Medical marijuana users in Illinois say that police planning to burn almost three tons of confiscated weed are doing it wrong.
The Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff's Office seized a lot of pot from a house last week -- 5,525 pounds with a street value of $20 million, to be exact. This week, they plan to incinerate all but 10,000 grams of it, which will be evidence in the case. Medical marijuana advocates say that this wastes literally tons of a substance that can ease pain, increase appetite and generally increase quality of life for people with diseases like cancer, anorexia, arthritis and other forms of chronic pain and disability. The Illinois Senate recently passed Bill 1381, legislation that will allow patients to grow weed at home, with the House due to vote this winter and already looking like it will approve. Illinois's law will be more restrictive than the 14 states that have legal marijuana dispensaries, but patients say it's better than nothing.
People write about pot, sure. As you'd imagine, some people don't like to identify themselves, because no matter what, possession, consumption and obviously selling pot are still illegal under federal law. All the same, there are advocacy groups and individuals blogging about marijuana -- whether for medicinal purposes or not. Here is a selection:
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has a Women's Alliance. Serra J. Frank wrote a Mary Jane Mother's Day post for its blog, and identifies herself with Moms4Marijuana. Wondering how many moms for marijuana there are? According to these testimonials, a lot. People like Penny, a registered nurse, talk about how pot helps them handle conditions like migraines and arthritis.
Gina Kaysen Fernandes wrote about Marijuana Mamas last year for MomLogic to the tune of 562 comments covering legalization, setting an example for children, and the many other uses for hemp and cannabis.
Mary Jane Cannabian (see what I mean about these names? You do what you have to do, I guess.) is a self-described Marijuana Mama from Toronto who recently wrote about raids of dispensaries in Quebec.
The older generation is not to be outdone, of course, so you know there's Grammas for Ganja. You can get a t-shirt there, and they link to Patients Out of Time, aka MedicalCannabis.com, which is a strong and well-researched site with categories for healthcare providers, patients, and caregivers.
Author and Brown University professor Marie Myung-Ok Lee wrote a two-part series for Slate about giving her nine-year old son pot last year to treat severe autism and other physical problems.
420Mommy suffers from chronic pain and smokes daily in a state where medical marijuana isn't legal.
420Times is the "Magazine of Medical Marijuana and Natural Healing" featuring interviews with people like Breezy, a 30-year-old woman who manages chronic pain by smoking pot. Need a dispensary? They have a Weed Finder map. Their Activism section has lots of interesting news about people who are active in the movement as well.
The Weed Blog also covers medical marijuana stories. They call their blogroll a "wall of badass sites," and it is quite the assortment of blogs and resource sites across the spectrum of cannabis culture.
Loretta Nall is a former Libertarian candidate for governor in Alabama who writes about drug policy reform and medical marijuana use.
Patients For Medical Cannabis indeed has, as they say, "oodles of articles" about medical marijuana, legalization, patient stories and links to pretty much anything you'd want to know about the subject.
Learn About Medical Marijuana is an anonymous blog written by a woman who began exploring the topic after several family members were diagnosed with cancer.
Is medical marijuana legal where you live? What do you think?
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