Forbidden Medicine

Forbidden Medicine
Posted by CN Staff on April 07, 2008 at 04:55:56 PT
Source: Metrowest Daily News 
Massachusetts -- 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 Alzheimer's Disease?Not only does that medicine exist, it is abundant and affordable, even for those who lack health insurance.So why don't more people take it (or at least admit publicly to doing so)? Because the federal government won't 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.Eleven states - including Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and most notably California - 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-Newton, 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 to file legislation repealing the federal law prohibiting the possession of small amounts of marijuana.``I don't think smoking marijuana should be a federal case. There's no federal law against mugging,'' Frank said. ``It does not appear to me to be a law that society is serious about. It's one area where the public is ahead of the elected officials.''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: Metrowest Daily News (MA)Published: April 7, 2008Copyright: 2008 MetroWest Daily NewsContact: mdnletters cnc.comWebsite: Articles: Frank Pushing Pot Relief Frank: My Pot Bill Lives Defends Proposal To Decriminalize Marijuana
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on April 07, 2008 at 07:54:34 PT
Go Barney Go!
What a great guy!  Is it a coincidence that he's re-launching his MJ reform during the big campaign season?  I think not. He's trying to show the other Democrats how to win. Here's a popular issue that we can beat McCain with. 
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