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    Does marijuana help you?

    The freedom to choose

    I am not your typical cannabis use. I have a wife and kids, I am middle aged, and I practice my Christian faith each and every day. For me, cannabis is medicine. A medicine that helps keep me from laying in bed awake at night. That calms my nerves, and even helps me focus like no other medicine can. But, even though it is legal to grow 4 plants legally here in Switzerland for private use, I have to remain silent because of the stigma. The belief that all cannabis users are unclean, irresponsible, radical people who sit around smoking weed all day while listening to Bob Marley tunes. There is a community of people however in the pro cannabis movement who are over 40, and treating issues from PTSD to stage 4 cancer. People who would never use cannabis unless they needed to. People who are tired of making pharmaceutical companies profitable, while suffering from negative and sometimes life threatening side effects.We also focus on finding varieties of cannabis high in CBD and low in THC. This means that the ability to make a person high is significantly lower; but it still has tremendous medicinal effects. I find the decision in Colorado to sell cannabis recreationally a bit premature. The real patients needs should come first. But in the end, everyone should have the freedom to choose which medicine goes into their bodies. What is safer. What helps them to function best. I am very thankful that my doctor listened to me when I asked him if I could try cannabis. He listened, and now works with me. People should talk with their doctors. But in the end, the choice should be ours. I want the freedom to choose.

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