DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS NOT INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE ILLEGAL USE OF ANY SUBSTANCE IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE THEY ARE ILLEGAL. Marijuana is now legal in over half the states in the US for medicinal purposes. At the same time, there are many people who believe that medical marijuana is just a scam by people who just want to get high. I would like to generate discussion on the subject while we are careful not to advocate illegal acts such as marijuana use where it is not legal. I live in Oregon where medical use of pot (shorter to type and I’m lazy) has been legal for some years and it is now legal even without a doctor’s OK and for recreational use…but I will address strictly the medical use. I volunteered for a number of years with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Project (OMMP) delivering medical pot to prescription cardholders with no access and gained a fair amount of second hand info from the people I visited. My wife was also a cardholder for her final 3-4 years and I had a closer view then. However, I did not have personal experience until very recently. About 6 weeks ago, I discovered that I have a fairly virulent form of colorectal cancer…one with a <3% 2 year survival rate. I have been in pre-surgery chemo and radiation therapy for about 2 1/2 weeks now. Between the cancer itself, the poison I take to weaken it and the 5 day per week radiation therapy, it results in frequent and fairly high grade abdominal cramping and pains best described as feeling as if one had a thin bladed knife inserted into their rectum. Opioids such as Hydrocodone and Oxycodone will provide some relief but come with a side effect of constipation (a serious problem for one with a tumor obstructing their intestine) and, of course the danger of addiction and overdose. I have found (completely legally, one does not even need a prescription here to purchase in a licensed pot store) that 2 drags off of a pipe of high THC pot almost immediately relieves the cramping entirely and softens the “knife” pain to the point that it is “ignorable”. To me, these benefits make (for those Monkeys living in a state that allows one to do so) it worthwhile to “seal a meal” an oz or 2 and a small stock of seeds from a high potency strain for whatever may come. I believe we are looking at a matter of only a very few years before the remaining jurisdictions can no longer justify the prohibition…especially with more data yearly on the dropping rate of prescription opioid overdose in the areas that make alternatives legally available. It becomes more difficult daily to deny the medical uses with any level credibility.