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Carol Kerr ~ HAPPY PATIENT in Legal Medical Cannabis State!!

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Why I choose cannabis…

November 25, 2010 at 9:21pm

There are millions of people across this great nation suffering from chronic pain and illness who are legally receiving relief via prescription medications. As a patient that suffers with chronic, debilitating pain from a brain malformation, I can attest to the damage long-term use of prescription medications can do to the human mind and body.

Just last year I lost my brother due to an accidental overdose of hydrocodone prior to back surgery. He didn’t just slip off into the night after falling asleep. He died clutching his chest and screaming in pain, and there was nothing anyone could do. Yet, there are still pharmacies conveniently located on nearly every corner across the country dispensing the poison every day.

For the record, I am not a drug addict, nor do not wish to be addicted to ANY substance, however due to the illnesses I have, I must medicate with SOMETHING regularly to achieve any reasonable measure of “quality of life.” And the one prescription medication that provides some relief is full of liver damaging acetaphetamin and isn’t covered by Medicare.

Plus, the doctor told me that though it relieves my headaches, with regular use it “increases” headaches. Ohhh, so I’ll need more addictive pain medication due to the increased headaches it causes, which will damage my liver all that much faster… are you seeing the RIDICULOUS, vicious circle? Not only are the prescription drugs inadequate and expensive, but I’ve suffered through withdrawal on numerous occasions from addictive pain medications, even spending three days in ICU on a respirator from a Fentanyl patch!

Cannabis is an effective, NON-ADDICTIVE medication that helps me.  Yet, when I don’t have cannabis, I don’t get the sweats, have increased blood pressure, vomit, itch, cry, and wig out!!! I just hurt, try not to move any more than I have to, and keep to myself… survival mode. Not a healthy or pleasant way to live.

As a result of prescription medications I have the onset of liver disease. My digestive system is impaired to the point that I literally have no appetite. Without medication I am consumed with pain to the point that my activities of daily living are limited and socialization with others is not an option. Inhaled cannabis quickly sends the cannabinoids directly to the blood stream via your lungs.

Yet, cannabis doesn’t impair one’s ability to function for long periods of time, cause nausea, or shut down the bowels like prescription pain medications. And while smoking may not be the best option for me, it’s the only one available due to prohibition. For the record, I would prefer to ingest cannabis, but it takes a larger quantity of product to produce a sufficient amount.

For over a year the American Medical Association has urged the federal government to reconsider its stance on cannabis, to change the classification from a Class 1 drug. This means the AMA recognizes that cannabis has medicinal qualities that could be beneficial to a patient’s health. The AMA also states that cannabis deserves more research.

A randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted at San Francisco General Hospital (with) nine doctors and 50 patients involved. Patients suffered from HIV-associated neuropathic pain. “The first cannabis cigarette reduced chronic pain by a median of 72 percent versus 15 percent with placebo. No adverse events reported.” Throughout length of trial “pain was reduced by 34 percent.”

Conclusion: “Smoked cannabis was well tolerated and effectively relieved chronic neuropathic pain from HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. The findings are comparable to oral drugs used for chronic neuropathic pain.”

Latest polling shows 65 percent of Americans support medicinal cannabis with doctor supervision. If comparable to pain pills, shouldn’t the doctor be deciding whether cannabis is the better choice for the patient? Patients should not have to fear imprisonment or the horrible side effects of prescription drugs, especially when there are scientific facts that favor the medicinal use of cannabis.

This matter is not about the legalization of “drugs.” We, as patients, do not condone the use of any drug without doctor supervision. This is about compassion and understanding of others suffering, knowing that cannabis helps them regain their lives and get on with living life to the fullest, not needlessly suffering from the pain of illness or the ugly side effects from pain medications.

Fifteen states have passed legislation in favor of medicinal marijuana. We are well on our way to helping people understand that cannabis is not the harmful drug previously demonized by well meaning, but ill informed political figures. SB 1381, the compassionate use of cannabis 3-year pilot program is coming up for a vote in Illinois. This is our chance to free our countrymen and women from the ill side effects of pain medications.

Patients and doctors alike deserve the right to pursue happiness as stated in our Constitution. We must allow patients to choose the best course of action in medical matters without fear of imprisonment. We must take our medicine out of the hands of greedy drug-lords, and allow safe access to good medicine for  sick and suffering patients.

Cannabis has been proven to help people time and time again. New and fascinating facts about the benefits of medicinally using cannabis are being reported every day. And I am living proof that it works!  This is not an issue of morals, but one of science and compassion for the sick and suffering. We aren’t encouraging anyone to use cannabis. We just want our God-given right to pain relief in the manner which helps us best.

As a responsible citizen of IL I am appalled that I am forced to pay outrageous prices for medicine, lining the pockets of black market drug dealers.  When as a sick patient I should be receiving quality medicine, regulated by the government, provided by state governed agencies which would benefit patients, while strengthening our economy and providing legitimate jobs! You know, with the right medicine given on a regular basis, I just may be able to work again.. or at least take care of MYSELF without the assistance of others.

Cannabis relieves the pain, takes my mind off my poor health, gives me an appetite, and helps me to get out enjoy the life I have left without the hangovers and side effects of man-made medications. May the powers that be hear our voices and bring relief to the suffering citizens of Illinois! No patient should be denied safe access to their medication!!

The fact of the matter is, patients who NEED medicinal cannabis have been and will continue to do whatever they have to, to obtain the medicine they need. The prohibition of medicinal cannabis only punishes us further for being sick at a time when we need love and compassion the most.  Don’t wait till you or someone you love is suffering to investigate this issue.

Carol Kerr ~ HAPPY PATIENT in Legal Medical Cannabis State!!

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Per my friend and sister Larisa in our cannabis struggle on the passing of Ken Gorman July 12, 1946 – February 17, 2007.

 

9 years ago today, my mentor and one of the boldest and most courageous people I know, was assassinated in his home.

Yes, assassinated. Someone walked in his home and shot him in the chest, leaving his weed and money behind.

His murder is still virtually unsolved with police stating that the primary suspect is in jail on other charges.

Even more tragic is that today, most people do not know who he is, which is literally the godfather of the cannabis movement in Colorado.

He made the noise and gathered the attention to the cause that would first collect enough signatures to get Amendment 20 on the ballot through his 420 Rally,

which served as the foundation for the Denver 420 Rally today. Up until 2 years ago, I had been volunteering for the 420 Rally since 2002, my last year of

volunteering culminating with his daughter and I, along with other people he had mentored through the years, spreading his ashes around a tree by the stage.

He lives on in our passion for ensuring that liberty and reason lead the way in not only drug policy, but in all areas of our lives.

Please take a moment of silence tonight for Ken and his legacy.

AMEN AND AMEN Larisa. THERE SHOULD BE A STATUE OF HIM IN DENVER CIVIC PARK!

Ken Gorman – Wikipedia

 

(Photo 1994 Denver Civic Center Park)

 

 

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Ronnie Lee Smith

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Ronnie Lee Smith, 47

Former Warsaw resident Ronnie Lee Smith died Thursday, April 3, in Colorado, after fighting leukemia. He was 47 years old.
Mr. Smith spent a lot of time traveling and doing comedy shows. He ran for sheriff in Gallatin County twice. He believed strongly in the medicinal effects of marijuana and was a well-known activist for the legalization of medical marijuana.
He is survived by one son, Thor Lester “T.J.” Finnegan of Warsaw; one daughter, Kristen Finnegan of Florida; three sisters, Rosie Navarro, Teresa Holt and his twin, Renee Gibson of Warsaw; one brother, Marvin Smith of Warsaw; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William V. and Stella Smith; one brother, Lester E. Smith; one sister, Margaret F. Israel; and a nephew, Randy Allen Stewart.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Warsaw City Building.
Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw is handling the arrangements.

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Death of Ronnie Lee Smith, aka Roland Duby surprises many activists

Above:  Better times, on the way to 2001 Reefer Rumble in Ohio, left to right is Brian McCullough, Cher Ford-McCullough, Richard J. Rawlings, Heidi Drake and RONNIE SMITH aka ROLAND DUBY.

Ronnie Lee Smith, better known as Roland Duby or Marijuana Man, passed from this life yesterday evening from Leukemia.

He was a Cannabis Activist who was a major player in the Cannabis Oil movement for Cancer.

With a single post on Facebook a Man who had fought the greater part of adult life for the Cannabis movement and had attested to curing many others who had been given up on by our healthcare system from cancer, did, himself succumb to cancer.

Lida Thompson

19 hours ago

I’m very sad to say that we’ve lost our friend and brother Roland Duby in his battle against Leukemia
RIP sweet friend

There were many activists who were “watching” his facebook page for hours leading up until the end posting messages and conveying their love and prayers to him.  And many messages left since then.

It is a major loss to Cannabis Activists all over the U.S. as him and his knowledge will be sorely missed by all.

He is survived by close family whom shall remain unnamed here for personal reasons, and many, many, friends and activists whom he influenced throughout the years who shall attempt to carry on the fight!

He was “MARIJUANA MAN”!

He was born and raised in Warsaw, Kentucky

Graduated Class of 1983 from Gallatin County High School in Warsaw, Ky

Graduated “Oaksterdam University” Class of 2010

He authored the following websites:

http://www.marijuanaman.com

http://www.bigfatpothead.com

http://www.potheadsofcomedy.com

Ronnie Smith ran for Sheriff in 2010 in Gallatin County Kentucky:

Kentucky Pothead Runs For Sheriff; Calls On Others To Do So

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TRIPS Through Reality – 04/03/14

Above:  Time 4 Hemp features Ronnie Smith

RONNIE’S CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE LINK

Ronnie Smith On Cannabis Hemp Oil Curing Cancer Short Film

Photo: Yesterday we lost a Wonderful guy and hard working Activist in Ronnie Smith Aka Roland A. Duby. Rest in Peace brother....

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Note:  There is so much information out there on Ronnie Smith that I cannot possibly input it all here.  I encourage you to search out information on him if you are not already familiar.  Thank you.