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    Posted January 2, 2014 by
    TaurusBulba
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    Does marijuana help you?


    It's GREAT to see, see?

     
    When I was in college as a second term freshman, I noticed that I was having troubles seeing the blackboard if I sat too far back in class. Moving to the front helped but as I was concerned, I went to the university health clinic where some tests were run. In a few days I got called in and was told that I had Glaucoma and the prognosis was NOT good. Scared, I went to a highly recommended Ophthalmologist in Ann Arbor and was essentially told the same thing: I'd likely be blind by the time I was 25 years old. This was in the early 70's and they did not have the sophisticated eye surgery techniques that they have today. I asked about an operation and was told the odds were about 40-60, a less than an optimistic outlook for success. I asked if there was ANYTHING I could do and the Ophthalmologist looked me in the eye (NPI) and said, "smoke pot". I was somewhat taken aback but he went on to say that many sufferers of this condition found relief from doing this. As Ann Arbor was one of the first places in MI that had a $5 pot law (caught with less than an oz, the ticket was $5 and no court appearance) I felt I could give it a try.

    Now more than 40 years later, I can STILL see. I recently passed my new drivers test with no problems and I have pot to thank for this ability. I have lived in Florida for the past 30 years and here it's not just a crime to get caught with pot, it's nearly a sin. You will be relentlessly persecuted and jailed for even a tiny amount of marijuana. So I've had to hide and fear for all of these years but I kept smoking. I enjoy it too, I don't deny.

    So for all those who doubt in the medicinal benefits of this wonderful herb, just ask me. I hate to be forced to do this illegally as I don't do anything else illegal but should I be caught in the Florida law vice, I'd be jailed and my reputation ruined.

    I am so happy to see the enlightened attitude displayed by Colorado and Washington state. As many state, should pot be made legal and taxed and regulated as is alcohol, it would be a boon. Also, organized crime would take a serious hit. And those like me would be able to continue in their lives being productive members of society instead of becoming criminals and outlaws. Sure, there's a time and place to smoke it but for me, it's a lifesaver and I CAN still see thank you very much. And there is a lot to see. Just look.

    TM

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