Are you ready for a hearing? Week 6 emails

By Ron Crumpton
Okay, this time we are doing something a little bit different. While we will be sending only one email this week, we need to send the same email to three SEPERATE email groups. With the hearing one week from today, this is by far the most important email that we have asked you to send. Please send it at your earliest convenience, and ask your friends and family to do the same.
First, our normal email to members of the house health committee, please copy and paste the following into the address bar of your email server:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;


Second, our normal email to the leadership and members of the press. Please copy and paste the following into the address bar of your email server:;;;;;;;;;;;


And third, this one is a little different. Please type in the subject line “For All Members,” (these will be printed and put into the mailbox of every member of the house.) and paste the following in the address line:;


Below is the text for all three emails. Please copy and paste it into each and send them on their way.


Honorable members of the Alabama House of Representatives,

Yesterday, voters in the states of Washington and Colorado found the substance to be so benign that they passed legislation allowing for the RECREATIONAL use of marijuana. While passing such legislation is not the purpose of Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition. It is a sad comment that Alabama has not passed legislation that would provide for those who would benefit from the many medicinal uses of marijuana.


“Numerous case studies, surveys and double-blind studies have reported improvement in patients treated with cannabinoids for symptoms including spasticity, chronic pain, tremor, sexual dysfunction, bowel and bladder dysfunctions, vision dimness, dysfunctions of walking and balance (ataxia), and memory loss.” (Taken from ASA’s pamphlet on Marijuana and MS; link below.)


“The effectiveness of cannabis and its derivatives for treating gastrointestinal disorders has been known for centuries. Recently, its value as an anti-emetic and analgesic has been proven in numerous studies and has been acknowledged by several comprehensive, government-sponsored reviews, including those conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the U.K. House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, the Australian National Task Force on Cannabis, and others.” (Taken from ASA’s pamphlet on Marijuana and Gi Disorders; link below.)


“Muscular spasticity is a common condition, affecting millions of people in the United States. It afflicts individuals who have suffered strokes, as well as those with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and spinal cord injuries. Conventional medical therapy offers little to address spasticity problems. Phenobarbital and diazepam (Valium) are commonly prescribed, but they rarely provide complete relief, and many patients develop a tolerance, become addicted, or complain of heavy sedation. These drugs also cause weakness, drowsiness, and other side effects that patients often find intolerable.

Extensive modern studies in both animals and humans have shown that cannabis can treat many movement disorders affecting older patients, such as tremors and spasticity, because cannabinoids have antispasticity, analgesic, antitremor, and antiataxia properties” (Taken from ASA’s pamphlet on Marijuana and Movement Disorders; link below.)

These are just some of the many medicinal uses of marijuana. We encourage you to give people suffering from these disorders, and others, and alternative to the harsh chemical pharmaceuticals normally prescribed to patients for these illnesses. For many patients, who will be taking these pharmaceuticals for the rest of their lives, the harsh side effects for outweigh any medical benefit obtained.




Once again, please feel free to add your own comments. If you do, please add your comments between the last paragraph and the word sincerely.


And remember, we need to see everyone at the Statehouse, at noon, on Wednesday, November 14. We need your help to change some laws in Alabama.

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