Morgan Freeman On Marijuana: Criminalization Of Weed Is 'Stupidest Law Possible'
Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.
New Research Backing up Medical Marijuana
While the federal government says marijuana has no medicinal value and does its best to stifle research, the state of California has spent nearly $9 million studying the effects of medical cannabis.
But after about a dozen years, things are coming to an end as the budget for these studies is drying up.
The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in California — established by the Legislature to find out if marijuana has therapeutic value — has now all but completed America’s most comprehensive studies into the efficacy of pot.
And what did they find?
A myriad of areas of study were researched, and marijuana was found to provide pain relief for those with HIV/AIDS and other painful ailments, plus the “Volcano” Vaporizer was found to deliver a healthier form of cannabis. Those are just some of the 300 subjects researched since the Center was established in 1999.
“Every one of the studies showed a benefit,” said Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist who served as director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. “The convergence of evidence makes me convinced there is a medical benefit here and there may be a niche for cannabis.”
Dr. Grant says the federal government scheduling of marijuana in the same category as heroin and LSD and claiming it has no medical value “is completely at odds with the existing science.”
“It is intellectually dishonest to say it has no value whatsoever, because it’s just not true,” he said.
Dr. Donald Abrams at UC San Francisco and Dr. Ronald Ellis at UC San Diego knew AIDS and HIV patients with nerve damage were treating themselves with cannabis to quell shooting pains, so they sought to find out.
In separate clinical trials between 2002 and 2006, Abrams and Ellis found that patients infected with HIV got marked pain relief from pot — even on top of prescription pain medications.
In May, a published study by Jody Corey-Bloom, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Diego, reported that 30 patients smoking marijuana got noticeable relief from painful spasticity.
Marijuana has obvious medical benefits, and it’s time the federal government reschedules cannabis and allows full-blown research nationwide.
Two More Dispensaries Shut Down by the Feds in San Francisco
On August 1st two more medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco, California will shut down, which means there will be less dispensaries in the city than there was 10 years ago.
Vapor Room and HopeNet both have to close down by the end of the month, as their landlords received letters from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag in April threatening them with jail time if they didn’t throw the dispensaries out.
While the Vapor Room hasn’t said yet what they plan to do, the folks at HopeNet are planning on going delivery-only on August 1st.
San Francisco began licensing and regulating medical cannabis dispensaries in 2005, after CA SB 420 passed in 2003, allowing storefront dispensaries in the state.
At that time (2005) there were over 40 dispensaries operating in the city, but city regulations and now the federal crackdown has reduced that number to less than 20.
Coming on the heels of the federal threats against Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, these new closures further decimate the already shrinking medical marijuana access in the bay area.
Which means patients are being affected. And since the federal government says they are not going after patients, something is off. Are we being lied to?
Would anyone be surprised if we were being lied to? Would anyone be surprised if those in power didn’t care how many patients were hurt?
Let’s say there is a thriving retirement community and there is only one pharmacy within 5 miles. Then suddenly that pharmacy is forced to close. What happens to those who frequented this pharmacy?
Their medicine supply is restricted. Under what circumstances besides great scarcity is it okay to restrict the medical supply?
Medical marijuana is not scarce. Common sense and compassion however, are in short supply.
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