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Welcome to Treating Yourself.

It is my goal to provide medical marijuana users with information to assist them in their use of medical marijuana, from acquiring seeds to growing their own or purchasing product from government approved sources.

We will also keep you up to date on news concerning this topic and suggestions on how to use your medical marijuana. Please check out the site at www.TreatingYourself.com.

My name is Marco Renda. I am 45 years old, I have been suffering from hepatitis c for about 23 years now.

In August 1989 a Toronto newspaper had a story about me in its Sunday paper entitled Cocaine’s Death Row.

At that time I weighed only 115lbs.

I found that smoking and eating marijuana helps me with my hepatitis c symptoms. Marijuana also helped me kick my cocaine addiction.

Since July 2001 I have applied to Health Canada for an exemption to be allowed to grow and possess marijuana legally.

The Medical Association sent a memo in October 2001 to all doctors instructing them not to sign the necessary documents provided by Health Canada.

My doctors did not sign the necessary forms until 2003 when I finally received the Health Canada exemption.

TreatingYourself.com supports the removal of all penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon’s National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended that Congress adopt this policy nationally in the United States.

On September 4, 2002 the Senate committee recommended that marijuana be legalized in Canada. There have been more than a dozen government-appointed commissions in both the US and abroad have recommended similar actions.

No studies have endorsed continuing to arrest and jail minor marijuana offenders.

Since 1973, 12 state legislatures – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon enacted versions of marijuana decriminalization. In each of these states, marijuana users no longer face jail time (nor in most cases, arrest or criminal records) for the possession or use of small amounts of marijuana.

According to national polls, voters overwhelmingly support these policies. Repeatedly, voters in many states reaffirm their support for medical marijuana use.

Enforcing marijuana prohibition in the United States costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 734,000 individuals per year — far more than the total number of arrests for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery an aggravated assault.

This current drug policy is a tremendous waste of national and state criminal justice resources that should be focused on combating serious and violent crime.

In addition, it invites government unnecessarily into areas of our private lives, and needlessly damages the lives and careers of hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens.

NORML believes now, as former President Jimmy Carter told Congress in 1977, that: “Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use.”

Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 80 million people.

According to government surveys, some 20 million people have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 11 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it. Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.

Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking.

By comparison, marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose.

According to the prestigious European medical journal, The Lancet, “The smoking of cannabis, even long-term, is not harmful to health. … It would be reasonable to judge cannabis as less of a threat … than alcohol or tobacco.”

As with alcohol consumption, marijuana smoking should never be an excuse for misconduct or other improper behavior.

— Marco Renda

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