"It has been well known for thousand
of years that cannabis has medical uses. It is far safer than
most medicines prescribed by doctors daily and often works for
patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of other drugs.
In many cases no other drug will do the job as safely or as well.
Cannabis has never been demonstrated to have caused an overdose
death. It does not disturb any physiological functions or damage
any body organ when used in therapeutic doses. It produces little
or no physical dependence or tolerance, and there is no evidence
that medical use of cannabis has ever led to habitual use as
an intoxicant. There are many ways in which marihuana can be
used to reduce human suffering at small cost. Clinical experience
suggests that it is helpful for patients with severe nausea and
vomiting, arthritis, glaucoma, muscle spasms, premenstrual syndrome,
seizure disorders, the AIDS weight loss syndrome, asthma, fibromyalgia,
Tourette’s syndrome, and depression, to name a few."Testimony of Lester
Grinspoon, M.D., Associate Professor
of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School before the Crime Subcommittee
of the Judiciary Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. October 1, 1997
Lester Grinspoon, M.D., "Why
Won't the Government Let Us Use Marijuana as Medicine?" (Boston
Globe, December 7, 2000)
is not the safe drug portrayed by the marijuana lobby. It is
addictive; it adversely affects the immune system; leads to
the use of other drugs such as cocaine; is linked to cases
of cancer; causes respiratory diseases, mental disorders, including
psychosis, depression, panic attacks, hallucinations, paranoia,
decreased cognitive performance, disconnected thought, delusions,
and impaired memory. Marijuana use is a risk factor for the
progression to full-blown AIDS in HIV-positive persons, and
HIV-positive marijuana smokers have an increased incidence
of bacterial pneumonia. My submitted testimony contains scientific
reference for all these effects." Statement
of Janet Lapey, M.D., Executive Director, Concerned Citizens for
Drug Prevention, Inc.
6, 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled federal government
may prosecute ill people who using marijuana for medical purposes,
contrary to state law. Gonzales
v. Raich ruled federal laws may pre-empt state laws. Congress
could decriminalizing medical
or Medicine: Marijuana Reform on the Ballot" (NPR's "Justice
Talking" series. Should
people with serious medical conditions be able to use marijuana to
treat or alleviate their conditions or their symptoms? This issue
is the subject of several state ballot initiatives and a recent California
lawsuit that seeks the right to use the drug on behalf of AIDS and
cancer patients who argue they have no other medical alternatives.
does THC work? -- 40 years ago, researchers figured THC
was the element primarily responsible for marijuana's effects.
Now the discovery of a special receptor in cells for THC, a
biological slot for what marijuana delivers. This establishes
it is not dissolving in membranes of brain cells. There's a
specific receptor protein.
Cannabis and the Brain: A User's Guide. Animal studies show cannabinoids inhibit neurodegeneration delay and disease progression. Cannabinoids alleviate depression and anxiety --a safer alternative to anti-depressant pharmaceuticals. Cannabis cannot cause death by overdose. Cannabinoids neuroprotective properties protect the brain-against the damage from of strokes and acute head trauma. THC targets malignant cells. Deadly, aggressive glioma tumors are unresponsive to treatment and rapidly devastate brain tissue. Glioma tumors do respond to cannabis. Non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) provides neuroprotecion, against alcohol-induced brain damage. CBD reduced ethanol-induced cell brain death up to 60 percent. Cannabinoids stop the progression of lung carcinoma, leukemia, skin carcinoma, colectoral cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer and may slow neurodegenerative disease progression: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Gehrig's Disease. Marijuana does not have a long or short-term negative impact on global intelligence.
Marijuana Briefing Paper 2002 -- For thousands of years,
marijuana has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Until 1937, marijuana Cannabis sativa L. was legal in
the US for all purposes. March 17, 1999, the National Academy
of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded "there are
some limited circumstances in which we recommend smoking marijuana
for medical uses." The
IOM report is the result of 2 years of research funded
by the White House drug policy office of all existing data
on marijuana's therapeutic uses.
a secret location in the home counties of England, 15 000 cannabis
plants are being grown quite legally. They are being bred from
strains whose names Hindu
Kush, Skunk, Northern Lights, Gloria are
redolent of the Amsterdam coffee house scene. Their psychoactive
seed heads, which stand over two metres high, are carefully
never smoked. For these plants are being cultivated
as part of the world's first commercial trial of medicinal cannabis.
The company behind the trial, GW
Pharmaceuticals ... " HighWire
Marijuana Policy Project The Marijuana
Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization
in the US. MPP works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana.
MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is
prison. MPP focuses on removing criminal penalties
for marijuana use, with an emphasis on making marijuana
medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval
of their doctors.
and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base Institute
of Medicine's report.
medical marijuana legally available
By State Medical Marijuana Laws: How to Remove the Threat
national medical marijuana program: A model for the U.S.?
Club Crackdown -- Since 1996, Mirron Willis has been on
an assortment of prescription HIV treatment drugs to keep his
viral load down, but they make it hard to keep a meal down.
The only effective antidote for his nausea is marijuana. In
this time of national emergency, federal law enforcement agents
are pulling out all the stops to nail medical marijuana clubs.
"When I first tried
the marijuana, I felt hunger for the first time since I felt
sick. It was amazing. From that day forward, I've been a convert," he
states, pointing out that his weight's been stable ever since.
to control his symptoms, he considers himself to be in "pretty
good health overall." But the marijuana that has given John Precup
back his well being has also made him a criminal.
Enlist in Government Marijuana Crusade -- Why the government
and press furor over cannabis as medicine? Do the 8% of the
teens who smoke marijuana represent such a national calamity
that it should lead ABC to launch "an unprecedented public
service campaign"? fair
them eat chemo -- Will the Supreme Court's ruling shut
down the medical marijuana movement? At every level the US
Government remains steadfast in its opposition to the demon
weed. Even if it's being smoked by bald old ladies in wheelchairs.
an Ounce of Healing -- The desperately ill members of a
Santa Cruz marijuana club aren't growing pot to get high or
make money. They just want to find some relief.
Turns Out It's
Not the Black Cats You Have to Watch Our For
Clinical Trials for Marijuana
Based Pain Reliever in Canada
federal medical marijuana legislation
Marijuana Studies Seek Patients
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