Cannabis Reports now hosts ample medical evidence that cannabis can be effective in providing mental and physical relief for patients. However, the federal government’s national standard for the illegality of cannabis continues to result in very limited access for patients. As other countries focus their resources on researching and sharing clinical data favoring medical cannabis, why is America so intent that cannabis remain in the dark?
Many states at this point have implemented laws allowing for medical cannabis in some form, and yet the federal government continues to stand behind the stubborn obstacles keeping cannabis from those in need. Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, cannabis is listed as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is considered to be highly addictive with no evidence of medical benefit.
The result of this harsh classification is that some of the most fragile American citizens, including our veterans, cancer patients, and sick children, are unable to access cannabis for relief.
The purpose of this article is to raise talking points for an educated discussion. Progress for cannabis requires a education through conversation. As a community, we should be asking the underlying questions that surround cannabis:
- Why is there so much misinformation being distributed?
- Why aren’t the government research agencies that normally protect patients and consumers more interested in researching medical cannabis?
- Or worse, if these agencies are asking for more cannabis research, who is it that is keeping studies from being approved?
Cannabis has helped so many people for so many different reasons; it can be used spiritually, medicinally, and recreationally. In the land of the free, and the home of the brave, how can something that helps sick people be deemed as dangerous by those who refuse to learn more about it?
This country is built on the idea that the protection of freedom is fundamentally necessary, whether or not you agree with the arguments being presented.
So why is it that our federal government so readily abandons these principles of freedom when it comes to allowing cannabis for sick children, wounded warriors, and the severely ill?
Facts and Factors in the Cannabis Industry
Let’s begin the conversation with the welfare of our nation’s children. There are a number of stories being publicized in which families see dramatically positive changes after treating their child’s debilitating conditions with cannabis. This type of evidence is anecdotal, and yet without reliable funding for cannabis research, this is some of the strongest evidence currently available for the patient community.
The power of anecdotal evidence is still very present amongst lawmakers. Last year, we published an article called “The Great CBD Migration” reported on the fifteen states that very quickly implemented cannabis laws due to the exodus of families seeking homes where they could legally access cannabis and use it to treat their children.
When it comes to sick children, we should be providing every comfort possible. Parents should not have to watch their children get worse from exposure to addictive benzodiazepines and other pharmaceuticals. Families shouldn’t have to uproot their lives and move across the country just to see their child live without hundreds of seizures a day.
For thousands of years cannabis has helped connect different communities around the world. The fact that the CBD migration instilled empathy in conservative policymakers shows the change that this plant can propel. Unfortunately, several of the medical cannabis programs across the country are still very restrictive, and many patients remain marginalized.
Some of the people fighting the hardest for safe cannabis access are the same people who dedicated themselves to the protection of our country and its ideals of freedom. So why is our country so willing to abandon veterans, many of whom are suffering from symptoms of PTSD, depression, physical combat wounds, and more?
There have been several reports published recently linking the mental and physical wounds of combat with increased opioid addiction and higher suicide rates.
The traditional pharmaceutical treatments that are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs are not working for many returning veterans. Several veteran advocacy groups focus their sole support on legal cannabis for troops.
So why is it that the VA will deny earned medical benefits to veterans that treat their conditions with medical cannabis, even in states where medical cannabis is approved? Thankfully, there are policymakers who share these feelings of injustice.
Another group of people hurt by restrictive cannabis laws are cancer patients. Most of the American population is affected in some way by cancer, be it themselves or friends and loved ones. Chemotherapy is a current method for cancer patients, and cannabis has been shown to alleviate some of the side effects associated with radiation treatment.
In other clinical examinations, cannabinoids have been shown to actively treat cancers, rather than just alleviate the stresses of chemotherapy. Oncologists all over the country are begging for medical institutions to more thoroughly research cannabis as an effective medicine. You had better believe that the doctors treating these patients want nothing more than to see them healthy and cancer-free.
So if everyone is calling for increased clinical research for cannabis, why are American policymakers remaining stubbornly opposed to finding out more? The federal government claims that cannabis is dangerous and without any medical benefit. Lawmakers of past generations have made it incredibly difficult for American institutions to research cannabis due to strict federal obstacles.
So how can we, the American people, help facilitate more research and a better understanding of cannabis? We have to speak up.
Changing the Public Perception of Cannabis
Cannabis is surrounded with misinformation. Despite mounting evidence from the medical community, America refuses to consider the international research that supports the medical benefits of cannabis. Over the last few years, cannabis has emerged from the shadows of prohibition.
Now it is up to the cannabis community to help educate the public with factual evidence. Cannabis Reports is devoted to making cannabis information easily accessible for everyone, and we encourage everyone to support the other groups fighting for cannabis access.
The hundreds of pro-cannabis organizations putting the positive message out there are finally being heard by policymakers. In addition to patients, America needs to help support the individuals and organizations fighting for safe and legal access to medical cannabis.
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