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Medical Injustice
Posted by CN Staff on March 25, 2008 at 15:46:51 PT
Editorial
Source: Herald News
USA -- What if there were a natural medicine that could help reduce pain, relieve nausea, increase appetite and decrease stress, all with minimal side effects?What if it could help cancer patients deal with the impacts of chemotherapy, help glaucoma patients retain their sight by relieving pressure around the eyes, help AIDS sufferers maintain their strength by stimulating their appetites, and ease the effects of multiple sclerosis.
What if research of the drug, say by the prestigious Scripps Research Institute, demonstrated it slowed the progression of Alzheimerís Disease?Not only does that medicine exist, it is abundant and affordable, even for those who lack health insurance.So why donít more people take it (or at least admit publicly to doing so)? Because the federal government wonít let them.Marijuana has been outlawed since the 1930s when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics designated it a narcotic, putting it on par with cocaine, heroin and morphine.Yet, 11 states ó including Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and most notably California ó have legalized the use of marijuana as a treatment for disease. But the federal government refuses to acknowledge the state laws, instead specifically targeting law-abiding citizens providing the medicine for patients. Especially in California, the Drug Enforcement Agency is shutting down "grow houses" and medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and charging their operators with federal felonies.Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is trying to stop that injustice. He says the decision whether to allow the use of marijuana should be up to the states, not a federal mandate. Frank plans this week to file legislation decriminalizing on the federal level the possession of small amounts of marijuana. That would leave states like Rhode Island and California to allow patients to receive treatment without worrying about ending up in jail for following their doctorsí orders."I donít think smoking marijuana should be a federal case. Thereís no federal law against mugging," Frank said. "It does not appear to me to be a law that society is serious about. Itís one area where the public is ahead of the elected officials."Not only is the federal government behind the times, itís hypocritical.The Food and Drug Administration approves use of Marinol, which is a synthetic version of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Marinol is prescribed to treat nausea and vomiting for cancer patients and to stimulate the appetites of AIDS patients, according to the drugís Web site. But patients report it is not as effective as natural THC.Marinol lacks several therapeutic benefits of natural cannabis and costs significantly more ó upwards of $800 a month, compared with less than $100 a month for marijuana. Legalizing medicinal marijuana, which can be grown easily and inexpensively, would undoubtedly hurt the pharmaceutical companies that produce synthetic THC for profit, perhaps betraying the federal governmentís true motives behind the ban.It is unfair for the federal government to continue prosecuting sick people whose states tell them they are legally treating the symptoms of their diseases. Granted, there are a myriad of issues involved in legalizing, or even decriminalizing, marijuana. But, those are issues that are more easily and appropriately hammered out at the state level. Source: Herald News, The (Fall River, MA)Published: March 26, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Herald NewsEmail: editor heraldnews.comWebsite: http://www.heraldnews.com/Related Articles:Frank Defends Proposal To Decriminalize Marijuanahttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread23774.shtmlRep. Frank Defends Proposal To Decriminalize http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread23773.shtml 
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Comment #1 posted by Donald B Parsons on March 26, 2008 at 06:41:06 PT:
Mother Nature's Medicine
I'm with you on ALL of that except for 1 (one) fact. Marijuana has a SCHEDULE I classification with HEROIN which means it has ZERO medicinal value whereas MORPHINE and COCAINE (I think) has a SCHEDULE II classification which means they can be prescibed by your doctor as they have some medical value according to those geniuses at the FDA.
Thats WRONG and they know it. They (FDA and "OUR" GOVERNMENT)are AFRAID on many levels to admit the truths about marijuana.Does anyone out there know how I can stop paying taxes? as I am sick of MY HARD EARNED CASH going to "OUR" GOVERNMENT to give to ARROGANT , SELF-RIGHTEOUS, PRETENTIOUS, POMPOUS OFFICIALS like all the DRUG CZARS since the first one (ANSLINGER).18 BILLION dollars a year budget to put on commercials and arrest innocent cannabis consumers. I want to rebel,and create a NEW GOVERNMENT the way it was meant to work like our founding fathers intended. "WE THE PEOPLE" in order to form a MORE PERFECT UNION, FOR THE PEOPLE , and BY THE PEOPLE and all that. I also think "OUR" ELECTED OFFICIALS should review "OUR" CONSTITUTION and DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE . I was under the impression that "OUR" GOVERNMENT was there to serve "OUR" interests and NOT BIG BUSINESS, ie: ALCOHOL, TOBBACO, PHARMACUETICAL...
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