Sunday, August 28, 2016

Scheduling Medical Marijuana-A Letter to the President

As a post note to my interview with Sue Rosen, RN CLNC and legal liaison for the American Cannabis Association, Sue encouraged me to write to President Obama. Following is my message. I used her letter as a guide and I encourage you to do the same. [See followup note.]

President Obama, pick up your pen and sign an executive order to remove cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Please do right by the children and adults who can/will benefit from this plant. The research to its benefits are overwhelming, and like all drugs, we understand there are risks, but first consider this. Alcohol has many risks, and no benefit as great as the anti-oxidant and neuro-protective effects (prevention of cellular destruction) patented by the United States (US Patent 6630507).

Please help; don't just leave. Speak publicly about the outrageous Nixon cover up of 1974 Medical School of Virginia findings. Thank the brave people who were able to use the Freedom of Information Act to declassify the study findings. Leave with respect from parents and medical professionals who are tired of politicians imposing their non-evidence based personal opinions on innocent people. We cannot simply choose ideas that fit within our own framework; open their eyes to all the evidence. I understand nothing in life worth having comes without risk, but it should be up to Americans to decide if a plant works for their children or for them, not politicians.

Most importantly, leave with love and compassion for all who suffer at the hands of politicians who are either ignorant to the medicinal benefits of cannabis or driven by some personal secondary gain.

Respectfully, Celeste Cooper, RN

Follow up note:

Since writing this letter to President Obama, the DEA denied the request to remove cannabis as a schedule I drug. According to the DEA,

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote

There is one caveat, the DEA will allow research. Advocates will continue to push for rescheduling. It is interesting that the DEA says they have not turned down a research request of legally grown marijuana/cannabis. I ask, "What would the Feds consider legally grown?" And, they state there is no research showing benefits. Through my personal investigation, I found plenty. You might be interested taking a look at what Patients for Medical Cannabis have to say. 

Articles regarding my investigation into the benefits and use of medical marijuana at Health Central:

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  
Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Health Central Chronic Pain Pro Advocate

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