From flashbacks and insomnia to anxiety and depression, veterans are coming home to America in need of help on many levels, and the last thing they need is "chemical" medicine. Though "psych" meds are prescribed almost across the board for "psychological" issues, the psychiatric manual DSM-5 doesn't say a word about nutrition and herbs. It doesn't have a section on Cannabis sativa either. If you actually read the latest psychiatric manual, a.k.a. the psychiatry "Bible," you realize that they have classified EVERY emotion as a disorder, so if a veteran happens to be a little anxious at the doctor while talking about what happened to them and their friends overseas, well, that's grounds for a diagnosis of the symptoms that "appeared at that time" -- and here come some scary drugs and complete lack of nutritional advice from a confused (allopathic) Western Medicine "witch doctor."
The push to once and for all end cannabis prohibition nationwide is expected to gain significant momentum following new reports that President Barack Obama sees marijuana as no more of a threat than alcohol. During an extensive interview with The New Yorker's David Remnick, Obama recently confessed that he used to use cannabis himself, and he even went so far as to voice his support for continued legalization efforts across the country, despite his administration's unremitting classification of the plant as a "Schedule I drug."
With Washington and Colorado set to make history by ending cannabis prohibition for adults beginning in January, momentum is building at an unprecedented rate for many other states to follow suit in the coming months and years. And to help them along is a major groundswell of public support, backed by at least four major cannabis advocacy groups that are working tirelessly to restore freedom for all Americans to buy, sell and grow all natural cannabis.
As the American economy continues to limp along in near-stagnancy, the few states that have repealed their nonsensical prohibition of cannabis are experiencing major economic boons. A new report released by the marijuana advocacy group Arcview Market Research reveals that the legal marijuana market in the U.S. is now the fastest growing industry in the country, topping even the rapid growth rate of the smart phone market.
One by one, like dominoes, cities and states all across the country are finally waking up to the fact that marijuana is a completely harmless plant with legitimate medicinal benefits and not the dangerous "drug" that the federal government still mindlessly claims it is. And the first place on the eastern seaboard to take this stand legally is Portland, Maine, which recently legalized possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana among adults 21 years of age and older.
Advocates of recreational marijuana use are looking to an upcoming vote in Maine as an indicator of whether the East Coast is ready to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing cannabis.
Irony of ironies. In the late 1930s, former prohibition bureaucrat Henry J. Anslinger took over the newly formed Bureau of Narcotics in Washington, DC, to create the case against cannabis and hemp.