With Colorado’s legalization of the commercial sale of non-medical marijuana last week, I have personally come to wonder what this might mean for women. Sherrie Silman (who is a totally amazing editorial writer for feminspire.com) wrote an article on why cannabis is a feminist issue, and her thoughts are especially relevant this week. She breaks it down by defining feminism as advocating for equality regardless of gender, sexuality or social location. This leads into her discussion regarding the granted or denied permissions of what people may or may not want to do with their own bodies.
Silman states, “No one has the right to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own body, so long as your body is not interfering with the rights or freedoms of others.” So the recent January 1st law passed in Colorado legalizing the way marijuana is sold can open up legitimate discussions in terms of the benefits that cannabis use has for women specifically and how this new accessibility is so significant.
Research has shown that medical marijuana has been used successfully to treat the side effects of chemotherapy as well as muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. But the great thing about it being sold legally now is that women can now obtain marijuana, a substance valuable to women, without having to be medically prescribed.
The major example of how marijuana can help women is with the alleviation of menstrual cramps and mood swings associated with premenstrual symptoms. These are the kinds of issues that women have most likely been encouraged to treat with common painkillers or The Pill, both of which come with their own potentially life threatening risks, while there is no evidence of anyone ever dying from a marijuana overdose. Since there are so many health benefits of cannabis for women, it’s like you can just feel the cramps and mood swings of Colorado women beginning to disappear already. And as it turns out, Queen Victoria and I share a little thing in common, as she was known to regularly use marijuana to treat her PMS.
Let’s bring this back to why cannabis is a feminist issue. The ways in which we as women can choose to do with our bodies appear to be increasing, and Colorado’s law is an example of just that. It is a form of freedom rather than denial of available effective treatments to specifically female ailments.
images via womensforum.com, wallsave.com, askthejudge.info
Thanks to Feminspire, WebMD, True Activist,
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