Pubdate: Sun, 21 Jul 2002
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 The Calgary Sun
Author: Grant Cluff
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk


I applaud Great Britain's recent move to liberalize its marijuana laws.

It's about time someone took action to show the world the benefits from 
this benign herb far outweigh any dangers. It's one thing for countries 
such as the Netherlands to go legal, but for a major power to do so offers 
hope for mankind.

That society misunderstands and is apprehensive of marijuana and the 
culture it has already sprouted is understandable, given the proximity to 
our neighbours to the south and their demonization of the herb.

However, we all know that someone who smokes a marijuana joint does not go 
home and beat his wife. Even the police know that. But, to tell you the 
truth, nothing more harmful should go into your lungs except oxygen. That 
part of the culture is indeed harmful. The best way to use the cannabis 
plant is to ingest it. Cannabis butter, used in baking, causes little, if 
any, psychoactive sensation. The worst that will happen if you over-ingest 
is a good night's sleep.

The best that will happen is you will not only feel better, you may also 
get better. In my father-in-law's case, his cancer all but disappeared and 
his quality of life vastly improved. God put the cannabis plant on this 
earth to be used as a medicine.

Grant Cluff

The Krieger Foundation

(Marijuana may relieve symptoms, but it is irresponsible to suggest, as you 
seem to be, that it can cure cancer.)
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