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PRESSURE DROP
Club Member Profile

SLIM WILSON, 74: Founder of New York's famous Pressure Drop Club. Hip. Real hip. Slim's at the cutting edge, having designed its web site which worked wonders luring Morris into the club and eventually transforms him into a medical marijuana idol. Slim, unmarried with the Club as his bachelor pad, loves playing guitar, cruising around The Village in the Club's psychedelic Volkswagen van and hanging out at the chess tables of Washington Square Park. Slim loves smoking the joints that have kept his glaucoma in check for years.




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At the heart of the medical marijuana debate lies the crucial issue of whether marijuana should be recognized and legalized as medicine to be used in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, chronic migraine headaches and numerous others ranging from depression to alcoholism.

The feature-length screenplay of PRESSURE DROP examines this timely issue from the perspective of Morris Potashner, a fictional senior citizen born and raised in New York City, who prior to being diagnosed with the acute glaucoma that threatens his vision, had never tried smoking pot.

In clinical studies and according to patients currently using the drug for medicinal purposes, marijuana has proven effective in:

....• stimulating appetite in AIDS patients
.....• combatting nausea associated with chemotherapy
.....• relieving pain from arthritis
.....• easing migraine headaches
.....• controlling spacticity from multiple sclerosis and paralysis
.....• relieving menstrual cramps
.....• blocking epileptic seizures
.....• helping overcome insomnia
.....• opening bronchial tubes to relieve asthma attacks

There has been great resistance in establishing marijuana as a legal medical treatment. This would involve reclassifying marijuana from Schudule I to Schedule II of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's Controlled Substance Act, essentially meaning that physicians in the United States would no longer violate Federal law by prescribing it to their patients for legitimate therapeutic purposes. It is important to note that in the early part of the twentieth century, marijuana was part of the American Medical Association's official pharmacopeia. It was removed, however, by the Federal Government in 1937 in an attempt to curb its use as a recreational herb.

Like any substance, marijuana has its pros and cons and must be analyzed and prescribed on a case by case basis, but as far as natural plants go, this one has shown to be quite an intriguing and effective one in the treatment of certain diseases and conditions. This section provides some useful articles, links and endorsements about medical marijuana to help give you an idea of its potential as a legitimate drug.