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Speaking of #marijuana.

Given the possibility of criminal prosecution or other disciplinary outcomes, I'll put this story as a fable.
There was a young woman, a young mother, with a husband serving in the #armedforces. The young woman had occasional #symptoms including positional agony, dizziness, etc.
Her #country, the #UnitedStates, cared so little about those that served in the military that it provided 3rd class #medicalcare through many of its bases and camps.
So when the young lady went to the doctor, her 3rd rate military doctor told her she had bad posture and if she improved her posture, her dizziness and other symptoms would resolve.

The young woman's symptoms didn't resolve.
Eventually, she sought medical care from a #civiliandoctor in the #foreignnation where her husband was stationed. The doctor immediately recognized the symptoms of #glioblastoma, a #braintumor. An MRI and other imaging confirmed the diagnosis.
The young woman fought a valiant battle. Nearly four years from #diagnosis, through #surgery, #radiation, and #chemo, including #experimentalprotocols, she did all she could to live, to continue her path as a mom and a wife and a niece and a sister and a daughter.
Eventually, her battle ended.

Now, about #marijuana.

#Chemo and #radiation play hell with the ability to even want to eat, not to mention #nausea that follows eating. But maintaining health in the battle means maintaining your #intake of #calories.
Of course, that's hard to do when the #thoughtofeating #produces #vomiting and #eating produces #vomiting.

So, of course, there are #antinausea #medications. A leading medication is #Zofran.
Of course, you have to buy #Zofran, and you have to have a #script for it, and you have to see at least one #doctor in order to get a script, and if you're fighting cancer in the longer term, you may be looking at months of nausea, months of scripts, months of doctor's visits.
And that's if the side effects and counter-indications don't get you.

They include:
fast or #poundingheartbeats; #jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); #blurredvision or #temporaryvisionloss (lasting from only a few minutes to several hours);
Side effects also include:

high levels of #serotonin in the body causing #agitation, #hallucinations, #fever, #fastheartrate, #overactive #reflexes, #nausea, #vomiting, #diarrhea, loss of coordination, #fainting; #diarrhea or #constipation; #headache; #drowsiness; tired feeling.
Now, for this young woman to fight, she required an #appetite for the battle and an appetite for the #food for the battle. There is an appetite enhancer for cancer patients, and for people with major depressive disorder, and others whose physical condition makes eating difficult.
Now, about #marijuana.

Relatively cheap, at $20 for 2 grams, yes, it does help with #appetite and #nausea.

Of course, #buying marijuana, #possessing marijuana, and #using marijuana is illegal in most of the United States.
So, while it is great for helping with nausea and appetite, it's a risky proposition to be seeking it out and using it.

So, a young woman that ultimately would lose her battle with #brain #cancer occasionally #smoked marijuana.

To do that, she needed #accesstomarijuana.
#Familymembers who knew the #wrongpeople helped her out. Stateside, her military #doctor even told her that, if he could, he would write a #scriptformarijuana, given its value in the #sidebattle for #health that was so important to the #bigbattle of beating #glioblastoma.
But, there were those family members.

Despised, honestly, by some family members. Family members whose eyes were on the wrong ball. Hell, family members who weren't even in the right stadium. Criticizing, angry, ugly. Convinced that using "#demon weed" was #wrong and #immoral.
The young woman made choices ... to #trytolive for as long as possible, as well as possible, even with #greatdifficulty in doing so. And she made the choice to ask family members who could do it and who weren't confused by the #insanity of #marijuana #prohibitions to help her.
At any moment, the whole enterprise could have let to her #arrest, or the arrest of her family members, the involvement of child protective services, etc.

All over a #plant. A plant that grows #wildinnature. A plant that #God didn't put a #warninglabel on.
So, that story has an end.

The young woman passed away, in the company of family and friends.
Among those family members, there were some who have #noregrets about what they did to help her in her battle, and who, if they bear a grudge at all, they bear it only against an #insane #government has so #cowed a people into living under the #threat of #harassment and #arrest.
Why should it be this way?

Why do a #freepeople tolerate such #abuse and #tyranny?

Is it because the laws regulating marijuana and medicine are passed by majorities?

Is that what makes them right?
You know you don't actually believe that, because you violate speed limit signs, you engage in a feast of small allowances to yourself around the law, the very same laws adopted by the very same majorities.
Maybe you believed laws prohibiting same-sex marriage were wrong but believe marijuana should be illegal?

Yet both are the product of republican democracy in action.
The older I get, the more convinced I am that we would be better with #NOLAWSATALL than with the grievous morass of law that we have now.



#Reckless too, particularly when the majority dislikes you or your choices.

#Iamforliberty, but more than that. I am for liberty with respect to #marijuana #use and #possession. Because, aside from the collective having decided to regulate its use and possession, there is no #moral basis for its #proscription.

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