Thursday, September 19, 2013

Medical Marijuana Update: IN TAH RESTING




With cannabis, it’s probably best to expect the unexpected. That said, legalization should be an important priority given the pernicious side effects—or main effects—of marijuana prohibition. Marijuana prohibition is a venal and dishonest policy that has fostered crime, social discord, racial injustice, police corruption, and drug abuse itself, while shredding the Constitution and impeding medical advances. The science strongly suggests that ending cannabis prohibition would be a net positive in terms of public health.
Martin Lee, from AlterNet's "The Potential Miracle Element in Cannabis that Changed Sonjay Gupta's Mind About the Power of Pot"

You can read the rest of the interview here. 

I have nothing new to report on our own medical marijuana front as we are patiently waiting for the stuff to materialize here in California. Why we're in this position is  (perhaps arguably) very much the result of drug policy in this country, beginning with the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930s, exacerbated by the Nixon administration in the 1960s and 1970s, further escalated and metastasized by the Reagan administration and currently perpetuated by the Obama administration. Kevin Sabet, Obama's former drug policy advisor, is a diehard marijuana prohibitionist, and according to Lee, Sabet maintains that anyone who might benefit from CBD must wait until Big Pharma figures out how to monetize marijuana’s components.

Whether Lee's statements are incendiary or not, we have to wait. In the meantime, Sophie's seizures have ratcheted up so much that I suppose I'll have to shake myself out of the dissociative lethargy and hopelessness that I currently feel and call The Neurologist.

6 comments:

  1. Politics just can't seem to get anything right. I do not understand how the good of the people has been so surpassed for the good of the uber-wealthy.
    But. There you go.
    I am so sorry about Sophie's seizures. So sorry.

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  2. I'm sorry too. I wish and wish.

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  3. That's it, Big Pharma, for sure that will make everything better! Just found out what our "affordable" health care MUST cost with all the mandates. I've had it with government, big pharma, organized everything!

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  4. They give kids all sorts of hard prescription drugs.
    What is the big deal about a bit of plant?

    Good grief.

    Ridiculous.

    Pill co.s are greedy, methinks.

    Its all about greed .

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  5. Have you seen this yet?
    New Treatment for Intractable Seizures in Children Begins Clinical Trials
    http://my.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/clinical_trial_cannabidiol

    So it's getting a bit of traction with the big guys!

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  6. Sorry about Sophie's seizures. I hope they subside on their own in the absence of medical marijuana. (And why would anyone be a diehard marijuana prohibitionist in this day and age? I would really like to hear his rationale. It makes NO sense to me.)

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