The rest of the story on testimony about cannabis before council

Last week I was quoted by a local paper, regarding my comments on the cannabis issue, at the Homer City Council meeting. Sadly, only a few words of what I said were printed, which on their own communicate a different message than intended.

First I was compelled to comment on the council’s request to hold another public vote on the issue. I believe this to be an on-going waste of local, state and federal money. It will continue to be so if a changed approach is not embraced.

Did you get that from my quote? Don’t think so.

There are more personal reasons behind my attempt to comment with purpose and mindfulness. What I stated was: “Cannabis is not a cult. It’s a plant. A plant which has gained interest in scientific communities like the University of Washington, with regard to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. This is only one location clinical trials are being done. More are needed.”

My interest is in the Alzheimer’s research. Yes, the “A” word that many will be impacted by. Either a family member, friend or maybe it’s you that will have to face this dehumanizing disease.

As I pen this letter, I wait for word on a loved one who’s gone missing. The books call it “sundowners.” Alzheimer’s patients become anxious or fearful toward the end of the day and just walk, or in our case, drive off.

If cannabis could help to ease the anxieties and fears of an Alzheimer’s patient, I want to know it. It has proven to be  helpful in recovering cancer patients, some seizure conditions and many other and various medical purposes such as a pain management alternative for chronic pain.

Today we are always playing catch up, especially in Alaska. To me, all the arm twisting and fuss on cannabis is like trying to ban or prohibit growing potatoes or grapes because they can be made into vodka or wine.

I leave you with this thought: In the last year, billions were budgeted for keeping us safe from an Ebola infection. I think we had less than 10 cases in the United States. In the same year, millions die from Alzheimer’s and research for this disease was under $20 million, I believe. Clinical studies and patients willing to participate are much needed.

Michigan State is supposed to be a leader in Alzheimer’s research and education of their business communities. So much so, I’ve heard that once trained a business may post a logo/decal on a display or door that, in other words, says you’re an Alzheimer’s-friendly business. That’s forward thinking, Say, how many Baby Boomers at last count?

Post note: After missing for 22 long hours, our loved one was found. Thank God for his many blessings,

Marianne Snowden