Pubdate: Thu, 01 Jul 2010
Source: News-Press (Fort Myers, FL)
Copyright: 2010 Mark Printz
Author: Mark Printz


Marijuana prohibition applies to everyone, including the sick and
dying. Of all the negative consequences of prohibition, none is as
tragic as the denial of medicinal cannabis to the tens of thousands of
patients who could benefit from its therapeutic use.

Since October of 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services holds the rights to US Patent 6630507 "Cannabinoids as
antioxidants and neuropretectants."  How can the Controlled Substance
Act legitimately list marijuana as Schedule I drug with no known
medical use?

How can the U.S. government continue to promote a policy that calls
for the arrest and prosecution of patients who use a substance that 14
states and much of the rest of the western world now acknowledges as a
safe and legitimate medicine? It's time for science, not political
rhetoric, to determine the outcome.

Mark Printz

Fort Lauderdale
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