Are you in support of Medical Cannabis?

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Cannabidiol oil can help a lot of people. Evidence shows that the anti-inflammatory properties of THC oil help reduce chronic pain which ultimately decreasing the use of narcotics. States that have medical cannabis laws see a 25% reduction in opiate overdose deaths. The oils don’t cause a “high” like marijuana can, but they help with pain caused by many chronic illnesses including Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and even cancer while the patient is undergoing chemotherapy.

The Virginia legislature has already passed laws to allow CBD and THC-A oils to be compounded in Virginia, but only for intractable epilepsy. However, there is substantial medical evidence to support that lots of people and lots of conditions benefit from these oils. This year, legislation has passed the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates that would let doctors decide for what other conditions CBD and THC-A oils can be used. As cannabis is now more available, there are more studies and evidence of its effects. Part of every doctors job is to keep up to date on that medical evidence. Doctors are best able to adapt and help patients as they follow the evolution of that data. They are the best ones to decide who should be allowed to use medical cannabis.

I’m your State Senator, Siobhan Dunnavant and an OB/GYN. I am carrying this legislation. I want to know if you support medical cannabis. Thank you for making your voice heard.