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Indiana Higher Fellowship is hosting a public debate about Chronic Pain, Medical Cannabis benefits, Heroin Epidemic in Indiana, US FDA cut on narcotic production and restrictions for 2017 and open public question forum on February 9th and 16th Mar 2017, 12:30 PM to close of business, Indiana State Capitol, Rotunda, Indianapolis, Indiana.

I would appreciate any input or direction for this public town hall on these issues. As a Combat Trauma Nurse for the US Air Force (Retired), I have a lot of experience with pain control but can always use more information on the issue. Anyone who would like to come and attended is also welcome. Thank you.

www.commondreams.org/.../year-after-colorado... “In 2013, Coloradans over 21 were first permitted to possess an ounce of marijuana for private use. Beginning last year, residents were able to purchase the drug from state-regulated dispensaries. According to statistics compiled by the DPA, in the first 11 months of 2014, the rate of violent crime fell 2.2 percent compared with the same period in 2013. In the same time frame, burglaries in Colorado's capital, Denver, decreased by 9.5 percent and overall property crime decreased by 8.9 percent. Further, arrests for marijuana possession have continually dropped since 2010 and are now down roughly 84 percent.” “The DPA report also touts the drop in traffic fatalities in 2014 (3 percent from 2013), a statistic which flies in the face of critics who claimed that the legalization of marijuana would lead to an increase in traffic fatalities. “ “According to Colorado's Department of Revenue, the state collected $40.9 million in tax revenue from retail marijuana sales between January 2014 and October 2014. Roughly $9 billion of that revenue has been set aside for various youth drug use education and prevention programs.” Drug uses down per Colorado in teen?

Here is a quote from the United States DEA, that the FDA refuses the respond to: “DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, in response to a petition to reschedule cannabis under federal law concluded in 1988 that, “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume.... Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.”” Some might give information on increased crime in Colorado because of Marijuana. I looked into what the DEA sad and found no proof of increased crime in Colorado? I found the opposite to be true for the most part a decrease in crime and deaths!

Some say that the FDA is keeping it a schedule one drug for lack of scientific support that the drug works. Well there is an international community that has compiled data that says otherwise, Including Britain, Israel, Canada, Australia, Brazil, German and many more. Here is a link to their site. www.safeaccessnow.org/cannabis_safety_patients

Trudeau argues that taking pot out of the black market and putting it under the aegis of a regulatory structure will actually make it harder for kids — those most susceptible to the drug's harms — to obtain it. We don't really know yet if that's the case. Legalization experiments in Colorado and elsewhere are still too young to draw sweeping conclusions about the effects of legalization on teen use and access. That said, the early data is encouraging. A recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry found that the over the past decade or so — as 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, 10 states relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use — not only have national teen marijuana use rates declined, but problems associated with teen marijuana use, like dependency, have fallen too. But the question is weighing these very real risks of harm against the harms that are already occurring because of prohibition. Marijuana prohibition ruins lives — lives of the hundreds of thousands of people arrested for possessing the drug each year, or the lives of thousands of people put behind bars for years on account of simple marijuana possession, or the lives of people living in the communities wracked by violence when rival drug gangs fight over turf and put innocents in the crossfire. www.washingtonpost.com/.../why-people-who-hate.../

1) One Possible Solution: Have an Alternative Pain Control: Medical Cannabis: Opponents of legalization have always argued that relaxing marijuana laws will inevitably lead to increased use among teens and adolescents. This would obviously be a problem, because younger users are more at risk for marijuana dependency than adults, and heavy use among teens has been linked to a whole host of social and mental health problems. But Trudeau points to an easy-to-overlook fact: It's already incredibly easy for teenagers to get high if they want to. In 2015, for instance, nearly 80 percent of U.S. 12th-graders said it would be easy for them to obtain marijuana. It's clear, in other words, that current policies centered on making the drug completely illegal are doing little to keep it out of the hands of kids who want to use it.

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