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    Posted December 27, 2013 by
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    Does marijuana help you?

    Benefits of Legalization

    I love a man that suffers from mental illness; bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks, OCD, and he is under treatment for possible schizophrenia. He has a hard time with people in almost any situation. He starts to feel like he can’t breathe at the grocery store, if someone looks at him funny he lacks impulse control and may lash out. He often feels like everyone hates him. He has made several attempts at suicide over the last few years. He knows the way he thinks is not “normal” but he doesn’t know anything else.

    His problems were not apparent when we started dating but worsened after he lost his job a few years ago. The road has been rough but I can honestly say that without marijuana I don’t know if we would still be together.

    Marijuana makes him a better person, calms his mind down so he isn’t nearly as anxious. He laughs more, he loves more, he is happier. He told his psychiatrist that he smokes marijuana and about how it helps him. His doctor wanted him to stop, they put him on Klonopin.

    He tried to do it the way they wanted. He took his prescription when he felt he needed it and the result was horrible. When taking this medication he seems to be drunk, he stumbles around and is incoherent. He cannot drive, work, or basically function. He went back to smoking marijuana.

    We both smoke and for similar reasons. I was also diagnosed as manic depressive with anxiety disorder as a young teenager. I was on a lot of medications that made things a lot worse for me being so young. Smoking marijuana was the only thing that really helped me. Today I am prescription free but forced to buy my medicine on the black market because the government says it’s not allowed.

    Both of us are working professionals with successful careers. I wear a suit to work, I’m great with kids and I love my mom. We are average American voters. We get up and go to work every day, we are responsible people.

    If we could buy our medicine retail we absolutely would. I believe the legalization of marijuana will have many positive effects on society. The taxes collected by the government would help fund programs and infrastructure. The growers would have to conform to government regulations making it safer and better quality for patients and recreational users alike.

    As far as recreational use is concerned I believe that, if regulated by the government like alcohol and tobacco, it will not do more harm than both of those already do in society. Alcohol and tobacco are perfectly acceptable dangerous substances that adults are allowed to make informed decisions about using. Marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as either.

    In short, marijuana is not addictive and has many proven medicinal properties. Not everyone who uses it is a reckless lay about or slothful drain on society. I truly hope our government sees the wisdom of legalization and makes it happen, for all our sakes.

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