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Do you Suffer From Arthritis, Depression, Chronic Pain, Muscle Spasms, Multiple Sclerosis, Glaucoma, or AIDS?
Rediscover the medicine your grandmother used: Marijuana!

Researchers Agree...
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.
Medical Safety
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 Administration.
Dr. Andrew 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 in Florida.

Could marijuana help you? Use of natural marijuana has been deemed legitimate, safe and effective for:

  • Relief from nausea and increased appetite
  • Reduction of introcular ("within the eye") pressure
  • Reduction of muscle spasms
  • Relief from chronic pain

Many patients also report that marijuana is useful for treating arthritis, migraine headaches, menstrual cramps, pruritus (itching), alcohol and opiate addiction and depression.

Did you 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.

The Marijuana 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.

  • Arthritis: The Nation Arthritis Foundation reports that 492,000 Floridans now suffer from arthritis. Before 1937 Cannabis Sativa was regularly used in ti's treatment.
  • Multiple 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 of gait.
  • Glaucoma: 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.
  • AIDS: 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.
  • Cancer: 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.


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