Legalize Marijuana

A work in progress

There are MUCH smarter and healthier things to do, then use Marijuana for recreation.
But; when compared to alcohol and tobacco, Marijuana is unequivocally the lesser evil.

The misinformation published about Marijuana is mindboggling.

We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.

Why I changed my mind on weed
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

The Video

Is Marijuana Harmful?

Psychology Today: Is marijuana addictive?

Dale Archer M.D.
Reading Between the (Head)Lines
Is Marijuana Addictive?
The age old question is still being debated today.
Posted May 05, 2012

The vast majority of those who use marijuana do so occasionally and exhibit no addictive symptoms — no increased tolerance, no cravings and no withdrawal. In other words, they can take it or leave it.

We know anything can be abused, even water

The bottom line is this: As with everything, moderation is key. Anything can be abused, and everything should be respected.

Chronic alcohol use causes many known physical problems, clearly defined brain damage, more auto-related fatalities and disrupts more families and careers than marijuana does, by far.

(Marijuana ) users will need to take charge of the amount and frequency of their use of this controversial drug, just like they should do with alcohol, saturated fats and sugar. That’s not such a bad thing — it’s called personal responsibility.

If you look at the addictive properties of popular drugs, Marijuana is going to compare to Caffeine.  Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical stimulant called trimethylxanthine. Its chemical formula is C8H10N4O2 and it is a psychoactive drug, like cocaine.  So if you’re habituated to coffee, you certainly should think long and hard before you start consuming marijuana daily.

Marijuana, has been demonized. Marijuana is classified as a Federal Schedule I drug, i.e. no currently accepted medical use and with a high potential for severe dependence.  Or, in other words, the Federal Government’s policy for Marijuana is inexplicable and repressive, oppressive, authoritarian, despotic, tyrannical, and dictatorial. Also undemocratic.

Go here: and take a look at the drugs classified as Schedule II or III, i.e. less dangerous than Schedule I.

Cocaine and OxyContin are Schedule II.
Anabolic Steroids are Schedule III.
Alcohol, which is dangerous, a poison, can kill you and is addictive, is nowhere to be found.

With around 50% of the country voting to deny climate change, cut social security and affordable care, the chances of this item getting fixed anytime soon is really small.  That’s why the states are taking the initiative.

Keeping marijuana illegal, while alcohol is, undermines the credibility of the legal and medical systems. It breeds contempt for the government.  That’s a pretty good reason to legalize it.

Characterizing marijuana as being as harmful, way out of proportion to its actual risks and dangers, undermines any advice experts give about far more serious, dangerous and life threatening practices. You do not overdose on Marijuana. There is no evidence or indication that Marijuana will destroy your liver, or kidneys or heart. Marijuana smoke is not good for you. Neither is smog. You can choose to eat Marijuana, if you live with smog, good luck.  Marijuana is a drug.  Some people should not use or take it.  It has side effects, like increased appetite.  So if you’re trying to lose weight, using Marijuana is not recommended.  If you are undergoing Chemotherapy, you’re probably using Marijuana regularly.  Most drugs have risks, and benefits. If you regularly take Acetaminophen (in Tylenol and many other drugs), you are flirting with liver damage.  Taking too much Acetaminophen or in combination with alcohol frequently lands people in the hospital.

Literally, HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF TONS of Marijuana is either grown or smuggled and consumed in the US, every year. If you force people to get it illegally, you are exposing them to an underground black market that can supply Heroin and other really dangerous drugs. In a lot of places, it’s easier for kids to get Heroin and Marijuana, than alcohol. Keeping Marijuana illegal promotes this enormous black market. I am not saying, we should promote its use, or say it’s harmless. I am saying, Marijuana is a lot safer and benign that alcohol and a host of other drugs.

Time: Marijuana as a gateway drug the myth that will not die

One study cited in the article:
Scientists long ago abandoned the idea that marijuana causes users to try other drugs: as far back as 1999, in a report commissioned by Congress to look at the possible dangers of medical marijuana, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences wrote:

Patterns in progression of drug use from adolescence to adulthood are strikingly regular. Because it is the most widely used illicit drug, marijuana is predictably the first illicit drug most people encounter. Not surprisingly, most users of other illicit drugs have used marijuana first. In fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana — usually before they are of legal age.
In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a “gateway” drug. But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, “gateway” to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.

There are many more studies that conclude that Marijuana is not a Gateway drug. But, using Marijuana as the scapegoat for a pattern of substance abuse, persists.

There is more evidence to label sugar as a gateway drug than to label marijuana as a gateway drug:

There are serious risks of marijuana abuse:

Psychology Today: Amotivational Syndrome

WEBMD: Marijuana use and its effects

There are serious risks associated with all drug use. OTC Drug Abuse

People often think that prescription and OTC drugs are safer than illicit drugs. But they can be as addictive and dangerous and put users at risk for other adverse health effects, including overdose—especially when taken along with other drugs or alcohol.

A different take on aspects of the “drug” problem.


If you define the problem as drug use it’s big. But I don’t define it that way. I define it as problem drug use — people who can’t handle it, people who become dependent. And we’re talking about maybe 4 million people in a country of 319 million people. I am not being flip about this, this is not something to ignore, this is something to manage better than we do precisely because it’s so serious.

look at our alcohol distribution system. We would not call it a total failure because we have some drunk drivers and because some teenagers get a hold of alcohol. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly better than prohibition — none of us wants to go back to that. Problems are hard to solve, they are easier to ameliorate. We could do a better job of living with these dangerous substances if we changed the way we think about them.

Still, in a technocratic, capitalist, and fundamentally free society like the United States, education, counseling, treatment, distribution, regulation, pricing, and taxation all seem to better fit our national skill set than the suppression of immense black markets and the violence and corruption that come with it.

Legalization is on the ballot in Massachusetts


Click to access 15-27.pdf

The Report of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana :

Where we are today:

“An estimated 885,000 Massachusetts residents used marijuana in the past year, including almost 400,000 youth and young adults under the age of 25. They consumed an estimated 85 metric tons of marijuana.

The study makes some good points; however, some of the consequences it anticipates can be ameliorated.

The key points from the report:

Public health concerns

• Even with strong safeguards in place, legalization may increase the accessibility
of marijuana for youth and contribute to the growing perception among youth
that marijuana is safe for them to consume.

There is a lot of evidence that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol or tobacco. Keeping it illegal undermines the credibility of the legal and medical systems. In a lot of places, its easier for kids to get marijuana and heroin than alcohol. See an estimated 85 metric tons…  

• Marijuana-infused edibles are the fastest growing segment of the market and
present particularly challenging issues for public health and safety.

You do not overdose on marijuana. A few rules may be needed on the potency of edibles and other derivatives. There is a lot of hype about problems with edibles. Colorado worked out the majority of the problems and objections in its first year of legalization. The Governor of Vermont is pretty upset about edibles. See He says it caused a lot of problems in Colorado. Colorado passed House Bill 1366 and House Bill 1361, which required stronger packaging and labeling, dosages restrictions and restrictions on bulk purchases. We should do the same. I am not sure the governor consulted with medical marijuana users, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, before deciding a ban is the right approach to the issues with edibles.

• The risk of harmful health consequences and addiction may be greater than in
the past due to the high potency of many products on the market today.

You do not overdose on marijuana. See the first parts of this page. Drug use is not the problem, Drug abuse and problem drug are the problem.

• Even with tight restrictions on advertising and marketing, legalization would
likely encourage commercialization and market expansion as marijuana
businesses seek to grow their revenues and profits by gaining new customers
and increasing the consumption of their existing customers.

Do not allow advertising or soliciting or recommending or … Enforce it. Capitalism has its problems. We could require the companies involved to be non-profits and require a giveback to the community.

I am all for warnings and advertising bans and caveats.

Tobacco: Smoking kills.  Stop, that means YOU!

Alcohol: The excessive consumption of alcohol restricts your capacity to drive and operate machinery and will cause damage to your health.  Dear alcohol, We had a deal where you would make me funnier, smarter, and a better dancer… I saw the video… we need to talk.

Marijuana: The excessive consumption of Marijuana is stupid.  If you do it every day, you’re cheating yourself of a life.

Public safety concerns

• There is no well-accepted standard for determining driver impairment from
marijuana intoxication and no equivalent test to an alcohol breathalyzer, making
it difficult for law enforcement to identify and arrest offenders and gain
convictions in court.

From what we have learned about the efficacy of the Drunk Driving Standards, maybe it’s time for some new procedures. When the defendant’s counsel does everything in his power to discredit an arrest, you can anticipate some of the problems. Video does make a powerful statement. Who is against that?

• Although some banks have been willing to assume the risk and considerable
expense involved in providing banking services to marijuana businesses, the
industry still relies heavily on cash for many transactions and is unable to obtain
bank loans or lines of credit, raising security concerns.

Handling the money needs a creative solution. I am pretty sure I could figure out a couple of approaches that would work.

• Even with legalization and reasonable tax rates, the black market is likely to
persist due to the significant profits to be gained from meeting demand (of adults
and youth) across New England, as well as the ease of growing marijuana and
the difficulty that law enforcement would face in enforcing home growing limits.

Hard to stop something that is easily grown. Marijuana is decriminalized in Massachusetts, but that does not mean that people who use marijuana aren’t criminals. They are just not subject to harsh penalties. Let’s separate the criminals from the many who could be law abiding citizens. Let’s not encourage black markets and smuggling. Let’s have some common sense controls.

Economic and fiscal concerns

• Since marijuana remains illegal under federal law, state agencies would have to
assume the difficult and costly responsibilities for ensuring public health and
safety, environmental protection, and agricultural safeguards that would
ordinarily be undertaken by federal agencies such as the FDA and EPA.

• There is considerable uncertainty regarding federal policy toward marijuana,
particularly with the impending change in administration after the presidential
election, as well as growing conflict among states with different policies toward

Did we wait for them to take steps on gun control?
We are not alone in having laws different than the Federal Government:

Marijuana Legalization in 4 states. On the ballot in at least 2 states in 2016.
Marijuana Decriminalization in 16 states.
Medical Marijuana Legalization in 23 states.

• Tax revenues and fees that would be generated from legal sales may fall short of
even covering the full public and social costs (including regulation, enforcement,
public health and safety, and substance abuse treatment), and should not be
expected to provide a significant new funding source for other public needs such
as education or transportation.

There is little basis for this comment.

Massachusetts lawmakers are abdicating any responsibility for passing workable legalization legislation.

If there’s one thing that Massachusetts public officials — Democrat and Republican, urban and suburban, local and state — seem to agree on lately, it’s that the voters should not legalize marijuana at the polls this November.

But while they are vocal about the shortcomings of the proposal, they appear less willing to take on the challenge of crafting a policy that both reacts to apparent voter wishes, avoids the ballot question, and addresses the complexities of the issue. Instead, it looks like elected officials will make their disapproval known, and then pass both the question and the buck on to the voters in November.

Politicians for legalizing  marijuana for recreational use.

Boston City Council President Michelle Wu
Councilor Tito Jackson
Mayor of Holyoke Alex Morse

Law enforcement and Marijuana

I would like to see the Police not have to try an enforce an ineffective and highly unpopular and unjust law. The laws against marijuana, undermine the credibility of the legal system and take the focus from real problems.

The laws also gives them another excuse to harass and search. Article on Police searches – the Rutherford Institute

I would bet that the overwhelming majority of law enforcement people do a fantastic job under stressful circumstances. But, they carry guns and have the power to arrest, and sometimes, that power is abused.

See The most important movies of 2015 were not in any theaters; a collection of videos showing police misconduct.

The police have enough to to deal with, with drug abusers of dangerous drugs. These people can be a menace to themselves and the public. I think its really hard to substantiate a case that Marijuana users are a policing problem. Maybe you get a loud music complaint, maybe a “whats that awful smell” complaint.

Forbes: On 4/20, It’s High Time To Think About Taxes, Revenues & Marijuana

Each year, the “war on drugs” costs U.S. taxpayers $51,000,000,000.

As part of those efforts, current drug laws target users, peddlers, and hardcore dealers. In 2014, there were 1,561,231 arrests for drug violations in the U.S.: 1,297,384 (83%) were for possession of drugs, not dealing or distribution. Roughly half of those arrested (619,809) for possession of drugs were arrested for possession of marijuana. What does that mean to you? Tax dollars. The number of Americans incarcerated in 2014 in federal, state and local prisons and jails was 2,224,400 (1 in every 111 adults), making it the highest incarceration rate in the world. Those prison stays are funded by tax dollars. In 2012, data indicated that a $200 transaction can cost society $100,000 for a three-year sentence.

Marijuana with high THC

There are a lot of articles about the danger of strong Marijuana. Whole Foods sells Chocolate Covered Espresso beans. They can kill you. Is anyone saying Chocolate Covered Espresso beans are a killer drug?

How many chocolate covered espresso beans to kill me

According to Wikipedia, the LD50 (median lethal dose, i.e. the dose at which 50% of subjects die) in humans is estimated to be around 150 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body mass.

Opposition to Legalizing Marijuana

You can be confident that the Alcoholic Beverage Industry, which sells over 200 billion dollars of product, a year, is not supporting the legalization of Marijuana. That includes bars, restaurants, liquor stores and distributors. The number of people with a vested interest in the Alcoholic Beverage industry is enormous.

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. – Machiavelli”

I would not underestimate the subtle (and not so subtle) influence of those with a vested interest in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry on our legislators. It’s a new system that will upset the status quo. It’s easy for them to take a stand against something that is controversial. But I say, what is not controversial is, unwinding with marijuana is a lot better for your health than using alcohol. It’s time to remind them that legalization is a positive step.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Marijuana

Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions. Their is a core culture and belief system in AA. One of the core tenets is abstinence from drugs.

Excerpted from:

The AA member medications and other drugs pamphlet

Copyright © 1984, 2011
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115

From the earliest days of Alcoholics Anonymous it has been clear that many alcoholics have a tendency to become dependent on drugs other than alcohol. There have been tragic incidents of alcoholics who have struggled to achieve sobriety only to develop a serious problem with a different drug. Time and time again,A.A. members have described frightening and sobriety-threatening episodes that could be related to the misuse of medication or other drugs.

Because of the difficulties that many alcoholics have with drugs, some members have taken the position that no one in A.A. should take any medication.

Some A.A. members who have required medication share their experience:

“Each time I abruptly stopped taking my medication my symptoms got worse and my suicidal depressions came back.” I came into A.A. not only with an alcohol problem,but also with depression. Originally I started drinking to remedy my depression, but when drinking stopped working I went to a psychiatrist who treated me with an antidepressant and a tranquilizer. With my depression under control, I was totally shocked at my first A.A. meeting when one of the first questions I was asked was, “Are you taking any pills?” Because people in the A.A. program now knew I was taking pills, there was constant harassment from that day on to “stop using a crutch,” to “get honest” with myself, and to “get away from the shrink — A.A. is all you need.”
I vacillated for three years, until one afternoon I just stopped taking all pills. Within 24 hours I went on a trip from which I wasn’t sure I would ever return— a trip of hallucinations, paranoia, fear, and obsessions. When this happened, I went into a rehab.
In the months that followed, I was hospitalized many times. Doctors disagreed among themselves about my diagnosis, and my problems in my A.A. group resumed because of all the “medical advice” I was receiving from some A.A. members. I had to choose between my doctors and A.A., and I chose A.A. time after time. Each time I abruptly stopped taking my medication my symptoms got worse and my suicidal depressions came back.
Following a suicide attempt and another hospitalization, I contacted yet another physician, who diagnosed me as manic depressive and prescribed
lithium. Even though I had known something was wrong with me since I was a teenager, manic depression was a total shock. I now understand,
however, that it’s just another disease and there are meetings for manic depression in my community.
Today I have an entirely different attitude about taking medication. I have only one judge, my Higher Power, and it really doesn’t matter who knows that I take lithium for my disease. I am aware that some people still talk about my being “on something,” but that’s okay.
I stay sober today with the help of a home group, with Step and discussion meeting

AA and Tobacco

It is projected 724,153 members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous will die from tobacco 499,410 of them in the USA and Canada.

Attempts at encouraging these highly successful addiction recovery societies to address tobacco as an inside issue have been unsuccessful. Both societies have traditions that discourage them from dealing with what they describe as “outside issues.”  Their traditions state that AA and NA have no opinion on outside issues; hence their names ought never be drawn into public controversy.

It appears these societies are blind to the challenge of death by tobacco. One explanation is that as many as 60% of them are addicted to nicotine while in recovery from other addictions. They do not consider nicotine addiction to be an issue as important as recovery from the other addictions they joined AA and NA to recover from.

The emphasis on tobacco and the psychoactive drug it contains, nicotine, should not be diminished given the reality that more persons—including persons with alcohol addiction—die from nicotine addiction than from any other addiction. The U.S. Public Health Service 2008 publication, Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, encourages all physicians to use the 5 A’s of SBI (Ask, Advise, Assess Motivational Level, Assist, Arrange Follow-up) to intervene for tobacco use and addiction, employing techniques of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) to address nicotine addiction in patients they see in their regular workday. The 2008 Practice Guideline also encourages the use of pharmacotherapies to assist patients who desire to stop smoking.

AA, the official organization has only one requirement, a desire to stay sober. AA members, on the other hand often project their narrow interpretation of the program onto others. There are many AA members who are vocal opponents of legalization, for example, The Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh. Marijuana or any other drug is not the problem. The problem is people with an addictive personality.

Marijuana and “The Children”

There is plenty of scholarly research that concludes Marijuana is not the threat people make it out to be. Your teen has seen what the Federal government says about Marijuana: a Federal Schedule I drug, i.e. no currently accepted medical use and with a high potential for severe dependence. Your teen has also seen that around half the states have legalized Marijuana for medical use. What kind of message do you think this sends them?

Do you think about the amount of hypocrisy your teen sees?

Do as I say, not as I do.

If you’re against the legalization of marijuana and you:

Have drunk more than 3 drinks (2 for women) on any day, in any recent year, or keep liquor, beer or wine in your house for regular use, preaching abstinence from drugs or alcohol could be construed as hypocrisy by your teen.

If you or your friends or relatives deny climate change or smoke or do drugs or have problems with alcohol, you might have already lost your credibility on many issues.

If you demonize marijuana, do you think that helps put your concerns into perspective when teens often have real issues with?

Teen sex and pregnancy and HIV
Teen suicides

If you demonize marijuana, what do you think your kids are going to think about any advice you give them about other using:

Over the counter drugs
Prescription drugs
Physically addictive drugs – Heroin, OxyContin
Life threatening drugs like PCP

Apparently, honesty and credibility are not important priorities for Charlie Baker: the governor of Massachusetts, Maura Healey: the state attorney general and Martin J. Walsh: the mayor of Boston.

They started this:

“Wrong for kids. Wrong for Massachusetts.”

Teens are not going to believe “”fear the evil weed”. Any attempt at demonizing it is going to backfire. Telling the truth might work.

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction

They focus on four risky traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. Importantly, most at-risk kids can be spotted early.


50 children a day: Head Injuries Reported for Babies in Stroller Accidents

An average of 50 children a day end up in hospital emergency rooms because of stroller or baby carrier accidents, and it appears far more of them are suffering brain injuries than previously believed.

The finding is based on data collected through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance system, which revealed that an estimated 361,000 children 5 or younger had injuries serious enough to land them in a hospital emergency room between 1990 and 2010.

Every day, thousands of teens attempt suicide in the U.S. — the most extreme outcome for the millions of children in this country who struggle with mental health issues.

You might call it a silent epidemic.

Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year.

So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse.

On May 16, 2013 a CDC report was released that describes, for the first time, federal activities that track U.S. children’s mental disorders. Find out about children’s mental health and what we have learned.

The term childhood mental disorder means all mental disorders that can be diagnosed and begin in childhood (for example, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, substance use disorders, etc.). Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the ways children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions. Symptoms usually start in early childhood, although some of the disorders may develop throughout the teenage years. The diagnosis is often made in the school years and sometimes earlier. However, some children with a mental disorder may not be recognized or diagnosed as having one.

Why do people smoke marijuana

Quora – Why do people smoke marijuana

So “why” do people smoke it? Because cannabis modifies how the brain perceives, retrieves, organizes and stores sensory information, whether that information is a jazz melody, an association stored in memory, or a pain signal from a pinched nerve. The novelty and functionality of this modification in how the brain works is often considered of value to the cannabis user.

THC increases appetite and reduces nausea. The FDA-approved THC-based medications are used for these purposes. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.

The use of Marijuana has been associated with some rather silly behavior.  In the 1970s it was common for college students to stand in line, outside, in winter, in Somerville (a suburb of Boston) for Steve’s Ice Cream.   But in my opinion, the munchies are preferable to the far more harmful effects of alcohol consumption.


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Notes for Updates

A few links

Bay State Repeal

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Telling Teenagers the Truth about Smoking Pot

Cannabis Reform with Rep. Earl Blumenauer Washington State

International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines

The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas

Does Addiction Treatment Require A Higher Power?

Tikun Olam Tikun Olam is the first, largest and foremost supplier of medical Cannabis in Israel and the flag bearer for the medical use of Cannabis..

Kalytera – Next-Generation Cannabinoid Medicines

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer.

When did parents get so scared?

Addiction has a mental health component.

In some cases, people who are nominally for reforming marijuana laws are against the legalization effort.

Steve Epstein, a longtime marijuana activist and attorney, says he absolutely will not vote in favor of Question 4 — even though he has been among the leading voices for legalization in Massachusetts for decades.

Epstein’s political beliefs are staunchly libertarian, and he thinks the proposed law would add too much bureaucracy, taxation, and government oversight. Last year, he led a separate effort to get pot on the ballot, proposing a very different question from the one Massachusetts voters will see in two months. His proposal essentially treated marijuana as an agricultural product that, unlike the current ballot initiative, would have let practically any retailer sell it, did not impose any new taxes or create a new body to oversee the industry, and set no limits on the number of plants that could be grown at home.

Despite problems, legal recreational pot “can work” says Colorado governor who once opposed it.  The fact that its an all cash business is a problem.  That needs a creative solution.

“Addiction” means physical addiction and is the degree and extent to which the body physically reacts after a person has become physically accustomed to a given substance and that substance is then withdrawn. Clearly, opiates are very addictive, tobacco addictive but much less so, and coffee addictive but lightly so.  Marijuana is NOT addictive.

Any substance can be “habituating”.

One of the cases the anti legalization people make is that, since it’s decriminalized, nothing really bad happens to the people who smoke it.

Here is a case where a man, Paul Jackson, has helped a number of people with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, with a marijuana infused tea. He never sold it, he gave it away, he never tried to hide what he did. In fact, what he did was written up in the NY times.

But, this year, the state police decided that it’s a good time to cut down all the marijuana plants on Martha’s Vineyard.

A snippet about the story from the Globe:

When her son-in-law was diagnosed with cancer almost 40 years ago, Mary took care of him. He had to go to the mainland for his chemo, and when he came back on the ferry, Mary would tend to him while Paul was busy in the garden.

“Mary had to keep changing the sheets because he was sweating so much,” Paul Jackson recalled, sitting on his couch. “All those chemicals swimming around in him, it wasn’t good.”

Paul Jackson doesn’t like chemicals. He’s an organic farmer, and when his son-in-law got sick from chemicals, they decided to try something more natural. Mary gave their son-in-law marijuana, and his sweats, his nausea, his overall miserable existence disappeared.

Ever since then, Paul has kept a small number of marijuana plants on his land, just in case.

Paul Jackson will turn 82 next month, but as long as he lives, he will never understand what was accomplished by cutting down his four marijuana plants.

There are people undergoing treatment for cancer who are nauseous and miserable. Their doctors will not prescribe marijuana for them. There are multi million dollar illegal marijuana growing operations and the police are going around rounding up a few plants.

Does this make sense?


The dangers of marijuana, according to the DEA

Agency cites “getting arrested,” “gum disease” and “disobedience” as evidence of the drug’s clear harm
Written by JPat Brown

New York’s medical marijuana program should double in size and see a broader range of authorized health providers, according to recommendations by the New York State Department of Health.

The recommendations came as part of a new report “Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act” posted by the DOH this week, two years after the medical marijuana law was signed into effect by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Since the program began operations in January, more than 5,000 patients have been certified with the program while more than 600 physicians were registered across the state.

Marijuana legalization proponents in Massachusetts can count Jonathan Bush, the CEO of Watertown-based healthcare company Athenahealth and a cousin of former President George W. Bush, in their corner.

The campaign’s principal backer is New Approach Political Action Committee, based in Washington, D.C., which has donated $2.1 million.

I knew someone going through radiation therapy.  Her kids told her to try pot.  Because of all the negative press, she refused.  Because she went to MGH, and MGH does not want to risk its Federal Money, marijuana was not recommended .

Somedays, she could not get out of bed, was throwing up constantly and in agony.

This was a comment in the Globe:

If weed works for your pain then by all means use it!! Far less dangerous and far less debilitating than opioids. If you’ve “never used” then shut up because by your own admission you actually do not know what you are talking about. Go ahead, try it and then comment!! I am a 55 year old cancer survivor and do not use any drugs now. But I’ve had the opiates prescriptions and have used weed when I was in radiation therapy and without a doubt weed is much better at relieving pain, improving mood, improving appetite, no constipation, no addictive risk…. It just works. The opiates were too much.

The reality is marijuana as an extremely effective antidote for the ravages of cancer therapy.  Why does the medical community let people suffer?