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“Congressman Rodolfo Albano III — may his tribe increase”

There is one Congressman in the Lower House who has been proposing to legalize the use of marijuana to treat chronic or debilitating diseases and other medical conditions that have found cure in the marijuana plant. Congressman Albano’s advocacy is a controversial one to say the least, and a bold one, too, in that he risks being labeled wrongly by anti-drug persons in and out of government, many of whom can’t even make the distinction between heroin, marijuana, shabu, and other prohibited drugs that are far different from each other in much more ways than they are similar. Albano is up against emotionally fueled ignorance which can be the most frustrating opponent in any social undertaking because reasoning with them is sometimes next to impossible. And if a Congressman is not devoted or passionate enough about the bills he tries to pass in Congress, that bill, no matter how noteworthy, will almost certainly die on its own. But Albano feels strongly about it as do many others in many parts of the world. What these people share is compassion for those afflicted by diseases that can be alleviated or cured by this plant that is rich in curative attributes. mj   Albano’s bill or the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act,” seeks to legalize the use of the plant for medical purposes. It proposes to allow the use of marijuana to treat medical conditions  such as “cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis” and many other ailments, big and small.

The fact is the plant is now known, after years of extensive clinical research, to help people with a variety of diseases, and for a government to deprive its’ citizens of a way out of their suffering from an illness is a form of oppression that goes against basic human rights.

In the United Staes alone, about half of the 50 States that comprise that country have already either legalized or decriminalized or legalized medically the use of canabis in their respective states and more will be following suit in the very near future. Many other countries in Europe and South-America have done likewise. Here, we still witness some politicians capitalize on the ignorance of the general population and perpetuate the many myths or misinformation or plain superstitions surrounding this plant and even propose to increase the penalties against illegal  possession sending young people to serve longer jail terms only to come out of prison years later addicted to the really harmful drugs like shabu or even heroin. Legislators like that don’t realize how their politics ruin young lives on the one hand and on the other hand, deprive others of prolonging their lives if not providing their remaining years in this world with “quality life” through the use of this plant under the supervision of a doctor. mj3

Though Congressman Rodolfo Albano III may seem to be ahead of his time among his rather parochial peers — some, not all of them — and maybe premature in filing this bill, we feel confident that with his experience in passing legislation and the respect he has earned as a progressive minded Congressman all the years he has spent in the Lower House, he will muster enough support to eventually have that bill signed into law. And as it did “about 2,500-10,000 years ago in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine” as pointed out by Congressman Albano III, the plant can finally be put to good use to help assuage if not eliminate the suffering associated with numerous medical conditions. We salute the Congressman from Isabela for doing what is right against tough odds, rather than just doing what is easy and popular. May the good Congressman’s tribe increase.   mj4 ####################################################################################################

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