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Medicinal Cannabis and Dr. Johnny


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Toward the end of his life, my father suffered indescribable pain. He was at the stage where the doctors in the oncology ward focus on other patients, and you run – helpless and harried – between doctors who don’t know how to work outside the book. “Your father is finished, we’ve done all that we can,” they would say, adding, “Johnny. Talk to Johnny.”

The government recently closed Dr. Johnny Greenfield’s pain clinic in the Tel Hashomer hospital. It was only from the media reports that I realized that Johnny is a highly respected oncologist. There, in the hospital, he would sit behind a tiny table in a tiny cubicle, helping his pain-wracked patients. In that tiny room, he was simply Johnny.

Johnny would talk to my father. He would calm him. He would explain that it is legitimate to want the pain to stop. My eyes fill with tears when I remember those searing moments. Johnny is one of those people who are really card-carrying angels.

And Johnny helped – a lot. More than the medicinal cannabis that he prescribed for my father, he helped with his love for others and his completely unorthodox approach. No “Do these tests and come back with the results,” and the authorizations and all the running around that turns people suffering their most difficult moments into miserable mice running down unfamiliar halls, pushing and pressured between all the other equally miserable people. Anyone who has experienced this can understand what I am talking about.

Johnny wants the pain to stop. He is a professional and explains the exact implications of each drug, telling my father what part of his cognizance may be impaired and the consequences of every drug he offered. He is a true healer. For the first time in a long time, my father relaxed. The cruel world suddenly looked different. A world with a person like Johnny looks beautiful, nurturing and warm.

After a few meetings, I told Johnny that I had read that Israel is one of the leading countries in its use of medicinal cannabis. Johnny didn’t have to hear more than that to pour his heart out. He spoke of all the patients who could not get treatment, and about how good cannabis and cannabis products would be for a vast array of illnesses. Perhaps the economic interest of the drug companies has something to do with the obstacles that the state places in the path of those who wish to be treated by this amazing drug. “I believe that if God created it, he did it so that we can use it,” I say to him.

Since my father died, I have not heard from Johnny. Suddenly this man, considered an angel by so many, is publicly denounced.

Have a good, sweet year, Johnny. It makes no difference what they write. In your merit, there are so many people that can smile a little bit at the end of their lives.

About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of Israel's Security and Defense Committee. He heads the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.


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6 Responses to “Medicinal Cannabis and Dr. Johnny”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am sorry that your dad had endured so much pain. You clearly have gratitude for the man who helped your father.

    It’s a slippery slope however to praise the merits of smoking marijuana in any case. It is a very common rationalization among marijuana users that 'it cant be bad for you after all its natural, and its used for medical purposes.

    Today’s marijuana is 10 to 20 more potent than that of the past. It contains some 400+ carcinogens and contributes to numerous psychological and medical problems.

    Marijuana pills are available (under several names, both organic and synthetic) that do not have the health risks or the side effect of euphoria. They are a 100% substitute for smoking the drug. It is available in accurate and consistent dosages which cannot be achieved with smoking marijuana.

    Lawrence Lax
    Addictions Counselor

  2. Rc Fowler says:

    This is a good article–but its incomplete–there is so much more to be written!

  3. Hugh Yonn says:

    All the best to you, your family, and Dr. Johnny Greenfield.
    No one should be made to suffer over a law.

    Marijuana prohibition is pathetic…it is just plain wrong.

  4. Genesis ch.1 vs 29… Ezekiel ch. 47 vs 12… Revelation ch. 22 vs 2… Kaneh Bosm …

  5. Hugh Yonn says:

    Mark Steven Gamble…I just looked up your Ezekiel verse…good stuff, Sir…thank you for sharing:

    "And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."

    I was introduced to the book of Ezekiel while I was in prison…for a marijuana offense…

    I am glad that I found this site, thanks again,
    Hugh Yonn

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