Pubdate: Sun, 12 Dec 2004
Source: Los Angeles City Beat (CA)
Copyright: 2004 Southland Publishing
Author: Christopher Largen
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


My best friend and co-author George McMahon is one of the patients who 
receive medical cannabis from the United States Government's 
Investigational New Drug Program. [Re: "Feds vs. Meds," Dec. 9.] He uses 
his government marijuana to treat pain, spasms, and nausea related to years 
of surgical and pharmaceutical maltreatment, multiple injuries and trauma, 
and a rare genetic condition called Nail Patella Syndrome. Prior to being 
admitted to the federal marijuana program, George had been through 19 major 
surgeries and several near-death experiences, and he was taking 17 
pharmaceutical substances on a daily basis. For the past 14 years, George 
has smoked 10 pre-rolled government joints each day. During this time, he's 
had no surgeries or hospitalizations, and he no longer takes any 
pharmaceuticals (aside from the occasional antibiotic).

Like all the patients in the federal program, George is living proof that 
cannabis has medicinal value. The federal program was opened in 1978 under 
the guise of "research," but officials have not published even a single 
study on the patients they provide the marijuana to. It's almost as if they 
are afraid to confirm what they already suspect: Cannabis-based medicines 
can provide safer relief than many of the pharmaceutical alternatives. But 
it's too late. The genie is already out of the bottle.

Christopher Largen, Co-Author of Prescription Pot and JUNK, Denton, Texas
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