California Medical Association Calls For Marijuana Legalization

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Finally, some not-completely-terrible news from the front lines of America's escalating war on weed: the California Medical Assocation (CMA), which represents 35,000 doctors throughout the state, has just became the nation's first mainstream professional medical group to say marijuana should be legal. And not even because the group thinks marijuana has proven health benefits--in fact, CMA says there's still no evidence to support this notion. Instead, the CMA is effectively arguing (and its timing couldn't be better), that the war on marijuana, medical and otherwise, is itself a health hazard.

Although that addendum--that pot is no more than a "folk remedy"--has angered some medical marijuana activists, it's difficult to overstate how big a shift in public perception of cannabis this news really reflects. Apparently, the group has been listening to its own membership: doctors who are sick and tired of being afraid of breaking the law for recommending that patients smoke something that, while legal for medical purposes in California and 16 other states, remains illegal under federal law.

"It's an uncomfortable position for doctors," the CMA's Dr. Donald Lyman told the Los Angeles Times. "It is an open question whether cannabis is useful or not. That question can only be answered once it is legalized and more research is done. Then, and only then, can we know what it is useful for."

While Lyman told the Times that marijuana has some known harmful effects, that these were no greater than those posed by alcohol or tobacco and that therefore, cannabis should be "regulated along [those] lines" and that the "consequences of criminalization outweigh the hazards.

California Police Chiefs Assocation spokesman John Lovell, who never met a cliche he didn't think was written by Shakespeare, was quick to question the CMA's logic. "I wonder what they're smoking," he offered. (Insert I Love Lucy-era TV audience laughter here). "Given everything that we know about the physiological impacts of marijuana--how it affects young brains, the number of accidents associated with driving under the influence--it's just an unbelievably irresponsible position," he added.

Youre right, Chief Lovell. Alcohol, which is terrible for young brains, and which is responsible for infinitely greater numbers of accidents than marijuana, should be banned immediately. Same thing for cell phones. Nicely played, sir.

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California Medical Association Calls For Marijuana Legalization

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Cannabis is a medical miracle waiting to be fully utilized.  It has been proven to kill cancer cells in lab tests without harming the healthy cells present.  http://www.gsalternative.com/2...

Dave Triplett (and others) have used cannabis oil (topically) to cure melanoma as he shows in this short movie.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Dennis Hill was diagnosed with prostate cancer and used cannabis oil (by ingestion) to cure himself.  http://web.me.com/dbhill/cure/... 

Rick Simpson from Canada, who discovered the cannabis oil treatment, said he has seen hundreds of people over a period of six or seven years, and the results have been extremely favorable, including a number of stage 4 cancer patients.  70% of the stage 4 folks recovered, many of whom had been told by their doctors that there was nothing else to be done, and they should go home and get their affairs in order.  The “Run From The Cure” movie is about him:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

“What If Cannabis Killed Cancer?”  www.marijuanamovie.org 

Please sign one or more of the White House petitions regarding the cannabis prohibition, go to this link:  https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/pe...  Select the drop-down menu for ‘search’, (on the little gray banner), type in the word ‘cannabis’, and you can review and sign a number of petitions, (there are ten at the moment), and hopefully these can help put an end to this wasteful and harmful prohibition. President Obama could easily reschedule cannabis out of CSA schedule 1 by executive order. 

The prohibition on cannabis has been far more costly than just the tax dollars and lives ruined by incarceration.  People are dying for lack of a cancer cure, and one seems to be clearly within reach.

Donatas
Donatas

1) EVERYONE that sees these links sign up and weigh in on the debate - http://pvox.co/CdiFqY - http://wh.gov/gDQ - http://wh.gov/gf3 2) Propagate those  links and ensure that everyone that sees them go to those sites. Too many people are blaming the President for enforcing the federal marijuana prohibition. Contact Congress (the LEGISLATIVE branch [that's the important one when it comes to law]) via the first link. Contact Obama (the EXECUTIVE branch [until Obama vetos a passed H.R. 2306 it's on Congress - but tell Obama anyway]) via the second and third link. It really is THAT easy. Participate in democracy!

The Real Deal
The Real Deal

It is about time. Let the truth be herd. Legalize, educate, tax and grow.

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