What is a Refugee? According to Wikipedia, a refugee is a person who is outside their country of origin or habitual residence because they have suffered (or fear) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted ‘social group’ or because they are fleeing natural disaster.
In the United States of America, the prohibition of Cannabis has given birth to a new form of refugee, Medical Refugees.
“I Break the Law To Treat My Epileptic Child With Cannabis”
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Recently this powerful piece chronicled the story of a mother who chose to treat her child with Cannabis to quell the dozens of Grand-Mal seizures the boy has to endure daily. Despite living in a state that has no Medical Cannabis protections. The choice this mother made has powerful implications and raises serious question that need addressed immediately! This child experiences such phenomenal life changing benefits that give a far superior quality of life than has been experienced during the entire duration of his life.
This child is also at risk of being removed from its home with very a very loving and Brave family. This family faces persecution from their state agencies and authorities if discovered…
These things should not be risk factors for this family to consider when choosing the treatment that best suits their child. Instead this should be hailed as an amazing story, garnering full support from their state legislators. Attention should be brought to the fact that so many children are benefitting from so many conditions such as Leukemia (Brave Mykayla), Dravet Syndrome (Jayden David), Autism (Joey Perez and Alex Echols) and Brain Cancer (Cashy Hyde). Society needs to reconsider what is best when it comes to treating our children.
“The Prohibition of Cannabis exists only because society permits it, permission can be revoked at any time.”
As Cannabis becomes more main-stream, higher numbers of people are becoming conscious of the healing potential found in this plant. The research is pouring out. Cannabis activists are reaching further than ever before, and the people are listening. Time Magazine has recently put out an article titled, “Majority of Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana”
“In the latest nationwide survey of 1,501 people polled in mid-March about legalizing marijuana, 52% of those surveyed favored making weed legal, and 72% said that efforts to enforce anti-marijuana laws bring more cost than benefit.” Time- Read more:
Even though the support is swaying in favor of legalization; 18 current Medical Cannabis States, with 10 others considering it, The Federal Government still resists change. This leaves many people in non-medical sates that have the desire to use cannabis to treat their ailments, suffering. Prohibition forces these people to choose between three things- Criminal activity, pharmaceutical drug treatments or fleeing to a medical state with the hopes of qualifying for that states program.
No person should ever be forced to make decisions such as these. The Declaration of Independence guarantees every US citizen three basic rights: the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to life is the only fundamental right, all other rights rise from this. This country was founded on certain principles such as freedom- that have obviously been forgotten over the short lifespan of this country, or has it been forgotten in the name of profit and power?
Through the smoke of the failed war on drugs it becomes clear that when the prohibition of Cannabis begins creating medical refugees it is time to consider ending prohibition a humanitarian effort.