The Great Weed Hypocrisy

Clearly, I am missing the logic of the entire cannabis prohibition that exists in the United States. Outspoken members of the media, high profile celebrities, members of law enforcement, federal drug researchers, a few little businessmen like Warren Buffet and Richard Branson (BILLIONAIRE MOGULS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD – ONE OF WHOM ADVISED THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA) have all come out and said, in no uncertain terms, the laws we have against marijuana DO NOT MAKE SENSE.

Oh, and not to mention 50% of the American people are in favor of legal marijuana for the first time in 40 years.

The major claims against marijuana are becoming less and less credible.

–       Two states voted for full legalization for consenting adults, with another introducing legislation within the next 12 – 18 months.

–       22 states now have legal medical marijuana provisions for safe access.

–       37 states have decriminalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.

Obviously, the people have spoken.

Then there is the medical side…

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) a Federal Government Agency of the United States of America claims that: “Under U.S. law since 1970, marijuana has been a Schedule I controlled substance. This means that the drug has no commonly accepted medical use.”

In 1985, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a Federal Government Agency of the United States of America in charge of determining the medical value of a substance for widespread use, approved Marinol, a prescription pill of marijuana’s active ingredient, T.H.C.

Uhm, what?

NIDA co-sponsored a clinical trial with the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center in 2007 on the Vaporization of Cannabis as an effective delivery method of THC. Why? Marijuana has no accepted medical use, right?

Not enough research or evidence among the medical community to support any benefits of cannabis. But wait…

The Center for Medical Cannabis Research, an extension of the University of California, San Diego, spent 10 years researching the therapeutic value of cannabis, conducting seven completed clinical trials between 2002 and 2012.

“Every one of the studies showed a benefit,” said Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist who served as director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. “The convergence of evidence makes me convinced there is a medical benefit here, and there may be a niche for cannabis.”

The research results suggest the U.S. government’s listing of marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no medical use – on par with heroin and LSD – “is completely at odds with the existing science. It is intellectually dishonest to say it has no value whatsoever, because it’s just not true,” said Grant

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We’ve all heard the stories, the rumors and the first hand accounts of how cannabis has genuinely helped people. But, it has no accepted medical use.

Then, why does the United States have a Government filed Patent on cannabis for its therapeutic benefits? That’s right  – US Patent 6630507. Look it up. Oh, yeah, Canada, with it’s vaunted stance on prescription medicine’s availability to help and treat people has a patent on cannabis, too (Cannabis CA 2726258).

The US Patent is basically on the effects of cannabinoids that do not have the same level of psycho-activity as THC. So, the government  is telling us all that under THEIR guidelines and parameters, weed is OK – they just don’t want us getting high.

Because getting high, or feeling elevated is bad, right?

– Pfizer sold $11 Billion worth of FDA approved antidepressants in 2011.

Oh, but these drugs are safe, because they were passed through the FDA.

– In 2011, prescription drugs were responsible for more fatalities than illegal or illicit drug use. Or guns. Or alcohol. Or traffic accidents.

Well, then it must be the smoking. Smoking causes cancer, so smoking marijuana is bad.

– We have vaporizers that eliminate the carcinogenic by-products of smoke, and provide a more effective delivery than smoking. The Volcano Vaporizer has been used in at least two FDA approved clinical trials.

The hypocrisy is rampant, and if the US Policy on Cannabis were a boat, it would be so full of holes we’d all have grown gills by now.

Regulate weed. Don’t regulate weed.

Tax weed. Don’t tax weed.

Use it to help glaucoma. Use it to help cure cancer. Use it to feel better.

Just stay out of the way and stop punishing us for using it.

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