BACK COVER #George McMahon, a sufferer of a rare genetic condition, Nail Patella Syndrome, is one of only seven people who receive legal marijuana from the United States federal government. Yet every day, thousands of people with terrible illnesses continue to suffer agonizing and debilitating symptoms. Not eligible to receive the federally produced cannabis, these victims must risk arrest and imprisonment to obtain the medical marijuana they so badly need for relief.
Did You Know...
80% of Americans support the legal use of medical marijuana (Time/CNN Poll)
Many patients and their doctors find marijuana a useful medicine as part of the treatment for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other ailments. (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety...all can be mitigated by marijuana. (Institute of Medicine)
THC, the primary compound in marijuana, is effective in reducing "tics" in patients suffering from Tourette's Syndrome and causes "no detrimental effect...on learning curve, interference, recall and recognition of word lists, immediate visual memory span and divided attention. (J. of Clinical Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology)
A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the right of doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients in October 2002 (The New York Times, October 30, 2002)
Despite these facts, few countries permit it and only seven citizens of the United States are legally allowed to smoke medical marijuana as part of the federal government's Compassionate IND Program. Other patients face fines, prison and worse punishment.