Please Tell Veterans About VMMA

VETERANS!  TAKE
NOTICE!
 
 
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http://blog.mlive.com/kalamazoo_gazette_extra/2008/03/what_do_you_think_add.html

There’s
the poll that goes along with this article.

With 91% for the initiative
so far.

— Richard Lake <rlake@mapinc.org>
wrote:

> Newshawk: Please Tell Veterans about VMMA
> Pubdate:
Sun, 9 Mar 2008
> Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (MI)
> Webpage: http://drugsense.org/url/svX1yM3F
>
Copyright: 2008 Kalamazoo Gazette
> Contact: letters@kalamazoogazette.com
>
Website: http://www.mlive.com/kzgazette/
> Details:
http://www.mapinc.org/media/588
> Author:
Chris Killian, Special to the Gazette
> Cited: Veterans for Medical
Marijuana Access
> http://www.veteransformedicalmarijuana.org/
>
Cited: Michigan Coalition for
Compassionate Care

> http://stoparrestingpatients.org/
>
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Marijuana

> Medicinal)
> Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/find?232 (Chronic
>
Pain)
> Bookmark:
>
http://www.mapinc.org/topic/Michigan+Coalition+for+Compassionate+Care
>

> Anything to Avoid the Pain
>
> NUCLEAR-BLAST SURVIVOR
HEADS VETERANS FOR MEDICAL
> MARIJUANA ACCESS
>
> KALAMAZOO
— The atomic explosions off remote
> islands in the South
>
Pacific seemed to turn night into day.
>
> They also turned Martin
Chilcutt into a marijuana
> user.
>
> Chilcutt said the drug
has helped him to ease the
> pain he says dates
> back to his
exposure to radiation during a 1956 U.S.
> government
> pro-ject
testing nuclear and thermonuclear weapons.
>
> A state ballot
proposal could allow voters in
> November to decide
> whether
Chilcutt’s measures to self-medicate should
> be legal in Michigan.
>

> The 74-year-old former intelligence officer with the
> U.S. Naval
Air
> Force has used other medications to help him with
> his
physical and
> psychological problems, but marijuana helps "so
much
> better," he said.
>
> "Sometimes I just want to die,"
Chilcutt said. "You
> can only take
> intense pain for so long
before you’ll do anything
> to escape it."
>
> He never
intended to put his health at risk.
>
> While part of the testing
project, Chilcutt
> remembers, he donned
> large goggles and turned
his back to protect his
> eyes as the bombs
> exploded in the
early-morning darkness.
>
> There was no protection, though, from
the heavy
> doses of radiation
> that spewed from the explosions
and reached
> Chilcutt.
>
> He has battled skin cancer three
times, including
> basal cell

> carcinoma, the most common form of cancer, with
> about a million
new
> cases reported in the United States each year. He
> has been
in
> remission for the past 10 years.
>
> Making Life
Easier
>
> Chilcutt’s four years in the military — he
served
> from the middle to
> late 1950s — also took a
psychological toll, he
> said.
>
> For 30 years, he said, he
has suffered chronic
> post-traumatic stress
> disorder, including
bouts of anxiety, depression and
> anger,
> nightmares, arthritis
and debilitating migraine
> headaches.
>
> Marijuana helps
them all, he said.
>
> Although there are different ways to use the
drug,
> such as ingesting
> or inhaling it, there is no difference
in the drug’s
> effect based on
> consumption, according to the
Michigan Coalition for
> Compassionate
> Care, which is
spearheading the state marijuana
> initiative.
>
> "It just
makes life so much easier," he said. "It
> allows you to be
>
comfortable."
>
> Chilcutt, a retired psychotherapist, said he
first
> learned of
> marijuana’s medical benefits in the late 1970s
while
> counseling
> Vietnam War
veterans
in California. They
told him
> the drug could help
> allay his pain, he said.
>

> He said he takes eight other medications for
> ailments the
marijuana
> doesn’t help, including a thyroid condition.
>
>
Advocates for the medical use of marijuana say it’s
> also effective in

> easing symptoms from other serious illnesses such as
> HIV/AIDS,

> glaucoma and multiple sclerosis.
>
> Critics cite a U.S. Food and Drug
Administration

> report in 2006 that
> said "no sound
scientific studies" support the
> medical use of the drug.
>

> If the marijuana-use proposal is approved by state
> voters,
Michigan
>
would become the 15th state — and the first in the
> Midwest — with a

> law that permits marijuana use for seriously ill
> people.
Michigan law
> currently prohibits marijuana use for any reason.
>

> It’s estimated between 40,000 and 50,000 people —
> about
one-half of
> 1 percent of Michigan residents — would be
eligible
> to use marijuana
> for medical purposes. In states where
the law is now
> in place, it’s
> estimated the same percentage of
residents would
> qualify to use the
> drug, according to the
Michigan Coalition for
> Compassionate Care.
>
> Under
federal law, marijuana use is illegal in all
> states. That means
>
that even if Michigan voters approve the initiative,
> users under the

> law could still be prosecuted. But such prosecution
> under
federal law
> has been virtually nonexistent, according to the
>
Marijuana Policy
> Project, a national group that provided nearly
all
> of the $1.1
> million used to organize the Michigan campaign
to
> get the proposal approved.
>
> Taking Risks
>

> Chilcutt moved to Kalamazoo from Colorado four
years
> ago. He serves
> as executive director of Veterans for
Medical
> Marijuana Access, a
> Kalamazoo-based group he founded in
2007. It
> advocates for safe and
> legal access to marijuana for
appropriate
> therapeutic uses and
> encourages research on the
drug as an alternative
> treatment.
>
> "This is my life now
— to help patients," he said.
>
> His support of marijuana use for
medical purposes
> has prompted him to
> take chances to help those
with serious medical
> issues get access to the drug.
>
> In
Colorado, where
he lived for 15 years, Chilcutt
> joined the
> movement to legalize
marijuana for medical use.
>
> While campaigning for the
initiative, which became
> law in 2000, a
> marijuana grower
contacted him and asked if he could
> donate marijuana
> to
Chilcutt to distribute to those in need.
> Chilcutt, who then was
>
leading group-therapy sessions for those close to
> death, including

> people with advanced cancers and AIDS,
agreed.
>
> "I took a lot of risks in the past," he said. "But
I
> believed so much
> in how marijuana could help sick people. I
didn’t
> care how it helped
> the person, just as long as it did."

=================END=====================

Rev.Steven B.Thompson,Director
6215 Smeltzer Rd.
Benzonia,MI 49616
(231) 882-9721
 
GENESIS 1; 11,12: And God said,"Let the earth
burst forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant." And so it was,and
God was pleased.
GENESIS 1; 29,31: "And look! I have
given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth for your food." Then God
looked over all that he had made,and it was excellent in every
way.

 Taken from "THE LIVING
BIBLE"
                                

 


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