This Valentines Day I send my gratitude [the highest expression of love] to all US vets by way of a commitment; and I am on my way to Tallahassee on a two-pronged mission the day after Valentines Day.
First is to learn from service providers, advocates and concerned citizens from Florida who are out to educate state Senators and Representatives regarding the needs and how to help our homeless neighbors on Homeless Advocacy Day.
Second is by way of seeking Justice for Veterans and I began writing about that here: Vets with PTSD and Compassionate Cannabis Laws
And so, I go to Tallahassee to learn, report and also in my role as a registered nurse to advocate for modern medicine.
A drug’s efficacy is judged through randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled studies and 100 Peer Reviewed Studies were conducted involving Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts which can be read along with MYTHS and FACTS about cannabis here:
I am not a doctor, but I am married to one and so I asked my husband [an Internist/Geriatrician] his opinion of the site and he stated, “I have no issues with any of their statements. But you need to understand that one study will contradict another such as regarding chronic use and cognitive decline. Same goes with smoking-some studies say cannabis will cause the same damage as tobacco and other studies contradict that. But as I have seen way too many OD’s from alcohol and I have never seen an OD from cannabis, my opinion is that cannabis is a hell of a lot better than alcohol, Valium, or any synthetics because it is natural.”
Sixteen states and D.C. have already legalized cannabis for medical use.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical cannabis in states where it is legal.
Veterans have Unique Needs
One in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are affected by PTSD. Others deal with ongoing chronic pain and inflammation from war injuries.
Cannabis helps in treating insomnia, pain, PTSD, and a whole array of symptoms that wounded vets typically face. Cannabis relieves pain, enables sleep, normalizes gastrointestinal function and restores peristalsis. Fortified by improved digestion and adequate rest, the patient can resist being overwhelmed by triggering stimuli.
Florida claims it wants to be the friendliest state to Veterans. Florida claims it appreciates Veterans military service. One third of Americans are allowed medicinal use of cannabis under state law. Florida veterans should also be given the same rights and opportunity to function at a better level than possible on opiates and other prescribes medications.
Sign and send a letter on behalf of Florida Veterans @ http://takeaction.realreformact.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7007
This week in Tallahassee, advocates for the homeless will be lobbying state legislatures seeking common sense and compassion for the neediest among us.
I also will be advocating for common sense and compassionate cannabis laws with Veterans being on the top of that list.
Eileen Fleming, A Citizen of CONSCIENCE for House of Representatives 2012 campaign can be followed at EileenFleming.org. Eileen also founded WeAreWideAwake.org, Produced “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu” and authored “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory” and BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010. Visit Eileen’s YouTube Channel