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Medical Marijuana Gets Caught in its own Snare

Medical Marijuana Gets Caught it Own Snare

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As medical marijuana has used a magic wand to stir the legislatures of 18 states and the District of Columbia to pass laws in its favor, the magic wand of medical marijuana is getting caught in its own snare.   Wringing at the hearts of all of us, marijuana lobbyists “push” the fast-growing “weeds” of “profit,” based upon the extraordinary “compassion” of their billionaire backers and dealers. 

Recently, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when asked about medical marijuana said, “There’s no medical; this is one of the great hoaxes of all time.” 

Who doesn’t have compassion for cancer sufferers? Everyone in former Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s family has had cancer.  Since leaving Congress, he’s devoted him time to promoting brain research  for mental illness and neurological conditions.   In a recent article, he stated, “There is a major disconnect between the science and the public’s understanding.  Marijuana use directly affects the brain.”  Statistics show that medical marijuana rarely goes to cancer patients, only 3%, but these are the people cited in the pot lobby’s phoney compassion game.

On January 22, 2013, the designation of marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning “high probability of abuse,”  was upheld by the Federal Appeals Court for the DC Circuit.  Three pot advocacy groups had appealed a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) ruling of July 8, 2011, a ruling backed up by evidence by the Department of Health and Human Services.   Previous reviews were in 1972 and 1986.  Pot has become more potent since that time.

Mayor Bloomberg described the emphasis on pot legalization as a “slippery slope,” speaking on May 31 to John Gambling of WOR radio.  “Of course it’s addictive,” he said, and warned against “becoming a culture dependent on drugs.”   He explained why marijuana  legalization would not put drug dealers out of business, and he clarified misunderstandings about arrests for marijuana use in New York.

Pot advocates, who pretend there are no other remedies for certain illnesses, claim its Schedule I status prevents research.  However, ProCon.org gives the results of 100 peer-reviewed medical studies of marijuana from the US and other countries.  Two-thirds of these studies suggested that marijuana was not conclusively helpful in medical situations.   Kennedy’s group, Safe Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), supports further study and the development from individual components of marijuana.  SAM is against legalization and incarceration.

Pushing Back on Medical Pot

Marijuana websites confirm that medical marijuana is being promoted state-by state as a backdoor strategy to get full legalization. Although this strategy worked in Washington and Colorado, by mid-June both legislative houses in the state of Maine (where the lobby has been pushing for years) rejected a ballot initiative for marijuana legalization. 

Last month in California, where medical marijuana has been legal since 1996, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.  A few weeks later, Los Angeles voters approved a ballot measure that limits the number of pot shops in the city to 135, down from over 1,000.  The struggle between LA residents and pot shops came to a head on this issue last summer.

In New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan has indicated she would sign a medical marijuana bill into law, despite the marijuana community’s belief that it is a very compromised bill.  Patients will need to have the recommendation of their doctor and must get it from one of only four dispensaries in the state. Governor Hassan had said she would not sign a bill which included home growing or, as recommended by the state psychiatric association, a bill that would include post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) as one of the conditions.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, is considering a medical marijuana bill that has passed his legislature, but the Chicago Crime Commission has urged him to veto it.

Legislators should cast a skeptical eye on the real motivations of the pot lobby and assure that marijuana is used for legitimate health reasons.  Fortunately New Jersey has taken steps to make sure that medical marijuana will only go to the chronically sick.  

Medical Alternatives

In reality, the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, available for both HIV/AIDs and cancer patients in pill forms, can be used to alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting.  Marinol, for instance, has been approved since 1985, before medical marijuana was legalized in California.

As for the claim that smoking pot can help glaucoma, the Glaucoma Research Foundation’s website states, “Advocates of medicinal marijuana cite evidence that hemp products can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with glaucoma.  However, these products are less effective than medicines prescribed by an eye doctor.”1  The American Glaucoma Society stated, “Although marijuana can lower the intraocular pressure, the side effects and short duration of action, coupled with a lack of evidence that its use alters the course of glaucoma, preclude recommending this drug at the present time.” 2

A new drug, Sativex has been formulated as a mouth spray for patients with spasticity and pain in Multiple Sclerosis and/or Parkinson’s Disease.  It has been approved in Canada and parts of Europe.  Again, not everyone is as convinced that cannabis relieves MS, despite the sympathetic pleas from Montel Williams.

Marijuana has been shown to increase “brain fog” of MS patients. So if the desire is to keep them in the dark and not function, then marijuana is the “magic wand.” 

Marijuana harms memory function, which is one reason the marijuana activists keeps pushing it for PTSD.  However, dogs have been shown to be the most effective therapy for PTSD patients, without the harmful side effects of marijuana or any other drug. 

Listen folks, with only one third of the medical studies on cannabis listed on the ProCon. Org website suggesting it as medically helpful, it is not the magic potion you claim!  

1. http://www.glaucoma.org/treatment/medical-marijuana.php, update August 2011

2. Jampel, Henry, MD, The American Glaucoma Society Position Paper:  Medical Marijuana and the Treatment of Glaucoma. MHS Journal of Glaucoma, February: 2010, volume 19m,, no. 2, p. 75-76

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  1. Ridiculous article. Some of the dumbest claims I’ve ever heard.

  2. Very good points. Many folks across the land are being duped big time,

    But please note the purpose and function of this whole medical marijuana hoax is to familiarize the public with marijuana, to gain its acceptance, and particularly insidious, to ADDICT as many so-called patients as possible. Whether true addiction, or strong desire, or habitual use, whatever you want to call it, the ploy is to get people falsely feeling marijuana is the medicine for their ailments, the very same process drug pushers use,

    The whole movement is fraught with lying,drug pushing charlatans whose specific purpose is to addict as many as possible so THERE WILL BE NO TURNING BACK! Very important: millions who truly feel marijuana is their medicine will resist and fight any measure whatsoever that might prevent their access to the narcotic, It;s the grandest, most devious medical hoax of all time in the history of the world, and here it is happening right under our noses.

  3. thoughtfulness

    You need to submit your comments to the New York Times, who just wrote an editorial calling for end of Federal ban.