An effective way to support the legalization of marijuana for medical use is to erase any doubts over the beneficial effects of the plant. It is one thing to quote scientific research, but quite another to be able to hear directly from the people whose lives have been changed for the better with the use of cannabis.
This is exactly what happened recently in Colombia, South Carolina, where speakers related their own personal experiences during a medical marijuana legalization and education rally on the steps of the State House.
Last year, the state passed a bill permitting the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Now, supporters are pushing for the total legalization of medical marijuana. Proponents realize the importance of including strains which contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. THC has been shown in studies to aid in treatment of Alzheimer’s and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), as well as to be helpful for patients going through chemotherapy. Studies show that multiple cannabinoids are more beneficial than just one cannabinoid because they work together. This theory is explained using the term “entourage effect.”
Among those taking the podium at the rally was Jayden Kozak (photo above), whose 7-year-old sister has benefited from using cannabis oil in the treatment of a severe form of epilepsy. In just six months of using cannabis oil, his sister, Sofia has learned to focus, talk, and walk. Young Jayden wanted his voice to be heard on her behalf, having witnessed this transformation for himself. He told the audience,
“We’re able to enjoy what other families enjoy and it is because of cannabis. She needs to have a good life. She needs to be able to live.”
Rather than having a political agenda, Sofia’s mother, Robynn, and her family simply want people to be able to see how her daughter has progressed while undergoing this treatment. The quality of life for the entire family has improved drastically in a short amount of time, and they say it is entirely due to cannabis oil.
There are currently two bills in the South Carolina state house but neither will pass during what is left of the current legislative session. Instead, lawmakers want to take the time to hear what more of their constituents have to say so that they can make any appropriate adjustments to the legislation before next year’s session.