Perth Residents Back Calls for Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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Perth Residents Back Calls for Legalizing Medical Marijuana Nearly 150 residents of Perth, Australia, gathered at the Supreme Gardens on Saturday to support the calls for legalization of medical marijuana. The supporters were undeterred by the heavy police presence as most suburban families who were present called for authorities to legalize the drug.

The rally’s organizer, Ursula Jaeger, said the protest was aimed at backing the legalization of marijuana for medical use only.

“The people I have come across, all the different illnesses, it’s heartbreaking, just heartbreaking. A good day for them would be the worst day of my life,” she said.

“I don’t smoke, I have never smoked marijuana, but since I’ve taken up this campaign I can see the difference it can make to the lives of so many people. We aren’t talking about the blanket legalisation … what people do in their own homes is their business but what we want is the ability for sick people to choose how they are treated,” said Ms. Jaeger, according to WA Today.”People are now standing up and uniting and saying enough is enough…There is so much scientific evidence out there that says yes, this drug has a medicinal benefit for cancer patients, for people who suffer from seizures”

Elsewhere, the sponsor of medical marijuana bill in Illinois defended on Friday a section of the bill that blocks the publication of information on firms that plan to obtain pot growing and distribution licenses.

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) noted the confidentiality clause was formulated to prevent state officials in charge of reviewing applications from being influenced by political connections. He also said that this would prevent companies from obtaining and using information about their rivals to gain a competitive advantage. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com

  • Brian Kelly

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

    “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003