Pubdate: Sat, 07 May 2011 Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Bozeman Daily Chronicle Contact: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1686 Author: Misty Carey TRUST SCIENTISTS IN MARIJUANA DEBATE, NOT THE POLITICIANS What if pot (cannabis) cures cancer? Well, it could. The first study showing that cannabis killed cancer cells was published in 1973. Since then, thousands of studies have proven that cannabis kills prostate, lung, breast, brain and skin cancer cells ... more than 15 kinds of cancer. And unlike chemotherapy, the plant material does not destroy every cell but initiates a cancer cell suicide cascade that leaves healthy cells intact. For two whole weeks in March, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) website plainly stated that cannabis showed anti-tumor properties and physicians should consider it for cancer treatment in addition to symptom management. Then the NCI's statement was abruptly altered to reflect the federal government's stance on cannabis - Schedule I: no medical value, highly addictive, no research. The political reasons for this federal scheduling are multi-faceted and socially corrupt. Then why not just use Marinol or other synthetic cannabinoids, listed as Schedule III drugs? Marinol is laboratory-produced THC, the most psychoactive molecule in cannabis. These synthetics are very expensive and don't work for most people. Patients gain relief from the interaction of the more than 400 chemicals in the whole plant. Actually, our medical marijuana scientists are trying to reduce THC in our naturally produced cannabis to reduce the psychoactive effect and bring out the plant's other qualities. Some citizens are stridently opposed to Montana's medical marijuana program and want to shut us down. I do hope that some true cannabis healers are still around when you, your mother, your sister, your best friend, or your child is diagnosed with cancer. I pray that your time of crisis isn't the first time that you care enough to learn more. Other people need help now. Politicians are not scientists. Trust in scientists. Misty Carey Bozeman - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.