spasticity
caused by the disease, as well as relieving tremor and unsteadiness
The leading cause of blindness in the United States. Marijuana
can reduce intraocular pressure, thereby alleviating the pain
and slowing- sometimes stopping, the progress o the condition.
58,911 Floridans had reported they suffered from AIDS by the
end of 1996, with 7,330 new cases reported that year. Marijuana
can reduce the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite caused
by HIV and by treatment with lifesaving therapies.
Florida ranks second behind California with an estimated 88,100
new cancer cases and 40,500 cancer deaths by the end of 1998.
Marijuana can stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea
and vomiting, common side effects of treatment.