US IA: OPED: Cannabis Has Given My Son A Gift


Imagine having a child with a diagnosis so rare that genetic researchers in three states ask your family to participate in medical research because they are officially learning from your child.  Imagine having a child with neurological storms that no one caught until permanent brain damage had already been done.  Imagine having a child so sick that the doctors you trusted come to your child’s hospital bed and tell you that they don’t know how to help you and have to send you elsewhere for help.  Imagine being pulled into a private room and being encouraged to try cannabidiol.  Imagine being so desperate to help your child and worrying if doing what is best for your child will make you a “criminal.”

When you have a sick child, you find yourself in a battle to find the right team of specialists that can best manage their particularly rare set of circumstances.  We never imagined we would have to fight for our child’s legal right to have his medicine.  Especially when the recommendation came from his neurologist.  Our situation in Iowa is hypocritical and cruel at best.

My zip code should not dictate what medicines my child can access, nor should it dictate which representatives respond to our needs.  My family should not have to concern themselves with breaking federal law to get a medicine that Iowa law says we deserve.  Yet, many of our legislators continue to block access to cannabis oil.

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Rick Steves

How One PBS Host Shut Down Legalization Doubters

Travel writer Rick Steves is internationally renowned for his travel guides of Europe. But the globetrotter is also a venturous proponent of cannabis legalization. Steves – who is a member of the board of directors for NORML– campaigned for legalization in Washington state in 2012 and Oregon in 2014.

And he plans to court cannabis voters this fall in Massachusetts, which will be voting on legalizing recreational marijuana use Nov. 8.

On Feb. 20, Steves sparked a lively discussion about marijuana on Facebook by posting the following status:

I’m a hardworking, tax-paying, kid-raising, church-going citizen of the United States. And if I work hard all day long and want to go home, smoke a joint, and just stare at the fireplace for three hours — that is my civil liberty.

And Steves actually sat by and responded to many responses from fans. Here are the 10 best exchanges.

1. Cannabis use is not a crime

2. It’s a civil liberties issue

3. Prohibition is doing more harm than good

4. Preaching against prohibition

5. Dangers of prohibition

For the full list of exchanges between Steves and his readers, click here.

Read the full article on Civilized Life.