My personal choice in regards to medicinal marijuana.

I believe that the plant has sacred and medicinal properties.  I have no doubt about that.  I think it is a healing herb and that “they” don’t want people to be able to control their own health.  It is a billion dollar industry … nuff said.
I have arthritis and I use a salve for pain relief and healing of my joints and I have a letter of permission to do so from a doctor in Kelowna BC.  I have firsthand experience with the healing properties in this manner.  I was a recreational user in my younger years (teens and 20’s) and I was married to someone who was a 2 to 3 joint a day smoker.  This is Niyanna’s Dad and he is my biggest example of how continued recreational use can destroy your life.
I do not believe that it is a one size fits all.  Just like any other healing method or herb.  It is not for some people.
Now the biggest issue for me is the fine line between the medicinal use of marijuana and recreational drug use of marijuana.  Medicinal use is for someone who has a medical reason to use one of many forms this herb comes in, and that includes vapor.  Most times the psychoactive qualities are needed for the healing to take place.  Studies prove that removal of this property lessens the healing result. Recreational is when you use it without medical reasons and to just simple get high.  I put the use of solely for heightened awareness into this recreational category.
Just like any other drug out there whether it be Ayahuasca or Codeine whenever you partake just for pleasure it is a recreational drug.
With the recreational use of drugs of any kind comes consequences.   Sometimes that is addiction and in the case of marijuana the consequence is an alteration of personality.  Because of this herbs sacred properties, continued and ongoing use will create an inability to be grounded in the physical.  I have seen friends who ended up with this as a permanent condition.  Just like a person who does anything that is sacred in an expedited and extreme manner.  The symptom I have noticed repeatedly is an inability to commit to schedule and an inability to complete projects.  Jumping from one thing to another repeatedly and never really being 100% engaged in anyone thing at one time.
Medicinal use has a beginning, middle, and end.  There is a means to which the use takes place and when that is reached the use comes to a natural conclusion.  I have found this to be true with my salve.  It has offered healing on the joints that need it when they need it.  After that time it doesn’t do it anymore.  Although I do not believe that there is withdrawal or addiction with Marijuana I do belief there is a different type of cycle that occurs with repeated non-medicinal use.  It can be just as harmful, even if it is not physical in nature.
I mentioned early that Niyanna’s dad was a serious user.  Here is what it did to him.  It encouraged the use of alcohol and he ended up an alcoholic.  He was also a genius who had a personality disorder – before his repeated use.  With use he would go from one project to another without regard for anything else.  Money was something he could steal if his project needed it.  People were meant to stay out of his way or be used.  I do know honestly this was because of the personality he was born with, however the marijuana abuse was the trigger for it becoming a detriment.
He could function in the world before this started.  Afterwards he was unable to function as everyone else did.  His philosophy became and this was permanent, “I will do that later, Right now I am doing this”.  That could be applied to, from time to time, personal hygiene, bills, fatherhood, and so on.  I belief he was one of the rare few who developed schizophrenia as a result of use.  So I want to repeat here that his outcome was due to his personality.  So he is an extreme example.  However many others have the same result on a softer scale.
Others I have had experience with are my step family and friends in the past.  They have the same pattern of inability to commit to schedule and an inability to complete projects.  When the stress came back because things were not getting done or managed well they would get stoned again.  So the cycle continued.  Having trouble getting a job for very logical reasons like not enough jobs or lack of training?  Get stoned and you are able to not stress about it anymore.  So you would not be working on the solution or bettering your situation anymore.  Repeat… that is an example of the cycle I am talking about.
That is exactly what I did when I was in my teens and early 20’s.
My view is not going to be popular.  I understand that but I offer this rant simply as my view.  As we go into the future here in Canada and the direction Medicinal Marijuana will take is decided, please be fully informed on the issue.  Don’t side with legalizing recreational use just because you want to end big pharma or because you like getting high.  When it comes to taking our health back into our own hands there are many other herbs to think of, not just marijuana.  Food is a big part of this, healthy nature food we can grow for ourselves again.
Does it need to be illegal?  I don’t think a war on drugs helps anyone.  It certainly has not made any difference in the world as it is today.  Illegal activities happen all over and we are fools to think that law protects us from harming ourselves or another.  Morals do that… Not the law.  Justice is really “just us” and it has stopped being about “law of the land” a long time ago.
So when informing yourself on this issue take a time to step back and look at the bigger picture.
I see a future when this is not even a discussion anymore – let alone an issue.  A future where/when we are focused on healing at a higher level.  Having let go of the “us/them” mentality and where a War on anything is obsolete.  One where our global focus is on advancement for the greater good.  Easing suffering, poverty, and strife.
Like Maya Angelo said in her famous poem “A Brave and Startling Truth”:
When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.
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