I want to talk briefly about how cannabis has benefited both my life and the life of a friend. I am a Georgia resident who has been using marijuana medicinally since college about 10 years ago. I found that, unlike alcohol, marijuana helps with both depression and anxiety with acceptable side-effects. I did give SSRIs a try but they only helped with anxiety and left me feeling dull-minded at all times, which pot did not do. I’d compare marijuana to coffee in that it can be beneficial if used regularly and may also have long-term benefits. Of course, like coffee, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Moderation is key when attempting to benefit from the medicinal aspects of marijuana. As much as marijuana has benefited my life, it truly shines when one has a serious illness. A close friend has been battling Lupus and she is confident pot is the best painkiller for her situation. Beyond restoring the appetites of cancer patents, it is an amazing painkiller because overdose is nearly impossible, because of anti-inflammatory qualities, and because it doesn’t care horrible constipation. Legalization of cannabis for medical purposes should be a no-brainer. It’s amazing how long it takes to do something that should be common sense by now. Finally, if you want to talk about recreational use, ask any doctor whether alcohol or marijuana is more dangerous. How may deaths per year are directly attributed to alcohol poisoning? This isn’t a question of “if cannabis will be legalized” in Georgia but “when”. We’re already allowing some extremely limited medical use. Isn’t it time to stop wasting vast resources on anti-Marijuana laws? Isn’t it time for Georgians to benefit from potential tax money resulting from the massive demand for pot rather than drug dealers?
Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.
Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.