When you look at the state of Michigan currently and think its somewhat reasonable with it’s cannabis laws because it allows for the medical use with a doctors recommendation, I’d say you’re partially right. It was a huge step in the right direction and provided criminal protections for those who needed it. However there is no way for you to obtain it unless you can grow it yourself or know someone who can for you. I think that these options should be available but the legal options stop there. Not everybody has the ability or time to produce their own medicine and often need instant relief. Also, not every sick person has an experienced grower who has been growing it since the time it was illegal. There is no where for someone to safely access their medicine in a public setting. This makes people turn to black market dealers who have no interest in registering in the system to provide their legal medicine. There is absolutely no reason for this and the ones that do try to set up in the grey area of the law as “compassion centers” often get shut down and/or raided.
These are serious problems that need to be fixed to have a truly effective medical marijuana program in the state of Michigan. As far as not being a medical user, you get a permanent criminal record that you would otherwise never have if it was decriminalized, and at the very least face fines. If your’e a student like myself, you will not be eligible for any financial aid either. It’s also very possible you could face jail time or be pressured into becoming a confidential informant and risking your life. All for using a plant that grows from the ground. This year there is hopes of seeing a measure on the ballot to legalize cultivation and possession of the plant but without enough educated voters, it will never pass.
Have you ever been a victim of the war on marijuana? Have you been harassed by police for being a medical user in possession? They often try to prosecute for bullshit improper carrying violations and suspecting intoxication. Share your stories below!
I would like to start by explaining where the love and interest of the cannabis plant stems from and why sharing/spreading information is so important.
Like many others, in my teenage years I was told by people and held the common belief that drugs are dangerous and held very little information about differences and side effects of both legal and illegal drugs. When it came to marijuana, I wouldn’t have known what it was if I smelt it from the other room or even saw it. I held the belief that your stupid if you smoke it and that it’s right up there with the other hard drugs. It wasn’t until I started having discussions with friends at school who had actually tried it and were familiar with the potential side effects, benefits, and dangers. These were people I viewed as intelligent in general and definitely had more knowledge on the subject of weed. The more I talked about it with them the more I became interested and did a small amount of research before experiencing with it.
My first experience with cannabis turned me on to it big time. There was no other experience in my life where everything was enhanced in a way that made it so easy to enjoy and appreciate. Music was something that I had considered myself passionate about but after that day it was a whole different story. The only way to describe it is being able to take in every musical note and focus with such clarity without any distraction. This experience was clearly 1oo% recreational and enjoyable but I still knew little about it’s benefits to both healthy and especially sick people.
This changed when I saw videos and information everywhere of people experiencing a complete turnaround in their health from using cannabis. The list of diseases that it either treats or heals is too long to list. The number of medications it could replace is staggering and the number of side effects it could eliminate is even higher. I watched a man with violent seizures stop them seconds after using medical marijuana in its natural form. It reduces the number of these episodes dramatically and with continued treatment has even stopped them. This is just one serious aliment and yet it’s been illegal for a period of over 70 years for both sick and recreational users.
The moment I realized I needed to do something for the cause was after I watched my aunt battle cancer in its late stages. Her appetite was gone and she was in way too much pain to do anything. The chemo therapy made her nauseous even though she wasn’t eating. I finally got her to try a cannabis edible and she managed to get some of it down through our help. Within 30 minutes she told me all the pain was gone and it was wonderful. She could feel the breeze through the window and actually ate a small meal. This changed my life forever and I knew that there was true potential in this demonized plant. Not long after that she passed, but I know this relief can help others and be used in time to give these suffering people the quality of life they deserve.
All of these events in my life made me want to write about this plant and the people who use it. Whether that be legislation or just interesting information, the goal is that someone learns about and maybe even personally benefits from this medicine. If this underrated medicine interests you and you’d like to read and discuss about it then follow my blog and share your thoughts!