Re: “Marijuana use debated,” Dec. 4 edition
“All drugs are harmful.” Really? Science and history indicate that, even when smoked, the benefits of marijuana use far outweigh the so-called “dangers.”
Marijuana has never killed anyone, and is a proven treatment for conditions such as HIV/AIDS, morning sickness, ADD/ADHD, migraines, nausea, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, Crohn’s, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, gout, chronic pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, spasticity, and Parkinson’s.
New science shows how cannabis blocks a protein that causes Alzheimer’s and recent science out of Germany shows how cannabinoids stimulate the body’s production of TIMP-1, which helps healthy cells resist cancer invasion.
For those keen on teaching kids about drugs without all the hyperbole, slogans, bullying, and bald-faced lies of the “standard” education programs, I recommend the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy website or the Educators For Sensible Drug Policy website.
Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User
Patients Against Ignorance and Discrimination on Cannabis
– Russell Barth
Published in Volume 63, Number 16 of The Uniter (January 15, 2009)