Pain Relief From Pot Free of Risk, Court Told

Pain Relief From Pot Free of Risk, Court Told
Posted by CN Staff on June 05, 2004 at 07:15:33 PT
By Richard Watts, Times Colonist 
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist 
Marijuana is one of the most benign drugs known, with active ingredients that even resemble substances found in mother's milk, provincial court heard Thursday."There is no doubt in my mind there are very few health risks," said James Geiwitz, an experimental psychologist whose expertise lies in risk analysis and the assessment of research design. "It's one of the most benevolent drugs we have discovered in nature," Geiwitz told Judge Loretta Chaperon.
He was testifying for the defence in the trial of longtime marijuana activist, Ted Smith, 34, and Colby Budda, 30. Both are charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.The charges arise from an operation, known commonly as a "compassion club," where marijuana is distributed to people with long-term chronic illnesses. Smith and Budda were working out of a Johnson Street storefront formerly known as Ted's Books, raided on Jan. 3, 2002.Geiwitz said marijuana's benefits as a pain reliever, anti-nausea agent and appetite stimulant are well known. Its appetite-stimulating component even resembles something found in mother's milk, he told the court. Studies with monkeys and rats have indicated their babies die when that marijuana-like substance is removed from the mother's milk, he said.Geiwitz testified he has reviewed studies -- anywhere from 150 to 200 of them -- as well as read panel reviews of studies into the health risks and benefits of marijuana. Snipped: Complete Article: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)Author: Richard Watts, Times Colonist Published: Friday, June 04, 2004Copyright: 2004 Times ColonistContact: letters tc.canwest.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:VICS Canadian Links 'Club' Had Police OK, Court Told Catch-22 of Compassion Question Pot Club’s Policing Efforts
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on June 08, 2004 at 09:47:45 PT
Older News
Sun, May 30, 2004, 
NDP drug plan would buy pot:
Layton draws on 'inspiration'
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on June 06, 2004 at 04:57:59 PT
Mom's Milk / hemp oil has GLA; who put that there?
As Newborn Babes (the subtitle of 1 Peter 2:1-3).As Newborn Babes1  Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 
2   like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 
3  if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. old friend called last night... It angers Me to hear regular church goers (not being taught the truth) support and rationalize killing.There are enough disobedient Christians rationalizing killing, while "THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL." -1 Peter 3:17.The New Testament, it indicates do not kill, yet it is the hardest thing to teach a disobedient Christian.
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Comment #6 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on June 06, 2004 at 04:25:00 PT
Free of Risk?
I would say using cannabis for pain relief has a major risk - the risk of becoming a target of law enforcement. The biggest risk for medical marijuana users is one the courts have the power to change.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on June 05, 2004 at 16:22:59 PT
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA)
is in mother's milk and in hemp seed oil.The only other places to find GLA to introduce it into the body is borage, black current seed oil and primrose oil.Our bodies also produce GLA but perhaps not enough when the body is stressed. Other animal's mother's milk also contains GLA.The daily recommended amount of hemp seed oil only offers about 3% of Our daily GLA needs.GLA is known to strengthen Our immune system.
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Comment #4 posted by observer on June 05, 2004 at 14:44:47 PT
cannabis ... like mother's milk
* in the Bible (Ex 30:22-23, etc.) used even by the hypocrite fundamentalists' who delight in jailing potheads.* it cures cancer* it is a remedy to an increasing list of maladies* statisticaly improves drivingNow, we learn cannabis ... * is like mother's milkThe poor prohibitionists: every time they make up a lie about pot, they get trumped by reality! 
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Comment #3 posted by Richard Paul Zuckerm on June 05, 2004 at 13:56:16 PT:
Congressman Frank Pallone wrote me a letter recently which finally details why he opposes Cannabis: It has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (hereinfater "FDA")!Fluoride was rushed through federal approval and into infant formula and our drinking water! And Fluoride is a NEUROTOXIN!!! I'm reading a book now entitled THE FLUORIDE DECEPTION, c. 2004, by Christopher Bryson, published by Seven Stories Press. I have recently sent a letter to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to oppose the petition to force Fluoridate all drinking water in the State of New Jersey!!! The Home News Tribune recently published my Letter To The Editor on this, too!!!Donald Rumsfeld was successful at obtaining FDA approval for Aspartame, another DANGEROUS substance.As far as I am concerned, Congressman Pallone's ostensible reliance upon FDA approval on the medical Cannabis matter was nothing more than a mask for his disrespect and lack of confidence in the States to handle our own affairs. A New Jersey Assembly member is about to submit legislation for medical Cannabis in the State of New Jersey!Next month, Congress will vote on a Bill which would cut DEA funding, so they will no longer bother medical Cannabis users in States that permit medical Cannabis. I hope it passes.
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Comment #2 posted by puff_tuff on June 05, 2004 at 09:31:37 PT
Fill the Hill
Parliament Hill Live WebCam
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on June 05, 2004 at 07:21:35 PT
Of course, they don't have to listen to this guy
They could just pull out the 800-page Senate report, that has all of this information.Oh, I forgot - the Senate report must NEVER be used, for anything! That would mean the federal government is actually doing things for a useful purpose! We can never let that happen!
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