These days it seems everybody wants to talk about Medical Marijuana – but no one seems to want to be seen or heard talking about it.
CBD is medical Marijuana that is legal for everyone to use, because it is derived from industrial Hemp. This is because of a small section included in the 2014 Farm bill. Hemp is of course, cannabis. And so is Marijuana. And the distinction between the two is, in truth, ultimately meaningless.
The legal grey area that CBD lives in today makes promoting my business difficult, to say the least. So many of my friends and family have talked privately with me about their use of CBD, or their interest in MM, yet have said “let’s keep this between us”, or removed their comments on my public page. This is because of fear, of course. Fear of THE MAN. I too have had issues with this – I have used CBD privately for years, but hesitated to get involved with selling hemp oil, because my own family is the most important thing in my life.
Here in Arizona we do have medical marijuana, and I do have a card. (No, you don’t need a medical card to use CBD! Of course not.) Every state has different laws. Information about AZ’s laws can be found at http://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/medical-marijuana/ . Qualifying conditions include:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
- Severe and chronic pain;
- Severe nausea;
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Every January, the dept of health accepts petitions to add to the list of debilitating medical conditions. PTSD was added in 2015, and I am one of many who has it.
When people talk about CBD they generally don’t wish to address medical marijuana – we want to accentuate the fact that hemp is legal for use by all, by leaving out the legal battle that many have fought for medical marijuana’s existence. We don’t want to scare any potential consumers away!
Let it be known: I personally believe Marijuana prohibition should end.
I sell CBD and am glad it is legal. And I am glad my marijuana use is seen as medicinal and therefore not criminal. But I believe that criminalizing the use and possession of marijuana was done for political reasons, not to protect the American public. And it is high time we changed that law.
I believe that finally, the American public is with me. At this time, 29 states and DC have medical marjiuana, and 9 and DC have recreational.
The statistics are encouraging: About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey, conducted in October, finds that the share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 57% favored it – but it is nearly double what it was in 2000 (31%).
So while you will see me dance around this issue daily, as I promote the use of CBD for a variety of health ailments, I wanted to let it be known once and for all where I stand.
The personal is political, after all.