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Life Arts    H3'ed 5/8/09

Americans Finally Favor the Legalization of Marijuana

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The Time is Now

It's only "A Matter of Time". That is the name of a great book by Don Kirchner, a decorated Vietnam combat helicopter pilot whose adventures as a marijuana smuggler tells the tale of how deeply involved organized crime cartels are in the marketing and sales of this, the safest drug on the planet. It is a fascinating and exciting tale that I strongly recommend to everyone.

A matter of time also refers to the current situation in America. The people of America have reached the point of understanding that this banned plant needs to be legalized. A new Zogby poll commissioned by the conservative-leaning O'Leary Report has found 52% voter support for treating marijuana as a legal, taxed, regulated substance. The survey, published as a full-page ad in today's issue of the political newspaper, The Hill, polled a sample of 3,937 voters weighted to match the 2008 presidential outcome -- 54 percent Obama voters and 46 percent McCain supporters.

The results showed a decisive majority of 52 percent in favor with 37 percent opposed and 11 percent not sure -- slightly higher than the 46 percent support reported in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released at the end of April. In California, the respected Field poll recently found 56 percent support for making marijuana a taxed, regulated product that is legal for adults. "This new survey continues the recent trend of strong and growing support for taxing and regulating marijuana and ending the disastrously failed policy of prohibition," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C.

Of course, politicians will fight against it as the money behind them wants to maintain control of its distribution. Another important reason that politicians seek to continue the ban is the tremendous lobbying influence of the American Medical Association and the pharmaceutical industry. The fact is that they are fully aware of the cancer killing properties of THC, marijuana's active ingredient. We addressed these issues in other articles, such as THE PRESIDENT MAKES A MISTAKE.

Mr. Obama spoke about wanting a cure for cancer. Arlen Specter, suffering from cancer which is apparently starting to affect his judgment or memory (he said he wanted Norm Coleman appointed as Senator of Minnesota, then retraced his steps and said he forgot what party he was supposed to support) could surely benefit from the proven anti-cancer therapy that Hemp with THC brings to cancer patients.

The medical evidence is there and growing: In 2000 Dr. Manuel Guzman of Complutense University in Madrid Spain re-discovered that THC destroys tumors with no negative side effects whatsoever. His team also irrigated healthy rats brains with high doses of THC for seven days and again found no negative results. Cannabinoids kill cancer cells by cutting off their blood supply but not to the healthy cells. These results have since been duplicated around the globe with many other cancers as well.

In 2005 Dr. Xia Zhang of the University of Saskatchewan found that THC actually promotes the growth of brain cells bringing new hope for head trauma and stroke patients. The same year the Scripps Institute reported that THC was a superior inhibitor of the plaque that causes Alzheimers. Unfortunately we hear little of any of these findings.

In 2008 researchers in Italy and the U.K. found that cannabinoids have germ killing activity against MRSA and kill bacteria in a different way than current antibiotics, meaning they might bypass bacterial resistance. MRSA's are becoming more and more prevalent and new treatments are desperately needed.

Our government KNOWS that marijuana kills cancer cells. They have known for a long time. In 1974 researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice - lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia.

The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research, according to Jack Herer, who reports on the events in his book, "The Emperor Wears No Clothes." In 1976 President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies, who set out - unsuccessfully - to develop synthetic forms of THC that would deliver all the medical benefits without the "high." Rick Simpson not only tells the story of how Hemp Oil with THC CURES CANCER, but he has proven it to his Canadian Royal Lodge members and townspeople in Nova Scotia. In this video he not only has significant supporting documentation and testimony, but he actually shows how to make the medicine that cures cancer. Is anyone in government listening? Then listen to the testimony of a Medical Marijuana patient:

Here is a link to Mr. Simpson's instructional page: MAKE YOUR OWN MEDICINE. Here is his story:

WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN. The time has come.

In the early 1960s, probably 80% of America supported the "war" in Vietnam. After the killings of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy the youth of America organized and educated America as to what was actually going on in Vietnam. By the end of the 60s, the support for the war continued to drop and by the early 1970's, over 2/3 of Americans wanted us out of Vietnam.
The propaganda and misinformation put out about Marijuana influenced the public for a long time. Each year, however, more and more people realize that this is a medicinal plant put here either by a creator or "nature", but one that has never resulted in a single case of lung cancer, nor a single death. Every prescription drug has side effects and can result in death. Go figure.
Now the worm is turning and not so slowly. It's time to make an effort to legalize it in EVERY STATE and to put pressure on President Obama to legalize it so we can develop hemp oil with THC to restore natural health to America. Check out this website: http://myhempsource.com.
Guitar legend Carlos Santana is urging U.S. President Obama to legalize the use of marijuana. He says that making cannabis legal would boost America's flagging economy and create jobs and of course he is right. Carlos says, "Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in teachers and in education. You will see a transformation in America."
Editor's note: As it stands now, the science is still not conclusive on marijuana and cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, but there is much promising research that indicates that the active ingredients in marijuana will have many medicinal uses in the treatment of cancer and possibly neurodegenerative diseases. Much more research needs to be done, and indeed is being done. A current search of PubMed for research articles on cannabinoids (the active agents in marijuana) turns up 11,603 articles, including articles on cancer treatment, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain and feeding behavior.

JR Moffett
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