Petition to Use Marijuana for PTSD and Chronic Pain
I know Illinois doesn’t have much sway over Minnesota, but I was fascinated by this article allowing citizens to petition to use marijuana for PTSD and chronic pain, under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.
The difficulty that I see, in this particular matter, is that our soldier is not able to use his best medicine while he is on probation with his Stay of Adjudication of sentence.
Again, I will remind everyone that people using marijuana as medicine continue to live, and do not die. No other medication, including over the counter pain relievers like Aspirin and Ibuprofen, can make the same claim.
As many of you know, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) has been changed to PTS. Perhaps this is an evolution of our consciousness.
However, I think it is necessary that we come to know what PTSD looks like, especially in our soldiers who have returned home.
Heart Of The City, by Mark Tatulli, talks and shows us what happens to people when they have been traumatized during war. I enjoyed this series of strips because it shows what criminal defense lawyers go through on a regular basis. We have perfectly sane and good clients who have returned home from trauma only to find it persisting. That is why I advocate neurofeedback-- because it helps to alleviate trauma in a matter that most can tolerate. It also increases joy and wonder in the world.
In any event, thank you to Mr. Tatulli for an enlightening journey into the world of PTS. Thank you, children, for helping us learn how to conquer PTS.
Great news, folks! We had a fantastic show of interest in neurofeedback for veterans with PTSD. We are presently getting as many in as possible so that they can recognize a new beginning for the rest of their lives. We will keep you posted!
eegExcellence was at the Veteran StandDown here in Mankato, for the third straight year, offering hope to those veterans suffering from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury. Below are a list of some of those that attended the service. This year we were again assisted by Veronica Lopez, Marcella LaZebnik, and myself, Calvin Johnson. Our veteran StandDown is truly exceptional.
I also encourage to review the article by Siegfried Othmer to all veterans. It is good and poignant. Remember, you don’t have to be in the military to have suffered PTSD. However, eegExcellence is committed to providing free neurofeedback service to any veteran who desires relief.
Congratulations to you veterans, old and new. We love you.
Below is a letter to the editor of the Mankato Free Press, concerning the decriminalization of marijuana. Alternatively, to view the post on the Free Press website, please click here.
I applaud the Free Press’ efforts to inform our community about potential changes in the marijuana laws. However, I beg to differ in the analysis.
In 1976,Minnesota decriminalized marijuana. It was one of the first states to do so. History shows that the laws changed in response to the draconian laws that we had on the books.
When legislators’ sons started going to prison for five years for smoking a joint, people started to take notice. Mankato’s own Harvard educated lawyer, James Manahan, helped with changing the law.
As a result, and in conformity with federal law, we continue to recognize marijuana as a controlled substance. However, we treat it as a petty misdemeanor if there is less than an ounce and a half, or less than 1.4 grams in a motor vehicle. A petty misdemeanor is defined, under the law, as “not a crime.” As such, our marijuana laws have decriminalized possession in many cases. Ironically, inMinnesota, you can legally distribute up to an ounce and half of marijuana, so long as there is “no remuneration.”
As a lawyer practicing criminal defense for the last 33 years, I have come to understand the wisdom that the State ofMinnesotahas demonstrated by decriminalizing marijuana.
We have saved untold millions of dollars in criminal defense, prosecution, police, witness, court, and prison fees. Minnesotahas been at the forefront of showing the nation that decriminalization actually works.
The question is whether we want to recognize marijuana on one of two different levels: 1) to permit its use for medical purposes only, or 2) to remove all penalties connected with its possession and sale.
The reason that the police appreciate marijuana laws is for the same reason that many find it offensive: the stuff stinks. It stinks so much, that cops can easily smell it in a car. That means, if they pull you over for a traffic ticket, and they smell marijuana, they can broaden the scope of their investigation by searching the car, and much of its contents. This is where elements of discrimination come in, because, as the Free Press has so succinctly pointed out, the application of marijuana laws is by far greater against minorities than it is for the white population.
If we wish to allow our liberties to be infringed by the smell of marijuana, then we must continue to support the law that is presently enacted. I believe our community consciousness is growing beyond these present legal barriers.
However, let us focus on the real benefit of marijuana: medical.
As a practicing lawyer, I have come to know and understand that marijuana is probably one of the best medicines for many of my clients. I pose it this way: I have been to funerals for clients who have eaten bullets, who have died of alcoholism, and cigarette smoking. I have yet to attend a funeral for someone dying from pot. This is in spite of the fact that marijuana usage is at 12% across the board inMinnesota.
The biggest problem that some clients have is going off this very effective medicine while they are on probation. They must often get medicated by prescription with drugs that require frequent and costly medical supervision. People smoke marijuana because it works. It helps people survive. This is especially true for those suffering the ravishing effects of PTSD.
It is reported that 87% of our children believe that marijuana should be decriminalized, permanently. Let us do so in a way that engenders support for the goals we wish to achieve. In other words, if this is a tax generating prospect, then we should enact our laws to benefit the State’s seemingly ever-empty financial coffers.
In the words of George Washington, “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!” And remember, the sails that brought Columbus to the New World were made of hemp. Nothing else was strong enough.