Pubdate: Wed, 31 Mar 2010
Source: Naperville Sun (IL)
Copyright: 2010 Sun-Times News Group
Author: Stan White


Ordinarily it may be true, "It's a bad idea to approve medication by
popular vote" (Popular Opinion Shouldn't Rule On Marijuana, March 15).
In the case of cannabis (marijuana) however, everything changes when
all the facts come to light. The reason cannabis is prohibited is due
to racism, lies and greed; it should never have been prohibited from
the beginning. Medicinal use of cannabis is nothing new -- it's been
documented medicinally for more than 5,000 years and was included in
the U.S. pharmacopeia for more than 100 years. The reasons cannabis
continues to be persecuted include lobbyists for groups which stand to
lose profits if the God-given plant were relegalized, taxed and
regulated. That may include pharmaceutical companies that produce
man-made drugs which compete with cannabis but have more side effects
including death. Further, cannabis prohibition is perpetuated due to
police unions which stand to lose job security once the law changes.
When doctors suggest patients use cannabis, it's not a measure of
popular vote anyway, that's a dedicated medical professional extending
educated advice to those who entrust their lives for their opinion.
With these facts and others in mind, police, lobbyists and government
have no legitimate business interfering with that doctor/patient
relationship. Without illegitimate interference, there would be no
need for "medication by popular vote."

Man-made medications do not
help all the people all the time. Cannabis has been shown without a
reasonable doubt to help thousands and perhaps millions of human
beings with various medical needs. It is inhumane, vulgar and sinful
to continue caging humans for using what God indicates he created and
said is good on literally the very first page of the Bible.

Stan White

Dillon, Colo. 
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