Hey there Superpeeps!
As you know, I am a physician who cares a great deal about chronic pain and mental illness. I wrote a letter for the Action Network letter campaign, and I hope you will, too.
As a physician, I have become convinced that marijuana is a safer agent that may help reduce the horrific opioid epidemic.
Because opioids upregulate receptors that you and I use for breathing and digestion, on top of pain, they can actually make chronic pain WORSE by sensitizing the body, and they can KILL by repressing your breathing, or make you very uncomfortable by shutting down your gut and causing constipation. In comparison, marijuana, while also addictive, is a much safer medication, and if legalized, could be regulated to teach patients effective use. It is extremely difficult to die from marijuana overdose in comparison to how easy it is to overdose on opioids. As a former member of the military, I fully acknowledge the benefits that marijuana has for veterans, and truly believe that we can decrease the burden of unemployed and ill veterans on society as a whole by legalizing and regulating marijuana.
I believe so strongly in this that I personally DO NOT prescribe opioids to chronic pain patients, and instead I will be pursuing a medical marijuana license in Virginia when I am able. If this is something you are in need of, I would be glad to evaluate you. I will update you on healthcare.byjenfinelli.com when this is available.
Republican Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) and multiple cosponsors have introduced the States Reform Act — a comprehensive bill that repeals the federal prohibition of marijuana, expunges federal non-violent marijuana crimes, promotes local ownership in the emerging regulated industry, and places certain restrictions on the advertising of regulated cannabis products, among other federal reforms. Separate legislation to narrowly amend federal marijuana laws has been previously offered, but the States Reform Act marks the first Republican-led effort in Congress to provide expansive relief to those who have suffered under the penalties of prohibition. The bill does so by releasing those who are currently incarcerated for federal non-violent marijuana crimes and by providing criminal record relief to those who have been formerly convicted of marijuana-specific violations. Enter your information below to send a message to your lawmakers in support of this important effort.
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