Support The South Carolina Medical Marijuana Movement

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What You Can Do To Help Bring Medical Marijuana To South Carolina

1. SIGN THE PETITION:
http://tinyurl.com/scmmm-petition

If you are not yet ready to sign the petition, I humbly ask you to consider at least reading the petition (the full text is available at the end of this message) and perhaps some of the background information about why this movement is so important.

2. INTERACT WITH THE SCMMM WEB SITE:
http://tinyurl.com/gotmedicine

You can share your thoughts, submit a guest blog, read the latest news on medical marijuana, learn more about the national movement, help us further plan and foster the movement, contact your local legislators about the cause, and even get some "got medicine?" gear to support the cause.

3. SPREAD THE WORD:
Share this email and information with all the real-world and social media tools at your disposal.
We also need someone interested in managing Facebook and Twitter for the cause.
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WHY I SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA:
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1. MARIJUANA IS GOOD MEDICINE

* Scientific and medical studies by the National Academy of Science have shown marijuana to be a safe and effective medicine for the treatment of glaucoma, epilepsy, muscle spasticity, arthritis, anxiety, depression, the symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and narcotics, and the nausea, vomiting and appetite loss associated with chemotherapies.
* SC legally recognized the medicinal value of marijuana in 1980 (South Carolina Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act of 1979).

2. WE ARE WASTING ENORMOUS SUMS OF MONEY ON A FAILED WAR ON DRUGS

* The billions of dollars spent prosecuting and imprisoning sick people in South Carolina and across the nation could be better spent on programs emphasizing treatment, education and rehabilitation.

3. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA

* Currently, 18 states, and the District of Columbia, protect seriously ill patients from state conviction for using medical marijuana.
* National polls indicate that at least 70% of United States citizens support medical marijuana when prescribed by a physician (AARP, Time Magazine, Gallup)
* SC polls indicate that 71% of respondents believe drug abuse should be addressed with treatment rather than incarceration (Global Strategy Group, 2002)
* We even had a state senator introduce a medical marijuana bill in 2007 but he died of a stroke before the bill could be passed. (S. 220 - Sen. William Mescher, R-Berkley Co. )

4. MARIJUANA IS LESS TOXIC THAN ASPIRIN AND CAUSES FEWER DEATHS (AND IS LESS ADDICTIVE) THAN TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, AND CAFFEINE.

*These facts are based on hundreds of research studies. For more info, visit: http://tinyurl.com/gotmedicine

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THE SC MEDICAL MARIJUANA PETITION
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We, the undersigned citizens of South Carolina, hereby petition the
Governor and General Assembly of the State of South Carolina to
enact appropriate legislation to permit licensed physicians to
prescribe marijuana, and to ensure a safe and affordable supply of
marijuana for medical use.

WHEREAS, Scientific and medical studies by the National Academy of
Science have shown marijuana to be a safe and effective medicine
for the treatment of glaucoma, epilepsy, muscle spasticity,
arthritis, anxiety, depression, the symptoms of withdrawal from
alcohol and narcotics, and the nausea, vomiting and appetite loss
associated with chemotherapies; and

WHEREAS, The State of South Carolina legally recognized the
medicinal value of marijuana in 1980 (South Carolina Controlled
Substances Therapeutic Research Act of 1979); and

WHEREAS, South Carolina polls indicate that 71\% of respondents
believe drug abuse should be addressed with treatment rather than
incarceration (Global Strategy Group, 2002); and

WHEREAS, National polls indicate that at least 70\% of United States
citizens support medical marijuana when prescribed by a physician
(AARP, Time Magazine, Gallup); and

WHEREAS, The billions of dollars spent prosecuting and imprisoning
sick people in South Carolina and across the nation could be better
spent on programs emphasizing treatment, education and
rehabilitation; and

WHEREAS, Compassion and common sense demand that we allow America's
seriously ill citizens to use whatever medication is most safe and
effective according to their doctors to alleviate their pain and
suffering;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and General Assembly of
the State of South Carolina enact appropriate legislation to permit
marijuana to be prescribed by licensed physicians and to ensure a
safe and affordable supply of marijuana for medical use.

For more information on the SC Medical Marijuana Movement, please visit:

http://scmedicalmarijuana.blogspot.com

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