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A New Year's resolution; "I'm going to get off of drugs...and this time for good!"

New Years Resolution
New Years Resolution
Kevin Brooks

Oh, you can almost hear the questions now; "I thought that you were an advocate for Medical Marijuana?" Not to mention, the accusations "You've sold out!"

This article is about a New Years resolution. It's about getting help for a drug dependency problem, but it may not be what you're thinking. The message here is "you can kick your unhealthy prescription drug dependency."

It is not being suggested, that you smoke pot instead of taking high blood pressure medicine or any other treatment prescribed by a physician. And while the many medicinal uses of marijuana are being "rediscovered" and studied by medical and scientific communities, the emphasis here is with regard to legal uses as described by the Amendment 20 article XVIII section 14, A 1, 2, 3 of the Colorado constitution.

We've all sat in front of the television, caught off guard and unable to defend ourselves against the onslaught of prescription drug commercials. One would think that every male over the age of 35 was impotent, if the messages are statistically in line with the number of times these commercials are aired.

It's funny the moving picture is beautiful, the soft spoken voice is unobtrusive, but have you heard, really heard, what is being said?

Don't walk, drive, eat or engage in other activities after taking this medicine. There is a risk of dependency (but it's only recommended that you take it for 6 months at the longest). Side effects include, but are not limited to unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness, drowsiness and poor motor coordination. If you experience facial swelling, seizures or difficulty breathing, you should contact your doctor immediately (you think?). And this is just for one, well received, sleep aide!

Marijuana is safer than many prescription drugs on the market today!

Stephen Hindes M.D., an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, gave a power point presentation about public policy and medical marijuana at DU on 12/19/09. Go to the recommendation page to request the slide show from Dr. Hindes directly. In a follow-up interview we discussed the inconsistency of public policy, in classifying Marijuana as a schedule 1 drug as opposed to a schedule IV drug.

Similarly Eric Eisenbud M.D. And Kevin Boyle M.D. presented at the Family Medicine Grand Round at DU this October, making the case for Marijuana's historical place in society as an important medicine and revealing the political reasons for its unreasonable classification. It is recommended that you fast forward past the introduction to 9:40 in the video. There is an enlightening testimony by a MS patient at the videos end worth catching. This presentation is a little over 1 hour, so set aside the time before starting (it may be paused while viewing).