Editorial: Forbidden Medicine

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From: "Richard Lake" <rlake@mapinc.org>
To: <mmjlist@cannabismd.org>
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 8:52 PM
Subject: [mmjlist] US MA: Editorial: Forbidden Medicine

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> Pubdate: Mon, 7 Apr 2008
> Source: Daily News Tribune (Waltham, MA)
> Copyright: 2008 The Daily News Tribune
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> Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3562
> Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Marijuana – Medicinal)
> Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/pot.htm (Marijuana)
> Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/decrim.htm (Decrim/Legalization)
> Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/people/Barney+Frank
> Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/topic/dispensaries
> 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.
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