Pubdate: Fri, 13 May 2011 Source: Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) Copyright: 2011 The Spokesman-Review Contact: http://www.spokesman.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/417 Author: Darlene Brice MERELY A POTTED FLOWER James J. Flynn's letter to the editor (May 8) says, "Like most drugs marijuana can be therapeutic. But it can be toxic, addictive and even lethal if its dosage, frequency and duration are not controlled." Marijuana has been used by humans for thousands of years, and not one single death has been attributed to marijuana. In fact, there is no lethal dose of marijuana. Certainly one can get dependent on marijuana, but marijuana is not physically addictive like opiates, cigarettes or alcohol. Read the scientific studies. Also, all substances have some toxins but, in all the years folks have been consuming marijuana, physical toxic side effects have never been documented. Marijuana is a dried flower, about as close to nature as one can get. We used to get all our medicines from plants until the pharmaceutical companies started marketing "pills" that could fix any ailment. Not to downplay the importance of modern medicine, but marijuana is helping thousands of ill people find pain relief without the crippling side effect of narcotics. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but please state the facts and not false propaganda that just continues to demonize marijuana. Darlene Brice Spokane - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.