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    Does marijuana help you?

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    I live in Iowa and started smoking weed about 4 years ago and since then have gone into depth to try to find out more about it. From what I have come across it seems as if the Government wants to try and put every bad lie about how bad marijuana is for you and any negative comment they can on the internet. I have come across countless stories of people saying there is no prescription drug on the market that can do what marijuana does for them.If we look at cancer and Alzheimer's, those two are probably a couple of the worst things a human can get. Certain strains of marijuana have proven to slow down the growth of tumors, I don't know if there is anything else in the world that could do that in the way marijuana can. Alzheimer's is the #1 worst disease you can get in my eyes. Sure cancer kills more but I would rather die in pain knowing the people I love than dying at ease not know who I was. Marijuana has been shown in a vast amount of studies I have seen to almost block the things that trigger the disease or even slow it down in mild forms. So many people are blind to the facts of what marijuana can actually do for you. I think some people just want to be blind to the facts just because, but this is not some drug that doesn't do anything for you. I personally have back problems and have been to the Chiropractor many times and it seems all they did was not help but make me keep coming back with problems and that seemed pointless to me and marijuana provided the pain relief that I needed so I decided to stick with the solution that was working. Marijuana is a medicine and I think it is absolutely ridiculous that it is a schedule 1 drug. I think that makes our Government look pretty foolish considering they know that it is a medicinal PLANT that is being smoked by or has been smoked by many Americans. Let alone we have 19 states that have MEDICAL marijuana. Our government even has a patent on marijuana saying that it is a protect ant to the brain. What Colorado and Washington are doing now should have been done 40 years ago. People think everyone who smokes weed are just lazy and don't do anything. What a joke, I work 50 hours a week and I would much rather smoke after work then go grab a beer. Much safer to smoke than drink, I mean no one has ever died from smoking marijuana, EVER! People die from alcohol everyday. Blows my mind sometimes. Marijuana has actually opened me up to the world and brought me to light about a lot of good and bad things in our world. I don't love my family any less from smoking marijuana or want to do anything destructive. It CERTAINLY is not a gateway drug. Who in their right mind would want to do crack, heroin, meth, etc.? We know what those kind of drugs do to people. Like I said earlier no one has ever died from smoking weed and on most of those other drugs you can't just stop doing them because you will relapse, but not with marijuana. You could never overdose on marijuana or relapse because if you smoke too much guess what? You are just going to fall asleep. I'm sure if you look at those other drugs you will see much different numbers in regards to deaths. Marijuana just makes life more enjoyable and certainly puts you in a good mood to do just about anything. The truth is right in front of us but the Government won't let our Universities study it because in my opinion they are scared that every university will say it is healthy for you and might be the medicine of the future. I haven't even talked about hemp yet, our country could probably save trillions of dollars using hemp. I mean you can use hemp for about anything. Seems very logical to me. Now people will say, but what about the kids? Yes, marijuana is not for kids and that is why if we teach them that it is a medicine like aspirin, they will know to be responsible and only take it when they need it. Anyone over 21 should be allowed to purchase marijuana because you are much an adult by then and let's be honest, weed isn't hurting anyone and tobacco is legal to buy at 18? Self explanatory death numbers on tobacco. States could really benefit from the revenues that marijuana is going to bring in. Not to mention our whole country since that 7 trillion dollar debt doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Let's start paying that off with weed revenue. Colorado and Washington are leading that pack right now and I hope everyone is responsible and smart about it and doesn't ruin it for the rest of us. Prohibition has Ended!

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