What does one do after they’ve had a choice gig as president of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly & Co. from 2012 to 2017? Glad you asked. They get another choice gig and become U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. It’s good to know idiots in high places – that way you can continue to be an idiot as Health and Human Services Secretary and say idiotic things like:
“There really is no such thing as medical marijuana” – Alex Azar, March 2nd, 2018
While speaking on March 2nd at a press conference on opioids at an inpatient facility that treats newborns suffering from prenatal drug exposure, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar proclaimed that “there really is no such thing as medical marijuana” in response to a question regarding what he sees as the role of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain management. Azar went on to say, “There is no FDA approved use of marijuana, a botanical plant. I just want to be very clear about that.” via antimedia.org
Obviously Alex hasn’t really done much research on this “wicked” plant that God put here for the benefits of all and does indeed, grow like a weed.
Let’s do just a bit of research that Alex hasn’t bothered with.
Though marijuana, or cannabis, is commonly known as a recreational drug, it has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Its recreational use is still illegal in all but a handful of U.S. states. Many states have legalized it for medical use, though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved it as a medicine. via healthline.com
Researchers continue to study the medical benefits of marijuana. It may be effective in treating:
- chronic pain, due of its effect on the central nervous system
- muscle spasms, especially those associated with certain conditions, such as multiple sclerosis
The California Medical Association (CMA) states that marijuana may also be used to help treat these conditions:
- chronic pain
- persistent muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis
- seizures, including those related to epilepsy
- severe nausea
- any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that limits your ability to conduct major activities in life or can cause serious harm to you if not relieved
Medical marijuana is used to relieve symptoms. It isn’t used to treat or cure diseases. Using it won’t change the outcome of a certain disease. But it can ease certain symptoms, make you feel better, and improve your quality of life.
According to the CMA, cannabis is most effective in treating chronic neuropathic pain. This is pain from nerve injury or disease. Because marijuana can make you hungry, it is also useful in treating conditions or side effects of diseases that cause a loss of appetite, such as AIDS.
Likely to have been discovered way, way back in time, like around 500 BC, the plant wasn’t initially used to attain true enlightenment but was used as an herbal medicine. Alex probably isn’t aware of lives and cultures before him, and probably not aware that the plant (yes, it’s a plant, Alex) has also been used to make clothing, paper, sails and rope, and its seeds were used as food.
Remember when government shysters weren’t making life miserable for almost everyone? Neither do we. And lest you think that Alex is just sorely ignorant about the bounties of God, Mother Earth or the committee of dolphins who created all this just for their entertainment, Alex does have other plans:
Azar, who was the president of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly & Co. from 2012 to 2017, added that the government will invest hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into “next generation pain therapies” as an alternative to opioids.
“We are devoting hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars of research at our National Institutes of Health as part of the historic $13 billion opioid and serious mental illness program that the President and Congress are funding,” Azar said. “Over $750 million just in 2019 alone is going to be dedicated towards the National Institutes of Health working in public-private partnership to try and develop the next generation of pain therapies that are not opioids.” – via antimedia.org
Let’s use the blessed brain we were endowed with and think for a moment here. The creator of this planet gave us a plant that grows like a weed, with the numerous benefits (and more) listed above, but because a clown who use to be president of a pharmaceutical giant finds himself the Secretary of Health and Human Services, well, the urge to continue to be an a-hole can’t be resisted. By all means, let’s pump $13 BILLION (that’s a BILLION, folks) towards an opioid crisis that the pharmaceutical a-holes created in the first place. And the opioid epidemic continues, with a jump of 30% of overdoses in one year. And yet, we have one of Mother Earth’s miracles to assist with all this pain and suffering – a miracle of creation that continues to be demonized…so that jackals can concoct a vat of ineffective chemicals in its place, and rake in billions off the sufferings of others?
The dolphins must look down on all this and weep!
Life among shysters is such a bummer!
Tonight’s musical offering:
As it’s been a while, why not listen to a classic, with vodka over ice in hand:
“Take Five” – The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959)
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