420 Girl - Elvy Musikka


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Elvy Musikka has glaucoma. She is also one of only four people who still receive Medical Marijuana (MMJ) from the Federal Government. She started her benefits in 1988, the program began in 1976. She was detained by Oregon State Police early on a Thursday morning, following a town hall meeting on medical marijuana. State troopers in Oregon are allegedly being ordered by the federal Department of Justice to seize medical marijuana and harass state registered, legal patients. Oregonian Elvy Musikka holds up a marijuana cigarette given to her by good ol' Uncle Sam. Not many people are aware that the United States government has been dispensing cannabis to several patients across the country for over three decades. The hypocrisy of a government that seizes personal property, locks people in cages and ruins lives for doing exactly what the government has been doing for more than 30 years is simply astounding.



The use of cannabis by humans dates back thousands of years. According to the BBC, cannabis seeds were used as food in ancient China as early as 6000 B.C. Cannabis has been utilized roughly six thousand years before the birth of Jesus Christ and has continued throughout modern human history. The prohibition of cannabis is a relatively recent development, starting federally in the United States with the 1937 Marijuana Transfer Tax Act, escalated by Richard Nixon's War on Drugs and, unfortunately, continues to this day. The medical use of cannabis has been gaining acceptance throughout the United States and throughout the world, despite the best attempts of governments and special interests that seek to perpetuate cannabis prohibition. Voters and legislators have legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 16 states and Washington, D.C., while medical cannabis is legal in several countries, including Canada and Israel. Unknown to many U.S. citizens, the United States federal government actually grows cannabis and delivers several pounds a year to a few patients enrolled in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program. - National Cannabis Coalition

Medical marijuana patient Elvy Musikka talked to the crowd about the difficulties of being a medical marijuana user under the current system. "We have to be quiet about who we are, we have to hide, because after all, we are criminals. Thank you for changing that here in Oregon," said Musikka. "Make it so we can get access to our medicine whenever it is necessary for us, and I think we would all benefit greatly for it." Elvy, who has glaucoma, says that she would be blind without medical marijuana, and it scares her when she has to turn to the streets just to keep her eyesight. Sarah Duff, a supporter, told KPIC News, "This isn't a scary system, it's intended to stop the criminal behavior for the first time, and to cut down on the black market and to stop patients from having to support the black market."

Nausea and Glaucoma are two of the most common afflictions that patients use cannabis to alleviate. It sounds counterintuitive, but pot works better than standard anti-nausea drugs in alleviating the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, according to a 2008 review of cannabinoid drugs synthesized in the lab published in the European Journal of Cancer Care. - Elvy Musikka and Rebecca Forbes pictured

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use. The advocates believed they also have another win, too, in Alaska, as a legal pot measure held a steady lead. - Elvy Musikka pictured - ABC news

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